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Simply Kind Tuesday

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

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Surprise! Here is something other than a recipe!


It has been quite some time since I have participated in Simply Kind Tuesdays, so I’m doing that this evening.

The aspect of kindness about which I’m thinking this evening is family kindness.

Of course, the source of true kindness within a family is genuine love. If you’ve got that love, way down in your soul, it will come to the surface, somehow.

These are some instances of family kindness that I’ve noticed lately:

  1. When I tried a new recipe that wasn’t an instant ‘favorite’ with my husband, he suggested an addition to the recipe that he would enjoy. He suggested it the next day, not right after I had ‘slaved over a hot stove.’
  2. I feel very loved when my children tell me high points of their days at school.
  3. As a mom, I feel that it as a kindness even when my children share their sorrows and disappointments with me. It helps me know that they realize that I love them and care about them.
  4. It is kind to allay a child’s fears about something, perhaps a health matter, when this is possible, treating him with respect.
  5. Politeness surely goes a long way towards making kindness within the family evident. I remind myself to stop what I’m doing, look at my dear family member, and give him or her my full attention. ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you!’, ‘Have a good day!’ and ‘How are you today?’ are all welcome tokens of kindness that I hear.
  6. I am thankful for the many kindnesses I witness my children showing to one another. My daughters often decide together on some fun thing to do, fix one another snacks, and just plain enjoy spending time together.
  7. My husband takes the time to train our youngest son how to work around the house, and also takes the time to toss the football or shoot the basketball with him.
  8. Our oldest son, though terribly busy with job demands, time and again has rescued me from computer problems.

We spend a lot of time with one another. I’m thankful that our home is a place where we all feel welcome, cared for, and appreciated. Kindnesses, little and big, have a lot to do with this agreeable state of affairs.

 

How about you, Friends? What examples of family kindness rejoice your soul?

Simply Kind Tuesdays

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

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It has been a while since I’ve participated in Simply Kind Tuesdays, but here I am today, so let’s see what I can do with this topic.

Kindness, the sort of kindness that proceeds from a genuine caring for others, is something I want to see more and more of in my life. I know that this ability to love others selflessly is a gift from God. By His grace, may His love flow through me to others. There’s a verse, James 1:27, that states:

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

This says to me that kindness shows itself in real, practical ways. Galatians 6:10:

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

One opportunity for showing kindness that occurs regularly in my life is that of helping my elderly mom with this and that as she now resides in an assisted living apartment, due to the frailty of her old age. I routinely help her with the practical things, such as shopping and grooming, but just recently noticed something she really enjoys.

Daughter Laura and I went for a visit, taking Diederick, who is 2 ½ and Carly, who is 7 months old, to see their great grandmother. I could see that the visit had to be short, since Carly’s energetic shouts startled my mom, but it was fun while it lasted. Laura snapped some photos, which we developed and framed so that my mom could show them off to her friends.

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Would you like to participate in Simply Kind Tuesdays? Here is what hostess Claudia says about this meme:

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
– Scott Adams

This is a new (11/08) meme for Tuesdays. The goal is to keep kindness on our blogs and in our minds. Please join me in reminding the world of the simple power of kindness.

Simply Kind Tuesdays

1. Write about kindness on Tuesdays.
* You may write an entire post about kindness
* You may include kindness in your posts. Even one line will do!
2. Outside of kindness, there is no specified topic. You can talk about the kind acts you are doing, something you saw in the paper, kindness in general, or….
3. The goal of Simply Kind Tuesdays increase awareness of the kindness that surrounds us.
4. To join this challenge, simply grab a Simply Kind Tuesday Banner and add your n ame to the Mr. Llinky at the bottom of this post.

Simply Kind Tuesday

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Today I would ordinarily do a Ten on Tuesday post, but I didn’t feel like playing along with the topic this week: 10 Things You Want For the Holiday. It’s more blessed to give than to receive, right? So, I’ll do my own little thing here: 10 Things I Want to Give Each Day.

  1. I want to give thanks to the Lord each day, most of all, for Who He is. As stated so succinctly in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, ‘God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.’
  2. I want to give a pleasant greeting to my family when I see them each morning.
  3. I want to give my employer a good day’s work for their dollar.
  4. I want to give thought to what I will serve my family for dinner (Think: Plan Ahead.)
  5. I want to give a smile to others throughout the day.
  6. I want to give my attention to those who speak to me.
  7. I want to give myself some exercise and relaxation by going for a walk each day.
  8. I want to give praise to others whenever possible.
  9. I want to give humble, wholesome criticism when it is necessary.
  10. I want to give encouragement to the students with whom I work, as much as possible.

Now that the list is written I guess I can post it under Simply Kind Tuesdays.

Simply Kind Tuesdays – Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

I’ve spent a busy day at home, doing paperwork, cooking for the family, doing laundry, and helping to watch the grandbabies. I enjoy this quiet, homey work. It often provides me with the thoughts that I share on my blog.

Today I’m participating for the first time in Simply Kind Tuesdays, a meme hosted by Claudia of On a Limb With Claudia.

I found out about this meme from my friend Storyteller at Small Reflections and Sacred Ruminations. Thank you, Storyteller!

It is more decency than kindness to express thankfulness, but that is what I am doing today.

I am thankful to the veterans who are being honored today on Veterans’ Day. These men and women chose to set aside personal comfort and safety, and in many cases put themselves in danger’s way to preserve the freedoms of people such as me, a mother and grandmother caring for her family at home.

Thank you, very much.

This poster is from The Veterans Day Poster Gallery.