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…
To calm a storm of turmoil and
Embrace the heart with a hug

smiles all around


The art of kindness
Is within me…
and YOU…

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

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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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It’s Not Unusual . . .

Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have. Today can be a healthy unusual day for you–and for others–if you take time to give someone a smile . . .

Your smiles bring an unusual happy day . .

. . . to express a word of kindness . . . to lend a helping hand to someone in need . . . to write a note of gratitude . . . to give a word of encouragement to someone who is temporarily overcome with problems . . . to share a portion of your material possessions with others. ~ William Arthur Ward

Finding what unusual means to me was a challenge. As I went through my day thinking and pondering on the unusual, Bill Gates quote came to mind:

“Anyone who spends their life on a computer is pretty unusual.”


Who among us hasn’t envied a cat’s ability to ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely? ~Karen Brademeyer

What unusual places have you  found to relax?

Animal friends find the most unusual places to squeeze in some rest and recuperation time . . .

Got me an unusually comfortable place to rest . . . you should try it sometime! 

Have you found anything unusual to read lately?

This young person demonstrates, you are never to young to start on your unusual book reading list!

“Mom, you should check out this cool, unusual reading material I found!” 

Finally, the classic pop radio station kept playing, It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones! This man entertains unusually well even at his age! Ohh, and check out his cool “grrrr” near the ending of his performance!! w00t!

“I feel a very unusual sensation–if it’s not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

 I am grateful to all you blogger friends who make my days unusually happy and filled with purpose!  With love, Sunshine!
 Photo and quote credits: Wikimedia Commons ~ Quotes from Quotations and
Inspiration: Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual.