What IS Kindness?
I found this definition for the word kindness: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Synonyms: kindliness, kind-heartedness, warm-heartedness, tender-heartedness, goodwill, affectionateness, affection, warmth, gentleness, tenderness, concern, care. Kindness is…Amazing!
Opportunities to be kind can be found anywhere and anytime. Even when we are alone, we can be kind to ourselves. And when we find ourselves in emotional places where we’d rather not be, we can feel better by performing random acts of kindness that will lift our spirits. Continue reading
Breakthroughs and Detours
I know that the theme for Week 16 was kindness, preceded by gratitude, and I fully intend to post about that, as my thinking of kindness has provided a breakthrough for me (more about that breakthrough soon). But now I need to digress. It’s confession time. I’ve been struggling with my blog posts, can you tell?
My goal has been to make one post every week, with a deadline of Thursday at 9 pm. I’ve only to make that deadline once in 16 weeks. The actual publishing dates have been closer to one every 8-10 days, and the writing quality that I want in the articles has been lacking. The struggle has not been with content. No, it has been due to a lack of motivation, brought on by frustration. It didn’t start out that way.
Blogging vs. Writing
(but don’t forget about the words)
My purpose for writing these blog posts was not to become a “professional” writer, but since I am writing, I want the writing to be good. Does that make sense? Continue reading
Nature’s Greatest Miracle
How is it that I could possibly be nature’s greatest miracle? Og Mandino infers just that in one of the chapters of his now classic book “The Greatest Salesman in the World.” Chapter 11, “The Scroll Marked IV,” starts off by pointing out that no two people have ever been exactly the same:
“Since the beginning of time never has there been another with my mind, my heart, my eyes, my ears, my hands, my hair, my mouth. None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me. All men are my brothers yet I am different from each. I am a unique creature.”
If we are all unique creatures of nature, we can be considered rare. We can derive value from this rareness:
“I am rare, and there is value in all rarity; therefore, I am valuable. I am the end product of thousands of years of evolution; therefore, I am better equipped in both mind and body than all the emperors and wise men who preceded me.” Continue reading