A Drop Of Kindness.

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My 11 year old daughter stopped me early this afternoon whilst shopping and asked me if she could give HER change to this elderly homeless man who looked quite sad, I explained that it was hers to give – I even gave her a bit more loose change. She smiled and ran up to him, handing over her change. She ran back to me, glowing and looking satisfied. I then looked to him in the distance and put up my hand to acknowledge him, also with a smile.

Walking home, she spoke of how powerful a smile can be. How he tranformed, smiling back at her and gratefully thanked her about ten times! Bless her cottons… I explained to her that she most probably made his day. She understood then, just how much my favourite saying means to me…

“Keep on smiling, for it is free and does wonders.”

It suits too. ūüėä

A drop of kindness goes a very long way but best of all, it does not hurt.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

That Isolatin’ Feeling

The other day I was chilling out and watching a film, during the ad break, there was an advert that halted my train of thought and left my emotions reeling.

In this advert, there was an elderly man was sitting around the dining table with who I presume was his family who were talking away. I instantly related to this moment because of my own experiences of not being able to follow multiple conversations around the dining table, even with my own family. I hesitated for a moment, wondering who had made this advert and if it was finally an advert for becoming deafened, age related hearing loss and the like?

This man looked isolated, sad, lost and lonely. By this stage, I was really trying to be patient in finding out the purpose of this very advert as that sense of isolation really resonated with me and I am sure, many other deaf people or those starting a new life in a foreign country, unable to follow what was being said.

The said commercial; http://youtu.be/DFOJHXtID7k

The Alzheimer’s Society made this very effective TV commercial¬†referring to¬†Dementia;¬†Their video depicted a very difficult time that unfortunately many¬†other people can also relate to.¬†I was left feeling helpless once I¬†had seen¬†their advert, having been reminded of that isolating and potentially confused feeling, frustrated that the same emotions and situations occur to others but for rather different reasons. However, in a state of despair,¬†my thoughts then turned to¬†those who unfortunately suffer from dementia as well as having a form of deafness. Could it be for them, a dose of double whammy as that feeling of isolation would almost certainly be intensified?

With the Alzheimer’s Society, they¬†vow to¬†be there because “Life doesn’t end when dementia begins“.¬†They¬†are at least,¬†trying their¬†very best to keep¬†that lovin’ feeling

Never judge a book by its cover as there will usually be an illness(es) or disability(ies) which are sadly invisible and all beings deserve respect – regardless.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

(Photo credits go to the Alzheimer’s Society)