Just One Of Those Weeks… – Thankful Thursday

There comes a time in your life when you have so many things seeming to pile on you (although, this week isn’t actually as bad as some others I’ve had in the past…) It can make it very hard to find the brightness in things.

But then someone comes along and does something that is very simple seeming, but made all the difference you needed. Just one small and simple thing to go right for a change.

I won’t go into detail on what all went wrong this week (or week and a half), but I am very grateful for people (family, friends, strangers) who do one small thing that helped you whether or not they realized that you needed it.

So I am grateful for small and simple things, because they are the things that make all the difference.

Check out the original Thankful Thursday.


Too Many To Add – Traces Prompt #5

Chivalry is dead you say? I’d like to disagree.
Help offered and given when taking groceries out to a car.
I‘ve had a life as a child doorstop only to grow up and see others take over.
Volume lowered when realizing it’s too loud for your neighbors without them even asking.
A lot can happen in a day, of that I’m sure, but seeing one who vowed vengeance turn and ask forgiveness doesn’t really seem absurd.
Lasting peace when there is energy abounding, children try their hardest to not overwhelm the sick.
Real life is hard, it was always supposed to be, but having someone to walk alongside you makes all the difference.
You say that chivalry is dead and yet I see it in the little things all around me.

Not everyone has learned to be kind in the same way, but everyone has that flicker within them to grow and become more than even they would ever imagine.

Written for this week’s Traces Prompt: http://tracesofthesoul.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/is-the-age-of-chivalry-still-here-traces-prompt-5/

There were too many examples that I could think of for this prompt so I went with my favorite method, the acrostic poem and named a few. There is just as much kindness in this world as there is cruelty, but there have been moments of chivalry even amongst those who seem to have none of the former and too much of the latter.


I was reading through various news websites looking for something to spark my interest today when I came across several stories of people, or animals, doing acts of kindness. I thought I would share a few. I’m not able to share them all, but looking up so many videos and articles about kindness can do nothing but help to bolster my faith in humanity.

The first to catch my attention was about a young woman trying to raise awareness of a chronic illness. When a person with this specific illness stands up, their heart rate goes way up while their blood pressure drops dangerously. It isn’t an illness that shows much, if any, physical signs until they’re on the ground. It’s called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS. It is incurable. The young woman in question was doing a photo shoot of a re-enactment from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and was invited inside by the store owner of Tiffany & Co. at the City Creek Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has the illness in question, but her family didn’t now until about 4 years ago. She and her family are also donating a tree to the Annual Festival of Trees where people can buy an already furnished tree, sometimes done up in themes, and the proceeds will be donated to charity.

The people donating the trees are getting nothing from it. The young woman and her family are decorating their tree in the theme of the old movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Another article that caught my eye was about a retired military dog meeting his very first kitten and how fascinated he is with the white fur-ball. The clip included in the the quick blurb was heartwarming but it also led to several other videos.

One of a cat who had lost her litter of kittens pretty much taking over for a new litter of cocker spaniels whose mother wasn’t the maternal type (at all.)

There were other videos that touched my heart, mostly one that had snapshots with some explanations of people who had performed random acts of kindness during different heard times for people. There was also a video about a young man buying different things for the homeless and then giving them away to people he found living on the street while dressed up as Iron Man. I think the words he added at the end of his clip touched me the most.

“Even though we are human,

There is a superhero inside all of us.

All you need is a helping hand.

So if you have a chance to be a hero,

Take it.

It can only make the world a happier place.

And please…

Always remember to smile.”

I’ve had someone help my family randomly at the grocery store when we were just a few dollars short on paying for our groceries and having a neighbor several years later that always plowed our rather long driveway every time it snowed that year. And it snowed so much that you couldn’t see anything a yard away from the windows. The world is full of many things, but one of them is kindness in our fellow man and the animals that help bring us peace.

It only takes a moment to change someone’s life for the better, even, no especially, if it’s only in a small way.

Video and news article links:

Tiffany’s: http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=27054744&title=teen-re-enacts-quotbreakfast-at-tiffanysquot-for-a-good-cause-&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-5

Military dog: http://now.msn.com/retired-military-dog-chef-meets-first-kitten-in-viral-video

cat with puppies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6BmU49XG7w

Snapshots of kindness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uge8sMTrzx0

Iron Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JruGsJLLdwI