Just this week, I was in a meeting with a gentleman I hold in esteem. This is a business meeting at a retreat center and we went out for a walk together on a cliff overlooking the ocean (lucky me, i know!)
At the end of the meeting I offered him a heart pendant, a particularly unique one that was close to my own heart. He asked where it came from and when I shared that it was from a slum community in India, he asked to hear more.
He seemed visibly moved by the end and took out a sum of money and asked me if I could pass it along to them. I felt very connected to him, and the community in India in that moment.
It lead me to ask a deeper question about who was kind to whom in that instant. Especially in a business setting, I feel these are the kind of interactions that would be of value, mutual kindness and compassion, with an intention of growing towards love. Wherever we are, I feel that we can always take our next step towards love. What a blessing all around :)
When you measure the distance between towns on foot, walk to places you thought could only be reached by car, or talk to neighbors with whom you never felt necessary to interact, it will shift your mind! I live in the suburb north of San Francisco, driving is considered the main transportation option for most residents here. I still remember how excited I was when I first learned to drive 10 years ago. Driving at night, the headlights softly illuminating the road ahead, with music gently soothing my heart, I was filled with joy, a joy of independence in a foreign land! I had a photo taken of me hugging my white slender car and sent it to my family in China. I loved my car! Sometimes she was my only companion in lonely nights. Yet, as time went by, that excitement wore off. I dreaded driving, burning gas in bumper-to-bumper ... Read Full Story >>
Last night I was about to leave work when I noticed an elderly, disabled man on his motorized scooter. It had broken down on the sidewalk in front of our school, which is in a somewhat seedy neighborhood. There was no way we could lift the scooter and move it, it was way too heavy. And, the man didn't want to leave the scooter because he was afraid it would be vandalized. The wind was icy cold and he had no money, no cell phone, and no family nearby. I thought to call the police - 311 - but they said they couldn't do anything about this. I wondered ... so they would rather wait to get a call that he's been assaulted? Then I called AAA roadside assistance. I offered to upgrade my account so that he could get help, but they said it would take 48 hours to clear unless it was ... Read Full Story >>
A couple of weeks ago I went to a new massage therapist. I was having a tough day and she listened to me and encouraged me. At some point I began crying, releasing the pent up emotions. After the session, she e-mailed me and asked me if I would be interested in doing an exchange... massages for Reiki (I'm certified in Reiki)... to help me save money since I'm undergoing treatments for Lyme disease and the supplements/etc. can add up. I happily accepted! We met today and it was awesome!
Earlier today, on my way to yoga, I saw a woman who was homeless and holding up a sign asking for help. I parked my car nearby and walked up to her, offering her the care bag I was carrying with food, personal care items, and an encouraging card. She began crying then I began crying, then we exchanged hugs and phone numbers. I hope I can continue to be of service.
Thankful for new friends I meet on the journey! Love to all of you and big big ((hugs))!
I took my Mum and brother to our favourite organic cafe for lunch. I chatted to the server as she took our order. My brother wondered aloud if I really did eat out all the time as everywhere we went they seemed to know me. No, they just remember me because I take the time to ask them how their day is going, and thank them with gratitude for doing their jobs. Both my sons have worked in entry-level jobs, so its in the back of my mind "do you know what, this is someone's daughter or son" and treat them as I would like my sons treated :-)
Last week was rough...very busy, lots of people asking me to take on extra work, etc. A co-worker asked how she could help me. My response was, "Coffee and chocolate!" This morning I arrived at work to find a bag of Hershey's Miniatures and an empty coffee cup with a note that asked how I like my coffee!
What a gift! This completely made my day! I'm going to have to pass that kindness forward big time!
Recently there was a competition to win personalized footballs. You got to choose your teams ball and have your name put on the ball. I won! And. More than once.
I had one made for each of my young boys and the other I searched my facebook page for someone to gift. Then I found him. The perfect person. A football fanatic. So I had one made for him. Today I get to gift it to him. He will be so surprised because 1. We aren't even close (friends of friends) and 2. He probably doesn't know these things exist. I'm so excited. So blessed to be able to give ♥
Yesterday my husband and I went to a local hospital to take infant CPR. Our 5 month old granddaughter is coming for the holidays. She has a pre-existing condition that could present itself on the trip and we wanted to take stress off our daughter and be prepared. I was quite nervous going into this training. We had dinner at the hospital cafe and were heading to class when we ran into a janitor. I said good evening and how are you and he replied: Blessed! Wow, that one interchange completely changed my perspective for the better. I was immediately able to see that actually I was blessed. What a gift.
A few months back I was waiting in line undecided on what to get at Starbucks. I noticed a woman in her mid-thirties, well dressed with a resume in her hand. One of the employees told her that the manager would be with her shortly. While we both waited her phone rang. She started apologizing to the person on the line, "I'm truly sorry, I lost my job a few months back and I could barely pay tuition. But I promise you as soon as I can I'll buy the girls their books. Please just give me time." I wanted to hug her right there and then. My birthday was the day before and I am obsessed with books. I got many bookstore gift cards. I knew why God put me there today. I thought of my mom and what she would say to me "come on you know what to do." I ... Read Full Story >>
A friend of mine was diagnosed with leukemia in her 60s. Her last hope was a marrow transplant. Luckily, they found one in Germany! This lady had signed up in the donor registry years before, but wasn't a match for the child and later the teenager in her region that needed a transplant. Years went by and out of the blue she got the news that she was a match for a woman in California (my friend). The transplant was performed, and my friend fully recovered. This year she went to Germany to thank the donor and found out that this lady had received the match request two days before her wedding! She said yes, and a few weeks later became a lifesaver while still a newlywed. Here they are together.
We were on a nature trail with around 40 kids from Teach for India this Sunday.
A little girl, Muskaan, observed that a small plant was drying and drooping. It was around 11AM and very sunny, so the kids were a little exhausted. But this little angel showered her love by emptying her water bottle on the plant, keeping just 2 sips for herself and thinking that the plant will survive. I witnessed deepest level of compassion.
Wishing you a lovely festive season full of compassion and love for each other. :)
A day or so ago I posted a photo of a pile of cross stitch kits that I had been gifted. I couldn't possibly use them all so I decided to give them away to ladies in my community who like to have a project in their hands. I packed them all into a box and decided to start with the lady who runs my local bar as she's perfectly charming and so good to me. I took her out to my car and showed her the box. I was holding it in my arms whilst she looked when another car drew up next to us with two other ladies in it. Within moments I was crushed against my car behind the weight of rummaging elderly ladies and had to fight my way out to put the box on a table. Well between the three of them they took every single item ... Read Full Story >>
It was such a nice day today, with storms expected tomorrow, so I put the laundry on hold and treated my adopted mom to lunch. <3
We walked around the entire mall, and I found a bank of candy machines that I filled with quarters. :) My mom said she had never seen anyone do anything like that!
An elderly lady who lives near me keeps her garden so beautiful. It has an abundance of flowers and colours. The weather is not too good here at the moment, it's actually raining. I drove past this elderly lady's house and the garden is showing signs of winter with very little by way of flowers or colour. I knocked on her door and she came out. She doesn't know me and I told her I had flowers for her. Dear love, she said she couldn't imagine who would be giving her flowers. I told her it was me and I was giving them to her because she works so hard in her garden and we all get to enjoy the beauty of it. She was totally gobsmacked. All she could say was 'I don't know what to say.' Her name is Elizabeth. Tears ran down Elizabeth's face and you would truly ... Read Full Story >>
At work we make and deliver thanksgiving baskets to families in need. Our unit has pledged to make 15 baskets. I am so happy when I see more items added to the baskets! I really do love my work family - they are so generous!!!
At the mall today I 'braved up' and paid forward for the next person. The cashier didn't really get what I wanted her to do and I could feel my anxiety levels rising as I tried to explain... and tried to be anonymous. In the end I think she did understand what I wanted, so I gave her $5 and a smile card. As I left I thought, leave it in the hands of a higher power and all will be as it is supposed to be. A year ago, I would have spent the day 'wondering' if it had all gone okay, and did I just 'waste' $5? all good now, thanks to the combined growth and wisdom I've learnt from KS :-)
My lovely husband had a bad day at work. He came in the door and suggested we go for a walk. He said "come on, grab your post-it notes too" and we walked and talked and post-it blitzed the main road bench seats, bus shelters and a little quiet park where we stopped and talked more about our days. We both made our difficult days into something uplifting for someone else :-)
I was at the store picking up a couple of things; they were short handed and as I got in line a lady behind me seemed frustrated . I looked at her and said ma'am you 3 items please go ahead; she was so relieved. Before she checked out she told me she watched a showing on kindness and gratitude and here it is in the works :) made my day that I had made her day and that somehow she was gonna pay it forward I have no doubt :)
On Saturday I drove my 14 yr old son 2 hours away to meet up with his first girlfriend who he only knows on the computer to give her a birthday present, one of which he sewed for her in life skills class. We left early and just sat at the m and m store until they showed up that day. It was a great visit with my son!
I was walking to a literary event in a cool autumn night in San Francisco. Ahead of me, a homeless-looking man, maybe in his 60s, was pushing an empty shopping cart on the sidewalk in my direction. He pushed the cart left and right, seeming to intentionally block the pedestrians. The pedestrian walking ahead of me avoided him. My heart raced. As I was about to walk to the side too, the cart-pushing man stopped and spoke loudly, "You can't pass by me without a smile!" I happened to be standing right there, surprised. I smiled. He gave me a big child-like smile! Or maybe it was him who smiled first. We looked at each other, eyes to eyes, as we passed by, smiling. We were both innocent kids again. Before he walked across the street, he turned and said,
"Have a great night!"
"You too!" I said.
A large dose of happy juice was shot into the chambers of my heart and then pumped out traveling all the way to my toes. Magic is everywhere if we allow it to happen.