Kind­ness Is Key To Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - AP­PLAUSE Pamela Young

Dear Pamela, I want to ap­plaud Brenda for be­ing a Good Samar­i­tan. She found my el­derly father wan­der­ing a bit lost around Kekaulike Mar­ket in Chi­na­town.

It was April 7. He lost his way re­turn­ing to our parked car where I was t o meet him. My dad wasn’t car­ry­ing a cell phone that day, and my cell was not get­ting a sig­nal.

Nev­er­the­less, Brenda per­sisted and got my dad to tell her my brother’s cell. My brother t hen re­layed the mes­sage to me that Dad was wait­ing with Brenda across f r om t he mar­ket. Dad was cer­tainly re­lieved to be found again af­ter over two hours of be­ing “lost.” Brenda is truly a kind and good per­son.

She told me that she used to be home­less, but now is on her feet and is of­ten around Chi­na­town help­ing oth­ers less for­tu­nate than her­self.

I of­fered to rec­om­mend her to agen­cies who are look­ing for care­givers for the el­derly, but she said she’s happy to be wher­ever Je­sus asks her to help. It is so re­fresh­ing and won­der­ful to have met her. Dorette Luke

Hi Pamela, We would like to ex­press our grate­ful­ness to Ross and Lon, who were pass­ing by in their pickup truck on July 8 were hang­ing up chil­dren’s happi coats on a rope tied to trees. Ross of­fered his as­sis- tance with our dec­o­ra­tion for Sun­day’s bon dance. Your thought­ful­ness was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. Keep up the good work. Nancy Cakiya Dear Pamela, My car stalled at a busy while on my way to my phys- ical ther­apy ap­point­ment. I could feel the ir­ri­ta­tion of those trapped be­hind me. I don’t want to sound cliché, but a heaven’s an­gel on a mo­tor­cy­cle ap­peared at my win­dow.

This diminu­tive lady said, “Sweetie, you need some help?” Sud­denly, an­other lady stopped and got out of her van to help. They pushed

It’s easy to think that other peo­ple cre­ate our hap­pi­ness, and that it’s our job to make other peo­ple happy. While there is truth to this, at the core of it all is you. You have to start with you. Keep this in mind.

1. Min­i­mize time with peo­ple who drain you. If you can’t avoid them, be dili­gent to not get sucked into their dra­mas. They are re­spon­si­ble for the life they cre­ated, just as you are re­spon­si­ble for yours. Sup­port, but don’t get sucked in.

2. Your chal­lenges are not hap­pen­ing be­cause the Uni­verse is cruel power and strength so you can get to know how awe­some you are and, in turn, thrive. my car across the in­ter­sec­tion, out of the way to the side of the road.

I was f eel­ing so over­whelmed I ne­glected to get their names and prop­erly thank these Won­der Women. I am not a so­cial me­dia per­son, so I am hop­ing the ladies see this ar­ti­cle and know that I am truly grate­ful they stopped and help me in my time of need. Jean Kanda

Dear Jean, Nancy and Dorette,

With so­cial me­dia and the rapid pace of mod­ern liv­ing, it’s easy for se­nior cit­i­zens to be en­gulfed in iso­la­tion. Your anony­mous an­gels re­mind us we are still in one big com­mu­nity in which ev­ery per­son has value and can con­trib­ute to the well­ness and wel­fare of one’s neigh­bors.

de­serves some Ap­plause, send your let­ters to Pamela Young, Mid­Week Ap­plause, KHON, 88 Pi‘ikoi St., Honolulu, HI 96814. In­clude your of your “ap­plaudee.”

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