“That best portion of a man’s (woman’s) good life—his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love” –William Wordsworth
February 15-21st, 2010 is “Random Acts of Kindness week”, and I know that if we were to randomly show a daily act of kindness, we would not only be finding our own lives more enriched, we would also bring a smile to someone’s face and perhaps a thankfulness that would somehow be returned to someone else in need, creating a domino effect. I found that by me sending birthday cards and other notes to people, letting them know they are being thought of and are special to me, made a huge difference in someone’s life.
One of my favorite “kindness” quotes is this: “The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident” (Charles Lamb). I have often found that karma plays a great role in my life to my humble advantage when I give small gestures of love to someone.
One way of showing a random act of kindness is to show “link love”. It doesn’t cost a dime, it can be done from the internet, and you can do it in “stealth” mode (meaning, you don’t have to tell anyone you did it). You can find someone whose message you want to spread, or perhaps maybe a product that you like and want to share with your friends, anything. Whatever it may be, you can show this “link love” by re-tweeting it through your twitter account, your own personal blog, facebook account, digg account, etc. Just copy and paste their link into where you choose to share it, and voila! Some day, often when you are not expecting it, you will receive a pleasant surprise in some way, shape, or form. Something that you need or want in your life. An answered prayer, perhaps, or that much needed resource for your business or personal life. It could be anything. Receive it thankfully and continue giving.
For me, it wasn’t until I got older and continued to send cards…… I started receiving phone calls or surprise visits from people whom I hadn’t seen in months or years. Two of these friends told me they were feeling depressed and my card made their day cheerful. And even though you may not hear anything right away, just know you ARE making a difference. I challenge you to do just one small act of kindness today, and then every day…..
My first “link love” will be for my friend, Dennis, who asked me to be on his radio show on January 29th, 2010. He asked me to talk about my little creations that I paint. Thank you Dennis, and to the guys at the radio station KSGVRadio.com who gave me a great time and who gave me information to copyright my work in the future. If I hadn’t of gone to this interview I wouldn’t of received this information so easily like I needed. Dennis has his radio show, “Free For All Fridays” every Friday night from 10:30pm-11:30pm on KSGVRadio.com.
If you haven’t heard my radio interview with Dennis on January 29th, 2010, along with my other friends, you can listen to it here. After the picture there is a play button.Click to Listen!