The Kindness Chronicles - Making the world a better place through simple acts of service and kindness. Contributors: Lyric Kinard, Jane LaFazio and Deborah Stanley
What have you done to make the world a kinder place this month?
I kind of have a hard time thinking of things sometimes.
Maybe it's the littlest things like keeping my cool when my children are misbehaving. Or letting a car pull in front of you or waving pedestrians by while you wait.
It doesn't have to involve planning or work.
I suggested a potluck dinner with neighbors who didn't travel over a the holiday weekend and made a few calls. We all enjoyed a very pleasant evening together.
I gave a friend a hug.
When I cook something that freezes well I triple the batch. One for us later but one (packed in disposable containers) always goes to someone else who could use it. I'll give you my current favorite freezable recipe below:
White Chicken Chili
1 lb. dry white beans (or 4 cans if you don't have time to crock it)
6c chicken broth (or water and bullion)
1 tbsps. cumin
2 or 3 large chicken breasts (cooked if not crocking)
3 med onions, chopped
garlic - lots of it!
(crock it on low most of the day)
2 cans green chili peppers
1/2 lb shredded pepper jack cheese
lots of cilantro and sour creme to garnish
And - I really want to do this...
Beth Wheeler is doing a little project called "Joy Jam".
She's made hearts to pass out with encouraging words on them.
She'll give a handful to someone and ask them to keep one and pass out others. http://threadsociety.blogspot.com/2012/05/99-fabric-hearts-on-wall.html
Right before Mother’s Day, teacher Susan Avery Clark did a kind thing for her students and their mothers. She opened her class room, providing art materials and dried lavender, from her garden, for the students to make cards and sachets for their moms. More than 30 high school kids showed up to make mother's day cards during their lunch hour.
I just returned from teaching sketching and watercolor: journal style in Orvieto, Italy (with Adventures in Italy) and one of my students, Bob, taught us yoga every morning at 7am. So generous of him and such a great way to start the day.
A COUPLE OF OTHER KINDNESSES:
• a young man lifted my suitcase to the overhead rack on the train to Rome
• my new friend, Jan offered to visit my mother-in-law in Seattle on a regular basis
• Marsha bought flowers for the nuns in Orvieto
• my dear husb, saved the life of a lizard he found floating in the watering can
What have I done this last month as random kindnesses?
It doesn’t seem like much:
Be a friend, be understanding and comfort a friend that is suffering under a pile of responsibilities, be courteous & fair to all I come in contact with and when I’m not apologize.
A wonderful spontaneous rule of life is that when we think good thoughts of others our good speaking follows.
I want to share The House Project with you. This wonderful project honors our returning veteran soldiers. Many are wounded. We present a small house quilt wall-hanging as a token of our best wishes and appreciation for their service. Please read more about this fabulous work at: http://thehousequiltproject.blogspot.com/ http://www.furnishinghope.org/