Priest and theologian Henri Nouwen, put forth some great questions when he asked "Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love?" Father Nouwen said "These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come."
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Where I live there is so much natural beauty all around me. Personally I think there is beauty wherever you may be - sometimes you just have to look in a different manner. During this especially gorgeous days of summer, it's especially easy to show kindness. The beauty of the earth just makes you want to give back more!
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Walking through a department store in a nearby city (the small town where I live has no department stores), I was having a great time browsing. As I was leaving, I spoke to a clerk near the doors and said I had enjoyed my trip through the store, even though I hadn't bought anything, but now just had to get some coffee. She smiled, waved, and said "Get some for me too." I did. Why not? It only cost a few bucks more and you should have seen the look on her face. Her request hadn't been serious - neither of us had even seen the other before. Her genuine surprise and her joy at receiving that simple cup of coffee, made my day!
Friday, July 28, 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
I will never understand discrimination in any form. When I was little I remember the separate drinking fountains labeled "whites" and "colored." I remember when guys with long hair were thought to be bad. Oh yeah and there was the looks people gave when they encountered two people of different races together. Banning gays in the military went on way too long and now apparently we are reintroducing a transgender ban. Why? I don't get it. This is one of the most unkind things I can think of. How can you ban an entire group of people?
Wednesday, July 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!
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
I was thinking this morning of a Boy Scout Camp nearly a century old, on Crumhorn Mountain in Upstate New York. As a scout, I spent a lot of time there. I learned about nature and about kindness and about how to get along with others. The scouts back then did a lot of good things, but they excluded a lot of kids too. I think they have improved. I think they have finally learned more about kindness.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Take an acquaintance to dinner. Sponsor people in fundraising walk-a-thons. Buy cold drinks for the people next to you at a ball game. Spend some time serving food at a meal program for the needy. Remember the bereaved with phone calls, cards, plants, and food. Leave a treat or handmade note of thanks for a delivery person or mail carrier. Share some ideas here. There's never an end to kindness.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
Another celebrity took their own life yesterday. We hear about the famous people, but not the stranger across town who commits suicide. It happens every day and it is sad no matter who it is. The answers are complicated, but one thing I have seen in the past 24 hours is people saying "I am here if you need me. Please reach out." The presence of people who care - people who will listen, can make a huge difference. As I said, the answers can be complicated but a good place to start is the kind and caring folks who reach out. I'm so grateful there are people like this in the world!
Thursday, July 20, 2017
I often wish I'd spend more time with Grandpa. Nana and I did things together, and she lived much longer and was quite active. Senior citizens are often alone, but have so much to share. Nana got out and kept busy, but that's not true of many as they get older. A day in a retirement community can be very rewarding, and can brighten the day for them. I like chatting with elders and asking them to share memories - how has the world changed during your life? can you remember your first date? Sharing memories helps both us and them stay connected.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Did you ever sit down and start to write something, but then your mind goes blank? What was I thinking? Have I run out of things to say? Is there not even one more thing to be said about kindness? Oh my! You know the answer of course. There is always more to say because there is always more to do, until kindness becomes a way of life for us all!
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
So many people dislike Mondays because it is often the return to work after two days off (or for some, the return to school classes), but why should that be a bad thing? If we work at something we enjoy, every single day can be positive. Be kind to the calendar and be kind to yourself, and of course be kind to others. Monday can be just as wonderful as any day!
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Today is the 30th AIDS Walk San Francisco, a 10k fundraising walk to fight the epidemic. While HIV/AIDS is still touching millions of people, the kindness of so many cannot be ignored, and I am thinking of all who have sponsored me over the years in this walk and of all the other walkers and all the people making a difference. So many giving people, and I am thankful.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
She posted pictures on facebook. They looked so good. I jokingly commented that she should have made some for me. She did. About half an hour after I posted my comment, there was a knock at my door, and here was this lady with a plate of cookies for me. So very nice, and despite my comment, it was also quite a surprise. This is kindness!
Thursday, July 13, 2017
How many people do you encounter in the space of one day? If you show kindness toward each and every one of them, and they in turn show kindness towards each other, that's a lot of kindness! People who might never have been kind in the past, suddenly are showing kindness too, as the entire world grows more kind. Watch it grow! Be a part of it!
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Sometimes the minute you meet someone, you realize they are special and they are going to make a difference in your life. Years ago I met such a person, who was always a kind and gentle soul. Yesterday he passed away. I'll certainly miss his quiet loving nature, but I am grateful to have known him.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
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!
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Kindness is something we do all the time, but some special kind acts? Here's a few ideas: Send dessert to another table when eating out. Donate your old eyeglasses so someone else can use them. Help a parent with their baby stroller. Talk to the shy person who's sitting by themselves at a party. Help someone with heavy packages. Let the other person have the parking space, even if you arrived first. Other ideas?
Friday, July 7, 2017
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
It seems that whenever there is a holiday in the week, I get confused about what day it is. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Already this morning I read something referring to today as Monday when in fact it's Wednesday. Oh my! All the more reason we need kindness in our world. When I make that error, please don't yell or call me a fool. Gently correct my mistake and realize that I am probably not alone.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
My favorite day of the year is Independence Day. I actually can relate to the Declaration of Independence and the birth of our country - growing up in Upstate New York, I had a chance to visit a lot of the historic sites. I also happen to love patriotic music and fireworks. Nearly every year I go out to see some of the pyrotechnics (or watch it on tv) and spend much of every Fourth of July thinking of the wonderful potential our country has.
Monday, July 3, 2017
The sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln said some terribly inspiring things like "I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him." Lincoln also said "I dream of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth."
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Saturday, July 1, 2017
I love it every time a new month begins! July first doesn't mean that summer is half over - it means another new beginning is here, and it means we have another thirty-one days during which we can share love and kindness with all the other humans on this planet. Wow! Such a beautiful thing: more time!