Friday, October 15, 2010

Be Kind and You Will Be Rewarded.

I try to do kind things every day. Sometimes it may be a kind smile to a friend, sometimes it may be something bigger. It always makes me feel better about myself and about the world in general.

Yesterday I needed help to do something and my needs were met. I was driving home from shopping and I needed some more petrol in my tank. The shopping had made me tired, and I wasn't sure if I would have enough strength in my right hand to activate the nozzle.

I got out of the car, hooked the nozzle up to my car's petrol tank, and got a trickle of fuel before my strength gave way. Just as I thought. I knew I would be able to full my tank a trickle a go, but it would completely take my strength away, and I was still a fair way from where I was going next.

I looked around for help and a van pulled up next to my car. I walked over to the person getting out of the van and smiled. I then explained what my problem was and asked it they would be able to help me.

The fellow said he was glad to help and came over and filled the tank for me much more quickly than I would have been able to. We chatted as the tank filled and he told me about a time when he did something nice for someone. That weekend he had a win of $1000 in X-Lotto!

This was amazing proof of the idea that Kindness is Rewarded. Sometimes the reward may only be the good feeling you get about yourself, but sometimes the reward can be much more!

I'm not saying necessarily that the kindness that man showed to another actually made the X-Lotto win occur, but it certainly made that man value the rewards of being kind even more. I thanked this man most profusely and wished him all the luck he deserved!

So this is a message to that man, whose name is Roger. Thank you so much Roger for being kind to someone in need!

It is also a message to everyone - Be Kind and You Will Be Rewarded!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Something to be Proud of

Today was a great day. In the morning I went to the Gawler Show. I had two free tickets to get in and I decided to find someone to give one of the tickets to.

The first people I found who didn't have tickets already looked like a lovely older couple. I smiled and approached them asking them if they were nice people. They said they were so I offered them the ticket.

They were very grateful and thanked me a lot. I said it was OK, and I hoped they would do something nice for someone else. They said they would and we all went in to the show.

I had a lovely day, feeling good about myself and people in general. Just think what a wonderful world it could be if we all did this kind of thing whenever we got the chance to!

I hope you would/will do this sort of thing. Even a heartfelt smile can do wonders, both for you and for the person you are smiling at.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Affirmations for Your Everyday Life

If your life is bringing you down, read these affirmations every single day, and tell yourself they are true and they are important. If you think of more affirming truths about yourself, add them to the list.

Our inner critic is ruthless in pointing out our bad points, our conscious mind needs to be every bit as ruthless in pointing out our good points. You are an important person!

· Positive thinking leads to a positive life.
· I am responsible for my own happiness.
· I will look at the positive things in my life.
· I am a worthwhile person.
· There are people in my life who love me.
· I deserve to be proud of what I have achieved in my life.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Many Who Have Little, Still Give More

When I have some spare time, I go to my email inbox and read through the emails I place in a folder. Today I read an email that brought me to a wonderful person who truly knows how to be kind.

This person is not rich, in fact he rates as a very poor person in terms of financial wealth. But this person is rich in spirit and gives to others who are far more financially able than he is himself.

Read the story here and think on it. Perhaps you may be able to find a little to give to those who have less.

If a beggar can find a way to help others, well off people should be able to do the same. I will find ways to give more to others, whether financially or in other ways. I hope others can find ways to do the same.

The Daily Good website has many stories such as this one. I recommend others sign up to receive heartening stories such as this one. I will show you that there is much good in the world.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kindness is Contagious!

If you're kind to other people, they will be kind to someone else and it will go on and on from there!

Help to spread kindness throughout the world. Be kind to someone every day!

It can be as little as a friendly smile, but the benefits can be huge.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Kindness Comes in Many Ways

I have received kindness from family and friends on many occasions over my life. Rarely, if ever though, have I received corporate kindness.

I got an email recently though which showed that corporations could be kind, and help others to be kind. The email was from Daily Good, an organisation which is responsible for send messages of good and hope to subscribers.

The organisation in the story has begun running their cafe on a 'pay what you want to pay' basis, and they are relying on donations from the diners to keep running. I hope this system proves to be a good, working thing, and so spread further.

Read the article and tell me and the other readers what you think about it all.

Personally, I feel I would be inclined to pay at least the going rate, and more if I could afford to. Most of us have plenty for ourselves, and can afford to give to others who are less financially well off.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Making Connections, Being Kind

I realised this morning that I have been neglecting my blogs. It’s always the same - I start out keen and promise to post regularly, then life and/or laziness get in the way. And of course I have to confess I may have a slight addiction problem.

There, I’ve admitted to the problem my husband and son have told me I have for years. I spend/waste far too much time online. I am addicted to Facebook!

But I realise as well that being on Facebook is a cost effective and easy way to connect with my friends. Some of these friends I see regularly in real life, some occasionally. Some of my Facebook friends are people I will probably never meet for real.

But talking to these people, or commenting on their pages, is a way to connect. When you are trying to deal with a new illness, as I am, those connections are very important.

Connections, friendships are what give us hope, new ideas, answers, and new questions. Connections online can give you a new community to join. Having a community of people who you care about and who care about you can be an important thing in life.

I am grateful to all of the people who are my friends. They have given me love and support while I was confused, not knowing what was wrong with me. They kept me going while I was waiting for my diagnosis. They cheered with me once I finally had a title for my mystery illness. Many of my friends realised the importance of having a tag, a name for my disease.

Now that I know I have Multiple sclerosis, I know more about what I can expect with my health. I also have a treatment to help with the symptoms, and to slow down the illness’s progression.

So this blog post is to say thank you to all of my wonderful friends who have helped me in many different ways. Thank you all for your kindness!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Save the World with Kindness!

I want to do something positive in my life and I need all the help I can get! It won't cost you anything, and it will help to make you happier.

Interested? Then read on...

The world is a sad and angry place for so many people. We have people starving to death, and other people dying from obesity related diseases. We have conflicts in the of God and we have people spreading hatred against against people who don't believe in their God.

Angry people doing damage with road rage, Christian against non-Christian, Muslim against non-Muslim. It's time to stop!

You might say there's nothing you can do, but you're wrong! It's like the acorn story - a tiny acorn seed can grow into a mighty tree. All it needs is water and sun.

You can do your tiny acts of kindness and inspire others to do the same, and slowly, bit by bit, the world might begin to become more kind. Tell your children, your local politician, tell everybody!

All it takes is a kindly smile, a word of encouragement, a small donation. If we all work at being kind to people instead of being angry indifferent or dismissive, the kindness can grow and follow on from our kind actions.

That is my challenge to everybody, Let's make Kindness go Viral and Take Over the Whole World!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Being Kind Leads to More Kindness

I am learning, over and over again, that being kind to others leads to them being kind to other people. Whether they are kind to you, returning your kindness, or being kind to others, kindness begets kindness.

If someone you know is having a bad day, but you don't know how to help them, a simple act of kindness, a smile or a sympathetic hand on the shoulder can be a help. Some people don't like to be a burden to others, and won't ask for help.If you know someone like that who is struggling through their life, connect to them, listen to their story.

Sometimes just being able to articulate your woes can be a relief. A burden shared is a lighter load. You may be able to offer options to help with their problems, a second person can sometimes see things the first person may not have thought of.

Even if you can't solved that person's problems, at least they know they are no longer struggling all on their own. Be the one who helps someone turn the corner.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Why I Love Hugs

On the weekend I went to the monthly poetry reading at the Prince Albert Hotel in Gawler. I went for a number of reasons: because I'm on the organising committee, because I love reading and hearing poetry, because I was announcing the winners of my poetry group's poetry competition.

But the main reason I went was because I knew my friends would be there, and I knew I would get lots of hugs. Receiving and giving hugs would have to be the most emotionally warming thing to do. A hug invites someone into your personal space and lets you into somebody else's personal space.

A hug means you care and trust the other person and a hug means all of that and more without any words being spoken. Hugs are one of my most favourite things in the world (better than chocolate!)

If have a friend who is needing love and care from you and you don't know what to say to help them, give them a hug. A hug says so much without any words needed.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Kindness is a Gift that Gives Back to You

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.--The Dalai Lama

You can always rely on the Dalai Lama for a good quote. And by 'good' I mean an intelligent. thoughtful and thought-provoking quote.

Being compassionate toward others will help you to be happy, whether the or not ones you are being compassionate to realise what you have done for them. Compassion is part of 'The Golden Rule' - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you from Christianity. Other world religions have the same kind of thought.

Compassion just feels good! If you help another person, you will get a warm feeling within which is increased when the person receiving your kindness says thank you.

If you ever feel down in the dumps, try giving kindness to others, you may receive back a hundredfold, and be uplifted!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Creating New Words


this is slightly off topic, but I think my new word which I thought of the other day, is one that is very relevant to this blogsite.

My new word is Everlicious - an adjective referring to things that are always yummy, like chocolate, or things that are cute - puppies and kittens, or things from nature that are beautiful like rainbows and flowers.

If you set your mind to it, you should be able to find everlicious things in your life, every day. Finding everlicious things and thinking about them can help you to turn around a rotten day, as you think of the good things you have in your life.

You may like a particular painting, and find it everlicious, or you might think a certain meal is everlicious. If you try, you should be able to find at least two things every day that are everlicious to you. Sunsets, sunrises, rain after a drought, a swim on a hot day, these things can all be everlicious.

Having a mindset focussed on everliciousness will help you to find the good in others, or help you to find ways to help other people. Helping other people, or being kind to them, can be the most everlicious thing you can do!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Kindness in My Inbox

Every week day, my email inbox delivers me another good news story. Sometimes it's a too sweet story that I reject, but most times it's a story that shows me yet again, that humans can be kind and good.

If you are ever feeling cynical and stale, I suggest you visit this website, and others like it to see that we are, overall, a good species, even when some people do bad things. I truly believe this, and I wish I could do more to help those who can't see the benefits they will receive if they started being good and kind to others.

Patting a puppy or kitten will make almost every person smile. Smiling at someone will make them smile, most of the time. Most people will respond positively to something given for free. Your time and your kindness are valuable things you can give for free, and they are gifts that can give you things back - happiness, feelings of self-worth, the knowledge that you have helped someone.

I believe that the best things in life are free, and I hope to go on giving away my time, kindness and smiles throughout my life. It makes everyone involved happy, including me. You can do the same.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What's This All About?

I have suffered a turn around in my life recently, when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I had no idea that what I was suffering from, would be with me in some form for the rest of my life. But it will be, unless the experts can come up with a cure.

Some people might break down and curl up into a ball of misery when given such news, but not me. My diagnosis and the kindness that has been shown to me since I found out about it has made me happy. So many people have been so kind to me, in many ways that my faith in the goodness of my fellow human beings has been restored, over and over.

People have been kind to me, offering to drive me places, lending me a lovely walking stick, giving me advice on practical things. People has said I am brave, strong, amazing and a variety of other things. I don't feel like that, I just feel that I'm carrying on in the best way possible.

My hope is that, with this blog, I can connect with other people and help them to see the goodness in others. I do some volunteer work, and I hope that I can continue to do many things to help others.

On another of my blogs I offered to help other poets with their poems, giving feedback. I have done this on a volunteer basis, and I'm glad to do it.

I hope to continue giving back to people in many different ways, giving kind words, free smiles, and other things that can bring kindness to the lives of others.