Acts of Kindness When you're Sheltered In?

Posted by 0616 @0616, Aug 29, 2020

I just read your article on relieving stress. It has so many good suggestions but one of the remedies puzzles me. Yes, kindness to others always makes us feel better but as an octogenarian and one who is sheltered in, what acts of kindness can I do for others? Thank you for your many articles on health and well being; they have been inspiring and helpful to me.

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@texasduchess

Colleen, can you provide a link to the original article @0616 is referring to re relieving stress? It does not come up in my searches.

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@0616, is this the article (blog post) to which you refer? (cc @texasduchess)

– Finding Happiness During Stressful Times https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/cancer-education-center/newsfeed-post/finding-happiness-during-stressful-times/

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Yesterday I received a phone call from my granddaughter whom I haven't heard from in two years. I can't tell you the happiness and excitement I felt when I heard her voice. Words cannot express the feeling of gratitude for prayers being answered. I thought I had lost her forever. The situation is the result of a divorce. I live here in NJ and my son, his former wife and our two grandchildren live in IN. The distance alone has always been a heartache but the divorce made it even worse. I'm still on cloud nine from yesterday's call. My prayers have been answered. I thank everyone here for all the kind words and encouragement they have extended to me. The Daily Digest is truly a blessing!

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@mockinbrd

Hello to 0616. Thanks for your kind reply. I'm laughing at myself. I tend to be a cautious private person. So my sharing will reflect that. But I think that’s best for all. I like audiobooks books and wonder if you have access to that form of entertainment. My current reading includes 'The Library Book' by Susan Orleans. The narrator (and author) has a soothing voice and it is an interesting book and lacks violence, sex, or ickiness (books I gravitate towards). Do you like audiobooks?

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I haven't as yet tried audio books. That certainly is a good idea. Thanks so much for taking the time to suggest the idea.

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@0616

Yesterday I received a phone call from my granddaughter whom I haven't heard from in two years. I can't tell you the happiness and excitement I felt when I heard her voice. Words cannot express the feeling of gratitude for prayers being answered. I thought I had lost her forever. The situation is the result of a divorce. I live here in NJ and my son, his former wife and our two grandchildren live in IN. The distance alone has always been a heartache but the divorce made it even worse. I'm still on cloud nine from yesterday's call. My prayers have been answered. I thank everyone here for all the kind words and encouragement they have extended to me. The Daily Digest is truly a blessing!

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@0616 So happy that you heard from your granddaughter! Sometimes situations keep us from those we love, but keeps them in our hearts. How exciting!

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@0616

Yesterday I received a phone call from my granddaughter whom I haven't heard from in two years. I can't tell you the happiness and excitement I felt when I heard her voice. Words cannot express the feeling of gratitude for prayers being answered. I thought I had lost her forever. The situation is the result of a divorce. I live here in NJ and my son, his former wife and our two grandchildren live in IN. The distance alone has always been a heartache but the divorce made it even worse. I'm still on cloud nine from yesterday's call. My prayers have been answered. I thank everyone here for all the kind words and encouragement they have extended to me. The Daily Digest is truly a blessing!

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@0616– I am thrilled that you have herd from your granddaughter. Was this out of the blue? Have your feet touched the ground yet?

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@0616

Yesterday I received a phone call from my granddaughter whom I haven't heard from in two years. I can't tell you the happiness and excitement I felt when I heard her voice. Words cannot express the feeling of gratitude for prayers being answered. I thought I had lost her forever. The situation is the result of a divorce. I live here in NJ and my son, his former wife and our two grandchildren live in IN. The distance alone has always been a heartache but the divorce made it even worse. I'm still on cloud nine from yesterday's call. My prayers have been answered. I thank everyone here for all the kind words and encouragement they have extended to me. The Daily Digest is truly a blessing!

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Now that she has gotten back in touch, you have someone to whom you can address your memoirs. Maybe even ask her if she has any questions for you?
Sue

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The mention above of audiobooks made me smile. Several years ago a friend told me to read some Alexander McCall Smith books. He has written many, maybe dozens of wonderful stories. Many have been translated into over 20 languages. A great many on audiobook I borrowed from our local library. The wonderful thing about audiobooks is the readers consistently pronounce the characters names correctly. :o) It's much easier to follow the story when you can easily keep track of the characters. ;o) A series I especially enjoy is the Ladies Detective Agency. Takes place in Africa and has many hard to pronounce names, streets, etc. so once again, audiobooks is my answer.

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@0616

I haven't as yet tried audio books. That certainly is a good idea. Thanks so much for taking the time to suggest the idea.

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Hello 0616!
Thrilled to hear from you and all your good, rather, very good news. Being contacted by your granddaughter must have made your heart skip a beat. What a dear to call you! Only good thoughts to you. I’m disappointed to hear you don’t have access to talking books. They have been a comfort to me although maybe not to you. Perhaps you just like to read.

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@1oldbuck

The mention above of audiobooks made me smile. Several years ago a friend told me to read some Alexander McCall Smith books. He has written many, maybe dozens of wonderful stories. Many have been translated into over 20 languages. A great many on audiobook I borrowed from our local library. The wonderful thing about audiobooks is the readers consistently pronounce the characters names correctly. :o) It's much easier to follow the story when you can easily keep track of the characters. ;o) A series I especially enjoy is the Ladies Detective Agency. Takes place in Africa and has many hard to pronounce names, streets, etc. so once again, audiobooks is my answer.

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@1oldbuck– I am flattered that I inspired you to write your poem, Mentor, after I welcomed you. Thank you

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@0616

Yesterday I received a phone call from my granddaughter whom I haven't heard from in two years. I can't tell you the happiness and excitement I felt when I heard her voice. Words cannot express the feeling of gratitude for prayers being answered. I thought I had lost her forever. The situation is the result of a divorce. I live here in NJ and my son, his former wife and our two grandchildren live in IN. The distance alone has always been a heartache but the divorce made it even worse. I'm still on cloud nine from yesterday's call. My prayers have been answered. I thank everyone here for all the kind words and encouragement they have extended to me. The Daily Digest is truly a blessing!

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Good afternoon @0616, I am so excited for you. How old is your granddaughter? Did you and she use to spend quality time together as she grew up? Last month, I missed my granddaughter's 22 birthday because of COVID-19 and a period of time that was taken while she settled in with a boyfriend we are not thrilled about. That was the first birthday I missed and it kinda knocked me for a loop. I didn't realize how much these celebrations and family time meant.

So….we have given in to the boyfriend and they will be coming to see us soon. I can't believe that I used to complain about all the texts and issues we shared over the years. I do know that now that she is back, I struggle to find time to answer all of those texts and emails. Keep the relationship nurtured and share the joy.

May you have happiness and the causes of happiness.
Chris

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