Monday, October 31, 2016

Trick or Treat

Giving out "the good candy" on Halloween is certainly a very kind gesture, but I remember years ago when a wonderful neighbor of my grandmother really did it big. Her house was decorated and she had recorded spooky music and sound effects, and best of all she had great homemade treats, that she invited you in to enjoy. There were apples you could bob for and candy apples too. She made popcorn balls, fudge, brownies, and hot chocolate and cidar. We went in and enjoyed her atmosphere and the yummy sweets, and had such a good time, we almost didn't want to leave! Wouldn't it be great if folks cared about their neighbors still and that you didn't have to be afraid to visit such lovely people?

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Smiling

Who was the last person you saw smile, and why were they smiling? Have you looked in the mirror recently? Were you smiling?  There's really something special about a smile!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

reminder

While not everyone is kind, that is not a reason for anyone else to be unkind!  Even if someone is mean to you, remember this: You are special.  You have purpose.  You are loved.  Never forget that.  This is true of everyone.  Remind them too.  You are special.  You have purpose.  You are loved.

Friday, October 28, 2016

still going

When I began writing about kindness a month ago, someone told me I would run out of things to say in just a few days.  Were they being unkind?  Ha!  There is always more to say about kindness, and I intend to write something here every single morning!  Please be kind.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Using all your talent

Erma Bombeck was a very talented women. Remember her? She worked on the Equal Rights Amendment, appeared regularly on tv (including Good Morning America), wrote over 4,000 newspaper columns, and published fifteen books. Bombeck died way too early after enduring many health problems, but she gave us so much and did so in a fun way. She was always kind and encouraging and shared things that were simple to understand. One thing that stands out in my mind is when she said "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me." In Erma Bombeck's case, that was certainly true.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Inspiration from the President

I find President Barack Obama to be so terribly inspiring just about every time he opens his mouth. Said he "We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense."

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Honesty when receiving a present

In just two months, folks will be opening Christmas presents. Of course there are many other occasions during the year when you might receive a gift, such as your birthday or anniversary, or "just because." As kind as it is for someone to honor you with a present, is it kind for you to simply utter a few words of thanks, and nothing more? How about if you get something that you really dislike, should you be grateful but also be honest enough to say the gift really wasn't to your liking? If you gush too much, the giver might make a tradition of giving you the same thing, over and over. How about handwritten notes? Are they still a good way to show your appreciation? What's the kindest way to respond to gifts?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Inspiration from Emerson


I really like these words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." I'm also inspired by this that he said: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Election help

In this election season, there are many ways we can show kindness toward others who want to participate. Sometimes the elderly have a difficult time reading the print in campaign documents. How can it would be to volunteer to read these mailings to them. It's also helpful to assist people in getting to the polls. Of course offering folks a ride anytime can be most helpful!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

being thankful

There was a time when folks always gave thanks when someone gave them something. It didn't matter if you gave them an expensive gift or if you simply paid them a compliment. It was appreciated, and the recipient said so. I try to be a nice guy. Giving is part of my nature. I don't give because I want thanks, but those thank yous always warmed my heart. They still do, although folks don't say thank you nearly as much anymore.

Friday, October 21, 2016

doing kind things

More ideas of showing kindness: Clean graffiti from neighborhood walls and buildings. Buy a stranger a free pizza. Mow a neighbor’s grass or sweep a neighbor’s walk. Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading a car. Call an estranged family member. Give a bag of groceries to a homeless person. Treat someone to fresh fruit. Sing at a nursing home. Open the door for another person. The list can go on and on!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

True love

"It is a popular trend nowadays to say love is very much conditional. I've heard people compare it to a glass of water that eventually runs out when love isn't reciprocated. This encouragement of selfishness must stop," says my friend Jonah Kim. "True love is an infinite well and is absolutely unconditional," he continues. Jonah concludes "True love feels almost helpless in its endless giving, without asking for anything in return. And if the ones you love love you back, there is nothing more beautiful, precisely because we love without premeditated expectations."

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

do my best

"I will do my best. That is all I can do.  I ask for your help - and God's." -Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

more or less

Fear less, Trust more
Take less, Give more
Whine less, Thank more
Talk less, Say more
Hate less, Love more

Monday, October 17, 2016

And the ground shook

Glancing at the calendar, I realize that today is the 27th anniversary of an earthquake that killed 63 people, injured 3,757 and caused billions of dollars of damage. I was there in San Francisco when it happened, and as horrible as the deaths and destruction were, I also remember something pretty wonderful: people helping each other. Power went out so there were no traffic signals, and folks pulled over to direct traffic for other motorists. At the freeway collapse and in the marina District were there were so many fires, civilians became heroes. So many people came out and tried to help others people. It was a bad day to be sure, but I will also forever remember how human beings showed such love and concern for others.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Explore, Dream, Discover

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was a great novelist and entrepreneur. He also was quite the motivator! Here are some words of inspiration from him: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover."

Saturday, October 15, 2016

a good deed in a weary world

In The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare wrote “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”  I find that very inspiring.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Way of life

Oh how I love kindness.  For me it's a way of life.  I can't possibly be unkind to anyone on purpose.  It just seems so foreign.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

beautiful Thursday morning

Is it a beautiful Thursday where you are?  It can be!  Always remember that beauty isn't the same for everyone.  Some of us miss it because we spend so much time looking for something specific.  There are so many beautiful things that we simply miss, but is we see with our hearts and our minds, as well as our eyes, we'll find beauty everywhere.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mission accomplished

The wonderful Maya Angelou once said "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." I'd say she indeed accomplished that mission!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A big bag of candy

Halloween is just around the corner, and stores have had costumes and decorations, and of course candy, for quite some time. Last night I saw a lovely act of kindness while picking up some laundry supplies. A woman just ahead of me, had purchased several big bags of candy. A few minutes later I saw her out on the street, randomly handing out the candy to folks as they passed by, and saying "Have a sweet weekend." She made my day!

Monday, October 10, 2016

One positive thing

To say that last night's second presidential debate was "unkind," might be an understatement. All of that changed though just before the conclusion when Karl Becker, a town-hall participant, asked the very last question. "My question to both of you is, regardless of the current rhetoric, would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?" Both candidates gave positive responses, but the point it that someone got them back on track. Someone, in this case Karl Becker, used a bit of kindness to remind them how to be civil. If we can all go through our day and each think of one positive thing, how much kinder our world can be!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Decision

Every four years, the American people choose a President. This year has not been a very friendly campaign. One month from today, the voting will be over, and no matter the decision, may we all rally behind the person our nation selects. May our new President show us the way back to kindness!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Kindness of Ellen

I think the first time I ever saw Ellen DeGeneres was on Johnny Carson's old Tonight Show, and I have loved her ever since. She's a fine actress, comedian, and television host, but there is much more. She makes a difference. Ellen is famous for ending her tv show with "Be kind to one another." It's not just a saying though - she means it, and you can see numerous ways she practices what she preaches, every single day.  How many checks has she given to needy people on her program?  Oh my!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Glad to be doing this!

Not sure if this is your first time reading these words, or if you have been around since I began last month, but I am really glad to be doing this.  I try to be a good and kind person.  It pretty much just happens for me, but thinking about this every morning will hopefully make me more kind.  That's got to be good, right?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

More random acts

Yesterday I mentioned some random acts of kindness. Here are some more: Make telephone calls in support of equality urging others to put aside hate. Say something nice to everyone you meet today. Send a treat to a school or day-care center. Volunteer at an organization that needs help. Go through your closets and find several nice items and then donate them to a shelter. Buy books for a day care or school. Volunteer to fix up an elderly couple’s home. Oh and there are so many more!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Random acts of kindness

Can you think of some random ways to show kindness to others? How about these: As you go about your day, pick up trash. Call or visit a homebound person. Make a point of finding the name of a supermarket or drugstore employee and then praise him/her through that company’s corporate office. When drivers try to merge into your lane, let them in with a wave and a smile. Tell your boss that you think he/she does a good job. Pay a compliment at least once a day. Donate blood. Transport someone who can’t drive. Others?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kind Komments

It's only been a week since I began writing these daily thoughts about kindness, which I hope will inspire you, and I hope you will share with others. I'd also like to invite your comments. Perhaps you have some words of inspiration that you would like others to appreciate. Just add it below!

Monday, October 3, 2016

From the mouth of a saint

Mother Teresa, who was recently made a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, spoke many encouraging words during her earthly life. She said "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."  Indeed.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Rich or Poor

If someone were to pay you five cents for every kind word you said about other people and collect a penny for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor? Think about it!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October First

Is October 1st a good time to be kind to others? How about tomorrow, October 2nd? Of course I could ask the question for every single day of the year, and the answer will always be the same. EVERY day is a good day to be kind to others - EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR!!