Random Acts of Kindness II

Posted by Whiz on March 17, 2010

elf houseStill smiling from my listening to Il Divo’s magnificent music posted earlier today, I answer the door and meet a smiling face on someone who was asking if she had the right house….. is the house that has the tree with the face on it that stands alongside the road that runs behind our house near the back entrance to the subdivision?

Of course I answered, yes, this is the house. (I had posted a picture of this tree with the face and Elf House on an earlier blog….see picture) She proceeded to tell me what a joy and pleasure it is to look for this tree each time she drives in this way. She mentioned how she loves to drive slowly when passing so that she can see and enjoy the smiling face of the tree’s friendly face alongside the road and how this always brings her a smile, especially when she sees the elf house installed at the base.

I love it too. We did have such fun decorating that little elf house where granddaughter Anna and I planted flowers near the doorway, plus we added little trees at Woody’s base (that’s what we named our tree), adding wreaths to the little windows at Christmas time, plus adding a red bow around Woody’s neck.

This spreader of kindness standing at my door also told how she loved to slow down see the view each time she passed but especially today when she noticed the little stone steps that are leading up to the front door of the elf house. Part of my joy in working with my granddaughter was all the fun we had putting those stones in place. But now when I hear how the joy both she and her husband feel as they drive past this tree, makes it even more fun of a memory.

I feel joy each time I see this tree too. What a bonus joy it is to hear that it brings a smile into her day as well. What a treat that she took time to stop and tell me…..really adds to the spreading of joy, don’t you think? How a simple acts of kindness can spread much joy!

Simple acts of kindness….yes, but are they really random? I think they happen often. It takes little effort to stop and spread the joy. I hope that sharing this simple act of kindness, helps with making your day one of smiles too. Pass it on.


message from backyard birds

Posted by Whiz on March 5, 2010

Okay, I think that worked. So now I’ll write to my blog. As I sat this morning for my quiet time I noticed a robin land on a branch high up in a tree near my outlook window. Then another. This struck me as unusual as typically robins are hopping around on the ground pecking and digging. These two were perched high up and observing what was going on around them. I remembered that a few days ago, two robins showed up for me, and again, high up rather than on the ground as they perched on the deck visible from my quiet time vantage point. What does robin represent? What are my friend’s message for me? Animal Speak refers to robin as a sign of new growth. When a robin appears it tells me that I can expect new growth in a variety of areas in my life. Also teaches me to sing my own song and keep moving forward. I like this.
Then I watch as two wrens show up investigating the ceramic, blue, Williamsburg bird house that I have had mounted on the back of my house for years but have never seen any birds occupying it. They were having a conversation with first one hopping on the entrance edge peering inside, and then the other, all the while discussing the merits of this home. Evidently didn’t meet their standards as they then flew to the window box outside my window. First the male showed up, pecking and digging, checking things out. Then a whistle, “hey, come check this place out” to his companion who then also flies over and starts her pecking, digging. Nope, doesn’t work for me. So then off to the planters on the side of the deck, first one checks it out, then calls to the partner to join in the investigation. I loved watching this mini-movie of life and was lead to look up wren in my Animal Speak book. These were Carolina Wrens, of course. Cherished by many, including me, and as seen to be a most resourceful and adaptable bird. AS refers to the the bold vocal power, reminds me to sing with confidence. Don’t hesitate to confront any threat, perceived or otherwise with power and spitfire attitude. Hmmmmmm. As I using the resources available to me? Am I too wrapped up in day to day that I’m forgetting to sing? How can I better use more effectively what is available that will teach me to build within my own environment? And that’s what I did with this blog entry on my developing website…..build it and then they will come! Don’t you just love the language of bird?

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