Five touching moments in 2013:

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5. Selflessness: Our little neighbor, who shared her birthday toys with children at a local shelter.
4. Generosity & discretion: Strangers help blind man to keep his aging guide dog. NYC resident Cecil Williams had expected he would soon have to give up his faithful companion, Orlando, as his insurance doesn’t cover a non-working service dog. In December, Orlando helped save his master’s life when Mr. Williams fell on to the tracks of the New York subway. Donors covered costs to ensure the pair stay together.
3. Grace: Nine-year old swimmer presents championship trophy to his rival. Florida boy Josh Zuchowski won five gold medals at an annual swim meet – and gave his trophy to Reece Branzell, who was in hospital with an infected hip. Josh’s note read: “… I have looked up to you since I was seven. You were an inspiration for me wanting to swim fast. I would rather get second with you at the meet then win with you absent. I won this trophy for you today …”
2. Compassion: At Nelson Mandela’s funeral, the touching image of his widow, Graca Machel, and his former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, comforting each other in their loss.
1. Non-judgment: Pope Francis inspired many when he asked, “..who am I to judge?”

What image stands out for you this year?

As we say goodbye to 2013, I’d like to thank you for your support. Your warmth, insight and encouragement, both on and off these pages, has been a lesson in grace for me. Here’s to a joyful 2014 for us all!

Best wishes,


  1. Holly says

    Hi Alicia,
    I like your latest blog, it helps me to appreciate that grace and kindness is visible in many different forms, some are public displays and many are those personal acts that touch just one individual. Also big congratulations on winning all you awards! Your book is amazingly popular and you deserve all your accolades. Well done on all your hard work. Best wishes for 2014.

    • Alicia Young says

      Hey Holly,
      Thanks so much for your support, it is such a boost – and for your patience with my response. Here’s to a wonderful 2014!

  2. says

    What a wonderful post! It’s so inspiring to read about these random acts of kindness, to acknowledge and appreciate the potential for beauty that lives within every single one of us. Thank you Alicia:)

    • Alicia Young says

      Hey Grace! Thanks for your support, with your big heart I knew you’d “get” these. Lots of exciting developments ahead this year – I’m delighted for you!
      Happy New Year!

  3. says

    2013 was a year of growth and learning for me. I was especially touched by how people respond to kindness (even seemingly grumpy people!) Everyone wants to feel acknowledged and accepted. Happy 2014!

    • Alicia Young says

      Happy New Year, Cloris! And thanks for your post, lots of wisdom packed into just a line or two!
      I’m so glad we connected this year,

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