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!

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?

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!

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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Love what you do

The late Steve Jobs inspired me by his work and the way he lived, and also with this great advice he gave us: "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."

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

Be kind to everyone day

The second Sunday in October is Be Kind To Everyone Day.  Actually, you won't find that on any lists or calendars, but don't you think it should be?  Come to think of it, we could celebrate that every day of the year!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Such a kind thing to do

Over the past few months, I have written lists here several times, of various acts of kindness we can do for others.  Some are big, and some are small.  Some take money and some take time, but many are easy to do just as you days rolls along.  I hear word often about how wonderful such things make people feel, and not just the receiver, but the doer as well.  Can you add to the list of kind acts?  Please feel free to write in the comments section below.

Monday, October 3, 2016

strength from adversity

"All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." -Walt Disney

Sunday, October 2, 2016

too late

Ralph Waldo Emerson certainly had a way with words! His religious views were often considered radical during his lifetime. I can relate to so many things he said though, like this: "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."  Yes, I posted this quote before, but I really like 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!!