Ideas for bringing a sense of community to your neighborhood (all of these tried and tested in ours!) Organize an international potluck block party to celebrate diversity (everyone brings a dish celebrating their heritage; everyone brings own utensils, chairs, congregate in a driveway or street, kids play freely in the street which you block off to cars) Host a movie night for neighborhood kids Host a gingerbread making afternoon/other baking activity for kids Support/organize a kids lemonade stand for charity Share produce from your garden Share homemade baked goods Take in mail/newspapers when neighbors are out of town Visit elderly neighbors with homemade food or flowers and see what they need (rides to grocery store, church, hairdresser, light chores outside) Communal fruit-picking and jam-making Close off the street and have potluck dinner in the middle of the street so kids can play Organize a neighborhood band to make music for a potluck Halloween party Maypole/May dance party Host an Easter egg hunt in ... Read Full Story >>
Yesterday I needed the cable repairman to come and fix our phone and internet. I was irritated with the company because it has been twice in the past two months we have had to call for these issues.
The repairman was prompt and efficient. He fixed our problem in less than an hour. I did not show my frustration to him, just went about my day while he worked. Before he left, we began talk
ing about my woodstove and how much I love using real firewood to warm up the room during the winter months.
He said that last year he had to keep his stove blazing because his wife was very frail. I asked how she was doing.He replied she passed away from bone cancer. I felt tears welling up and asked if I could give him a hug. He smiled shyly and said yes.
Sometimes a hug might just help aid the healing of the wounds of grief. Always be kind, you never know the path of another. Even this flower knows how to hug!
Tonight, I went to see a play by, and full with, women I consider fierce. En route, a car cut me off. I turned my bright lights on him and I drove right behind him. At the next stop light, I pulled up beside him. He was angry, and I gave him the bird as he seemed to shout profanities at me. I rolled down my window and said, "Really? You're mad at me when YOU cut me off?!" He retorted, "YES!" And then threw what I think was his coffee grande (with cream) in my face! It covered my face, my car, and my steering wheel. Thankfully, it was cold. I didn't know what to do but I was angry and tired and not feeling 100%, so I followed behind him with my bright lights on. I called 911 to report an assault by a taxi driver. A very nice and calm operator ... Read Full Story >>
Yesterday was my 10th year in the office!
As a token of thanks to my colleagues, I gave away (through a raffle draw) 10 gift certificates for an hour massage.
Each gift certificate went with a smile card.
The two of us sat across from each other sipping coffee and staring bleakly at the news. We are Mohawk students from Hamilton, Ontario and we had gotten together to think of a way that we could make an impact on some of the problems we saw in the world. However, as we talked and sifted our way through problem after problem, corruption after corruption, and issue after issue, it became depressingly clear to us that there was little we could do. After a long silence, Mike looked up at me with a smile and said, “What if we do something small?” I laughed, thought about it, then replied “what about bus drivers?” That set us off on a mission to surprise bus drivers with their coffee orders. We believe that anyone can do the sort of small acts of kindness we did and that it's the simple actions in life that have ... Read Full Story >>
I was in our local pizza takeout today when a couple of teenagers came in to order pizzas. They each ordered a small personal size pizza for themselves and 3 large pizzas to be delivered to the fire department. which was having a training night. They asked the delivery person to include a note they had written thanking the members of the fire department for all they do for the community and for helping their friend when he was in a serious accident. They explained that their friend had lived because of the actions of the emergency personnel. I don't know these kids, but I am very proud of them. ... Read Full Story >>
I was called to go do some shopping for my Father yesterday. I had other plans, but he needed some clothes and a pair of shoes. Things do wear out, but sometimes he gives some of his things away or throws them out as he often doesn’t recognize them as his own. So, off I went to Target. I approached a kind, young woman, who works in the men’s department there and simply explained that I needed to buy some things for my Father, but there was a really good possibility that I would have to return them as he was ill and often doesn't care for new things at all. It was to be the start of a very profound conversation. She said that my Dad sounded a lot like her husband about new things. He was in a rehab center for those with very early onset dementia. I then told ... Read Full Story >>
My best friend and I walked to an ice cream shop today. I brought my water bottle out of habit and commented to her that I had no idea why I brought it otherwise. We kept going though. On our way, a man asked if either of us had money for water, or a drink or something. He was sitting on the ground at the time with a sign he stopped holding up. I offered my reusable water bottle for him to keep. He chugged down about 24 oz of water mighty quickly. He gave me my bottle back after all. I said to my friend with a smile., "That was why I brought it then." On the return back from the ice cream store, I tried to get water to go, in case he was still there. They only had mineral water and coconut water there, something he may have disliked. ... Read Full Story >>
Submitted on LoveWhatMatters website by Aimee Boyle Mcilroy I’d like to send a huge shout out to Valerie, a manager at Home Depot. I came in tonight to pick up a refrigerator box that she was holding for me. We’re using the box to make my son’s wheelchair into a police car for Halloween. I first knew Valerie was awesome when she got down on the floor to cut the box down for me. She had beautiful nails and I told her that they weren’t meant for a box cutter, and she said that her vest meant that she was made for whatever I needed! After getting the box loaded, Valerie helped us brainstorm and find the other items we would need. We trekked all over that store with our Creative Genius. Then, she took us to the checkout and PAID FOR EVERYTHING HERSELF! I tried to refuse, but she just said that it ... Read Full Story >>
Perhaps you'll think this a strange tale. It's true, though I could not believe it at first. Powerful truth is sometimes in small things. No act of kindness and understanding goes unnoticed. It will all come back to you, maybe even tenfold. Many years ago I hated mosquitoes with a passion. I reveled at crushing those little blood suckers. One day I bragged to my wife, ahead on the trail, that I had just killed 10 of the little swarmer's with one slap. She told me that few bothered her. They regularly didn't. Puzzled about this, I asked, "Why me?" She turned to face me and said, "Because you hate them!" I laughed, "So tell me something I don't know." She explained that the little critters were simply returning my hatred in kind. That stopped me dead in my tracks. Could that be? She suggested that if I sent them loving thoughts ... Read Full Story >>
❤️From the Love What Matters website:
✨"Our worst nightmare occurred after the Rangers game. The elevator was not working to get us from the street down to Penn Station. Chris is in a 350 lb wheelchair and it is elevator or nothing for him.
I stumbled across this beautiful human being, Officer Mears. He personally walked us around until we found a working elevator in Kmart. Then he escorted us to the LIRR, found out before all commuters what track we were on, brought us down and set up the ramp for Christopher to get on the train before the rush of all the passengers.
Officer Mears told me he worked with the disabled for 6 years before he became a police officer and that is where his heart is. I can't say enough about how wonderful this officer was to my son and I. He essentially moved a mountain for us! I love this man and what he represents of humanity." ✨
Submitted by Monica Ward Scharrer
I want to share a kindness act that started with strangers.
My mom's car stopped suddenly on a busy road. She called me, but I was not able to reach her quickly. When I arrived, she told me that the owner of the restaurant across from where the car stopped gathered his workers and helped to move the car next to the curb so it is safe.
It was a really nice gesture and it was very selfless of them to help. So after sorting things out with my mother's car, I decided to go back to the restaurant and buy dinner from there. But definitely their gesture was a great example of a random act that inspired me to pay it forward.
I saw a blog post by a mum who was wondering how she would cope with the cost of supplying school books for both of her kids this year. One of her boys is a year lower than one of mine, so I wrote and asked for her school's book list. Two books matched so I was able to post the books for two subjects of my son's from the last school year. I posted them addressed to her son, and she's just written to say how much he appreciated the personal post and she appreciated the gift. ... Read Full Story >>
Recently I found a bunch of foreign currency in my closet I had accumulated after years and years of travel, from over ten countries.
Most of it was spare change and bills, nothing worth more than about five dollars in a single currency. It would have been impractical to exchange such small amounts from so many different sources, so I decided to bring it with me and find people who were going on trips to the places from which I had currency.
It took several weeks to find people with trips matching the currencies I had, but it was so fun to give it to them and invite them to have a cup of coffee with it at their new destination. I couldn’t find anyone going to Mexico anytime soon, so I decided to leave my leftover pesos at a taco stand where I could hear the workers speaking Mexican Spanish. Perhaps they or someone they know will make use of it.
It made me smile to make money flow, in any currency. :-)
When some friends and I discovered that a local school had thrown out hundreds of perfectly good children's books, we got into the dumpster and rescued as many as we could. They have been donated to another school that was grateful for the donation.
Dropping by to say hello to all of you my KindSpring friends. For some time I was just peeping at your posts and stories to get myself some dose of kindness-vitamins.
Please know that you all inspire me to remember to leave a trail of kindness, a "kindprint "wherever I go... Thank you
"Went to Chick Fil A for lunch today because yum. Landon saw the car in front of us was from Florida (we have been talking about Irma today) and he declared we were paying for their meal and I agreed. But how do you pay for the car in front of you??
You run toward their window with a debit card in hand and scare the mess out of them lol. The man has left his home in Miami and was passing through to go stay with family in Birmingham. I told him we hoped he returned to his house untouched and that we'd keep him in our thoughts. Landon and I both had tears in our eyes from how appreciative he was.
I often feel like I'm failing because I can't do it all, all the time and then things like this happen and remind me that I don't have to. My most important job is going just fine." ❤️
Seth is a vivacious ten year old who loves geology, and biology, bio-chemistry, and most especially rocks. He attends a private school and I have the pleasure of working with him after school twice a month to help him become less anxiously consumed about his frequent stuttering blocks, focusing on rhythmic breathing and prosody strategies.. Last month Seth shared with me his idea of each of us bringing "gifts from our heart" to our therapy session. We then exchange our heart gifts,and talk about why we shared what we did. A great self discovery tool. Today he brought me a heart shaped composite stone from his personal rock pile. I brought a clean paper sack and we collected 7 cactus babies from my Mama cacti for Seth to plant later this week after their calluses form. I am inspired to share this idea, as Seth and I discussed it earlier today at our ... Read Full Story >>
I have not posted much for a while but that does not mean I am not trying to do my kindness bits. It's hard to choose what to share for my 100th story, so decided on an event from last Friday. I was waiting for my train and on the subway station’s floor was a man just sitting there. I thought he was sleeping. I looked around and nobody stopped so I just shrugged and went my way. After a few steps, I turned and asked him if he was okay and if he needed any help. He told me he was ok; his house was one station further and he would only need to take the train there. I offered my help, as I reached for his hand to help him stand. He wanted to take the stairs but I feared he would hurt himself since he seemed too weak to walk, so I asked him ... Read Full Story >>
The other day my daughter and I went out for dinner to celebrate her birthday. We went to a place she loves. The restaurant is on top of a hill and when we arrived the sun was setting behind the mountains. The kind waitress met us at the door but mentioned that, without a reservation, we would have to wait a very long time for our order because they were short staffed. She said that it could be over an hour before we would get our order. Well, we decided that we would leave because she strongly advised that we should! We stood outside wondering what we should do next when the owner came out and insisted that we stay! So we went back in. The waitress was right. We waited close to an hour before we got our appetizers! But do you know what? It was ok because we had tea and ... Read Full Story >>