Random Acts of Kindness…
Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.
— C. Neil Strait
Happy New Year Dear Friends,
I love you all! Thank you to each of you for being so encouraging and supportive this past year. It has been an amazing journey with you so far.
I first began blogging in 2011 as a source of ‘happy therapy’, a positive focus while on medical leave from my work recovering from treatments for breast cancer. The warm words you wrote on my blog and my heart helped me get through some dark days and lifted my spirits more than you can ever imagine.
And, I could never have imagined the amazing opportunities that came these past months from blogging! I’ll tell you a bit more about that in a later post, I promise…
First, let’s have a ‘cuppa’, shall we? And, would you also like some home baked carrot cake with snowy cream cheese frosting to go with your tea? This is a moist and delicious-tasting cake. There was a little left from “A Christmas Tea for Lucas” so I popped it in the freezer and saved it just for our visit today. It still has its wonderfully ‘fresh-from-the-oven’ goodness! Yum!
As you can see, I am still enjoying my Christmas decor. Indeed, many of my friends and neighbours, it seems, are also a little reluctant to say good-bye to that holiday feeling. I’m sure that will likely change in the next week or so. For now, the house is all cozy with the warmth that the holiday decorations provide.
Today I heard something beautiful, and I just have to relay this story to you as it made my day! TRULY!
Have you ever heard of ‘Random Acts of Kindness’?! I got the idea while watching the Oprah show one day many years ago. Hubby and I were inspired by the program’s theme and have been doing little spontaneous things like this ever since, and it always brings us so much joy…
We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.— Mother Teresa
This morning, my husband and I dropped by our regular weekend haunt for breakfast. I was anxious to talk with our waitress Kim to find out the reaction of a group of four police officers (two male and two female) whom we had surprised last time we visited the cafe (the day after Boxing Day) by asking her to add the price of the police officers’ breakfasts to our own breakfast bill – but, please, not to tell the officers about their complimentary breakfasts until AFTER we had left the restaurant and they were waiting on their bills. We wanted it to be a SURPRISE to them. 🙂
When you carry out acts of kindness, you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, “Yes, this is how I ought to feel.”
— Harold Kushner
Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime! Lawrence G. Lovasik (The Hidden Power of Kindess)
Thank you for visiting. I appreciate your spending time with me. I hope that someone is kind to you today and that you are, in turn, inspired to perform a “Random Act of Kindness”…
Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds. Buddha
I found the news clip below on-line and had to add it to this post. It seems this is happening in many other places, too! Isn’t it so refreshing?!