Monthly Archives: November 2012

11/14/12 – Practice Random Acts of Kindness

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“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again.” – Og Mandino, The Greatest Miracle in the World

I truly believe in this quote by Of Mandino. Have you ever had a mediocre day, minding your own business and out of nowhere, a stranger is kind to you. Whether it be a nice gesture, a smile, kind words or a lent hand, someone you don’t know has gone out of their way to be kind to you. How do you feel? AMAZING! (Well at least I know I do!) For a moment, when something like this happens to me, just for a moment, I feel at ease, my heart feels warmer and I smile. How awesome is that? And all it took was someone extending me kindness that took all but a few seconds out of their day.

I try to do this with strangers (and obviously friends and acquaintances) as much as possible. Last week I took a cab to the airport. Actually, it was election day and I was exhausted, anxious and a mix of many other emotions had taken over my brain. As we rode along the highway at 5 in the morning the driver struck up a conversation with me about where I was going which led to a conversation about my job. As we got closer to the airport he said, “I know this is a business trip, and they probably give you a credit card to use, but if at all possible you could pay with cash today I would greatly appreciate it. My rent is due and we don’t get paid for credit cards for a bit. If not I completely understand.” I said okay and we continued on in light conversation about his family and my work. I thought to myself, ‘the only cash I have on me is what this ride will cost. What if I need it later?’ And then I thought, ‘If I need more I can go to an ATM, this man seems so sincere and has been so kind to me, he needs it more than I do.’ I handed him the cash as we pulled  up to the terminal and a smile took over his entire face, “You have NO idea what this means to me. You just made my entire day! Thank you so much!” Then he got out of his cab, carried all of my luggage inside the terminal doors (which no one ever does) and gave me a huge smile and a wave, thanking me again, as I walked inside. Now, just THAT, that simple act of kindness, did forever change my life. It’s in moments like this that I realize how alike we all are and how we all just want to be appreciated, understood and respected.

Don’t wait for people to be kind to you, show them how!

Give it a shot!

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11/12/12 – Keep in Touch

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“Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.”

I’m sharing the Moodscope.com blog post again today because it reminded me of this quote and I LOVE it! I may have even used it on here before but I guess that just goes to show how important it is to me. I keep in touch with as many people as I can. Everyone plays a different role in my life and has touched me in some special way that has helped to create who I am. By keeping in touch with them it helps me to feel complete and my friends all over this world constantly remind me who I am and what my goals, dreams and passions are. And, just think how great it feels to hear from some one that you haven’t heard from in a while that holds a special place in your heart. They feel the same way…so reach out and make a friend smile 🙂 Let that piece of you they awaken come alive again, and do the same for them, even if just for a minute.

No reason to beat a dead horse, it’s simple, keep in touch. I’ll let Moodscope say what I’m thinking:

‘Keep in touch.’ How often have you said it, and how often do you carry it out?

Friendships and relationships can be of immense help and support (and even, at times, the source of stress, anger or hurt) but it’s easy to take them for granted.

To appreciate this, you need only think of people to whom you’ve felt great attachment and affection in the past, but with whom you now have little or no contact. Maybe you were friends because you were at school together? Perhaps you got to know one another by working in the same place? Or it could have been that you met when you were geographically close, but then one of you moved away?

Through no fault of either of you, changing circumstances can lead to weakened ties, and eventually to the complete loss of that relationship, particularly if you have no idea where someone is.

Perhaps you’re like me. I often think of friends from my past, who are now no more than memories. I wonder if they still think of me? I wonder if they wistfully recall the friendship that was? I wonder what they’re doing now.

Maintaining all of life’s friendships all of your life is, I’m sure, an impractical goal. Sometimes I think you have to let go and move on. But perhaps there are one or two relationships which really shouldn’t fall into this category. One or two people with whom you’d like to be in more contact than you are. I expect you know who they are.

A valued old friendship is a little like a beautiful vintage car. Both need careful maintenance. Both have the capacity to lift your spirits and give you joy. But both will fall apart if neglected.

Is there someone you really should reach out to? Please don’t put it off. In fact today’s a perfect one to let them know you think of them – more than they think.

11/2/12 – There is only one of you in all of time

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 “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” – Martha Graham

Read that quote over a few times. It says SO much! This is a GREAT reminder to myself for when I want to hold back being me sometimes. Maybe I can be inappropriate, maybe my humor is a little crass or dry, maybe I am a tomboy that doesn’t always dress to impress, but I am ME and there isn’t another ME! So I wouldn’t change that for the world. Don’t hold back, be you, and don’t EVER let anyone take that away from you. If we don’t allow ourselves to be ourselves, the world will never be introduced to certain energy. Who knows how that messes with the balance of this crazy world 🙂 Keep the channel open 🙂