I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou
Simple acts of kindness never cease to amaze me in terms of how lingering their effects are felt. For example, just the other day I was taking my Mom to see her heart surgeon. She just had open-heart surgery (valve replacement and repair) last month and we were on our way into her follow-up appointment. She’s very weak and needs assistance walking. She was leaning on me and I asked her if she would rather go up the three steps or did she want to walk up the ramp. Keep in mind that I’m also walking with a boot on because I have an unfused ankle (the two ankle fusion surgeries did NOT work and I’m left with an unfused ankle and have to constantly wear one of those big ugly gray surgical boots). We must have looked like quite the pair: me in my boot and mom leaning on me for support.
This very kind gentleman was coming out of the building and heard me ask my mom if she’d rather take the steps or the ramp. He stopped and asked us if we needed help. I thought that was so nice of him. It was a very simple act of kindness but it lingered with me all these days later. He probably thought nothing of it as it seemed to be quite natural for him. Just a nice guy. But it stuck with me. Something so simple as that.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve encountered kindness in so many realms. Maya Angelou has it right: those times are never forgotten because they ignite something in the heart.
In this crazy busy life, may you always remember to be kind. And when someone extends kindness to you, don’t forget to express thanks and gratitude. Let people know how much their kindness means to you.
When was the last time a simple act of kindness stuck with you? When was the last time you did something kind?
“Petting, scratching and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” – Dean Koontz
I’ve always liked Dean Koontz and I like him even more now. Love this quote and it’s so true.
Dogs have the innate ability to make all bad things go away. I can walk in the door, after having a bad day and being in the worst mood, and as soon as my dogs rush up to greet me and shower me with loads of love, letting me know how much they’ve missed me, even though I was only gone for a just little while, the bad mood immediately dissipates.
When a dog looks you in the eye, he or she penetrates to your very soul. Your heart swells with love and everything in the world is okay. If only.
Tell me, how do dogs make your world better?
The world has never been changed by well-behaved women.
~ Source unknown
Sometimes a quote needs no elaboration.
Enough said, from another not so well-behaved woman…
“Prayer is telephoning to God, and Intuition is God telephoning to you.”
~ Florence Scovel Shinn
I love this quote. You view your intuition so much more fully and completely when you see it as God talking to you. I have learned (the hard way) to always follow my intuition because it has consistently proven to be right.
I say I learned the hard way because when bad things have happened to me –and they didn’t need to; in other words, they resulted from an action that I knowingly took– I have realized that had I followed my gut instinct (aka my intuition), the bad would not have occurred.
But I failed to listen. I heard it, oh I definitely heard it. But I CHOSE to push it to the back of my mind, and then again I CHOSE to completely ignore it. When I looked back, after the storms had passed and I was left dealing with the fallout, I realized that I knew the danger all along because that little voice in my head was telling me exactly what I needed to hear. It was God showing me the way…or my angels.
So tell me, do you listen to your gut instinct? Do you follow your intuition? What has your intuition taught you? Do you think that intuition is God talking to you?
“Friendship is to people what sunshine is to flowers” ~unknown
I have the best customers and friends! I was so deeply touched when two of my dogsitting customers came over with flowers for me this week! It brightened my whole spirit, not to mention my home! What a way to start a new year, surrounded by gorgeous flowers from extraordinary women with very loving hearts. I just love my customers…and I love their dogs!
Thank You Jenna!
Thank You Alissa!
“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.” ~ Luther Burbank