Lyric Kinard http://lyrickinard.blogspot.com/
I try my very best to never whine in public.
Some things are so easy that I don't even notice I'm doing them until someone points it out.
I'm on Facebook a lot. I make it a point to only post helpful, positive links.
When I make a meal that freezes well I always make a triple batch. One gets eaten later and one ends up going to someone who could use it. I freeze things in zip-loc bags so recipients don't have to return dishes.
On a recent teaching trip I was up and down on airplanes all day long. I left at least one, sometimes two, little notes tucked away in magazines in the seat pockets. I hope they make someone smile. It made me smile just to sneak them in and think of someone reading them. I think we get more out of serving others than we realize!
I helped a young woman who wanted to alter and combine two different patterns to make a dress for her to wear to the temple. It only took an hour or so (it was a pretty simple pattern) and I think she will do a great job sewing it up. I think many of you could do the same kind of thing - make yourself available to get someone started sewing. Teach them the basics of how to use their machine.
Write a note of appreciation to someone who doesn’t expect it.
I made cupcakes for my Mundo Lindo kids. Just because.
...and with 4 cupcakes left over, I walked out into the park and found 2 young moms with 4 small children, and offered them the cupcakes. They were thrilled and surprised.
Why I Wake Early
by Mary Oliver
Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and the crotchety--
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light--
good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.
Your kindnesses inspire me!
I went to an office supply store recently. When I returned to my car the car parked to the right of it was gone and about a dozen cards were splayed on the pavement. I was drawn to check it out and was mindful of our kindness mission. I went through the cards and noticed no credit cards were included (good!) just store cards like Starbucks etc., but one was a AAA Emergency Auto Assist membership card. I took the cards back into the store and had the card holder paged but there was no response. Rather than leaving the cards for a lost and found box I took them with me and called AAA. They called the member, gave him my phone number and he called me. We made arrangements to get the cards back in his possession. He sounded like an older man and had not noticed his loss until AAA called him. He was delighted & I feel so good that I got involved!
Also earlier this year I had a bad trip & fall at the post office. Moving too fast, needing to send a quilt for take in for an exhibit!! I was unconscious for a while and came to just before the paramedics arrived. No hospital, yes concussion. I have been the recipient of much kindness from the post office staff, paramedics, friend sitting with me until my son & husband could get home to care for me. Wow - kindness is a wonderful thing!
Thank you all for all you do every day!