"We become what we think about." ~ Earl Nightingale

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Hugs and blessings,

Saturday, January 12, 2008

A Penny for Your Comments and Everyday Kindness

If you read this blog
I hope that you're commenting.
If you're not, please do.

Sharing what you think
keeps me writing when I might
slack off for a day.

Finding what you write
in the morning when I check
e-mail makes me smile.

I will do my best
to respond to everyone
as soon as I can.

If you check the box
to receive the follow up
comments , you'll receive ...

Email every time
I sit down to answer you.
Hopefully, you'll smile.

If the rest of this post looks familiar, you must be reading Small Reflections ... and for that I am grateful. Because I've added the Everyday Kindness logo to this blog (and haven't yet figured out how to make the whole thing fit just yet*), I decided to share the following information here as well. If you've seen it already, feel free to jump right to comments and share your thoughts before moving on. *Falling asleep last night, it occured to me HOW to change the size and make it fit ... and now I have. I love learning new things!!!

While meandering through the Blogosphere visiting T-13ers on Thursday, I happened upon this Everyday Kindness logo near the end of a excellent illustrated list entitled 13 Rules for Living. After leaving a comment about the post, I clicked on the logo itself and discovered an invitation to join Claudia in making kindness a commitment during 2008. I was sipping coffee from a favorite mug at the time inscribed with the words, "Practice Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty" ... a campaign of a few years back that shifted my awareness at the time. The basic idea was to smile (and perhaps even say hello) to people you encountered, do an unexpected (and perhaps anonymous) thing for someone (whether or not you knew them) like put a quarter in the parking meter when you notice it's expired (especially if you see someone writing tickets approaching). What I remember most about adopting the practice myself at the time was how happy I felt after taking such action.

Since I subscribe to the belief that "coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous," I left a comment indicating my interest ... saved the image on my computer to add to my sidebar later ... and made a note to post about it when time permitted, all the while smiling to myself and thinking what an excellent idea this is to share. So ... I'm offering a bit of link-love and some encouragement to anyone who might want to adopt the practice and spread the word.

Sunday morning addendum:
In addition to figuring out how to make the Everyday Kindness logo smaller to fit in my sidebar, I remembered adding another "kindness" reminder to my sidebar when I first started my blogs. It's way down near the bottom and looks like this, and when you click on the purple button ... it takes you to a brief video clip worth watching. Maybe you have time today?

Thought or today

"We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give."

Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)


Annie Z said...

What a wonderful thing, everyday kindness. I immediately clicked on the link to check it out. I wish I could do it and hopefully I will be able to soon.

Eve said...

While reading your posts here and at Small Reflections I have been thinking of kindnesses that I have received. Kindness given or received can be life-changing.

storyteller said...

Annie – How nice to find you visiting today. Thanks for taking time to leave a comment. I know you’ve got lots going on in your life. I’ve fallen behind on my blog reading lately and am trying to figure out how to balance everything.

Eve – I found myself thinking along similar lines as I created these posts the past two days. I’ve got another ready to add here once I finish with email. It’s such a simple, yet powerful idea.

Something as simple as smiling more is something we all can choose to do … and it makes us feel better along with lifting the spirits of others.
Hugs and blessings,

Talking Bear said...

I have a good friend that uses this word all the time, and I love it. He always says, ... a kindness towards me, you , or whom ever. Thanks for the reminder to afford a kindness to others.

Maude Lynn said...

Thanks for the Everyday Kindness link!

Monique Kleinhans said...

Absolutely! Every small kindness (whether it is an extra coin placed in a stranger's parking meter, delivering a meal or hot beverage to a homeless person on the street, a smile at a stranger while waiting at a stoplight or deciding to do some volunteer work...) it all adds up. And if everyone is focused on what small task they can do for a loved one or a stranger each day the world will have no choice but have to change for the better. Love does not sit idle when it has been engaged by so many.

Blessings to you!

storyteller said...

Talking Bear – How nice to see you out of your den. Give your friend a hug from me. Verbal reminders (along with kind deeds) bless everyone. Thanks for ambling by.

Mama Zen – You’re quite welcome. It does seem to be an idea whose time has come.

Ladybug – Thank you and oh yes! Amen to that. Small acts of kindness have a ripple effect in the world and perhaps have no bounds!

I’m happy to find your comments this morning to begin my day!
Hugs and blessings,

Karen said...

Isn't it interesting how we all have to be reminded that little things count? Acts of creativity, acts of kindness, acts of environmental awareness...we think in big terms, big ideas. And too often, when the big seems overwhelming, we do nothing. Small acts. Baby steps. They will lead to greatness!

storyteller said...

Karen – You’re so right! Baby steps can lead to greatness. As long as we don’t quit, we can’t fail. The idea of doing what we can … with what we have … where we are always appeals to me because it’s proactive rather than reactive … and empowering too!
Hugs and blessings,