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

Kindness helps. Kindness heals. POSITIVELY!

I write about the power of kindness often because I feel that the world needs it more than ever.  Messages and stories about acts of kindness warm our hearts and touch our souls.  They bring us together collectively as human beings.  We want to share these stories; we want to be a part of these stories; we want these stories to heal the world.

 

 

We can always show more kindness towards one another. 

 

Together, let’s show some kindness towards those:

Who work proudly, who seek work, who represent hope, who pick up our garbage, who teach our children, who raised us, who tried their best, who let us merge, who are frustrated, who are sad, who ring in our groceries, who smile at us for no reason, who make us laugh, who compliment us, who include us, who encourage us, who say nothing, who say nothing positive, who take a chance, who take no chances, who take our tickets, who greet us, who keep in touch with us, who are scared, who are alone, who appear to have it all, who have very little, who spread happiness, who do not yet know true happiness, who dwell on “the negative”, who celebrate “the good”, who drive our taxi/bus, who farm the land, who give back, who build, who repair, who clean up, who feed, who care, who  pump our gas,  who want to learn, who get help, who ask for help, who need help but are scared to ask, who are lost, who are found, who are searching, who are struggling, who are confused, who volunteer , who heal, who seek healing, who fall down, who get back up, who handle our luggage, who follow their dreams, who believe in possibilities, who check us in, who practice non-judgment, who are fair, who keep us safe, who seek justice, who provide, who share, who reach out, who reach in, who love, who are looking for love, who spread kindness, who are looking for kindness.  And together, let’s show that kindness TODAY.

I’m sure many of you are aware of the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada and area.  The entire city (80,000+ people) has been evacuated and over 1,600 homes and buildings have been destroyed.  There are numerous stories circulating of the kindness, generosity and humanity of people and organizations towards those impacted by this tragedy.   I personally made a donation through the Canadian Red Cross (www.redcross.ca) and this took me less than 2 minutes to process.   There are uplifting stories of airlines, businesses, community groups, individuals, corporations and volunteer organizations who have selfishly reached out with acts of kindness and support.  There are hundreds of brave people who are at the scene doing what they can to ensure the safety of all involved and to minimize the impact of this wildfire.  Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to do what they can.  Please join me in sending prayers and support to all involved.

 

Together in kindness,

Caron

“A Good Life” shirts now available! Share good – feel good.

Today is a great day to celebrate.  It is our oldest daughter’s birthday (Happy Birthday Crysta….XO to you!!) and I launched a clothing line for a Good & Kind Company!

This first item I am excited about is an awesome t-shirt with a simple slogan (“A Good Life”) that incorporates my happy logo (thanks to my über-talented cousin Brian).  In keeping with my mission to “Create change & happiness. Positively”, I encourage you to find your own way to live “A Good Life”.  By doing acts of kindness; by practicing gratitude daily; by choosing optimism; by caring for yourself physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally; by caring for others; by loving yourself and others; by practicing forgiveness; by practicing non-judgement; by following your heart/your passion and facing your fears; by choosing good thoughts/speaking good words/doing good things; by believing in dreams; by following your dreams; by having fun/laughing more/spreading joy; and by being awesomely YOU.

 

I have incorporated a campaign for this shirt called “Share Good – Feel Good”.  Each shirt comes with a free 5-pack of C.A.R.E. Cards (click here to learn more) bundled with a bracelet to keep you inspired.  The C.A.R.E. cards are a great way to notice other people and of course to “Share Good – Feel Good”.  To find out more about the pricing, sizes, ordering and t-shirt details, click here.

 

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The graphic I created showcases some of the pictures of friends, family (and me) wearing these happy shirts!  Thank you everyone.  Check out what happens when you wear one of these shirts woooohoooo……I hope you enjoy some of the “fun” that we captured!!  HAHA.  In keeping with the theme of “fun”, I will be posting a graphic within the next few days that shows you the amazing “fun” bloopers!!  Even more HAHA; I promise.

 

Together in living “A Good Life”,

Caron