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Random acts of kindness – Day 30

Don’t choose who to be kind to, be kind to everyone.  Don’t decide when to be kind, be kind at all times.  Don’t worry about how small it may seem, to someone it makes a big difference.  Don’t limit yourself to the easy acts, kindness is supposed to be selfless.    ~Christine Sternfels


When I started this series, I thought “Piece of cake!  I can do random acts of kindness with my eyes closed.”  It was ok at first because I was doing things I wanted to do, when I wanted.  The more I got into it, the harder it got because I could not come up with things that fit my schedule.  I wasn’t trying to change the world, but why was I looking for grander gestures to make a difference?  I learned it had to start with small acts, at any given time, anywhere and with anyone.

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.  If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.  If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.  If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.  The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.  Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.  For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”  ~Mother Teresa

I hope this series’ posts have somehow inspired you to do something kind by nature and frequently.  Have a great weekend everyone!


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Random acts of kindness – Day 29

Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on; ‘Twas not given for thee alone, Pass it on; Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another’s tears, ‘Til in Heaven the deed appears – Pass it on.  ~Henry Burton

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What act of kindness will you pass on today?  I’d love to hear about them!


Random acts of kindness – Day 28

No matter how nice you are, there will always be someone to criticize you.  ~Author unknown

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Can you go a day without criticizing someone no matter how blatantly funny they look?  Why not give it a try?

Random acts of kindness – Day 27

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.  ~Leo Buscaglia

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Random acts of kindness – Day 26

I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.  ~Author Unknown

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Today’s exercise is encouragement.  There is much uncertainty going around, the hectic holiday schedule, the upcoming new year and the rumor that today is the last day of our existence.  Tweet a positive quote, make an upbeat Facebook status, blog something cheerful and encouraging.

One year ago today, we visited the Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula and were educated on “THE” calendar, where all the Mayans went and why all these pyramids were abandoned.  The calendar goes in cycles, and today simply means the end of a 5,125 year-long cycle and tomorrow is the start of another cycle.  The Mayans were not taken by Martians, they simply migrated to other areas because their natural resources ran out, thus the abandoned pyramids.  So basically, they ran out of water, fertile soil, animals and harvest so they all went in different directions.  By the time they went to other cities, towns and areas, they adapted to the way of living in their new environment and were mostly ruled by the Spaniards – who had their own King and Queen to serve and would not hear of sacrificing the captain of the football team from a 4 foot 11 inch tall man!

Lots of interesting facts learned that week but in a nut shell… everything’s gonna be okay.  Have a great weekend everyone!


Random acts of kindness – Day 25

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.  ~James Matthew Barrie

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I will be a baking fool in the next few days to make goodies for local senior centers so my daughter and her friends can visit and chat with them.  I’ve placed a call to some places and I’m hoping someone will get back to me because the girls are really looking forward to it.  Have a great day everyone!

Random acts of kindness – Day 24

To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.  ~Max Beerbohm

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Today’s exercise is to stuff small stockings with simple items.   In it, include a note that says “This gift is for whoever finds it.  Please take its contents and replace it with a gift from you.  Leave the note in the stocking and place it where ever you want to.  Happy giving!”

I also stuffed some stockings for my mailman.  I put in a personal note from our family.  We often take them for granted but their job is very important and regardless of the weather, your mail arrives.  Take time to thank them even with a holiday card and gift card or just a thank you note.

Have a great time spreading the love everyone!

Random acts of kindness – Day 22

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.  ~Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur

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Today’s exercise is to find someone who needs holiday decorations.  Some families don’t have a tree or any ornaments for it.  If you have gently used ornaments you no longer want, there is someone out there who needs it and will want it.  Maybe ask around?    Have a great day everyone!

Random acts of kindness – Day 21

Eventually you come to realize that most people aren’t looking for a fight but for someone to surrender to.  ~Robert Brault

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Today’s exercise is to make peace with someone you have a disagreement with.  Pick up the phone, don’t text, IM or email.  It’s not a matter of who’s right or wrong, whose fault it is, who started it.  What matters is you mend what’s broken.  And if you have nobody you need to make peace with, I’m sure you have someone to call, text or email to let them know how much you care.  Have a beautiful day everyone!

Random acts of kindness – Day 20

If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.  ~Bob Hope

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Today’s exercise is to gather some toys for needy or ill children.  Contact your local hospitals if they are taking donations for kids or participate in a toy drive.  Start a toy drive with your friends, neighbors or co-workers.  There are children out there who would love something as simple as a stuffed toy.  Have a great day everyone!

Random acts of kindness – Day 19

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.  ~Jesse Jackson

Today’s exercise is to help fix something, pack or unpack boxes, carry groceries to the car.  The goal is to give a helping hand to someone.  Have a beautiful day everyone!

Random acts of kindness – Day 18

Good nature will always supply the absence of beauty; but beauty cannot supply the absence of good nature.  ~Joseph Addison

Today’s exercise is to be kind to your environment and surroundings.  How many times have you seen litter and just walked by it?  Well ok, if it’s gross I wouldn’t touch it either but if you can, why not pick it up and throw it in the trash?  Have a great day everyone and happy trash picking!

Random acts of kindness – Day 17

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money. ~John Ruskin

Today’s exercise is to donate clothing, shoes and stuff sitting in the garage.  I’d rather clothe someone than feed rats.  Have a great day everyone and happy giving!

Random acts of kindness – Day 16

When you start looking beyond your own needs, you’d be amazed to find what sits in front of you.  The opportunities to give of yourself is just within reach and you should always go for it.  ~Christine Sternfels

Today’s exercise is to give of yourself to someone in need be it a shoulder to cry on, a sympathetic ear (a good time to hold back on opinions and advice and just be there in silence), someone to have fun with (kids love it when adults get goofy) or get creative.

Have a great day everyone and happy giving!

Random acts of kindness – Day 15

A fellow who does things that count, doesn’t usually stop to count them.  ~Albert Einstein

Today’s exercise is to write to someone to remind them how special they are.  Whether you mail it, drop it off or hand it to them, it will be a nice surprise.  Have a great week everyone!

Random acts of kindness – Day 14

The true essence of humankind is kindness. There are other qualities which come from education or knowledge, but it is essential, if one wishes to be a genuine human being and impart satisfying meaning to one’s existence, to have a good heart.  ~Tenzin Gyatso (The 14th Dalai Lama)

Today’s exercise is to encourage someone.  Here’s a poem I’d like to share to help encourage you on days when you feel like quitting.  Have a great weekend!


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
… And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

- Author unknown

Random acts of kindness – Day 13

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  ~Dalai Lama

Today’s exercise, pay someone a sincere compliment.  Say something nice and mean it.  I know, it’s much easier to make fun of someone while you’re huddled in a co-worker’s cubicle but guess what… that’s just mean!  I’m guilty of it and do it without really thinking sometimes, but there’s always a story behind the why and how.  We are judgmental creatures and it’s time to break that ugly habit.  Now, be a sweetheart and go say something nice to someone.  Have a great day and please try not to get slapped.

Random acts of kindness – Day 12

We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.  ~Charlie Chaplin

One of the simplest forms of kindness (and my favorite) are hugs.  Today’s exercise is to hug as many people as you can!  Why the heck not?  If you’re too far away, text or message a hug.

PS… please hug wisely to ensure safety and avoid lawsuits :-)



Random acts of kindness – Day 11

Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.  ~Kevin Heath

Once the clouds have lifted and the sunrise is a beautiful sight once more, it’s difficult to imagine life going back to normal while in the midst of devastation.  With the help of others, hardships are eased and the weary are comforted.  Today’s exercise is to give.  If you want to know what you can do to help victims of super storm Sandy on the Eastern seaboard, here’s a list of some ideas:

Donate blood
The Red Cross had to cancel about 300 blood drives because of the storm and supplies are running low. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule a donation appointment in your area. The New York Blood Center is also collecting blood donations in the New York/New Jersey area.

Give food and shelter
The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are providing emergency shelter and meals for evacuees.

Help children in need
Save the Children and World Vision are paying special attention to the needs of children affected by the storm.

Care for animals
The Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association have teams working to save the lives of animals caught in the storm.

Provide emergency supplies
AmeriCares, Direct Relief International and Feeding America are providing food, medical supplies and emergency kits for people in need.

Join in the cleanup
Team Rubicon has dispatched veteran field teams to start working right away, and Samaritan’s Purse is looking for volunteers to help rebuild after the storm passes.

Source Credit: CNN’s Impact your world site


Feel free to add suggestions on the comment thread of this post.  I hope everyone is doing well, take care.

Random acts of kindness – Day 10

While being kind to others, don’t forget to be kind to yourself too.  ~Christine Sternfels

Take care of yourself so you can take care of others.  Today’s exercise… do something for yourself.  Get a mani-pedi, a massage, read a book all day or plan a vacation.  This is a great way to recharge your giving batteries.

Happy Sunday everyone!  Enjoy planning your reward, but most of all… enjoy the reward!

Random acts of kindness – Day 9

Don’t wait for people to be friendly, show them how.  ~Author Unknown

Kids are so much better at being friendly!  It’s sad we have to tell them not to talk to strangers, be cautious of people who may harm them and to watch out for bad people.  I hope there’s still that kid in you who wants to hug everyone, because today’s exercise is to be friendly.

Have a great weekend everyone!  Hugs & kisses to all!

Random acts of kindness – Day 8

In life you can never be too kind or too fair; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with.  ~Brian Tracy

Yesterday, my friend was told they eliminated her position.  She received a nice severance package, but she is still faced with “What do I do next, I’m almost 50?”.  So I asked her, “What did you always want to do but couldn’t because you were too busy working?”.  Her eyes lit up, she smiled and said she always wanted to be an event planner.  She got so excited and started planning her next steps towards reinventing herself to pursue her passion.  Sometimes these terrible things that happen to us are blessings in disguise.

A little reminder of what can be as opposed to dwelling on what just happened can lift someone’s spirits.  I understand that we all have burdens to bear and losing a job on top of the problems you already have can make it more challenging.  But I chose to steer her in the direction of new possibilities instead of self-pity.  I also pointed out the changes she will be experiencing, the sacrifices she will need to make and a new set of challenges she will be facing.

Today, I will give her some flowers to congratulate her on losing her job and on her new venture.  I will let her know how much I admire her faith and strength.  If you’re experiencing some problems right now, I give you this flower, a hug and a reminder to be strong and to do your best to keep moving forward.  Things happen for a reason and you don’t need to understand why.

One more thing.  There’s this song I love to share with friends in need.  Whether you’re a Christian or not, the words are beautiful and may help you.  I hope you have a great weekend!  Hugs to all!







Random acts of kindness – Day 6

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.  ~Scott Adams

The past five days have been awesome!  I’m really enjoying this series because I’m starting to see how something so simple can turn into something amazing!  Even my daughter noticed how nice I was and granted – it was only one day but I believe it’s a habit worth forming.  Today, I will pay for someone’s coffee!  I’ve heard about this being done before, but have never done it.  I’m so excited!

Have a great day everyone!

Random acts of kindness – Day 5

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment. We can start now, start slowly, changing the world. How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!  ~Anne Frank

This is “the kid”.  She loves animals, and they love her.  She loves people, and she’s not afraid to show it.  She has such a big heart.  Because of her, I want to be a better person.  Because of her, I learn more about compassion each day.

Today’s exercise – be compassionate at home.  I will watch what I say and how I say it.  I have to confess, this will be really tough.  It’s true when they say you are meaner to those closest to you.  Why are we nicer to strangers?  Ok, wish me luck!


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