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Hugs and blessings,

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Simply Kind Tuesday - Choosing Compassion

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion." the Dalai Lama

"During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy." Joann C. Jones

Claudia of Everyday Kindness has made some changes ... splitting the Everyday Kindness Challenge into two parts:

1. The original challenge to perform at least one act of kindness per day continues.
2. The new challenge is 'Simply Kind Tuesdays' ... the goal of which is to increase awareness of the kindness that surrounds us.
I invite you to participate in either or both challenges as time & energy permit. Clicking on the Simply Kind and/or Everyday Kindness logos at the top and bottom of this page will take you to others participating.

Thought for Today
"Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not." Samuel Johnson


Joyce said...

I very much agree with this anecdote. Thanks for posting it. :)

Sandee said...

A very good lesson to learn indeed.

Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

Pamela said...

An excellent story and reminder. Thank you for sharing it.

Your blog is lovely and I know I'll be back often. :)

Anonymous said...

I love that story! Thank you so very much for sharing it. I can't think of a better time to be reminded of the importance of every single person then now.


Unknown said...

especially like the topmost quote:

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion." the Dalai Lama

very much at peace on reading ur postings


Michelle said...

Beautiful story. I wish the medical community was like this today, but it's not. It's so cold and no one really knows your name. You just fall through the cracks. My mother is a nurse and feels the same way. Thanks so much for your get will wishes. Take care my friend.

Mama Zen said...

I love that story!

Anonymous said...

That's a good story & I wish more would read this & take it to heart! It's an important lesson!

Unknown said...

Great lesson to be learned. :)

SandyCarlson said...

ABSOLUTELY. Beautiful post.