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1 year ago

been one disaster after another around here, trying desperately to keep my sanity and feeling like I'm loosing the battle!

1 year ago

I loved that video too - thanks -

Sue - Mercury is retrograde until the 30th I was told - feels it around here!

1 year ago

Ah Val your video made me cry, so good to see nice things happening to someone so deserving.  Cheryl, it has been a very sad week news wise with so many sad things happening.  Hopefully things will calm down now.  Someone said it was because Mercury is in retrograde that things get crazy.  It certainly has been very unusual around here for the last 10 days or so.

June 10/14
1 year ago

Wendy, the young man with OCD (and Tourettes) was heartbreaking because of what he must have gone through and no doubt, still does. But it is so good to see him talking and sharing, letting others hear and know. I say he has a great deal of courage.

Lynn, you told the story behind the video very well. That brought me to tears. Great 'Earth Angels' came to his aid in the form of that officer and at the florist. Beautiful story.

The five-star restaurant was fabulous! How wonderful were those moments when all precious people there were treated with the dignity and respect they so badly needed and usually don't get. Sweet souls! Awesome idea.

Val, wonderful video! I just kept on crying from the last videos and will go to bed tonight with red eyes.

Thanks everyone.

Today in New Brunswick, three Royal Canadian Mounted Policemen were remembered, their flag-draped coffins sitting side-by-side. They were killed by a crazed and brutal gunman. The prime minister was there, but it was the widows and children that broke hearts. One had three little girls, and another had a little boy and a baby on the way. That young widow will have a whole forest of people to help her; but she won't feel the joy of having her loving husband there beside her.

One RCMP was a member of the K-9 unit, and his dog, Danny, sat by the coffin. This is a pic that was taken as Danny jumped up to sniff the scent of his best friend who no longer is with him.



British and American officers came to honour these three men who they didn't know, but who were part of their "family" too  - as we all know happens with firefighters and all first responders. I watched the whole three hours and was touched to the core of my soul. "Live in the moment..." a spiritual advisor of one of the officers said.  

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1 year ago

I found another box Lynn!  Glad

you enjoyed - will have to look for more.

1 year ago

Val, I loved the "pay it back" video of the waitress getting all those things. I didn't have enough tissues, either. Thanks so much for posting it.

1 year ago

Ok guys - I ran out of tissue with the one posted and this one - thanks,

Lynn - that sory is wonderful about the guy and the flowers. 

1 year ago

Lynn, the homeless shelter video was wonderful, I bet those homeless people hadn't been treated that well ever.

The missing video was removed by you tube because of copyright violations.  Sometimes people copy the footage and repost it without asking permission.  Many of my links now lead to missing videos.  Thanks for telling the story.  Alzheimers is a nasty condition, but thankfully the older memories are usually still there.  Bet his wife has overjoyed that he was able to remember her birthday.  Such wonderful police officers to help him like that.  Love stories with happy endings.

1 year ago

This really touched me to the point of tears. A homeless shelter turned into a five star restaurant.

1 year ago

Sue, what a shame that the video is gone. I tried to get it back but there are 1,278 videos that I'd have to go through to maybe find it. Too bad.

The video is about an aging Alzheimer man who isn't very lucid even on his good days. One day, on the wife's birthday, the husband disappeared. He had wandered out of the house and was nowhere to be found.

The wife called the police and they went looking for him. They found him 2 miles away from his house, still walking. They asked him if he knew where he was..he didn't. They asked him if he knew where he lived..he didn't know that, either. They asked him if he knew where he was going..that he knew! He said it was his wife's birthday and every year he had brought her flowers for her birthday and he wouldn't waver from that thought. The video shows the police car taking him to the nearest flower place. He picked out roses and at the cashier's he didn't have enough money. You could see one of the policemen handing the cashier a bill behind the old man's back.

Then they took him home where he presented the flowers to his wife saying, "I'll never forget to bring you flowers for your birthday". The woman was in tears and so was I.

1 year ago

Lynn, tried to watch your video, but it is gone!  Guess I wasn't quick enough.

1 year ago

This video touched me deeply. I think it will touch you, too.

This man's struggle , his quote
1 year ago

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Listen and enjoy Maya Angelou x x x
1 year ago

To mark the passing of a great poet > Maya Angelou
1 year ago

Caged Bird 

A free bird leaps 
on the back of the wind 
and floats downstream 
till the current ends 
and dips his wing 
in the orange sun rays 
and dares to claim the sky. 

But a bird that stalks 
down his narrow cage 
can seldom see through 
his bars of rage 
his wings are clipped and 
his feet are tied 
so he opens his throat to sing. 

The caged bird sings 
with a fearful trill 
of things unknown 
but longed for still 
and his tune is heard 
on the distant hill 
for the caged bird 
sings of freedom. 

The free bird thinks of another breeze 
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees 
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn 
and he names the sky his own. 

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams 
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream 
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied 
so he opens his throat to sing. 

The caged bird sings 
with a fearful trill 
of things unknown 
but longed for still 
and his tune is heard 
on the distant hill 
for the caged bird 
sings of freedom. 

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

1 year ago

"People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"<<>> -Quote(Maya Angelou) 

1 year ago

Angel, I love that quote. It's the way to live with one another with peace and love - and empathy. Thank you!

Wendy, I think the essence of "We Are All One" in that quote is, when it happens, the doorway to world peace. I love the "Activist" quote. It's perfect! Some people look upon "activists" as troublemakers only because they do not understand that most of them are the protectors and peacekeepers of the world. What a terrible place it would be without them. I LOVE the conversation with Jesus! How perfect is that?! The video is wonderful, and I did watch it to the end. It reminds me of the type of songs sung in coffee houses when I was in my early 20's in Toronto. I was a hippie by night and ordinary secretary by day. It also has a John Lennon feel to it. Anyone who can make music like that -- the writing of it or the singing from the heart -- is a humantarian. We need as many of these people as we can get! Thank you! 


please watch all the way to the end , :)
1 year ago

1 year ago

Everthing is beautiful like the people in this group!  Thank you all for sharing!

1 year ago

1 year ago

Hi Cheryl, June, Wendy, Lynn, Val, Les and anyone I missed.  I love all your posts!!!  Sorry I don't get here as often as I want.  But I am looking, reading.  I don't always have time to post.

Love all of you!!!

Love, Barb, Baby, Beenie

1 year ago

Thank you, Les, for those very kind and caring words!

You're welcome, June, and thanks to Dot and Mary for great posts.

Wendy, I love your posts, too! The "Time To Live" strikes many people as "more than coincidental occurrences" and the message to slow down and don't stress the small stuff hits home. I LOVE the wheelchair protest and I think there should be a lot more of them throughout the world. I have not hesitated to approach able-bodied people who get out of a car after parking in a handicap zone. Having a Handicap Permit sign is only supposed to apply when that person is in the car and often the car is used by people who are not handicapped. Grrr......... The APATHY shown in the video where the fellow falls is far beyond just being sad. Sometimes I think it may be because people are afraid, but it should not stop them from calling 911 AND ESPECIALLY because he was ASKING FOR HELP.

It's great to see this thread active again.

1 year ago

thank you Cheryl for this lovely thread have started to read the posts will have to come back later to finish  

thanks everyone for sharing 

1 year ago

This touches my soul, what have we become, when you have to dress properly to get help
1 year ago

1 year ago

These are all wonderful = thanks.

1 year ago

Brilliant protest in Lisbon, Portugal. Wheelchair parked with notes on them "be right back" "just getting something" 

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1 year ago

This is what caring is all about. Respect! 

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1 year ago

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This definitely touched my heart & Soul>>>
1 year ago

time has come to stay
1 year ago

"Every generation thinks it has the answers,

  and every generation is humbled by nature."

- Phillip Lubin.


     when we realize how precious every life is

          we embrace the universe lovingly

1 year ago

I'm glad that it struck a chord with you Cheryl.  Hope you are well and feeling much sunshine in your heart.

1 year ago

Thank you, Sue. Yes... I too was touched by that video; I don't know how one cannot be moved. Thanks for putting life in this thread again.

Les, hopefully you read this... the poem you posted two years ago about LETTING GO had special meaning to me today. Thank you. I was meant to read it.

1 year ago

Glad I keep tissue right here!  Thanks Sue!

1 year ago

Sue it made me cry also.

1 year ago

Don't remember if anyone posted this video, watched it today and had tears streaming down my face.  See the power of giving and what can happen.

Nov. 4/12
2 years ago

This "little girl" (Jackie Evancho) really touches people's hearts, especially singing a song like this. I certainly couldn't help but pray along with her and shed some tears at the pure beauty of this girl, her voice, and the message of the song.


3 years ago

Great thought, Mary. I guess if it comes to us to easily, it may not be the right dream we were wishing for. There has to be some work in there somewhere.

3 years ago

I couldn't decide which thread to put this on, but I think it fits on here because seeing all that beauty of Nature and wildlife touches my soul. I bet it will touch yours too!



A stunning commercial from BBC!


3 years ago

You're welcome, sis! It touched my soul so I thought it belonged here too. Thanks for posting this beautiful story.

3 years ago

Cheryl, great idea to put the Freedom and Jeff articles in this thread, too. Thanks so much for copying them over.

3 years ago
Freedom and Jeff - Part 2
2 hrs ago

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair - the whole bit. I missed a lot of work. When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.

Fast forward to November 2000

The day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results. I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone.

So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill. I hadn't said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don't know how long . That was a magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This is a very special bird.

On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us andI let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that..

I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom.

3 years ago

I'm copying this from the BIRD thread because I think it belongs here too.

Freedom and Jeff - Part 1
2 hrs ago

This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is spiraling out of control.....

Not many people get a picture of this proud bird 
snuggled up next to them!

Story follows picture.

Freedom and Jeff 
Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. 
She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings.
Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery,
It was broken in 4 places.
She's my baby.

When Freedom came in she could not stand 
and both wings were broken. She was 
emaciated and covered in lice. We made the 
decision to give her a chance at life, so I took 
her to the vet's office. From then 
on, I was always around her. We had her in a 
huge dog carrier with the top off, and it 
was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to 
lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, 
urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay 
there looking at me with those big brown eyes. 
We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still 
couldn't stand. It got to the point where the 
decision was made to euthanize her 
if she couldn't stand in a week. You know you don't 
want to cross that line between torture and 
rehab, and it looked like death was 
winning. She was going to be put 
down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in 
on that Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go 
to the center that Thursday, because I couldn't 
bear the thought of her being euthanized; 
but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone 
was grinning from ear to ear. I went 
immediately back to her cage; and there she was, 
standing on her own, a big beautiful 
eagle. She was ready to live. I was 
just about in tears by then. That 
was a very good day. 

We knew she could never fly, so the director 
asked me to glove train her.
I got her used to the glove,
and then to jesses, and we started

3 years ago

This young man has touched many souls and continues to do so. Adopted from Iraq with his brother, he has overcome physical disabilities that some people may see as "extremely limiting." His name is Emmanuel Kelly and he's a beautiful soul.

The mother who adopted them is a human angel. There is no limit to her love. This family deeply touches my soul as I'm sure they will yours.


Emmanuel Kelly


Emmanuel's brother and mother watching him sing.


4 years ago

I'm sure animals touch the soul for most of us here, but this one touches my soul because of the situation. Somehow I believe the mother knows that this is the young one she gave birth to. The communication between them is so gentle and private. I can't stop looking at them.


 Photo and caption by May Woon (National Geographic)

November 3, 2011: Monifa is a Western Lowland gorilla that gave up her son, Hasani to the surrogate Mom named Bawang. It was nice to see him bond and play with his biological mother. I do wonder if Monifa really knows that it was her son, since they all live in the same exhibit, but Bawang will always be the dominate female gorilla.

4 years ago

Les, that is really beautiful! As I read it I dropped my shoulders and relaxed. There is a wonderful sense of not having to be responsible and fix everything, which I have been guilty of. In the past I often felt that I had to help "fix" some injustice that has happened to a friend or client/patient.

In actual fact, I was robbing the other person of having the experience of searching out their own remedies, and of being proud of themselves for doing so, when I wanted to "fix" their problems. I was finally told this by a very wise person and it made complete sense. 

Let go, let God allows one to go to sleep easier.

Thank you, Les. I really enjoyed reading that.


what touches your soul.
4 years ago

This is something that I shared often when I was a counselor in a mental health facility


Letting Go--

Letting go does not mean to stop caring;

      It means I cannot do it for someone else.

Letting go is not to cut myself off;

     It is the realization that I cannot control another.

Letting go is not to enable;

     But to allow learning from natural consequences.

Letting go is to admit powerlessness;

     which means the outcome is not in my hands.

Letting go is not to try to change or blame another;

     It is to make the most of myself.

Letting go is not to care for;

     But to care about.

Letting go is not to fix;

     but to be supportive.

It is not to judge;

     But to allow another to be a human being.

Letting go is not to be in the middle arranging the outcome;

     But to allow others to affect their own destinies.

Letting go is not to be protective;

     It is to permit another to face reality.

Letting go is not to deny;

     But to accept.

Letting to is not to nab, scold or argue;

     But instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.

Letting go is not to adjust everything to my own desires;

     But to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.

Letting go is not to criticize and regulate anybody;

     But to try to become what I dream I can be.

Letting go is not to regret the past;

     But to grow and live for the future.


Letting go is to fear less and live more.

4 years ago

Hi Mary - yes, it must be overwhelmingly happy for the parents who must see it as a miracle (which I also do); and think of the shock they went through when they first knew they had conjoined twins and all the hard work afterwards.

They are fortunate the twins were able to be separated as there are many who cannot. But from those adult conjoined twins I have seen on special programs who cannot go through the surgery, they know no other way of life so have learned to adapt as best as they can. God bless them!


4 years ago

thanks Cheryl for this heartwarming story .we can only imagine what life is like for cojoined twins ,its wonderful that they are now individual people .what a relief for their parents too

Nov. 2, 2011 - California Conjoined Twins
4 years ago

I thank God for giving the intellect and skills to such doctors to save lives and to give new meaning to the lives of these two - two-year-old little girls (and so many more children). THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!! I would love to see them wake up and realize they are little individuals on their own now.

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4 years ago

Thanks, Barb. Yes, I really went on my own walk. I'm so glad I did because today a truck has come along and blown/gathered away the leaves.

Les, so good to see you. What a terrific post that is! I wish everyone would read that before going out their door in the morning. I really believe it would influence a person's whole day. I bet each of us has been annoying to someone else at some time for doing something, and for any of the annoyances we do in the future, I hope the other person or persons will be non-judgmental, kind, and loving. I loved reading this, Les. Thank you.

Hey Lynn, good story. Now you've got me wondering just how do porcupines cuddle? How do the little ones all stay in the nest together? We're going to have to look this one up!  

Mary, I absolutely love that beautiful picture! How lucky you are to have places like this to walk. That's exactly what I would be wondering too, because I love stories about old ships/shipwrecks. I can't help but think of what happened to all the sailors that were aboard. Did they escape in rowboats, or did they drown? I've read quite a few stories about families in Newfoundland and thereabouts, in days gone by especially, when the wives would line up on the beaches when their men in fishing boats/ships were expected back. So many did not return from the sea. There would be welcoming hugs and joy for those who did, while other wives watched them and looked for their men on the horizon. It was a terrible life for widows and children. I look at the picture and also wonder what the ship was like when it was new and who built it. 

Thanks to all for these terrific posts!



4 years ago

this is a picture of a shipwreck on rossbeigh beach i often walk past when i'm in kerry ,its just sunk in the beach i often wondered what happened to it

4 years ago

thanks Lynn and Les great posts

4 years ago

Thank you Les and Lynn.


Both stories are full of wisdom! 


Very important information.



4 years ago


Good story with a great message at the end.

Fable of the Porcupine

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold.
The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and Protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their Companions or disappear from the Earth.

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close Relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person's good qualities.

The moral of the story is:
Just learn to live with the pricks in your life!

what touches your soul.
4 years ago

I hope that this is appropriate for this thread.  It was given to me by a friend many years ago.  I have used it often for many occassions.


A different Kind of Prayer:


Heavenly Father, help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night might be a single mother who worked nine hours that day and was rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.


Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can't make change correctly  might be a worried 19-year-old college student,balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.


Remind us that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) might be a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.


Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress might just be savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they can go shopping together.


Creator, remind us each day  that, of all the gifts  you give us, the greatest gift is love.  It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear.  Open our hearts not just to those who are close to us but to all humanity.  

Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive.  Bless us with patience, empathy and Love.  AMEN 

4 years ago

Cheryl thanks for putting this in this forum. I am going to try to do this more often



Today, when I awoke, I suddenly realized that this is the best day of my life, ever!

There were times when I wondered if I would make it to today; but I did!  And because I did I’m going to celebrate!  Today I’m going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I have had so far: the accomplishments, the many blessings, and, yes, even the hardships because they have served to make me stronger.

I will go through this day with my head held high, and with a happy heart.  I will marvel at God’s seemingly simple gifts: the morning dew, the sun, the clouds, the trees, the flowers, the birds.  Today, none of these miraculous creations will escape my notice.

Today, I will share my excitement for life with other people.  I’ll make someone smile.  I’ll go out of my way to perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone I don’t even know.  Today, I’ll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down.  I’ll tell a child how special he is, and I’ll tell someone I love just how deeply I care for her and how much she means to me.

Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don’t have and start being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given me.  I’ll remember that to worry is just a waste of time because my faith in God and his Divine Plan ensures everything will be just fine.

And tonight, before I go to bed, I’ll go outside and raise my eyes to the heavens.  I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the moon, and I will praise God for these magnificent treasures.

As the day ends and I lay my head down on my pillow, I will thank the Almighty for the best day of my life.  And I will sleep the sleep of a contented child, excited with expectation because I know tomorrow is going to be the best day of my life, ever!

~Author Unknown





4 years ago

Thank you Cheryl!  This is very beautiful.


Did you really go on your own walk today?


4 years ago

I went for a long walk today down streets with tall maple trees and this is what I saw:




The ground looked like this:

But what added to this beauty, which I cannot adequately describe, was the wind that was blowing the leaves off the trees. It looked like a snow blizzard, and if the man and boy in this picture could speak about how they felt...


... they might say they felt pure JOY, as I did, with Mother Nature putting on such a beautiful show.

This touched my soul today.


4 years ago

That's what I thought too, Lynn, that the author should be proud of that amazing way of looking at each day and passing this on to others to think about it and say, "Yeah, I need to do that."

Mary, I didn't know that you worked with special needs children. That's wonderful! I can see that in you because I think you have a gentle spirit. Special needs kids can teach us a lesson if we stop long enough to look and listen. They take a day at a time - actually, a moment at a time, when many of us are brooding over the past and/or worrying about the future.

I agree with Lynn - you touch the lives of some very special people and you make a difference in this world.


4 years ago

What a fantastic way to look at life. It's too bad the author is unknown. He or she should proudly display his or her name under an astounding message like that. It should be an inspiration for everyone.



Mary, how wonderful that you work with special needs kids. You should feel such satisfaction in knowing that every day you touched the life of a special needs child. God bless you!

4 years ago

how wonderfully positive this is i am inspired by the courage of some of the special needs children i work with i also work with a boys therapy and they are so fantastic .

4 years ago


Today, when I awoke, I suddenly realized that this is the best day of my life, ever!

There were times when I wondered if I would make it to today; but I did!  And because I did I’m going to celebrate!  Today I’m going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I have had so far: the accomplishments, the many blessings, and, yes, even the hardships because they have served to make me stronger.

I will go through this day with my head held high, and with a happy heart.  I will marvel at God’s seemingly simple gifts: the morning dew, the sun, the clouds, the trees, the flowers, the birds.  Today, none of these miraculous creations will escape my notice.

Today, I will share my excitement for life with other people.  I’ll make someone smile.  I’ll go out of my way to perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone I don’t even know.  Today, I’ll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down.  I’ll tell a child how special he is, and I’ll tell someone I love just how deeply I care for her and how much she means to me.

Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don’t have and start being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given me.  I’ll remember that to worry is just a waste of time because my faith in God and his Divine Plan ensures everything will be just fine.

And tonight, before I go to bed, I’ll go outside and raise my eyes to the heavens.  I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the moon, and I will praise God for these magnificent treasures.

As the day ends and I lay my head down on my pillow, I will thank the Almighty for the best day of my life.  And I will sleep the sleep of a contented child, excited with expectation because I know tomorrow is going to be the best day of my life, ever!

~Author Unknown



4 years ago

I just got back on Care2. I posted a message here and when I finished it went white and I see my message isn't here! Very maddening. I wrote something like this, Lynn:


I think this is the perfect thread for you to post that, Lynn. It touched my soul! What a beautiful message.

When we do something kind for another person we don't expect the universe to, in turn, do something nice for us. That cancels everything out. But isn't it funny that nice things come into our life when we least expect them - like meeting a person we didn't expect to meet!  


I looked at some of those awesome books listed and suddenly I have the urge to go to the library or Chapters!


I love random acts of Kindness! Thanks for posting this, Lynn.



4 years ago

This is one of many wonderful stories in The Power of Kindness. The great English writer, Aldous Huxley, was a pioneer in the study of philosophies and techniques to develop human potential. In a lecture toward the end of his life, he said this:"People often ask me...what is the most effective technique for transforming their lives?"He then said, "It's a little embarrassing that after years and years of research, my best answer is just be a little kinder."

This is the paradox of the power of kindness. It doesn't feel powerful at all. In fact, it almost feels too simple to be important. But as Huxley said, it is the #1 thing that can transform your life.

How can that be? Because simply put, kindness is the foundation of a good heart and with a good heart...a good life will follow.

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4 years ago

Rather than open a new topic, I thought this thread would be an appropriate one in which to post this article.  

The Power of KindnessOne day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal, he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry and so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe you?"The Power of KindnessAlready own this book?
Review it here!"You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness." He said, "Then I thank you from my heart." As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strengthened also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Years later, that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

Dr. Howard Kelly* was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, he went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor's gown, he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day, he gave special attention to the case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested from the business office to pass the final billing to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally, she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words:"PAID IN FULL WITH ONE GLASS OF MILK..."
Dr. Howard Kelly*Dr. Howard Kelly was a distinguished physician who, in 1895, founded the Johns Hopkins Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Johns Hopkins University. According to Dr. Kelly's biographer, Audrey Davis, the doctor was on a walking trip through Northern Pennsylvania one spring day when we stopped by a farm house for a drink of water.~~~~~~

4 years ago


I found the following link to this site posted on my friend Judith Lerner's page by another friend of hers. It is very uplifting and inspirational.

Please listen to the song "A Native American Prayer" if you have time. You won't be sorry. By the end of it you will be moving to the music and maybe singing along. It touches my soul. I hope it touches yours, too.

Aug. 7
4 years ago


Photo and Caption by Vinit Murthy

Description: August 5, 2011 – I was at the Native American Pow Wow in Arlee, Montana. At one of the events, the veterans were being commemorated for their services. When this gentleman’s name was called out, he seemed to be so proud. The young girl glanced at him with admiration and it all lasted for a fraction of a second.

(They both touch my soul) dd

Aug 6
4 years ago

as dd

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862 - age 44)

Photo and Caption by Linda Seid Frembes

August 4, 2011: At Author's Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, visitors to Henry David Thoreau's grave leave him pens, pencils and trinkets. (Concord, Massachusetts)

Quotes by Thoreau:

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book.  Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

Be true to your work, your work, and your friend.

4 years ago


Photo and Caption by Debbie Goode

I feel that children are the beauty of this world, but often misunderstood and mistreated. If anyone took the time to watch a child in his wonderment, they would wonder how anyone could hurt, or misuse, something so beautiful, and innocent. This picture is dedicated to all the beautiful little children in the world. I took this on a cloudy day, by the end it started to rain and her mother let her play in it, so I was able to get this beautiful shot. I hope you like it.

Aug. 5
4 years ago

That's beautiful, Lynn. I get thrown off a bit by the difference in the threads' coloured pins. I think it was easier before to see when someone posted, except for the three posts we can see, which is nice. It's just a matter of getting used to it.

What a gorgeous picture, Lynn. And I do think we are "born believing" with trust and innocence. That's what childhood should be, without worry of predators.

It's a blessing when a baby can look up into smiling, loving faces; it's a blessing when we are given food to eat and shelter to keep us warm; it's a blessing if we have people in our lives who teach us about the beauty of every living thing and show us the beauty that surrounds us everywhere. It's a blessing to have elders in our life to teach us the wisdom learned in their days, months and years. It's a blessing if we can keep on believing once we learn about the dark side of life on this earth; it's a blessing to give and share with others what we are fortunate enough to have.

Today, I feel very blessed as I look out my window and watch the trees shimmering in the sunlight. Today I believe in so many good things.

I am now going to go and sit under this tree and read my book.







4 years ago


We are born believing. A man bears beliefs, as a tree bears beauty.

                                ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

4 years ago

Cheryl, I'm not getting any mail again so I didn't even know you opened this thread.


It's a wondrous thread, my dear and portrays the real feelings of the people who come in here. I hope we get a lot of members to become aware of it.


Les, it's always a pleasure to have you partake in any thread. Your insights are wonderful and you don't have to post a photo for us to know the inner feelings of your good soul.  Please come in often, dear friend.

Aug 5
4 years ago

Thank you, Les. I love that quote. By saying that, it stands to reason that forgiving is so the poison of hatred, etc. doesn't kill you as it swirls around in your own body. I think there's a quote about that somewhere but they've phrased it better than I did.


We'll be adding more to this thread (and others) so please come back and see us! It is a pleasure meeting you here.





touches your soul
4 years ago

Thank you for your posts Cheyrl--they are beautiful.  Definitely touch my soul.


I will some day actually learn how to post graphics but until then my words will have to do.


Forgiving is not a gift to someone else--forgiving is your gift to yourself--a great gift--the gift of happiness.---Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Aug. 3
4 years ago

This picture, but more particular, the woman whose words are at the bottom touch my soul. When most people are taking brisk walks or jogs and not really aware of their surroundings, this woman on her walk was conscious of a tiny insect and its beauty, even smiling at it and believing it smiled back. Beautiful! 





Photo and Caption by Sandra Rosado

In a Sunday afternoon walk in a park, I met this nice insect. He smiled at me and I couldn't resist.


4 years ago

I won't be posting these affirmations every day, but today's for August 3 is really nice.



We each have the spark of the Divine within that comprises our spirit and source of inspiration. We have mental and emotional qualities -- thoughts -- feelings and memories -- that comprise our soul.  And we are physical beings with bodies to care for and nourish. Today let us celebrate our unity -- our sisterhood and brotherhood -- by affirming: I am one in Spirit with all people.



~What Touches Your Soul?~
4 years ago
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There are an endless number of things that can touch your soul, sometimes without you even realizing what is happening and why you feel happy. I think the boy in the above picture is being touched by the soothing sounds and salty smells of an ocean, by the clouds rolling by him in various shapes; he feels calm, there are no pressures on him to perform in any certain way, and he feels free to daydream. He is happy.

What affects you?


~ a summer day ~ sparkling winter snow ~ a starry night ~ positive affirmations ~ a tiny newborn child, fur-baby or feather baby ~ flowers with their sweet aromas ~ butterflies and birds ~ the sound of wind in the trees ~ the sweetness of pure silence ~ the touch or words of a caring friend ~ a multi-coloured sunset or sunrise ~ prayers ~ so many different forms of Mother Nature ~ the thought that fairies really exist... and more.

To begin, good friends touch my soul.


I love reading the Desiderata, but this part of it especially:


The beach and all it has to offer.

ss Mmmm. I can almost see and hear and smell it just by looking at pictures.