Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
Henri Frederic Amiel
I was at a funeral service the other day to memorialize the passing of women that I had only met a few times. The few times were like a gift for this was a highly personable and accomplished lady. She was the mother of my daughter-in-laws sister’s husband. There were hundreds in attendance at the funeral. The remembrances were great and well done reminding everyone of how special she was.
The Lutheran Pastor was excellent, he was more than her pastor, he was a longtime family friend and I don’t remember a cleric ever doing a better job. He said two things that really hit home for me. First he reminded us that healing comes from the process of gratitude overcoming grief. How true that is, we all need to celebrate the years we have had with those we care about rather than letting the loss keeping us focused on the future without a loved one. The other thing he said was that it takes strength to be tender. At an age when too many are focused only on themselves or view tenderness as a sign of weakness it is good to be reminded that it is the strong who are not afraid to exhibit their humanity.
I feel the same about the kind people I know, they are the strong and they have the capacity to care for more than just themselves. And it is they who reap the blessings that come to the kind. Here is a story about someone whose kindness made a difference.
An Act of Kindness
Author Carol De Leo
Recently I was the recipient of an act of kindness that left me smiling and thankful for the rest of the day. In fact every time I think about it I have to smile and a wave of appreciation flows over me.
I had been shopping with a friend at a local mall. I loaded our groceries into the back of the car, and pulled my keys out of my purse. I live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and the malls here are quite popular and always very busy. I pulled out and got in line for the exit. We were steadily moving forward towards the main street.
My friend noticed a black truck was speeding up alongside of us. At first I thought they were going to try to cut us off and get ahead in line. He pulled up next to me, I looked over at him, and he was holding up my wallet. Everything I had was in that wallet, all of my money for the rest of the month, my bank card, my license. I would have been totally lost without it. I was not even aware I had dropped it.
I put my car in neutral and got out of my car. He smiled and handed me my wallet, I gave him a big smile with a heartfelt “thank you so much!” and jumped back in my car as I was holding up the line of cars waiting to leave the parking lot.
My friend and I were just astonished. The only thing I could figure was when I pulled my keys out of my purse my wallet must have caught on the keys and fallen to the ground. This kind person must have seen it on the ground after I pulled out, picked it up, raced to his truck to follow me and return it.
One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
He was a young Pastor, and as usual, he was running late getting into town…. and he was speeding.
Then to top it off, he looked in the review mirror only to see the lights of the Highway Patrol! Already late for church and figuring he’d try for leniency, he quickly slapped his Bible on the dash of his car as the trooper walked up to the window and asked to see his driver’s license.
Looking at his name and title on the license, the trooper asked, “You’re a Reverend huh?” The young Pastor affirmed that.
The trooper then began writing out a speeding ticket and said, “Well, Reverend; your speedometer runneth over.”
As the trooper handed him the ticket and started to walk away, his last comment was, “Oh, by the way…. the Bible on the dash…. nice touch.”
“I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.”
If you need a laugh, read through these Children’s Science Exam Answers. These are real answers given by children.
Q: Name the four seasons. A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink. A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.
Q: How is dew formed? A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.
Q: How can you delay milk turning sour? A: Keep it in the cow.
Q: What causes the tides in the oceans? A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.
Q: What are steroids? A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.
Q: What happens to your body as you age? A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.
Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty? A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.
Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes. A: Premature death.
Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized? (ergo., abdomen.) A: The body is consisted into three parts— the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels, A, E, I, O, and U.
Q: What is the fibula? A: A small lie.
Q: What does “varicose” mean? A: Nearby.
Q: Give the meaning of the term “Caesarean Section” A: The Caesarean Section is a district in Rome
Q: What does the word “benign” mean?’ A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.
“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”
One of the British national daily newspapers is asking readers “what it means to be British?” Some of the emails are hilarious but this is one from a chap in Switzerland.
“Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then traveling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV. And the most British thing of all? “Suspicion of anything foreign.”
“I got a postcard from my gynecologist. It said, ‘Did you know it’s time for your annual check-up?’ No. But now my postman does.”
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.
Charles H. Spurgeon
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