A few days ago, I had forgotten where I'd parked my bike. As I stood at the spot I'd initially wanted to park it, which was empty, I thought, "Oh no! It's been stolen!" After a moment of panic, it dawned on me that it was actually around the corner. Laughing with relief, I began to unlock it just as an elderly man passed by slowly with his walker. I wouldn't have talked to him normally, but my gratitude for my bike prompted a lovely, spontaneous exchange.
I think he was a bit lonely, as he told me he was 81 and had to stop driving for a while due to a fall. His wife of many years was in a home and couldn't come out as she suffered from Alzheimer's. We chatted for a bit, both of us reveling in the company. When I was ready to get on my way, he sincerely wished me all the very best as I silently sent him blessings. I was grateful for the connection, and this energy helped power me home on my trusty bicycle.
Today I sent a text message to next door neighbour who has 2 young children. Asked her if she needed anything at supermarket. Not sure I have her current number cos she didn't write back but that's OK. It was a nice feeling writing the message.
Plan to do same with other neighbours who are in their 70's and maybe bake some cookies and hang them on their door with a note saying "Happy to help if help is needed."
What are YOUR ideas for helping others in these corona-fraught times in order to spread the love and compassion? Do tell!
On a recent flight a child somewhere near the front was crying uncontrollably. Couldn't see them but silently sent them good vibes of comfort and reassurance that it was OK. Eventually they calmed down. A strange thing happened when the plane landed. A handicapped girl several seats ahead turned round and kept beaming and waving at me all the way from the plane to the airport. Had the feeling she was the one who'd been crying. Unique connection!
Was in a shop and the woman in front of me who was going out closed the door in my face. Normally that would really annoy me (I'm from a culture where it's seen as polite to hold open doors for strangers but live in a country where it's common to get a door in your face most of the time). Anyway felt nice and calm. On the way out the woman turned round and actually apologized! Gave her a big smile and said no problem!
Am in the process of making up little uplifting notes and prayers for my cheerful postcards for a native community that is in a suicide crisis. Kindspringer Brad2 has raised awareness on this issue saying that children as young as 10 are committing suicide. Hope the kids will get hope from them :-) Here is the address if you want to do so too:
Makwa Sahgaiehcan School
Loon Lake SK
Whilst on a road trip to the USA from Canada around the Milennium, my hubby and I experienced amazing kindness at a gas station. It was one of those places where you fill-up the car first and then pay by card right at the machine. Unfortunately, it didn't accept our Canadian bank cards and with a mere 3 US dollars to our name, we had no idea how to pay. Whilst trying to find a solution with the attendant inside at the cash desk (i.e. pay in Canadian dollars), another customer came up to us and said she'd like to settle our bill of 40 dollars!!! We were stunned, especially as she didn't want us to send the money to her later. Nor did she want our Canadian dollars. Back then 40 dollars was a lot of money! All she said was "Just help somebody else who needs it". Straight after that, we ... Read Full Story >>
Many moons ago, I went to the Giant Mountains with a couple of people. We were walking in the mountains and suddenly it started to rain very hard. We found shelter under the roof of some ski lifts. The elderly man who worked there said we could spend the night in the loft there, and so we did, in our sleeping bags, after he shared some drinks with us. Maybe the man felt sorry for us or was simply being kind, but he recommended walks for us the next day. In a mixture of languages, and drawing pictures, he signaled that we could come for dinner and spend the night at his home that night. Being penniless students, we eagerly took up his offer, naturally, once we trusted our instincts that he was a decent person. At his home, his wife treated us like royalty. For us, dinner was a lavish ... Read Full Story >>
While traveling in New Brunswick, Canada, we were sitting on a bench in a park, enjoying the peace, quiet and gorgeous views.
A lady walked by with her dog. We began chatting with her, and told her about our journeys and that it was a temporary stop before moving ahead.
Ingrid, a complete stranger to us, invited us for dinner!
She even insisted on us tellingl her what we wanted to eat, and also invited us to meet her family.
Maybe we looked hungry -- I have no idea! :) We were flabbergasted and didn't know what to say.
She said, "I know, I'll cook you some steak. Looking forward to seeing you at six.”
We showed up for dinner, and it was an amazing evening, getting pampered and meeting her lovely family, too.
How amazing to be graced by such an over-the-top kindness!
I read an article in a magazine about 3 girls aged around 15 or 16.
They go to a nearby hospital and spend time by chating and playing with or reading to younger hospitalised children to help them get over the boredom. These girls are in the process of setting up a charity so their idea can spread to other hospitals.
I think it's great when youngsters strive and take action to make the world a better place. So I sent a package to their school with a few packs of children's playing cards, a small money donation and a sparkly card saying "You are fab!"
While traveling in Canada on a bird watching tour on an island outside Québec, we met a nice, young man called Alain.
In the days before internet and social media, it was common to swap addresses upon departing and say, "Come and visit if you're in the area."
So, a while later, we actually took Alain up on his offer. We knocked on his door, just thinking we'd have a cup of tea and nice chat, but to our surprise, his lovely mum ended up cooking a delicious dinner for us!
Then, we were even invited to stay the night! We also had fun trying to speak French with his girlfriend, who couldn't speak English.
It was a great evening.