Will Stop for Turtles

I am one of those people that will help turtles cross the road.

A few weeks ago, I was driving with Mom and Gwen in the Jeep.  We were on a four-lane highway and I spotted a turtle.  I pulled over and rushed to help the turtle get to his destination.

The turtle wasn’t happy about being picked up by me.  However, once we made it across the road he continued on his merry way.

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I can’t save all the animals in the world, but I can do my part and try to save some of the animals in the world.

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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The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

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I just finished reading, “The War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells.  The story is about a group of Martians that are tired of living underground, because their planet is currently inhospitable.  The Martians travel to Earth and attempt to take control of our planet.  They destroy buildings, transportation hubs, and even the military is decimated.

While I was reading the book, there were two sections that really got me thinking and stuck with me.

At one point, the main character was describing a man.  He was a man of means, wearing a tailored suit, and he had a gold watch chain.  He was also a man of power and used to being respected by other people.

Unfortunately, the man was caught by the Martians and used for food.  That made me think about how people tend to strive for money and power.  They will spend their entire lives trying to achieve more wealth; however, there are times when money and power will not save you.  Nobody is immune to tragedy.

Toward the end of the book, the Martians were dying and the main character was thinking about the animals on Earth.  He said, “Surely, if we have learnt nothing else, this war has taught us pity – pity for those witless souls that suffer our dominion.”

I think this is a lesson that would benefit humanity, to have pity or empathy for the animals that we dominate.  They may not have the same abilities as humans in reagards to higher thinking skills, but they do have emotions, they do feel grief, pain, and sorrow.  They should be treated with respect and dignity.

All in all, I enjoyed reading the book and was surprised by how humans eventually won the war.  If you want to know what saved humanity from the Martians, read the book.  It will be worth your time.

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.

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