The Daily Kindness Digest #867

Kindness Quote

“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.”

Alan Cohen

Act of Kindness

Compliment yourself. It helps you see the positives not just in yourself, but in your surroundings.

Positive Affirmation

Today I inhale confidence and exhale timidity.

Kindness Media


The Daily Kindness Digest #866

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“When you show up authentic, you create the space for others to do the same. Walk in your truth.”

Anonymous

Act of Kindness

Be authentic. Live your life on your terms and live it bravely.

Positive Affirmation

I am unique. I feel good about being alive and being me.

Kindness Media


The Kindness Flash #38

This month’s theme: HOPE – the knowledge that nothing is ever truly impossible.


Reflections

Thinking about the theme of hope, many things come to mind, but oddly enough a line from The Hunger Games resonates with me. “Hope: it is the only thing stronger than fear.”

I’m not one to focus on negativity but I also realize I can’t simply ignore it. It’s no secret that over the past months, many atrocities have been committed to harm and terrorize innocent people. Let me give pause to mention that I know it hasn’t only been over this past month and it hasn’t only been focused on one region or against one people, but rather across the board. Read More >>


Article of the Month

Hope: The Magic Ingredient You Need in Life – Melissa Eisler offers a wonderfully simple definition of hope, and four easy ways to cultivate it in your life.


“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

Dale Carnegie


Act of Kindness

What do you hope for? Section off a few moments and create a bucket list of things you hope will come into fruition over the course of the rest of the 2019 year. Be thoughtful. Remember, what we proclaim, we bring into our lives. What are some things you hope for the world. Write them down and store them somewhere you can refer back to at the end of the year.


Question of the Month

What do you hope for? Section off a few moments and create a bucket list of things you hope will come into fruition over the course of the rest of the 2019 year. Be thoughtful. Remember, what we proclaim, we bring into our lives. What are some things you hope for the world. Write them down and store them somewhere you can refer back to at the end of the year.


Kindness Media

Photo of the Month

Why does this picture represent hope? Share.

Song of the Month

Hope is the single thing stronger than fear. Tell yourself, “TODAY I don’t have to fall apart or be afraid. I get back up!” Believe in yourself and fear will melt away.

Video of the Month

This wonderful video examines why societies in Europe and America have become far more divided in recent years, with a growing divide between left and right that has seen a rise in populist parties, extremes at both ends of the political spectrum and the centre ground being abandoned. This is what I call “the politics of anger”. Why has it happened and can we create a different kind of politics: “the politics of hope”?

Book of the Month

“The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness” by Jerome Groopman, M.D. – Why do some people find and sustain hope during difficult circumstances, while others do not? What can we learn from those who do, and how is their example applicable to our own lives? The Anatomy of Hope is a journey of inspiring discovery, spanning some thirty years of Dr. Jerome Groopman’s practice, during which he encountered many extraordinary people and sought to answer these questions.

“Making Hope Happen” by Shane J. Lopez Ph.D. – Praised as “thoughtful and pragmatic” (Publishers Weekly), Making Hope Happen is for anyone seeking a better future—for themselves, for their business, or for the world. The message is clear: Hope is a choice. Hope can be learned. Hope is contagious. Hope can change your life.

“A Flicker of Hope” by Julia Cook. – HOPE is our children’s window for a better tomorrow. In terms of resilience and well-being, hope is a critically important predictor of success. This creative story reminds children that dark clouds can be temporary and asking for help is always okay. We all have times when we need to borrow a little hope from someone else.

“A Drop of Hope” by Keith Calabrese – “A book that reminds us of the kindness we are all capable of.” – Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor winner and author of Okay For Now.


Reflections on Hope

Thinking about the theme of hope, many things come to mind, but oddly enough a line from The Hunger Games resonates with me. “Hope: it is the only thing stronger than fear.”

I’m not one to focus on negativity but I also realize I can’t simply ignore it. It’s no secret that over the past months, many atrocities have been committed to harm and terrorize innocent people. Let me give pause to mention that I know it hasn’t only been over this past month and it hasn’t only been focused on one region or against one people, but rather across the board. My heart goes out to all those who have suffered and continue to suffer. I know there are no words I can say that can ease the pain you feel, but please know that we see you, we feel you because at the end of the day we are all connected.

I know that for many, moments like these make us question, wonder, lose faith or worst of all – lose hope. While we may know that acts of terror and hate are actions of the extremely weak – the pain that comes from them can make us begin to give up. A person who signs up for a life of inflicting terror and pain believes that fear is one of the strongest things in the world. What they don’t realize however is that there is one thing that can defeat fear – and that is HOPE. Fear may seem unbeatable but it is built on deep seeded weakness and weakness has no foundation. Terror is simply an attempt to rid someone of their most valuable possession – HOPE. However, by holding true to hope and faith in humanity – fear stands NO chance, not by a long shot.

I borrow words from Jewel who so beautifully puts it:

If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be – that we’re all ok.
And not to worry, cause worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these.

I won’t be made useless
Won’t be idle with despair
Will gather myself around my faith
For light does the darkness most fear.

“Light does the darkness most fear” – POWERFUL WORDS and so very true. Let me say this loud and clear – “Darkness, Fear, Terror – you have NO CHANCE of taking us down. Not now, not ever. Hope is our foundation and our walls are fortified with kindness, love, faith, truth, and PURPOSE.” I’ll take my message a step further, for those trying to find their purpose – you will never find what you’re looking for in the darkness. It may promise a sense of belonging, but ask yourself the question: what and who do you want to belong to? I say belong to yourself first, love yourself first, understand your value – and I promise you others will see your value. Never act out of pain, act only out of strength.

To those out there who are on the brink of losing hope – I ask you to hold on. We need each and every one of us to push out the darkness and each of you shines brightly in your own way. Darkness isn’t a person or thing, after all people are amazing, unique and each person has something to bring into this world. However, darkness finds solace and comfort by feeding on the fears of people and it slyly enters into people’s psyche to cause chaos and wreak havoc. I think the most powerful way to rid the world of darkness is to bring acknowledgment and give voice to the light that shines within each person. So, over the course of this month look inward and look outward to spot those who may be down on themselves or down on their luck and help lift them out with words of hope, compassion and empathy. By choosing to speak words of hope you will find that you yourself will gain that hope that you may be seeking.

Want to see how Life Vest Inside has taken the power of hope to a whole new level!? Check out Project Hope Exchange, an amazing initiative through LVI and A2A giving people the unique opportunity to Give Hope and Get Hope all in 30 seconds.

We collect, aggregate and share 30-sec audio messages of hope from individuals that have been through some kind of adversity to others who are currently facing that same adversity.

As mentioned, we all know what it’s like to experience adversity; every one of us in is his and her own way. But even more so, we all know what it feels like to need a bit of hope when it seems like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.

My passion for hope was sparked after a fire broke out in my house at age 15. Just one of the many bumps in the road that led me to a place of depression and devoid of hope. But a promise I made to myself to see people the way I wished someone would have seen me is what drives me to building a world of hope and kindness every day.

Head to the platform to record or listen to a message of hope or send a message of hope to someone you think may need a reminder that they are not alone!


The Kindness Flash #35

The Kindness Flash #35

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This month's theme: PURPOSE - Living your vision


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News from Life Vest Inside

Check out an interview hosted by Renée Poindexter as she chats with me about my personal life purpose and how I came to create Life Vest Inside. Read More >>


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“How to Find Your Purpose in Life” by Jeremy Adam Smith

Are you struggling to discover your purpose? That may be because you feel isolated from other people. Here's how you can overcome that.

“You Don’t Find Your Purpose — You Build It by” by John Coleman

In this article, Jon Coleman discusses some of the greatest misconceptions people build up in their minds about finding their purpose.


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“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
~ Pablo Picasso

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Define and do! Take the time this month to listen to your heart. List what you believ to be your life’s purpose. Answer the following questions for yourself and keep the answers near to your heart. How do you want to be remembered in this world? What is your vision? What goals have you or will you set in place to help you realize your vision.

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Over the last six months, when have you felt most alive and electrified? What were you doing? Who were you being?
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I stumbled upon this song randomly and was in shock that I haven’t heard it before as the words represent the way I lead my life. This song is a reminder to us all that “every time that you wake up breathing, every night when you close your eyes, everyday when your heart keeps beating - there’s purpose for your life.”

 
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Your purpose isn’t something you need to find. It isn’t hiding around some corner - it is waiting for you to become more present and more conscious.

 
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“The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?” by Rick Warren

In The Purpose Driven Life you'll find the answers to three of life's most important questions:
· The Question of Existence: Why am I alive?
· The Question of Significance: Does my life matter?
· The Question of Purpose: What on earth am I here for?
Living out the purpose you were created for moves you beyond survival or success to a life of significance - the life you were meant to live.

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“A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans” by W. Bruce Cameron

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

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“Simplify Your Life: Tips For Developing A Purpose Driven Life And Unlocking Your Potential” by Sarah O’Flaherty

Is your life lacking purpose? Are you often stressed and overwhelmed? If so, then it's time for a crash course in the skills that will lead to a more meaningful life.

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“The Candle: Remembering the Purpose” by Hunter Truner

A candle wants to be used in the Candle Maker's shop, but on his own terms. Through a series of funny efforts, the candle finds that his happiness and purpose are not determined by him but by the Candle Maker. When that happens, everything changes.

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“Making a Difference: Teaching Kindness, Character and Purpose” by Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed.

Kindness, courtesy, respect and purpose: Through positive and motivating text, Making a Difference assures children that they are important, and that what they do matters. Boost your child's confidence and sense of purpose as you read and affirm that their hopeful thoughts, kind words and good choices can make a difference to themselves and others. Making a Difference is a book that can help build social skills and character, teach life lessons to your children, and put them on a pathway to kindness, courtesy, respect, and purpose.

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The Daily Kindness Digest #769

Kindness Quote

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

Paulo Coelho

Act of Kindness

Publicly share an act of kindness someone has done for you. It just may inspire others to seek out opportunities for kindness.

Positive Affirmation

Today I inspire and empower myself and others.

Kindness Media


The Daily Kindness Digest #768

Kindness Quote

“Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.”

Nina Dobrev

Act of Kindness

Plan a family outing. A game of bowling, karaoke, or just make it a game night.

Positive Affirmation

Today I am fun loving. I seek opportunities to enjoy life despite the hardships.

Kindness Media


The Daily Kindness Digest #767

Kindness Quote

“Honesty and loyalty are key. If two people can be honest with each other about everything, that’s probably the biggest key to success.”

Taylor Lautner

Act of Kindness

Be courageous. Stand up for what’s right, in business, in school and in your day to day comings and goings.

Positive Affirmation

Today I am loyal and I express my loyalty in word and deed.

Kindness Media


The Daily Kindness Digest #766

Kindness Quote

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.”

Thomas Merton

Act of Kindness

Practice humility. Remember, the skills we have are the tools we’ve been given to make the world a better place.

Positive Affirmation

Today I am humble. In this world, there is no room for ego.

Kindness Media


The Daily Kindness Digest #765

Kindness Quote

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.”

John C. Maxwell

Act of Kindness

Choose your word wisely. It’s not always about the words we say, but rather how we say them.

Positive Affirmation

Today I aware of my strength. My actions can inspire for the good or bad – the choice is mine.

Kindness Media


The Daily Kindness Digest #764

Kindness Quote

“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”

Richard Bach

Act of Kindness

This weekend, offer to give an entire day to someone you know and let them set the agenda.

Positive Affirmation

Today I am free spirited and take life one moment at a time.

Kindness Media


The Daily Kindness Digest #763

Kindness Quote

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

Abraham Lincoln

Act of Kindness

Choose to be happy. That’s right, happiness is a choice we make each and every day and when truly achieved is never based on circumstance.

Positive Affirmation

Today I am happy mind, body, and soul. Happiness comes from within.

Kindness Media


The Daily Kindness Digest #762

Kindness Quote

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

John F. Kennedy

Act of Kindness

Throw a gratitude party at work, home or school. Ask people to bring along some snacks and give everyone the opportunity to go around the table and share what they are grateful for in their life.

Positive Affirmation

Today I am grateful for what I have and for what I may not have.

Kindness Media


The Daily Kindness Digest #761

 

The Daily Kindness Digest #761

 

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 "Obviously, you would give your life for your children, or give them the last biscuit on the plate. But to me, the trick in life is to take that sense of generosity between kin, make it apply to the extended family and to your neighbour, your village and beyond." ~ Tom Stoppard

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Treat someone to lunch on you.

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Today I am authentically generous. I don't give to simply receive.

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Young woman performs small act of kindness by feeding the homeless in her community.

The Daily Kindness Digest #760

Kindness Quote

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

“Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.”

Michael Jordan

Act of Kindness

Lend a skill or talent you have to someone in your life.

Positive Affirmation

Today I recognize my talents and express gratitude in the form of sharing.

Kindness Media


The Daily Kindness Digest #759

Kindness Quote

“True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness, we offer to others.”

Alex Wek

Act of Kindness

Send someone a bouquet of flowers to brighten up their weekend.

Positive Affirmation

Today I am caring. I don’t simply do kindness I live it.

Kindness Media