My husband and I were at an open house in our community.† We met a lovely woman named Alice from the Czech Republic.† After saying “hello” and the usual introductory words, Alice started to share that she had moved here from the Czech Republic and had been finding it hard to find like-minded friends.† She felt lonely and isolated from all the friends and family she left behind even though she’d been here for a few years.† She still felt like she didn’t fit in.† It was the first day my husband Curtis and I had much time for each other, but we could see that Alice really needed to talk.† So, today my gift was taking the time to befriend Alice.
And, it was a gift for me too.† I really enjoyed meeting this woman whose different outlook and cultural background was fascinating to learn about.† Most of us know someone who is an immigrant, who may struggle with “fitting in” in a new country.† Perhaps we can stop and say hello, bake him or her some bread or cookies, or just take the time to get to know him or her.† It can’t be easy to move far away from one’s home country and loved ones.† But perhaps we can make the transition a bit easier.
If youíre just joining us for the Kindness Revolution, Iím trying to spread kindness in the world by giving 29 gifts in 29 days, inspired by the book 29 Gifts.† And, Iím asking you to join me.† If youíre just tuning in, check out the first blog in this series.† And, don’t forget that it’s never too late to join the Kindness Revolution.† Start today!
And, donít forget to add your comments to my blog because, with the help of the kind people at Care2.com, Iíll be giving away more free copies of my books† next Saturday!† Winners will be selected from the comments!
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