I wish to tell a story about how much we can learn from those people who have chosen to build their lives in a place we have always called home.
For many years now, I have been noticing the lack of respect for elderly, or disabled persons on buses or subways. We were taught to cede our seats immediately to someone who needed it more. But that seems to be the exception rather than the rule now.
I am very happy to report, that on several bus & subway trips recently, the tide seems to be turning! Seats were being ceded left, right, and center, to seniors, mothers with children, and the disabled. And those giving up their seats were all immigrants from all corners of the planet! I gave every one of them the warmest smile I could, and reminded myself we have much to learn from these people we usually undervalue. Also, example is the most powerful teacher.
Last weekend my dorm mate was kind of bummed. We don't really know each other too well, but we get along. I had just recieved some coupons for Build-a-Bear Workshop and was excited about going to make a bear. But I decided that maybe she needed it more. I took her to Build-a-Bear and let her make a teddy bear and I let her use my coupons. She was laughing so hard that by the time we left, she had a smile stuck on her face! It was a lot of fun!
Stanford had an unexpected effect on him. Higher education at an Ivy League is supposed to turn out the best engineers, accountants, and consultants on schedule every semester in neat little batches. Instead it sparked in him a deeper question of what it truly meant to be educated. Instead of quickening his steps to match the relentless drumbeat of capitalism, he arrived at "the understanding that the slower you go, the more you learn: that every person you meet and every building you pass is, in fact, infinitely deep, and he who is really interested in knowledge would move not at all." So there he was, inviting me to not move at all for the next hour as a few friends for sat in lotus posture, seeking knowledge. Meditators often crave quiet, pristine environments for their sitting: the shade of a tree in a rolling meadow, a small covey on the bank of a river, a ... Read Full Story >>
I awoke in the night to find my husband, Marty, gently rocking our baby son, Noah. I stood for a moment in the doorway, watching this amazing man with whom I was so blessed to share my life, lovingly stroke Noah's fat pink cheeks in an effort to comfort him. I felt in my heart that something was seriously wrong with Noah. This was one of several nights Noah had been up, burning with a high fever. Tears filled my eyes as I watched my beautiful husband move Noah's little cheek up against his own chest, so that Noah could feel the vibrations of his voice. Noah is deaf. Learning to comfort him has brought on a whole new way of thinking for us. We relied on our voices, a soothing lullaby, audio toys, and music to comfort our other children. But with Noah, we need to use touch, his soft ... Read Full Story >>
"I'm at Lens Crafters waiting to pick up my new pair of glasses. In walks a Mom & her little girl. Now Mom is probably in her late twenties & the little girl is maybe five. Both of their wardrobes are badly dated to say the least . It was obvious that the family’s financial windfall had not yet arrived. I overheard a comment the Mom made to the Sales Lady that she was in between job #1 and job #2 of the day, so she didn't have a lot of time. The little girl and the Mom proceeded around the store looking at these little tiny frames for this darling's face. The Sales Lady was helping them try on frames; pulling aside her favorites. You know how some little kids actually look ten times cuter in glasses...that was this little girl. She finds these cute little frames with a butterfly ... Read Full Story >>
Sometimes life's most important lessons are learned from the guy next door. It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his ambitious future, and nothing could stop him. The phone rang one day. It was his mom, who told him, "Jack, Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday." Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days. "Jack, did you hear me?" "Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he ... Read Full Story >>
One sunny day, a day I will never forget, I was leaving the campus gonig back home tired and hungry. I had no food to eat and had no money. I saw an old man carrying luggage both on his head and on his back. I by-passed this man and moved some distance ahead of him. But I could feel the heart beat of this man moving faster than ever, and something told me to go back and help this man. But I resisted this voice for several times.
When i finally took the decision to help him despite the tiredness, I turned to him and took the luggage off his head. This man spoke gently to me and said, "thank you."
We managed to support each other until we got home. When i turned to go, this man said, "son, take this is for you."
When I turned, behold it was one of the largest pearls this man had harvested from his farm.
What a miracle. This pearl was my food for the day. What a glorious day.
I had the opportunity to help two people today.
A young lady had parked her car in a no parking zone near the Anna Nagar roundabout in Chennai, India. She was upset and was anxiously asking people what to do because the wheel of her car had been locked with a special lock so that she could not drive it.
She would have to pay a fine to get the lock removed but she seemed to be very scared of dealing with the police. I accompanied her to a police van parked a little way away and dealt with the police officer on her behalf. I paid the fine of Rs.150 on her behalf and she reimbursed me later. She was so relieved to be able to drive her car off again and thanked me several times.
Later during the day, I came across a young poor couple who were trying to deposit a check at the bank where I have an account. They had been given a check for Rs. 6,000 by the government which is given to new mothers. They appeared confused and were unable to fill out the forms. I helped them with that I hope I eased some of their confusion.
Since it's probably our only chance to enjoy the snow this winter, I dragged my kid out to go sledding on the hill behind our house today; we laughed so hard and so much fun! I thanked her for being an awesome 15-year old that still goes sledding with her mom. :)
Letter of Appreciation....I had to go to the dentist today, a dentist I'd never been to before. From the moment I walked into the office, there was a strong kindness vibe present. The staff was caring & warm, over & above, and the little jolly dentist was so kind & caring. Tomorrow I am going to sit down & write them a heartfelt letter of deep appreciation.
I didn't bite the dentist & stayed calm :)))
Inspired by KS folks who do this, on my road journey today, I left the cafe bathroom cleaner than when I arrived. I wiped down the basin and surround, picked up some paper towels that were on the floor, put two post it notes on the mirror, and left a kindness pack (smiley magnet, notebook, pen, list of kind acts, smile card and a Mindy peace dove) on the shelf.
Today I got an opportunity to help a servant with some winter clothes. today's morning he came to me and told me that he got a new baby in his house.he was looking very happy and good. he asked me for some winter clothes, so I gave him some shirts and woolen clothes. he thanked me with cheerful smile.
Thanks to him and also to all of you.
Was gifted with a pair of angel wings and loving note today by a friend. I stuck them onto my purse where I can see and be reminded of them daily.
We are all angels. Each and everyone one of us without us even realizing. What we do, what we say, who we touch, and even the little gestures and things like smiling at those we don't know. It all matters. It all touches. We are all angels.
Grateful I am today to be appreciated by a work colleague. But mostly I am grateful for the reminder of how much I can impact anothers life. How much we all can â™¡
Kind of self care day today. It was very cold out so I didn't want to spend much time outside. I also cleaned up my house today. Fed my outside kitties, feel so bad for them to be so cold out there.
My friend called me and asked if she could use some of the cat food she had ordered for me(I had already paid for it). She didn't have enough food for the cats she feeds outside. I told her to take 1/2 of the case. I am seeing her tomorrow, I am going to try to leave her some money.
I gave a long hug to a coworker (Ellen) after she told me that was feeling down because she had to put her 18 year old cat down. While giving her the hug I noticed she was crying as I was telling her about the circle of life and I told her: "take this long hug to give you strength to support your loss". As I finished, she said: "Thank you so much, for this long hug, it was just what I needed. I feel much better and I can let go now."
Today's RAOK was so cool on a number of different levels:
Last week I asked my students to bring one flower (or more) today so we could create a bouquet for the office staff.
We got WAY more than I had anticipated. There were actually three more vases of flowers after I took this pic.
Then, we all delivered them to the office staff with a Thank You card we all signed letting them know how we appreciated them.
Best part: when we returned, I asked the kids what they got from that experience. they said it made them happy. I asked what made them happy. And, they said making others happy.
I think they got it, that kindness always comes back and that it creates more. Can't wait to see what THEY will do the rest of the month.
A colleague held a class where ten-year olds taught Minecraft to college students aspiring to become elementary teachers. What a wonderful event! The younger children really shined when paid attention to as teachers, and the teachers-in-training learned new things and connected with their future students. Taking young persons seriously, giving others our full attention and respect, and listening deeply are rich gifts!
Met with our "Christmas elf" today, the person who finds us the family we help at Christmas. Surprised her with a batch of cookies that I found out she likes. She was giddy! Found out the family we helped was speechless with what we had done. We don't view it as special, but were delighted to know that we made a difference, if just for a day. Anyway, planning dinner with elf and hubby soon. Love making contacts and turning them into friends.
Yesterday I was walking to my local Safeway and found one of their carts on the sidewalk about three blocks away. I pushed it back to the store -- not easy, since one wheel was blocked (unsuccessful attempt by the store to prevent theft). Saw a policeman filling his gas tank and told him, in case he was wondering, and also told a store clerk, who was grateful. Even the big chain stores appreciate and need honest folks!
There's a lovely printout! I apologized for not having commented in the past days....I have had issues with internet and couldn't come into ks...missed you....all is well now! I've been more in contact with my new friend Kathy and we are growing together into the LIght. My friend from Texas Elena (with whom I meditate weekly) has also participated in her healing.... Last week Kathy shared with my two Spanish friends a lovely Skype interchange and we are going to continue to do this weekly, God willing. She felt "back in business", my friends felt enriched with her input in many areas and I was elated, to say the least. I have past the 50 mark on the number of hats to be donated in February to the Cancer Society or related! I have another project in mind once I meet this one! I will post the pictures once I have them ... Read Full Story >>