I am finding time to connect with those in need who are asking for money during this holiday season. Helping people along their paths by listening to their stories and treating them with kindness, as they are evidently working through difficult times in their lives. Just being interested in, and speaking with someone who is down on his/her luck and helping in little ways can be a real positive force in his/her life. You never know. We, as human beings, really do have a lot more similarities than differences. Peace to us all.
I feel that I was blessed by an Angel not long ago. I was out in town with my husband. We live in a small town. Because of the cold, my finger shrunk, causing my anniversary ring to fall off. I didn't notice this until we got home. I became physically ill. I thought my husband was going to have a heart attack. Yes, it is a material item but it is also a very sentimental item. He went out and retraced our steps. I called the stores we were in and no one turned it in. I thought it was gone for sure. Well, at around midnight last night, our dogs went nuts. We have a sunroom that attaches to our home. The door to that is usually locked. Apparently, we left it unlocked. My all-terrain mobility scooter is parked out there. In its basket was a ring box...holding my ring! Along ... Read Full Story >>
After a flight from Denver to San Francisco and then train to my town, I couldn't find a cab ride to get the last few miles, though there had always been cabs waiting outside the train station before. Thanks to the internet, I was able to identify local cab companies, but the first ten that I called said they don't serve our area on Saturday nights. It was dark and chilly. The eleventh company representative said her people couldn't do it either, but she gave me two numbers that weren't online and hurray...one of them said he would come, but only if I would promise to wait and actually be there -- apparently people sometimes call a cab and skip out if they hitch a ride with someone before the cab arrives. Then the woman who referred him called me back to make sure I was taken care of. ... Read Full Story >>
We had a great encounter with a lovely elderly gentleman on our walk this morning! We see him almost every morning. When we first saw him, months ago, he would walk by us quickly and not look at us at all. I know English is his second language and figured that was why he might have been apprehensive about making eye contact. I don't know any Mandarin so I would always just walk by with no contact as well. Then one day I decided to just smile and say "hi😃". He looked at us and with the biggest smile he shyly said, "Hi!" He smiled with his eyes too! He looked like a different person! So so beautiful. It was that easy! We made contact! We don't see him every morning but when we do, we exchange "HI's!" This morning we saw him from a distance and I thought I would try waving ... Read Full Story >>
After working an inhuman 8-hour shift at a nameless, dirty factory, I got on the bus dirty, tired and hot. It was a beautifully sunny day but most of mine had been spent in the back of a dimly-lit warehouse, unloading freight cars that were filled to the top with parts for cheap office furniture. It was all metal parts, so they coated these parts with a thin oil that protected the metal and inhibited rust. Needless to say, I left that place every day looking like I worked in a coal mine. However, even with my addiction at that time, I still felt a bit proud of myself. I had held this temp job for 3 months which was extremely rare and as I took my seat on the bus going home, I decided that the depressing thoughts of my real life would not dampen my spirit today. I lifted my ... Read Full Story >>
A couple of weeks ago I was in the drive thru at McDonald's. When I got up to the window to pay, I was told that the patron two cars ahead of me had used a gift card to pay for his order then told the cashier to use the remaining balance for others in line. The car in front of me "paid" for her order by donating the cost to pay for the next order after the gift card ran out. She also donated money to the Ronald McDonald House. I, of course, did the same. This apparently never happened to the cashier before. He was amazed by our generosity, he could barely speak. I don't know how long the "pay it forward" continued but I enjoyed the spontaneity of the gestures. ... Read Full Story >>
One of my husband's work colleagues is a young kid with a girlfriend living together in am RV. They are both working multiple jobs and struggling to make ends meet. My hubby has taken a liking to this kid, which is rare cause he doesn't like a lot of people. Today, he treated the young man and his girlfriend to brunch to give them some ideas about continuing their educating without necessarily going to college, and later this afternoon they came over to our house to meet our dogs, because they might be interested in being our house and animal sitters this winter. I had a few extra game cards for an arcade and we gave them those as well. ... Read Full Story >>
Hello kind friends. It's been a long time since I've shared thoughts here, but the love I have for our KS family is always in my heart! I wanted to share with you today a wonderful thing dear Milan (Mr J!) did. A few weeks back his school held a run called, "The Terry Fox Run". Terry Fox was an amazing young man who ran across Canada, with one prosthetic leg, to raise funds for cancer research. After he passed away from losing his battle to cancer, schools began to hold yearly runs in his name to raise money for cancer. This year, Milan presented a challenge to the students at his school! He told them that if they collectively raised $3,000, he would have his head and beard and moustache shaved in front of the entire student body! The children were extremely thrilled at the idea and were happy to take ... Read Full Story >>
On the light rail car, I noticed a man who seemed very sad. His companion spoke comfortingly to him (it seemed from my vantage point). I peeked every few minutes, and saw him wiping his eyes on his sleeve. No handkerchief available! I searched through my backpack until I found the wrapped package of tissues I knew was there. I went over and handed it to them. They were pleasantly surprised. ... Read Full Story >>
I had one of those life changing moments of kindness today. I need them more often. I need to remember how opening my heart towards others and being less self centered and selfish is one of the greatest ways we can love others.
The man in this photo came and sat with me uninvited today. I had just worked a long shift 'with people' and wanted to be left alone.
Yet something in me said ...
"I sent this man to you to love. Will you love him?".
And love him I did!
I spent my whole lunch hour sitting with him and hearing him tell me of his life, pain and desire to just 'have a friend.'
Well today his prayers were answered when he sat next to me. Because today, for that short time we spent alone, I was his friend. And all because I chose to stay, and not get up and leave as I often do.
So grateful for this place and how every day it opens my heart more and more to kindness ❤
Betty Lou, murmuring about a sore back and looking tired, sat on the chair off to the side. The chair is a small respite for food-bank volunteers when there is a break in the action. “Would you sing my song?” She asked Sheila, who I had just learned was quite musical and had a lovely singing voice. Sheila put down the customer information cards she had been working on and went to stand near Betty Lou. She placed her hand on Betty Lou’s shoulder as she sang of a God of day and a God of night. I had never heard the song before, but the purity of the words and the loving intent, brought tears to my eyes. It sounded like an old church song, strong and soothing, full of grace and faith. “After my daughter died 2 years ago of a brain tumor, Sheila would sing me that song whenever we were ... Read Full Story >>
It seems even when I am sick and don't get to do much I still have opportunities for kindness. Today my mom and I went grocery shopping. We got through it all and it was about $260 (she buys all of her groceries for the whole month on the 1st when she gets her benefits).
Well, unbeknownst to her the state decided to change her benefit date to the 15th so she couldn't pay for any of it. She came home and I took her back to the grocery store and helped her pay for it all. It means I will probably have to pawn something to pay some of my own expenses but I couldn't let her go hungry for two weeks. I feel good about the decision. Kindness opportunities are everywhere!
One day I was in the grocery store and I bought some flowers for my house. I bought an extra bouquet of flowers that weren't my favorite color, but I bought them anyway wondering why I felt compelled to do so. Later I saw a woman in a wheelchair and felt they were for her. I paid for them and then asked the clerk to give them to her as I wanted to remain anonymous. I don't know how it went, but a couple of years later, I was in that store and a guy I've never seen who I presume was working with the flower display came halfway through the store to give me a bouquet of flowers. What goes around, does come around! ... Read Full Story >>
Yesterday I went to our club and valet parked our car, only to return and find that the valet could not find my key for me to take my car back home. Instead of getting angry at him, I was able to quietly discuss options with him (something I may not have done a few years ago) and he drove me home to retrieve my spare key. Later in the day I went back to the club and he was so apologetic, I felt good that I had remained calm during the experience. We will work out getting me a new key but the experience taught me it is much better to calmly discuss options than to rant and rave at someone who has done a wrong, while accepting what is and moving on in life. It has also empowered me to reach out to someone who expected an altercation and surprise them ... Read Full Story >>
"You can go before me if you'd like?"
I said to the lady waiting behind me in line at the checkout as I was unloading our weeks worth of groceries. She only had a few things.
I do this every time I shop yet it still surprises how often the recipient is shocked, surprised and then filled with so much gratitude.
It's such a simple gesture and kindness and one I appreciate so much myself when in line with only a few items and the person in front of me offers me their places.
So it's always especially wonderful to return the favour 💕.
I have a bracelet that I wear that helps me to stay grounded. It reads, "when I walk the universe walks with me." It is a small way to hear encouragement when I need it, or to remember that I am only a part of something much greater.
Walking is my way of finding focus and taking care of myself. As a mom and a teacher, it is sometimes easy to forget to take time for myself. As I walk I interact with others by smiling, waving, chatting...the small acts that we sometimes forget mean so much.
We need to remember how much acknowledging those around us can to do make the world a better place. As I walk, I think...a lot! I enjoy what I see and hear, I think of what good things have happened that day, I solve problems because my mind clears. On my lowest day I know that no matter what I am facing if I take the first step it will help. Off to put on my walking shoes! Have a peaceful day:-).
Happy Saturday !
I found a few more smile cards in an old wallet and so I paid the bill for a couple out at a local restaurant last night. I am but an instrument to be used for passing on kindness, and then hoping it spreads.
If something is going to be contagious, it should be Smiles and Kindness - trying to infect as many people as I can:).
Have a great weekend y'all<3.
I shared dinner with two special boys who live alone. Thanks to both of them for giving me this opportunity. They don't have too many choices in food.
Only on very few occasions do they get an opportunity to have more variety in their food, so I invited them for dinner with me. We watched some entertainment programs on T.V. and had dinner together. It was a very heart touching moment. I was so happy and felt true love in my heart.
Happy World Food Day !!
I just returned from a wonderful program at one of our local schools which centered on bullying. It was wonderful to see the kids so engaged in caring about others and stopping bullying. All the kids took the No Bullying Pledge. Now that's a beautiful act of kindness...what a gift to offer!
October is "Stop Bullying" Month, but bullying is a year-round problem and we need to focus on it every day.
Lone turtle walking across the middle of our road. My daughter jumped out of our car and ran to the turtle and moved her safely to other side of the road, closer to water. Eastern box turtle we think.
My children teach me about kindness most every day. “Do what you can, when you can" kindness.