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CHOOSING NOT-SO-RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS........

Saturday, September 26, 2009

CHOOSING
NOT-SO-RANDOM



ACTS OF KINDNESS

"I expect to pass through life but once.
If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing
I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or
neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. " ~ William Penn




You Can Make Your Own Life Better by Doing One or Two of
These Simple Acts of Kindness Every Week:

1. Write a note of appreciation to your mail and newspaper carriers.
2. Compliment a stranger, with sincerity and a smile.
3. If you know someone in financial difficulty, anonymously mail them $5, $10 or $20.
4. Look for anything that can be put away, fixed or picked up.
...(put shopping carts away, pick up some trash, fix something that's fallen over ...etc.)
5. Give a lottery ticket to a stranger.
6. Volunteer your time at a charitable organization.
7. Write a note to management about an individual who has treated you nicely while doing their job.
...(a waiter or waitress, grocery clerk, sales person, mechanic ...etc)
8. Buy something for a stranger from their Amazon.com Wishlist.
9. Cut an article out of the newspaper that would interest a friend and mail it to them.
10. Leave 'Have a Nice Day' stickers for a receptionist or front desk.
11. Clean up gravestones at a local cemetery.
12. When you go out to dinner, order a dessert to go and give it to a neighbor.
13. Send a card to someone in the military overseas.
14. Start a conversation with a co-worker that you don't know.
15. Tutor a child in your neighborhood.
16. Put change in the slots of a row of vending machines.
17. Visit a nursing home and spend time with a person who doesn't get visitors.
18. Put an item you no longer need on Craig's List Free Spot for your community.
19. Leave something for someone at an area where it might be most used.
....(a book in reading area, an umbrella near door on rainy day, a few magazines at an airport ...etc.)
20. Pay for the toll charge of the car behind you.
21. Drop off a toy or game at a hospital or a homeless shelter.
22. Get some groceries for a financially-struggling family.
23. Mow someone's lawn, rake their leaves or shovel their snow.
24. Get a picture you have taken of a friend and send it to them with a note recalling when it was taken.
25. Offer to baby sit for free.
26. Offer to change the oil, filter or the like for a "non car" person....
27. Take flowers to a hospital ward and give them to someone who hasn't had visitors lately.
28. Volunteer to read to children at the library.
29. When you fill up a click card for free coffee, free gift, or whatever, give the card to a stranger.
30. Make a CD of your favorite songs and give it to a friend.
31. Donate whatever it is that you do as a gift for another person 1 hour, 1 product, 1 class or seminar ...etc.
32. Invite an individual who is alone over to your place for dinner.
33. Share a comic strip or something funny with someone else.
34. Leave a cheery or nice treat, like candy or a flower, on your co-workers' desks.
35. Write a note, send an e-greeting 'just to say hello' to a person who might need a pick-me-up.
36. Visit hospitals with lots of smiles and friendly conversation for all of the patients.
37. At the post office leave a few extra stamps next to the stamp machine.
38. Put a quarter in a parking meter that has expired for the car that's parked there.
39. Write a thank-you note to a person from your past who has made a difference in your life.
40. Drop off a plant, flowers or baked goods at a public service organization.
41. Send out animated greeting cards on the Internet at Thanksgiving or other holiday.
42. Buy coffee or tea or soda for the individual who's behind you in line.
43. Drop off a teddy bear to a police department to give to traumatized children.
44. Take some cake, chocolates, flowers etc. to a neighbor or a senior citizen nearby.
45. Copy a favorite recipe and give it to someone who loves to cook.
46. Buy a copy of your favorite book and donate it to your local library or hospital.
47. Write letters of appreciation to hospital employees and other groups who are helping the community.
48. Send a card with a photo of yourself to a friend or relative you haven't seen for some time.
49. Buy a phone card and give to a homeless shelter for them to give out.
50. Anonymously send someone you know an item you think they would enjoy.
....(a scratch card, theater ticket, gift voucher, a funny card, movie tickets, book ...etc.)
51. Put change in a charity change bottle.
52. Let the person who is behind you in line at the store go ahead of you.
53. Donate clothes and household items to Goodwill or other organizations.
54. Make a point of introducing yourself to someone you see often, but never say 'Hi" to.
55. Pay for the meal of a man or woman sitting by themselves when you are eating out.
56. Tape some change to a pay phone with a card saying that it's for whomever needs it.
57. Write anonymous, encouraging post-its for strangers to find.
58. Help a neighbor or family member weed or plant a garden.
59. Cook a family dish for a busy mom/dad so that she/he can take a break for a night.
60. When you go out, ask the people around you if you can pick up, drop off or do something for THEM at the same time.



Excerpted from: www.daretobeanangel.com



have been to the dr as it turns out my dr is away so was unable to get my bone scan results so will find that out after we get back...............my blood work show i am responding to the cytomel so the dose has now been reduced and will have repeat blood work next month and see what happens then..............my days of extreme fatique seem to be less and less..........and i am feeling a bit stronger too...... thanks so much for being there for me as i continue to plod along..................
blessings and hugs....................lita

  
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ILOVEROSES 9/27/2009 8:18PM

    Loved the blog. So glad that you're feeling better and less fatigued.
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SHERI1969 9/27/2009 2:29PM

    Don't know where you find these things, but this was wonderful.

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JUDYPOPPINS 9/27/2009 2:27AM

    Glad you are feeling less fatigued. And when I think of random acts of kindness...you come to mind. You spread sunshine and spark wherever you go.
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MACGIRRL 9/26/2009 10:44PM

    i love this. thank you. emoticon

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WLROSIE 9/26/2009 10:42PM

    I used to do this kind of stuff all the time. We'd do anonymous nice things and leave a card that said "You've been touched by an angel--pass it on." Fell out of practice (ran out of cards too). I should start again.

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/26/2009 9:50PM

    So glad to hear you are responding to the Cytomel. Loved the blog. Hugs, Sandy

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POLYANASUNSHINE 9/26/2009 7:22PM

    Quite a nice list of things to do. Thanks agin for all your good post. emoticon emoticon

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COLEMANSR 9/26/2009 4:24PM

    Now, Girl, You know I made a copy! (LOL) Great blog. emoticon

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DRADISCH 9/26/2009 3:59PM

    Lita, An amazing Blog as always. Thank you so much for writing this. It came at a time today as I was getting overloaded and stressed.
Beautiful.
Many Blessings and Prayers are sent your way.
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Donna

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WILLOW49 9/26/2009 2:01PM

    A great blog as always :) Hoping your health continues to improve. You remain in my thoughts & prayers. emoticon

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TEXASGIRL48 9/26/2009 10:44AM

    Wonderful blog Lita. Some of those acts of kindness are so easy to do and free so even if a person is on a strict budget they can still feel good doing something nice for others. You are a great inspiration.

Hope your health is improving everyday. emoticon

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LEEPFROG95 9/26/2009 9:13AM

    thank you Lita

love this blog hope you have a great day ....
prayer and thoughts for you health as well..
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DAISES2 9/26/2009 6:19AM

    emoticonblog brilliant idea.i will start looking out for your blogs. emoticon

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ALANOFLINY 9/26/2009 2:15AM

    As Always Lita, wonderful words of wisdon and how to live life. Hopefully we all will indulge in most (if not all) of these acts at some point in our lifetime.

Hugs!! Alan

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MA2DAPPLES 9/26/2009 1:52AM

    Wonderful ideas!

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HOKU-ALOHI 9/26/2009 1:15AM

  Thank you Lita - I totally love this blog! Then again, I love all your blogs.
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~~~Maya~~~

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BECAUSE YOU SMILED

Thursday, September 17, 2009

BECAUSE YOU SMILED

If at times you feel you want to cry
And life seems such a trial
Above the clouds there's a bright blue sky
So make your tears a smile.

As you travel on life's way
With its many ups and downs
Remember its quite true to say
One smile is worth a dozen frowns.

Among the worlds expensive things
A smile is very cheap
And when you give a smile away,
You get one back to keep.

Happiness comes at times to all
But sadness comes unbidden
And sometimes a few tears must fall
Among the laughter hidden.

So when friends have sadness on their face
And troubles round them piled
The world will seem a better place
And all because you smiled.


~Author Unknown

  
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SHERI1969 9/25/2009 8:05AM

    Lovely poem. Whoever the author is has a talent. Thank you for sharing it.

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/19/2009 5:39PM

    Gorgeous Lita. I am putting this on our Blogs you must read thread. It goes beautifully with our title, Sparkling in Oz. Thank you for sharing.

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Lovely...and true! Thank you for sharing!

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WILLOW49 9/17/2009 3:16PM

    You never know what a difference you might make in someone's day by giving them a smile. Another great blog!

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POLYANASUNSHINE 9/17/2009 1:47PM

    Thanks for sharing. I always try to give a smile to everyone I encounter. emoticon

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CHANGE4FIT 9/17/2009 10:31AM

    Thanks, Lita. Always giving us inspiration!

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GOLDFISHLIZ 9/17/2009 4:36AM

    Lovely - and very very true!
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ETAGGEL 9/17/2009 3:14AM

    Yes a smile can make all the difference to a person's day!


Phyllis

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 9/17/2009 2:14AM

    This is a very nice poem. Thank you for sharing.
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DRADISCH 9/17/2009 2:04AM

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing that wonderful poem.
I really enjoyed reading it and a wonderful way to end my night.
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ALANOFLINY 9/17/2009 1:18AM

    Thank you Lita. You always bring a bright, inciteful commentary on life in such a nice (i.e. poetic) way here. I'm not much on poetry, but I always love what you have to say, and how you bring it across (lol - you might turn me into a poetry lover yet :-)

Alan

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To realize......

Saturday, September 12, 2009

To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn't have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:

LOSE ONE.

Remember....

Hold on tight to the ones you love!


am holding on tight to all of you dear friends here at sparkpeople.......
wishing everyone the very best...................

i continue to plod along as best as i can...............finally got an appointment for an mri june 2010..............will be seeing another dr but as yet no appointment...........had a bone scan done and hopefully will know the results later over the next couple of weeks............
blessings and hugs................lita

  
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CHANGE4FIT 9/16/2009 1:59PM

    Beautiful, Lita. Thank you. Thinking of you and keeping you in prayers!
PJ

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EVERLY78 9/14/2009 8:50AM

    this is so true...thank you so much for the reminder that we all seem to forget or take for granted sometimes.

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SHERI1969 9/12/2009 8:15PM

    Don't know where you got it from, but it is a very lovely and accurate article/inspiration. How you doing Lita!!!!!!!

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COLEMANSR 9/12/2009 5:53PM

    I count my blessing everyday and you are one of them.

Sorry, I'm a little behind. :)

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SAM60SUMTHINK 9/12/2009 11:59AM

    How true the value of every minute!
And for you, the many months need to be filled!
In JUNE?! oh my, what a wait! (((hugs)))


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TEXASGIRL48 9/12/2009 11:36AM

    I loved the poem. It makes you really stop and thing about things.

I can't believe it is almost a year for a mri appointment. That's crazy.

Your friends here on SP will always be here for you.

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MA2DAPPLES 9/12/2009 2:55AM

    Very nice poem.

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NANCYRUBIO 9/12/2009 12:25AM

    Great words. You can never hear them to often, THANK YOU.

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ALANOFLINY 9/12/2009 12:17AM

    Wonderful words Lita - thank you. I've been doing a lot of "putting things in perspective" lately. My thoughts are with you as you go through your own issues. Your right though - your SP friends will always be here for you to lean on.

Enjoy the weekend!
Alan

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MUSTBEJELLY 9/12/2009 12:10AM

    wow...

thanks for that. i've been missing my moments.

i don't wish some of that pain on anyone...


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HEARTPRINTS

Sunday, September 06, 2009



HEARTPRINTS

Whatever our hands touch
We leave fingerprints
On walls, on furniture, on doorknobs and dishes;
There's no escape, as we touch we leave our identity.


Wherever I go today
Help me leave HEARTPRINTS
Heartprints of compassion,
Of understanding and love.


Heartprints of kindness and genuine concern
May my heart touch a lonely neighbor
Or a runaway daughter, or an anxious mother
Or perhaps an aged grandfather.


Send me out today to leave heartprints
And if someone should say "I felt your touch,"
May they also sense the love
That is deep within my heart.

~Author Unknown


have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend............
blessings and hugs.................lita

  
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DRADISCH 9/17/2009 2:05AM

    Love this blog. Thanks for writing it.
Donna

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MUSTBEJELLY 9/12/2009 12:12AM

    Beautiful...


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POLYANASUNSHINE 9/8/2009 7:51PM

    Lovely. Thanks

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COLEMANSR 9/8/2009 12:17PM

    So beautiful, thanks. I needed a lift me up today. emoticon

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R-U-JELLEN 9/7/2009 2:41PM

    What a beautiful message. Thank you so much for sharing it. May we all try to live in such a manner!
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HOKU-ALOHI 9/7/2009 2:03AM

  I love this! Lita you are such a great positive person. You always know the right thoughts for the right moments!
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~~~Maya~~~

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OUTDOORGIRL70 9/6/2009 11:23PM

    That is beautiful. I was talking to one of the people staying at the Motel here and I showed her the SP page. I think she signed up but not sure as she was telling me how I was such an inspiration to her and that she needs to stop complaining about here ackes & pains. I was telling here how I went 6 miles on the treadmill and walked 6 miles today. She was complaining about here feet. I told her mine hurt all the time and I have trouble just walking at times, but if I stopped I would not get going again.

Thanks again

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May You Always Feel Loved

Wednesday, September 02, 2009




May You Always Feel Loved

May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand.

May the pain you have known and conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism.

Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone.

May you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace.

May a kind word, a reassuring touch, a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.

Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.

Teach love to those who know hate, and let that love embrace you as you go into the world.

May the teaching of those you admire become part of you, so that you may call upon them.

Remember, those whose lives you have touched and who have touched yours are always a part of you, even if the encounters were less than you would have wished. It is the content of the encounter that is more important than its form.

May you not become too concerned with material matters, but instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart.

Find time in each day to see the beauty and love in the world around you.

Realize that each person has limitless abilities, but each of us is different in our own way.

What you may feel you lack in one regard may be more than compensated for in another. What you feel you lack in the present may become one of your strengths in the future.

May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility. Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.

May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself, and not be dependent on another's judgements of your accomplishments.

May you always feel loved.


by Sandra Sturtz Hauss
Copyright 1987 Sandra Sturtz Hauss. All rights reserved.

Sunday August 30th was our 40th wedding anuiversary...........we have a wonderful celebration with our children and grandchildren too...................
my husband presented me with tickets to Hawaii in October 5-13............i was promised this for many years and somehow it never came to be.............my husband decided to keep his promise.........was really trilled to recieve this and all the other presents..................
what a special night it was..............
what a wonderful family we have..................
they have always made us proud!!!
how blessed we are!!!...............

thanks everyone for all your help and support................blessings and hugs.................lita

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/5/2009 6:49PM

    Lita,

I love this blog. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. It is really beautiful.

Happy 40th anniversary and sincere wishes for many more years together!

Hugs,
Cyndi

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CRAZYWOMAN200 9/4/2009 11:16PM

    Happy anniversary! Congrats on 40 years!! And what a great gift. Enjoy Hawaii! That's what we're planning for our 10th (in 3 1/2 years)!
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Dearest Lita,

Happy happy happy 40th anniversary and congratulations on this awesome event. I am so happy to hear about your present to Hawaii! You will have an amazing time.

You have a wonderful warm kind person who touches many many hearts here in Spark People world and I am sure outside of it as well.

Thank you for sharing the poem because it is definitely important that each person always feels loved.

Love and Aloha,
~~~Maya~~~


You are one of the first Team Leaders to reach out to me 5 weeks ago and tell me E Komo Mai - Welcome to Spark People.
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COLEMANSR 9/2/2009 9:51PM

    Wonderful.. Darling, just wonderful.

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CEEBEE200 9/2/2009 6:17PM

    Wow, Hawaii that sounds just fantastic! What a wonderful surprise, and what a lovely thing to look forward to. Congratulations on 40 years, that's really something!! emoticon

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SAM60SUMTHINK 9/2/2009 10:23AM

    emoticonHappy (belated) anniversary! emoticon
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POLYANASUNSHINE 9/2/2009 9:22AM

    Happy 40th Anniversary late. I am so happy for you that all your wonderful family was there to celebrate with you. It makes moments like these even more special. You will love Hawaii. I lived in Honolulu for 3 years a long time ago. It was so beautiful with such a great laid back attitude. I hope you and your husband have the most amazing trip ever. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEXASGIRL48 9/2/2009 7:40AM

    Happy Anniversary! Not many marriages last that long in this day and time. Have a great trip to Hawaii.

You always come up with such inspirational poems and sayings. Thanks

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CHANA-D 9/2/2009 3:33AM

    40 years - that's quite an accomplishment! emoticon
The poem was very inspirational - thanks for sharing it.
And enjoy the trip to Hawaii !!!

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L-OSTER8 9/2/2009 1:28AM

  This is truly a fabulous blog . . . and you are blessed to have such a wonderful family . . . happy anniversary!

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BLUECAMEO 9/2/2009 1:18AM

    Thank you

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