Thursday, January 28, 2016

Expressions Of Kindness

Lately, the cars in front of me at the Starbucks drive through that I go to have been treating me to my coffee and pastry.  The last one was just recently, and I noticed that the license plate was from Georgia.  Thanks, Georgia!  I'd love to visit you someday.

The other day while driving through, the lady said to me, "you want your usual, café Americano and  a pumpkin loaf?"  I said, "Yes," and thought to myself, how nice of her to remember.


I received a surprise in the mail from my blog friend, Susan, on Tuesday.  It was a note card with a red rose on the cover and a few humorous and special words written from her to me.



An old woman sat in the pew at church right next to me.  She said that another lady had asked for her seat because she had a stroller and needed an end seat.  We talked for a bit and told me she'd say a prayer for me.


These expressions of kindness remind me of graceful people who shine their light in a sometimes troubling world.  They bring us a few smiles and a little laughter to brighten our days.


The planet does not need more
successful people.
The planet desperately needs
more peacemakers,
healers,
restorers,
story tellers,
and lovers of all kinds.
~Dalai Lama
 
Maybe we can express kindness
towards someone today.
 
~Sheri

41 comments:

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I think that it is wonderful when people give back and show kindness.
Through the ears people have been kind to me and I do like to help others.

Your photos are stunning.....

Have a great weekend Sheri.
Hugs,
Mary

Regine Karpel said...

Love it

It's me said...

I do my best to be kind every day....love from me Ria x❤️❤️❤️

Susie said...

Sheri, Ted and I will be out in the stores today. I will call the clerks honey or by their name if I see a name tag...I think it's something so small but it cane help make someone feel the customer cares about them. I always thank them. It is so nice to get an unexpected kindness isn't it? Blessings to you, love you, Susie

Barbara Lilian said...

So nice to hear of kindness being shared , it's not very often the French do things like you have just experienced. At the supermarkets they are worse., the customers will push in their trolley to get to the check out before you, even if they can see you only have a few items in your basket. Then to top it the cashier on the till will never, and I mean never help you pack your bag, even if they can see you're struggling. Maybe they should shop where you get your coffee and pick up a few tips.

a writing place said...

What a lovely post...

And so apropos at this long, cold, dark time of the year. A bit of kindness, can have a very warming effect. :-)

Gentle hugs...

Linda said...

This is such a beautiful post, Sheri, and your photos are stunning. Thank you so much for sharing!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Random acts of kindness are so special and this reminds me to be the giver of such acts. What a wonderful post, dear Sheri! I so love your thoughts today! xo ♥

LoveT. said...

Lovely things happen in your Life Sheri ,it is because you are a wonderful Woman :)

lots of Hugs <3

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

What nice people you encounter Sheri, they must know that you are a very sweet person…A lovely post !
Enjoy your day…
XOXO Mary

Sherry said...

this is a simply lovely post
in all respects..
:)

Terra Hangen said...

You are attracting kindness, you are a kindness magnet.

Rue said...

What a lovely post, Sheri. A little kindness goes along way :)

The dress that Jess didn't choose was beautiful. I can't wait to see the better one.

xo,
rue

From The Heart said...

What a nice post!Often we fail to see the goodness in the world..and there is goodness. Thanks for reminding us!Have a wonderful day and God Bless!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Sheri,
You posts always show what a kind and thoughtful person you are.
I love the card your blogger friend sent.. Would it be wonderful if everyone would just live by the golden rule? I feel blessed to know you.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Sending you a warm hug.
Penny

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Sheri,
What I've discovered about random acts of kindness is that when one is received it gets passed on like waves of kindness in a sea of love.The Dali Lama quote was a perfect choice for your lovely post. I always enjoy visiting your heartfelt posts.
xoxo,
Vera
🌹

Susan said...

Awwwww, Sheri. That was a sweetheart of a post. Thanks for mentioning the rose card. You deserve a humongous bouquet of red roses but, alas, that would cost me a fortune from Massachusetts. ha haha You know what? There really are lovely people in the world, and you are one of them! Hugs. Susan

Pen P. said...

I love that quote. You get out of life what you put in x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

When I first saw this quote a few weeks ago, I felt validated. In this RAT RACE of a world, I often feel out of place because I am a poet, an artist, a romantic and yes, KIND. But the world isn't interested in that...unfortunately. But who IS interested in this is GOD, our creator and thank you dear Sheri, for reminding me. LOVE!

20 North Ora said...

I just think if everyone did one kind deed a day how much better the world would be!

Great post!

Judy

Estelle's said...

How lucky am I to have discovered you lovely blog! A new found friend..through our delightful Tessa! Hugs!

Dee said...

Sheri, I agree. You know, it takes such little effort to smile at a stranger or to hold a door open for someone or say good morning to people you see. This was a great post.

Hugs... :)

Paiges Pages said...

Yes, little acts of kindness like these are much more needed in the world! This is a reminder that people still care about others. :)
Blessings,
Paige

Patricia said...

Mmmm, Pumpkin Loaf sounds so nice. I love the idea of gifting back to the next person. I remember Oprah talking about that many years ago. Let us hope kindness spreads over the world - too many sad things happening these days. Happy week Sheri. xx

Marcia Pilar said...

Kindness...so effortless, isn't it? Top of the list for me. The simplest act of kindness is like a ray of sunshine. Even something as simple as a blog comment seems to me like a little spec of light.
I'm so thankful for you, Huckleberry friend. Thank you for stopping by with your kind words. I'd gladly pay your Starbucks too. :)
xoxo

Carla from The River said...

Wow, that is so fun about your Starbucks :-))
I agree with you. Kindness is so important. That is one thing I dislike about American politics, it seems to be all hate.
Have a blessed weekend,
Carla

Dewena said...

You got such appropriate pictures to illustrate your post, Sheri. I'm sure that you draw kindness to you because you radiate kindness yourself. A post like this helps it to spread.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Good evening Sheri,
Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such a sweet note.. The lamb is my favorite also...
The photo of the fairy... That is my new banner for my shop. I purchased the banner on Etsy.. Had to put in the text but I just love the fairy...
Enjoy your weekend.
blessings dear friend
Penny

Deserae said...

Great post! You are always such an inspiration!!!!!!!
Have a great weekend :o)
~Des

forgetmenot said...

Sheri, You are so "right on" about kindness. Sometimes a small, insignificant act can bring so much joy to others. Lovely photos, as well, Have a great weekend. Mickie :)

francis said...

and now you shared this with us , thank you so much . This is such a blessing
The world needs people like you and I agree with Anita what she wrote above .
In the everydayworld we may feel an outsider or lost but happily overhere we can meet kind people who inspire us .
happy weekend dear friend

Tante Mali said...

... oh, what a lovely post! It's so nice!
Happy days to you and yours
Elisabeth

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

If only more people could be kind.. Its so wonderful to be loving and kind.. its gods given gift.
What a lovely card from your friend.
A super post Sheri.
Hope the shopping for the wedding dress was successful .....
Happy weekend Sheri.
val xxx

Lowcarb team member said...

What a lovely post and such a great quote too

"The planet does not need more successful people.
The planet desperately needs more peacemakers,healers,restorers,
story tellers,
and lovers of all kinds."
~Dalai Lama

I am a firm believer in bringing a little kindness to my part of the world, and the people who surround me, and hope others do to. Kindness costs nothing but the rewards can be enormous.

Have a lovely weekend

All the best Jan

Aida said...

I do so agree with you Sheri. It is a nice feeling to know that there are still trust and kindness in the community. Such a lovely post and I feel a little teary. Thank you for sharing my lovely friend. Wishing you a happy week ahead.

Hugs,
Aida

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

It's encouraging to hear there are so many thoughtful people in our world!
Good parenting is so important - children learn behaviours from their parents.
A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.
A beautiful post today Sheri and I love your images too!
Shane x

Kerri said...

I always remember a kind heart. Even the small things count to me! Thanks for this inspiring post. Have a blessed week!

xoxo
Kerri

Celestina Marie said...

Oh Sheri, this is so very true and a beautiful post to share this thought of what we really need in our world.
We will never remember the material things in life as much as the way kind folks make us feel.
Thank you for sharing and the beautiful photos.
Blessings to you dear one!! xo

Teresa said...

The other day I watched in youtube that Ellen DeGeneres received an Award. A Kindness Award. I loved when in her speech she said something
like this "it's a little strange to actually get an award for being nice and generous and kind" but she proceeded to say it was "so deserved" ahahahahah
And the kindness surrounding you - in the form of a card from a distant friend or that lady next to you in church - is so so well deserved. You're one of the Kindest Persons so I guess Universe is watching and getting it back to you.
A lovely thought for the day:

"Deep down we all love one another, and we need to get back to that." — Ellen DeGeneres

Love,
Teresa

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Sheri,

Sometimes we all forget how much goodness there is in the world.
It circles all around us and you- with your sweet and sunny nature attract all of that goodness, kindness and tenderness.
Thank you for sharing this goodness with us.
Love,
Jemma

Gypsy Heart said...

I love doing RAOK's, especially anonymously. Seems you have been the blessed recipient of many. You are so deserving!

xo
Pat