Wit & Wisdom Group – Defining a kind heart

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I want to share with you a recent experience that still brings me the proverbial, “lump in the throat” moment.

For those that don’t already know, I have been volunteering for a long time at a resource place for blind and low-vision folks.   Besides reading mail, stories, books, etc., I formed a reading group called the, “Wit and Wisdom Group”.  I cannot take credit for this extremely appropriate group name; a member of our group provided this terrific moniker.  Over the past few years we have read wonderful stories of inspiration, hope, humor, despair, overcoming challenges, you name it.  The discussions we’ve had around our reading material have been, quite frankly, phenomenal.  I love reading aloud; it provides me with the opportunity to share some thought-provoking words as they literally seem to leap off the pages and into the air for all to hear.

It is always interesting to hear another person’s perspective on a topic; to me, it causes one to think, to change, and to realize the always creating, never-ending purpose of that which we came here to accomplish:  growth.

The meeting was not going to be an easy one for me; after four years of volunteering, I was about to tell my group this would be the last meeting.  I have a platter-full of busy tasks, new and exciting opportunities, and I was finding it difficult to juggle all the balls in the air at once.  Certainly my intention was not to permanently delete volunteering from my schedule.  I had to make some tough decisions, and this one was, by far, the most difficult to conclude.

I made my way into the group meeting room, only to be embraced by each chair occupied, and a table with goodies and snacks adorning my view.

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Instead of our meeting, members of our group had arranged a little party for me, in honor of my birthday, and the recent acquirement of my U.S. Citizenship.

And then, I started to cry.  I can only describe it as a moment in which my gratitude of their kindness, caring, and thoughtfulness overwhelmed me.  To be in the company of such good, considerate, and incredible people is without measure.  Truly, I am lacking for words; for a writer, that is not something which becomes me, to be sure.

There was a card placed in front of me; a breath-taking photo of a serene lake, luscious green coniferous trees lining the shore.  The quote on the card read, “Going to the woods is going home.” – John Muir (Mr. Muir was a naturalist and preservationist, and co-founder of the environmental group, the “Sierra Club”).  Inside the card noted, “In your honor, a tree is being planted in a National Forest.” Each group member’s name was included with the following:  “Congratulations on passing the U.S. Citizenship Test, The Wit and Wisdom Group”.

Clearly at this point I needed to sit down and collect my scattered emotions and thoughts.  I honestly do not remember what I said to my group; sometimes these surreal moments have a way of deleting your memory of the details.  Somehow I managed to tell them about my new and upcoming plans.  Despite my news of leaving the group, everyone was genuinely pleased for me and my new beginnings.

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To be grateful is to live with grace; the appreciation of kindness and considerate acts guide us to know we are on the right track.

  70 comments for “Wit & Wisdom Group – Defining a kind heart

  1. Don
    November 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    What a wonderful moment of affirmation and kindness for you Cher. You have obviously touched their hearts with your presence and I’m sure, theirs, yours. What a gift that is. 🙂

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    • November 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Don! Thank you so much for YOUR kind words. Oh yes, truly a gift; such an incredibly amazing group of people, and so inspirational!! Cher xo

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  2. November 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Nice to read that people appreciate you so much that they create a party for you and show their love for you.

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    • November 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Ah, thank you so much, Irene! I am very fortunate, indeed. Cher xo

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  3. Dionysus Amber
    November 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Hi, I have nominated your awesome blog for the Liebster Award. I love your posts and am offering you this Nomination to show my apreciaiton for all you do.
    If you don’t accept blog awards, then please accept this as a gesture.

    Love, Dionysus

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    • November 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      I am so incredibly appreciative; thank you so much! I accept with a grateful heart!! Love, Cher xo

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      • Dionysus Amber
        November 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm

        You are so welcome Cher,I so love your blog. xx

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      • November 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm

        Awh, bless! Right back at you, my dear!!! Thank you for your kindness and for being so thoughtful. It means so much to me!! Cher xo

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  4. November 6, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Awwww! Well deserved celebration of you. Woohoo!

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    • November 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Awh, bless! Thank you, Victo!! Cher xo

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  5. November 6, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Dear Cher,

    What a beautiful exchange of good loving energy – you are so special! I can only imagine the emotions! Thank you for sharing this story with us – you are an inspiration!! Wishing you much success, too, in your new endeavors. Wherever you go – your light will shine!

    XOXO 🙂

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    • November 6, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Oh my dear girl! Thank you so much *as always* for your lovely and sweet words! I honestly cannot even begin to tell you how much they mean to me! Thank YOU, Allison!! Love, Cher xo

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  6. November 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Receiving the unexpected kindness of others can be a humbling experience. I’m sure it was all very much deserved. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • November 6, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Oh thank you so much, Norm! And yes, truly it can be a humbling experience, can’t it? It certainly was overwhelming. Cher xo

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  7. Sandi dowling
    November 6, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    You are an amazing person with so much to share with others. This group provided you with the support you needed at the time as well. This is your time to move forward, with new experiences. Gives more people the opportunity to get to know and love ” our Cher”!

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    • November 6, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      Well my dearie, how sweet you are! Your words always resonate with me, as you know. Thank you my dear girl! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  8. November 6, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Cher, what a Priceless Gift you have been given. Kindness just melts the Heart and yes does leave you speechless. I congratulate you for becoming a member of USA. You need to be really proud of yourself because I KNOW it is not easy to do. Bless you!!! Love, Amy

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    • November 6, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      Awh, thank you so much, and bless you, too! You are correct; it is not easy to do! But I am so grateful, Amy!!

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  9. November 6, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    That’s wonderful. Congratulations.

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    • November 6, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Thank you so much, Joseph!!! Cher xo

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  10. November 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Very moving story! Thanks for sharing.

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    • November 6, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you so much, Debra!! Cher xo

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  11. November 6, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    My, my, Cher, you are always full of surprises. Bless you for your kind heart; happy birthday; and congratulations on your new citizenship!! And always, hoping for your continued good works, in good health.

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    • November 7, 2014 at 7:21 am

      Ah, bless you, dear Carol! Thank you so much for YOUR always kind and considerate words! I think it is so incredibly important for all of us to continually be looking for ways in which we can support one another. This is sort of my “mantra”; always with gratitude for the opportunity. Big hugs, Cher xo

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  12. November 7, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Dear Cher:
    You are an inspiration and a gift.
    Shine on, your light will lead the way for those who will follow you~

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    • November 7, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Awh, bless! Thank you so much, dear Donna! That is so incredibly thoughtful and kind of you to say! I think it was author Michael Beckwith who said that we should all have a, “Attitude of Gratitude”; I try to do this every day! Big hugs and GRATITUDE, Cher xo

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    • November 7, 2014 at 8:34 am

      god willing… i will follow you 🙂 xo

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  13. November 7, 2014 at 8:31 am

    oh sweet heart, this is so beautiful, my specs are now tear stained and my heart is so small to hold so much gratitude Nxo

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    • November 7, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Awh, bless you, dear Niki! What a thoughtful thing to say! Thank you so much! Cher xo

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  14. November 7, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Very touching… So wonderful we have people like you.

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    • November 7, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Awh, thank you so much, Billy Ray! How incredibly thoughtful of you to say! Thank YOU!!! Cher xo

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  15. November 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

    You have left a wonderful mark on this planet and, no doubt, will leave many more. You are a special person.

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    • November 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Thank you so much! It is so important that we all find these little ways to help one another! Or rather, sometimes I really think it is that they find us; then it is up to us whether we allow ourselves to feel the gratitude for helping others, or not! That’s my take on it! Cher xo

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  16. November 7, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Dear Cher, what a moment for you to share as these precious people returned your kindness to them, back to you !

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    • November 7, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Oh Anne, thank you sooooo much for YOUR kind words! I am so incredibly grateful whenever kindness is shown. It is the ‘game-changer’ that turns despair into hope, darkness into light, and serves as a reminder how much we all need to show kindness. Cher xo

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  17. November 7, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Reblogged this on TalesAlongTheWay and commented:
    This is a lovely story of kindness going full circle !

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  18. November 7, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Such a wonderful act of kindness, Cher. 🙂 The Mark Twain quote sums it all up. So glad to read your post, very moving. Keep up the good work! 🙂 Have a lovely weekend, Cher. Love, Iris.

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    • November 7, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Awh, bless you, dear Iris! Thank you so much! Yes, I love that quote! I am truly humbled by the kindness of so many people; this, my dear includes YOU! I hope you have a lovely weekend as well! Love, Cher xo

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      • November 7, 2014 at 10:11 am

        Thank you, Cher, and I appreciate your encouragement, too. 🙂 Love, Iris.

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      • November 7, 2014 at 10:12 am

        🙂

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      • November 7, 2014 at 10:15 am

        🙂

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  19. Dionysus Amber
    November 7, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Good evening. I have awarded you my certificate for Great achievements in writing 2014. It is only a gesture certificate,nothing official. I just want to show my apreciation for all you do. Kindest Regards, Dionysus.

    Here is the link to the certificate: http://dionysusamber.me/awards/

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    • November 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      I cannot begin to tell you how incredibly grateful I am for your generous soul. Bless you, my dear and thank you for this award that I do not think I deserve, but I shall accept it in the most gracious way I can! Thank YOU!!!! With big hugs and gratitude, Cher xo

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      • Dionysus Amber
        November 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm

        Big hugs to you too Cher xox

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      • November 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

        😉 xoxo

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  20. November 10, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Aww Cher, this was such a touching post! It just goes to show you how much your volunteer time has meant to your group 🙂 I have been thinking about volunteering myself – something I haven’t gotten around to since moving to Chicago – and your post is a good reminder! I thinking about something involving mentoring and children.

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    • November 10, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Thank you, Kavi! That is so kind and thoughtful of you to say! I really appreciate it! Yes, what a great idea! There are so many volunteer opportunities in Chicago! I found my volunteering place through a cool site on the internet for volunteer opportunities! I can look it up if you are ever interested! 🙂

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  21. November 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Lovely post. I have found myself volunteering on a range of things over my life and they have each brought me much happiness. Since the recent death of a dear local friend, I am not doing very much for others, so this is a good reminder.

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    • November 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Ah, thank you Hilary. I am really sorry to hear about your friend’s passing. Yes, volunteering is such a fulfilling experience. Perhaps sometime in the future you will volunteer for something that your friend was interested in, or on behalf of your friend. Cher xo

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  22. November 11, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Cher – all so right for such a generous person and her wonderful contributions. You will be missed.

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    • November 11, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Awh, thank you so much for your wonderful words, Bruce! Bless you! I know that I will stay in touch with the center and come in to see everyone now and again. Truly, those amazing folks have given to me much, much more than I could ever possibly give to them. And they don’t even know it!! Cher xo

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  23. November 11, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    How beautiful, Cher! Well deserved for your work and the light I’m sure you brought to every meeting. It is always so wonderful to hear groups of people coming together in love and supporting each other. Good luck with all your plans- I am looking forward to hearing about them all! Much love, Laura.x

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    • November 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      Ah, bless you, dear Laura! It is so nice to hear from you! Thank you for your wonderful words! I’ll look forward to sharing, and vice-versa!! Cher xo

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  24. November 12, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Happy Birthday & Happy Citizenship Cher!! This post was lovely…gave me a warm fuzzy feeling ❤

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    • November 12, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Awh, thank you so much, dear Lorrie! I really appreciate your happy words!!! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  25. August 28, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Cher, I came over from Luccia’s party, nice to see you there 🙂 And what a beautiful post, just shows how you touched these people’s hearts, just as they touched yours – how wonderful xx

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    • August 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Ah, bless! Thank you so much, Helen! It was one of the most humbling things I have experienced right up to this very minute! Cher xo

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  26. April 6, 2017 at 10:36 am

    What a lovely experience– it gave me chills to read about!

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    • April 6, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Oh thank you so much, Becca! That is extremely lovely of you to say! Cher xo

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  27. October 23, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Wishing you all the best in your future endeavours x

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    • October 23, 2017 at 11:01 am

      An, bless! Thank you so much, dear Sheryl! 😊 Cher xo

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