I go to the local grocery store and Dollar Tree once a week for my weekly shopping. Each time, in each store, I somehow end up with a very full shopping cart.
About a year ago I made a personal choice after being part of a 30 Day Gratitude challenge here on KindSpring that whomever was behind me in line, I would offer to allow them to go ahead of me - no matter how full their basket was.
What I have discovered is that younger people, under the age of 40, immediately take my offer up, people my age, 55+, need to have the offer given 2-3X and people over the age of 70, it is very difficult for them to accept my offer.
But every week, in each store, I offer and my offer is accepted - eventually This started as a conscious Act of Kindness that is now a habit. Which I feel is the idea of KindSpring, practice a kindness 'til it becomes a habit, then move on to another kindness.
This past week I was able to go off on a little domestic tourism trip. Took my neighbors who have been so wonderful to me throughout my move to Belize & COVID-19 for a trip north to Lamanai Mayan Ruins.
It was a great trip. We ended up on a small tour up the river with a young German couple who have been traveling Mexico & Central America for a few months. They were leaving the next day, as were we, for the town across the river from our village, so of course I offered them a ride.
The back of a truck versus a 4-5 hour ride on a local bus? No contest. We took them thru Spanish Lookout & across the river on the 3-car hand-cranked wooden ferry, with a stop for handmade ice cream. The next day I went to the PO & I had a beautiful letter from Germany ðŸ’• Such a kindness.
Today I got a mail in my mailbox from the United States. I am grateful. Mail comes to my town once a week, temperatures have been 101-105*F for the past week so I didn’t go on Monday like I usually do. Went this morning early. I feel loved.
School has started here in Belize & the high schools are all fee-based, tuition, books, uniforms are the responsibility of the family. High school is not required & many children leave school at age 16 after completing the equivalent of USA 8th grade. As a former teacher I encourage the continuation and completion of high school. The past 2 years I have sponsored books for a neighbor & she continues to do well. She has chosen to share those books with a young man in the neighborhood which the school has encouraged students to do the past couple years. Yesterday a young man who worked on remodeling my house came to me to ask for a loan to buy books for his 2 kids in high school, I was happy to give him the money & share it was a gift. Their family is struggling with 2 children now in high school ... Read Full Story >>