Commit to being KIND~~

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People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
Mother Teresa

What is the meaning of Kindness? Well, according to the Websters it means to be “generous, warm~hearted, charitable, considerate, tolerant, forbearing, and agreeable.”    Is this how people would describe you?

We all rub shoulders with many different types of people all day long~ do you respond with kindness as often as you can? Or perhaps you allow the challenges of your life impact how you speak to those around you.  Are you reactive, sharp, defensive, or blunt?    Speaking for myself; when I am responded to in such a matter I can easily have my spirit broken! Because of this I simply cannot allow myself the freedom to harm someone else in the same way.

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Spring, a new season, is right around the corner. Perhaps it could be a fresh new season of Kindness for you!  Listen to how you talk, filter your reactions, and decide before you start your day that you WILL choose kindness!

IF you choose this YOU will benefit most of all with a fresh sense of goodness, positive responses from others, and less conflict. When your head hits the pillow at night you may feel a real sense of satisfaction. You will be a positive influence on your family & workplace.  Aren’t those GREAT reasons?

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Happy Spring~ Happy NEW Season! 🙂

A Care~Filled Christmas.

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After sharing a wonderful evening with one of my marvelous daughter-in-laws we began talking about the holiday season and the many people we knew who were facing harsh challenges at this time.

The holidays don’t always represent joy and laughter for everyone. For some it can be a hardship financially, relationally, and emotionally. So how can we truly care for those facing a difficult Christmas season? How can we be be a blessing, make a difference, even if the can’t fix the challenge others are facing?

Well, if we are willing to take a “care-filled” approach to the month of December, if we chose to be mindful of those around us, there will be numerous opportunities to be an encouragement.

For instance;  a smile, a card, a coffee date, a meal, visit to an elderly person who is alone, cleaning a house for an overwhelmed mother, babysitting for a couple who “need” a date, choosing to purchase gifts for the many community “giving trees”, or showing appreciation for those who serve us all year; teachers, mail-workers, hairstylist. These soft touches mean a lot!

Perhaps you have the capacity to do something to actually impact the challenges others may be facing; pay an electric bill, buy groceries for an empty pantry, or give a single mom enough help to provide “Christmas” for her kids.

Take a little inventory and ask yourself if there could be something you could do to celebrate the holidays in a “Care-Filled” way……..If you do you could run the risk of having the most satisfying Christmas you have ever known. The fact is that even if you are one of those who are struggling, choosing to be a blessing where you can will bring you joy and lift the “blues” away!

Happy “Care-filled ” holidays to each and every one of you! 🙂