Monthly Archives: November 2006

Kind Words are Free!

Here are more of my favorite “kindness” quotes. It’s true, kind words are free, and they really could change someone’s life.

So, who will be the recipient of some kind words from you? 🙂

“The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible”

~ Albert Einstein

“You and I can never do a kindness too soon, for we never know how soon it will be too late.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else’s life forever.”

~ Margaret Cho

“The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.”

~ Thomas Carlyle

“Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. Mental trouble was never known to arise from such quarters. Though they do not cost much yet they accomplish much. They make other people good natured. They also produce their own image on men’s souls, and a beautiful image it is.”

~ Blaise Pascal

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.”

~ The Dalai Lama

Keep Seniors Independent and Involved – Practical Acts of Kindness

Keep Seniors Independent and Involved -Practical Acts of Kindness

Sometimes elderly people can be fierce about maintaining their independence – some would say downright stubborn. But it is hard to give up taking care of oneself and give the reins over to someone else. It can diminish their spirits to depend on others to do tasks they used to do so easily.

How can you help without taking away their independence?

Following are five ideas from the free e-book, 101 Ways to Change the World. Use them to stir up your own ideas. Let’s keep our seniors involved in life – they are a valuable commodity!

1. If you have an old computer that still works, take it to an elderly person.

  • Teach how to operate it to send and receive email. Give them a connection to the world.
  • What a great way to keep them connected to their family and friends who are probably online too.
  • Their kids and grandkids will think they are so cool, and be so impressed that they mastered the computer!
  • Become an E-mail Pen Pal with them yourself!

2. Help someone around the house who is elderly or sick. You could:

  • Paint
  • Garden
  • Mow the lawn
  • Shovel snow
  • Take out trash

Just look around. You’ll be able to discover what needs to be done. If there is an extensive list of things to do, enlist the help of a couple other people – take a lunch along and make it a party! The senior will appreciate the help and the company.

3. Take daily walks with an elderly neighbor who doesn’t feel comfortable or safe going out on their own. Exercise will help keep them mobile and keep their spirits up, too. And you may just learn tidbits of history and wisdom from their perspective.

4. Birds are always a delight to watch for those who are homebound.

  • Take over a bird feeder and keep it filled with birdseed.
  • Hummingbirds are fun to watch. Keep their feeder filled with fresh hummingbird nectar for hours of entertainment!

5. Help the elderly or homebound decorate for the holidays: They often miss out on the fun of holidays because they aren’t able to handle the traditions and decorations. Yet they usually have boxes of items that made their holidays special over the years. Make sure you return to put them all away!

There you have it – five simple ways to make a difference in an elderly person’s life. All you have to do is make the decision to help and then do it. It’s just that simple!

About the Author

Author Ginny Dye shares practical acts of kindness that will make a difference in our world. Get 96 more tips on how you can make a difference. Go to http://www.101WaysSeries.comand request 101 Ways to Change the World”


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Simple Acts of Kindness

Small Deeds Make a Big Difference

While most of us as caring citizens feel some sense of obligation to contribute-especially during the holidays-it’s easy to see why our good intentions sometimes turn into good excuses. We tend to think of contribution as volunteering at a nursing home or writing a check to the local fire department, so we add up our existing commitments and conclude that we just don’t have the time or money to make such an investment. But the truth is you can make a big difference in the lives of others-and your own-by performing simple acts of kindness. After all, contribution is not about resources but being resourceful. It’s doing or using whatever you can in the moment to make a difference. As Mother Theresa said, “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”

“We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
~ Mother Theresa

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History Lesson – Thinking Of Others

History Lesson – Thinking Of Others
by Todd Demas

There are some old sayings that can be traced back to the Bible and the Golden Rule: It is far better to give something or yourself to others than to get something from them. And also, we must always do unto others just as we would like them to do unto us.

That’s not the rules we usually live by today. Today we live in a cutthroat world where we strive for personal achievement by acting on our own ambitions. We worship financial success and put ourselves first most of the time. We always push for that instant gratification and the honor of self.

Throughout the ages humanity has mostly put the protective care of self first. It’s one of humankind’s basic instincts.

And of course this mentality is critical when we are encouraged to never quit, finish what we start, keep pushing through hardships, and persevere no matter what.

But what folks need to remember is very plain: You receive great fulfillment when you give of yourself. Not only that, you also do good for someone else. Showing others that they matter makes all happy — including yourself.

Ever wonder what the reason for this is? It is because doing for others is one of our secondary instincts.

There are many troubles in the world and it is easy to focus on the negative. However you can choose how to respond to the negative events in the world. If you choose to respond in a positive manner then you might be surprised by the positive effects on your mental and physical health.

Have you ever visited a senior citizen in a retirement home? It made you feel pretty good didn’t it? Think about the happy feelings you had while visiting with this person. And you recall how nothing else was as important as making this person happy.

Remember seeing the blind man on the street who played his guitar for you when you gave him a dollar? It makes you think about all you have and how well the blind man played. Have you ever done something for someone else that made you tearful and gave you a strange peace inside?

We are wise to invest a lot of time helping others. This really is our whole purpose in life — to put others before ourselves. All of us hve it in our grasp to make a better day for someone else. The act of kindness could be something as simple as just talking to someone else. It is as simple as just sharing our time and getting to know the person we are helping. We were never meant to live alone in the world.

There are great benefits to be realized by the community, the person you are helping, and yourself when you give.

And lastly, remember that everyone has different tastes, likes, and dislikes. Some like football while others like baseball. Some like fast food while others like to dine in only the finest restaurants. Some like to work behind the scenes while others like the prominent positions. Some are workaholics while others are slothful. The point here is don’t spend a lot of money on resources trying to pleasure someone with something they do not want. Spend it by giving of yourself. It’s more valuable than material things.

About the Author:
Todd Demas, author, writes for several history publications. If history fascinates you like it does us, see his work featured at

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