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12/9/15 10:18 P

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Tonight I had an "opportunity" present itself to me. I won't go into the details because this is not about my sharing what I did to help somebody. This IS about a woman who walked up to me in a Quik Trip parking lot, introduced herself and told me where she worked - Kansas City Hospice - and that she needed help. Three words put me on immediate alert. Not only did my Beth leave this world at Kansas City Hospice, but I got free grief counseling through this organization for over a year, as well as various group grief support classes that all helped me a great deal.

I believe that for whatever reason, this was supposed to happen. This woman was meant to be put in my path and I was supposed to be given the opportunity to help. I felt it in my bones as the hair on my arms stood up. She wanted to show me her ID from where she worked, she wanted my address to put something in the mail and "pay me back" tomorrow when she got paid. I didn't have to look at her ID. I just knew I was supposed to help by those three words - Kansas City Hospice.

I told her that if I ever landed in her position, I hoped that somebody would help me. I also told her to not worry about sending anything back to me - to just help somebody else in the future when she could.

Thank you, Beth, for this opportunity tonight.

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10/23/15 9:02 P

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at our elementary school we have a kindness club and we go about doing random acts of kindness the kids really get into it

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9/6/15 8:45 P

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My mother and I told each other that we love each other.

You Only Grow Old If You Want To!


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Today, one of my co-workers said she was leaving early because she promised a 4-year-old she would go by her lemonade stand, for the benefit of "No Child Goes Hungry," and that this little girl Lillian was SO excited about it.

I asked where the stand was. It was on my way home. I had to go by and meet this little girl who was doing something so kind. It was HOT outside today! Both of her parents were helping her and she had an entire neighborhood buying lemonade and treats for "No Child Goes Hungry." She told us all about the program herself.

Those parents are doing it right!! Lillian was learning kindness and giving at a young age, in her formative years. That will grow as she grows.

Best $5 lemonade I ever had!!!!! Made me smile and everybody around the stand was smiling with me ... but the biggest smile was Lillian's face when her mother asked if I needed change.

Out of the mouths of babes ... she saw that if everybody gives a little, it can turn into a lot!!

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Today is day 10 of meditation on Gratitude. Today's mantra is I recognize my true essence in every soul I meet. I love this quote. Hope everyone is in good health and good spirits.. Take care.

Robin in VA "From a tiny spark may burst a mighty flame," Dante.


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6/5/15 9:27 A

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I live for kindness, it's so important. The other day I was in line, not very long but when the cashier came back she went to take who we all assumed was the next person in line. He immediately stood back and said "no, no" take these people first. While he insisted we were there first I'm quite sure he was. He just hung back while all the rest of us paid. He then smiled at the cashier, paid for his one item, wished us all a good day and left. It might have been small, and I was in no rush, but the gesture really stood out and made me smile. It's easy to focus on "big acts" and look for "big impacts"... the little ones are just as important, sometimes more so.

"In greater terms positive and negative have little meaning, for the physical experience is meant as a learning one. " The Nature Of Personal Reality: Seth by Jane Roberts


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4/1/15 3:38 A

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My dog unbeknownst to me, my nephew or his wife, when we were leaving their home to go to lunch the other day. Upon return, she was no where to be found. We searched the neighborhood, with me in a state of panic, for about an hour...I was calling her name, and around the corner from a park, a little white head popped up in the cab of a pick up truck. She was too far away for me to tell if it was her or not. As I got closer, I knew it was. The owner of the truck said he'd found her wandering, looking lost, and put her there for safekeeping...hoping the owner would show up. He was doing a cement job at a house, and had just finished up...loading his wheel barrow into the back of the truck. He said at the very moment I showed up, he had just said a prayer, asking God to have the owner show up, because he was ready to leave and didn't know what to do. We were all thrilled to have us reunited!

His kindness, just the simple act of rescuing a lost little dog will never be forgotten.

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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1/3/15 10:14 P

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Yesterday, my granddaughters demonstrated a simple act of kindness... They know I am still recovering from a back fall where I either broke or significantly bruised my tailbone. Stairs are still difficult for me, due to ongoing pain... and when I visit, I have the option of climbing either of the two steep stairways to reach their house... My sweet angels met me at the car, and asked if they could help me up the stairs....not really needed (I kind of felt like I was 80!) but they each insisted on taking one of my hands...so those soft little girl hands held mine while we all walked up together. I knew the hand rail gave a whole lot more support if needed, but they were too kind to turn down!

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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1/3/15 5:29 P

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Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life.
-- Isaac Singer

From DailyGood.org, the top 10 kindness stories of 2014:

www.dailygood.org/story/948/top-10-k
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1/3/15 3:21 P

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Thank you, Rachel. I was able to stop and watch the film after reading your post. It was wonderfully inspiring and beautiful timing, as I had been thinking of you earlier in the week and wondering at your absence. To me, your way of expressing your gratitude is wide and clear, at times profound and always with a sense of great kindness at its core. I am grateful for it.

The body is a sacred garment.
It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with,
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1/2/15 12:26 A

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Watched a great film last night starring one the kindest on our planet.

10 Questions of the Dalai Lama


"How do you reconcile a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future? These are some of the questions posed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by filmmaker and explorer Rick Ray. Ray examines some of the fundamental questions of our time by weaving together observations from his own journeys throughout India and the Middle East, and the wisdom of an extraordinary spiritual leader. This is his story, as told and filmed by Rick Ray during a private visit to his monastery in Dharamsala, India over the course of several months. Also included is rare historical footage as well as footage supplied by individuals who at great personal risk, filmed with hidden cameras within Tibet. Part biography, part philosophy, part adventure and part politics, “10 Questions for The Dalai Lama” conveys more than history and more than answers - it opens a window into the heart of an inspiring man.

If you had only one hour, what would you ask?"

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can."
-- H.H. the Dalai Lama
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1/1/15 11:35 A

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From my favorite good news source, DailyGood.org:

By Michele Rivoli

I had one of those “difficult to explain” moments today with my sons. We were running into Walmart to pick up a couple last-minute school supplies when I spotted this elderly man walking up John Walsh Boulevard.

He had just walked up the steep hill from the Walmart parking lot and was struggling with every step he took. He was proudly wearing a World War II veteran hat….. And he reminded me of my dad. You could tell in his youth he was a strapping man, tall with broad shoulders. Clearly his 90 years had caught up with him. He was frail and disheveled… not disheveled for lack of caring how he looked…the kind of disheveled when your fingers and hands don’t work like they once did, so you struggle to button, zip, and shave.

I drove past him and then turned my car around in the parking lot. The boys asked what we were doing and I told them we were going back to pick up a man we had just passed.
“He’s a stranger,” they both said.

“I know,” I told them…. And it occurred to me that with all of the teaching about stranger danger and trusting no one, I was now going to have to try to explain something very difficult to them…

I pulled up next to the man and asked him if he would like a ride. His eyes lit up and the biggest smile came across his face. His blue eyes sparkled – and teared up a little – as he struggled to make it a few feet to my car.

“My car is being serviced at Walmart,” he said, “but I need to go to First Niagara Bank on Grant Ave.” What would’ve been a five-minute walk for us would have taken much longer for him… And he would have to cross a four-lane highway.

We got to the bank I told him I would wait for him and drive him back to his car. He was grateful. He was gone about 20 minutes and in that time Jack and Nick, who had been completely silent in the backseat, started to ask questions. I reiterated that they can’t trust strangers, regardless of how friendly they may look, and that it was never a choice for them to make at this age… to do what I had done…..until they were adults.
Then we talked about honoring the elderly… And veterans. They noticed he had some deformities common with age, crooked fingers and marks on his skin – a lot like Grandpa. They asked if he had been in the war with my father.

The man finally returned to the car and realized there were two little boys in the backseat. We started to chat and it turns out he knew my family. He talked a little about World War II and then he began to ask the boys questions about school. The three of them chatted effortlessly. It was clear he was lonely.

As I drove him back to his car he said, “I don’t know if I could’ve made it to the bank much less back. Walking up that hill, well, that took a lot out of me.” We chatted for a few more minutes, and he thanked us, got out of the car, and started to walk away. Then he turned one last time and nodded his head – as if to thank us one last time. I felt my eyes immediately begin to swell with tears as I thought of my own father and how difficult that would’ve been for him…. and how much I missed my dad. I realized how lonely this man was – and how talking to Jack and Nick probably made his day!

As I watched him walk away, my sons asked if I was okay. And when I didn’t answer right away, one of them said “that’s okay mom. We get it. We miss him too.”

They were silent for a few minutes as I composed myself….and then, instead of asking me about stranger danger, they asked something else. They wondered why, with all these cars passing this man on such a busy day on such a busy street, no one stopped to help him.

They do get it.

www.dailygood.org/story/887/a-simple
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ct-of-kindness-in-an-otherwise-crazyR>-world-becomes-a-teaching-moment-kev
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Thank you, Rebecca!

So this morning, then, I will take knowledge a friend of mine.

I neighbor, about eight doors down, I had a New Year's Eve party last night. It was a potluck and she asked me to bring A dessert. I did, and it was on a very heavy glass platter. Originally planning to walk I realized that it would be challengingto carry it the entire way in my "dress-up shoes". A mutual friend, also single, was my "date", And she was bringing a small plate of cookies. When I suggested I should probably drive because I didn't want to drop my cake or have the glazed grapes roll off into the street, she said, "I'll carry it!" And we swapped dishes… And walked. It was a simple thing.spontaneous and natural. For her, almost 20 years younger than I, it was no big deal. But for me… A much appreciated act of kindness.

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Not posting anything personal at this point, but related to this topic I wanted to share one of the exceptional quotes Rebecca posted on the Jan thread:

"Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it."
-- Tom Hopkins

Good, huh!


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Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3026


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Again, with a new year, a new time to focus on kindness....the extension of gratitude.

As we witness acts of kindness, we can also increase what WE do to demonstrate being kind to others. PLEASE feel free to post anything you received, did, or witnessed that touched your life, or that of others. Not a bragging session but a sharing so that we all can be blessed...

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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