Yesterday I was coming home from work and there was a man taking one of Mindy's poems from my poetry box. I said to him how much I like to meet people who took a poem. He told me he had been taking poems for the last 10 years from my box, that it meant a lot to him and he loved it. I told him that poem came from South Dakota. He was impressed. And I had never seen him before! You never know who you might reach.
Every morning when I arrive at work I have a routine. I look up a photo that is pretty. Either a cup of coffee with a pretty swirly in the middle of it, a sunrise, bird, etc.. I sent a good morning to a few coworkers with that photo attached. Then I log into this site and see all the beautiful post. It makes my day start out good and if it's a bad start, I read a post from here and learn from it. Especially the ones posted about what you can control. Attached is the photo I sent to coworkers this morning. I'm lucky to live in Arizona and to see such beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
❤️ An elderly man, kneeler scooting his way through Laughing Water (restaurant at Crazy Horse Memorial), stopped at our table and asked the children visiting us from IL, “Are you good students and making good grades in school?” The question sort of surprised us all, it being summer and the last thing on anyone’s mind was school, but I responded, “Well, I know they do their best!” They both nodded and their mom agreed. “I used to be the principal at the school here (Custer, SD?),” Then he gave each of the children a dollar coin! “Let me give you these for being such good students. Keep up the good work. Education is important!” We all thanked him for his kind generosity. I gave him a Peace dove, which he tucked in his shirt pocket with a smile. ❤️ “This KIND of stuff happens a lot with us,” said the children’s mom. “People have paid for ... Read Full Story >>
“Oh, I love the dove,” I said. “May I pick it up?
“Yes,” he nodded, looking up from his work.
“So light and smooth. Lovely,” I observed, reverently holding the dove in one hand and stroking it with the other.
“It’s made of beech. We give them and the crosses,” he nodded towards the other carvers, picked up a cross and held it firm in his grasp, like a prayer, “to hospice.”
Thanking him, I gave him an origami dove, setting it on the table, “Please let me give you this dove. I make and give to promote Peace.” Arranging the wings, so the dove alighted better, I added, “I’ve made about 35,000 or so and send them around the world.”
We locked gazes and nodded in recognition. Instruments of Peace. 🕊 ❤️ 🕊
Elderly neighbor's 90th birthday was Monday. She is becoming more in need of help, but doesn't want it. Gardenguy mows her grass weekly.
Over the weekend, her 80 year old friend and her other neighbor joined forces to help clean and de-clutter part of her house, She did a lot of protesting, but elderly neighbor later told me that the kitchen hadn't looked that good in years. Blessings to good friends and neighbors.
A good friend and I went and visited a gentlemen last night who is in a rehab facility trying to get clean. It was kind of far from my home, I had a lot to do and I didn't really feel like going.
When we got there and found him, his face lit up. He was so excited we came to see him. He introduced us to many of his friends and supporters at his facility. He gave us a tour and was so grateful we visited.
His reaction reminded me how important just showing up and spending time with someone can be. When we left he was so grateful that we came to visit him. He is 90 days into his program with 10 more months to go. He promised he is focused and going to make it through this time.
His joy at seeing us was just the reminder my heart needed that time being present with someone makes all the difference. I am very glad I went and after seeing how it brightened his night I will joyfully do it again.
So a lady at the hospital had a new born with her she had brought for vaccinations . While she was doing something , she handed the baby over to her son ( hardly 7/8) who was the only help she had . He really couldn’t soothe the bawling baby and was handling him like a kid his age would , so I volunteered to hold the baby while the mother got her work done. No , the baby did not stop crying when I held him as well ;) but hey, it gave the mother a few minutes of relief !
Young people often seem to get a bad image especially from the media. I wanted to share my experience this morning, to show how unfair that image is.
Richard and I were walking towards the bus, and there was a bin on the sidewalk, and a car was parked partly on the sidewalk too, making it difficult to walk. A boy of about ten came round the corner on a scooter and I stopped. As soon as he saw us he stopped his scooter, moved back into a better position and let us through first.
I gave him a big smile and thanked him for such a lovely act of kindness.
❤️Happinessis an unexpected hug.........
As my husband was leaving the park today a little boy ran up to him out of the blue, and hugged him around his legs. The boy latched on to him and was smiling. My husband patted his back and hugged him back.
His father ran over, picked him up, and apologized to my hubby. Hubby told him there was no need to apologize, that this is a wonderful child who must be filled with love. It made his day. ❤️
I hope you all are well. It means so much to me to have this beautiful place to share things that spread more kindness and joy. Each of you, in every way, inspire me to feel and think MORE about kindness possibilities available to us in each moment. Thank you. It's been a while since I shared here. The past 6 months have been one of great challenge. A beautiful friend of mine, Joanne, has been in the dying time of her life. She knew it, and embraced it and as she died last week I thought of how a shooting star shines so brightly as it trails the universe, right before it goes out. it was a great privilege to have her company these past months. One of the last things she asked me was to find an organization supporting women coming out of prison, to provide her business clothing to ... Read Full Story >>
I made a mental request of my Guide to direct me to help someone who badly needed it. A few days went by. Then I was caught in a massive 6-lane traffic jam at a stoplight. “Rush hour." I thought. But it was an overheated car, dead in the middle lane. With cars driving all around her I couldn’t stop anywhere without making things worse. I had to turn left in thick traffic and couldn't pull over for a couple blocks. I thought, "Maybe this is one I should let someone else take care of.” But I smacked myself down and mentally berated myself saying, "Don’t be a slaggart!" I turned around and parked on a far entrance ramp. How to even wade into this snarl of traffic and get her off the highway looked impossible. But then a miracle happened (akin to the parting of the Red Sea). Bumper to bumper ... Read Full Story >>
The Wings For Life Back-to-School Party was a huge success! About 250 attended and we had lots of music, singing, craft making, and really fun games. 25 pizzas, over 600 cookies, gallons of lemonade, and school supplies and books to fill 150 backpacks were all gone by the time this celebration ended. Wings for Life, now an international organization, exists to provide whatever support is needed for the families of those who are incarcerated. What this amazing group does for countless people all of the world is far too extensive to list here, but can easily be found online. Besides offering help for families during the time their loved one is away, there are many programs and events that help the families to connect with, and support, each other. Breaking the cycle of incarceration, which often occurs, is one of WFL’s biggest goals. I’m so grateful for all the opportunities this amazing Wings ... Read Full Story >>
I walk a mile every morning. Today was trash day in our neighborhood, so as I walked along my way, I picked up the trash that had been dropped by the trash truck and placed it in the nearest trash cans, so it wasn’t laying in the yards when people came home from work this evening.
I took a stack of sticky notes and put inspirational quotes and messages on each one. This weekend I am taking them with me on my trip to Chicago and am putting them in places we stop at along the way! Such a fun feeling to wonder what the people reading them will think and maybe it's a small step towards change for the better in someone's life😁
On a really hot day, left a bottle of water in the mailbox for the mail carrier.
Gave lemons from our tree to neighbors
Smiled at strangers and mentally wished them all peace
Doing something kind for someone who rubs me the wrong way--that is my gift from the universe--to spend some time with someone whose negativity I will not allow in. (She needs some help with something and I'm going to give her my time, which is something I don't usually have a lot of, so it means something more)
Keeping a gratitude journal every day for the past two weeks (hope to keep it up)--notice that nature and human interactions are the most highly featured.
Plan to give away some clothing to a women's shelter
❤️ A Savored LOVE ❤️ As I gave our waitress at Theadore’s Dining Room in Medora, ND a paper rose and a Peace dove, MisterM exclaimed, “We’re celebrating our 42 year anniversary!” According to her name tag, Betina-Lee who was from South Africa, replied in her delightful accent, “We shall have to help you celebrate.” And so they did!!! While waiting for our dinner, I visited the rest of the diners, handing out paper roses, Peace doves and Rajni quote cards, which opened the way for many happy anniversary wishes, appreciation, and how many years some were together, from 49 to 1 year! The 1 year couple, Barbara and Ron, had reconnected from childhood to marry after both were widowed. They were hosting a special weekend for Barbara’s granddaughters. “Would you care for a bottle of complimentary champagne?” the sommelier Zoe - also from South Africa, asked. We did care and we did share, with ... Read Full Story >>
5th act of Kindness: Giving away extra when I have too much I bought a 10 pack of socks from Ross because it was a better deal. I ran in to grab them once I arrived to my destination yesterday and I noticed I forgot to pack socks. As soon as I left the store I offered socks to two strangers and they appreciated them. I still have 8 pairs of socks for myself. That’s more than enough socks for one person. 6th act of Kindness: Practiced Active Listening with All I love engaging with people but I’ve noticed that my communication skills needed to improve. I practiced kindness by focusing on listening to each person I’ve been engaging with fully before offering a reply. I’ve noticed I’ve felt a deeper connection with those I’ve been communicating with and it’s felt nice. 7th act of kindness: Taking time to rest when needed aka listening ... Read Full Story >>
Being on time for a meeting I have quite a bit of meetings virtually and some of them are not particularly engaging, so I tend to sometimes forget it’s time to log on Zoom. It results in someone having to text me to remind me that the meeting has started and when more of us are late, the rest of the group is waiting for us to join. Though everyone is nice and accommodating, it waste others’ time and none of us seem to fix our punctuality. I noticed that when I’m not as excited about something I tend to be less willing to log on a bit earlier so I can be on time. I do it for important appointments such as interviews, so it’s not that I don’t know how to do it. Also, I justify myself by thinking that there’s someone else who will be late too so ... Read Full Story >>
I practiced kindness today by offering a genuine compliment to someone I saw at the greyhound bus station while waiting on my bus. I really enjoy receiving compliments myself but when they are not genuine it effects how I receive it. I told a lady that I liked her yoga pants while she was standing in line for at the concession stand and I walked past her because I really did. Compliments are a beautiful way of making someone’s day without doing a lot of work or spending any money. She smiled in response and said thank you so I think it was well received. :)
The “After Mindfulness Retreat” at UC Berkeley is coming up this weekend. A friend from New York registered to join the retreat while she’s in the area. However, since she’s attending another retreat two hours away from Berkeley, she was trying to find a way to get there. When she asked me if she can get a ride, I immediately said yes since I’m heading there too.
This reminded me of how when I was young, my parents took me wherever I needed to go. When I went to college, my friends often drove me until I got a car and could drive myself. I’ve been fortunate to be around people who have generously offered rides without expecting anything in return : ).
This is the third of the seven acts of kindness that I signed up for.