Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Kindest Post of All

Blowing into March and doing OK
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Last week, while trolling through Blogger Buzz, I clicked on a site that was recommended. It is called 366 Random Acts of Kindness http://www.366randomacts.org/.   The title tells it all. The author, a young husband and father named Ryan, has decided that every day this year, he would make a conscious effort to do something kind for others.   Today is his 66th day and as I read through all of his posts, I see how easy it is to follow his path.  So far he has over 2000 followers (and growing fast) and I wonder about what a wonderful difference it would be if all those people would follow his example and do the same.

I consider myself a thoughtful person, however, making a plan to do something specific about it and keeping to it, has not been anything that I would have tried.  Now, though, I have committed myself to this journey.  I will take some of his examples and also try to come up with some of my own.  Everyday brings opportunities so I will look for those.  Sometimes it may be just a kind word or a pat on the back, but it counts, everything counts, kindness counts.

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    1. Because I am anal, I have started an Excel spreadsheet. I think this is the best way to keep my commitment.

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  2. What a good way to try and stay positive and feel like you can make a difference in this world.

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    1. We all make a difference in this world, but sometimes it is good to go that extra mile.

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  3. Hello Arleen:
    Collective acts of kindness, however small and insignificant they may at first appear are, we believe, immensely powerful agents for change. This is indeed an inspirational idea and one that we should certainly subscribe to!

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    1. Dear Jane and Lance,
      Well said. I see your kindness in every post you write. You are very special people.

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  4. What a fabulous idea. I'm in too.

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  5. That is wonderful I will go check him out! sandie

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  6. What a fantastic idea! Hmmm...has me thinking. Maybe I should do that for my April challenge? Either way, it puts it top of mind and I will join in too. Off to see him...

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  7. Arleen, I can't help but think of the wonderful example he is for his children. I always think kindness wins out. Hope you are having a fabulous week. Hugs! Bonnie

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  8. Dear Arleen,
    Thank you for letting us know about this website. I went there as you did and read to see what he is doing for his acts of random kindness. It's so inspiring. Like you, I'm going to begin today.

    Peace.

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  9. What an awesome person! I will go there and see what he is/had done/plans on doing.

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  10. I agree Arleen...kindness does count. What a wonderful post...I will check this young fellow's blog out. Have fun when your seeds come in :)
    Maura

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  11. We should all be doing this. What a difference it would make to the world.

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  12. What an inspiration he is. I'm not one for messing with spreadsheets, but count me in, too.

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    1. Not to worry, I do spreadsheets because that is my background. I just want to make sure I am keeping to the program, especially today, when i can get distracted by a multitude of things. I am so happy that so many of my followers are going to make an effort to follow Ryan's example. It just takes one person, one idea, to make this world a better place. Pass it on!

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  13. Yes there is not enough kindness and consideration in the world I agree and so you both set an excellent example. Great post. One of my fav films is 'Pay it Forward' for that reason.

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  14. Truly an inspirational and thought provoking project. On Tuesday, I signed the petition to Free Sad and Lonely and discovered the CARE2 petitionsite - Turn a click into Social Change, This is Social Media Activism and is a Very Powerful and modern way of doing something small to initiate change and as Ryan is showing us, there are ALOT of issues out there!

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  15. What a truely lovely idea. I hope that he (and you) remember yourselves (at least occasionally) in these random acts. Somehow it is much easier to be kind to others than it is to be kind to ourselves.

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