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The Value of an Act of Kindness

How many times have we walked away from the person on the street asking for change?  How often do we stop to help our neighbors?

I was recently approached by an older man and woman on the street who were asking for bus fare.  The man had just been discharged from the hospital and without money they had to walk home. My initial reaction was “I’m sorry but I have no cash”.  I saw the hurt in the woman’s eyes and knew that I had change in my bag.  After giving them the whole $3 in change that I had in my bag I looked at the woman’s face and saw such gratitude in her eyes.

Later in the week a neighbor stopped me to ask me to notarize some paperwork for her.  I didn’t realize how sick she had been recently and she told me that she had been in the ER the night before.  What she said next not only shocked me but validated my earlier decision to give the couple change.  She had been treated at the ER for extreme pain and was given morphine to make her comfortable while they ran tests and discharged at 1am on Sunday morning…she had no ride home, no money and was told there was nothing the hospital could do for her.  She walked home that night alone, sick, and scared.  Later in the day she stopped and told me her cat had passed away, the second cat to pass in a week.  She was heartbroken, defeated, and so down that it broke my heart.  She went on to explain that she had been on disability and was waiting for social services to help her out but the process is very slow.  This is a woman who went to work every day, tried to help others when she could, and was always kind to people she met.  We sat and talked for a while until she felt a little better about her situation.

Today I received a message from her:  “I just want to try to express my deep gratitude for the love, support, & generosity you have shown me during such a hard and sorrowful time.  The universe is mysterious and I don’t understand it most of the time but I do believe that you were an angel put in my path at just the time I needed you most.  I hope I can do the same for you someday.”

These experiences have made me take a closer look at myself and my initial reaction to pass judgement.  I realized that it’s not my place to judge another human being, especially when they are less fortunate than others.  We don’t know what others are going through until we take the time to walk in their shoes.

Kindness is the greatest gift we have to give…and it’s FREE!  Share some kindness today and make a difference in the life of another human being.

Have a beautiful day! ~ Pamela

Daily Gratitude

 As I sit in my backyard enjoying the breeze today, I am thinking about all the things in my life that I am grateful for.  

Today I am grateful to have a backyard.  This space that I have created where all things are good and calm.  A space where I can sit quietly and reflect, work stress free, and entertain friends and family. 

I am grateful to have good friends and family.  Yesterday was my Annual Gathering to celebrate the Fourth of July.  It is a small gathering but a celebration just the same. Spending time with those who are important in my life and seeing them enjoy eachothers company is such a rewarding experience.  Being able to spend time with my Dad always makes this gathering special and this year it was extra special to me to have this time.  This year I had a surprise visit from Miss Delores, my dearest friends Mom.  It was such a joy to sit and spend time with this beautiful lady.  

I am grateful for my good health which allows me to enjoy all the good things this life has to offer.  Having the ability to sit here and write, to work in the garden, to be social and active are things that make my world so beautiful and inspire me to share these thoughts with you.  I have faith, that by sharing, it will inspire someone to take a look at all the beauty there is in thier life and be grateful to have it.

Each day we are given the opportunity to make our life a happy one if we choose to do so.  Take that opportunity and make your life the beautiful place you want it to be.  Have faith in yourself and those you surround yourself with.  Most important:  ALWAYS Believe in the Power of Positive!

Have a beautiful day ~Pamela

Being Thankful

Thanksgiving is the one day every year that we consciously give thanks for all the good in our lives. Being thankful every day brings all the good the universe has to give into your life. It opens doors to opportunities and makes life a little bit easier and much more positive. If we all practice a little gratitude daily it will make our world a brighter, more positive place to live.

This year I am thankful for my amazing family, true friends, and good health both mine and of those around me. I am extra thankful to the special person who invited me to practice gratitude daily…it has changed my life and made me a happier person!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! ~Pamela