Today I spontaneously gave my husband my most precious pebble - a love-heart-shaped one (that rolled right into my hand after a special moment standing in the sea). This was a gift to emphasize how much I love him. I also asked a family member how I could avoid potential conflicts with her partner over Christmas. The advice that she offered me worked like a charm - not a single argument with him. Also, as part of a gift to a special young person, I included something that is special to me, and I made an effort to talk to her in-depth, which was special. People from different generations can learn so much from each other. We had a magical moment observing a wild beaver-like animal eating dandelion leaves on a river bank. She told me what she knew about this wild animal that I was seeing for the first time. I managed to coax it to eat from my hand and then told her how I did so (remain calm and respectful, approach it slowly, crouch down and hold out my hand). Grateful for that experience and also to the wild animal that gave me its trust. Kindness all around. Use the chance to be kind. Not only this Christmas but at every opportunity you can 💓
The other day a parent at the elementary school I work at dropped off their child and gave a little Christmas gift for everyone to share. A pack of bubbles for the kindergarteners I work with! The parent spoke of how she had observed me in the past blowing bubbles with the little ones and saw how much they enjoy it...but hasn't seen it in the past few weeks or so. So she decided to gift me this pack. It was such a thoughtful act to be able to make an observation like that and get something based on that. It was the most simple yet most powerful act.
Such a sweet moment ♥️
P. S. I Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! Over here all of the local roads are closed due to the blizzard conditions, so celebrations for my family have been moved to tomorrow. Stay safe!
Recently a good friend of mine, who is doing Ministry for Jesus Christ asked for my pant and shirt sizes. I gave it slightly puzzled. A week go I received a parcel of a readymade full pant and shirt of high quality.
I always found it easier to give than receive. When you receive with gratitude the giver is blessed. We should learn to give s well as receive. The source is the same.
Thank you for everything in life.
❤️Anonymous gift was left on our porch this afternoon…a tin of holiday cookies.
No clue who left it there…there’s a few folks on the block who come to mind 🤔
With temps in the double minus digits, wind chills of -48 fahrenheit and blowing snow squalls, it’s life threatening here in the Hills. We braved the roads and nasty conditions for an overnight in Rapid City, hoping to beat the storm, so MisterM could keep an appointment that had already been rescheduled once due to inclement weather. Woke up to a dead car battery, so a kind traveler (stranded at the hotel due to interstate closing) gave us a jump. Then, as we were leaving, a young man asked the desk clerk if they had jumper cables - they didn’t. “We do!” I responded. When MisterM returned from bringing our vehicle around to the hotel door, I told him the situation. He offered, saying, “Well, I needed a jump this morning and now it’s my turn to repay the favor.” Kindness is like that sometimes. You give what you receive, almost instantaneously! ❄️ A lot of folks are ... Read Full Story >>
❤️Kind way to end our Sunday…
Someone left a surprise gift on our front porch last night, rang our bell & walked away by the time we opened the door. It was a Hanukkah menorah with candles….no idea who. 🤷♀️ The anonymous kindness touch my heart ❤️ (My intuition makes me think it was the local teenage young man we met & chatted with as he was passing our home a few months ago & then returned once or twice to say hello, that I had posted about a few months ago).
And right after that another surprise came in an email from our neighbor-friend who gifts us her Friday dinners..she shared a photo of herself wearing the apron & oven mitt we gifted her for her recent birthday while she was baking donuts. My heart felt like it was smiling when I saw her photo 🥰
Unexpected kindness ❤️
We gave Oscar the monthly money for food on the 28th of November.
Last week he told me it snowed in Portland. I asked if he was warm enough. He said when he's in his sleeping bag he's plenty warm. I pressed him and he admitted he needed boots.
I said I wanted to get him a Christmas gift and set an amount for him to pick out boots and anything else he needed. He chose boots, slippers, and two mirrors for his friend who is homeless.
She is in a wheelchair and the mirrors can clip on her chair so she can navigate crossing streets more safely. I was touched that, as usual, he was thinking of how to help others too.
Been gifting these little $ trees to delivery persons, cashiers, whoever we cross paths with this holiday season. Always well received, they encourage a smile, and an exclamation of, "Oh, thank you! I am going to put this on my Christmas tree!”
Donated an overstock of shampoo and soaps and many other necessary self care items to our local Salvation Army. This time of year, many people forget the importance of everyday basic necessities. Food and toys are always available, but toothpaste and brushes, and many other important items go unnoticed as a priority.
I always try to help others in my capacity. More than that, I always try my best to inspire others to do kind acts for strangers or family and friends. Giving away inspiring quote cards has been my top priority. I give some more to someone telling them to share with others. so they at least share them with others as an act of kindness. I try to give with the feeling that, God in me is giving to God residing in recipients. Yesterday, I visited SEWA - Self Employed Women's Association. Met one kind lady who listened to my story. I gave probably 50 quote cards, told how it can help change people's lives by Fatemah's story. I am grateful to her that she accepted them. She liked them too. The purpose of my visit was to find help for needy people I serve. Giving groceries, clothes and other things is not ... Read Full Story >>
Older son and his partner discovered a stray cat in their garden. He is quite the handsome one. He is friendly, charming and living rough right now. They called various shelters, animal control, but it is December and they are all overcrowded. This is also to recognize that many of our local shelters accepted animals from southern regions of our country after massive storms a few months ago. Son and partner fostered this gentleman in their garage, provided a litter box, food and warmth. The weather has been mild for this time of year, but temperatures are going to crash this weekend and they were worried about finding a home for him. The other evening they took him to a vet to check for a chip to see if that would provide a clue to his ownership. No chip found. BUT...the tech recalled clients who were looking for a cat. She called them. they immediately ... Read Full Story >>
Harnessing the power of many by reaching out to our neighborhood group and my book club to donate nonperishable food items for the soup kitchen where we volunteer and "warm feet for the holidays" project to collect new socks for folks in a nearby shelter.
Folks love to have an easy way to give and they can just drop off items on our bench. Making lunch for a friend who has COVID.
Flexibility is key to being able to help colleagues and students with whatever they are going through right now....and patience, which I am cultivating each day!
Dad is a retired NYPD Patrol Officer . He has many stories to tell. Here's one… In his precinct resided an infamous family. The family consisted of a struggling single mother and her four sons. The three older sons were all involved in crime as a career. Drugs, sale of stolen items, etc. The youngest who was about 10 years old was destined for the same. Many of the patrol officers knew the mom and in turn she knew them, some by first name as was the case with my Dad. She was always very cooperative when being questioned about her sons’ whereabouts. On one visit, my Dad struck up a conversation. During their talk she expressed her concern in regards to her youngest boy. She felt powerless in guiding him to the straight and narrow. The environment would not allow it. My Dad agreed. He offered the only solution he could think ... Read Full Story >>
This morning I went to shopping for organic vegetables. I gave some quote cards to shoppers and customers while I was out. I talked to one mom with her 7-8 year old boy about the importance of positive thinking. I told an inspiring positive story, Fatemah story and my experiences with positive thinking and gave her some quote cards and a booklet on positive thinking.
For my fourth grade daughters winter party I went over the top and hand sewed each child, both in her class as well as an adjoining class “Worry Pets”. The best thing is that they really work. There is some epic psychology about how saying a worry out loud will absolutely help alleviate a lot of the stresses of it
❤️ Also…if you can’t tell..I have a Cricut and I’m not afraid to use it 😂😂 looking for the next super kind thing I can add to their Valentine’s Day gifts. Mini grounding kits with a 54321 senses card? Smile cards??? Something else to either encourage kindness or promote self care or mental health and awareness? Any ideas?
❤️Our kind neighbor who brings over her home-cooked full dinners almost every Friday is celebrating her birthday 🎂 this coming week & will also be celebrating Chanukah 🕎 later this month…..
🎁 When she comes over later today we have some gifts for both occasions waiting for her. I researched online to find gifts appropriate for her. It feels good to put time & thought into our gifts in the hopes that she will both like & be able to use what we gift her.
Grateful for our kind neighbor 🙏
Checked in on a friend who has COVID.
Dropped off homemade soup to someone who has the flu.
Offered a meal to someone who is going through a tough time.
Offered daily prayers for several folks suffering the imminent loss of loved ones.
Organized lunches to share gratitude for our colleagues and our teaching assistants.
Currently collecting sock donations for a shelter.
Sent get well cards to another friend far away.
Did a favor for someone in the middle of a busy work day.
Going to bake treats to distribute next week.
Sent gratitude notes to several colleagues.
After noticing the fresh evergreen swag at the library circulation desk, we were asked if we could drop off the payment for it at the greenhouse outside of town. So grateful we did, because when we entered the greenhouse we were greeted by the fragrance of an old fashioned pine and evergreen holiday! It felt like we were in Santa’s decorating workshop with tables of pine and spruce boughs; the “elves” sporting sturdy gloves and wire cutters. Seems this creative holiday decoration workshop is a profitable annual fundraiser for the local Mile High Gardening Club, and I knew nothing about it! When I expressed a desire to buy one, I was informed that I should’ve ordered a long time ago… ❤️ But, Brenda - head “elf” (and sheep raiser/wool weaver who I had done a story on last year for the Center newsletter) offered, “I’ve got an extra wreath in my car, if you ... Read Full Story >>
Wrote 3 cheery cards to elders who would appreciate some mail from around the world. Was pleased to have the opportunity to use pretty handmade cards an artistic lady gifted me and also pop in some lucky clover.
Thanks to Kindspringer Helen for the tip. If you want to spread some cheer too, check out "letter requests" on the website "Love for our elders". Here is the link. https://loveforourelders.org/letter-requests
Added, “Believe in Miracles, because YOU are one!” to the coloring suncatcher create that I gifted to my sister's apartment building foyer. 🕊