#Homeless but Loved
Performing a good deed is most special when you keep it to yourself. It’s like a warm jewel that no one can ever take away from you. If I help a blind man cross the street or a pregnant lady change her tire, I don’t tell a soul what I have done. Sometimes, however, it is good to share your acts of kindness because you are an example to others – inspiring them to engage in their very own selfless acts.
I will admit that it makes me a bit uncomfortable when people praise me for what I may do, but I also understand that they find pleasure in doing so. I have been reluctant to publicly acknowledge some of your acts of kindness, but I can hold back no longer. I have a friend who donates regularly to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and she does so without her husband’s knowledge or approval. I will therefore attempt to be as ambiguous as possible when proclaiming my gratitude to you in the event that you are in a similar situation.
Yesterday, I left the Honeymoon Bakery to take a walk. When I returned, the fellow behind the counter asked, “Are you Holise?” I confirmed so and he handed me an envelope that contained a Honeymoon Bakery gift certificate from Janice Oceans. It made my day! I was so moved. I love surprises and this was most definitely a pleasant one. This is not the first time Janice has done something for me. A while back she contributed to my collection of The Cove DVDs which I give away to people.
When I returned to the Salvation Army shelter, I was in for another surprise. I had mail! Robert Bach sent me a copy of Forks Over Knives! I can’t wait to show it to my homeless friends. Geri Clouston sent me a copy of The Tempest’s Roar, a book about dolphins which I am anxious to start reading today! Along with the novel, a rather special set of bookmarks was enclosed.
This all happened after Sandy McElhaney, (co-founder of Save Misty the Dolphin and journalist for The Examiner), offered to put me up in a hotel for a few days. I was touched but had to decline because I cannot miss a single night at the Salvation Army or I will lose my bed.
Needless to say, I am in high spirits today. In fact, I am soaring! I am lifted up by all the compassion coming my way. I am floating on warm currents of love. Thank you all immensely!
I have a lot to write about, so keep watching for more posts. Things are starting to make sense. I think I know why I am here. Right now, however, I have to go to the nearest Western Union and pick up something from Ronda Carter whom I am also very grateful to.
- Thank the Honeymoon Bakery for allowing me to sit and write while sipping their coffee.
- Follow Janice Oceans, former Cove Guardian, on Twitter.
- Get your copies of The Cove now!
- Buy Forks Over Knives to stuff a stocking or two!
- Own your very own copy of The Tempest’s Roar!
- Follow Sandy McElhaney on Twitter!
- Visit Save Misty the Dolphin on Facebook!
- Read The Examiner!
- Visit the Salvation Army in Rome, Georgia on Facebook and tell them how grateful you are that they help others in need.
- My Day @SalvationArmyUS Rome #Georgia (holisecleveland.wordpress.com)
- The Positive Experience Show with Holise Cleveland III (holisecleveland.wordpress.com)
- OUR VIEW | Support Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (kitsapsun.com)
- Auschwitz for Dolphins (championsforcetaceans.com)
- Tension Heats Up As Whaling Season Approaches (wefightforwhales.wordpress.com)
- Radio Show Recording | #TheCove #Snapperfest #JGF (holisecleveland.wordpress.com)
- Animal Rights Zone (holisecleveland.wordpress.com)
- Sea Shepherd’s beast becomes a true beauty (examiner.com)
- Documentary: Sharkwater (learntodivetoday.wordpress.com)
- Sea Shepherd opposes Western Australia’s call for shark cull (theage.com.au)
- Sea Shepherd opposes Western Australia’s call for shark cull (smh.com.au)
- Random Acts Of Kindness (apersonalthought.wordpress.com)
- Selflessness (crackinthecurtains.wordpress.com)
- Means for good deeds (emkaytsg.wordpress.com)
- No Good Deed (lagniappemarketing.net)