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Secret Kind Gesture – Every day beautiful people 80

“No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.” Aesop

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank

“The heart that gives gathers.” Tao Te Ching

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Some days, you get to witness things that leaves you feeling warm and know that yes humanity has some milk of human kindness flowing in the veins of some folks.

Last Friday, I sat alone reading a magazine and just floating through thoughts on my notepad when this fella strolled past me during Iftar time (fast breaking time for Muslims) and many were eating or waiting for their food.

Initially, I thought he was a young child, but on taking a closer look I realized that he’s a very small/short grown man, no  rudeness meant, but he would be referred to as a midget.

He was looking longingly at my sandwich as he walked by, but because of the way of life over here, he couldn’t approach me, however, to my relief and gladness, some gentleman sitting close by gave him some money – coins.

You need to see how this little fellow’s features transformed and the smile that lit up his face touched me. I felt so happy that as I was leaving, I stopped by the table of the giver to say thank you and he was totally embarrassed that I even bothered to come and thank him. All the giver repeated was “Mashallah” which I understand means Thanks be to Allah or as we Christians would say, Thanks be to God.

Showing kindness to a less fortunate around us is not in the weight of what we give, but in the spirit of how we give it. A little kindness can go a long way.

Thank you Niki for hosting the kindness challenge. I enjoyed participating 🙂


Below is my first just published Poetry Book “Out of the silent breath” which is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

When you buy my book, you support me in an invaluable manner.

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Wonderful, evocative poetry by a talented writer. Left me hungry for more. Jacqueline can write! Linda Bethea

Out of the silent breath

If you enjoy my works and would like to do so, you can fuel my creativity with a slice of cake or coffee😉

Midnight Motivations and Musings 86

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When society turns away it’s eye’s, many unfortunate souls fall through the cracks of life’s pavement.

Sometimes, their situation may not be due to their fault, but as a result of poor governance, social strata, and displacement.

Indeed, some may have taken the wrong turn and don’t have the inner strength to pull out of the miry bog they’ve found themselves in.

Let’s not be hasty in judgement and assumption that all who are down and out, are lazy or doing drugs. That’s being misinformed. I know places where some humans are so poor that they can barely afford a meal a day, talkless of doing drugs.

The essence of communities is so that we can break bread together.

One of my greatest aspirations is to have a foundation positively geared to assist those who don’t have food to eat. Have you ever seen a smile on that hungry face who least expected that piece of sandwich? It’s beautiful.

I may not be able to change the World single-handedly, but together, we can do more if we are willing.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha


Below is my first just published Poetry Book “Out of the silent breath” which is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

When you buy my book, you support me in an invaluable manner.

Out of the silent breath

Expose my heart

that I may understand your words

through every conscious,

awakened pore of each moment.

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*an excerpt from my poem*

Midnight Motivation and Musings 83

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In today’s World where the spirit of entitlement seems to have pervaded the fabric of society, we tend to find people are becoming more and more self-centred in their needs.

Yet, the selfish tendencies haven’t made anyone happier.

As a matter of fact, with all the concerted and misunderstood love of self, ‘my way or no way,’ society is by far, more ill and miserable than ever.

The concept of self-love now translates into whatever makes someone happy, it doesn’t matter who gets run over.

Sometimes, you wonder what happened to courtesy, hard work, self-respect, neighbourliness and regards for others.


Below is my first just published Poetry Book “Out of the silent breath” which is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

When you buy my book, you support me in an invaluable manner.

Out of the silent breath

Never leave me lonely on these shores

Where no one knows me

Where I stare at strange forms

Trying to find you somewhere there in their midst.

The Bill…Friday Fiction In Five Sentences.

She counts the coins over and over again.

It would barely be enough to purchase meaningful grocery.

‘Dear Lord, where will the next meal for the babies come from?’ She wonders in despair.

Hearing a shuffle of feet and a rap on the door.

She rises wearily to check who it is, but there is no one at the door, just a little note wedged into the space under the door, with a 50 dollar bill nicely folded inside.

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

The Feast…

Beggar

With hungry eyes and gnarled knuckles,

He begged!

Please could you spare me something?

But they hurried along!

No one cared to look,

They were in a rush and too busy!

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In abject poverty and clad in rags,

She groveled!

Hunger had punctured holes in her innards,

She cried out for help!

But no one cared to hear.

They were too ashamed to cast her a glance!

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Flea bitten worn blankets,

Torn cartons for bed,

Under the stormy weather,

It’s bitterly cold!

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Looking in at the warm and shiny windows,

Where laughter and food overflowed,

Into plates, leftovers to the trash,

Thrown away to go to waste!

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He scurries over,

Digging for leftovers,

And a feast did he find.

With tears in his eyes,

As he gobbles grungy droppings,

That were several days over!

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He is thankful for the offerings,

Shared with his stray companions,

A lame dog that no one wanted again,

And a one-eyed cat,

His companions at the garbage table!

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Sir? Could you spare me a piece of bread? Please?

© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

Please don’t throw away food, someone out there is dying from hunger.

”If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”- Mother Theresa

”No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

”A heart that gives, gathers.” – Tao Te Ching

DAY 3

Jennifer at INK and QUILL has invited me to participate in 5 day photo story challenge.

Challenge Guidelines:

Post a picture each day, for five consecutive days. Attach a story to your image.

*can be fiction / non-fiction
*poem / short paragraph
*each day nominates another blogger

I invite Kay Morris, my fabulous blogger friend  , to join the photo story challenge. I look forward to reading from you if you choose to participate. Enjoy 🙂

It’s a TEA PARTY and you are invited too!..

Tea party invitation

It’s a Tea and a Hat Affair!
It’s a Charity Event!

It’s a Family Event!
A chance to connect, to have fun and to SUPPORT a worthy cause; all rolled in one!

The illustrious Texas Multicultural Women (a Non-Governmental Organization) TMW are hosting their Annual Charity Tea & Hat Affair, on 26th September 2015, from 10:00a.m – 2:00p.m in Houston, Texas.

It’s a chance to glam it up like The Ascots’ and The Tudors’.

A chance to bask in God’s presence and in the warmth of others.

Fundraising from this charity event provides Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students as well as Aid to Families transitioning into the Houston Area.

Please, let’s not keep all our blessings to ourselves let’s share with others.

Will you be in Houston, Texas on the 26th of September? Just come on over!

Do you have someone in Houston you wish to surprise and bless?

This is an opportunity to put a smile on someone’s face!

Be blessed and have a good weekend.

”We rise by LIFTING OTHERS” – Robert Ingersoll