by Gillie Whitewolf
we do causes ripples - we not only affect the
way we feel but the way others feel... which
then affects the way others feel and so the
ripples spread out, sparking new ripples to
spread out in other directions... and so on.....
Try acknowledging a stranger the next time you
walk down the road. One of the basic needs of
a human is to be validated, by acknowledging
a fellow human being you are feeding this need.
Send out positive vibes and you'll not only
receive those positive vibes back in some form,
but you'll be spreading out those good vibes
from one person to another....to another...
"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted" - Aesop
make your ripples count and pass on the
smile at a stranger [not in a creepy way!]
take the spider outside - don't kill it! Same
goes for flies, daddy-long-legs, moths, bees
and the likes...
adopt a granny - maybe you've got an elderly
neighbour who may not have family close by,
or you're in visiting distance of a local old
folks home, just keeping an eye out for someone,
or popping in for a chat over a cuppa can make
all the difference. Hopefully we all get to
anonymously pay for a stranger's meal or cup
take something you like to a charity shop -
do you really need ALL that stuff?
give to a busker - it doesn't have to be money
: when I was busking people would offer me cups
of tea, something to eat, flowers, little cards
or notes, and one gentleman even gave me a huge box of Thornton's chocolates!
phone an old friend
write a thank you card - not necessarily for
a present someone gave you, how about just a
'thank you for being a good friend / dad / neighbour
take somebody flowers [unless they suffer from
hay fever!] - from a single flower you saw on
your way to a friend's house, or something in
bloom from your garden, to a bunch of flowers
from the local flower stall / shop.
bake a cake for your neighbour [best to check
for allergies here]
if you're a student, let a teacher know how
much you appreciate their time and help - an
apple a day keeps detention away! hahaha...
get in touch with an old teacher [one you liked
and can say something nice to!]
put money in a parking meter which is about
pick up litter! [and of course, don't drop any
in the first place!]
take your empty glass / plate back to the bar
offer a market stall worker a cup of tea in
cold weather - or a nice cool drink in hot weather
leave 20p in a phone box so someone can enjoy
a free call
if you have a musical instrument you no longer
use why not give it to a budding musician who
can't afford one - or your local school
tip the delivery person - or let someone 'keep
make a present for someone... just because....
take your old magazines to the local dentist
/ doctors / hospital and leave them in the waiting
room [obviously only the ones NOT likely to
cause an offence]
leave a pumpkin out for the slugs! or a melon...
they'll enjoy the treat so much they won't have
time to munch on your prize plants
a homeless person a scarf on a cold day - or
gloves, a hat or a blanket...
sweep your neighbour's path - or tidy up your
local community area : sweep up leaves, pick
up litter, tidy up the street!
create something beautiful and leave it for
a stranger to find - [how about making an inspirational
bookmark and leaving it in a book in the library?]
"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them" - The Dalai Lama