We invite you to remember your loved ones who have died by committing an act of kindness in their honor. Love, kindness, generosity, sharing, these are the gifts we can give to them.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

December 23, 2012


From Julie Cantrell Williams:

I bought a gas card today at QT and left it on the pump for the next customer to find. Theo
From Anonymous:
My grandson and I spent an afternoon on a bird project. First we put last year's small Christmas tree on the deck and fluffed out the branches. Back inside, we cut a pile of red ribbons just the right length. Then we tied a ribbon around each sprig of millet. When we finished, we took the sprigs outside and tied them on the tree. We cut up suet blocks, tied a ribbon around each chunk and attached the suet on the tree. Within two days birds, and squirrels, had found the treats.

Frrom Katie Walters:

Dear Karla, Jamie, and Lula,

You are an inspiring family. The love, graciousness, and openness with which you live and share your lives touches my heart. The act of kindness I write about in this letter is one that I have a teeny tiny part in, and in some ways started with you, Karla.

I’m not sure if you are still in touch with Q.  
(Note from Karla: "Q" is a former young teenage client of mine whose mother died of a brain tumor while I was her therapist. She worked harder than any adult I have ever known to move through her pain in healthy ways, maintain a connection with her mom, and live her life in a way that would make her mom proud).
If so, you may already know that she has had trouble with her aunt (who took Q into her home to live when Q'smother died) and has lately been living with her cousin, who is not much older than she is. Q heard another student express worry that, because money is tight at home, his younger brother, who has autism, might not get a Christmas this year. He was already giving his school job earnings to his mom to help pay for gas. Q decided to use the money she earned at school to buy his brother some Christmas presents. I heard about this and asked the vocational teacher how much she had earned so I could match her contribution. Q was very appreciative of this. The plan was for her teacher to take her shopping. However, when Q's aunt heard about the plan, she was touched and decided it showed maturity and a loving heart in her niece. She wanted to take her to do the shopping. We are hopeful this will help to mend their relationship.

On Tuesday, I met Q as she came up the stairs, proudly carrying a wrapped present. She told me all of the cool things she had picked out for the little boy. I made sure to share with Q that her kind and generous actions were inspiring and beautiful.