One Simple Act


This book is about changing your life and the life of those around you by harnessing the power of generosity.  The author looks into the following topics.

  • Leap from the springboard of gratitude 
  • Participate in the mystery of sharing 
  • Perform acts of encouragement 
  • Develop the habit of good deeds
  • Expand the impact of forgiveness 
  • Release the power of believing the best 
  • Experience the bounty of open-handed giving 
  • Practice the act of listening 
  • Celebrate the privilege of inspiring hope
  • Share the spirit of Christmas 
  • Bestow the bounty of time 
  • Present the offering of prayer 
  • Enjoy the sharing of faith stores 
  • Cultivate the heart of service 
  • Give God the last word in how you invest your life

This was an interesting and inspirational book to read.

Do Good – Be Good

Forty simple, yet significant good deeds:

  1. Smile
  2. Hold the door open for someone
  3. Say please
  4. Say thank-you
  5. Read a book to a child
  6. Give to charity
  7. Volunteer
  8. Send thank-you cards
  9. Visit a nursing home
  10. Recycle
  11. Organize a litter clean-up day in your community
  12. Compliment others
  13. Walk a shelter dog
  14. Learn CPR, you might save someone’s life
  15. Learn pet CPR, you might save an animal’s life
  16. Be willing to forgive
  17. Leave a generous tip
  18. Find and share the positive aspects of a difficult situation
  19. Donate blood
  20. Be an organ donor
  21. If able, park in the back of a parking lot
  22. Share good news
  23. Write positive reviews when warranted
  24. Exhibit gratitude
  25. Call a friend
  26. Hold the elevator door for someone
  27. If you love someone, tell them
  28. Teach children to be kind
  29. Plant a tree
  30. Be a friend to someone that needs a friend
  31. Post positive, inspirational, and motivational things on social media
  32. Invite people over for a movie night
  33. Listen to people
  34. Give flowers to someone, just because
  35. If you have a skill (quilting, woodworking, etc.) teach that skill to someone else
  36. If you have a hobby that you are passionate about, share that with someone else
  37. Register to be a bone marrow donor
  38. Be respectful of other drivers and pedestrians on the road
  39. Donate your hair to Locks of Love
  40. Be willing to apologize

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Positive Character Traits

In Matthew 12:22-50, Jesus has a lot to say about character.  For example,

  • A tree is known by its fruit
  • Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks

Webster defines character as the mental and ethical traits of a person.  Those traits could be positive or negative.

Positive character traits that I try to incorporate into my life include:

  • Humility
  • Kindness
  • Loyalty
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Generosity
  • Gratitude
  • Patience
  • Compassion
  • Friendliness
  • Dedication

I don’t always live up to my goal, but I learn from my mistakes and try again.


The Indian Heritage of Americans


I was reading The Indian Heritage of Americans by John Franklin Phillips and I was struck by how much my European ancestors owe to the American Indians.

The early European settlers would have died of starvation.  They were ill prepared to farm the land and had no idea what crops would grow in this country.  American Indians took pity on the strangers and taught them what and how to farm.  They saved the lives of countless people.

In some ways we even owe the American Indians for helping America establish a democratic form of government.  The American Indians were already using a form of democracy when the Europeans arrived.

A few of our founding fathers believed it was impossible to unite the colonies and form a united nation.  Benjamin Franklin disagreed and said:

It would be a strange thing if Six Nations of ignorant savages should be capable of forming a scheme of such a union and be able to execute it in such a manner, as that it has subsisted for ages, and appears indissoluble; and yet that a like union should be impracticable for ten or a dozen English colonies, to whom it more necessary and must be more advantageous, and whom cannot be supposed to want an equal understanding of their interest. 

Unfortunately, the generosity of the American Indians was not repaid with kindness.  The Europeans decided to annihilate them.

The American Indians had many great qualities and they are deserving of our respect.