Today I found a dog who was lost. I found him on a street near my house. The pet looked very sad and confused. Even though he was a big dog he seemed to be afraid. While I was driving I remembered that three years ago my dog Wolphy had been lost, and I felt very sad. He was lost for a week. My family and I were very worried and we announced his missing on the radio and put up fliers on the streets.
After a week finally someone called us. They said that their neighbors had our dog, so we went there and rescued Wolphy. That's why I decided to take the dog I had found, he was called Ringo, and behind his dog tags there was a phone number. I called the number and a woman whose voice sounded very sad answered. I told her that I had found her dog. She immediately became happy. Doing this act I felt really good with myself because I could help a dog and also a woman.
Though the late Fred Rogers shared this wonderful message to help parents comfort their children in difficult times, I find it very comforting in light of the severe storm in SE Texas.
It continues to be amazing to see all the helpers and all they're doing! From official helpers, EMT's, RedCross workers, Coast Guard, etc., to the many volunteers coming from everywhere and the good Samaritans rescuing those stranded, it is a very beautiful thing to see. There really are "so many good people in this world". And we can all be very grateful for that.
My heart goes out to all the people in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's devastation. This morning I got in touch with an old high school friend who lives in an unaffected p art of the state. She and her husband who are both doctors are sponsoring trucks filled with supplies and food from Costco to be delivered to shelters in the Houston area. I am sending her a check this morning to help in the cause.
I am so proud of my granddaughter! She celebrated her twelfth birthday this past weekend wit a "stuff the Bus" party. Her school is sponsoring a stuff the bus drive and Kendall wanted to help.
She asked her friend to bring something off the school's required supply list to donate in lieu of gifts. The kids all had a blast at the party and were able to help others as well.
Someone came to work in the house and I noticed he was sad, asked if he wanted to talk about it and invited for a cup of tea. We had a lovely conversation for almost an hour, it felt needed.
Good connection and support. It's so important to take time to listen and share. We all learn from it and grow. I found dear Louise Hay's book Heal your Life on my bookshelf while he was doing the work so I gifted it. He was very grateful indeed.
Nursing home Monday gifted me and my harp with three lovely listeners. I stopped in the room of the quiet and gentle woman I have played for twice before. She was sleeping but I set up anyway as I know she loves the harp. Her room mate was also with the hospice I volunteer for and I asked if she wouldn't mind and maybe she would like it as well. She told me yes, please play but she was going to be weighed soon. The weighing took about 3 minutes. My sleeping beauty slumbered as I played and my other recipient told me over and over how much she loved it and that I was just fabulous. I happened upon another woman, dozing in front of her TV. She told me,"Why sure, I would like harp! C'mon in!" Her TV and her room mate's TV were on (the room mate wasn't ... Read Full Story >>
Despite an early start, nothing has been going to plan from my to do list today and I was getting really frustrated. So what could I do to give myself a boost? Doing something nice for someone else normally helps.
So I wrote a message to someone who writes a blog about how we can lower our environmental impact, saying how admire that she keeps at it. I just got a message back, so my thoughts were appreciated. Now I feel a bit brighter, it's back to that to do list!
As I explore my home town I came across a sign on a front lawn of someone’s home that is written in three languages. Each time I walk by this sign of acceptance my heart warms, my mood lightens and I grin from ear to ear. The sign reads “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”
Another day as I walked along this same street I realized that there is several churches of different denominations within a block of this sign.
To me this too is a sign of acceptance. How wonderful to have such open signs of acceptance in one’s neighborhood. I do not walk the same way each day but when I take this a particular route I find myself looking with anticipation to catch sight of this sign. Each time I pause and give a silent thank-you to the home owner for displaying this sign of acceptance of all their neighbors.
Hiking in the mountains I met a young lady who wanted to pet my dog. While she coddled over him I said, "Do you have a dog of your own?" "He just died." she said. She explained that as a child she got a puppy. They grew up together, went everywhere together and were best of buddies. She even took him to college though he was very old and couldn't get around well. And as he got worse she stayed by him day and night thinking they would always be together. But one day, while petting him, he growled and bit her hand. She was startled. He never did that. How could he turn on her? Friends convinced her to put him to sleep. Reluctantly she did, but confessed that she hated herself ever since. "How could I kill my lifetime friend?" she sobbed. "Suppose," I said, "Your dog was a genius! ... Read Full Story >>
As we begin the week in which we will celebrate International World Peace Day, let us all strive to share the peace within us in every way we can. In times like these, it can seem an impossible task, but it really can be as simple as exchanging a smile, a kind look of understanding, an acceptance acknowledged. Peace is there for all of us to share.
My Morning Spent with Soup, Soap and Salvation
This morning I arrived early at our local Salvation Army church, gloved and with my trash grabber in hand. Cleaning the grounds, pruning the wayward thorns off the roses, discarding the shredded balloons from last night's youth gathering.
Lunch for 57 homeless persons happened on schedule. I sat with a family of four, young man, two older men and a young lady. Not much conversation but lots of smiles and friendly gestures about passing the salt, giving out napkins, and making each other smile shyly at first then wider as the meal progressed.
Soap was abundantly shared, and the showers ran fully . Lines snaked about the interior to the building, towels hung to dry on racks in the entry way.
Music played from the brass band, with a fiddle added in. Lots of backpacks filled with surplus donations and off the guests went into the greater downtown area.
Love this the VW bug of the pastor. Good works, good deeds, good times today. Praises be.
We never truly know the daily struggles of others, do we?
When I handed an origami peace dove to the gal who checked us in at the airport on our return trip from Canada, and thanked her for her help, she told me that it had made her day and that I had no idea what it meant for her. I felt deeply the emotion behind her words and was heartened by the way her face lit up with a beautiful smile.
Had one of my favorite days yesterday. I took my neighbor shopping for school supplies for her son. This started when he was in first grade and they didn't have any money. Well, he is a teenager now, but I still like doing this. His Mom and I made it a girls outing. A teenage boy doesn't want to be seen with us.
Anyway, I always buy a backpack and supplies for another child, in addition to the neighbor. Today I took the supplies to the school and donated them. They are always so grateful. One of the best days of the year.
Shopped at a local op shop today and got chatting to the volunteer behind the counter about the top I was wearing that featured butterflies, volunteer has similar top and we both love butterfly related articles.
Went to the shopping center and bought a new diary for work and there were 2 year planners with lovely design of butterflies on the cover. I bought 2 of them. Dropped back to op shop and left one for the volunteer with a random act of kindness card and thanked her for been a volunteer.
Found this story below online wanted to share. Talking To Strangers. "We made a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up cupcakes for Norah's birthday. She was sitting in one of those carts that look like a car or truck or whatever when an older gentleman walked by. We'd passed several other elderly customers but she seemed magnetically drawn to this man. Her face lit up like the sun, she waved excitedly, and said "Hi old person! It's my birfday today!" He was furrow browed but his expression softened when he realized she was speaking to him. "Well hello little lady! And how old are you today?" he asked. They chatted for a few seconds and it was super adorable. We said 'goodbye' and carried on shopping. A few minutes later she turned and asked "Can I take a picture with the old man for my birfday?" Uh, it was the cutest damn thing ever. I knew he ... Read Full Story >>
I am so thankful for my friends. I had a scary moment yesterday and they all rallied around me and sprang into action to clear it up. They helped me feel less self conscious about my emotional state and took care of me the rest of the way home.
Today, I went to go shopping after work at Old Navy, as I had a coupon for $10 off any purchase of $25 or more and the coupon would be valid for only a few more days.
I found a couple of items to buy and the total would have been over $25 so I would be able to use the coupon I had. I then made the decision to off the coupon to a stranger to use. As I went to the cashier to pay for my items, I offered the coupon to a nearby lady who was paying for her items.
It felt good to do this good deed. I am glad she accepted my offer, as sometimes people are wary of strangers.
YOU'VE BEEN MUGGED
I saw a cute idea on Pinterest today and decided to adapt it for more general gift giving. I filled some cute smiley mugs with treats and added a note which said "You've Been Mugged" on the front and this message on the inside: "you are so special and do so much for everyone. Please enjoy this hug in a mug!" Then I quietly left them for the staff at the Assisted Care Home I visit. Here is a link to the original idea.
The most cherished gift I received was a water painting by brother gave me of our childhood home. When I opened the framed painting, it touched me to my core. We spent many days building dwellings in the nearby woods, weaving ferns between branches for our little huts. The home has since been down razed, but the memories are vivid and three dimensional. That painting brought it all "home."
I was at our local supermarket today to pick up some shopping. We noticed Jackie operating one of the tills. She is a long time friend with a daughter who is 18 months younger than mine which makes Kelly 16. Kelly has several disabilities including autism. Jackie asked about Ruth and university.
I told her and then I could see tears in her eyes. She went on to say how hard she finds this time of year because her niece and nephew are going to university and of course Kelly is unlikely to do this. I listened and allowed her to share all her pain.
I was reminded how little time it really takes to listen to someone. She was able to pour her heart out in the time it took to put our shopping through the till. I have encouraged her to join Kindspring.org because she is a really caring person.