Someone I know was put in a hospice because she was very sick. She had a blood disorder and doctors didn’t think she would make it. This place would make its residents cook their own food but the staff brought meds. She was so sick she couldn’t even get out of bed. read more →

My 9-year-old found out about a little girl who needs to go to America to have a life-changing operation. My little girl asked the head teacher at school if she could have a stand at the school fair to sell loom bands. The head flat out refused so I went to the school and basically told the head I was disappointed that my 9-year-old can show more compassion and empathy towards a stranger then the school can! (The poor little girl’s brother attends the school). read more →

I became very, very sick 12 days after my son was born. I was in ICU for 2 weeks and in high dependency for the next 3. My friend knew how important it was to me that I breastfed him and that he received breastmilk.

While I was fighting for my life, she would bring her expressed milk to the hospital and even fed him from her breast. It is singularly the kindest thing anyone has ever done for me. I will be eternally grateful to her for this gift.

Some may think that’s weird, letting someone else feed your baby from her body, but it was very special to me. – Caroline x

I have a friend that told me she had looked at a bracelet that cost $300.00 and she just had to have it because it was the most beautiful thing she had ever seen.

She said she saved to get it although she had a lot of jewelry. She said she bought it and just loved it, but when she was out one day somewhere standing in a line of people, she felt led to give the bracelet to another woman standing in the line. Her son was with her and tried to stop her, but she said she knew God was telling her to give it away. read more →

1An inspiring video from The Journey of Purpose to encourage us to seek passion in life and live fully, appreciating the life that we have been given.

Featuring: Randy Pausch, Steve Jobs, Will Smith, Stuart Scott

The Scottish orthopedic surgeon, James Gollogly who runs the Children's Surgical Center of Cambodia.
I am going to bare a bit of my soul here when I share an experience that I believe has truly shaped who I am as a person and an educator. Although I believe I was always passionate about teaching, an experience nearly three years ago totally changed my outlook on what it means to be a teacher. On May 6th, 2011, I was almost killed in an accident while working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Long story short, I was at an international football tournament and a bus backed into a group of players from another international school (fortunately none of the students were injured). Sensing imminent danger, I ran to the front of the bus and smacked the door to get the bus driver’s attention. read more →

In 1981, I was a part time DJ at a country music station on graveyard shift. We had restrictions on how often we could play older songs. They were labeled with dates.

One night a lady called in requesting a Conway Twitty song. There was something in her voice, but I told her sure, let me look for it. read more →

Real generosity is giving.
My parents were not wealthy and struggled to put food on the table for us 5 kids. One night, a homeless man knocked on our door and told my mom he just moved into the neighborhood and he had no food in the house, so would it be ok to ask for a sandwich? read more →

The key is to listen.
Not long after I started nursing, I befriended an elderly patient on our ward. I rarely looked after him, but seeing he didn’t often have visitors, I’d often pop in and chat with him during his 8 or so week stay with us.

He was a country man but would visit when in the city and became a dear family friend for nearly a decade until he passed in 2012. read more →

1000Marbles“The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it’s the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the basement shack with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning, turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it…

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Yesterday, while making a quick run to Wally World, I was in the express checkout lane with just about five items. The lady in front of me was on a motorized store scooter. She was having trouble trying to unload her things so I offered to help. She said, ” I can actually do this, but I need a cart.” I said, I can get that for you, so I went and got one and loaded her groceries into it. She was transferring her purse and things to the cart, when she discovered that she had forgotten to pay for a magazine. I told the cashier to just add it to my total. The lady protested but I told her not to worry about, just to pay it forward. read more →

This short video is quiet, profound, powerful, simple — and so supremely human, showing the inner lives of people around us as they go about their daily tasks. Most of it is set in a hospital, where there is so much worry, sadness, some joy, bad news, good news, no news, anxiety, fear – as in real life, but perhaps magnified.

It was produced by the Cleveland Clinic, as an example of their regard for empathy.

We never know what is really going on for someone else and this is a reminder that we should be mindful to treat others with the benefit of the doubt, courtesy, compassion and respect.