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Alison Thompson Responds with Heart

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Alison Thompson Responds with Heart

Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.

– Peace Pilgrim –

Alison Thompson Responds with Heart

“I first met Dr Alison Thompson in Sri Lanka in 2005, when we were both involved in Sri Lanka’s tsunami recovery effort. She immediately struck me as someone down-to-earth and highly motivated to get real, practical work done. Alison wasn’t attached to a famous aid organization, let alone staying in a five-star hotel or shuttled around in a huge Land Rover. She wasn’t someone interested in having meetings about meetings. She is a doer, not a talker: a people-mover who mobilizes her people to get the job done. Alison is a full-time trailblazing humanitarian, a first responder. Her Australian passport reads like an atlas. Alison founded , which has grown into a network of more than 30,000 humanitarian volunteers worldwide. In 2001, she rollerbladed into Ground Zero at the New York World Trade Center, to offer first aid to survivors. This was her moment for an epiphany: Alison would dedicate her life to helping others…This year, Alison has been in Ukraine, where she trains Ukrainian civilians and soldiers in first aid and helps to evacuate orphans from the country.” More in this inspiring interview. { read more }

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Learn more about the work of Third Wave Volunteers, an organization Thompson founded, that includes over 30,000 medical, and non-medical first responders.

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Small Kindnesses

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Small Kindnesses

–Danusha Laméris

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2586.jpgI’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk
down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs
to let you by. Or how strangers still say “bless you”
when someone sneezes, a leftover
from the Bubonic plague. “Don’t die,” we are saying.
And sometimes, when you spill lemons
from your grocery bag, someone else will help you
pick them up. Mostly, we don’t want to harm each other.
We want to be handed our cup of coffee hot,
and to say thank you to the person handing it. To smile
at them and for them to smile back. For the waitress
to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder,
and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
We have so little of each other, now. So far
from tribe and fire. Only these brief moments of exchange.
What if they are the true dwelling of the holy, these
fleeting temples we make together when we say, “Here,
have my seat,” “Go ahead — you first,” “I like your hat.”
How do you relate to the notion that the small everyday kindness we express and receive could be the true dwelling of the holy? Can you share a personal story of a time you felt blessed by a small kindness? What helps you remember kindness in a brief moment of exchange?

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