Late though it may be, today is Week 20 of The 52 Project, and today, I have a photo of my beautiful, curly-haired g’daughter, D. “Happy” should be her middle name, as she is a ray of sunshine who lights up a room with her presence. After a long day, this photo was taken as she played with a friend’s dog. She adores animals, which comes as no surprise since she and her Mom and Dad have a dog, two cats, a frog, fish and three horses–quite a menagerie.
This post caught my attention because it caused me to pause and consider how often I make unkind comments and have unkind thoughts about other people. Perhaps, it is irrelevant to you guys and girls, and I applaud you for it. Now, if asked by people that I know, I am often described as kind because it is a quality that I strive to convey to those that I meet. Nevertheless, I can think of various instances where I unconsciously act contrary to the old adage “if you don’t have something good to say, don’t say anything at all.” This post encourages me to recognize those instances, and change my behavior.
As always, blessings to you, Lydia
How Speaking Only Kind Words Changed My Life
by Alison Cebulla
May 2012 I was at a party at a friend’s house and I set my purse down in the living room thinking it was a safe space. Later in the evening I discovered that someone at the party had gone through my purse and stolen $200 cash, my iPhone, and my digital camera. Rather than ask “why did this happen to me?” which is question to which there is no fulfilling answer, I thought “how can I use this experience to transform myself in some way so that I don’t feel terrible about it?”
I thought about the fact that my possessions were stolen at a party amongst trusted friends and what that symbolized for me. Was I always so good to my friends? I realized that more often than not I put down friends behind their backs with…
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I admit it. I am a sap for inspiring stories. This post shows that kindness comes in all shapes and sizes. Congratulations to both of them for reaching the finish line.
Illinois twin sisters Chloe and Claire Gruenke were competing at a regional track-and-field meet this weekend, where they both participated in the 800-meter race.
During the run about 400 meters, 13-year-old Chloe felt something “pull and pop” in her thigh, eventually crumpling to the ground.
Claire, who was behind, came up and hoisted her sister on her back and powered the remaining 400 meters to finish the race.
“The energy from the crowd made me stronger,” Claire told KTVI later.
(Photo via KTVI – Source: Daily Saint)
Always we hope
someone else has the answer.
some other place will be better,
some other time it will all turn out.
This is it.
no one else has the answer.
no other place will be better,
and it has already turned out.
At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.
There is no need
to run outside
for better seeing.
Nor to peer from a window.
Rather abide at the center of your being;
for the more you leave it, the less you learn.
Search your heart
the way to do
is to be.