My little “sister” Brittany of OrdinarilyExtraordinaryMom requested an “encore” of Kindness Week. I don’t think that will happen anytime soon, but maybe, this bit of kindness will satisfy for now. Chante Marie, one of my (now former) students and recent college graduate, was “inspired” by the kindness week posts too! She posted a time-lapse video of … Continue reading Encore? Let Kindness Bloom!
We wrap up our seven days of kindness posts with the postcard I crafted for Louise Gale’s Global heART Swap. And we end where we began. Kindness matters. However, Jewel’s song was not the inspiration for the postcard. Instead, I was inspired by the many, many expressions of kindess I’ve witnessed either directly or indirectly and the powerful impact(s) they … Continue reading Kindness Matters. Period.
Many years ago one of my good friends warned me that I was too kind and admitted that she was worried people would abuse my kindness and that would forever change me. Though I thought this would never happen, I recalled her statement more than a decade later when I looked in the mirror and did not recognize the person I … Continue reading Guard Well That Treasure, Kindness…
I thought I was at the end of my “kindness rope” earlier today. Then, a postcard arrived that helped me hold on a bit tighter. PeggyO sent the card below for a Literary Wisdom Postcard swap, a series I host for the “All Things Book-Related” group on swap-bot. Let’s take a moment to squeal because…well…purple crocus flowers! [Thanks, … Continue reading Choose Kindness.
When I wrote, “Dear Friend,” a couple of months ago, I did not expect the friend to whom it was addressed to run to me, grab my hands and begin singing along with me, “We Are the World.” However, I did expect her to take a moment and at least consider my words. I did … Continue reading Ally.
Today’s post features a letter to a friend in response to a Facebook post. Initially, I was going to ignore her post, but after much prayer and consideration, I felt obliged to respond. Why here instead of Facebook? Because the views I express in this post require a larger audience than one, and though I … Continue reading Dear Friend | Racism, Outrage, Resistance, and Faith
I’ve been sending and receiving poetry on postcards for almost a decade, so I was delighted when my Love Notes pal, Bianca, told me about Poetry on Postcards (PoP), a kindness initiative created by Rayna Hutchison. Team PoP sends beautifully designed postcards with a personalized note written on the back. My note was inspiring and … Continue reading Poetry on Postcards | Ink wells up…
Love Notes 30.2 offered another timely prompt, and my partner, Nicole delivered well. In response to the prompt, “Believe you can,” she wrote: Believe you can… …Create inner peace as a form of success. …Hand off the thing that has been weighing you down. It was never your weight to carry. …Be at peace knowing … Continue reading Believe You Can…
Do your little bit of good where you are; those little bits together overwhelm the world. –Desmond Tutu I was overjoyed to open Facebook and find the Kindness Calendar at the top of my newsfeed–posted by Debra D, one of my Love Notes pals. Kindness is the perfect way to end the year and I … Continue reading #DoGoodDecember: Do Your Little Bit
Around this time of the year, I usually begin a weeklong series of kindness posts, but this time around, I decided to focus on joy. Despite the trauma and drama of the past several months (see last Monday’s post), I’m okay. As I mentioned at the very beginning of the year: I’m learning to practice a steadying joy … Continue reading Joy Break 1 | Discipline and Practice