There's something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part.
A hug's a way to share the joy
And sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say
They like you 'cause you're you.
Hugs are meant for anyone
For whom we really care,
From your grandma to your neighbor,
Or a cuddly teddy bear.
A hug is an amazing thing-
It's just the perfect way
To show the love we're feeling
But can't find the words to say.
It's funny how a little hug
Makes everyone feel good;
In every place and language,
It's always understood.
And hugs don't need new equipment,
Special batteries or special parts -
Just open up your arms
And open up your hearts!
Six Words That Changed a Life Six words - "Smile...it can't be that bad." - changed Judy's life. Judy is a young woman I worked with some years ago. She was in her late twenties, maybe early thirties, more than a little overweight, and not the most stylish dresser. What was most striking about her appearance was her smile; it was always there. Anyone passing Judy in the hallway was greeted with that smile and a soft, "Hello," or, "Good Morning," in her gentle, Minnesota accent. ... Read Full Story >>
A Night With The Homeless by: Ellis Moore (Age 10) Every Saturday or Sunday night my family and I go out and feed the homeless people in the city of Orlando. There are thousands of people across The United States without any food or shelter. My family and I have been doing this for several months. We wanted to see what it was like in the life of a homeless person. One special thing I like to mention is, my family and I do not eat before we begin our journey so we know how it feels to be hungry. All of the areas we go to are very dangerous. We go on streets such as, Orange blossom trail, Parramore, Gore street, Colonial Dr, and down town Orlando. We all get together in the kitchen and prepare the food. Some of the meals are sandwiches and cookies and a bottle of water. ... Read Full Story >>
There are times in our life when we don't take action because we feel the action is too little, that it probably wouldn't make a difference. However, sometimes, even the smallest gesture can make a huge impact on someone's life. I was reminded of that today when I stumbled upon this fable: The Lion and the Mouse by Aesop A Lion was sleeping peacefully when he was woken by a mouse running up and down his back. With lightening speed the Lion reached out and caught the little mouse in one of his large paws. He dangled it by its tail and roared, “I’m the King of Beasts! You’ll pay with your life for showing me such disrespect.” The Lion held the little mouse over his huge open jaws and prepared to swallow it. “Please, please don’t eat me, Mr King of Beasts, Sir,” squeaked the mouse. “If you forgive me this time and ... Read Full Story >>
Two Wolves - A Cherokee Parable An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life... "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves." "One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego." "The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith." "This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too." The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" The old chief simply replied, "Whichever one you feed." ... Read Full Story >>
Two years ago, I heard about a therapist in Hawaii who cured a complete ward of criminally insane patients--without ever seeing any of them. The psychologist would study an inmate's chart and then look within himself to see how he created that person's illness. As he improved himself, the patient improved. "When I first heard this story, I thought it was an urban legend. How could anyone heal anyone else by healing himself? How could even the best self-improvement master cure the criminally insane? It didn't make any sense. It wasn't logical, so I dismissed the story. "However, I heard it again a year later. I heard that the therapist had used a Hawaiian healing process called ho 'oponopono. I had never heard of it, yet I couldn't let it leave my mind. If the story was at all true, I had to know more. I had always understood "total responsibility" to mean that I am responsible ... Read Full Story >>
We are born with two eyes in front because we must not always look behind, but see what lies ahead beyond ourselves. We are born to have two ears. There is one on the left and one on the right so we can hear both sides, collect both the compliments and criticisms, and listen to what is right and let go of what is not. We are born with a brain encased in a skull. Then no matter how poor we are on the outside, we are still rich inside, for as much as someone takes from us, they can never steal our minds. For the jewels and rings inside are pricelessly and eternally our own. We are born with two eyes, two ears, but one mouth for the mouth can be a sharp weapon of hurt or an arrow to shoot the love from our hearts. While it can be used to ... Read Full Story >>
It was a rainy night in New Orleans At a bus station in the town, I watched a young girl weeping As her baggage was taken down. It seems she'd lost her ticket Changing buses in the night. She begged them not to leave her there With no sign of help in sight. The bus driver had a face of stone And his heart was surely the same. "Losing your ticket is like losing cash money," He said, and left her in the rain. Then an old Indian man stood up And blocked the driver's way And would not let him pass before He said what he had to say. "How can you leave that girl out there? Have you not had a moment of fear? You know she had a ticket. You can't just leave her here. You can't put her out in a city Where she doesn't have a friend. You will meet your schedule, But she might meet her end." The driver showed no sign That he'd heard or even cared About the ... Read Full Story >>
What do angels look like? Like the little old lady who returned your wallet yesterday. Like the taxi driver who told you that your eyes light up the world, when you smile. Like the small child who showed you the wonder in simple things. Like the poor man who offered to share his lunch with you. Like the rich man who showed you it really is all possible, if only you believe. Like the stranger who just happened to come along, when you had lost your way. Like the friend who touched your heart, when you didn't think you had one left to touch. Angels come in all sizes and shapes, All ages and skin types. Some with freckles, some with dimples, some with wrinkles, some without. They come disguised as friends, enemies, teachers, students, lovers and fools. They don't take life too seriously, They travel light. They leave no forwarding address, They ask for nothing in return. They wear sneakers with gossamer wings, They get a deal on dry cleaning. They are hard to ... Read Full Story >>
I came across this passage in the book "The Power of Intention" by Wayne Dyer and I wanted to share it with all of you:
"The positive effect of kindness on the immune system and on the increased production of serotonin in the brain has been proven in research studies.
Serotonin is a naturally occurring substance in the body that makes us feel more comfortable, peaceful, and even blissful.
In fact, the role of most anti-depressants is to stimulate the production of serotonin chemically, helping to ease depression.
Research has shown that a simple act of kindness directed toward another improves the functioning of the immune system and stimulates the production of serotonin in both the recipient of the kindness and the person extending the kindness.
Even more amazing is that persons observing the act of kindness have similar beneficial results.
Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved!"
We leave fingerprints!
On walls, on furniture
On doorknobs, dishes, books.
There's no escape.
As we touch we leave our identity.
Wherever I go today
Help me leave heartprints!
Heartprints of compassion
Of understanding and of love.
Heartprints of kindness
And genuine concern.
May my heart touch a lonely neighbor
Or a runaway daughter
Or an anxious mother
Or perhaps an aged grandfather.
Send me out today
To leave heartprints.
And if someone should say,
"I felt your touch,"
May they also sense the love
that is deep within my heart.
And, you know what to do...perform a few random acts of kindness.
Almost any kind deed will do.
And, we highly recommend you perform kind acts on as many people as you can.
This is a favorite day of many people and groups.
People like the idea of showing a little kindness to others.
Its a fun and good thing to do.
And, they like being on the receiving end of this day as well.
It makes both the giver and the receiver feel good.
Schools have used this day as an educational event, and to promote the value of kindness.
Organizations have used this day to promote their cause, and for fundraisers.
Caution: What comes around, goes around.
Random Acts of Kindness is highly contagious.
To wake up in the morning, knowing you're still alive, To know you have a choice each day, starting afresh, To find joy in everyday, acknowledging simple pleasures, To live in the present moment, engaging your awareness, To count the blessings in life, believing abundance abounds, To enjoy the work you do, following your passion, To make a little difference, adding to the universe, To be what you are, listening to your inner being, To give away love, rejoicing in the chance to give, To receive love with gratitude, feeling good about it, To smile at strangers, seeing how infectious it can be, To speak words of kindness, spreading a little warmth, To understand with compassion, opening up your mind, To play with children, nurturing your inner child, To appreciate the nature, soaking up all the beauty, To feel the warmth of the sun, glowing upon your skin, To listen to the falling rain, pattering on the grounds To taste the ... Read Full Story >>
Stan heard in church about a family in Denver, Colorado. There, a family faced a rather bleak Christmas holiday. Medical bills robbed them of any extras; they would not even have a tree. Stan's pastor asked him if he would get them that tree. So Stan and his son Jay headed up into the Colorado Rockies in the family pickup. However, the truck skidded off the icy road and hit a boulder that shattered the windshield. Jay was showered by glass slivers and suffered from shock and crash trauma. Stan was uninjured, though somewhat shaken. Cars sped past that day, maybe 200 of them. Only two stopped to help. A gentle, dark-haired woman took the boy into her car to comfort him while her husband and another man helped Stan move his truck off the road. Then this kind couple drove father and son to Stan's home and quietly left without identifying themselves. Stan ... Read Full Story >>
Tune Into Your Heart
It is not so much what you say as the manner in which you say it;
It is not so much the language you use as the tone in which you convey it.
"Come here." I sharply said, and the child cowered and wept.
"Come here." I said--He looked and smiled and straight to my lap he crept.
Words may be mild and fair but the tone may pierce like a dart;
Words may be soft as the summer air but the tone may break my heart;
For works come from the mind, grow by study and art--
But tone leaps from the inner self, revealing the state of the heart.
Whether you know it or not, whether you mean it or care,
Gentleness, kindness, love and hate, envy, anger, are there.
Then, would you quarrels avoid and peace and love rejoice?
Keep anger not only out of your works--keep it out of your voice.
--- Author Unknown
IF YOU HAD ONE DAY If you had one day to do anything you wanted, what would that be? Sing! Even if people have told you, 'never sing,' you'll want to sing. Jump! Feel your strength surge from the tops of your legs to the tips of your toes. Love! Tell everybody you love that you love them. Live! Life is for living, not waiting. Dance! Feel the music and let the beat pulse through your blood like fire. Reach! Try to touch the stars. Spin! Let your arms fly around you in circles like the horses on a carousel. Swim! Jump into the water like you jump into life. Head first with no regrets or worries. Laugh! Laugh loudly, and feel it from your stomach all the way up to your brain. Meet! Meet people you wouldn't meet before. Cry! Let your feelings be known. Hug! A hug is forever. But, most ... Read Full Story >>
If you want to be a winner, then start with being a winner in life. Let's begin with some intense life cross-training. The first life exercise prescribes us to develop our muscles of life by completing the following list called the "21 More Than" Challenge: 1. You have to listen more than you talk. 2. You have to give more than you get. 3. You have to smile more than you frown. 4. You have to think "we" more than you think "me." 5. You have to agree more than you disagree. 6. You have to compliment more than you criticize. 7. You have to laugh more than you cry. 8. You have to clean up more than you mess up. 9. You have to be positive more than you're negative. 10.You have to be fascinated more than you're frustrated. 11 You have to "walk the talk" more than you "talk the talk." 12. You have to be accepting more than rejecting. 13. ... Read Full Story >>
As you travel through life there are always those times When decisions just have to be made, When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce, And the rain seems to soak your parade. There are some situations where all you can do Is simply let go and move on, Gather your courage and choose a direction That carries you toward a new dawn. So pack up your troubles and take a step forward - The process of change can be tough, But think about all the excitement ahead There might be adventures you never imagined. Just waiting around the next bend, And wishes and dreams just about to come true In ways you can't yet comprehend! Perhaps you'll find friendships that spring from new things As you challenge your status quo, And learn there are so many options in life, Perhaps you'll go places you never expected And see things that you've never seen, O! r travel to fabulous, faraway worlds And wonderful spots in between! Perhaps you'll find warmth ... Read Full Story >>
You Can ======= If you can't feed a billion people, then feed just one. If you can't hire twenty million unemployed, then hire just one. If you can't support an army, then pray for one soldier. If you can't cure disease, then visit one person in the hospital. One smile provides healing. If you can't save the world, then improve your community; and if you can't improve your community, then help your next-door neighbor. We can't save the world, but we can save those within hugging distance. Don't give up. Don't become overwhelmed. We are responsible only for the people in our breathing space. Charity begins with the next person you see. Charity begins with just you and just me. If everyone on earth felt this way, what kind of planet would it be? ~A MountainWings Original by A Lisa Lindsey, Cincinnati, OH ... Read Full Story >>