April 5, 2014 · 11:12 am
In the movie “Mary Poppins,” Mary, the governess in charge of two children, tells them through a very catchy song that “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in a most delightful way.” Mary is referring to the nasty tasting medicine, probably cod-liver oil, they are about to take that has been magically sweetened.
But in my opinion, the term “a spoonful of sugar” can apply to anyone doing an act of kindness for a struggling person.
Sometimes, all it takes to make someone’s day is an effortless or generous act of kindness. For some, it can be life altering like it was for a lady named Andrea, as she wrote in her blog about a stranger, a woman who paid her grocery bill of $17.38 when she had no money to pay, and the EBT machine was not working. Andrea, mother of five, and her husband had been unemployed for months, and had at one time even been homeless.
I am especially tender towards homeless people as I am now almost finished revising my fictional memoir of a homeless man named Nick, in the book called Black Coat with a Silver Lining.
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Tagged as A spoonful of sugar, bald tires, Encouragement, Faith, Feeling Alone, Inspirational, Kindness, Living In Poverty, Random acts of Kindness, Single parent's struggle, Stranger's generosity, The Unexpected, Touching lives
March 8, 2014 · 5:38 pm
Recently, I was with a good-sized group of ladies. As people talked about their heart-wounds it made me realize that extreme pain and anguish are everywhere. One can drive down any street past rows of houses, and believe it- it’s a sure thing that just about every house is inhabited by at least one or two deeply wounded souls. Continue reading →
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Tagged as Accountability, God, How we treat others, Hurtful words, Irony, Jesus, Kindness, Self-Reflection, Spirituality, Watch what you say
February 11, 2014 · 10:15 pm
To my dear brother Mario,
I just wanted to let you know that though we didn’t grow up together or have a chance to build brother-sister memories…
and you never made me cry…
or pull my hair…
or fought with me…
or drove me crazy…
or watched me succeed…
or saw me fail and laughed…
or scolded me… Continue reading →
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November 5, 2013 · 12:33 am
We define who we are and create our own reality by the words we use and the choices we make… So speak and choose wisely… Truth Sayer
I recently innocently uttered careless words to someone I barely knew.
I was at the grocery store very preoccupied with a heavy issue that weighed on me. I took my groceries out of the cart and placed them on the conveyor belt then realized my cashier was a nice woman I had done banking business with before. We got to talking about her new job at the grocery store.
“It’s a lot to get used to after so many years of sitting at a desk. I’m worn out at the end of the evening. I’m very out of shape,” she said referring to her weight.
“Yeah, I bet you are,” I said, digging through my purse looking for my debit card–then was horrified at my own comment. What I meant to say was that I understood how tired she was at the end of the evening, but I know that is not what she heard. I know because of the look on her face. I felt terrible.
Of course, I tried to backpedal telling her I had a similar experience years ago when I went from a desk job to standing on my feet nearly eight hours a day; which was the truth. I knew the more I tried to correct my mistake the worse it would sound so I changed the subject. I should have said something like this instead.
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Tagged as Careless talk, Heartache, Irony, Jabs, Kindness, Life Lessons, lovely, Mockery, Negativity, of good report, Put Downs, Ridicule, Sarcasm, Self-Reflection, Spirituality, Verbal Bullying, Whatever is Pure
October 18, 2013 · 10:38 am
You are being watched.
Every day, you are being watched.
I don’t mean Big Brother, Uncle Sam, or the thousands of cameras that are popping up all over our cities. I am not referring to God, though indeed, He does watch us. Continue reading →
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October 4, 2013 · 11:19 pm
Jesus was asked,
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus surprised them all by replying,
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it:
Love your neighbor as yourself. All the
Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Continue reading →
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Tagged as Encouragement, Faith, God hates injustice, God wants us to care for others, God's Love, Hipocricy, Jesus, Kindness, Pay It Forward, phony religion, Spirituality, take care of the poor, The greatest commandment, true religion, We are His Hands and Feet
October 4, 2013 · 9:48 pm
|Recently, I overheard a Father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said, ‘I love you, and I wish you enough.’The daughter replied, ‘Dad, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Dad.’They kissed and the daughter left. The Father walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, ‘Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?”Yes, I have,’ I replied. ‘Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?’.. Continue reading →
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Tagged as Encouragement, Family, Father/daughter goodbye, Friends, Good wishes, Inspirational, Kindness, Love, Loving others, Saying goodbye, Self-Reflection
September 20, 2013 · 9:25 pm
A picture began circulating in November. It should be “The Picture of the Year,” or perhaps, “Picture of the Decade.” It won’t be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the U.S. paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it.
The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifica and would not survive if removed from his mother’s womb. Little Samuel’s mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner’s remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb. Continue reading →
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August 24, 2013 · 12:02 am
Very beautiful. Truly a soul stirring and tissue grabbing story!
In Calgary, Alberta, a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia.
Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up & fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible.. The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son’s dream to come true.
She took her son’ s hand and asked,
‘Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up?
Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life?’
Mommy, ‘I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up.’
Mom smiled back and said, ‘Let’s see if we can make your wish come true.’
Later that day she went to her local fire
Department in Calgary, where she met
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Tagged as Child, Children, Faith, Grief, Heartache, Inspirational, Kids, Kindness, Life Lessons, Loss Of A Child, Pay It Forward
August 8, 2013 · 3:56 pm
I received this in an email from my friend Lyn Pelton. I wanted to share this worth-reading beautiful story with you!
A Father, a Daughter – A true story by Catherine Moore
“Watch out! You nearly broad sided that car!” My father yelled at me. “Can’t you do anything right?”
Those words hurt worse than blows. I turned my head toward the elderly man in the seat beside me, daring me to challenge him. A lump rose in my throat as I averted my eyes. I wasn’t prepared for another battle.
“I saw the car, Dad . Please don’t yell at me when I’m driving..”
My voice was measured and steady, sounding far calmer than I really felt. Continue reading →
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