I have to share with you the wonderful kindness of others in my community. I am an elementary school teacher and I run a program called Improvement Week where my students focus on individual self-improvement and I surprise them with goodies that I get donated from local companies. I got an envelope in the mail today from a local pizza place that usually donates a large pizza every year, but the envelope was opened and empty. It appeared that someone took the certificate. I didn't feel right asking the restaurant for another, seeing that the first one was probably going to be used by someone. So, I posted online on a community page asking if anyone might have a pizza gift card that they were gifted, but has been collecting dust, and if they might want to donate it in lieu of the missing gift certificate. Within a couple of hours I had a ... Read Full Story >>
Last week a friend from the animal rescue world I used to be part of in New Mexico posted a link about a dog in Arizona. This dog belongs to a Native American family and they did not have the $$ to help this dog get her mangled leg amputated. My friend did not know where to turn so she just put it up on facebook and I shared it. A little later I saw a 100 year old friend had donated and saw that no one else had. I don't have much $$ these days but this dog reminded me of another dog from many years ago in NM, one that showed up at the spay/neuter van I was working on as a vet tech. That dog was anonymously dumped/abandoned with a mangled leg too. The vet and I saw a spark in her eye and after hours we amputated ... Read Full Story >>
Today my students got to feel what it was like to be on the receiving end of a RAOK, thanks to Erica.
Erica has been surprising my students with her delicious treats every April for the past few years for all of the RAOK they put out into the world.
Today, she came and surprised them with homemade cupcakes, as well as water balloons. We'll use the balloons this Friday after our Color Run to cool down after all the running.
She also gave us another bunch of cupcakes to gift another class. So, my students were so pleased to pass on the cupcakes to our second grade neighbors. Thanks, Erica for appreciating my students!
Today was an interesting day. My son and I walked home a lost beagle dog to the owners. The had their phone number was on the tag, but it wasn't a working number. It had an address close to us, so we took it home.
Turns out it was an elderly couple, the guy fell and the dogs got out of the gate. They were so grateful to get the beagle mix back, but they had also lost their Shitzu. I told them we'll be on the look out for him.
A couple of hours went past, then my friend next door texted me about a white dog that had came over. It was a Shitzu! I told her that we knew where he lives, so we took another long walk to get little boy home to the owners..
I ride the bus to work everyday. I'm a people-watcher, and I live in a small town, so I see many of the same people get on the bus with me everyday, on their ride to and from work. For many months, I noticed an elderly man get on at one of the stops, and always head to the back of the bus. He wore the same clothes every day, and they were well-worn, but clean. I never spoke with this gentleman, but I could tell he seemed like he led a simple existence. One day, I had decided to drive to/from work, and I noticed the gentleman on a street corner I was passing, with a sign in his hand asking for financial assistance. I went home that day, and wrote him a note, saying I was grateful for what little I had in my life, and that I wanted to ... Read Full Story >>
Today I was walking to the library, I walk past the nursing home on my way there. This time as I was walking towards the library, I saw an old woman sitting alone. Today I had decided to go talk to her instead of just smiling and walking past. She told me about her family and that her father was an activist. She told me about the wonderful places she traveled and the funny moments she had. It felt nice seeing a smile on her face while she was describing her best moments. We sat there for about an hour. She told me she was all alone and that it felt nice talking to someone after so long. The last person she had a conversation with was one of the nurses but she had found another job and now there wasn't anyone for her to talk to. It made me feel sad that ... Read Full Story >>
When I first came to Kindspring I was recovering from depression and anxiety attacks. KS helped me to see beyond my immediate field of vision, and the inspirational stories of kindness renewed my outlook on life and the world in general. I had come from a period in my life which was pretty much summed up by these words from Tolkien which I read almost daily and often clung onto, Frodo: “I can’t do this, Sam” Sam: “I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing this ... Read Full Story >>
Just wanted to give you an update on our Peace Pole Planting. The village school has accepted the pole and has got the Council to agree that it can be planted on a grassy area directly across from the school in a very prominent place which is passed by all who enter and leave the village (think of all those Peace Prayer wishes going out!).
They have invited uor MP, MSP and lots of dignitaries as well as local newspapers. The children are going to be writing about what Peace means to them and having a Peace Pole Party to celebrate –with Peace Cakes! How amazing is that! It won’t be for a couple of weeks yet, mid-may, but I’ll keep you all informed.
Our town is currently in a flood emergency. Our home is on higher ground and I am grateful tor that. My husband and I went to help fill sand bags the other day that would be distributed around homes in danger of flooding.
There were people doing doing all sorts of different tasks, some were making food for the volunteers, some filled the sand bags, some had to tie the bags closed, others lifted them onto trucks. It was nice to see strangers working together to help the community in a time of crisis.
We put together some plates of nourishment with the food leftover from our family gathering yesterday. With three plates remaining, we knew exactly where to go...our local library. We handed one plate to a gentleman (he later gifted his dinner to another houseless person <3) and he directed us to another area, where he said there was an 'old man" in need of a meal.
When we got over there, indeed there was an old man. There was also a younger man, Greg. Greg was sitting down, but after we offered him a meal he asked us to wait. He said he wanted to stand up and give us hugs :). With tears in his eyes, Greg gave us each a warm hug, filled with so much love from his heart. He held me tight, gave my head a little squeeze and kissed the side of my head. I don't need to tell you who received more in that exchange <3.
There was once a little boy who lived in my community. His father was abroad and was not supporting him nor his mother financially and his mother was not working, so most times his mother could not send him to school. My mother saw the situation and decided to "take him up". She bought a lunch bag and in the mornings when we left for school, whatever was in my lunch bag was in his and when we got back home he'd get a snack or dinner if he planned on staying over. Well one day, from nowhere his father got in contact with his mother and told her he would be filing for him to come and live with him abroad. His mother agreed readily as it would be better because she would not be able to pay College expenses for her son. Well he he did leave and go abroad, but years later we saw this stranger at ... Read Full Story >>
We visited a tourist area and there were some locals who sold local products. We bought some things from a nice lady and it turned out that she really reduced the price for us. I tried buying something similar from another local and I realized how much the first lady reduced the price for us. She was also really pleasant.
I felt that it is important to go back and pay her more than we had paid her originally. When I gave her a the difference between what she had charged and a reasonable price, she was so confused. She looked at me in shock and was speechless. I told her that she gave us a really good price and I wanted her to take the extra money. I left her and she was still in shock looking at the money I handed her. I hope that it was a good feeling of shock not a bad one!
On Easter, what do you do with the extra daffodils you got on sale on Friday? This!
My wife and I put bunches of daffodils and a Kindness Card on three different cars in the grocery store parking lot today!
Today's RAOK [Random Act of Kindness] was really fun! I walked into a Starbucks and there was a man making a purchase. I interrupted him ordering, "Excuse me, but I wonder if you will allow me to buy that for you." He looked at me puzzled, "Why?" "Because this is my random act of kindness for the day. I planned to buy a stranger's coffee today. You're a stranger and that's a coffee," I said pointing at his cup. He was silent. Then, "Are you serious?" I told him I was and that I started The April Random Acts of Challenge in 2012 and that today he was the recipient of it. He seemed unsure. I told him it would help me and be his random act of kindness, allowing me to check it off my list for the day. He smiled and told me I could if I wanted to. I gave him ... Read Full Story >>
One of my students earned a McDonald's lunch today. So, as I was entering the restaurant I saw this man out front. I asked if he was hungry.
He told me he would appreciate a burger. So, I picked him up a burger, fries and a drink.
I chatted with him a bit. He asked what I did. He thanked me for the food and for teaching young people.
I asked his name. He said, "Billy Goat Dog."
I repeated, "Billy Goat Dog?"
He laughed and said, "Billy Goat, Dog." I told him, "Oh, I'm Dog, and you're Billy Goat."
"Riiight," he smiled.
When we think of the term women of Influence what comes to our mind? Are they women who have social tatus and power, whose work brings about great changes for their communities, countries and the world? As women of influence their work is important. There are other women of influence whose roles are equally as important but often go unnoticed in social media. The roles our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, friends and mentors play in our lives, influencing the people we’ve grown to be. These women also lead by example with love, resilience, strength, gentleness and vulnerability. They made and continue to make personal sacrifices so that we continue to flourish. There are many women in my life who have helped me grow into the woman I am today. First and foremost my Mom, whose strength and courage showed me how to be strong and courageous too. My memories of her still fill ... Read Full Story >>
I bought some lottery scratchers on Sunday in order to pass out this week.
Walking to the bank today I saw a man with a sign: "Anything helps."
I gave hum a scratcher and a penny for scratching. "Hope this helps." I told him.
He seemed pleased and thanked me. On my way out of the bank I saw him. "Was it helpful?" I asked.
He smiled and held up the scratched ticket. It was a ten-dollar winner. "Every bit helps," he responded.
I did something that I have always wanted to do today: saw one of those bumper stickers that said, “How’s my driving?”, and I called a stunned person that the driver was doing a careful and courteous job of driving. I would bet that is the only positive call that they have ever gotten. Really felt good to give kudos to the driver. Lots of warm fuzzies!
What’s For Breakfast?
Noticed a man nursing a steaming cup of coffee out on the fast food restaurant patio. He had an overstuffed backpack at this side and was staring at the sun rising over the beautiful, but very chilly Black Hills.
“Can I offer you some breakfast?” I asked, holding the packed paper sack and cup of OJ that I had ordered for him.
He looked somewhat startled from his morning reverie. His weathered face broke into a grin and said, “Thank you. I would.”
Walking back to the car, I told MisterM, “You know, it’s not really us that gives, it’s the hand of God. We are just instruments. It just sort of flows thru us.”
Looks like a trumpeting angel in the clouds ... a great begin for the journey, don’t you think?
I was so proud of one of my students today. I found out what he did in PE yesterday.
We all went on a walking field trip yesterday, about 2.5 miles. And, it got into the 80's yesterday. When we returned they were pooped and didn't want to run at PE.
One student said, "I'll do anything so we don't have to run today."
The PE teacher said that the class won't have to run if this boy does 20 push-ups, 25 jumping jacks and something else (don't remember).
My student asked if he could replace the push-ups with a substitute exercise. PE teacher said he could run 3 laps in lieu of the push-ups.
He did it! He did the other exercises AND ran in order for his fellow students not to have run. Talk about sacrifice!