The Red Sweater. A true and inspiring story……60 years later!

In the mid 1950’s my mom, Betty left her family home in Saskatchewan and ventured east to Montreal to live with her grandma, work and experience life.  I’m sure it was quite the contrast to her life and upbringing on the prairies of rural Saskatchewan.

 

She left several younger siblings back at home and one of them was her sister Irene.  In her best attempt at spelling and printing, Irene wrote my mom a letter thanking her for a gift and a letter she had sent.  How exciting it must have been for Irene to receive something in the mail all the way from Montreal!  In this letter, she also asked my mom for a red sweater with buttons down the front for her next gift.  As the story goes, my mom saved all her money she made from working to buy her mom and dad their first “refrigerator” which I’m sure was very exciting and incredibly appreciated.

 

My mom kept Irene’s letter all these years.  For Irene’s birthday this past December, my mom sent her a special gift.  There was a copy of Irene’s letter along with a beautiful red sweater with of course, buttons down the front.  Mom told Irene she couldn’t remember if she ever did send her one!

 

There were lots of tears and memories from this gesture.

This story is such a reminder of kindness, love and all the goodness in life that makes us feel grateful and happy.  Taking the time to bring joy to another person carries with it a ripple effect that inspires many others, ourselves included.  I encourage each one of you to keep spreading the kindness and love to others however you can, wherever you are and be a part of making this world a better place.

 

Here’s to friends, family, awesome stories and goodness!

 

With aloha,

Caron

Gratitude Project – September 2015

Friends and family:

 

Earlier this week, I asked for as many of you as possible to send me 1 or 2 things that you are grateful for.  The responses started flooding in almost immediately and I am still getting them today (close to 100 entries)!  I cannot tell you how encouraging it is to read all the reasons for which each of you are grateful.  Living in gratitude changes everything; how we experience life, how we interact with those in our circles and those who cross our path, how we behave, how we feel, how we heal and how we connect.

 

I want to send out a thank you and express sincere appreciation for all of you who took the time to respond.  Many of you listed several reasons for which you are grateful and I do realize that choosing 1 or 2 items is very difficult.  When I originally visualized how this would look, I envisioned a collage of single words in different sizes, with the text going in different directions.  However, I wanted to honour all the submissions in their entirety (anonymously) so I created a graphic that summarizes the themes that I felt best fit the items you sent me.  I tried to get innovative and have a “magical link” on this fun graphic to navigate directly to the full gratitude list, but I couldn’t quite get that function to work through a Facebook image.  One day, I will figure that small detail out!  In the interim, you can go to my website www.goodandkindcompany and click on “Gratitude Project” on the top menu bar where you can access the full list of entries.  There is one awesome entry I want to publicly acknowledge and it is from my Grandma who we are all so proud of……..she radiates love, kindness and compassion (and is a serious card shark, I can never win).  She is 95 years young and I bet you will be able to pick out which entry is hers (under Family & Friends).

 

There may be some questions about the themes I chose or where I placed some of the entries, but that is not the point of this project.  I positively believe you will agree that regardless of where the gratitude entries were placed, it is very moving and inspiring to read what was submitted.

I am thinking creatively about how I can keep this movement going so that people can share their messages on an ongoing basis.  Sharing our messages builds empathy and compassion, it break down barriers and connects us as human beings.  It helps us all realize the most valuable gift we have in the world is something that costs absolutely nothing – gratitude.

 

I celebrate each and every one of you!

Caron

Something worth sharing. Thank you.

It never ceases to amaze me when I come up with a theme/idea to write about.  I receive so many “signs” that tell me to just go with it.  Today’s article is no exception.
 
It appears as though there is a Global/World/International Thank You Day.  How interesting and awesome and how does one go about securing a unique date to celebrate a topic anyways?  I would like to give a shout out to those who organize the related events, increase awareness and promote change.  But I really want to be known for living a “thank you life”, for noticing and acknowledging people, and for encouraging others to live a “thank you life” as well.  Yes, that’s what I really want and  I hope you do too.
Thank you for:
 
  • Children who make us proud – grandchildren who keep us young
  • (Re)connecting with relatives & friends
  • Spouses/partners who complete us
  • Those who held our hand, lifted us up, carried us
  • Mothers, fathers, guardians and in-laws who inspire
  • Sisters and brothers and the fun memories of youth
  • Those who believe, those who challenge, those who encourage
  • Students, teachers, mentors, classmates
  • Childhood friends
  • Friends who stay and keep in touch
  • Those who show up and those who go
  • All the cousins, aunts and uncles
  • Employers who lead, co-workers who help, staff who go above and beyond, customers and clients
  • The healers, the caregivers
  • Those who dream and share their dreams
  • Brothers and sisters-in-law and the nieces and nephews
  • Those who listen, those who help, those who give, those who are there  
  • Grandparents who dance and win at cards
  • Neighbours and connections
  • Sons-in-law and daughters-in-law who care
  • The brave, the honest, the vulnerable, the change-makers
  • The amazing people who cross our paths with awesomeness
  • Those we don’t know who show kindness and compassion
  • Those who need us, those who trust us, those who share their stories and truths
  • The lessons, celebrations, opportunities, courage and life-changing relationships.
 
Feel free to use this image I created in Canva, however you want.  Copy and paste it, forward it, save it, share it, print it off, enlarge it, tape it here-tape it there, frame it, send it, gift it, post it far and post it wide………..something worth sharing.  Thank you and I hope you agree!

 

Caron