Motivation Monday

Life Vest Inside has had the very good fortune of finding writers willing to share their Kindness Stories/Articles with us. One of our special recurring writers is David Jablinowitz, Op-Ed Editor at Jerusalem Post, who is famous for his “bus stories.”

HMWIP

“How do you do it?” I asked him. “How do you always seem to have a smile on your face?”
My jovial friend, who seems to have mastered the sense of calm, contentment, and joy all of us are desperately after, looked up with twinkling eyes.
“HMWIP.”
“Whip who? What?”
“HMWIP,” he said again, before spelling it out.
“H-M-W-I-P.”
“What does that mean?”
“Well, throughout the course of my day, I stop to ask myself, ‘HMWIP,’ which stands for ‘How Much Would I Pay?’. If I just finished eating lunch, I think about how much I would be willing to pay for the opportunity to eat food with my mouth if that capacity should ever be taken from me and my eating experience confined to a feeding tube. If I am washing my hands after using the restroom, I think, ‘HMWIP!’ – if I had some kind of infection that prevented my body from functioning properly, how much would I pay to be able to use the restroom as I just did? If I look up at the clouds in the sky above, I think about how much I would be ready to pay for the great gift of sight, should that capacity be taken away from me. This little exercise helps me to realize that the things we take for granted in our frantic pursuit of wealth, joy, and contentment, are themselves the very treasures we seek. And as I reflect on how incredibly wealthy I am, how many unimaginable and priceless privileges my life is saturated with, I can’t help it but smile.
”Wishing all of my friends the most wonderful, gratitude-filled day!
~ Yaakov Klein

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Kindness Quote

The best way to counteract self-criticism, therefore, is to understand it, have compassion for it, and then replace it with a kinder response.

Kristin Neff

Act of Kindness

Next time you see garbage on the ground, instead of walking past it, throw it out. Be kind to the world you live in by keeping it clean!

Positive Affirmation

Today I am in love! In love with myself, with life, with this day and with this moment in time.

Kindness Media

Kindness starts by loving yourself. When you see your inner star shine you can share that love with everyone else.
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