Saturday, 18 February 2012

You can never have too much kindness.



Today I was circling the supermarket carpark patiently, like all the other drivers, trying to find a vacant car bay. At one point I stopped to let a pedestrian and her elderly friend cross. A few turns later I happened to stumble across the same couple entering their car. The driver called out to me, “Here you go, one good deed deserves another.” Warm fuzzies. Then after doing my grocery shopping I was heading to my car and spotted a driver slowly approaching looking for a spot, I motioned to my car to let him know he could have my bay. As I was loading my boot with my shopping he got out of his car, came and grabbed my trolley and offered to pop it into the trolley bay. Gosh some people are just too kind!

I have met some very kind people since I started blogging. I receive email from people sharing their thoughts on blog posts I have written or just to say hello. One blogger I have become connected to is Teresa from Amelie in Wonderland. Teresa has been a constant source of encouragement and support in my writing quests and she is always there cheering me on from the sidelines. She offers the most amazing advice and ideas, I find her such an inspiration.

Right before Christmas we had been discussing sending each other gifts. I discovered Teresa shared my love of Marimekko, so I bought her an Unikko design mousepad after seeing she had completed an office reno. At the same time Teresa was artistically creating something for me out of Unikko fabric as well, and right before Christmas this lovely little parcel arrived.


How adorable is Teresa. Not only had she dedicated time to creating these beautiful items, she had put so much thought into it. A writer’s mat made out of Unikko fabric, with a plastic underside to place on the grass. A little soap pouch (or a mobile phone holder) in the same fabric, with beautiful smelling soap inside. An adorable whimsical Christmas stocking made lovingly out of Unikko fabric (our tree has never looked so fashionable!), I wish I remembered to photograph it hanging from the tree! And a cover for the writer’s mat which doubles as a laptop sleeve. Just gorgeous.

So in all the craziness of our world it is reassuring to know kind people still exist. People that will take time out of their own day to do something thoughtful for another. That something thoughtful can completely make one’s day, and just as I had left the supermarket smiling at the kindness that I had witnessed today, Teresa’s totally selfless gesture left me smiling for weeks.

Thank you Teresa, I am truly thrilled to have (cyber) met you.

13 comments:

  1. Wow Peggy, I love all that kindness flowing in your life.

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    1. It sure feels nice Lisa. :)

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  2. What a lovely present. Beautiful thought behind it. We always need to be reminded about kindness. You do it so well, Peggy.x

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    1. Thank you Deb, always on the look out for kindness and good deeds. I don't mind partaking in them myself too. :)

      It was a very lovely gift, there are some seriously lovely people out there hey! xo

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  3. Ahh how lovely. There certainly are some beautiful people out there in the world. I love hearing those 'random acts of kindness' stories, puts it in perspective that the little things really do count.

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    1. Random acts of kindness stories are just so uplifting Anna. I get a thrill out of making someone smile with a small gesture, it doesn't even have to be much of an effort.

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  4. 'warm fuzzies' lov it when a simple gesture is returned...that why I lov karma and try to live my life by being 'nice' its not hard to do and its so rewarding to make soemone elses day. That is seriously beautiful material too.

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  5. Absolutely beautiful.
    I love these moments in life when small acts really restore your faith in the intrinsically 'good' nature of people.
    I love it even more when I can be that vehicle for small acts of kindness that show where our true values lie.
    You are spot on - as usual!!
    :-) xx

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  6. what an awesome day! and all so true a little kindness goes a very long way. and all your goodies look just so gorgeous :)

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  7. Ahhh, Peggy, what a way to end the day - to sit down after a long day of family celebrations and read your lovely words (and yes, I am a big fan of your words, and you). I am so glad you liked this little gift and I hope you have had the chance to enjoy many peaceful and inspiring times on your writer's mat and many mor. My pleasure, my friend. xox

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  8. She is absolutely one in a million!

    I love the blogosphere because she's in it :)

    xx

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  9. Yes that's definitely something I really believe in: the good in people. Kindness, generosity and good cheer. Lovely post Peggy.

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  10. How lovely Peggy. Kindnes still exists! Not only that but I think an act of kindness can breed more kindness, and your car park was a perfect example.
    Happy Monday!

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