Thursday, June 9, 2011

Breaking Their Bank

Found in my mailbox this morning, this offer from a mom from the Bay Area French group listserv:

Nous avons une tirelire où nous mettons l'argent que nous trouvons et nous avons décidé d'utiliser son contenu pour acheter un boom box pour vos résidents. Nous compléterons ce qui manque. Ce sera un modèle de base comme vous pouvez l'imaginer mais il pourra jouer des CDs. Etes-vous toujours prenante?

(We have a piggy bank where we put money that we find and we have decided to use the money to buy a boom box for your residents. We will make up the difference. It will be a basic model as you can imagine, but it will play CDs. Are you still interested?)

This in response to a call I put out to the group to donate unused CD players that we could use in activities with residents at assisted living community where I work.

Generosity is a wonderful thing, not just for the donor, but also for the recipients. In this case a whole circle of them. First me as the facilitator, then the activity coordinators who lead the music groups, then the residents who so much love to sing and dance.

Noticing barriers melting around the heart, and a sweet wave filling in whole chest. I imagine a bunch of little French kids gathered around their piggy bank, and counting their coins. And Anita, their mom teaching them what it's like to practice generosity.

I feel inspired. How about you?


  1. That is totally inspiring! Brings a smile to my face. And I love it doubly, because not only is mom practicing generosity but teaching it to here kids at a lovely early age. I imagine it infusing and sinking deep into to bones of these lucky little ones.

  2. Thank you for sharing this with us. Pure love in action. With your permission i would like to include this story in the book i have begun to co-create with others:-
    Simple lessons for creating compassionate cultures in our homes, care homes and hospitals. The lessons will initially be published at The purpose of the book is to honour people with dementia and the people who love them...and pass on their love and compassion to other families and care givers in institutions around the world.
    Other lessons will be appreciated with all my heart and can be emailed to:-
    with heart and thanks

  3. Yes, Carole (zen dot) that is what got to me. This cultivation of generosity in action. So beautiful! And also anonymous.

  4. Of course, Andy, you have my permission.

    Thank you for asking.

    I wish you best with your publishing project.