Friday, September 30, 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!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The great dragon was thrown down

"War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him."  -from the twelfth chapter of the Revelation to Saint John

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

still going

When I began writing about kindness a month ago on my birthday, 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.

Tuesday, September 27, 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.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The kindness of Arnold Palmer

They called him "The King," and folks are saying of golfer Arnold Palmer that he "lifted the game to another level." Loaded with charisma and a commoner’s touch, he was a genuine nice guy. I started hearing people praise him yesterday, just after hearing news of his death. One of the things everyone is saying is that he was a kind man. He was one of the first sports figures to endorse products and even ended up having a product named after him (a mix of lemonade and iced tea). He was so down to earth, he didn't really like being called "The King," and said once in an interview "I don’t bask in it. I don’t relish it. I tried for a long time to stop that and there was no point." Being remembered as nice and kind, is a great legacy indeed! 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

beyond the plateaus

Bruce Lee lived a very short life, but it was an inspiring life. He said so many profound things. One of my favorites is "If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."

Saturday, September 24, 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!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Lift up your thoughts

Days can be long when we spend our time moping about aimlessly, thinking only negative thoughts, but when we lift up our thoughts, and work toward a happy a productive day, the world suddenly gets brighter!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Humble and Kind

Last night while shopping, the store was playing Humble and Kind, a song written by Lori McKenna and sung by country music artist Tim McGraw. I've heard it before, but last night, I was really listening to the lyrics: "Don't take for granted the love this life gives you. When you get where you're goin' Don't forget turn back around And help the next one in line Always stay humble and kind." How wonderful if this could become the theme song for our lives!

Wednesday, September 21, 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.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

From the mind of Andy Rooney

I used to love hearing Andy Rooney's observations on life. This is one of my favorites: “For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”

Monday, September 19, 2016

Echoes of kind words

Thinking of the long show business career of Marlene Dietrich, you might not easily be able to quote her, but I find one tiny sentence of hers to me a great anthem for our lives. Dietrich said "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Say the secret word

How fortunate I am to have enjoyed so much of the work of Groucho Marx. From his films and tv appearances, must folks think of him as a very funny man, but he was also very wise. Said he: “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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! 

Friday, September 16, 2016

How you make people feel

Just about everything I ever heard from the incredible Maya Angelou, makes me feel good. It's so appropriate that she is the one who said "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Are they stars?

Look up into the sky, and think about this wonderful Eskimo Proverb: “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lend an ear

Do you ever just need someone around to hear you? Sometimes, especially in times of crisis, the thing you need the most is someone to talk to. They don't have to talk back. How wonderful it is to have a person who can simply sit in silence and listen to those who need a listening ear. In times of worry or sorrow or loneliness, this is particularly true. Listening to another person is a great act of kindness.

Tuesday, September 13, 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.

Monday, September 12, 2016

beautiful Monday morning

Is it a beautiful Monday 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.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

How do we live up to their example?

"How do we preserve the legacy of those we lost? How do we live up to their example?  And how do we keep their spirit alive in our own hearts?" On this fifteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, President Barack Obama asked those questions earlier this morning. It is one of many solemn observances all around the country, but the kindness and gentle encouragement from the President really touched me this morning. At the end of his address he said "we have the opportunity each and every day to live up to the sacrifice of those heroes that we lost." Indeed.

Saturday, September 10, 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."

Friday, September 9, 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!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

more or less

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

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

role models

Basketball superstar Jeremy Lin is someone I always find inspiring. Lin said "I think right now the way society's going, I think role models are important, and kids need direction. If I didn't have that direction growing up, who knows what I could be doing, because I've been lost many times in my life, and I've had to have someone guide me back on the right path."

Tuesday, September 6, 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!

Monday, September 5, 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!

Sunday, September 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!

Saturday, September 3, 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.

Friday, September 2, 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."

Thursday, September 1, 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!