In the morning I often go to the local park to walk.
There are two grounds-keepers there who do an awesome job of keeping the place clean, especially after baseball games. Yesterday, I left them a note of appreciation and $5 gift cards to the local coffee place.
I think they need to know that someone appreciates their work.
I sent a letter to my mother thanking her for all the love, care, and kindness she has given me throughout my life. I believe that mothers like mine can ever be thanked enough for all the tremendous sacrifices they make for their children.
My nine year old daughter has walked to school almost every day of her school life and each morning the same crossing guard, Ms. Leslie is there to help us safely cross the street. She and my daughter have a special ritual of hugging. My daughter runs to her, they hug, lock eyes and Ms. Leslie twirls her around once with the "stop" sign in one hand. Once, a neighbor driving her 3 children to school told me they feel lucky when they get the chance to witness this. Any fighting in the car that is going on, stops and they all share the joy between these two. This morning after watching them and having crossed the street to the other side, I said "That looked like so much fun can I have a hug too?" Ms. Leslie smiled and we embraced a full 5 seconds. I could feel our skin touching neck to neck and ... Read Full Story >>
A Cherokee is telling his grandson about a fight
that is going on inside himself.
He said it is between 2 wolves.
One is evil: Anger, envy, sorrow, regret,
fearful thinking, greed, arrogance, self-pity,
guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,
false pride, superiority and ego.
The other is good: Joy, peace, love, hope, serenity,
humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity,
truth, compassion and faith.
The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"
The Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
Today, my father had a second round of tests that definitely confirm that he has prostate cancer.
Since my mother's death in December, he has been angry with the world and because I live with him, he has become more and more angry often taking this out on me verbally and emotionally.
Several weeks ago, it got so bad that I had to consider moving out as it was affecting my health so badly.
Today with the news of his cancer he has changed now realizing that life is short and in a miraculous way his attitude has changed for the better towards me.
I will be here to help him during his illness, as I always have been in the background trying to make things easier for him as he has been traveling through the emotions of mourning my mother.
I forgive him whole heartedly.
Today was an intense day that offered opportunity for the whole community to be kind. Our dear friend Cinderella down the road had a severe stroke some time last night, and was found this morning by her close friend who noticed she had not picked up her paper or walked her dog. Thank GOODNESS for kind, loving neighbors who pay attention. She ran to get my mom, who is a nurse, and we both ran to Cindy's house. I had never seen someone in her state, she was not responsive to us, but she looked terrified. We called 911 , and while we waited we spoke to her to calm her and I sang to her a little bit, which helped her close her eyes and stop shaking. After she was taken, 2 neighbors went to the hospital, while a team of 4 of us began to clean her room and figure ... Read Full Story >>
Yesterday, after a beautiful therapy session, I rode through town specifically hoping to learn something from someone. When a young man flagged me down, I quickly pulled over and sat down next to him. He began to tell me about the symbols he had drawn on the concrete, and spoke of things I had never heard of. I was reminded, as I had hoped, that I have no IDEA what it is all really about, and that a 'strange' man's guess is as good as mine. He thanked me for listening, and asked for money. I immediately said yes. When I could not get money from a debit machine, or figure out my pin for cash back, he outright asked "Will you buy me some beer?" My immediate reaction was -- "Beer?" as if it were a ridiculous request. I include this story here because I am sure many of us have gifted ... Read Full Story >>
I'm a stay at home mum to three beautiful young boys, and some days I never leave the house!
On these days I always wander how I can do a kind act. But I realize I do them every day. Although not big and even without leaving the house we can still do acts of kindness.
I smiled at other drivers driving my boys to school, I left uplifting and positive comments on people's Facebook status. I played with all my three children and gave them attention rather than do something for me and I walked the neighbor's dog.
Things can be done every day without leaving home.
A 15 year old girl who belongs to minority community had dropped her education due to some financial problems.
Her father was a labourer in a leather factory, but now he doesn't have any work and her mother used to do some work at home and earn something, but it is not sufficient for a five member family, so the girl had to drop her education.
But she is talented and got 65% marks in her 10th grade board exam and she has a strong will to study further. When I heard about it, I decided to help.
Yesterday, I went to her home and gifted her 1000 INR so that she could continue studying and go for higher education. She was very happy, and had an innocent smile on her face. Her parents were also happy, and thanked me.
I also felt happy, and good.
On my way home I saw a homeless guy who lives in his car. I have driven by him many times without paying much attention. He seemed okay with his place and his anonymity.
But last night I stopped, I introduced myself and asked him about himself.
I'm somewhat embarrassed to report that his story surprised me in that he was a regular guy who had been gainfully employed in the area for many years in a very respectable career. I don't know what I thought his background was.
I too often judge on appearances. I was prepared to give him some money but it became clear money was not a problem for him. He was simply happy to have someone stop, engage him in conversation and share some stories about local politics.
I am a more educated person for having stopped and I now know a nice guy in the neighborhood.
Whenever I walk to the school I teach at I see tons of garbage littering the side-walk and street. In my head, I always think, "One day, I'm going to bring a bag with me and just pick up all the garbage as I walk to school."
Well, today was the day I finally decided to do it!
I was heading out with the bag and gloves, and I asked my wife if she wanted to join me. She said yes and we were off!
Surprisingly, it took us about twenty minutes just to pick up the litter on our street and around the block! And then I had to head to school.
Maybe I can do this every day and, little-by-little, bag-by-bag, my whole route can get cleaned up!
I reconnected with two people who came into my life as angels during a very difficult time.
One was my roommate. He was the first person I befriended in a foreign country. He always supported me, mentored me and encouraged me when I needed a friend. Since then our lives had moved on and we had lost touch.
The other was a mentor who helped me get freelance work at a time when even affording one meal was difficult. My brother was unemployed in those days and he lived with me too. It was through this mentor that I earned just about enough to save $50 a month, which, at that time, was a huge amount for me.
I wrote long e-mails to each of them expressing how wonderful they were and saying I was truly grateful for their presence in my life.
As serendipity would have it, it was BOTH their birthdays the day that messages went out!
As I lay on the table enjoying my monthly massage, my soul was nourished and renewed. While I felt the caring touch of the massage therapist, I listened to recordings of music reserved only a few centuries ago for royalty and the very rich. Flutes in gentle harmony complemented by delicate piano scales; in my imagination, these gifted artists were performing just for me. I pay $80 for an hour-long massage. How much is it really worth to me? $500? $1000? I could never afford that amount every month, but if suddenly a massage cost $500 or $1000 at minimum, I realized that I would still save up and get a massage every year or two as a special treat. When the massage was finished, I told my massage therapist how grateful I was for her work, how much this time meant to me each month, and that her massages are worth ... Read Full Story >>
Last Tuesday, a group of cub masters and I spent time teaching a troop of boy scouts about recycling and reusing items. We then spent some time cleaning up around the meeting house and surrounding areas. It was a great experience for the boys because in 20 short minutes, they saw how much of an impact they could have in their world. A gas station owner even came out to thank them and tell them how much he appreciated their efforts.
Earlier today, in a medical clinic, I used a pen with a light on it in the rather dim office. An elderly lady sitting next to me asked where I got it, sharing that she thought it was a good idea, especially for people with cataracts, like her.
As she was called to her appointment, I handed her the pen as a gift. She was thrilled and thanked me profusely. I hope that simple, little gift will help her light her way as she writes despite her poor vision.
Today I had to take my eldest child to the doctor.
Our doctor is wonderful so I made her a gift of a necklace and a small key-ring. She was so surprised to get them and she gave me a hug!
I love gifting hand-made things to people who appreciate them!
At the grocery store I noticed that there was sale on some frozen dinners. So, I picked up a few extra for the freezer at work.
I am always hearing people at work saying they are hungry, but they only get a fifteen minute break and can't really go out to get something to eat in that short amount of time.
Sure enough, the next day someone said they were hungry. I told them there were a few dinners in the freezer and they could eat one on their fifteen minute break.
The smile on her face was priceless! It's a easy as that. And smiles are contagious!
Today I walked the mile to the end of the main road by our house, to the beautiful corn-fields and farm-land.
As I prepared to walk the mile back I pulled out a big clear trash-bag. Then I started filling it with the beer cans, cigarette packs, lottery tickets and other trash that people throw out their car windows.
Along the way a couple of friends and strangers stopped to thank me for doing it. But I also hope that many more people noticed what I was doing and perhaps they will think twice before throwing things "away" next time. As we know there is no "away."
I now have a giant bag of trash and recyclables to sort out to keep the kindness going. I love doing this for my neighborhood and for our community.
A couple days ago, while I was mowing my lawn, I noticed some garbage and debris on my neighbor's lawn. I went over and neatly stacked it to the side so that his yard would look a little bit better. I also pulled weeds along the sidewalk in front of my house and my neighbor's. I used my hose to wash it all down to one spot and then swept it up.
As I was doing this, someone came to visit the neighbors two doors down from me. No one answered the door so he started walking back down the driveway to his truck. When he looked over and saw what I was doing, without saying a word, he took a weed eater out from his truck and started cutting down the grass growing onto the edge of the sidewalk. When he had to go, he walked over and ask if things looked okay. I thanked him for his help and wished him a very good day.
There's a boy in the coder class I teach who doesn't seem to get a long with most of the kids in the class. While I can understand why the other kids aren't so happy with him, I can't help feeling a bit sad for him.
When the kids were choosing their partners and projects for class to parents presentation day, he ended up doing his presentation alone. I told him it is a very brave thing to do and I believed he could do it very well, and that he's going to make me and his parents very proud.
He made some changes to the project he's going to present and excitedly showed me the changes he made. He said he couldn't wait to show it to his parents. It warms my heart thinking that perhaps my words of encouragement has helped him feel better.