Kindness comes in many forms, but all kind acts make love so much more joyful. Once, a couple I know who were aware I really wanted to attend an event, made sure I was indeed there. They sent me on a trip, paying for my flight and my hotel, and wouldn't take no for an answer. There kindness and that trip will always be happy memories for me and are just one more encouragement that we should all show kindness, whenever we can.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The great film producer, animator, voice actor, and movie pioneer Walt Disney only lived to be 65 years old, but he accomplished so much. Whenever I need any sort of encouragement, all I have to do is look at his brilliant life. Disney once said "If you can dream it, you can do it."
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Yesterday morning the phone rang, and I was delighted to hear the voice of a friend I haven't spoken to in a couple of years. (We have emailed and messaged, but this was our first time speaking to each other). It made my day! Something so simple and so kind - a phone call. Kindness doesn't have to be complex.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
How can we discriminate against an entire group of people? I don't get it. When I was little I remember the drinking fountains labeled "colored" and "white." (I actually used the colored one once in a store, thinking the water was colored, and boy did I get yelled at by the racist storekeeper). These days I see more discrimination based on religious affiliation or gender identity, and I still don't get it. We're supposed to be different. That is part of the beauty of life. We are supposed to discriminate though, because despite all of our many differences, we still are all equal!
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Monday, March 27, 2017
Funny how the weather varies from place to place. Where I grew up there might be snow on the ground this time of year, even though it is officially spring. In some places it's even hot. Yes, it's really spring, even if it doesn't seem like it where you are. Why not pick up a nice bouquet of flowers to put you in the spirit? Wait! How about picking up two bouquets and giving one to a friend?
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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
When Mom passed away on March 25th in 2013, I was a basket case. Seeing a loved one die is a difficult thing. Since then though, while I still miss her a lot, I have become stronger. Everything I am is because of her. She was one of the kindest people I ever have known and also one of the most loving. Mom also left me a note to read after she was gone. In it she said I had been the best son a mother could have, and she wished me a good life. "We'll be together again someday" was how she closed. Thanks Mom, for everything.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Think back. Do you remember a kind act that someone did for you? How did it make you feel? It doesn't have to be a huge event - it doesn't have to require any money or gifts. Kindness is a way of life for many of us, and certainly you have been the recipient at some time. Check your memory. Didn't it feel great? Wouldn't you want to share that feeling with others?
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
More kindness ideas: Buy extra at the grocery store and donate it to a food pantry, Buy flowers for someone (postal worker, grocery store clerk, bus driver, etc.). Bring coffee to a co-worker. Help someone change a flat tire. Post anonymous sticky notes with validating or uplifting messages around for people to find. Compliment a work colleague on their work. Send an encouraging text to someone. Let a car into the traffic ahead of you.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Have you ever had unkind things said about you? How did that make you feel? Now, take a moment to think about when kind things were instead said about you. I'll bet that felt a whole lot better, huh? If we all learned this simple lesson, we could make every day so much better.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
The wonderful science fiction writer Octavia Butler, wrote some nonfiction too. She once spoke so eloquently of timing saying "Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over."
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Sunday, March 19, 2017
One of my favorite quotes about kindness is from William Penn, even though it might sound a lot like something sung by Jim Seals and Dash Crofts. Penn said "I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
One Saint Patrick's Day (probably long ago) I was blessed with these words: "May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far. Have a long life and a merry one, a quick death and an easy one, a pretty girl and an honest one, and a cold pint and another one!"
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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Many powerful quotes came from priest and theologian Henri Nouwen. He told us "Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity." Some good advise!
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
I love hearing stories of kindness. Sometimes on the local news we hear of a neighborhood hero or maybe on Ellen's show or in a facebook post. The kind acts that people do always warm my heart and getting all the details is such an extra bonus. Sharing stories can be done here too - just add them in the comments below!
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Monday, March 13, 2017
I woke up on this Monday morning and the first thing I thought of was to make someone happy! (Yes that is indeed an old Jimmy Durante song. June Christy, Doris Day, Perry Como, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Sergio Franchi, Dinah Washington, and Judy Garland also recorded it, along with a number of others. That isn't the point I am making though). Making someone happy shouldn't be too difficult. Will you join me?
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Sunday, March 12, 2017
Did you expect the man you passed to smile and nod hello? Did you expect the little boy in the park to offer you one of the candies his mom had just given him? Did you expect your next door neighbor to sweep off your sidewalk this morning? The kindness of that guy over there might be unexpected, but it sure is nice.
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
Yesterday I attended a funeral. The church was packed - mourners were in the doorway and spilling outside. At a luncheon and civic memorial later in the day, the crowd was even bigger. My heart was warmed to see such an outpouring. Many present didn't even know the man who died, but they knew he was a good man and they knew the wonderful things he had done.
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Friday, March 10, 2017
Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was very inspiring by the things she did and the words she spoke. I am touched especially by these words of hers: "In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility."
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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Todd Rundgren has always been one of my favorite musicians. The moment I hear the first notes of Hello It's Me, I get a lump in my throat. I remember that Rundgren once said "Music is the way I understand how to communicate now, the way that I've learned how to communicate . . . but it will eventually have to go beyond that. You see, I've realized that music is not what keeps people involved - it's the attitude behind the music."
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Monday, March 6, 2017
Ask Michael Jordan why he succeeds. His response is truly inspiring! "I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
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Sunday, March 5, 2017
I've listed various acts of kindness here before. Here are a few more: Volunteer to read to kids in the library. Donate time at a senior center. Give a pair of tickets to a concert or baseball game to a stranger. Send a gift anonymously to a friend. Pay for the person behind you in the movie line. Tell your parents/children why you love them. Give blood. Pay for the meal of the person behind you in the drive-through. Bring flowers to work and share them with coworkers. Can you think of more?
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Amazing. For me it will always be amazing how wonderful it feels to make someone else feel good. I think that's what some folks call a two-fer. One act makes two people feel good (and probably many more, once they hear about it). One simple act of kindness. For me it will always be amazing.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Oh how I love new beginnings. It's always nice to have a fresh start. It's especially nice when there are more opportunities to do good and kind things for other people. Let's march forward into March, enjoying another beginning, and make this month the kindest one ever!
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