Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The kindest thing you do this week

What do you think will be the kindest thing you do this week? Oh there are certainly a lot of loving and nice things we can all do for each other, and everyone can add suggestions, but I like the idea of always trying to outdo myself? Let's be kind to everyone! Let's put some smiles of those faces!  Let's all try to be more kind than we ever have been before.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Let me count the ways

How many random acts of kindness can their possible be? Let me count the ways. When a new business opens in town, drop of a plant or fresh flowers to welcome them. You can do the same thing when a new family moves into your neighborhood. Donate blood. Volunteer to be a tutor in a school or perhaps at the local library. Let the shopper behind you in the grocery store go ahead of you in line. Say nice things randomly to folks on facebook or twitter. Smile. Cheerfully greet those you come in contact with. Oh my! There are so many ways.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

ALL

Sometimes I wonder how many people have actually read the Declaration of Independence. In the second paragraph, you'll find these words: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Now please note there is no asterisk. It doesn't say except for people of color or people with blue eyes or people who are gay or Jewish people or transgender or any other exception. It says ALL!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

cock-a-doodle-do

If you are paying attention to the Lunar Calendar, here comes the Year of the Rooster! Cock-a-doodle-do! May kindness prevail in the year ahead and may we all be wealthy in terms of our happiness and the joy and happiness that we share with others.

Friday, January 27, 2017

friendship that has caught fire

Remember the advice columnist Ann Landers? She always had such wise words! One very inspiring thing from her: "Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses."  I really like that picture she gave us.  "Friendship that has caught fire" - what a wonderful image!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Remember me

Some things we can achieve in life, and other things are out of our hands. We can try to be the richest or the best looking or the tallest or the fastest, but what do any of those things really mean? Years after someone meets me, I'd prefer for them to remember that I was nice to them. They don't have to recall my sense of humor or my incredible physique. I'd much rather have them remember that I was kind to them, and to others.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

above all put on love

Saint Paul had a thing or two to say about kindness and compassion. This from the third chapter of his letter to the Colossians: "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Do Re Mi

Do Re Mi is the name of the musical that gave us that song Make Someone Happy. I love that song. I love the idea of making someone happy even more. Let's start at the very beginning (that sounds like another Make Do Re Mi) - making someone happy makes me happy. Wow! It's a never-ending circle. That' the way is really should be!

Monday, January 23, 2017

teaching our kids

Some kind advice: Let's not teach our children to be rich. Instead, let's educate them to be happy, so when they grow up they will know the value of things, not the price.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Women's marches around the world

With kind remarks from strangers and with smiles and words of encouragement, millions and millions of people gathered for women's marches in Washington, DC and all around the world. The was a march in little Pacifica, CA and London, Paris, Las Vegas, Park City, Miami, San Francisco and scores of other cities. I'm told there was at least one march in all fifty states as well as the numerous foreign ones, and that all of them were upbeat. Change comes about when people work together for the good, and it sounds to me like yesterday was a marvelous example!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

We're still the boss

There's a lot of worry surrounding yesterday's activities in Washington, DC but it is important to remember that we are the same people with the same potential. We didn't just crown a king. We're not bowing down to a dictator. What actually happened yesterday is our new employee started his temporary job. We are still the boss. We can still make change. We can!

Friday, January 20, 2017

to bind up the nation's wounds

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." -President Abraham Lincoln, March 1865

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thank you Mister President

Thinking of Barack Obama as he begins his last full day as President of the United States, perhaps the greatest President of all time. What a kind and caring man he is and with his wife, Michelle, and daughters, Malia and Sasha he has been such a comforting presence at the White House these past eight years. I know he will be missed.  Thank you Mister President.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wise words from our President

"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."   -President Barack Obama

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Take responsibility and breathe kindness

"If everyone took personal responsibility for their animals, we wouldn't have a lot of the animal problems that we do. I'm a big spay-and-neuter supporter. Don't have babies if you're not going to take care of those babies. We don't need more. We just need to take care of the ones we have. Take responsibility and breathe kindness."  -Wonderful words of wisdom from actress Betty White who turned 95 today.

Monday, January 16, 2017

I still have a dream

"I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal'." -Martin Luther King Jr. (from his I Have a Dream" speech delivered during the March on Washington on August 28, 1963)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

let's go to lunch

"Let's go to lunch," said my friend Danny. Of course I'd have to fight him for the check afterward. Oh and it wasn't just food. When I spent time with Danny, there was great conversation, about his calendar models and all number of things. Of course there was his great ever-present smile too. That alone would make my day! I remember the Ovaltine too. When I think of kind people I know, Danny always comes to mind immediately.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

simple

Be kind.   (It's really quite simple.  The message doesn't have to be complex.  We don't have to spend hours thinking about it.  Why would anyone not want to be a good kind person?  It just doesn't make sense.   And so, this very simple message).   Be kind.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Inspiration

We all find inspiration from somewhere - our parents, God, perhaps a teacher or close friend. I am inspired by so many people, and some of that inspiration is what got me talking so much about kindness. I have a wonderful friend Toan who inspires me in every single thing he does. He has such a zest for life and enjoying it to the fullest. There's a celebrity who greatly inspire me too. Her name is Ellen and the kind and generous things she does are simply amazing. I'm so lucky to be inspired by so many, and at the top of the list is my late mother. Wow! What a great lady!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

It's inside

Inside every one of us is the ability to love others, to bring joy, and to be kind. The great poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson reminded us of this when he said "What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Yes, we can

"But for now, whether you are young or whether you're young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President - the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago. I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change - but in yours. I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written: Yes, we can."  -President Barack Obama in his farewell address last night in Chicago

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

I believe in pink

The wonderful actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn, was quite inspirational in many things she spoke. For example, Miss Hepburn said "I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."

Monday, January 9, 2017

Rainy Days and Mondays

Forty six years ago, Karen Carpenter was singing "What I've got they used to call the blues. Nothin' is really wrong, Feelin' like I don't belong." Ever had a day like that yourself? That popular song Rainy Days and Mondays could easily describe today, except for one thing: Nothing needs to get us down. Nothing. It's raining where I live, and it is indeed Monday, but I refuse to be depressed about anything. There are bright corners everywhere. Just look for them.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

the very best I can

Our nation's sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, is said to be our most inspiring. I have read so many of his speeches and writings and one of the things he said that always sticks with me is "I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end."

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Anything is possible

"If your family doesn’t have much money, I want you to remember that in this country, plenty of folks, including me and my husband, we started out with very little," said First Lady Michelle Obama in her farewell speech yesterday. "Though with a lot of hard work and a good education, anything is possible, even becoming President. That’s what the American dream is all about." Mrs Obama also said that being First Lady "has been the greatest honor of my life." It was a very kind, encouraging, and emotional speech.

Friday, January 6, 2017

no room for any kind of prejudice

"There’s no space, there's no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on," Pharrell Williams said yesterday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Speaking about anti-gay remarks that another performer had made, Williams added "We all have to get used to everyone's differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world, and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way."

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Birthday 101

It is my great pleasure to know a lovely lady named Marjorie. She is a constant inspiration for a number of reasons, but today I think particularly of her longevity. Today is her 101st birthday, and I'm sure that part of the reason she has lived this long, with the ability to still do pretty much anything, is because she is so kind and nice. Everybody loves her, and I believe that love is an excellent tonic for good living.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

never too cold to help

Have you had your fill of winter yet? Tired of the snow or the cold or both? Do a kind deed for someone and that will warm you up! It's never to cold to help someone else! Shovel the snow from your neighbor's walk or just help by sweeping it. Pick up an extra coffee (or two or three) and share it with random people you come in contact with. Think of all the ways you can warm someone's heart, and you will end up warming your own.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Knowing what to say and when

A couple of weeks ago, a floral delivery driver I know, walked up to a house with a large beautiful flowering plant. Assuming it to be a holiday gift, he said to the woman opening the door, "Boy are you a lucky lady." The woman burst into tears. The driver later found out that the plant was a sympathy gift. The woman had just lost her husband. He was trying to be kind but cheerfully greeting her, but not knowing all the facts, he added to her sorrow. I've been thinking about this and realized that we sometimes need to know what to say, and when to say it.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Watched it die

Be honest. How many of you stayed up late on Saturday, just so you could watch 2016 die. It wasn't exactly the kindest of years. But, although its effects will linger on, we have a brand new year with us now, and on this second day, let's think for a moment of all the kind things we can do to make this a great year. Let's begin by being good to ourselves and those immediately around us, and then, let's head out and show the whole world the ways of love and peace.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Writing a new book

It is time to begin this 2017 book. For so many of us, 2016 was pretty tough. A lot of us are really discouraged about what may lie ahead, but today we have opened a brand new book. We can start fresh.  The book might be called opportunity or it might be called hope. We write these chapters. It's pages are blank right now. We are going to put words on them ourselves. Let's make this new book a best-seller!