I went to a bakery and bought two croissants: One for myself and another for a stranger who would come sometime after me to buy one. At first, the seller did not understand my request; then she smiled and accepted my request. When I was leaving a young lady came in and asked for two croissants. The seller said one was gifted by a previous customer and then pointed toward me. I was by the door on my way out, so I rushed so that the customer could only see my back. It made me feel happy :). ... Read Full Story >>
A young hard-working girl works with me, and I see a passion in her eyes.
One particular day during our conversation she shared that she is preparing for a competitive exam and mentioned to me about a particular book which she was unable to afford. She is a working girl and I understood her parents were not allowing her to buy the book.
I immediately asked her to show me the book at Amazon and ordered it for her.She was a little hesitant, but when the book arrived I was very happy and grateful that I could afford a book which will help her in studies.
365 Small Acts of Kindness in Honor of My Missing Son, Benjamin Morse Archer I'm still keeping my promise to do small acts of kindness for 365 days. I began on February 21st of this year, Ben's birthday. I haven't missed a day. The hardest part I knew would be documenting everything, and I was right. I was getting really overwhelmed and stressed by this. I didn't want to break my promise, so I compromised. I wouldn't write anything down or post blogs, but I would keep my promise by checking in with myself each night before bedtime. At first, I felt like a complete cop-out. I had promised to do this publicly. I was so ashamed, I changed every blog that talked about Buttons for Benjamin into a private admin-view only. I don't think anyone was judging me though, except for me. I'll make those blogs public again as I get ... Read Full Story >>
I had moved to Arizona about two weeks before the start of my junior year of high school, so not only was this a new school for me, but also a new state and I did not know anyone. On the first day of school at lunch after getting my meal, I sat down at an empty table in the courtyard. As I began to eat I looked around at the other tables and saw another girl sitting alone, so I decided why not go sit with her. Anyway there was no reason for me to have a whole table to myself, and who knew maybe I could make a friend. I walked to verify and said, "Excuse me, do you mind if I sit with you?" She was surprised at first, but then smiled and said "Sure!" We hit it off right off the bat and became close friends throughout the ... Read Full Story >>
In my workplace, we share a kitchen/dining area where folks from several different departments gather, store items in the refrigerator, heat up food, prepare coffee and so on.
Now, this shared space also has a history of abandoned dirty dishes that are left in the sink to languish for days. Signs have been posted over the sink over the years in an effort to get people to wash their own dishes, but signs are just that - words on paper.
For the past 3 months, I have been stealthily washing dishes whenever I see them. Not asking questions, not leaving notes. Just washing the dishes that are there. I am a dish ninja, the secret Santa of soap.
Anonymous gifts are the sweetest. Be clean and be well!
Last week I got caught doving at the bakery I love. For over two years I have been slipping peace doves and other origami and kindness cards in this tip jar. The staff hangs everything up in big streamers from the ceiling. It is almost embarrassing as it shows how often I go there to get treats!
The other day I had left the dove in the tip jar and I hear the barista exclaim, "I got one!!" She looked all around and I was the only one in there, creaming my coffee and no one else had come or gone. "Hah! I caught you! We have wondered for years!!!", she said. I had to laugh and told her how touched I was that they hung them and that I sent people in to see them. She told me people always ask about them.
This bakery is called Sweet Life and they are the sweetest. I am still feeling the deliciousness of that moment.
I serve in Bridgeport Public Schools to help students who often have challenges in learning and communicating. They also feel uncomfortable in being a part of the school community. These same students have found strategic acts of kindness to be life savers for them! I gathered them together to create a Kindness Learning Community called BCS Squad. The squad set a goal to write and illustrate a book for Kindergarten through second grade on how to be kind. They met their goal in completing the book and they have proudly read it to over eight classes. They also issued a kindness challenge so that the kids could do kindness acts. Kindness is contagious! ... Read Full Story >>
I had participated in the 21-day kindness challenge last summer. During that period, I came across a homeless women who was threatening people as they entered and exited a strip mall. As I approached her, she threatened me too. I asked her what was REALLY going on, and she responded: "I haven't slept in days, I haven't eaten in three, and they are trying to take my kid from me." I told her that the only thing I could do to help her was to buy her lunch and listen to her. It has been a year, and she still comes to my office to check in with me. That initial meeting changed both of our lives for the better! ... Read Full Story >>
A new couple recently moved on our block. After meeting with them, I learned that the wife loves to knit, so I told her that she’d be welcome to come see if any of my excess yarn might be to her liking. She’s also a book-lover, so she was also invited to come look at my books and take any that might interest her. Another new couple lives in the neighborhood. They are in their twenties and seem to be full of energy. It turns out that the girl and I have a common interest in topics such as energy fields, thought outmanifesting, Law of Attraction, and more. Hence it made for an interesting sharing. The couple invited a few of us for dinner and the hostess outdid herself in her culinary talents! All of us let her know how delicious everything was and how we appreciated all her caring, time & ... Read Full Story >>
Since the schools have started, my children are excited to go to school with new bags, books, clothes and to a new class. As parents, we too are excited for our children. But I thought, what about the children who barely manage to have two meals a day. I know such a child whose parents work very hard for those two meals a day. Although government schools provide free education, the school essentials are not taken care of. So, I bought some useful school essentials like a bag, stationery, books, lunch box and water bottle, crayons box for the boy I knew. He was very excited to get all the new things because, he had always used broken and used items since he was born. Happiness is what mattered for me. It brought joy to both of us! ... Read Full Story >>
I wanted to share this amazing incident with everyone. I was at the Bangalore airport waiting for my flight to go home. I went to get dinner at a restaurant in the airport. Although I was not very hungry, I knew I could eat a little something. So, I ordered a rice dish called Bisi Bele Bhaat - a south Indian preparation of rice and lentils with vegetables, tamarind and spices. I ate a few spoonfuls. On the table next to mine, two couples were seated. I overheard their conversation and knew that they were hungry and were waiting for food. I wanted to ask them if they wanted to share my food with me. I was too shy. But I gathered the courage and asked them anyway. They were actually very happy and without any hesitation one of them said Yes!. It was not a lot but they could start eating. The ... Read Full Story >>
Today I did something I have always wanted to do! I asked the guy at Starbucks how much the person's order was behind me and paid for it and told him to tell whoever it was to have a nice day.
Maybe this is weird, but on some level I hope they just took the gifted drink instead of paying for the person behind them. Learn to accept kindness (and free coffee) when it comes your way!! Although, there's nothing wrong with paying it forward, I suppose.
We organized a journey for Peace from Kanpur to Varanasi to spread the message of Peace and Love. It started with a meeting at the mini library in Kanpur, where we discussed the details of the journey and the program to follow.
The boys sang a couple of Peace songs. We then started our journey. During the journey, we stopped at several places to talk about peace, friendship, kindness and love. We also distributed peace cards, peace doves, quote cards and peace pamphlets.
It was nice to meet people with different thoughts and behavior. Many people appreciated our work and promised to forward our message to other people. We were also refused by some people. Overall, it was a joyful experience that we will remember for the rest of our life. I am thankful to all the volunteers and people who supported us.
Hope that one day peace will Prevail on the Earth !!
A few years ago, a local woman decided to start collecting Christmas cards with messages of love and encouragement inside them to be distributed to people at local shelters at Christmas time. She called this project the Christmas Card Collective.
This year, she is trying to collect 10,000 signed cards from the community, to be given out to people at shelters locally and in other cities in Canada and USA.
I am writing some cards up tonight to be mailed to her this week, in time for this holiday season.
Hoping to bring some joy to a stranger who truly needs some kindness and inspiration.
I just got back after attending a seminar with other fellow educators in the field of Peace Studies. Since my hotel was a bit far from the university, I had to take a Lyft ride everyday, to and fro. One day, I overheard a conversation behind me that one of the participants could not download the Lyft app, and hence she was having a hard time commuting to and fro. I then offered her to ride with me. On a few occasions, when she was headed to a different destination than mine, I had called on the Lyft just for her. I was secretly planing on "Giftivism", of course! :) At the end of the trip, she insisted that I give her a total dollar amount for the ride share and other trips I arranged only for her. I explained to her that I was having a great time, because I did not ... Read Full Story >>
As I was getting in my car today after picking up yet more school supplies in preparation of my 24th year as a teacher, I saw a homeless man from a distance with a blanket draped over him walking along the sidewalk. Immediately I noticed that he was barefoot and walked gingerly. I wanted to buy him some shoes from a store nearby, but all that was around was Office Max and Smart & Final. No shoe stores. I was on a tight schedule having to pick my wife up from the doctor's office soon for a medical procedure. I was not going to buy shoes and return in such a short time. Then I remembered I had socks in my last bag, the bags I keep in my car for those in need. I grabbed the heavy duty socks and walked up to him. "Hey, Brother," I called to him. "I am sorry ... Read Full Story >>
During this frantic season, I often stop and reflect on the abundance all around me, as well as the abundance in my own life. I have enough, I have shelter, food, clothing, family and friends to love and be loved by. I don't need, or want, more things. And that goes for most of the people I know. So, a small thing I do every year is to sign-up with a local service organization and "adopt" children to shop for. These children are victims of domestic violence who otherwise would have a very meager Christmas. Their wishes are never extensive and usually include clothing sizes and favorite colors. I like to think of this as a way of showing families in need that others care about them and to give out a little extra love. An added bonus is that the shopping experience is a lot more enjoyable.
I am sharing an act of kindness that was done to me. We went kayaking on 4th of July and when we got out at the boat ramp, another big group was getting out of the boat ramp too. We had been having some friendly conversation with them as we all pulled our kayaks and canoes up the ramp.
However, as is the usual summer weather here, a storm was brewing. As we were pulling our kayaks up, one of the people from the other crowd said, "Hey guys let us help them get loaded up. It's fixin' to rain!"
Before we knew it they had grabbed our kayaks, loaded them into the back of our truck, helped carry coolers, life jackets and all our random junk. We all got out safely before the storm started.
It would have taken us a lot longer to do it by ourselves, and this simple act of kindness was timely and beautiful. It proved that it does not cost money, standing or creativity to lend a helping hand.
I had driven over a curb and the under shield of my car was loose, dragging on the ground and making a terrible noise.
I drove into the nearest gas station which was only a convenience store, and asked the woman if there was anybody there who could look under my car and see what was going on. She said no.
But the man waiting in line behind me said that he would check it out. Not only did he check it out but he taped it up for me so I could get to an auto body shop.
I told him I’d heard people from Boise were very kind and yes it was true. Then he told me he was from Phoenix. Kind people wherever you go.
A friend reached out this afternoon and asked if she could come by to spend some time in stillness. Two days back, she got news her grandmother passed away, on the other side of the globe. They were very close, and due to some commitments in the coming days, she couldn't leave right away to be by her side. I actually don't know her well, but there was a resonance in values that connected us. She had attended a few gatherings that some friends and I have hosted, and her attendance had always added a gentle presence to the circle and in the conversations she'd find herself in. I was touched by the way she reached out -- and her intent to spend time in silence, a sacred space to honor and connect with her grandmother. On my end, it happened to be a busier than usual day, and I was already behind ... Read Full Story >>