Friday, January 19, 2018

Separating by color

When I was little, I remember seeing "whites only" signs and public water fountains were all labeled "colored" or "white."  I didn't understand it.  My mom said the only thing that should be separated by color is laundry.  I still see people not wanting to interact with people of different races or ethnicities and I still don't understand it.  The same with sexual orientation - why be separate?  The more we experience each other, the more we experience life!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Henry James on kindness

Novelist Henry James said (to his nephew Billy James) "Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind."  I certainly agree! 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

From the mouth of Betty White

The wonderful Betty White, who turns 96 today, once said "When I pontificate, it sounds so, you know, oh, well, she's preaching. I'm not preaching, but I think maybe I learned it from my animal friends. Kindness and consideration of somebody besides yourself. I think that keeps you feeling young. I really do."

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

More King

It is always amazing to me how many folks post photos and quotes of Martin Luther King Jr. on one day a year, but somehow never speak about Black Lives Matter and are critical of Colin Kaepernick and his peaceful protests.  I truly hope that someday we will always move forward, or to again quote Dr King, "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."  Another appropriate quote from the good reverend might be "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dr King

On the day set aside to remember the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior I was thinking of a lot of his inspiring speeches.  These words of his also came to mind:  "You meet people who forget you.  You forget people you meet.  But sometimes you meet those people you can't forget.  Those are your friends."  Dr King also said "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Special outreach

A week ago I was feeling a bit under the weather, and when I mentioned it, many people offered kind words.  I know that there are churches and various other organizations that reach out to homebound folks or people with different illnesses, but I was thinking this would be a marvelous special outreach for all of us.  Feeling sick is never fun, but when people help out, it becomes so much easier to deal with.  Prayers are nice and cards or emails.  Visits or calls should be brief so as to not be taxing for the sick person - the idea is to cheer them up, not wear them out.  Also sometimes a nice care package (things like fruit juice or a hot soup or a casserole) can be so very helpful!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Seeing a difference

I'm seeing a difference from the way I felt at the beginning of this week.  I'm also seeing a difference in the way kindness makes you feel.  I have to say every message and every phone call made me feel a little bit better.  Just knowing someone cares can make all the difference in the world!