I cannot count the ways my friends and co-workers show kindness to me. One example is transportation. It is less than fifteen minutes from where I live to where I work. I don’t drive and to get to work by bus would take an hour. But co-workers and friends are kind and thoughtful giving me rides to and from work. Truly, I cannot put into words my appreciation for this kindness. My friends also often take me to the grocery though three stores are within walking distance of my apartment. They take me to the mall or Lowe’s or Target so I don’t have to take the bus or taxi. When I have a doctor’s appointment if I need a ride someone is always willing to take me. There is much kindness in my life!
This week I took extra care to see kindnesses of people who serve. Waitresses and waiters, cashiers and clerks can be less than friendly or inattentive at times but I saw many instances of patience and kindness extended to their customers. A young cashier at the drugstore was very patient with an older woman who was having a hard time getting her money out of her wallet and then some difficulty counting it out to give to him. He smiled and talked with her helping her with her purchase efficiently but not hurriedly. And there was the bus driver that helped an elderly man get on and off the bus without being asked and not condescendingly, he wanted to help his rider. Those are just two examples of people taking the time to be kind not because they have to but because they want to.There are many kindnesses out there that go unnoticed. It is a wonder to see them.
A tip that Niki suggested was to not watch the news for the week. There is not much kindness found there. No problem. I don’t have TV service. The only thing I use my TV for is to watch Netflix. I do sort of read the newspaper. I read the headlines and sometimes scan the article. That’s enough for me then it is on to the comics and puzzles.
Have you ever taken a alk around your neighborhood
and everything seemed new to you?
Just recently I was alking through my neighborhood
and everything seemed different somehow.
I have lived in this neighborhood for thirty-five years
but it all looked different and new.
Maybe because we have had some rain, cool nights
and warm days that everything looked so full and lush.
The lawns were beautiful thick green carpets.
Spring flowering trees in full bloom
and flowers everywhere.
Even the houses and apartments look fresh.
Like someone had come along and spring cleaned them.
The alk that day had a surprise for me on every block.
It was a wonderful experience; one that I have never had before.
I hope I have another such alk someday.
Needless to say, my alks are strolls in a city neighborhood
and I have no need of serious alking shoes.
I am almost certain my feet will never
be shod with afflestompers.
Here are the erbs that describe me and those that don’t.
Walk or stroll not run or hurry.
Think and ponder not argue and debate.
Daydream or meditate not purpose or intent.
Determined not disorganized.
Celebrate and gather not big events or parties.
Laugh not guffaw.
Read and watch not play and frolic.
There you are my yes and no erbs.
I guess I am more cerebral than physical.
But I don’t think I am dull or boring.
The erbs that describe me are quiet words
and a quiet woman is who I am.
Have you ever had an pportunity do to
or say something and knew you had to act on it?
Just recently during a conversation with a
friend something came up and I knew without a doubt, I could help.
First simply by listening,second by offering words of comfort,
then by doing something without thinking or planning.
The first was easy, the second took some thought,
and the third just happened without realizing what I was doing.
The doing was not hard, took little effort
but I did wonder how it would be received.
I knew in my heart this was an pportunity to share a blessing.
The gesture, a gift I offered, was graciously accepted
and is helping my friend find strength and peace in this difficult time.
And she already has plans to share it with another who needs help.
Some pportunities are gifts that we have to share.
i am spying on mama. she does strange things in the little room where her litter box is. besides using the box, i mean that’s not strange. she brushes her hair and that’s not strange either. everybody needs a good brush now and then. she does it every day which is a bit obsessive but better that than not often enough or not at all.
the strange part is that she washes her face. that isn’t odd all faces should be washed often, but what is strange is she puts stuff on her clean face. why put stuff on a perfectly clean face? it’s beyond me. it does smell good though. i am not going to tell you about the bigger little room where she sits in hot water it’s just too weird. the other odd thing is she puts a brush in her mouth and instead of having a good chew she adds goo and brushes her teeth! i don’t think the goo even tastes good because she spits it out.
i’m not going to go into all the dressing and undressing and dressing again that goes on. why people just don’t have fur coats is really odd. inefficient, expensive, and time-consuming if you ask me.
do all peoples do this stuff? i know none of you come with fur coats and do the dressing thing but the other stuff? and you think cats are odd.
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