Sunday, November 13, 2011

“Kindness is a language

which the deaf can hear and the and the blind can see”
~Mark Twain


World Kindness Day evolved from a series of conferences in 1996-1997 in Japan by a group known as the World Kindness Movement.

These conferences brought together groups interested in promoting more kindness around the world. It culminated in the "Declaration of Kindness" on November 13,1997, and November 13 became the celebratory day. So, since my blog posting day coincides, I thought it was appropriate to remind everyone that a random act of kindness is never wasted.

Those who read my blog know I have been following the plight of Jack the Cat, and I had posted on my Facebook page about the passing of Jack the Cat...his 2 months without adequate nutrition caused his body to deteriorate and antibiotics could not help him...as sad as it was, it was an act of kindness to let him go.But, good is going to come from it with a movement to prevent animals from being treated as cargo.

I think sometimes the objects that I sell in the store were loved with kindness in their time. Imagine the woman who wore this sweater 60 years ago...it is in excellent condition. It must have been treated with such kindness...

and old books that were read and loved...
and imagine the act of kindness to share a cup of coffee or tea with someone...and not in a styrofoam cup!As a native Pennsylvanian and one who did graduate work at Penn State, it has been a difficult week...the kindness that the students showed for the victims was impressive.
So, just a random act of kindness today...smile at someone for no reason at all...hug someone...pet your furry friend or friends for a couple extra minutes...he does love it...Deuteronomy just has one of those faces!I just happened to see my morning paper delivery guy this morning...told him that he was the best we have had (really true!) and watched a big smile come to his face. So, from a beautiful fall day in New Jersey, have a good day! Be nice!"Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns." ~Marc Estrin

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