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PHILOSOPHY OF KINDNESS

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. (From: Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." Stephan Grellet

"There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success." George Burton Adams (1851-1925)

COACH'S NOTES:
In our fast paced lives it feels like the philosophy of kindness is often replaced with the philosophy of heartlessness. We find our chaotic ramblings taking over all sensibility, including our consciousness of humane treatment of others and ourselves. In the larger scheme of things are the senseless acts of cruelty and injustice that only serve to perpetuate the same devastating behaviors. We can begin to shift into a more humane way of being in the world by practicing the philosophy of kindness.

When we become dedicated to the application of kindness we take the first step toward a more benevolent and uplifting world. What are some of the simple ways you can implement the philosophy of kindness? Can you take the time to listen to someone's story? We all have stories, but when was the last time you loaned your time, patience and presence to give the other person a chance to be heard and valued?

What can you do in your daily life to uplift and inspire the life of another? Can you share a thoughtful gift, a kind deed or time in your schedule to spend with someone who is longing friendship and someone to care? How can you make a difference in the lives of your loved ones? Can you spend an extra minute to really be present or to share a kind word in the heat of frustration and life challenges?

When was the last time you forgave yourself for making a mistake? Can you give yourself a bit of space around your tendency to create discontent in your life over things that really don't matter? How would your life be different if you chose to remove self-limiting beliefs and self-talk?

We all have opportunities in every moment of our lives to be dedicated to acts of kindness. It takes a moment to cause hurt and pain that lasts a lifetime. It takes the same moment to change the future of a child, make the difference in a person's well being or bring comfort to a person in dire straits. Where can you reach out and bring more kindness back into your life? It takes only a moment to bring a bit of sunshine back into the world by sharing unselfish acts of kindness and benevolence.

I send you blessings of a life well lived and the prosperity of sharing a bit more of kindness in the world. May you live a life of joyful wonder and prosperity!

Love & Life,
Becky


TEACHABLE MOMENTS


THE WINDOW

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene. One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man couldn't hear the band, he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words. Days and weeks passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it for himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you."

Epilogue: There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy.

LIGHTEN UP!


The American industrialist, Henry Ford, was once asked to donate money for the construction of a new medical facility. The billionaire pledged to donate $5,000. The next day in the newspaper, the headline read, "Henry Ford contributes $50,000 to the local hospital." The irate Ford was on the phone immediately to complain to the fund-raiser that he had been misunderstood. The fund-raiser replied that they would print a retraction in the paper the following day to read, "Henry Ford reduces his donation by $45,000." Realizing the poor publicity that would result, the industrialist agreed to the $50,000 contribution in return for the following: That above the entrance to the hospital was to be carved the biblical inscription: "I came among you and you took me in." - The Executive Speechwriter's Newsletter



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Failure is always a safe, familiar, no-risk refuge, a known experience it focuses on new of testing responsibilities upon one. Success, on the other hand, is unknown territory and a high-risk business; the very life-style it imposes is full of relentless demands for even better performances and achievements. Anon

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