I got the call about mum at 9 in the morning. What happened next was a bit of a blur, but I remember the two hour train ride to the hospital vividly. I felt so helpless. At least when you’re driving you have your own feet on the pedals. In the train I was at ... Continue Reading »
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“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.” ~ H.L. Mencken Somebody is ALWAYS looking. YOU! The most pure form of morality is when you do what you love, and it feels right to you and it meets the needs of people around you and you feel no need for any ... Continue Reading »
An 85 year old man was sitting on the sofa with his 50 year old son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window. The Father asked his Son, “What is this?” The Son replied “It is a crow”. After a few minutes, the Father asked his Son the 2nd time, “What is this?” The Son ... Continue Reading »
Kindness don’t have no boundaries. So said Aibileen in The Help about the things that divide people, “They in our heads. Kindness don’t have no boundaries.” If only we truly got this and lived it. The things that divide us, the things we fear about each other that make us fight and protect ourselves, they’re ... Continue Reading »
One of my favorite escapist action movies is Sword Fish. John Travolta (Gabriel) is the good baddie, the villain on a mission to change the world. Hugh Jackman (Stanley) is the bad goodie, the lovable rogue caught up in Travolta’s schemes. At one point Gabriel saves Stanley’s life but wants to keep him under his ... Continue Reading »
The owner of a small wine-shop in a poor district of Tokyo had to be a tough man, with many people trying to swindle a free drink out of him. It was the end of the year, when debts have to be settled. Those who collected the money owing, spend some of it on drink; those ... Continue Reading »
I don’t know who said this, but would like to meet him/her. Awesome words: I love unmade beds. I love when people are drunk and crying and cannot be anything but honest in that moment. I love the look in people’s eyes when they realize they’re in love. I love the way people look when ... Continue Reading »
The image of 8 year old Martin Richard holding a handmade sign saying, “No more hurting people- Peace” pretty well broke my heart. To think that he was killed while eating ice cream at the finish line of the Boston Marathon is almost too much to bear. The image of a group of Syrians standing ... Continue Reading »
One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African-American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard ... Continue Reading »
A cab driver was called to a building at 2.30 in the morning. The driver walked to the door and knocked. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 80′s stood before him. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody ... Continue Reading »
Simple really. Just notes. Notes tucked into books. His idea, all his. An afternoon of errands. Dull, boring, mindless endless jobs “Just running in” He waited in the car with his thoughts. “Right, library next’ I bustle checking things off. Not quite done. He sat with scraps of paper on his lap. Notes to somebody. ... Continue Reading »
Zig Ziglar said, “Every obnoxious act is a cry for help.” Wow! What an amazing way to reframe being attacked. It’s not easy, mind you, in the heat of the moment. But imagine how different life would be if we lived with that sort of compassion. About twenty five years ago, I was physically attacked ... Continue Reading »
Break through the thick ice of hostility. You might discover lifelong friendship on the other side. Kindness is the best ice breaker. It thaws the frostiest reception and creates space for warmth and depth. It melts fear and defensiveness and blazes a trail for kindness to return and spread.
Light up the world with kindness. Assist others to shine for the sheer joy in their joy. Pass on your love and support to those who need a boost, with no string attached, just because it’s who you are. Live like the moon which alley-oop’s light onto the world and never expects payback and never ... Continue Reading »
This is the third part in a series on living a good, true and beautiful life. What is goodness? Is it separate from truth and beauty? Is it just good for you or others as well? MLK put it like this- I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ... Continue Reading »