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*******POSITIVE WORDS*******by Leena Pekkalainen EDITED

Friday, August 21, 2009

Happy Friday? Well I think it is so far. Finished up stuff for the lawyer and not I have to figure out bills. ha! As to when and how much anyway. Figure I would blog then take a pc break for a while.

I have been having problems with my kidneys they think. I need to get a sample to the doctors so they can be sure. I have laid off all excess salt. Nurse told me to drinking less water. Not as much as 8 glasses anyway. So we shall see.

Bad news as far a Shandra goes. The time allotted me is 18 not 14 and she feels it would be too much for her. I am a little sad it isn't going to be her but I am happy for her in the long run she will be working in her field. She was so sweet she was like "If you need anything you just call me and I will come, on my own time." God Bless her heart. But everything happens for a reason they say.

I did have a call from someone else but I couldn't understand her and she couldn't understand me. I would like to have someone who can speak english. I can't imagine the confusion we would have.

Here is a sweet story "Positive Words". Enjoy and have a great weekend.

Positive Words
Leena Pekkalainen

When I approached the bus stop, positive words were the last thing I wanted to hear. The day had not started well - my old car would not start, I was late as it was and now I had to use the bus. Taxi, you say? I could barely make ends meet after losing my job so I was not going to use any extra money if I could avoid it. And to top it off I felt how the wind was messing up my well done hair.

Obviously the universe had decided otherwise. I could see her from afar. A chirpy looking old lady. You know the type: looking at the rain like it was something wonderful, humming a little tune and starting up a conversation. Gosh, I certainly did not wish to meet such a person. They always pushed their nose to someone else's business.

But what could I do? She had obviously noticed me already and was beaming at me from under her umbrella. I tried to look like I was deep in my thoughts, maybe she would ignore me.

- A very good morning! her positive words made me sigh.

- Morning… I managed to say.

She was elderly, after all, and my parents had taught me respect for older people.

- A bit of a rainy day! she smiled.

- Oh yes, awful weather! I said, trying to keep the conversation short.

- Well, I have always enjoyed rainy weather! the old lady said.

I looked at the road, hoping the bus would arrive already. I said nothing, just nodded.

- I mean just look at the lovely umbrellas!

- The… what?

- Umbrellas! I love the different colours and designs. You wouldn't see them if it never rained! I especially love the ones that have positive words written on them.

Yes, you would… I thought but tried to smile at her politely. I noticed her own umbrella. "What a lovely day" it said.

- I see you have positive words on your own umbrella too, I commented when the silence was getting a bit awkward.

Where was that bus?

- Oh yes! She smiled and looked up at her umbrella,

- I bought after the most embarrassing experience of my life.

She giggled at some fun memory. I did not know should I ask her or not, but now she was smiling broadly at me.

- Oh…? I had to admit I was curious.

- Well, you see I used to be a consultant. My speciality was positive thinking. I trained personnel in companies of different sizes. Positive words especially was what I emphasized in my training.

I must have looked a bit baffled.

- Many people don´t pay attention how much the words they use affect their emotions. If you use negative words, you are bound to feel more negative than if you use positive words. For example when you say "I hate red cars" when you could say "I like blue cars." Concentrate with positive words on what you like instead of what you don´t like. Mostly it is just a habit we´ve never noticed.

I nodded.

- But back to my most embarrassing moment. I was invited to address a big audience of a very large corporation. It was quite a thing - women consultants were not taken so seriously back then. I had worked on the presentation for weeks to get it right. I was ready. And to make myself look trustworthy I had bought a new suit - in a hurry. The skirt was a bit loose, but the jacket fit well. I took a deep breath and walked on the stage. And right when I was about to reach the centre of the stage, it happened. I suddenly felt the zipper open - and my skirt fell to my ankles.

- Oh my God! I said.

- That´s what I thought too, she laughed,

- There I was, a consultant that was supposed to talk about positive words to an audience that was staring at me, with my skirt around my ankles.

- What did you do? I asked.

- Well. This was a do it or die -kind of situation. I had to take it under control.
She giggled.

- I don´t know where the idea came. I turned my head and looked at the audience that was totally silent. "Got your attention, didn´t I?" I asked. There were a few laughs in the audience. "And you are certain the Positive Words consultant just cannot come up with any positive words about this kind of a situation, aren´t you?" This time someone said "I´d like to see you try!"

The old lady was wiping tears of mirth from her cheeks now.

- Well, I looked at the audience and said: "The positive words about this situation are: Now I know what the most embarrassing moment of my life is like. I have now experienced it and from now on I don´t have to be afraid of anything."

- What did they say? I wanted to know.

- They applauded. And I have to say my lecture for positive words has never had such an attentive audience as that one. After I had pulled my skirt up, that is.
I had to laugh. I saw the whole thing in my mind´s eye.

- Good!

The old lady said and took a little notebook from her pocket. We were standing right next to each other so I saw what it was she was doing. It was a tiny diary. And there was nothing but small smiley faces she had drawn there. While I watched, she used the tiny pen attached to the diary and drew one more.

- What´s that? I asked as she clearly made no attempt to hide what she was doing.

- This is my positive words diary, she said.

- But… There are no words, just those little smileys there.

- Exactly. This is a diary where I follow the effect of my positive words. When I see someone who is obviously feeling low - and trust me, dear, you were looking like that - I will try to say something that will make them smile. A little smile goes a long way in cheering up someone. When I succeed, I draw a little smile here. Look!

She handed me her diary. I noticed she had written on the cover "Positive words" and a smiley. The whole diary was full of tiny smiling faces.

- You have made this many people smile this year? I asked, leafing through the diary, - But here are… hundreds… thousands…?

- Oh yes. You see I have no family left and thought I´d rather spend my golden years spreading some smiles instead of sitting indoors. I have to admit I am a bit selfish - I don´t do this only because it makes others feel better. I do it because it makes me feel good.

The bus approached. I waved at it and gave way for the old lady to step in, but she shook her head.

- No, no, dear. I am not going into the bus. I´ll just continue my way.

I saw her walking under her bright blue umbrella. "What a lovely day!" the umbrella said. Then the bus turned and she disappeared from view. I looked at the scenery, deep in my thoughts.

I felt the eyes looking at me from across the isle. A little girl was sitting there with her mom. She was holding a much worn rag doll and it was obvious the mother could not afford to buy the finest toys. Her mom smiled at me, seeing her daughter looking at me.

- What a lovely doll you have! I am sure I have never seen such a pretty doll! I said to the child.

She looked at her rag doll, then at me - and the most wonderful smile I have ever seen spread on her face.

- Look, Mommy! The lady said my doll is beautiful! she lifted the doll up in the air.

The mother smiled back at me. I reached for my bag and took out my appointment book. I opened that day´s page and carefully drew two smiling faces.

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STORYSTORY 9/3/2009 1:26AM


I am glad people liked my story here :)

You see I am the writer of this story. It has been taken from my website www.inspirational-short-stories.com but without asking my permission to do so, which would have been the courteous thing to do... (I do mention on my site you should ask permission to publish my stories elsewhere as they are copyrighted)

Of course it is possible someone forwarded it to you and you really did not know I was the author. It happens - but I use Copyscape to track down copies of my stories as it hurts my page rank is they are published without my permission.

The smiley-pictures I bought from Istockphoto.com to use on my website - if the photographer sees them he might complain about copyright infringement.

Would you kindly put my name up as the author of the story and a link to my website, thank you.

I try to make my stories as positive and uplifting as possible, so that they would spread some smiles and make people see the good and positive things in life. And I am really happy to read the comments here. Thank you, all :) You are very welcome to come and read more of my stories on my website. I write them on my spare time and they really are a labor of love.

I notice your blog is similar - a nice and positive place for sure.

Have a wonderful, uplifting day!

Leena Pekkalainen

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REBERLOU 8/22/2009 2:02PM

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BELLACUDDLES 8/22/2009 8:57AM

    That was a cute story!!!!!! Have a wonderful and healthy weekend!!!


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JULSISGOOD 8/21/2009 6:59PM

What a sweet story!

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WYOWILDDEE 8/21/2009 3:58PM

    Willow, you have made me smile at least! If you are collecting your own smileys you can add one for me. Thanks for sharing, I'm glad I took the time to read it! emoticon

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BBCLASSYRED 8/21/2009 3:20PM


How true it is - thank you for sharing. emoticon

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SHERRY666 8/21/2009 2:21PM

    What a great story.......... Thanks for sharing...

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LINDAGRAVEL 8/21/2009 11:59AM

    positive words are the greatest,they make you feel alot better.Have a wonderful day.

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**~*~**Installing the Love Program **~*~**

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Just doing a quick pop in. I am drowning in paperwork, literally. I spent 6 hours on the phone trying to get a straight answer. I originally call to see who was my primary vs secondary insurance. They said for now it was State but later that would be taken away.

So I call my case worker. She said you can't be on state and federal at the same time. So she said it had been cancelled as of Aug. 30th. But then she says it was renewed for September and she didn't know why. I can't get a straight answer.

My main concern is Perscriptions are cover better under state but the doctor that comes out to see me is by federal. Ugh! One paper had a legal help aide number. I wonder whether they might have any answers. Or perhaps a social worker that can confirm.

Because right now I feel like I am in a line to being executed and *CHOMP* there goes my Christmas.

I have read this one once I think in an email but it is a little different. I loved it. Get it "loved" it. ha!

Installing the Love Program
INSTALLING LOVE Technician: Yes, Ma'am, how can I help you today?

User: Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install LOVE. Can you guide me through the process?
Technician: Yes, I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

User: Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready to install now. What do I do first?

Technician: The first step is to open your HEART. Have you located your HEART ma'am?

User: Yes I have, but there are several other programs running right now. Is it okay to install while they are running?

Technician: What programs are running ma'am?

running right now.

Technician: No problem. LOVE will gradually erase PAST HURT.EXE from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory, but it will no longer disrupt other programs. LOVE will eventually overwrite LOW-ESTEEM.EXE with a module of its own called HIGH-ESTEEM.EXE. However, you have to completely turn off GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM. Those programs prevent LOVE from being properly installed. Can you turn those off ma'am?

User: I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

Technician: My pleasure. Go to your Start menu and invoke FORGIVENESS.EXE. Do this as many times as necessary until GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM have been completely erased.

User: Okay, done. LOVE has started installing itself automatically. Is that normal?

Technician: Yes. You should receive a message that says it will reinstall for the life of your HEART. Do you see that message?

User: Yes I do. Is it completely installed?

Technician: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other HEART's in order to get the upgrades.

User: Oops. I have an error message already. What should I do?

Technician: What does the message say?

User: It says "ERROR 412 - PROGRAM NOT RUN ON INTERNAL COMPONENTS. What does that mean?"

Technician: Don't worry ma'am, that's a common problem. It means that the LOVE program is set up to run on external HEARTS but has not yet been run on your HEART. It is one of those complicated programming things, but in nontechnical terms it means you have to "LOVE" your own machine before it can "LOVE" others.

User: So what should I do?

Technician: Can you pull down the directory called "SELF-ACCEPTANCE"?

User: Yes, I have it.

Technician: Excellent. You're getting good at this.

User: Thank you.

Technician: You're welcome. Click on the following files and then copy them to the "MY HEART" directory: FORGIVE-SELF.DOC, REALIZE-WORTH.TXT, and ACKNOWLEDGE-LIMITATIONS.DOC. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching any faulty programming. Also, you need to delete VERBOSE-SELF-CRITIC.EXE from all directories, and then empty our recycle bin afterwards to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.
User: Got it. Hey! My HEART is filling up with new files. SMILE.MPG is playing on my monitor right now and it shows that PEACE.EXE, and CONTENTMENT.COM are copying themselves all over my HEART. Is this normal?

Technician: Sometimes. For others it takes a while, but eventually everything gets downloaded at the proper time. So, LOVE is installed and running. You should be able to handle it from here. One more thing before I go.

User: Yes?

Technician: LOVE is freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everybody you meet. They will in turn share it with other people and they will return some similarly cool modules back to you.

User: I will. Thanks for your help. By the way, what's your name?

Technician: You can call me the Divine Cardiologist, also known as The Great Physician, but most call me God. Most people feel all they need is an annual checkup to stay heart-healthy, but the manufacturer (Me) suggests a schedule of daily maintenance for maximum efficiency. Put another way, keep in touch.

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JULSISGOOD 8/21/2009 6:56PM

    Oh, I know how crazy figuring out medical insurance can be, I've been there, done that, and will have to again soon - it's crazy, and a full time job in it's own right! I pray that you will find someone willing to take the time and energy to walk you through it.

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VICIOUS421 8/21/2009 2:17AM

    Sorry you are having so many difficulties with everything, I think that is why they call it governmental red tape because by the time you wade your way through and finally get a straight answer, you are seeing red. Love your sense of humor, great blog!

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BELLACUDDLES 8/21/2009 1:29AM

    I especially liked the quote from Deut. and the picture too!!

Blessings to you!

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FOTOMAKR 8/20/2009 5:53PM

    That is very cute!

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RONDAKAY2 8/20/2009 5:52PM

    That was awsome thank you for sharing that

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I got all Miscombogulated but want to send out a special "THANK YOU".

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Been a very awesome day! Been handling paper work of which I put half off until tomorrow...ssshhhh Don't tell anyone.

I couldnt let the day go by without saying "THANK YOU" to all that posted a reply on yesterdays blog. It was wonderful reading them all. I have really wanted to reply on each and every one. But I got sort of miscombogulated. And then behind and whew *poof* there went the day.

So I really wanted to post something nice and uplifting instead of making you cry. Don't worry I will have those still to come. HA! HA!

*** Summary of Life ***


1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats..
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk..
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap


1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground...
5) Laughing is good exercise... It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.


1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional..
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.


1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
4) You look like Santa Claus.


At age 4 success is . .. .. . not piddling in your pants.
At age 12 success is . . . having friends.
At age 17 success is . . having a driver's license.
At age 35 success is . . ... .having money.
At age 50 success is . ... . having money.
At age 70 success is . ... . having a drivers license.
At age 75 success is . . ... having friends.
At age 80 success is . . . not piddling in your pants...

Always remember to forget the troubles that pass your way;
BUT NEVER forget the blessings that come each day.

Have a wonderful day with many ! *smiles*

Take the time to live!!!
Life is too short.

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VICIOUS421 8/21/2009 2:12AM

    LOL thanks for making my awesome day even better!

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JULSISGOOD 8/19/2009 8:44PM

    Today's was great!
Thank you!

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WYOWILDDEE 8/19/2009 6:00PM

    I liked your blog! It also prompted me to read your blog from yesterday! I try to practice random acts of kindness but this inspired me to do more! Thanks.

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I NEED HELP! ~ Can ^YOU^ help me please?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ok so first off I am feeling 50% better than yesterday. I still have been having sleep issues. I will start watching a movie or tv show and zoink

Then when I do go to sleep I am awake every hour. I get the sensation mother nature is calling and she isn't. So back in bed. I did this for 5 hours in a row than gave up. The nurse was out today from the hospital to double check on me. When I mentioned the 8 glasses of water each day she told me to cut it out. Because of my lack of movement with the siadica I needed to wait until it wasn't acting up. Why my ankles were seaping fluid. The body will pick the weakest area.

I have to excitedly tell you how happy I am today. Today was Christmas in August for me. First off I called to get my insulin renewed and for 3 vials was $180. So I put off picking that one up. Then I had the second insulin due for refill which was $85. for 2 vials.

So I called this new insurance and the guy asks about my getting out of my house. I explained how they messed me up with the wheelchair. He says "So when you going to get a new one?"He actually left me at a loss for words. "um, uh, duh, that is what I am calling about." He gave me a phone number told me to call my primary and have them fax over a prescription to that number.

THEN,...I called the pharmacy and gave them the insurance number and *POOF* The totals all reverted to $0.00. So I am doing my Happy Dance over here.

So I have been thinking for a long while at asking this. This story is what started my ball rolling. LOL LOOK OUT BELOW!!!

**Random Act of Kindness**

By David Emery,
Description: Emailed news item
Circulating since: Oct. 2008
Status: True

The Norwegian newspaper VG has reported a truly amazing story about a newly-wed trying to get to Norway to be with her husband, and the stranger who helped pay an unexpected luggage surcharge. The blog "Leisha's Random Thoughts" has translated the story.

It was 1988, and Mary Andersen was at the Miami airport checking in for a long flight to Norway to be with her husband when the airline representative informed her that she wouldn't be able to check her luggage without paying a 100 surcharge:

When it was finally Mary's turn, she got the message that would crush her bubbling feeling of happiness.
-You'll have to pay a 103 dollar surcharge if you want to bring both those suitcases to Norway, the man behind the counter said.

Mary had no money. Her new husband had traveled ahead of her to Norway, and she had no one else to call.
-I was completely desperate and tried to think which of my things I could manage without. But I had already made such a careful selection of my most prized possessions, says Mary.

As tears streamed down her face, she heard a "gentle and friendly voice" behind her saying, "That's okay, I'll pay for her." Mary turned around to see a tall man whom she had never seen before.
-He had a gentle and kind voice that was still firm and decisive. The first thing I thought was, Who is this man?

Although this happened 20 years ago, Mary still remembers the authority that radiated from the man.
-He was nicely dressed, fashionably dressed with brown leather shoes, a cotton shirt open at the throat and khaki pants, says Mary.

She was thrilled to be able to bring both her suitcases to Norway and assured the stranger that he would get his money back. The man wrote his name and address on a piece of paper that he gave to Mary. She thanked him repeatedly. When she finally walked off towards the security checkpoint, he waved goodbye to her.
Who was the man?
Barack Obama.

Twenty years later, she is thrilled that the friendly stranger at the airport may be the next President and has voted for him already and donated 100 dollars to his campaign:
-He was my knight in shining armor, says Mary, smiling.

She paid the 103 dollars back to Obama the day after she arrived in Norway. At that time he had just finished his job as a poorly paid community worker* in Chicago, and had started his law studies at prestigious Harvard university.
Mary even convinced her parents to vote for him:

In the spring of 2006 Mary's parents had heard that Obama was considering a run for president, but that he had still not decided. They chose to write a letter in which they told him that he would receive their votes. At the same time, they thanked Obama for helping their daughter 18 years earlier.

And Obama replied:
In a letter to Mary's parents dated May 4th, 2006 and stamped 'United States Senate, Washington DC', Barack Obama writes:

'I want to thank you for the lovely things you wrote about me and for reminding me of what happened at Miami airport. I'm happy I could help back then, and I'm delighted to hear that your daughter is happy in Norway. Please send her my best wishes. Sincerely, Barack Obama, United States Senator'.

The parents sent the letter on to Mary.
Mary says that when her friends and associates talk about the election, especially when race relations is the heated subject, she relates the story of the kind man who helped out a stranger-in-need over twenty years ago, years before he had even thought about running for high office.


Below are cards you can print out.

Have you ever heard of or done a "Random Act of Kindess" ? Well, I am suggesting we do one random act of kindness. If each one of us does a RAK once a week think of how much better our world would be. The unoffical RAK holiday is on February 17th. Once a year is too far and in between.

***It can be any random act here are just a few***

Five Bucks And Under:

What can you do with five bucks to make someone's day? Tape the exact change for a soda to a vending machine or a payphone. Pay the toll for the person behind you. Leave flowers in front of someone's house. Bake cookies for your neighbors. Put quarters in the laundry machine for the next person. Send cards with beautiful messages to anonymous people. Leave chocolate on the desk of your co-workers. Treat someone to a cup of their favorite coffee.

Gift of Inner Transformation

Restrain from criticizing or saying anything negative to anyone this week. In a challenging situation, dare to see the glass half full rather than half empty. Listen more than you speak. Give freely of yourself. Practice kindness at every opportunity you get.

Gift of Generosity:

Next time you give a gift, deliver it in a context of generosity. On your friend's birthday, sponsor an eye surgery for a blind person in a developing country; sponsor a well where clean water is scarce; donate to local charity. Frame an inspirational quote as a gift; buy two identical gifts and pay-forward one of them with a letter explaining the kind act; tag someone with a smile card act and share the story as a gift to your best friend. For a baby-shower, get audio excerpts of motherhood advice from moms you admire; for a bridal shower, survey old couples in your neighborhood for marriage advice. Give someone a nice journal of kindness, where they can write their reflections of generosity.
Kindness With Children

Get children excited about kindness. Have a child deliver a hand-made card to your neighbor. Gather up kids in your neighborhood and take 'em to a local orphanage or shelter to deliver some balloons and cookies. Ask a child to share or give one of his/her toys. Bake brownies with a youngster and have them pass it on to the mail-man or janitor, with a thank-you note. Suggest some kindness ideas to a school teacher. Spread the word!
The Small Things

Share your umbrella with someone who doesn't have one. Write a thank-you note to a mentor or someone who has influenced your life in a positive way. Always say please, thank you, and you're welcome with a smile; you'll get it back! Leave an extra big tip for a friendly waiter or waitress. Defend others. Speak up when you hear someone use a racist remark, whether it's a family member, neighbor, co-worker, friend or stranger. Pick up trash at playgrounds, schoolyards, or other community areas.
Flowers of Kindness

Send unexpected bouquet of flowers to the hard-working receptionist in your office building. Plant some flowers in your front-yard. Give the gift of flower seeds at the next celebration you host. When you receive one too many bouquets after an event, leave one anonymously on your neighbor's doorstep with a personalized note. Walk down to your local city hall and hand a flower to everyone standing in the marriage registration line. Take a child to a mall to give a "just because" flower to the five elders, with a heartfelt "have a nice day" greeting.

Lend a Hand to All Parents

Baby sit. Deliver a cooked meal for the entire family. Let their children spend the day with you or have an "overnight" with your children. Run an errand for them. Give them a night out on the town (meal, movie, etc.). Volunteer to pick the children up from school. Offer help with homework or tutor a child that is having trouble at school. Take a parent out to dinner at their favorite place.

Here are a few cards you can copy and paste and print out.

Let me know how you make out. I would love to hear some stories.

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HEARTSTOPPER 8/19/2009 7:45AM

I love Stan and ollie too, I know that isn't what this blog is about, but I hardly see anyone or hear anyone talk about Stan and Ollie.


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NO_SNOW_BODY 8/19/2009 7:39AM

    I have been doing RAOKs since I was a child, I don't concentrate on them, they are part of my life and the lives of my children and grandchilren. I loved the blog and I am glad that you are spreading the SPARK in a new way for some and a acknowledgement of goodness in another.
I am happy to hear that your medication was taken care of, insulin is not something you can not take. I have a new SIL that would give up taking her insulin when she couldn't afford it and now has better insurance. I lost a grandmother in a diabetic coma from her not taking her insulin because she couldn't afford it. No lecture, just concern for the health and well being of a person that sounds like a kind and loving individual.

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    I try to do some RAK, but you have inspired me to do more! Great ideas for little things to pay it forward. emoticon

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JENNYPOO45 8/18/2009 11:37PM

    Hey willow
Your blogs always make a warm feeling in my heart .you have a good spirt about you.And I'm praying that you will get out of that chair and lose that weight.Because you decease to be happy .your a kind soul.
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DARINGR8LY 8/18/2009 10:40PM

    Great blog! I often try to do random acts of kindness. I am encouraged to do this even more.

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REBERLOU 8/18/2009 9:00PM

    This reminds me of something that happened when I was a child....My Dad was a hard working and worked two jobs to make ends meet. I am not sure why but at one time we was having a very hard time financially. We had cooked our last meal and my parents did not know where our next meal was coming from. God sent a man from our community over with a load of groceries just in time. The strange part was that nobody knew that we didn't have any food. This man was working a job that did not pay much but received a bonus from work. God laid it on his heart to share that bonus check with us. This changed our life. My whole family has included the less fortunate not only on holidays but through out the year. You never know how your actions can affect someone.

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BBCLASSYRED 8/18/2009 7:52PM

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I love this blog and will incorporate RAK into my daily life.

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AZCUPCAKE 8/18/2009 7:18PM

    Hey Willow, I am so glad you had a pretty good day! You sure do deserve one of those! It is ABOUT TIME!

Now, it is time to begin my "homework" from you! I really like all of the RAK suggestions you posted. They are all do-able, and I can see how one person can make a difference - and not just in their immediate circle of friends and family.

You deserve much happiness yourself, girl! I hope tomorrow is just as good as today for you! emoticon

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CHEFROSE 8/18/2009 6:57PM

    Glad I read your blog. Thanks for sharing. Hope you get better real soon. emoticon

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SHERRY666 8/18/2009 5:21PM

    What a wonderful blog.......... thanks for sharing......... I have been doing random acts of kindness for years now....... and I hope to keep spreading the love.....You have some real lovely idea's....... emoticon

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POMLADY1 8/18/2009 5:00PM

    I have been doing RAK for years and have included my children in them. I hope since they are now grown they will encourage their own kids to do the same.

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VICIOUS421 8/18/2009 4:45PM

    Thank you for sharing your story and this wonderful blog with all of us! You are Pampered princess of the day and truly deserving of it. I hope you are feeling much better soon. Your random act of kindness is an awesome idea and gave me much to think on. Thank you again for sharing it!

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NIMAWEYGH 8/18/2009 4:42PM

    This is one of the things that I try to do always. No kind deed goes unnoticed. No matter what we think.

I think is wonderful and I just taped 1.25 to the coke machine out front and my note says "Enjoy a coke and a smile on me".

Made my day!


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HLTHYLIVNCCJ 8/18/2009 4:12PM

    We too often forget to do random acts of kindness or even to say thank you to someone who is even just holding the door for us or letting us into traffic. We need to show more respect for one another and yes, to do small acts of kindness even if it is no more than offering up a smile or a simple hello. If you can afford to do more, than do so, if not, do what you can. Life's to short to live in the "what about me" lifestyle. I would rather live in the "how can I help to make this a better place" lifestyle.

Thanks for the reminder....beautiful story!

Also, hope you feel better soon.

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.DUSTY. 8/18/2009 4:07PM

    Gee I'm glad your "I NEED HELP! ~ Can ^YOU^ help me please?" blog title was so serious.

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JULSISGOOD 8/18/2009 4:00PM

    What a great idea! My Dad is always doing things like that, and I just love being around when he does. Last year for Christmas I was too sick to travel for the family Christmas, so I went to a local nursing home and asked them for someone who could use some encouragement. Every week from Thanksgiving through Christmas I took her something special - flowers, a blanket, a CD player, etc. As she told me her story, before I came, she had decided to die rather than go on dialysis because she had nothing to live for. After several visits, she decided to go on dialysis. She died this year, but had life and hope for some extra time. I was the one taking the gifts, but I was the one who got the most out of knowing her - that's how it always is when you give unconditionally.

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~*~Marble Trader ~ During the waning years of the Depression in a small southeastern Idaho community

Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy Monday to all. I am really been fighting to feel better and be able to be on the pc longer. It just isn't helping yet. My husband is really worn out from this weekend. The heat was so high. All he has done today is sleep. I need to eat lunch soon. Been trying to get him up but not happening as of yet. I said "Honey can you make lunch?" his reply was "I have it in my hand" ....ok...Think lunch will be late today. ha!

Here is a touching story for you.

~*~Marble Trader~*~

During the waning years of the Depression in a small southeastern Idaho community, I used to stop by Brother Miller's roadside stand for farm-fresh produce as the season made it available. Food and money were still extremely scarce and bartering was used extensively.

One particular day Brother Miller was bagging some early potatoes for me. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas. I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas.

I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Brother Miller and the ragged boy next to me.

"Hello Barry, how are you today?"

"H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' the peas... sure look good."

"They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?"

"Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time."

"Good. Anything I can help you with?"

"No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas."

"Would you like to take some home?"

"No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with."

"Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?"

"All I got's my prize marble here."

"Is that right? Let me see it."

"Here 'tis. She's a dandy."

"I can see that. Hmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?"

"Not 'zackley... but, almost."

"Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble."

"Sure will. Thanks, Mr. Miller."

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said: "There are two other boys like him in our community. All three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes or whatever. When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, perhaps."

I left the stand, smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Utah but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys and their bartering.

Several years went by each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Brother Miller had died.

They were having his viewing that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon our arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.

Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts... very professional looking.

They approached Mrs. Miller, standing smiling and composed, by her husband's casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket.

Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary, awkwardly wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and mentioned the story she had told me about the marbles. Eyes glistening she took my hand and led me to the casket.

"Those three young men that just left were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim "traded" them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size... they came to pay their debt.

"We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world," she confided, "but, right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho."

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three, magnificently shiny, red marbles.

--Author Unknown

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JULSISGOOD 8/17/2009 10:02PM

    That is so sweet!
I'm sorry you are having such a hard time, I hate it when my body hurts and there's nothing I can do but wait until it hurts less. I do hope you got some lunch by now! You and your husband are always in my prayers, I feel so blessed to get to know you.
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4ANEWME2DAY 8/17/2009 1:26PM

    Ah Willow,
Another story that just go to show you there are good people in this world and we all need to love and care for one another.
I send you peace and love,
Lise emoticon

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