“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.,
Love, to be felt and shown, need not be represented by grandiose and expensive efforts. Often, love is expressed in small ways and it is in these little, everyday things that we truly experience the real power of love and the beauty of life.
The compilation of short stories below shows us how poignant acts of love, no matter how small, can make a huge difference not only to others but also to ourselves.
1. From a husband to his wife
Today, two days after my partner’s funeral, I received a bouquet of flowers which he had ordered for me the week before. The note read, “Even if cancer wins, I want you to know that you’re the girl of my dreams.
2. All for the shaggy friend
Today I won a court case that lasted a very long time. 14 months ago, I found out that my neighbor regularly beat his dog. So I kidnapped it, and I was arrested. I spent a lot of money on the trial, but today, when I woke up and felt the warmth of my shaggy friend at my feet, I knew it had all been worth it.
3. Learning the language of love
My daughter came home from school and asked me where she could learn sign language. I asked her why she wanted to, and she replied that there was a new girl at her school who was deaf and only knew sign language, and she had no one to talk to.
4. Missent, but still meant
Today, I chose the wrong number and accidentally sent my dad a message saying “I love you,“ which was meant for my husband. A few minutes later I got a reply: ”I love you too. Dad.” It was so touching. We say things like that to each other so rarely.
5. Sibling love
In our school, just like in every other one, there’s a girl who’s more popular than anyone else. She’s unbelievably beautiful and intelligent, and all the boys would do anything to get her attention. But she spends all her time with just one boy: her little brother, who has autism.
6. Pictures speak a thousand words.
My grandfather and I were looking through some photographs when we stumbled upon an old shot of him dancing at a party with my grandmother, who had died several years before. He put his arm around me and said, “Always remember that even if something doesn’t last forever, it doesn’t mean that it’s not worth your time.”
7. Never give up.
I worked as a consultant on how to raise children for 15 years. Later I ran into one of the kids I’d previously worked with. He’d been a difficult child, always getting upset and angry at life. One time, I drew him a picture of Superman and wrote a message about how superheroes never give up and always win in the end. That little boy is now a fireman, and he saves people’s lives. We chatted for about half an hour, and before parting he opened his wallet and showed me the picture of Superman that he’d kept all this time.
8. Pets are heaven sent
I have diabetes. Two years ago, my mom died and I adopted her cat, who’s called Kit. Recently, I woke up at 3 am when Kit sat on my legs and started meowing. I’d never heard him do this so loudly and persistently before. I got up to take a look at what the problem was and suddenly felt very weak. I grabbed my glucose meter to check my blood sugar level. It had fallen to 53, and the doctor had told me that the normal level was 70-120. Later, in the hospital, I was told that if Kit hadn’t woken me up, I wouldn’t have woken up ever again.
9. Saved by the dog
A large stray dog followed me from the subway almost to my apartment front door. I was getting nervous. Then suddenly a man appeared in front of me with a knife and told me to hand over my wallet. Before I had a chance to react, the dog had lunged at him. He dropped the knife and ran away. Now I’m safe at home, and it’s all thanks to that stray dog.
10. Grandpa knew.
Recently, I dropped into a secondhand bookstore and bought a copy of the book that was stolen from me when I was a kid. I was so surprised when I opened it and found it was the very same stolen book. The first page had my name on it and my grandfather’s message that he had written when he gave it to me. He had written, “I really hope that many years later this book will once again fall into your hands, and you’ll read it again.”
This Touching Polish Christmas Ad Will Definitely Make You Shed Some Tears
While so many ads are focused on selling Christmas gifts, there’s one Polish ad that sends a more important message.
Poland's most popular online auction Allegro has released a masterpiece of a Christmas commercial about an elderly Pole who orders a book on learning English. And since he's still a beginner, we see him slowly learning different English words and phrases.
Keep in mind that you might want to have tissues ready before you start watching this video!
It starts off with the elderly man opening an Allegro package filled with stuff labeled "English for Beginners," including a pair of headphones. And we see that he has ordered his package online. With some help from his canine companion, the old man begins to practice speaking in English.
Awesome Boss Spends $500,000 On All-Expenses-Paid Maldives Vacation for Employees
Evolve Mixed Martial Arts founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong treated more than 100 employees to a dream vacation in the Maldives.
The people who work for Evolve Mixed Martial Arts probably feel like they're the luckiest employees in the world. The company's founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong recently gave them a vacation in the Maldives.
After all, despite economic challenges, the martial arts company reportedly had a 30 per cent year-on-year growth throughout 2016. That's on top of "strong double-digit growth every year."
It goes without saying that these are very happy employees.
JK Rowling is the First Billionaire to Fall Off Forbes List Due to Charitable Donations
The Harry Potter author has been removed from the Forbes Billionaires list due to taxes and her extensive charity work.
When Forbes announced their list of the World's Billionaries, people were astounded to find that everyone's favorite female billionaire author was no longer on the list. JK Rowling is, of course, known for her "Harry Potter" book series.
JK Rowling began her Harry Potter series while she was a single mother on welfare until she rose to fame due to the success of her book.
JK Rowling was among 129 people to be removed from the list because they lost their billionaire status. But even more surprising is the reason she was removed from the list! She is no longer on the Forbes list because of two things: One, the high British taxes she needs to pay; and two, her huge donations to charity.
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