My mother has a wonderful younger friend who takes excellent care of her. I truly appreciate her friend, both for her caring and good humor but also because I live too far away to cater to my mother the way her friend does. Clara drives my mother places she would otherwise not go to – including family events up here in our neck of the woods. Recently, Clara has been undergoing a lot of stress on the home front but she still takes the time to visit my mother and make her feel well cared for. So when I realized that a yoga and meditation retreat was being held up here on the very weekend of my mother’s birthday I immediately contacted Clara and asked her if she would consider driving my mother up for the day. I figured they would both benefit from a yoga retreat. It is also a sneaky way ... Read Full Story >>
I have now the finances to live comfortably but it wasn't always so for me. Thus I look forward to giving a helping hand when I see someone in real need. Recently I was a visitor in Barcelona and saw an elderly indigenous woman in rags with a bowl for contributions.
Eyes downcast, she wasn't even making her presence known & was sitting on the sidewalk against a building out of the way from obstructing the passing pedestrians.
I figured here was a genuine person in need so I put a large bill in her bowl. I watched as she comprehended the value of what I had given her and immediately she started sobbing and looked at me with tears of gratitude in her eyes in a language I could not know.
Her reaction in response overwhelmed me and was a more powerful gift to me than any money loss from me. The saying "It is greater to give than receive" is so true.
I WAS A BOOK FAIRY LAST NIGHT! Last night while waiting for a script at CVS, a young mother and her adorable little girl were sitting at the pharmacy waiting for their script, too. The little girl was entertained by Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul. She was happily reading it aloud to her mother and all of us. It was so precious as she was just beginning to read at a higher level. The pharmacist called the mother to get her script and they went up to pay for it. The little girl wanted this book so badly, but the mother said she would have to wait because she didn't have enough $$ to buy it for her. Instant pout that ruptured my heart! I went up behind them, handed the mother a few dollars to buy the book for the little girl. The little girl didn't miss a thing...she suspected what ... Read Full Story >>
That owl was me today. I was on a mission. My hospital visit went well. I left notes and letters I had written for people to find, gave an elderly man a smiley balloon. I gave activity books and children's dvds to the children's ward.
I left chocolate biscuits and chocolates at the coffee station for those who had loved ones in intensive care. I also had bought scratch cards which I left with a note on cars parked in the car park.
It was a success though I didn't feel it. Today was odd for me. I felt sad and out of sorts. Yet I'm grateful that despite feeling that way, I still got out there and did random kind acts. And. Tomorrow is a brand new day!
Ever received signed blank cheques from strangers? That’s what many times I feel like in life these days. So yesterday I was on a flight from Dehradun to Delhi (and then Ranchi). The guy next to me was sitting on a plane for the first time. He asked me (in Hindi) that at the time of booking the flight ticket he had paid 200Rs. for cashew nuts to be served on the flight, so what would he need to do to get those cashew nuts? I told him that the flight attendant will come and give it to him if it's pre-booked. The flight attendant came, gave cashew nuts to the other guy in our group of 3 seats but skipped this guy. So when she was walking past again after a few minutes, I called on her and suggested that he had pre-booked a meal. She checked and informed me that she couldn’t ... Read Full Story >>
I did a thing today that made me happy. I passed a stranded motorist on the side of the road. I made a couple of U-turns and went back to check on him.
He was a young man, a sweet puppy with him, and his radiator hose was spewing steam. He had no roadside assistance -- of course not, he was all of 19 or 20 -- and had no way out of his predicament.
I called my American Automobile Association (AAA) service and waited an hour with him for the tow truck to come while it was raining. I signed the papers, paid for the extra miles to tow his car home, and then waved goodbye and left. I literally felt like The Good Samaritan, taking care of one of the world's children. I hope he can pay it forward one day.
Lori, a sister-in-love, called the other day with some sad news. It seems as if the Chicago area family and friends have been hard hit with COVID-19 and related issues.
I decided to surprise Lori with a floral arrangement for her holiday birthday, along with the hopes that the blooms will cheer her.
Lori is a mothering soul, who included us in many a family get together. I know these times are especially difficult for her. She is a sister-of-my-heart who exudes LOVE with BIG HUGS, warm embraces and inclusive celebrations ❤️.
Bless all those who are feeling especially overwhelmed this holiday season with super doses of support and encouragement. 🙏
I took two different kinds of homemade soup to my neighbor who has a young child and whose husband is out of town. They have a very strict dietary requirement, so as I was making the soup, I thought of making some for them as well.
The mom and child had just returned from a long trip abroad, so I thought it would be nice for her to have something ready to eat.
The best thing about making homemade soup---you can make it in huge batches and give it away to so many people! It's like a hug in a bowl.
When speaking to a lovely receptionist on the phone who helped arrange a gift for my friend, I learned she, too, was like my friend. My friend always gives and does things for others, but rarely receives and has a hard time accepting gifts. I knew the receptionist would be my next target.
I purchased online the exact chocolate bouquet you see pictured. I included a note:
"We spoke on the phone last week. You helped me surprise my friends and you told me how you do so much for others but never yourself. Well these my darling are for you. You deserve to be spoiled. Enjoy."
I hope it makes her day!
While filling the first of the three five-gallon water containers at a local grocery store this evening, an elderly woman rolled her cart up behind mine, with a smaller two-gallon container and stood patiently waiting.
After my first container filled up, I placed it in my cart and, without saying a word, took hers and began filling it for her. After hers was filled I returned it to her cart and she held out a dollar bill for me. I looked at her, smiled gently, and politely declined her offer of payment. She thanked me and went on her way.
This certainly doesn't qualify as a grand noble act. It was more the type of gesture that once would have been considered a common courtesy. My point is that the magnitude of the kindness is not what's important, it's the kindness itself.
It always feels good to do good, and the ripple effect is far-reaching. :)
I am thankful to have been blessed with the mother who gave birth to me and raised me. She has the most amazing heart and loves everyone unconditionally.
She treats everyone equally, regardless of who they are or what they have or don't have. She has never had much. I remember when she only had $5 left for a week, she took soup to a sick neighbour and shared what little food we had.
She has modeled for my siblings and me how to be the best we can be. I am grateful to have grown up with nothing more than the roof over our heads and food on the table. I feel so proud of how well mum provided for us. Mostly I am grateful for the limitless love we felt growing up.
I looked after a friend for what I thought would be a few weeks, but turned into 12 years. She was normal, whatever that is, when I began to look after her following a stroke, but as time went by I began to notice more and more problems.
I learned that to rush her if we were late for tea was futile. She had to go through the process of putting on her lipstick, turning out the light, looking around the room and shutting the door. If I tried to help by turning out the light or closing the door, her routine was broken and we would be lucky if we ever got that cup of tea.
Sometimes I would tease her by putting out the light and then turning it back on. Eventually, she would laugh at something that at one time would have send her into a spiral of chaos.
I learned patience from her. I learned she was a remarkable woman. By the time she died, she knew she was loved, she was funny, a great listener, caring and available to anyone who might need her ear.
I now have the finances to live comfortably. but it wasn't always so. Thus I look forward to giving a helping hand when I see someone in real need. Recently I was a visitor in Barcelona and saw an elderly indigenous woman in rags with a bowl for contributions.
Eyes downcast, she was sitting on the sidewalk against a building out of the way from obstructing the passing pedestrians. I figured here was a genuine person in need so I put a large bill in her bowl. I watched as she comprehended the value of what I had given her.
She started sobbing and looked at me with tears in her eyes. Her reaction overwhelmed me and was a more powerful gift to me than any monetary loss from me. The saying "It is greater to give than receive" is so true.
I have been tutoring a young woman from another country. We met yesterday. She had just started taking a class at the community college nearby. As we were talking about her studies, I observed she could use a voice recorder to record the lectures so she could listen to them later and as often as she needed to understand them.
I contacted a colleague who pointed me to the right device. Then I used an Amazon gift card that I had been gifted by one of my students to buy a recorder for her. I can't wait to give it to her. I hope it will help her with her studies.
Had a visit with my daughter last night, we went for a walk round her village, she showed me some painted rocks that she'd placed on a wall at the edge of the village. This was nice to see, as the rocks she'd previously placed at a spot near the local shop disappeared, so she tried again. Good for her. So, this morning I was so very pleased for her when she discovered the posts below, on her village FB page. I don't know if you can make it out but someone posted a pic of the stones and said "some kind soul has taken time to make us smile as we wander round the village. These lovely wee painted stones were spotted today on the wall at the sub station at the bottom of the High Road. Well done someone!" This prompted the following lovely responses: "I came across these on Sunday morning ... Read Full Story >>
There is a local woman who always goes out of her way to share what little she has with others.
She wanted to decorate her yard for Christmas in honor of her son who passed away last year, but didn't have the funds so I provided decorations and helped her decorate her yard. She was so happy.
I just received this beautiful little poinsettia, a neighbour left it in front of my door, rang the bell and went away.
She and her mother have been living in this house since long before I rented my apartement and her mother just recently passed away. Both, mother and daughter, always were (are) quite standoffish, but I always make sure to greet them, to be friendly to them, even though they often would not return the greetings. When the mother died I wrote a letter to the daughter expressing my condolences.
So imagine my surprise to find this little beauty with a thank you card from the daughter at my doorstep! Makes me smile! I will have to make sure to see her as often as possible in the staircase. I imagine she now feels quite lonely.
On my way back home today I saw an elderly man on the walkway, sitting down on a bench to re-bind his shoelace. He had problems reaching the laces on his shoe, so I went towards him and aked if I could help him - just this moment he caught his laces and was able to bind his shoes (fortunately I did not startle him into losing hold of the laces again ).
We talked for a short while and he thanked me for noticing his problems and offering to help, especially, when he saw that I was having problems moving around myself. We agreed that aging isn't for the faint hearted and both went laughing our ways with smiles on our faces ... a true win for both of us!
❤️ Kindness circled back to us today......... We usually spend Thanksgiving with a few close friends, but, this year, due to Covid, we decided to stay home & stay safe. I couldn’t seem to feel inspired to even make a nice holiday dinner for ourselves & felt no enthusiasm about ordering in. The craziness of the past few months, between covid & the political circus here, sometimes makes me feel in a state of ‘suspended animation’. Well the Universe sent our beloved next door neighbor to lift me out of my doldrum this morning when she invited us to join her family , or , to allow her to bring us over a lovely home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner! My heart grew. My husband was elated too & shared that he’d been remembering, just this morning, how, a few times in the past, we'd given them the free turkey we used to get in our ... Read Full Story >>
My manager at work, a friend who has been going through a lot in life, needed a chance to talk and a hug. I had bought an OM necklace on Etsy to hang on my rear view mirror in my car, but I put it on her desk instead so she could wear it.