I'm copying this FB status from a friend, because I thought it was a lovely kindness story.
Because of increased pain levels and the sheer length of the grass after all the rain, I have been unable to trim my larger plot. I was up early this morning and my neighbour's wife Celeste, was busy cutting some of it with a hook for their sheep.
I explained that I was unable to cut it because of the pain in my side. Mid morning she knocked at my door , gave me some potatoes and said that Manuel, her husband would cut it for me. Late afternoon in all this heat he is out there trimming away, a magnificent gesture on their behalf. I have taken him a cold beer, thanked him and said I will pay him for his time and fuel. They know that I have not been well and this is their way of helping me.
In April I put together a RAOK bag for my car. I stocked it with food, water, candies, gift cards, lottery tickets, and the like. During the month, if I saw someone in need, I would look in the bag for something to help them.
After April, I still had some items in my bag, and I've reached in a few times since then.
Today, I was at a convenient store returning a DVD I had rented for my daughter, when I guy asked if I had some money for bus fare. I rarely carry cash, and I was driving my wife's car (my car has change in it). I told the man I would look to see if my wife had left any change in the car. She hadn't... but she had put my RAOK bag in the car.
So, I looked, and lo and behold, there was a scratcher in there. I handed it to the man and told him good luck, and if it hit $500 to be sure to pay it forward. As I pulled out, he scratched and yelled that he'd won a free ticket.
I certainly hope that ticket was a big winner!
I don't normally "repost" others writings but this is so beautiful. So true. And something I vow to do daily. And most days I do. I am changing the world. YOU are changing the world. We all are changing the world 💜 ****
She felt like doing her part to change the world, so she started by giving thanks for all of the blessings in her life, rather than bemoaning all that was missing from it.
Then she complimented her reflection in the mirror, instead of criticizing it as she usually did. Next she walked into her neighborhood and offered her smile to everyone she passed, whether or not they offered theirs to her.
Each day she did these things, and soon they became a habit. Each day she lived with more gratitude, more acceptance, more kindness. And sure enough, the world around her began to change. Because she had decided so, she was single-handedly doing her part to change it. ॐ
~ Scott Stabile
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My Neighbor struggled to buy his house and in so doing, he fell short on money for a Lawn Mower. He would feel so bad when he saw me cutting my lawn and all he had was a weed whacker.
I went on www. Freecycle.org, Where you can get things for free and found an Electric Lawn Mower in a nearby city. It was almost new, the guy had it 6 Months before he landscaped his yard.
It came with a 100 FT Cord " Brand New". You should have seen his face when I test ran it on my yard & he saw it. And his face when I cleaned it and gave it to him. That was a Great DAY :)
Inside this card is one of the biggest kindnesses I am yet to do.
The other day when thinking of a girl I know. Not a friend as such just someone I know through others. I thought of how much I admire her fighting spirit and 'never give up' attitude as she struggles financially. She recently immigrated here from her homeland of Croatia with her two children and husband.
As I was thinking of her so randomly I also heard a random 'thought' or inner prompting and voice. It said "Gift her. Bless her financially with whatever you can spare".
So I am. $100 in fact. A fresh green crisp $100 bill. Thankfully I know her postal address so can post anonymously. Inside the card it reads:
"I pray that this $100 bless you both.
I pray that this $100 be the beginning of an abundance so rich to fall upon you.
I pray that this $100 gives you both faith that the universe always provides.
And I pray that you both know how loved you always are 💜
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