Ciao Bella…

On February 28th 2015, a homeless woman who happened to be deaf was attacked outside Wanstead Tube station, London, UK. The British Transport Police appealed for help to catch her female attacker… Naturally, the deaf community shared said appeal. We were all relatively hoping the homeless person who was attacked was ok and in safe hands.

The very next morning, a private message stopped me in my tracks. It was about an old friend of mine who once upon a time became my best friend and so it turned out that this homeless woman was the very same person who was set upon. I could not believe it… She had been my best friend and I was in shock. Realising the extent of her current state, it was only then I started to understand why she may have been attacked and so could this be somewhat be a blessing in disguise – to get her the help she so badly needs? But perhaps most importantly, to those who knew her extremely well and oftentimes wondered how she was, she was more or less okay. Considering.

There was a time when she was very much loved by all and we all wanted the best for her yet when she fell in with the wrong crowd that contributed to her downfall and subsequently lost her way, we could not bear to watch any longer. The last straw for me came when her (then) boyfriend threatened to end my life.

As for anyone who resorts to threats and/or violence, there is no excuse for such despicable behaviour…

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about”

So my dear Naomi, if by any chance you are reading this, I hope one day very soon you will be guided your way back to being who you once were, making the most of life and living up to (the very special meaning of) your tattoo. 🙂 Your next tattoo should be that of the stars because it seems to have become so such a dark place for you with only the stars for some illuminating company.

Turning a negative into a positive, you should use these stars to your advantage and navigate your way back home, for home is where the heart is. Xx

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Stronger Than Words by Al Jazeera

A part of me has always been with the people in war torn countries as well as those in the developing countries. I have seen with my own eyes just how their corrupt governments have neglected them, my heart tears with despair, seeing them all alone at the roadside having to strive just to stay alive. Those who are physically disabled were left with no or very little equipment to support them. I am not one to be easily fooled or manipulated yet these were no frauds. For several years now we have donated clothes that will help the poor, cutting out the middle man by sending several extra-large laundry bags full to relatives who would distribute them out fairly. During my last visit there, it became so much that I started to ask my husband to donate some money to them. He obliged – after all how could he say no to me?! 😉

This week is the International Week of the Deaf and Al Jazeera has made a very special film about the deaf community in Gaza. Please follow the original link to their page to watch their video about such strong and inspirational people who happen to be deaf and just happened to live in Gaza.

Stronger than words by Al Jazeera.

Alternatively for the deaf audience, here is their captioned version:

In the past I have written about the dirty war that is being waged in case you wished to read up more on the issues and history between Palestine and Israel.

Please, let us be extremely grateful for what we have today and remember those less fortunate than us.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Below is an event by Incloodu in honour of Atfaluna, for your info.

Giving & Gratitude

When it comes to kindness, there is absolutely no need to discriminate against any identifiable means because it is about humanity in general and acts of giving without any expectations of receiving in return.

For so long there has been a frustration of sorts building within me seeing the simplest things in life being taken for granted. Be it the roof over your heads, certain (branded) clothes being worn, the hot meals and comfy mattresses you lay upon, the NHS and free medicine being provided for us – the list is endless. The extremely close shave I experienced a couple of years ago taught me to take nothing for granted, now cherishing every little thing and being all around me.

“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle” – Plato

For this reason, I am now trying my very best to spare a moment to remember those who may have been left outdoors, especially during those cold winter nights. Recently I, via the Tree House, have been able to appease that frustration of helplessness. In true spirit of the Tree House, this has meant this is now starting to catch on with other dwellers through their acts of kindness. So far, we have saved numerous left over meals and received donations of various kinds of cakes with which we approached homeless people and gave.

“Thank you” they gratefully say. And if they have a pet with them, they are more than happy to share with their “best friend” – Without a question.

Nigel and his best friend who enjoyed the leftovers from our Chinese meal.

There are those who had everything and lost it all and there are those who dedicate every minute of their remaining lives to make sure the homeless has a hot drink at least. They are among the unsung heroes of today’s societies. They are trying their very best in being the change they wish to see in the world.

So let us organise café meet ups with CAKE(!) donating to a charity of your choice, perhaps asking cafés to participate in “Suspended Coffee” schemes too. When you have a meal, please save your leftovers and seek out the homeless in order to make their day. Maybe even nominate/challenge your friends to pay it forwards too. Please?

One can only hope this act of compassion and kindness will help to keep them going, to keep the faith and to have hope. That not everyone has a stone cold heart, that they are not oblivious to everyday people. They are still someone’s child who were brought into this world for a reason.

A drop of kindness goes a very long way, much more than you realise.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ― Leo Buscaglia

Carpe Diem – every day by being true to yourselves.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)