We learned in church of a family whose entire house had just burned down just before Christmas.  read more →

I knew my Mike was a keeper when the second week we were dating. We were on our way to a wedding. read more →

Yesterday while in conversation with a client of mine, I happened to mention that I needed a new bed for my bulldog, Buster. Three hours later she showed up at my doorstep with a brand new dog bed for Buster.

What makes her unexpected act of kindness even more beautiful, is that her beloved dog recently passed and she’s been consumed with sadness. When I asked her what prompted her to do something so kind, she said: “I’ve been drowning in my grief. It felt so good to shift my focus from me and my pain to someone else.” – Oriana, The Kindness Calendar

Years ago a group of female friends got tired of seeing other women suffer. We’d offer moral support, maybe pool a fee needed or bus fare home or loan self-help books. We decided to open a bank account and commit to a monthly deposit and opened a rotating lending library in whoever’s home had the space at the time. We cultivated relationships with a local counselor and hotel management to get discounts. read more →

I was getting a few items at the grocery store the other day and a lady came behind me with one box of oatmeal. She was holding a credit type card in her hand. I whispered to the cashier to please ring hers in too. At first, she thought there was a mistake and I just turned and said Merry Christmas and the cashier handed her the oatmeal in a bag before she bagged my items and the lady left. read more →

I learned a long time ago, when any family member had to go to hospital for anything, to make a goody bag for the nurses. So having my dad in the hospital last week, I went and got some healthy snacks and some unhealthy snacks for both the night shift and day shift.  read more →

At the start of the new season, my son and his mates realized their basketball team had been split up again. Four boys from the old team had been paired with four new boys, and after the first training session, they realized there were two different levels of ability. As the club they play for hadn’t kept their team together for many seasons, the boys felt disheartened at once again not standing much of a chance of making it to grand final.  read more →

To whoever you are, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The last few weeks have been bloody rough, and the cherry on the turd cake was when I broke my right arm last week. I have been left pretty useless as my left arm is a flaming idiot. read more →

I was at the Post Office a few years ago, around Christmas, and there were so many people trying to send their packages and get their stamps. I got my numbered ticket from the machine and waited, looking at the displays. An older couple came in, and they looked so ill and tired. The lady had a walker and the man had thrown a coat over his sweat pants, and it seemed that, even though they didn’t feel well, they were determined to do their mailing for the season. I thought, how courageous you are, how inspiring…. read more →

I live in rural QLD Australia. We have been in terrible drought for several years. My farm has suffered, my business has suffered. read more →

The nicest gift that can be given throughout a day may often come from strangers.

Last week, I had a horrid migraine that lasted 5 days. It was pretty horrific, but I had to keep moving and do my best with many routines and appointments. read more →

I was finished putting my groceries in my car yesterday and returned my cart to the cart return area. As I looked around, I saw a lady who was using an electric chair with a basket on the front (most stores have them here for folks who can’t walk well for whatever reason). She was at her car about to unload her groceries, and when I walked over and saw she had terrible edema in both legs – this happens when your lymphatic system does not work properly and fluids don’t drain from your body, and I’ve heard it is both painful and debilitating – anyway I made sure I looked her right in the eyes and asked with a smile on my face, if I could help put her groceries in her car for her. read more →