My next door neighbour snowblows my walk, sweeps my porch, brings in my garbage cans and even fixed my hose while offering to buy me a new nozel. He even suggests maintenance I should be doing on my home. So nice having someone watching out for me as I embark on single ownership.
I have skills in networking and like to use it to help others. I have found many jobs and contacts for others and have helped people start and plan their businesses. I will often add money to a parking meter and will offer up a good parking spot to others (hey, I need the exercise any way). I love to cook and will often surprise someone who is down or ill with dinner.
I have helped older people carry groceries from their shopping cart into their car trunk. The sad part -- they aren't sure if I'm just kind or if they should be cautious. The world has changed a lot, there is no doubt, but kindness is true and still is real for so many of us.
Have a sweet lady I met while doing home health, she just turned 90 this past December. She was going to the laundry mat when I was her therapist. I persuaded her to let me do her laundry. This was over 5 years ago, and she is like a part of our family. We bring her out for holidays, she and my mom talk every day, and yes, I still do the laundry! But, you know what? I think, no...I know, I get more out of it than I ever could give!! She is an amazing lady, and the life she has lived, wow! What a joy it has been to have her in our lives. Plus, there are times my husband and son do things for her, and that has just reinforced the life lessons hubby and I have raised our son with...life is not all about you...help others when you can, however you can...You just never know what is around the bend for you in this journey called life...
My mom, who is 7 yrs in remission from lung cancer, crochets hats, scarves, and afghans that we donate to the homeless...she started doing it during all of the many hospital stays she has had, and it gives her a purpose, and passes the time...she never tells anyone about it, but I think it is ok If I "brag" about her a little...lol...
Thank you for posting --- stories like these are so inspirational .. they make us sometimes think for a moment longer about helping another person. I believe it's human nature to be kind and giving, yet it feels foreign sometimes for all of us. Maybe when we read other's acts of kindness, we'll think about each other and how we've all been there for another person.
Let's keep the journal alive by posting some more!
I try to do little things all the time, if it is just helping a young mother with her children get into the store, offering to help pay for someone who doesn't have the money, let people ahead of me in line, help with dinners for the homeless, I always donate food and clothes. Right now, my mom is in a rehab facility and not going home, so my kindness is directed mostly at her, washing her clothes, taking her special meals, rubbing lotion on her legs and feet, just things like that. My son has started volunteering for his community service at school and I am so grateful that he is doing that. It will help him immensely to understand the plight of people that need help. I have seen a change already!
I make jewelry of all sorts and most of the time give it to people.
I like to let people go in front of me at the grocery store. And always let the checkers know they are doing a great job and
I appreciate them. Our biggie right now is offering our extra room to an 18 year old who needed a hand up.
I'm trying to get a business going on the internet and giving part of my earnings to a worthy cause.
Thanks for thinking of this. I have to say my favorite is helping elderly. It has been kind of hard when I feel like that my self some days. Blessings, Deborah
Great journal Trudie! And just saw your new profile pic...have to say..you look fabulous!!
I also try to do little things regularly. My primary concern is and always has been for the homeless. So, I like to buy cups of coffee or a sandwhich..hot dog from the vendors, whatever I can do to just say someone does care. It's usually the little things that can make a really big difference in someones life.
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