Acts of Kindness

This Sunday I have but one act of kindness shared with me during the course of the previous week. Which I will be passing on to you in a moment. If you look at the categories at the top of this page you will see a category ACTS OF KINDNESS. If you’ve heard about, witnessed, received or been a part of an act of kindness please share in the comment section there.

Or you can share today in the comment section at the end of this post. Either way I will pass it on to readers to enjoy and appreciate the everyday acts of kindness that mostly go unnoticed but are all the more special because they happen to everyday people like you and I each day. I hope you’ll have one to share too.

Todays Act of Kindness is from Harula, her blog is Words That Serve ~ breathe, read…smile! She wrote:

Recently I was at the checkout in Tesco, when a lady next to me exclaimed, ‘ah, help, it’s gonna kill me…’. There was a spider, wandering over the counter amongst the plastic bags. The woman held her arms tight to her chest in fright, and told the cashier to ‘do something, do something!’

I was both curious and nervous. I expected the cashier to kill the spider, so I was kind of half turned away as I didn’t want to see and felt too shy to intervene. All kinds of judgmental thoughts were passing through my mind about the woman who was making such a fuss, and about the cashier whom I thought would kill this small being who wasn’t doing anyone any harm.

What happened next filled me with great happiness and a healthy dose of humble pie. The cashier came from out behind her desk, despite the fact there was quite a queue waiting. She took a piece of cardboard and encouraged the spider to climb onto it. Once it was secure she walked over to the nearest window, lying the piece of cardboard down gently and leaving the spider to make its next move, well away from all the fuss and fear.

She then returned to her desk and continued to serve with a smile. Not once did she tell the woman to stop complaining. or not to make a fuss etc, she just calmly moved the spider to a safe space. This act really touched me and woke me up to how wrong I can be when I make snap judgments about what I expect someone to do. Not a day goes by without people surprising me, and mostly for the good  🙂

Thank you Harula. I will say that a spider isn’t one of my favorite creatures that I share this planet with, and yet I was delighted in the manner in which the cashier handled the situation. There is a gentleness and serenity to many loving people and it comes across very clearly in this act of kindness. She calmed her customer and set free a spider to go about it’s business as if it were a regular occurrence in her day! Making very light of a small affair in the process! It is the little things that can make a big difference in a day!

Thank you for stopping by to read, have an excellent week ahead,



Pause … breath in, breath out


Feel better?

If not repeat!

When life is too much – of too much,

it’s probably because

its too much of too much!

So what are you going to do about it?

A Very Kicked Back Cat!

I’m thinking it’s time for a break. Ease up on things. relax, wind down.

It’s your life we’re talking here. How about being good to yourself

… for a change!


“Live in the moment my friends
so when those good moments happen
you’re ready to enjoy them!”
~ Penny L Howe, 2013

Yes, for those of you who have started to follow A Penny for your thoughts this quote was taken from today’s post. I guess I really wanted to make a point to as many as possible about our need to relax a little bit more in our too busy daily lives! I hope the point was made, be good to you – you’re worth it. Going crazy from living an insane pace isn’t.


Penny L Howe

Simple Things

Simple Things

The word simple has come up repeatedly today in various conversations online and off. So here are some thoughts to ponder.

Simple things make us happy:

A shining sun

A word of encouragement

Sharing laughter

Receiving an unexpected token of love


I know you could add your own items to this list. All simple things.

So does our life really need so much complexity and noise? So much Stuff? Are we better for any of this?

Can we know who we really are?

Can we see through the denseness of our Miasmocity (Nope not a real word I made it up – cool, huh!  lol)?

Miasma: (the meaning) A noxious atmosphere or influence – I added the word city because it seems as if we’ve done that very thing to ourselves in our cities and lifestyles today!

See how easy? I gave a complicated name to a simple thing. That being – we have overwhelmed ourself with too much.

If this is a truth and I expect anyone reading this knows this is true, what do we do? I wish I had answers and a simple solution. I don’t. But perhaps I can suggest a starting place.

In your heart

In your home

With those you care about …

… Pure and Simple – Love!


I don’t think simplifying our lives is easy, not for any of us. But I think, if we can, we would all be much better for it. I really do!

Thank you for stopping by, may your day be filled with simple beauty and joy!

~ Penny

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