My birthday is right around the corner (it’s November 10). I’m not asking for presents, a big party, birthday cake, or comments about how wonderful I am (although that would be okay).
And if you want me to tell you how old I am, that’s not happening either.
Back to the presents. The best gift you could give me is to be kind and compassionate to all.
Are you with me? Happy birthday!
Between all the outdoor events and festivities, fireworks, food, and time with family and friends, I’ve decided to place one thing at the top of my list on the Fourth of July 2017. Prayer.
Don’t get me wrong.
That doesn’t mean I’ll retire quietly at home in thoughtful meditation for the next few days ignoring this holiday completely. After all, we celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year, marking July 4, 1776 as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.
My declaration on this Fourth of July is to “speak up” in prayer, words and deeds.
I will act with kindness and inspire reasoned discourse.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
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Love. Orbit belongs to Dawn Thompson, CCI puppy raiser. Holiday shopping is tough!
I’ve been struggling to make sense of what’s going on in our country today. Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is approaching. Yet I see so much hatred. So much division. What can I do?
Here’s my plan. Listen. Love. Act. I’ll do what I can to make the world we live in – together – a better place.
I’m volunteering to support causes I believe in, including refugee assistance. I’ll continue my work with Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support.
We can’t all see eye to eye; I know that. I probably won’t change minds or hearts. I know that, too. What I can do is show love to all, regardless of personal opinions. I’ll hug my dog Levi more often. I’ll continue to speak up for what I believe in; to do otherwise would damage my soul. I refuse to succumb to spoken and written words of ugliness.
I’m praying for peace and kindness. Join me.
It’s about time to say so long to this year and look ahead, but not without a few observations and reflections on 2015.
- The kindness (and patience) of friends old and new never ceases to amaze me.
- I’m grateful for steady work as a freelancer with challenging work assignments.
- Everyone faces challenges, every day – seen and unseen. Be compassionate.
- Love all living creatures. Especially dogs.
- Imagine a world without war or hatred. Consider what you can do to support this vision and turn it into reality. Pray.
- Help others see the best in themselves. Encouragement doesn’t cost a thing.
- Listen more and talk less.
- Learning is a lifelong endeavor.
Here’s to a wonderful 2016!
Kindness isn’t something you should “do” occasionally.
Seth Godin, a creative, thoughtful blogger and entrepreneur, reminds us about kindness on his blog:
One theory says that if you treat people well, you’re more likely to encourage them to do what you want, making all the effort pay off. Do this, get that. Another one, which I prefer, is that you might consider treating people with kindness merely because you can. Regardless of what they choose to do in response, this is what you choose to do. Because you can.
Speaking of kindness, my friend Sarah’s home was recently burglarized, and the following day, some of her most prized possessions were returned in a bag on her doorstep with a note of apology from (apparently) the thief. Kindness and conscience.