Posts tagged ‘kindness’

5 Simple steps to JOY

 

Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart; a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Although you can’t always be happy, you can be joyful and Dr. Seuss states it well: Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

Rather than complaining, whining and criticizing we can choose to rise above and bring light and joy to a sometimes dark and unfortunate situation or set of circumstances. Apply these fundamental guidelines for a joyful life.

1. Be Kind to Yourself and Others 

No one is perfect.  We’ve all made errors, whether it be in something we said or did or didn’t do.  Remember that next time you find yourself frustrated at a co-worker, driver or even a family member.  A powerful video on the power in positive actions: 3-minute Thai Good Stories.

2. Gratitude and Appreciation

Appreciate what is, appreciate yourself, appreciate your life, appreciate your friends and family, appreciate all the good and not so good, appreciate all your challenges, and know that everything is exactly the way it should be. The more you will do just that, the more you express your gratitude and appreciation, the happier you will feel, and the quality of your life will improve tremendously.

The song, HAPPY by Pharrell Williams has a website which plays 24 hours of people dancing to the music.  My absolute favorite segment is the one featuring DOWN SYNDROME children and adults.  Learn to dance in the rain, for without rain we wouldn’t have rainbows or flowers.

3. Lighten Up & Let Go

Are you a worry-wart?  Worrying is negative goal setting and robs you of energy.  Nothing positive comes from worrying so if you find yourself obsessing over something in this negative way, stop listening to yourself and start talking to yourself…in a positive manner with affirmation to empower and be uplifting.

Forgiveness – holding on to anger, resentment, hatred and fear are toxic to your well-being.  Jason Gray’s lyrics in his song “Fear is Easy, Love is Hard” provides insight into the power of letting go and letting love rule.

4. Serve Others

You may think you don’t have the time or energy to reach out and help others, but the truth is, when you do, you will become full of joy and energy.  Practice doing RAK – Random Acts of Kindness (from holding a door open to given a compliment, smile or hug to someone).  Homeless Lottery Winner is a video which demonstrates the power of serving and caring for others.

5. Laugh often

Laughter provides an immediate vacation.  I saw a post on Facebook this week that cracked me up:  “When you see someone wearing camouflage make sure to walk into so they know it’s working.”   Life will give you plenty of things to chuckle at, if you choose to change your attitude and embrace it.  Dogs and children give us a steady supply.  Who made this mess?

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Give Hope and Encouragement

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We had about 10-12 inches of snow dumped on us in KS yesterday. Today, I had two young entrepreneurs knock on my door and asked if I’d like my driveway shoveled. Personally, I enjoy the workout, beauty of the fresh white snow and quiet time when I shovel (even though this was tempting as it was so much snow). I declined but offered them a cup of hot cocoa. They smiled and said YES.

I opened up the garage door for them to wait for me. When they told me they’d been out for two hours and their feet were numb, I invited them in my kitchen to rest and warm up while they drank the cocoa.

As we talked further, they told me they were ready to quit after my house. NOT ONE HOUSEHOLD had taken them up on their services! I was blown away…12″ of snow and people are stuck in their houses and yet all declined.

Since I had made some homemade white chili in the crockpot yesterday, I asked if they’d like a bowl. They were thrilled and said yes. They had not eaten breakfast. Eh gads. My heart sank the more we talked. They ventured out in the cold weather to help others and make a few dollars only to be turned away on empty stomachs and left with a disheartened spirit.

They said I was the only kind person they had met this morning. Others were polite but not kind. I couldn’t understand it myself so I wanted to encourage and help them.

After they finished, I gave them some oranges for later and a hug. I also told them which direction to go that I thought they might get some business. They left with HOPE and I’m glad God guided them to me. A small thing really, but I wanted to share this story because it is so easy not to realize the impact a simple gesture can make.

Everyone is fighting a battle of some sort. When you realize this, your heart becomes more inclined to want to see beyond your own struggles. Be the light in a dark situation…HOPE is a wonderful thing.

FOUR HOURS LATER…UPDATE – The two guys just stopped back by my house to thank me.  They said “We took your advice and headed where you told us and everyone we asked said yes.  As a matter of fact, people were flagging us down asking us to come and do their house next!  Thank you so much for your help, it made all the difference.”

Life is good!  Be of good cheer and encouragement.   JJ Weeks song,  “Let them see you” comes to mind.

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We need more stories like this in the news!

A wonderful story that needs to be shared —

People helping People! 

Love it, Coach Lucy

A Boston Marathon good Samaritan has been identified, thanks to a grateful runner’s Facebook plea.

Laura Wellington, 25, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was half a mile from the finish line when the bombs went off, promptly halting the race.

Police diverted her away from the finish line where her family and boyfriend, Bryan O’Neil, were planning to meet her. She panicked.

“Knowing that my family was at the finish line waiting for me, I started panicking, trying to call them. Diverted away from the finish line, I started walking down Mass Ave towards Symphony Hall still not knowing where my family was. Right before the intersection of Huntington, I was able to get in touch with Bryan and found out he was with my family and they were safe. I was just so happy to hear his voice that I sat down and started crying. Just couldn’t hold it back,” Wellington wrote.

As she wept, a marathon participant who had already completed the race passed by — and gave her his medal.

Wellington wrote about the kind man and his wife on Facebook.

“At that moment, a couple walking by stopped. The woman took the space tent off her husband, who had finished the marathon, and wrapped it around me. She asked me if I was okay, if I knew where my family was. I reassured her I knew where they were and I would be okay. The man then asked me if I finished to which I nodded ‘no.’ He then proceeded to take the medal off from around his neck and placed it around mine. He told me, ‘You are a finisher in my eyes.’ I was barely able to choke out a ‘thank you’ between my tears.”

She ended her post with gratefulness:

“Odds are I will never see this couple again, but I’m reaching out with the slim chance that I will be able to express to them just what this gesture meant to me. I was so in need of a familiar face at that point in time. This couple reassured me that even though such a terrible thing had happened, everything was going to be okay.”

Her post went viral.

Soon Wellington had a name: Brent Cunningham.

When the Sitka, Alaska, man learned Wellington was looking for him — his daughter, Kailee, recognized the story on Facebook and immediately identified her parents — he contacted her over Facebook.

“This is the craziest story,” Cunningham, regional director of Alaska Young Life, told the Toronto Star by telephone. “I never thought we’d connect again. Why would we? How would we?”

“I just wanted to let her know she was amazing. I said, ‘You’re a finisher in my eyes.’ That was that,” Cunningham added. “She was so emotional she couldn’t talk. And I’ve been emotional about it at least five times since then.”

Of his generous gift, Cunningham insists he has no regrets about giving away his medal.

“She needed it more than I needed it. I just wanted her to know that ‘you’re worth it.’ With everything that has happened, our world is looking for hope. My whole life is about loving God and loving others. That’s who I am.”

He told Channel 2 that in times of crisis, it’s important to seek out moments of shared humanity.

“It’s my way to care for someone,” Cunningham said. “I didn’t know the families who went through the great trauma they’ve been through, but I guess it’s just a great reminder to know where you’re at today: you can love someone in your own world.”

Serving up TLC at TIM’s PLACE

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Here’s 3-min of LOVE. We LOVE this! Tim Harris owns his own restaurant – where hugs are on the menu! The sign says, “Tim’s Place: Breakfast, lunch and hugs!”

Tim has Down Syndrome – and is, we are told, the only restaurant owner with Down Syndrome.

Greetings guests at the door with a hug – you can see the joy he gets from serving people food – and from giving a little bit of love!

As Tim says, “We serve breakfast lunch and hugs: hugs are the best part!”

The Albuquerque restaurant calls itself “the world’s friendliest restaurant!”

Owning a restaurant has been a lifetime dream: “When he was 14 years old, he said he wanted to own a restaurant.”

Tim sums up his philosophy of being a restauranteur – and life: “Food is food. I give them a hug and then they all feel better!”

You can check out Tim’s Place website: http://goo.gl/JG2vN

Here’s the YouTube link if you can’t watch it on your phone: http://youtu.be/1OT5iU0RcAM

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