Thursday, January 2, 2014

Random thoughts for the new year...



This is not my "usual post" of recipes, but bear with me my friends. Tonight for me was mind boggling and eye opening, and I really wanted to share with you!

Tonight coming home from work in the middle of a blizzard I took notice of so many acts of kindness in a less than a half an hour period it literally blew my mind!

In today's society, where all we hear are the negatives, how people are hurting other people - physically, financially, spiritually and finally emotionally...
Well, I have to be honest with you, I was a little jaded, okay, okay, a lot jaded!

Tonight, when I left work and was walking to the parking lot dreading the shoveling off my car, low and behold there was the plow guy.  He was plowing out the parking lot.  When he saw that I was starting up my car and got out my long scraper because I drive an SUV and I'm all but 5'3, he literally got out of his car, came up to me and said; "ma'am I'll do that for you, get in my truck, it's warm"! I took him up on his offer to scrape off my car, but I sat in my car while he was scraping and getting the snow off.  I then came out when he was done and tried to offer him money.  His response; "Happy New Year" as he refused the money.  I thanked him profusely as he made sure I got out of the parking lot okay.

About 4-5 miles out I had to merge onto the highway, I was dreading it, the roads were horrible!  As I was coming down to merge, the car that was in the slow lane, slowed up enough in this horrid weather to allow me to merge, safely! I blessed the driver!

A few more miles out, I came to a major intersection and there on the side of the road, where the wind was blowing so hard that I knew it had to be sub zero temperatures, was a man holding a sign; "will work for food".  Two cars ahead of me, the passenger window of a car rolled down and money was handed to the man along with what looked like a fast food bag.  The man took the money and food and crossed the intersection as fast as he could.  Tears literally sprang into my eyes!

Where I am going with this you ask?  Well, I have to be honest with you.  I am so jaded by everyday catastrophic, horrific events that I was shocked.  Literally shocked I say by "simple acts of kindness" and respect that I personally encountered tonight.  Respect and acts of pure love towards one another!  We hear and see so much bad and hatred on an everyday basis it is so hard to be just you, well it is for me that is.  To not have your guard up all the time, to constantly be on the defensive.  


So that being said, no, it's not a resolution.  Resolutions are something I don't do.  I figure if you want to do something you don't have to wait until January 1st to do it, just do it!
My "life changing" moment today was that we don't have to be challenged to do something nice, or pay forward a random act of kindness.  All we have to do is open our eyes and observe, literally look around our neighborhood, stay silent and observe!
Tonight I witnessed 3 wonderful acts of kindness that I know no one challenged them to do.  They did it from the kindness of their hearts. I know I do random acts as well, not because I'm challenged either, but just because I feel the need, or it touches my heart.
So my friends my life changing moment tonight has convinced me that there is more GOOD PEOPLE out there in this beautiful world of ours than there is bad.  I believe, no, I KNOW that, that is more respect and compassion than I have ever noticed.  Moving forward, I vow to keep my eyes peeled and my ears open for those acts, as well as participate as much as I can, because quite frankly... these are the acts that touch my heart, and that's how I want to roll!!

Till next time!



Dishin with Didi

16 comments :

  1. Absolutely beautiful, Didi! Thank you so much for sharing this , it really touched my heart.

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  2. I never make resolutions either my friend! My life has been so unexpected that has taught me to not commit to anything! I wish to you and your family a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year my friend! Igeia kai poli agapi se olous!

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    1. Thank you so much katerina!! May 2014 be the best for you and your family as well!! ♥

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  3. AWESOME!! So great to hear about the good things!!! Happy New Year my beautiful friend!!

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  4. Great post...Thanks for the reminder,that yes there are some good people out there.

    Have a great 2014.

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  5. You are so right - we only have to look around us to see the GOOD!
    Happy New Year to you & your family, Didi!

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  6. It does seem like we are bombarded with negativity and the worst of what humanity can do to each other. It's always lovely to hear (and see) the good that goes on out there. Pass it on! Someone does a random kindness for me and I pass it on! Better yet-- like the movie says Pay It Forward! Great post my friend! Happy New Year!

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  7. Hugs My dear friend.. Without a doubt, there are a lot of really awesome people out there.. and true to your story, all you have to do is step back & watch for a while.
    Love you Girlie! Happy New Year filled with loads of blessings! ♥

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    1. Blessings to you and your family as well Kimmie!! ♥

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  8. I agree! And even if you can't do something "Good" out-right, just not being mean or aggressive helps. There was a study done that showed when a third party observed another person being nasty, that it affected their mood and made them not feel good even though the action was not directed towards them. Being positive counts. Good for you Didi!

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    1. Moving forward positive is the name of the game Alex! I'm so sick and tired of negativity!!

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  9. I'm just catching up Didi. Beautiful post my friend. Happy new year and love to you and your family:)

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