The title of this book is self-explanatory. It’s full of advice on how to be kind to others. I am sharing a few of my favorite ideas.
Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day, so take time to be kind.
I was in Celebrate Recovery a few weeks ago and the leader was talking about how we should treat other people. He summed it up perfectly, treat you fellow man with:
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.
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.
Forty simple, yet significant good deeds:
- Hold the door open for someone
- Say please
- Say thank-you
- Read a book to a child
- Give to charity
- Send thank-you cards
- Visit a nursing home
- Organize a litter clean-up day in your community
- Compliment others
- Walk a shelter dog
- Learn CPR, you might save someone’s life
- Learn pet CPR, you might save an animal’s life
- Be willing to forgive
- Leave a generous tip
- Find and share the positive aspects of a difficult situation
- Donate blood
- Be an organ donor
- If able, park in the back of a parking lot
- Share good news
- Write positive reviews when warranted
- Exhibit gratitude
- Call a friend
- Hold the elevator door for someone
- If you love someone, tell them
- Teach children to be kind
- Plant a tree
- Be a friend to someone that needs a friend
- Post positive, inspirational, and motivational things on social media
- Invite people over for a movie night
- Listen to people
- Give flowers to someone, just because
- If you have a skill (quilting, woodworking, etc.) teach that skill to someone else
- If you have a hobby that you are passionate about, share that with someone else
- Register to be a bone marrow donor
- Be respectful of other drivers and pedestrians on the road
- Donate your hair to Locks of Love
- Be willing to apologize
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.
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:
I don’t always live up to my goal, but I learn from my mistakes and try again.