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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 173 kindness of hugs

14 Jul

From a Stranger.

Over the course of this year I have observed kindness in so many ways. But today, I was incredible moved by a young lady named Brea.

As I walked by the Fairhaven courtyard I saw Brea sitting on a blanket. She looked up at me and smile. She smiled as if she knew me. Then she extended her arms. I stopped and squinted in her direction, wonderng if I knew her. She wasn’t phased, she kept pulsing her arms, convinved that she wanted to hug me.

I stopped and smiled back at her beautiful smile. “Do you want a hug?” I asked.

She stood up and squealed with joy. Then Brea hugged me. It was the best gift I have received all week.

Her friend and aid, Lori, explained that Brea has autism and she loves to give people free hugs. She also told me about other activiites she loves, like horseback riding.

I wasn’t surprised. We recently rode horses while in Estes Park, and while I was sitting on the back of a massive creature, I was reminded about trust and kindness. It takes both to allow a human to climb on your back, saddle up, and roam a mountainside trail.

It also takes trust and kindness to give away free hugs.
So, thank you Brea. For making my day.
And the hugs!

More tomorrow….

{hug someone}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 95 :: a kind car ride

8 Apr

kind of. 

I took Pup for a car ride today. It’s what he loves to do. Sit in the car watching the world go by, with his nose up to the window. It was my intentional act of kindness. Or, at least I thought.

The ride turned out to be more than what I bargained for. Or, as I believe Pup would say, a woof of a lesson.

Pup, being 16 years old, got very excited about riding in the car and just as we pulled out onto the main street pooped in the passenger seat. He was that excited. So I pulled over at the vets of all places (it’s just down the street) to clean it up.

Just as I grabbed the cleaner from the trunk and shut the trunk door the car locked. That’s weird, I thought, and then reached into my pocket for my keys. They were not there. I looked at Pup sitting in the passenger seat and then I looked inside the trunk. There were my keys. Sitting, locked inside along with Pup.

Oh. My. God. How did that happen? I thought as I stared at Pup on the other side of the window. Then I realized my phone was also in the car with Pup.

My watch! I thought, relieved that Justin gave me an Apple iWatch for my birthday. I will just call Justin on my watch.

Except my watch couldn’t find my phone.

I saw a green Subaru pulling up the road and I ran out into the street waving my arms. A beautiful older woman stopped and I blabbered about my predicament pointing to my car.

Do you have a phone? I asked. Can you call AAA Roadside Service for me?

She did. Her name was Donna and she dialed her phone and then handed it over to me. I asked her if she was going somewhere. She waved it off, saying she had to set up dinner somewhere but she was happy to help.

“It’s what you do.” Donna said as she patiently waited for me to finish my call so she could drive on to her dinner.

Meanwhile, Pup sat in the car as happy as a clam. Or a dog who loves car rides and thinks the car should be his kennel. In fact, when we lived on the Vineyard, the car WAS his kennel every time we went out to eat. He refused to stay in his real kennel after a cross-country flight that terrified the canine snot out of him. So we always let him tag along and wait in the car.

He loved it. He loved the car. It was his own personal den. And today, as I sat waiting on a sidewalk for half an hour waiting for the friendly roadside assistant to arrive, Pup sat inside the car. Please as punch. Happy to sit and watch everything walk by his window.

He didn’t bark until the AAA Man arrived and stuck a long plastic tube through the window to unlock the door.

“This happened yesterday too,” the friendly man said as he unlocked the door. “A lady’s dog locked the car with the keys in it. Must have bumped the lock.”

Of course. I thought to myself as he said it. Pup probably hit the door lock as he shuffled around in the passenger seat trying to see what I was doing in the trunk.

When I arrived home and relayed what happened to Justin, he said, “That would only happen to you.”

I know! I said back thinking how absurd it all was, not understanding how it happened in the first place. I walked outside and tested the car, trying to get it to lock the same way when I closed the trunk. I couldn’t replicate it. It had to have been Pup.

And then it hit me, this wasn’t a day for me to share kindness. It was a day for me to experience it. Thank you, Donna. Thank you, AAA Man. And thank you, Pup.

I’ve never seen a happier dog than the one I watched today. Sitting in his car, daydreaming away, watching the world go by moment by moment. It’s a good lesson in kindness. And presence. And Pups.

(And, of course, not to drop your keys in the trunk!)

More tomorrow….


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 93 :: yellow towels

6 Apr


I think it is kind to let our minds imagine and dream. And to listen to other’s dreams.

Today, my niece was describing her life to me, what she dreamed of and wants and desires for when she is ALL grown up. It was a special moment in an aisle of a department store.

I was trying to make a decision between yellow towels or turquoise towels, and out of nowhere, she began telling me her dreams. Along with the big decisions, she was making for her big life to come.

While I pretended to take my time looking for towels just so I could stand next to her a bit longer and hear the big plans in her little heart, I couldn’t help but sigh on the inside. The kind of sigh that is so deep and profound it’s hard to keep all bottled up inside. I couldn’t dare breath out loud because I didn’t want her to stop.

As we stood in the aisle looking back and forth at turquoise towels and yellow towels, and back again, I froze the memory in my mind. We were somewhere else in her mind, far, far away in the future full of love and joy and dreams and visions of wonderfulness. When she finished describing her dreams to me, just like that, the moment disappeared. She was again a ten-year-old girl, and I was shopping for the must mundane of adult tasks, towels.

I landed on yellow.
Yellow is the color of kindness.

And today, while standing amongst a sea of bath towels, I realized that listening to someone else’s dream may be the most intentional act of kindness I could ever offer.

That – and remembering the moment for both of us.

More tomorrow….


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 69 :: 31 acts of kindness

13 Mar


I love this find from A Cookie Before Dinner. It’s a simple list of intentional acts of kindness. The simple, easy, everyday kinds of kindness. Download the guide at this link below.

31 Intentional Acts Of Kindness

  1. Hold the door open for someone.
  2. Pay for the drive thru order of someone behind you. (Malone’s absolute favorite one in the entire world.)
  3. Send snail mail to a friend.
  4. Call your parents.
  5. Bring a treat to a friend.
  6. Send an I love you text to someone you care about.
  7. Instead of wishing someone happy birthday on Facebook, call them and tell them how much they mean to you.
  8. Leave change in an envelope for someone at the vending machine.
  9. Return someone else’s cart at the grocery store
  10. Visit your neighbor. (My favorite. We do not bake anything in this house without a piece or two making their way to the neighbor’s house)
  11. Leave a thank you note for your mailman.
  12. Hide a note of encouragement in a library book.
  13. Take old blankets, towels, and sheets to the animal shelter.
  14. Tell your child how special and loved they are.
  15. Be a friendly driver.
  16. Bring a meal to someone who needs it.
  17. Leave a coupon next to the item it is for in the grocery store.
  18. Call and check on someone you know lives alone.
  19. Tell someone they’re doing a great job!
  20. Pay for the toll of the person behind you.
  21. Call a homeless shelter. Ask what they need. Bring it.
  22. Drink water. Take a hot shower. Go for a walk. Be kind to yourself!
  23. Drop a few coins at a playground for a child to find.
  24. Walk the talk. Follow through on something you’ve been meaning to do.
  25. Offer your expertise to someone who is new in your field.
  26. Mail a surprise to a far away friend.
  27. Buy a treat for the cashier when you check out.
  28. Drop off a new stuffed animal to your fire station. Many fire stations keep a small stash to give to a child in crisis.
  29. Leave a “have a happy day” note on the windshield of someone’s car.
  30. Hide a note in the lunch box of your spouse or child.
  31. Get down to their level and look your child in the eye when they speak to you

Check it out here.
Have an act you would add?

More tomorrow….

{intentional acts of kindness}

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8 Jan

Money Honey.

Today I spent the afternoon working at the bookstore. My favorite local bookstore called Village Books. And my favorite way to work – with a coffee in hand.

Today there was a bonus musical performance, a two-man string band, which led to my Intentional Act of Kindness. I gave 30 cents to the band’s tip jar, intentionally. It felt both awful and kind of awkward.

“I don’t have any cash on me. This is all I have.” I apologized as I placed my three dimes in the band’s tip jar.

“Every amount counts.” The young men smiled back at me.

Ahhhh… yes. I thought as I smiled and walked away. Nice lesson Kindness. Every amount counts.

Enjoy your week, kind soul.
Make it count.

More tomorrow.

P.S.  Challenge #1 is on till Wednesday!  Are you Practicing Respect?
If you choose to accept this challenge, try one of the following acts:
– admire someone with kind words
– point out a particular and appreciated detail with kind words
– use thoughtful words to compliment someone on an achievement


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