Was pumping gas yesterday. Saw this young man with a cool Batman t-shirt. Almost said something to him about the shirt, but he came up on me fast, taking me by surprise. He said he was looking for change for food and asked if I could help. He was right up in my space and I felt like he was being a bit aggressive with his request. So, I told him that I was just paying with my card. He was visibly disappointed that I didn't help and walked away. Another man asked me if the Batman guy had been talking to me. I told him he wanted money for food. He kind of scoffed, and that's when I heard my own voice, "he wanted money for food." Once I heard myself say it, I was able to look passed the space issue and aggressiveness, and hear that he wanted food. After I paid ... Read Full Story >>
With some encounters you can just feel the loving energy zing right off the page! Such was the brief connection with Lisa, the cashier at Wal-Mart yesterday. After the usual pleasantries of “how is your day going?,” we slipped into a little deeper conversation and she said, “You know, I think my husband and I should just turn off the news!” “Good idea!” I said. “It’s just a way to stir up our fears and anxieties. A way of controlling us.” MisterM nodded in agreement and said, “We’ve turned off the news years ago!” (MisterM is my news filter. He gathers info from a variety of sources and shares as I ask.) Paying for our groceries, I added, “We have a choice where to put out attention. We are not a country divided. We all basically want the same things: enough food to eat, a sale place to live and raise our families, to be ... Read Full Story >>
I am leaving for Ahmedabad, India tonight Oct 6, reaching Ahmedabad on Oct 8. I do need to activate my Portable WiFi. I may not be able to email till then. Almost six months have passed since I came back from India on April 10/11. Life is taking new turns. I moved to New York from New Jersey. living with a friend cum family. They are very attentive to help and guide, to make my stay very comfortable and enjoyable. I pray Sai Baba to continue to bless them profusely. They are regularly taking part in "Narayana Seva" making food for needy people. Sai Baba is helping me guide my life in His way. I am grateful to Him. A Sai devotee couple willingly accepted all the material and devices like printer and Lamination Machine from me. I am very grateful to them. We shared some "Making Cards for Sai " ideas. ... Read Full Story >>
Today I ordered lunch and waited for it to be prepared. An elderly woman made her order after me. As she waited she sat at a table and counted out the coins to pay for her meal. When my order was done, I paid for mine and hers as well. I asked the cashier not to say anything until I left. The woman was unaware and still counting coins when I left. I enjoy honoring the elderly.
I had to make a trip to the DMV without an appointment. For anyone who has done this in Silicon Valley, you might know the frustration that can be encountered and the time this can take. Well, I got there and there was no line to get a number, but I did have about 25 people in front of me with their own numbers. I sat there patiently, just watching people. A young man had gotten up to the counter and had no cash to pay his fee; yep, they only take cash or check... do people still write checks? :) Anyway, he was explaining his situation to the gentleman next to me. I think he felt comfortable doing this, as they were of the same ethnicity. Alas, he didn't have any cash, either. I had been listening in and, before he had a chance to ask, I thought, "Wouldn't you know ... Read Full Story >>
Most of us know someone who is always on. They are available to us to listen and help out any time we need them. They are kind, caring and empathetic. Have we ever considered the cost to them of always being on, physically, mentally and emotionally? They may not feel they deserve to take time for self-care, to turn off the phone, to not be on all the time. They may too be in need of loving care from those around them, but don’t always know how to ask for it. What happens when they become so depleted that they have nothing left to give? Who will take care of them? Always being on is not a healthy way to live, it is exhausting on all levels. It is okay to turn off, to take time for self-care and nurturing. It is okay to say no when asked again to listen, to ... Read Full Story >>
Recently I had the energy, for the first time since my open-heart surgery, to take my harp to the hospice house and play for anyone wanting it. I checked in with the nurses and they gave me a list of rooms. First I played to a sleeping man who would drift into and out of sleep. He smiled once, and several times, with his eyes closed, he reached out towards my harp. He was unresponsive to my voice, but he appreciated the harp. The next room was another sleeper. I played some lullabies as she slept. Two people said no thanks and then I found a lovely elder woman who was awake and alert. She had flowers everywhere and photos of her and her husband in his WW2 military uniform and her as a young bride. She held my hand and talked for some time and was delighted to receive harp music. Playing for ... Read Full Story >>
Going to McDonalds for an iced coffee daily I got to know one of the cashiers really well. I asked her what kind of soap, shampoo and laundry soap that she uses. The next day I brought her a goody basket from my stock pile for her bathroom, shower, kitchen and some personal items for herself.
When I brought it in she asked me what she did to deserve this, I simply said because you are a great person. She had tears in her eyes and thanked me for the kindness.
This time of year has found us enjoying the late Summer’s bounty. Local markets and generous friends have offered us such gorgeous produce! Photo above is a very small portion of last week’s “harvest”. Most were eaten fresh, right from local fields and gardens. So delicious!
And, after a couple days of work, there are several bags of chilies, tomatoes, and peaches in our freezer. I used the eggplant in Greek moussaka. Enjoyed it with friends and family and froze the leftovers for another time.
So very grateful for Nature’s glorious bounty. So very grateful for local growers and generous friends. Also, very grateful for all the future sharings that this harvest has provided.
One of my neighbours came back after her summer in her home country, she brought me lemons from her garden and sweets. I was really surprised!
She made me so happy, hadn't seen her in over 3 months and here hardly anyone really connects...city life...I invited her for a walk, checked the weather forecast and it showed rain until Saturday but this morning...oh such beautiful sunshine!
So I called her and off we went ... out together and I treated her to a coffee at the garden centre. She's probably almost double my age :-) but so full of energy! SO lovely to share, talked lots, I feel grateful and today...not so lonely. A very KIND day :-)
❤️A friend of our from the park owns this local restaurant. We are very proud of his Kindness focus. I nominate him an Honorary KindSpringer 👍 “The streets of Brooklyn can be a very brutal and unforgiving environment for the homeless- especially in times of extreme weather events, and major holidays when most persons are home in a warm, comfortable environment spending time with their loved ones. For the last 10 years, Kemar Blake - the founder of Bellyful Restaurant and Bar in Brooklyn has been involved in a very noble project of feeding the homeless all across Brooklyn. Kemar uses significant personal occasions such as his birthday and major holidays to execute this initiative. In recent years, he has co-opted his young children to use their birthdays as well to engage in building a tradition that will positively impact the lives of some of Brooklyn's most unfortunate for years to come. This ... Read Full Story >>
There is a newcomer Syrian family in my community who have lost children and relatives during the war. I’ve assisted them in many ways and we are now close friends despite the fact that they are Muslims and I am Jewish.
They’ve assisted me in return and we are now like family in kindness and friendship. Indeed, in our small Canadian city we took in many Syrian refugees. Many of us also signed up to learn Arabic.
Although we are all very different, we have respected and honored
those differences through the Canadian philosophy of the individual being important, but within the group. Our group has expanded and enriched all of our lives.
On the bottom floor of my building lives an elderly active lady.
She makes prayer quilts for others, which have brought safety, comfort, and healing to others. She also made one for me because of my back problems. She saves the tabs of aluminum cans to give to an organization that can earn money from them.
When she walks, she looks like she is in pain. She has severe upper back scoliosis, which makes one shoulder much lower than the other. It hurts me to watch her walk.
In the past, our elevator has been known to stop between floors, so she walks up a flight of stairs. I live by the front door of our building at the entrance. In the morning, I take her newspaper down to her and hang it on her door knob for her.
I don't always do it if I sleep late or have to go somewhere, but it is a little thing I do to help out.
I happened upon a flea market today and even had enough time to walk through it. Most things did not catch my interest until I saw this coat. I asked for the price, figuring it to be around 35€.
The lady said, "5€,"
to which I replied, "really!‘
She asked if it was too much.
"No, too little," I replied.
I tried it on and even thought it was a tad large, I just loved it and gave her 10€ and said, "I would feel bad giving you less."
Kindspring and small acts of Kindness have changed me. My relationship to money has changed. It felt so good to be able to offer her what I did. Whenever I wear the coat I will remember this and who I've become.
We're encouraged to be nice to other people. However, most people forget to be nice to their environment. Global warming is quite a big issue today in the 21st century. Pollution causes greenhouse gases to stay in Earth's atmosphere, increasing the temperature of the globe, melting glaciers in the north and south, causing abnormal weather behavior. Simple things you can do every day can help preserve the Earth, prevent the extinction of animals such as the polar bear, and make the earth a better place to live for you, your children, and future generations to come. Tons and tons of carbon dioxide are emitted by cars every day, contributing to the climate crisis. We need to take action NOW to help slow down or even eliminate this problem. There are many ways to help reduce global warming. Some ways are to carpool, take public transportation, bike, or walk. This saves you gas and money. ... Read Full Story >>
[A while back, I wrote a story about my 9/11 experience -- One of a Thousand Stories to Tell. The story took me two years to write, but I never realized that so many would be touched by it. Thank you for all the heart warming comments. Below is a follow-up story.] When I went back to New York in April of 2002, we went to the Port Authority Command Center to offer the money that our local firefighters had raised -- $31,600. They took us down to Ground Zero in 2 of their police vans to present the check. "Where are you from?" the driver of police van asked all of us. I said, "Michigan." He was very moved by what we were doing for them, and the families of the Port Authority Police would benefit a lot from the money. As we were presenting the check at Ground Zero, the Police ... Read Full Story >>
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, my friend Pamela and I founded United We Quilt to recruit volunteer quilters to make memory quilts for families who lost loved ones in the attacks that day.
Overtime 500 generous quilters were recruited from all over the U.S. and from several other countries. They were matched to families who requested a quilt to be made from clothing and/or photos of their loved one. More than 500 families were gifted with personalized memory quilts made with love. Here is a photo of such a memory quilt.
I downloaded your Smile cards. I then wrote small welcome back to school notes to my friends/colleagues at the school I work at. I included a smile card in the note. I just wanted to pass along a small kindness to them and thank them for the important work they do everyday in the classroom. I was so excited sealing these envelopes. It makes my heart happy to do small acts of kindness. Thank you for this wonderful, simple and easy idea.
Hot day! Went to the local quick-e-mart for ice cream and got into a genial, “no you go first” debate with another customer. While waiting, a local told me her story and I admitted to being a newcomer. When I reached the clerk, I paid for two people behind me and started a trend. Even the clerk paid for someone! This is a good place! with kindness!
It was hot and overcast and yet, such a beautiful full day. We picked up my grandmother from her nursing home in San Jose and drove her to Watsonville where the three of us went to get a Shiatsu treatment (a gift from John). We used to go regularly but the last time I had taken my grandmother, she seemed to forget where she was and how to breathe while on her stomach on the massage table – it scared me so I thought perhaps it was better to just massage her myself the best I could. Still, what I can do is pretty cosmetic and she’s been getting weaker and having aches from sitting in a wheel chair all day so, I called Ben who runs the Shiatsu clinic with his wife and daughter out of their home and told him my concerns - I wasn’t even sure if ... Read Full Story >>