Monday, 23 December 2019

What we do . . .

I read a story the other day about a kind and quiet man from India who would pray in the Ganges River every morning. One day when he had finished his prayers, he noticed a poisonous spider struggling in the water. He cupped his hands to carry it to shore. As he placed the spider on the ground, it stung him. Unknowingly however, his prayers for the world diluted the poison so that he was ok.

The next day the same thing happened.

On the third day, the man was in the river again and, sure enough, there was the spider . . . legs frantic in the water, struggling to stay alive. As the man went, yet again, to lift the spider out, the spider asked, "Why do you keep lifting me? Can't you see that I will sting you every time, because . . . that is what I do???" The kind man cupped his hands, once more, around the spider and replied . . . "Because that is what I do." 


There are many, many motivational reasons to be kind in this world, but perhaps there is none so compelling as the spiritual truth that it is quite simply what we do. I believe it is the most natural thing in the world for a person to want to reach out and help another when faced with the other's need. Just as wasps sting and flowers bloom . . . human beings have a natural instinct to life each other, no matter the consequences, even when we know that we risk being stung by the one we seek to help. It is in our instinct that when we see a drowning man . . . the urge to save him rises to the forefront of our being, even though to do so means risking drowning ourselves.

One might argue that this makes us a rather sorry lot that never learns . . . but I think it is one of the things that makes us beautiful creatures . . . beautiful in the same way that berries which break through the ice and snow each spring are beautiful. Berries do not have a sense of purpose or charity. They are not altruistic or self-sacrificing . . . and yet they grow. Why??? Because that is simply what they do. 


If we see something about to fall, we will reach to try to stop it. If something breaks, we will work to put it back together. If we see a sink about to overflow . . . we pull the plug. If loved ones cry . . . we will reach out to comfort and to smooth . . . simply because . . . that is what we do. And . . . even if it sometimes seems like a mistake, or if we are afraid of being stung . . . we do it anyways. It is the reaching out that is more important than the sting, for in doing so, we really lift ourselves.

Unconscious kindness . . . it helps to feed the human heart. It is what we do. 


We had a lovely service at church yesterday, with special talks and music. All of the youth sang a beautiful song and they did a really good job doing so.  The young men had one part and the young women another.  It was really nice to listen to, and yes to see!  I had not realised how many youth we had until I saw them all together. 

Tina and Tony were at church. It was really lovely to see Tina at church.  She wasn't able to sit for the whole time, and ended up having to walk in the hallway, but it was very promising to see her there. We spoke on the telephone later in the day and had a lovely conversation. She's been able to get out a bit more than just for appointments this past week, so things are looking up. She is still in a lot of pain however, but slowly and surely things are improving.  

We brought the Sacrament to Doreen after church.  We had also bought her some sparkling water I had been able to find.  She only likes a certain kind, Highland Springs Sparkling and its been really hard to source.  I managed to find some online at Ocado and because I had a grocery order coming from them on Saturday, I was able to add a couple cases to the list and thank goodness they arrived! (you never know with online shopping if you will get everything on your list or not!)  So she was pleased and she has enough there to keep her going for a while.  Billy is going to bring a small turkey breast over to me tomorrow and I will cook it for them, but I am under strict instructions not to add anything to it. Not even salt or pepper, lol  That will be difficult for me as I like to fiddle, but I must do it as she wants it if it makes her happy.  Its just what we do . . . 

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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Nothing new to share with you this morning as I really haven't been feeling well these past few days.  I am going to try to see the Doctor today.  In the meantime somethings are just so good I thought I might show them to you again.  Crispy Tortilla Eggs.  Great for breakfast, lunch or supper.  So good I once made them about 3 times in one week!  

Have a lovely day, no matter what you get up to.  Its sure to be busy out there!  Stay safe and don't forget . . . .

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And I do too! 




  1. Take care♥
    How kind of you and the sparkling water♥
    I agree we want to help .I am not sure everyone has that doesn't mean they are not just never was ingrained in them I think.
    I think;)

    1. I know what you mean Monique! I think our lives and what and who happens in them help to shape us into who we become. I am grateful for having had a life that shaped me into me. Merry Christmas! xoxo

  2. Oh my sweet friend, I do hope you will be feeling better quickly and find out why. I loved this post; each word was like poetry. I think we all have that desire in our hearts to lift and love others. Of course, there are those that don't but I think in general there more that do want to be kind and loving.
    I love your loving and kind heart and desire to serve and care about those around you.
    May you have an extra special Christmas Celebration. May you feel the light and love of the Savior in your heart and home, always!

    1. I think there are far more people in the world that wish to good, than those that wish to do bad. Its a pity the bad shout louder and get the most attention! Love, hugs and Christmas blessings to you and Roger and your family! xoxo

  3. I'm sorry you're not feeling well, Marie. Hope you were able to see your doctor. No fun being sick this time of year. You write beautifully about being kind. And maybe we should all try a little harder to be kind. I'm still not quite ready for the big day but we will persevere. I'm off to bed now. Take gentle care of each othet. Hugs, Elaine

    1. Love and hugs Elaine! I hope that you and your husband have a very Merry Christmas. Sad that my package didn't arrive. :-( But the post this year is so uncertain I guess. My son never did get his birthday card. xoxo

    2. Marie, Merry Christmas to you, Todd and little Mitzie. Hope you have a lovely, peaceful day. I'm sure you will be hearing from your children. We still have one mail delivery today so I haven't given up hope your package will arrive, Marie. I'm really looking forward to it. We didn't seem to get as many cards this year. People are sending electronic greetings instead, I guess. I love sending and receiving cards and I keep them from year to year. Well, better grab some more sleep. I have a mince pie to make tomorrow. Lots of blessings and love are winging their way across the pond to you all on this beautiful Christmas Eve. Hugs, Elaine

  4. Hoping to hear that you feel much better up dear friend!! So nice of you to order things for Doreen and cook for them...I so hope they will appreciate your help!!
    Elizabeth xoxo

    1. I am sure that they will Elizabeth. Happy Christmas! xoxo


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