Rose Simpson’s column appears every Tuesday morning on the OttawaStart Blog. She also blogs at Rose’s Cantina.
May it rest in peace. Alternatively, may some talented mechanic get it up and running after buying it at auction.
I’m sure a car dealership would have taken our old Sube in on trade. We could have gotten maybe 500 bucks for it.
Instead, we donated it to the Ottawa Humane Society. Hopefully it will give some family the wheels to get them out in the real world, and it will provide a little slice of funding for an organization that does great things for animals in this community.
This is our form of charitable giving.
What we try to do is simple. We try to commit everyday to a random act of kindness, and take small measures to make someone or something’s life — a dog, a cat, a person — a little better.
It resonates with me. It denotes performing some action in a positive manner.
Perhaps more importantly, it means acknowledging that there is something in your own life to be grateful for. Good health. A family that loves you. A big stupid dog with a wet nose.
We try to find things to do that surprise people a little, to get them thinking “wow, they didn’t have to do that!”
Instead of renting our extra parking spot to somebody on the street during the winter, we give it to our neighbors while other people call bylaw on them for parking on the street. When we first moved here, they were suspicious. People can be like that in the city. But we’re small town. The way we look at it, we are just being neighborly.
Turns out, she needed milk and eggs, so we spent the afternoon tooling around the neighborhood and she bought me coffee afterwards. Her husband has been very sick over the past year and she has become withdrawn. My little act of kindness did two things. It got her groceries and it allowed us to spend the day together talking about some of her many challenges.
I agreed to come over and help her take down her Christmas tree, something she hasn’t done in five years. While I’m there, I’ll help her get rid of her bird cage which has been without a bird for three years.
Sometimes we’re too busy with our own difficulties to feel the pain of others, and to think about them as we go about our daily lives.
To switch up an old video store saying: rewind and be kind.