The Art of Kindness

“Peace begins with a smile.”

~Blessed Mother Teresa

"Sharing smile!"

Photo credit: abhiomkar

The art of kindness starts within me
Ready smiles to radiate
PEACE to the weary
-A boost to the discouraged
-pure sunshine to the sad

 

Mainly, it is an opportunity to stay disciplined
To master this art of giving away something small as a heart-warming smile
A simple and free gift I cannot buy at any price
However, once acquired and given freely
I have the power within
To radically transform those around me

I can give hope, courage, love
And best of all…
PEACE
To calm a storm of turmoil and
Embrace the heart with a hug
PEACE

smiles all around

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The art of kindness
Is within me…
and YOU…

Together, we can harness its power–
let us go forth sharing our smiles
And celebrate
WORLD PEACE
Now.

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What other acts of kindness can we incorporate into our lives?

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Every month, members from a community called, , offer up at least one post a month specifically to peace.

Host, KOZO, suggested January posts be about our own practice on kindness that hopefully lead into a more peace-filled existence.

St. Therese of Lisieux once said, “Let us not be justices of the peace, but angels of peace.”

“We can make a difference–right here, right now…to create more peace in the world in 2013…” please visit We Can Make A Difference… for details on becoming an angel of peace. 

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SUNDAY POST : Christmas

I read a quote today by Kate L. Bosher:

“Isn’t it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for – I don’t know what exactly, but it’s something that you don’t mind so much not having at other times.”

Nativity Lights

Christmas: The gift of peace…you are loved.

My wish for you if somehow, you mysteriously find yourself lonely during this holiday season, for – what, it is not exactly clear, that your special gift at Christmas be the peace of knowing you are truly loved.

Christmas Gift

Christmas: The gift of love.

Finally, Agnes M. Pahro wonderfully defines Christmas and it is my word gift to you, my readers.  Thank you again for being my constant online companion bringing me daily encouragement and inspiration.

You are all, simply charming!

Mother Mary

Christmas: The Gift is born…”Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call be blessed.” ~The Magnificat…Luke 1: 47-48

“What is Christmas?

It is tenderness for the past,

courage for the present,

hope for the future.

It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.

~Agnes M. Pahro

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Curtain Call: Featured Blog…

Jakesprinter: What is Sunday if you do not have your SUNDAY POST? If you blog regularly, you probably already know about Jake, the graphic artist/photographer and host of the weekly Sunday Post.

Every week, Jake throws out a little hint, for example, this week, Christmas (naturally, duh!) is the inspiration. You take your little treasure and unleash your creative mind! Once done, share your heart creation with the rest of the Sunday Post contributors.

Find more contributors and how to participate here at Christmas.

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Merry Christmas

2012

“Our Hearts Are Broken…”

“There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.”

~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Newtown, Connecticut

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy:

“Evil visited this community today.”

The community being a southern New England town called Newtown, where a young, 20-year old decided today, December 13, 2012, he had enough.

Entering a classroom where his mother was a teacher, he tragically shot her and 20 students ranging in ages from five to ten years old.

President Barack Obama:

“Our hearts are broken today.”

This short post goes out to the parents who lost their children in this horrific situation, the witnesses, especially the young ones and to our nation that seems to be slowly unraveling.

Since this killing spree involved guns, naturally the public discussions are turning to  gun control. I admit my total lack of knowledge about gun control, so I ask, do we need more gun control or less? How can a nation stop the current violence against its own people?

SUNDAY POST : Natural Resources–Most

The Water“We must treat water as if it were the most precious thing in the world, the most valuable natural resource.

Be economical with water! 

Don’t waste it! 

We still have time to do something about this problem before it is too late.    ~Mikhail Gorbachev

my thoughts today…

…it is common to see people throw away half consumed bottled water without a thought about the most valuable natural resource we have, clean water. A friend of mine decided to collect these half-filled water bottles whenever she attends an event. Her houseplants thrive with the extra and free water supply!

…it is nice to know water companies now make smaller water containers instead of the usual 20 fluid oz bottles. The smaller bottles pack easier in a purse too!

…water is just one natural resource among many others and if you want more on Natural Resources, please visit Jakesprinter’s SUNDAY POST for more contributors and information on how to participate in this weekly event.

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Do you find it easy to be economical with a valuable natural resource like water?

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SUNDAY POST: Architecture–The Design of Space…

“All architecture is shelter,

all great architecture is the design of space that contains,

cuddles,

exalts,

or stimulates

the persons in that space.”

~Philip Johnson

The Cathedral

<soul>come as you are

this space longs to have you near

you make joy happen

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What is your favorite architectural space that longs to have you near?

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Today’s inspiration comes from Jake’s, SUNDAY POST, with this week’s theme: Architecture.

Have a joyful week, y’all! 🙂

SUNDAY POST : Favorite Spot–Home

“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action.” ~Mother Teresa

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Favorite Spot: HOME…on the couch…chillin’…

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” ~Jane Austin

My favorite spot to relax and unwind is at home; sitting on the couch,  enjoying a good movie or a game of Mahjong with good friends and family.

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Where is your favorite spot to just hangout? 

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Join up every week with Jake as he hosts the SUNDAY POST : This week’s theme is Favorite Spot . Below are creative contributors for this theme…enjoy!