The chain of kindness in action is when you help others though you are hard-set yourself and don’t wait for anything back. You help those who cannot take care of themselves, and destiny in return brings you together with good people who help you…
Vision and mood
“In dark times, the whole world relies on bright people,” Ms. Nadiya from Chernihiv says. “Let’s be like that, for ourselves and for others! Our main task is not to let our own light go out, despite all the trials we have experienced…”
“How to overcome the darkness in your own life? Share your light with others! When your life is hard, you feel relieved trying to help others — I saw this from my own experience,” Ms. Nadiya says. “Though my health is very poor, and I have a disability, my active nature always urges me not to sit still, to do something and to help whenever I see a chance to change the world for the better.”
Despite her serious health problems and constant need for some expensive medicines, the woman takes care of almost forty cats rescued from the street and shelters them in her apartment!
Step 1. Being caring
“Having thirty-eight cats and several dogs in an ordinary city apartment on the eighth floor is my way of showing people that everyone can help!” the woman says.
“You don’t need huge funds and special conditions for this, just being caring is enough. People often don’t understand me; “What is in there for you, it’s a lot of trouble, and you have so many concerns yourself,” they say. But if people live by love and kindness in their heart, they just can’t have it any other way…”.
“I remember how I was going to the Maidan in Kyiv, back in 2014, and when I got home, stray dogs always met me by the house. I arrived late at night, and they were waiting for me, ran to meet me. It moved me to tears, so I got home and cooked some gruel for them, however late it was… I already had about a dozen cats at home, then Bilochka the rescue dog appeared, and since then I can’t pass by a single poor and unfortunate creature on the street.”
“Foremost, I take home those animals that were once pets, as they simply will not survive on the street. When they are safe, fed and cared for in the apartment, they sometimes sleep for several days in a row, because here they can no longer be afraid…”.
Step 2. You are the whole world for someone
“And how my kittens huddled close to me during the shelling, how desperately they sought salvation and protection!” Ms. Nadia recalls the terrible events of this spring. “We had been living in hell for almost a month during the siege of Chernihiv… The city was shelled very brutally, there were constant sounds of air raid sirens and the whistling of shells, explosions nearby… We lived through the worst shelling with my fluffy team here, on the eighth floor. Sometimes it was all whistling and crashing around, shells literally flew overhead, and I ran to the yard, because I still had to feed stray animals there… When a passer-by saw this, he was moved to tears and said: “We are unique indeed! Our Ukrainian woman thinks about feeding cats and dogs even under fire and nothing scares her!”
“Food was very scarce, there was no water supply, so I carried five-liter barrels of water to the eighth floor myself. My friend called me, “Get out of Chernihiv, it is so terrible, come to us,” she said. And I could only answer: “What is wrong with you? How can I leave my kitties?!” I can’t imagine leaving someone for whom you are the whole world and who has no chance to survive without you.”
Time to sum it up
“Feeding forty cats, taking care of them, cleaning up after them is difficult, especially with my health issues… Sometimes people with my diagnosis can’t even walk, they just lie in bed all the time,” the woman says.
“However, the realization that my pets need me keeps me on my feet. They just can’t do without me! I’m grateful to the Goodacity for the life-saving medicines. This is what gives me the strength to live and continue to do good! The realization that I am not alone on this path of kindness inspires me to keep on burning with the light of faith, hope, and love!”.
You can afford yourself the luxury of goodness!
Doing good is very simple!
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