Thursday, August 5
Today I'm going to try to do thoughtful things over and above what I might normally do.
The world seems to be getting a little meaner all the time, or maybe I'm just getting more sensitive in my middle-age! Haha!
Regardless, being nice is contagious. I'll often give a big, dorky smile to someone who looks like they're about to bite someone's head off, and seriously, 90% of the time their face breaks into a beautiful smile! I never stop being amazed at how different that one little act makes people look!
So here's some words from people much wiser than me...enjoy them and maybe smile, or commit some random act of kindness for a grumpy person today!
Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
James M. Barrie:
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.
William John Bennet:
A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.
Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on; 'twas not given for thee alone, pass it on; Let it travel down the years, let it wipe another's tears, till in heaven the deed appears, pass it on.
Miguel de Cervantes:
Great persons are able to do great kindnesses.
Barbara De Angelis:
Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy.
Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch:
If someone is too tired to give you a smile, leave one of your own, because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give.
Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love. You can find it in a simple act of kindness toward someone who needs help. There is no mistaking love. You feel it in your heart. It is the common fiber of life, the flame that heals our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives. It is our connection to God and to each other.
When you carry out acts of kindness you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, yes, this is how I ought to feel.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
Give what you have. To some one, it may be better than you dare to think.
Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profundity.
Kindness in giving creates love.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
Posted by Team Chastain at 7:07 AM