I went to a park and lost 4 pendants with my husband’s name, my name and my 2 boys. My family had bought them for me as a 1-year anniversary present and I was devastated. read more →

I’d arranged to meet a new friend for a cuppa and chat. As luck would have it, we both pulled our cars into parking spaces outside the cafe at the same time. As we greeted one another, I commented on a rather unusual brooch she was wearing. Merryn told me that she’d admired it on someone and when she’d said how lovely it was, the lady had immediately taken it off and given it to her. She told me she was quite overwhelmed and surprised by such a lovely gesture.

We wandered into the cafe and up to the counter to place our order. The young girl serving us also noticed the brooch and expressed how much she liked it. Without thinking about it, my friend unclipped the brooch and gave it to our waitress. Her mouth fell open and she protested, but when she too heard the story of how Merryn had acquired it, she gratefully accepted and pinned it on her apron. By now I’m feeling rather chuffed and those feel good emotions were working their way through my system. read more →

A few weeks ago, a friend shared a poster on Facebook that said; ‘Sometimes I just want someone to hug me and say, “I know it’s hard. You’re going to be okay. Here’s chocolate and 6 million dollars.”

So I ducked into the grocery store and grabbed a few blocks of nice chocolate and sent it to her with a note saying “I can’t do anything about the hug or the 6 million dollars BUT I can send you chocolate.” read more →

My day started out great, everything planned in advance – but it quickly went downhill.

I dropped off two dogs to get spayed at 7:30, I planned to go to college to drop off my daughter’s paperwork, sign my lease agreement on new home, get my new license plate for my truck, go into the office for a couple of hours, and pick up my dogs at 3:00 pm. Everything went well until about 9:00. read more →

Friendship, open your heart.
There was this very old man who walked miles collecting cans. One day I asked him if he wanted mine and he gave me his address. A few days later I dropped them off at his tiny rental. We got to talking and became friends and soon I was taking him to the recycling station because I had a truck and he had no vehicle.

In his little place, although very clean and organized, were piles of copper, marble, newspaper, etc. all of which he recycled for money by trash-picking. read more →

Be Inspired.
Not so long ago, I saw a red Honda on the side of the road with the flashers blinking. I slowed and saw a woman on the passenger’s side. I didn’t want to frighten her but wanted to know if I could help. A little way ahead, I saw a man in his late seventies walking along carrying a gas can. I sped up and asked if he needed a lift. He smiled and thanked me as he climbed in. I told him there was a station about a mile up the road. Almost ashamed of himself, he admitted that he’d had a lot on his mind lately and didn’t even think about gassing up. read more →

What you do makes a difference.
A few months ago, my friend and I were in the hairdressers. She and I both have disabilities and are in wheelchairs.

At the start of my haircut I was told that it would cost me about $80. Not sure how much it cost my friend, but much cheaper.

Anyway, at the end of the appointment my friend and I went up to the counter to pay. The lady told us “you don’t have to pay a cent, the man that was in here next to you paid for both of your haircuts.” read more →

Smile Magnet.
There is so much in the news about the bad kids and not enough about the good kids.

I want to tell you what happened to my grandsons due to their kindness to elderly people.

During “Children’s Moment” at church on Sunday, our Children’s Minister told the kids that when he was in the grocery store one day, he saw an elderly woman standing alone. She was waiting for the sales clerk to notice her. The minister walked up to her and said, “Hello, I hope you have a nice day.” Then the lady ran after him and said, “Young man! Thank you for speaking to me. No one ever speaks to me. I am old and people just don’t notice me.” read more →

When we give.
Last Christmas eve, my daughter and I were at Walmart buying a Christmas dinner feast for a family we’d heard was in need.

While we were there, we saw a young couple approach a family that looked like they were struggling financially. The couple chatted with the family a little and then gave them a Walmart gift card. read more →

What makes the world a better place.
I was at the counter in a convenience store paying as two young girls (probably 7 and 9) came in and told the guy behind the counter they didn’t have any money, they were hungry, can they have a lil something off the shelf. He said of course and they each got a bag of chips, said thank you and went to the car waiting in the parking lot.

Having lived in my car myself, I could tell this family of four was living in their vehicle. Mom was very stressed and in tears, dad behind the wheel probably trying to save gas just sitting there. read more →

I shopped in Woolworths last week – rare as it’s usually Coles for me. The young guy at the cash register was clearly in his first hour of his first day there, and all at sea. He didn’t recognise my Brussels’ Sprouts and had trouble finding the change reading on the register. I thanked him and then left with the trolley, but then had another thought – Ripple Kindness! read more →

Compliment people.
When I was checking out at the market the other day, the clerk, a sweet young lady whom I’d never seen before, looked up at me with her big beautiful eyes and said “well, don’t you look pretty this morning!”

Now keep in mind I am 83 years old, but at that mome
nt, she made me feel tall and pretty. She made my day!! read more →