A timely reminder

It seems a fitting day to talk about random acts of kindness. It’s almost a year to the day since I posted this story about something I did in the lead up to last Christmas.

I still try to perform one every day. It doesn’t have to be a monetary thing. If you can afford it, sure. If you can do without your second coffee for the day and instead give that few dollars to a homeless person, then do it. If you can help a mumma with a small child load her groceries into her car or pack them into her cart at the market, do it. If you see a dog running alone on the side of a busy road and can stop to see if there’s a collar or phone number (and if not take the pup to your local vet) and make sure they get home, do it. A lady got on the busy morning express bus to the city the other day and realised her card didn’t have any more rides on it – so I dipped my card twice. It doesn’t take much.

As this morning’s horrific news of the elementary school shooting spreads around the world, and people far and wide cry tears of sadness for those families, I thought today was a good day to remember that it’s not hard to be kind to people. You never know what sort of day they are having, and they will always appreciate it more than you thought they would. Even if they don’t express that at the time.

I just think the world would be a better place if we all did something for someone with no expectation of something in return.

Having been on the receiving end of late, with so many people sharing and retweeting, and emailing my post about Cilla and Jessie needing a foster home – I can’t tell you how immensely grateful I am for friends and strangers – near to us in Sydney, Australia and as far away as Florida and the UK – taking 30 seconds to perform one random act of kindness towards me and these two dogs.

Now I’m going to wake my bundle of love and hold her tight and try not to cry about how there are so many families on the other side of the world to us right now who will never get to snuggle their children again.

bedtime stories with my love bug
bedtime stories with my love bug

9 Comments Add yours

  1. jmgoyder says:

    We just heard this morning – good post.

  2. I love reading about a random act of kindness on a day when we’re all floored by an unthinkable random act of evil. Thanks.

  3. jhwilliams70 says:

    Reblogged this on jhwilliams70.

  4. The world would be a much better place if everyone had this wonderful selfless attitude xx

  5. You couldn’t have said it better!

  6. 2browndawgs says:

    I agree. I think the world would be a better place if we all practiced basic manners. Think of the difference that would make!

  7. I was going to thank you for another RT, but then I noticed your profile link. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of clicking on it. So glad I did. Here is the caring and generous heart behind all the support you have given me. You have spoken about your mum. Here is the pulse of the life you’ve shared – or a hint of it… Your kindness to all, shown here, isn’t something soft, I’ll venture. It’s a diamond, cast in extreme heat – or a pearl, formed for years around a grain. I met a man in Grassington, near here. A member of the local peace group. He was, he said, a Buddhist and a Christian. He was an elderly friend of my late wife. He said all he wanted to do, now he was old, was to not contribute to the pain in the world. I often think of him. Your philosophy I think might be something like his. This is a rather insubstantial response, I realise… But thank you for sharing your writing. And… thank you for that RT!

    1. Thanks JGR. It is lovely of you to stop by and leave such wonderful feedback. It made my day to think that my philosophy is the same as someone who has probably been on earth twice as long as me!

      1. Pleasure. I look forward to more of it!

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