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Week 17 and still going sweetly, softly strong:-) May I again appreciate my dear ‘Good Deed friend’, Rosie, the inspiration for all these posts, and who has added a new adventure to her blogging life for the month of September, sharing and celebrating romance with a new author every day! DO check it out:

http://rosieamber.wordpress.com

For other Good Deeds posts I’ve written, including the original, please check out:

https://wordsthatserve.wordpress.com/good-deed-weeks/

Sunday 8th September

It seems a CD with songs that are fun to share with students learning English has gone missing ‘on my watch’ so, feeling responsible, I downloaded ‘three little birds’ onto my iPod and promised my colleague I’d bring it in on Tuesday so she could still use the lesson she’d planned around it.

AND good deeds received:

Spent the afternoon with a friend, and received an abundance of smiles, laughter and sharing that reminded me how lucky I am to have a life blessed by being shared with so many wonderful people.

Monday 9th September

It was my cousin’s last day with us, so we took her to visit a local cafe come tourist shop, complete with castle to walk around. I later helped her find a really fun hot water bottle with a picture of a Scottie dog on, to take away with her as a warming reminder of her time in Scotland. I prepared dinner while Mum slept and my cousin packed, and put in a bit of extra effort, laying it out beautifully and lighting a candle. Warmed up my voice to sing, with my Mum accompanying me on the flute, as this was how my cousin wanted to spend her last evening…being entertained by a couple of well meaning amateurs in their living room! Actually, it was really fun…great example of good deed given and received all in one:-)

AND good deed(s) received:

I received a very sweet appreciative text message from my niece, thanking me for the letter I sent her last week. Mum and my cousin did the washing up after dinner, leaving the kitchen spotless:-)

Tuesday 10th September

Did some catching up, replying to a friend’s email about having a Skype chat soon (our first such attempt!) as he lives in Rwanda, so it’s by far the cheapest way (one thing I can give thanks to technology for!) I also took time out from said catch up to say a focused goodbye to a friend who turned up while I was busy tapping away on my computer. She was leaving the next day, so I recognised the gift of having this last opportunity to wish her well – and took it. Texted Mum to ask if there was anything I should buy on the way home…

AND good deed(s) received:

I received a short letter wrapped around a £10 note – a donation for Beatha, my Rwandan friend. I was soooo touched! The money came from someone doing a good deed (calling up to report finding someone’s car keys) and they decided to do another good deed by passing their reward on to my friend! And…I received the money donated after the singing last week – over £70! So in total, in the last month, I’ve received about £300 for the family I support in Rwanda! Hmmm, I think the Universe is trying to tell me something…but more on that another time. Received delicious fresh tomatoes and a cucumber from the garden of a friend.

Wednesday 11th September

During a couple of hours I had free at home, I ironed the freshly washed but not quite dry linen for our visitor’s room – which would be occupied again the following day! My brother called in a bit of a state about something someone had said to him – and I managed to talk him down, after the third call. I spent an extra couple of hours with the elderly lady I care for, so her husband could go to a birthday party he’d been invited to.

AND good deed(s) received:

Someone in the community had recommended me as a private English teacher so I got a call from a french man wanting lessons while he does an internship here over three months. One of the students I’m currently teaching made a point of thanking me for a book I’d lent her (one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series), saying the stories really touched and inspired her. If you haven’t read any of these yet, do check them out…

http://www.chickensoup.com/cs.asp?cid=titles

…and you can also write for them!

http://www.chickensoup.com/form.asp?cid=possible_books

Thursday 12th September

A colleague I shared a meeting with had been soaked in a sudden downpour, and it was still raining heavily, so I drove her home, and came back to continue my work afterward. I agreed to pick up a family friend from the airport as she had been delayed by a day, and my Mum was no longer available. The dishwasher in the community is currently not working (it’s called Leonardo, so there are notices everywhere saying ”Leonardo is sick – we need to wash our own dishes”) so I spent a few minutes helping to refresh the water in the different tubs.

AND good deed(s) received:

Lots of appreciation from the students for the lesson I taught that morning…and some yummy ripe plums from the garden of a friend!

Friday 13th September

Before leaving for the airport I laid a fire and made some soup, because it was a cold day and the friend I was picking up comes from California…so quite a difference in climate! Picked her up and helped her sort out the issue of her missing baggage, settling her in at home to sleep and recover from a very long journey.

AND good deed(s) received:

Despite her tiredness, jet lag and missing luggage our friend still dug out her UK money and insisted on paying for the parking, despite not having been asked to:-) I received a really lovely email from my father, updating me on his life in Bali and suggesting a chat.

Saturday 14th September

Got a fire going to make the living room cosy, and left Mum and our friend to catch up. Had a chat with my brother on the phone, who was in very good spirits. Left ‘home’ to spend the night (and for the rest of the week) in our residential centre, as it was my week ‘on duty’ with the students.

AND good deed(s) received:

I cleaned my room and, whilst doing a very late ‘morning pages’ got the inspiration to move my furniture around! Totally rearranged my room so my writing desk now feels much more inviting AND just when I’d finished…a butterfly flew in through the open window, and ‘danced’ around the room! What a gift! For me a butterfly symbolises transformation, so it was the perfect blessings for my newly rearranged room! I later arrived in the room I was to spend the night to find a lovely card from my colleague, wishing me a peaceful and nourishing week in this temporary ‘nest’. Soooo sweet!

Wishing you all a wonderful week dear friends:-)