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20140415-155300.jpgI had an opportunity to serve the community today with co-worker and friend, PDJ. We met some volunteers as well from our company, the staff and volunteers at the non-profit Loaves and Fishes, and the people of the community that we served.

It was an open hearted experience as we set up the dining hall, prep the food, prep the donated bread and items for the community to take from, and to serve the meals. It is always a time of gratitude to have a chance to give back to the community and have a part in giving warm meals, smiles, and kindness.
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I was in the hospital one night and these bags were given to my aunt and cousin by another patient’s girlfriend. That was very sweet of her, sharing something given to her during such a trying time also, by The Network of Care organization.

I really think what this organization is doing is cool, so I wanted to share what they are about, because I am grateful for what they are doing and I am sure the families they help are too.

The Network of Care provides in-hospital meals for families keeping vigils over their loved ones. The organization was started by Jim and Janet Frazier based on a small, but significant, act of kindness shown to them by a nurse while they kept a vigil on their daughters who were involved in a tragic accident. The organization was started in memory of their eldest daughter, Stephanie, who didn’t make it through.

Their sharing has helped over 130,000 families, all through donations and volunteers.

Link:
The Network Of Care

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I arrived at the hospital today as some family members were about to leave for lunch. Auntie J is still having a hard time eating and didn’t want to go with them. She came down the hallway before the others left, walking with someone, and they went to the garden.

I stayed and waited for her while she had a talk with that someone who ended up being one of the interfaith chaplains at the hospital.

The Chaplain had been upstairs when he felt the urge to go downstairs to the main floor. At about the same time, two nurses were helping my sobbing aunt to the Chapel/Meditation room. He knew, upon seeing her, he needed to be there for her.

I met Rev. Jacob when they finished their talk and prayer, and he had such a sunny smile and peaceful way about him. He is young, but had experienced so much, including losing his mother at 20. He was able to provide a way for my aunt to express the pain she felt, and he gave her peace and compassion. He even came back to bring information about crying (as Auntie was trying not to cry) and how it helps with healing and also a handmade rosary (which was the last one the chapel had). He is going to give my Uncle an anointment for the sick, as well as blessings.

I am grateful for Rev. Jacob for his gift of compassion and peace to my Auntie J. I believe he is truly an Earth Angel sent to comfort others.

Disclaimer: Image courtesy of prokerala.com.

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Prompt: Thursday, January 30, 2014
If you could persuade people to do one thing right now, what would it be?

I would persuade them to be kind. Every little act of kindness adds up, and brings peace to the world.

Credit: OWN Network, Super Soul Sunday

Photo Credit: Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network,
Super Soul Sunday

Today was lucky. I decided to look up lottery results for my pile of tickets and I won forty-three dollars!  That’s $43 more than I had before.  How cool!

It was also lucky that “Super Soul Sunday’s” Soul To Soul 2 episode was still available for me to watch today on On Demand.  I have written in many posts how much I love “Super Soul Sunday.” For me, it’s uplifting, inspiring, and is telling that it matters not the gender, race, religion, etc… we are all connected.

In Soul To Soul 2, Oprah recaps some of today’s top thinkers, teachers, and spiritual leaders’ answers to life’s big questions such as: What is the difference between spirituality and religion? What is the soul? What happens when we die?  What does the world need?

For the last question, I think the world needs more kindness.  I believe that an act of kindness, however small, can open a heart, which leads to more acts of kindness, and more opening of hearts.

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Do you remember this little envelope from The Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar, Pay It Forward Day?  There’s still money in it. There are others keeping “Pay It Forward” alive. It is very heartwarming to know and actually see this happening.

What do you think the world needs?

Links:
Super Soul Sunday
Super Soul Sunday’s Soul To Soul 2 – Asking Life’s Big Questions

Related Post:
Pay It Forward post
The Acts of Kindness Daily Prompt

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The Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar community’s goal is to reach 10,000 acts of kindness over the next 25 days–“for it’s better to give than to receive.”

If you would like to join me each day until December 25, please follow the daily prompt from this post or my daily gratitude post, and also please subscribe to the link below. By subscribing, you will get the link to enable you to make your acts of kindness count towards the goal of 10,000 AoK.

Daily prompts:
December 1: Phone a friend
December 2: Give compliments
December 3: Be kind to animals
December 4: Random acts of candy
December 5: Create ripples of smiles
December 6: It’s a surprise (surprise a loved one and say “Surprise!”
December 7: Write a kind rhyme (for someone or group of people and send it)
December 8: Be kind to yourself
December 9: Be kind to the planet
December 10: Send a hand-written card
December 11: Fix something for someone
December 12: Thank a do gooder
December 13: High five Friday
December 14: Teach someone something
December 15: Call your mom
December 16: Leave kind sticky notes
December 17: Give to the needy
December 18: Give the gift of music
December 19: Turn on your kindness radar
December 20: Pay it forward
December 21: Give a possession away
December 22: Ask “How Are You?” and really listen
December 23: Let someone go ahead of you
December 24: Send love
December 25: Have a Merry Christmas!

For more information:
http://www.noomii.com/advent-calendar

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Today was full of miracles, and it helped that I was on a lookout for them.

So far, in week 2 of May Cause Miracles, the work I am doing on myself has gotten a lot easier. I learned so much more about myself since I started, and I was able to let go of fears that I didn’t know was still hanging around.

One of my friends, Jenny, was worried about me doing this right now. I am full-time working, full-time healing, and it’s the holidays. I joked and said, “I am an overachiever,” but like in my previous note on Fear, I had to do it… for myself. I have been gifted so much more peace, better perspectives, clarity, and another shift in awareness. What better gifts for me to receive for the holidays?

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Yesterday’s Act of Kindness was to pay it forward. Here are a couple of pictures of what I did. The vending machine idea was an example from the prompt.

One of my co-workers lost money in the vending machine. I thought he wasn’t in the office, so I had to run away after slipping it on his desk. I got caught though.

Last night, I heard the most beautiful voice. Here is Friar Alessandro singing “Panis Angelicus.”

Acts of Kindness Links
Advent Calendar Daily Prompts

Noomii’s Act of Kindness Advent Calendar Information

Related post:
Fear

(For 12/20/13)

The first day of the Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar started today. I am grateful and honored to be asked to be a Kindness Ambassador.

The Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar community’s goal is to reach 10,000 acts of kindness over the next 25 days–“for it’s better to give than to receive.”

If you would like to join me each day, starting today until December 25, please subscribe and follow the daily prompt from the link below. You can record your daily act of kindness from a link you will be given via email with each daily prompt.

Today’s prompt is: Phone a friend

For more information:
The Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar

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