It may come as a big surprise, but it shouldn't. People are basically kind natured. Don't be amazed when you have the urge to make someone's day. Don't allow yourself to be surprised by the goodness that is inside you. Rejoice! Let it flow! Let kindness spread to everyone you come in contact with.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
June 28 will always be a special day to me. My dear friend was born 44 years ago on this date. He was one of the most thoughtful and kindest people I ever met. Even though he passed away two years ago, the love and the kindness live on in my memory. Kindness never dies.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Recreation, travel, and vacationing are all big at this time of year. School is out for most folks and families tend to do more things together. Hey, how about a family kindness project? Sound good? Even if we are all alone, now is a great time to relax, reduce the stress in our lives, and maybe reduce the stress that others have too. There is never a bad time to be kind to others, so let's all have fun, enjoy this time of year, relax, and be kind!
Monday, June 26, 2017
Flowers, birds, blue skies, all kinds of wonderful - it is a glorious summer for me! How kind of nature to give us such a gift. We must repay by treasuring her beauty and not littering or otherwise abusing all this great earth gives us. If he treat our world right, we can have glorious summers for many years to come!
Sunday, June 25, 2017
On this day when many lgbtq Pride Parades and Celebrations take place at various cities around the globe, we still have so much work to do to make this a kinder world. But I'm encouraged when I think of the words spoken by Lin-Manuel Miranda in June of last year when he was awarded a Tony Award: "This show is proof that history remembers. We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love, and love cannot be killed or swept aside. I sing Vanessa's symphony, Eliza tells her story, now fill the world with music, love, and pride."
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Songwriters Paul Field, Henk Pool, Robert Riekerk, and Ralph Van Mennen hit a home run when they wrote Testify to Love. On what is LGBTQ Pride Weekend in many places, I'm thinking of the incredible lyrics of that song: "For as long as I shall live I will testify to love. I'll be a witness in the silence Says the words are not enough. With every breath I take I will give thanks to God above. For as long as I shall live I will testify to love."
Friday, June 23, 2017
If a woman asks you about the hideous dress she is wearing, there is no great need for you to say it is ugly. If you are spouse or close friend, you might make a suggestion about how she might improve her appearance, but this is one of those times when it is okay to skirt the truth. Oh and if she didn't ask, what does it accomplish if you simply blurt out that the dress is ugly? The kind thing to do is sometimes to simply keep your mouth shut.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Am I a kinder person than I was yesterday? Do I show more warmth and affection toward others? Am I unselfish? Is there love and consideration in my behavior? How thoughtful am I? None of us is perfect of course, but I try each day to be kind toward everyone - not always the easiest of tasks!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
It's 99° where I live, and it's only 7am. I keep hearing about other really hot cities. In Phoenix I'm told it was 122° yesterday! I told someone that is like stepping on to the surface of the sun! On hot days like these, kindness is more and more important. People are not comfortable, so help them with a pleasant attitude. Stay hydrated. You might want to carry an extra bottle or two of water to share with others. Don't forget the animals too. They won't be liking this heat either!
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Want to become a more kind person? Perhaps you can begin with some of these ideas. Stop by a nursing home, and visit a resident with no family nearby. Go through your closets and find several nice items and then donate them to a shelter. Volunteer to be a tutor in a school. Tell your children (or your parents) why you love them. Spend some time serving food at a meal program for the needy. Take an acquaintance to dinner. Sponsor people in fundraising walk-a-thons. Pay a compliment at least once a day. The possibilities are endless.
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Saturday, June 17, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
"No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teacher's Dirty Looks!" Remember that? Was your teacher really giving you a dirty look? I'll bet you're sorry you even thought that. Hey with summer upon us and no school for many (yes, I know there is summer school and year-round school), I'd like to think about all those teachers who make a difference. Be kind to those who instruct. It's not an easy job! I'm grateful for all my teachers from years ago and especially Lou Ella Gridley and Letha Sines.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Sometimes out of the blue, someone will do something that just warms your heart. It's easy to talk about kindness and those various things we do for each other, but you know what else is kind? Simple concern. The other day I got a phone call from someone who just wanted to be sure I was okay. She said that she hadn't seen or heard from me in awhile, and was concerned. What a kind an loving thing to do!
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
On June 12, 2016, a man pulled out a gun and killed 49 people and wounded 58 others in a hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It was the deadliest act of violence against LGBT people in US history. It was not the last. LGBT people face hate and violence every day. In some parts of the world, it is even worse. We must remember the massacre in Orlando, but we must also insure that these incidents don't keep repeating. We need to turn to kindness and love and we need to end the hate.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
The late San Francisco Supervisor said "It takes no compromise to give people their rights. . .it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression." During today's Equality March for Unity and Pride, I'll be thinking about Harvey's words. Someday I hope true equality is a reality.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
After some tough days, I was trying to think of something encouraging and most of my words seemed a bit short. Then I was reminded of some marvelous words from L.R. Knost, She gets right to it saying "Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things ... can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally."
Thursday, June 8, 2017
When it's really hot outside, it can me easier to get frustrated and even lose your temper, but a kind smile can help. On those sizzling days of summer, it's more important than ever to be kind to each other. Pop a few bottles of water in the freezer, and take them with you are you go about your day. Most folks will be delighted it you give them one of these bottles, with the water still nice and cold!
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Someone thanked me for spreading kindness. Do I do that? I just try to encourage the behavior that I would like to encounter, and yes, I love it when folks are kind to me. If we all like it, we can all do it too, and the spreading is very easy. Being kind just comes naturally!
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
How much will they charge you to be kind? Absolutely nothing! It's free. Hold that door wide open for the person approaching behind you. Pay your coworker a compliment. Share that smile with folks on the street. There are so many ways to be kind to others, and it doesn't have to cost you a thing!
Monday, June 5, 2017
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." Do these words of inspiration sound at all familiar? I wrote all of the above once before in this space, exactly one year ago!
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Just a couple of weeks ago, concert-goers were killed and others wounded, and last night another night of terror in England with more deaths and many injuries. When will this end? I'm not saying we can wave a magic wand or that we should all sing Kumbaya and Imagine and all will be well, but surely we can return love and kindness to this world and get rid of all the hate. I really believe that. Let's work on it.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
So many kind readers out there in cyberspace (a counter tells me when someone clicks on this blog. It doesn't say who and it certainly doesn't know if you actually read these words, but I would guess that most who come here, actually read what I have written), but everyone is silent. Oh my! Please feel free to add your thoughts about kindness below!
Friday, June 2, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
During his inaugural address January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama said "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well." I should also point out that during all eight years in office, President Obama issued proclamations naming June as LGBT Pride Month.
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