I know this is a blog about books…

but sometimes you read something someone, or a group of people did and it takes your breath away. It feels like racism is all around us. When an act of terrorism occurs we look at the person who committed the act more then the act itself. We blame the person but more then that we look with judgement at the group that person came from. Are they all like that? Are they all filled with hate? Should I kill them before they kill me?

I saw this article and it broke my heart into pieces. Why is this only happening in Australia? Why not everywhere? Kudos to whoever started this crusade of kindness and to all those who are spreading the word.

http://m.mic.com/articles/106442/australians-show-the-world-exactly-how-to-respond-to-terrorism-with-ill-ride-with-you

The Good, the Great, the Awesome: J.K Rowling, the magical hero

She is revered around the world for having created one of the best, if not the best, magical worlds for both children and adults alike. Writing aside, she is also an amazing human brimming with kindness.

Fifteen year old Cassidy Stay’s mother, father and four siblings were gunned down in their home by an ex-relative. Cassidy, the only one to survive the massacre recounted the words of Albus Dumbledore during their funeral; “Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

When J.K Rowling found out about Cassidy she penned a letter to her from Dumbledore himself. Included with this letter was an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, a wand and an autographed copy of the Prisoner of Azkaban from which the quote was taken.

While the contents of the letter remain private, the good deed and the kind intention is all we really need to know.

The Good, the Great, the Awesome

When I initially started posting Random Acts of Kindness I wanted it to be about things I encountered myself, but lately I’ve been reevaluating my decision. There is so much great news out there and it deserves to be shared regardless of whether I encounter it directly or not. So I am retitling my Random Acts of Kindness posts to “The Good, the Great, the Awesome” because sometimes we focus a little too much on the other news, the bad, the ugly and the tragic. The happy stuff deserves just as much, if not more attention.

Random act of kindness #2

I think we take the small moments in life for granted. A gentle smile and a warm hello can go a long way in a world where we are always rushing to go from one place to the next.

Today my best friend, my sister and I trecked over to the one thousand and one steps at Whiterock beach. I live in an area of Vancouver where although everyone is friendly, saying hello and wishing someone well, especially a stranger, is not common by any means. So when my friend assured me that although the view is spectacular the people in that area are the real gem, I thought to myself no way.

She was so very right. People were kind, friendly, pausing to say hello, passing around smiles and encouraging glances like it was nothing at all.

It’s amazing really that we live in a world where a genuine smile is considered rare. Then again, it’s moments such as this that make us appreciate life, people, beauty and the small moments. The things that money, a good job, and the hustle and bustle of life can’t get us.

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Random act of kindness #1

Although this is mainly a blog about books I hope you won’t mind this small diversion.

I came to a decision this week to chronicle random acts of kindness. You may be wondering why and here’s my reasoning; there’s enough bad in this world and I think it’s time we acknowledged the good.

I’m making a decision that from now on whenever I encounter a random act of kindness I will chronicle it on my blog. Here’s hoping that it reminds us all to smile widely, love deeply and worry less.

The random act of kindness that inspired this post happened yesterday afternoon. My grandma is a small woman. She walks with a cane but shuffles forward everyday refusing to let the pain in her legs dominate her life. Yesterday, she fought through the discomfort and asked us if we could stop by her pharmacy. She owed them $30. A measly amount I thought but for her it was a promise. Declining to let any of us pay on her behalf she limped slowly to the counter while my mother and I waited by the door.

She asked for throat lozenges and took out the $30 she owed plus money for the lozenges. The woman behind the counter took the $30 and put the lozenges in the bag.

“How much do I owe you?” my grandmother asked.

“Don’t worry,” said the pharmacist “just take it, anything for you”

My grandma stopped and looked at her in disbelief. Thinking, I know, that nothing in life is free. Satisfied that the woman had meant what she said she thanked her and walked away. Cane clutched tightly in one hand and the white bag in the other.

It was then that I noticed the pharmacy was closed, had in fact been closed for a few minutes now.

It’s the small moments in life that make us stop and realize that things aren’t always as bad as they seem. There is good everywhere but sometimes we just forget to look.

Here’s hoping that this put a smile on your face and lifted your spirits even a little bit.

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
― Henry James