🍀 Next door neighbor just gifted us a loaf of Irish soda bread and a loaf of rye bread from our local bakery.
I had sent her this message earlier today:
“If you run out of toilet paper ring our bell. Someone anonymously sent us a good supply. 🧻”
“Give and it shall be given”. We don’t give to receive, but it does seem to come back to you, doesn’t it. ❤️
Beautiful circle of sharing on our block. Grateful 🙏
The corona virus has hit home. Today I shuttered my acupuncture clinic for a period that is unknown. It could be two or four weeks or more. It was a miserable decision for me.
People were still wanting to come in for their pain relief. I am healthy and they all seem to be, I had seated people 6 feet apart and wipe and have hand-washing orders in place. But is it worth the risk?
After watching clinic after clinic shut down, I decided to err on the side of 100% caution and to do no harm and to do my bit in helping to flatten the curve. It was the most painful act of kindness for me. I agonized over it for days. It seems so drastic to me, but that is not what our friends in Italy would say. Stay strong, be well, my friends.
🧻 Toilet Paper Kindness 😳 Someone anonymously sent us oodles of toilet paper!! Over the past few days, three cartons from Walmart, filled with 30 roll packages arrived at our door! At first, I thought I must have ordered it, although I had no recollect of ordering from Walmart. When the second carton arrived, I thought, gee, did I order this much?! Well, today yet another Walmart carton, twice the size, arrived. At this point, I called Walmart, gave them the order number on the shipping label & asked the nice customer service guy just how much toilet paper did I order? I thought it might be a computer generated error, during this time of mayhem, & had visions of cartons of toilet paper arriving non-stop, lol. 🧻🧻🧻🧻🧻🧻🧻🧻 To make a long story less long...customer service looked up the order number & informed me this was A GIFT sent to us by someone! ... Read Full Story >>
Today, since I closed my office due to the corona virus, I went into the world and shopped at three stores. The clerks looked so tired. I thanked them all for being on the front lines and serving us all so well. One was so happy to hear it and she told me how she was so weary. Some one had become angry with her for touching their purchases. I felt so bad for all the challenging issues the cashiers must deal with.
A Thank You will brighten a person's day!
I am currently a student teacher at a private school. I have four children and no longer get a paycheck. The heel of my shoe broke while I was teaching. Hence, I had to run to the store to get a new pair and get back to the school before the first parent teacher conference. I planned to go to Walmart, since they have cheap shoes there. I wanted to buy a pair of cheap shoes because I had $10 at the most in my pocket. I was being pulled to shop at Payless instead. They had a BOGO event going on, buy one get 50% off the second pair. I tried on many pairs before I found the perfect pair, but it was marked at $25. I looked in my purse and saw a credit card that was near its maximum limit. I called and found out that there was $48 ... Read Full Story >>
Yesterday a call out was made for hand sanitizer at my son's Gymnastics club. Thankfully training (he competes at national level) is still going ahead.
But... due to the shops being in the current state, there are no sanitizer anywhere to be found.
Then I remembered I have 2 bottles in a box. I use them for my food sampling job.
At first I didn't want to donate. I noticed myself selfishly wanting to keep them for our family.
Then I remembered. God will provide!
We already have one bottle. Do we really need the two extra when people out there have none?
So although a little reluctantly at first, I gave them away 💗
Yesterday, I 'adopted' a family in need for the holidays. I have their wish list and can't wait to start putting all their wishes together. What an amazing position to be in and overwhelming to my emotions.
I am grateful to have this opportunity to give in such a special way. I hope this family of 8 can enjoy the holidays and find peace and happiness in the days that follow. Raising 6 children is no easy task and asking for help can be hard.
I will never meet this family or see their expressions when their wishes come true but knowing that I helped is all I need. I have been blessed with a wonderful job for many years now and have at times lost myself in my own wants and needs;
But this year, I made a promise to myself. This year and going forward - kindness, gratitude and selfless acts is what my heart seeks and I am prepared to fulfill them all. Have a wonderful day everyone!
I am an 84 year old great grandmother, in good health, and still able to get out and walk 2 or 3 miles a day. I have seen a lot of good and bad in my many years, but always have tried to find the good side of everything and everyone.
I have the honor and privilege of caring for my 88 year old husband who has Alzheimer's. I am a member of a prayer shawl group at my church, knitting shawls, lap robes, hats, scarves and mittens for anyone in need, especially the homeless and those with cancer.
I firmly believe that small acts of kindness extended wherever one goes is going to be the salvation of the world. Thank you for making this web site available to everyone of like thinking. God bless all who care.
With the current crisis, all my customers have cancelled (I decorate events for a living now). That’s scary for me but also very necessary for everyone’s health and safety.
I’ve used the downtime to deliver yard poles to doctors, nurses, nursing homes, and group homes to thank them and to cheer them up. All with absolutely zero contact so that everyone stays safe.
The decorations and I always stay outside but the recipients can see them from their windows.
The picture below shows my fur baby Roger, waiting outside the home of a lady I recently visited. Roger is the sixth member of our family.
Today he and I visited a lady whom I had met online (We both are Jack Russell owners and part of a group).
What I loved most about this visit was the joy it brought to her, her dog and of course my Roger.
And the thing is... I never wanted to go. I "forced" myself out of kindness and love to keep this comittment I had made. It turned out to be a blessing in return.
Being kind isn't always what we may "feel" like, but it's always what we need and it is the right thing to do.
A friend of mine was very kind and generous to our family yesterday. We had a new shed built, and I had posted pictures of it on social media.
This friend of ours, who owns a paint company, reached out and offered us paint, with some of the colors he had extra of. Being frugal, and not foolish enough to turn down a friend's generosity, we gratefully accepted.
The colors were just what we were thinking. We came home with over $250 worth of paint and all we now need to buy is a primer. So grateful!
We have a homeless visitor who comes to the door of our business sometimes.
We try to keep a few snack bags on hand for him or any other who come by. He is shy and knocks on the door but will not come in.
Today I talked with him for a bit after giving him a bag. He was asking my advice on an injury he had. I told him what I thought but reminded him I'm no expert. We had a kind interaction and I wished him a good weekend.
Being prepared helps us to be ready when a kindness opportunity shows up. More than that, just a few kind words and tone makes all the difference. I could tell it mattered and made the difference to this man today!
Its just after lunchtime here in Australia for me and earlier whilst out doing the grocery shop I saw the most beautiful thing!
A lost dog. Ok this wasn't so beautiful. The poor baby was lost.
What was beautiful were the two ladies I saw trying to contain him. One grabbed her phone whilst the other read out his name and number. They called the owners who would be at least another 30 mins.
Yet they both decided to stay and wait. And get this ... another passerby who had seen all this happening ran back to her car because in it she had a spare lead she could offer them both. As they were both struggling to hold him by the collar!
Human kindness is so beautiful 💙💚💛💜
I called a neighbor in our rural community to check if she needed anything from the grocery and as it turned out, she did. I refused her offer to pay and said that this was for her mowing my lawn.
She said, "Oh, but that was a long time ago." My answer was a spontaneous one. Kind acts never expire. We laughed!
The story about thanking a teacher reminded me of something I did recently. My first therapist (not the one in college, total waste of time in the 1960's before they knew anything) made such a difference in my life that I often wanted to thank him.
Every couple of years I would do a Google search without success. This year I found him -- after 40 years! I emailed and also sent an article that I published in which I praised his work (not by name). We also spoke over the phone. Completing a circle!
I have a neighbor who is a hard-working Registered Nurse. She asked me if I would trade with her two acupuncture sessions for a bookcase that she didn't need anymore.
I said sure and we loaded it in her car. As we were working on unloading it at my house, my next-door neighbor came over and asked if we needed help. He single handedly carried that big bookcase into my house!
I gave my nurse friend a book called "American Nightingale," a book about Frances Slanger a WW2 nurse. I know my nurse neighbor doesn't have time to cook much, so some apple muffins which I just made are heading her way, and some cookies will go to my neighbor and his family. I love my neighbors.
Earlier this week, I created a new experience at work. In the morning, I asked a colleague whether he was doing well. He started to complain and to comment on his day in a negative way. I could feel some dark clouds in his mind and he was about to drag me into his negative thoughts. But I reacted pretty calmly, patted his back, took a sheet of paper and wrote at the top of it “GRATITUDE”. I drew 3 bullets and asked him to reflect on 3 positive things over the course of his day, and then to come back to me when he filled the sheet. Before he left in the evening, he came to my desk with the sheet, not only with 3, but with 5 positive thoughts on his day. His face totally changed and I felt a clear sky in his mind. I was really moved. I felt like this ... Read Full Story >>
Wednesday I tried to pay a bill at Walmart.
My mortgage company wouldn't show up. I went back yesterday with a different name. I had the same manager. She is so nice. We tried it again, no luck.
I went shopping and bought her a small bouquet of carnations. I went back to her to give them to her.
She asked how did you know that was my favorite flower?! Lucky shot.
Cashiers (Managers especially) have to deal with so much during the day. Rude customers, lazy employees. I thought why not do something nice.
Today I sent a text message to next door neighbour who has 2 young children. Asked her if she needed anything at supermarket. Not sure I have her current number cos she didn't write back but that's OK. It was a nice feeling writing the message.
Plan to do same with other neighbours who are in their 70's and maybe bake some cookies and hang them on their door with a note saying "Happy to help if help is needed."
What are YOUR ideas for helping others in these corona-fraught times in order to spread the love and compassion? Do tell!
Let's All Be Well post of our dear sister Mindy inspired me to search for some appropriate image.
What I got is the image attached below. Drawing and hanging is sure a fun to do. How many people will look at the poster hanged in my window other than birds and may be monkeys.
As an act of kindness, as usual I do, Make a quote card and share with others. Many of them will display for others or share the photo on FB, WhatsApp or email or in any other form.
During the time of Corona Pandemic. May All be well.