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In Giving We Receive

Be kind to all - you never know who needs it most.

“For it is in giving that we receive”- that’s from the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, and like the rest of the prayer it is equally wise and true.

Many people have been very kind to me both in big ways, like the gentleman who said, “Of course I’ll take a big amount off the asking price of the house.” He did it out of kindness, helping a younger me buy my first house, but it was also reciprocal because I had offered to take the house with the existing tenants so he could leave three months sooner to join his family in Calgary. A small kindness on my part was returned in spades.

And people have also been kind in little ways like the patient at the Cross Cancer Institute who gave me a set of sock slippers, because as a new patient I hadn’t thought of bringing a pair. I try to return the kindness by carrying extra gloves in the winter for someone without. I have to admit I find it easier to be kind when things are going well in my life than when I am wrapped up in my own pain.

Simply making a conscious choice to fill one’s heart with love is really on of the surest way to happiness. And, in that state of love, kindness and gratitude doing random acts of kindness comes naturally. Sometimes the act takes the form of a helpful word. A wise friend once told me that before I open my mouth i should ask myself, “is it kind, is it thoughtful, is it necessary?” I’m not naturally inclined to be succinct so I wasn’t sure about the part of “necessary,” but the wise man who told me this was a man of few words. The offshoot of that was that in his silence there was room for the other person to speak. It tends to be true that the more a person will listen to us in a kind and judgment-free way, the closer we feel to them. Unintended positive consequences. I challenge us all to look for opportunities to be kind to someone who needs it, and even to those who look like they don’t need it, because you never know what is going on with people.

Manon is a resident of Boyle Street and an active volunteer in the community. This column contains her own opinions, and is not affiliated with the Boyle Street Community League.

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  • PARK(ing) Day 2017 – PARK(ing) Day took place on September 15. It is a worldwide movement to reclaim public spaces by turning parking stalls into temporary art installations. Edmonton’s event took place along 101 Avenue near 97 Street and featured a number of interactive installations. Paula E. Kirman

  • Boyle Street Block Parties – Four Community Gatherings were hosted by the City of Edmonton this summer at the future Kinistinâw Park at 96 Street between 102A and 103 Avenue in Boyle Street. Many Boyle Street residents attended the events throughout the summer, and participated in activities as well as had a bite to eat. Shannon Murray

  • Water is Life from Edmonton to Ottawa – The Water is Life mural that was painted at iHuman in September. The project was led by Isaac Murdoch, who partnered with Christi Belcourt to raise awareness of water issues. Belcourt was in Ottawa the same weekend where another mural was created. Maigan van der Giessen

  • Boyle McCauley Pharmacy Celebrates Five Years – Boyle McCauley Pharmacy and Home Health Care celebrated its fifth anniversary on September 16 with a community barbecue. The business is located at 10817 95 Street. Paula E. Kirman

  • Annual EDLC BBQ – The 28th Annual Edmonton and District Labour Council’s BBQ for the Unemployed and Underemployed took place in Giovanni Caboto Park on September 4. Once again, the line for food extended throughout the park, as guests were served by volunteers from unions, as well as local politicians. Paula E. Kirman

  • PARK(ing) Day 2017 – PARK(ing) Day took place on September 15. It is a worldwide movement to reclaim public spaces by turning parking stalls into temporary art installations. Edmonton’s event took place along 101 Avenue near 97 Street and featured a number of interactive installations. Paula E. Kirman

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