Wednesday, March 3, 2010

random acts of kindness.

Enjoy the little things,
for one day you may look back and realize
they were the big things.
~ Robert Brault

... I believe that the key to happiness lies in two fundamental maxims:
  1. Take the time to think about the little things in life and give them the merit they deserve.  Revel in the details.  The seemingly mundane that might matter to no one else but you.  Make time to rejoice in these things and allow the bliss to wash over you.
  2. Spend the remainder of your time doing everything in your power to help others achieve the first maxim.  Be kind to others and recognize that they too are fighting their own battles.
Life is difficult.  Adversity and conflicts are abundant and unfortunately they are typically intensified by self-doubt, inadequacies and fears. It's nothing short of monumental to surpass these hurdles and stay positive... but at least we don't have to go through this alone.  Thank God for those special people in your life...

... are you as good of a friend as you could be? ... or perhaps should be? 
Do your friends know how much they mean to you?

I'm not sure why these last few nights I've been feeling so "preachy." I suppose it's because all too often I see how some people treat each other and it starts to cause me to lose faith in humanity.  Spiraling into a lack of faith in the greater good within all of us.   Then, suddenly a little random act of kindness, knowing that you're on someone's mind and that you're not alone and thine cup runneth over yet again... strength to go and face the day. I only hope I can return the favor...
~ Max Ehrmann 
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,

they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;

it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,

gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,

no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,

whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,

it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

 (...gracias, 33)

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
~ Maya Angelou

1 comment:

  1. I heart your blog CK. I remember looking at one of your blog many many moons ago...I'm glad you are back :)--jamie



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