Help your neighbour: kindness conquers everything 33



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The world is in a mess: we hear more every day, and the more I hear the more I want to stop the world and get off, yet some things put me back together when I feel I have come apart.

There are neighbours with chickens and a good garden; they share eggs and come over with a cauliflower, they stop for a coffee and a chat; we both benefit. All I have to give back is a small painting or some cards I made.

Another friend who knew we were struggling with ill health last winter (our garden went almost wild) came with his ride on and tamed the worst for us. When our daughter came, she helped to weed and now at last we have a garden under control. It means a lot to us and has helped as we get back in action and keep it that way.

We have a slightly zany friend and neighbour who put hanging baskets up when I was away for the day, just a random act because he was doing some for himself. So I get treats for his dog and put a couple of beers over the fence for him.

When I had a knee operation a few years back, casseroles and delicious desserts appeared in my kitchen by magic. One of the people who cooked for me was nearly 90… all I could do was get her some flowers. I didn’t think I could cook for her, as she was so much better!

All these things are done without fuss. I have a special friend who I met online who is beyond kind, her generous thoughts and actions go way beyond the normal range. I treasure the contact we have and hope I can one day have her to stay, who knows, it might happen. The bed is there, friend!

I suppose we have given to this community too – we worked for Lions and Rotary, helped with many committees and were always happy to do what people asked us to do. My husband often gets asked to do logos or artwork for people. I have also painted stage backgrounds for the hospital float, made signs for the garden walks and painted numerous portraits for special people, and a very beautiful lady who was 100. I also decorated halls and venues for special events with flowers, and this from someone who had no training and has never done floral art!

The world is better place for the people who share and give of themselves; I know it happens every day in this small town. People give their time, their produce and their love. It is what redresses the balance in life, so next time you hear of the horrible things happening, try to do something for someone else, try to see the beauty not the ugliness – it is there, we just have to see it. Remember for all the news coverage of evil, there is a very small backwater, and in that place there are people who do care about others. I can’t pretend it isn’t happening, because it is, and we are in a sad state right now. Yet every random act of kindness has ripples…let them spread so they can envelop others.

What do you do to help others? What random act of kindness has touched you? Share your stories below.

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  1. I try to let others know that I have an ear to listen if they are troubled and a shoulder to cry on.Even a simple smile can work wonders.

  2. I feel very “old” sharing this, however, early 1970’s I had a lovely neighbour, who saw rain looming, checked to see if I was at home, if I was out, she would bring her washing basket over to my house & take dry washing off my clothes line for me before the rain hit! I’ll always remember this very kind gesture. We have both moved away to different suburbs since then, but still remain good friends to this day.

  3. I too have wonderful neighbours. They keep and eye on me and likewise I worry about them also. What goes around, concern and kindness, comes around. My beautiful Mum taught me that! XX🙏

  4. We have lived here since May 2014 and I don’t know a soul in this street. The house on our right is empty and has been since we moved in. Gardeners come and cut the grass, but the lady who owns it don’t want tentants. The only thing we hear from the house on the left is the occasional voices of young children, or their barking dog! We had the drug squad to the house opposite a week or ago. So many police and a drug dog! We were surprised as the people seem so quiet. Then a few days later we had 3 fire trucks, the fire chief and so many firemen it was scary. So, as we are all in our seventies, we will continue to keep to ourselves. When we came to Australia and lived in Brunswick, we knew everyone in our street and most of the people in neighbouring streets. In Mansfield, you knew most of the people, if not by name, then at least enough to to say nod and hello.

  5. My Lloyd is always doing for our neighbours, bins in& out, mail collected , helping neighbours locked out!! Or neighbour with a scary spider, they all know if in trouble call Lloyd 💛

  6. When I built here my good neighbor used to get my clothes in for me if I was at work…..when they passed away had some funny tenants but then a young family moved in….I get their washing in, mind their pets, make extra cakes and bickies when I cook….
    What comes round goes round

  7. I have lived in this house for over fifteen years. Were friendly with the people behind us but the wife left.
    I wave to the guy across the way but nothing else.
    But lately I have had unwanted attention from one neighbour ( who remains anonymous) who has put threatening letters in my mailbox about the criminal activity of leaving my bins out too long. I have been having spinal problems and now need the support of a cane to keep me upright
    She ( as I feel a man wouldn’t be as vindictive) has told the council my car ( ex husbands jeep) is on the nature strip ( actually only two tyres are for safety in the narrow street)
    I have had five fines so far ( the traffic guy came by every day that I was on holidays) and just kept writing our fines.
    I have done nothing but still it keeps on
    I will be forced to sell up as the stress is exacerbating my medical conditions.
    Not so neighbourly really but it didn’t stop me and my daughter from dressing up and treating the local kids to Halloween favours. We had 31 kids turn up for sweets and we all enjoyed ourselves

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