“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.”
Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)
Comedic Actor, Filmmaker, Writer
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Many years ago I came across the most excellent saying I will never forget printed on a shirt worn by an elderly gentleman in his late 70’s. It was just a plain black tee-shirt with an image of a bright moon, however it was the simple three words that spoke such a powerful reminder: BE THE MOON.
The moon shines in darkness. So must we, especially during such senseless tragedies as the Boston bombing this week.
We need more random acts of kindness in our world. Rick Warren recently reminds us that “a crisis depletes your emotions.You must intentionally replenish them. Make a list of what restores you and do those things.”
Let us be the moon for one another. YOU have many-of-a-somethings others need and would be blessed by. WE all make such a difference in each others lives. Let us also remember to nurture ourselves, not selfishly, but lovingly.
There are a million ideas I can think of for just engaging in random acts of kindness where we are today. I will list just a few and encourage you to make your own list. Let us “be the moon” today and shine on others, not just during the darkness, but as an example, as a beacon.
1. Love our families and friends. Show them. Hug them. Tell them.
2. Smile more, especially at strangers. Make conversation in an elevator. Wish a passerby a happy day or a blessing.
3. Say I’m sorry. First. Regardless of who is wrong. Make it your mission to restore peace and suck it up! Squash that pride. It’s not worth it.
4. Clean up graffiti. Your time. Your paint. Just because.
5. Donate your used books to a library, nursing home or community center. Grab some extras from thrift stores and donate those too.
6. Buy a homeless person a meal. Consider a care package for a homeless shelter.
7. Volunteer. Needs are all around us. Give of yourself, your time, freely.
8. Let someone go in line in front of you. Hold the door open for a stranger.
9. Read to a child. Mentor an at-risk teen.
10. Pay the tab for the person behind you.
11. Return your shopping carts. This speaks enormous courtesy!
12. Say thank you. Be thankful.
13. Words of encouragement. Offer them.
14. Pick up trash.
15. Visit an animal shelter or a nursing home. Just love on them and give your time.
16. Collect canned food or give to a food bank.
17. Donate blood. Donate used clothing. Just donate.
18. Share produce with your neighbor.
19. Complain less. Make someone laugh.
20. Be polite on the road. Forgive others.
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Wishing you all a beautiful Wednesday and blessings,
“What can we do to make the world a better place? That’s the question that should be foremost in our mind, always. We must be the change.” ~Sandi Krakowski