Has society fallen to a new despicable low? Hopefully, it has not. However, given the steady diet of doom and gloom provided by news media, we sometimes wonder. This week, my husband and I experienced an act of kindness that unlocked a window of hope. Hope in the inherent goodness of people. Hope in strangers who go out of their way to extend a helping hand.
Chris and I drove to Dallas to see my cousin Peggy and her beautiful family. While in Dallas, I contacted a friend I have known for 71 years — since we played together in dusty Barstow, Texas.
After being showered with overwhelming red carpet treatment by relatives and my childhood friend, I wanted a picture to recall this special time. While posing for the picture, I carelessly flung my purse on the back of our car. Only when we reached my cousin’s home did I realize the bag had vanished. We retraced the route, called my friend, and waited. Continue reading
Once again, Dr. Amy Campbell, counselor at the Rawson Saunders School for Dyslexia, shares a wonderful message. Amy’s post today describes ways to promote kindness in children. Being happy, isn’t actually enough. We also want children to be kind.
A recent Harvard study indicated that youth feel that the adults in their lives are much more concerned about their achievement or happiness than if they cared about other people. The study emphasized the need for all stakeholders in a child’s life to teach kindness. Here are some things that can help:
- Be conscious of the messages you’re sending. Understandably, adults can directly and indirectly communicate to children the message: The most important thing is that you’re happy. Think about sending (including saying it) the message: The most important thing is that you’re kind.
The picture and letter below were sent to me through email. This amazing story, told by a mother, demonstrates that the world continues to provide loving individuals who take the time and energy to care about others. When we listen to all the violence reported on television, we easily feel discouraged. This is a story to lift our spirits and to remind us of the power of love.
A Letter from the Post Office!
We don’t know who replied, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office who understands LOVE.
Our 14-year old dog, Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away, my 4-year old daughter, Meredith was crying about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if she could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could, so she dictated these words:
Will you please take care of my dog? Abbey died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I’m happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls.
I’m sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
Love, Meredith Continue reading