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Today marks the next to last day in the kindness challenge.  One question I keep asking myself is was this a successful smilechallenge?  I thought about this a lot over the past few days.  I believe my answer is that if a single person participated in the challenge and completed at least one kind deed, then yes, this was a successful challenge.

F0r me, many times I was reminded to do kind deeds because of the challenge.  By keeping kindness in my awareness it allowed me to do more kind deeds.  I suggest as you start off the new year, decide that you will spread your love with kindness to all that you meet.  Don’t reserve the kind deeds for just people you know, share them with everyone.

May you have a positive and blessed new year!

Peace, gratitude, and kindness,

Bill

DSCF0009Today is Christmas Eve and my traditional time to shop with my sister for last minute gifts.  Yesterday it was nearly 80 degrees but when we left to go shopping this afternoon, it was nearly blizzard conditions.  Unbelievable weather but we will have a WHITE CHRISTMAS here in Texas!  Sa-WEET!   Today was fill with giving.  It just makes me feel so good inside when I am able to help others and do kind things for them.  Then sometime I even get to watch as they return the favor to others.

The holiday seasons are about giving and compassion.  Let today be a reminder to start practicing it on a daily basis if you already do not.

Happy Holidays!

Bill

I ran across this quote tonight and thought I would share it with you.  I believe it captures what kindness is all about Amelia_Earhartand why we kindness challenges here at idontstink.com.  It is from Amelia Earhart and is worth thinking about:

“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.” – Amelia Earhart

With kindness and gratitude,

Bill

FlowerWhat am I grateful for?  Well, that one is easy!  Today marks my 24th wedding anniversary with my awesomely, beautiful wife!  She has been my inspiration, my joy, my happiness, my teacher, my love and my soulmate.  I am so grateful to have met her and I know for a fact that I would not be who I am today without her.

As we start to wrap up the challenge, take some time every single day through the end of the year to give gratitude to someone.  End your year with grace and gratitude and get ready for a fantastic 2010.

 

With peace and gratitude,

Bill

Here are some super cool kindness quotes to get you thinking for this weekend:bonus_2

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”  – Lao Tzu

 “I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.”  – Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 “Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.”  – Anonymous

  ”He who distributes the milk of human kindness cannot help but spill a little on himself.”  – James Matthew Barrie

 “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”  –  Aesop (620 BC – 560 BC)

 “Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.”  – Anonymous

 “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.”  – Seneca (Mid 1st Century AD)

 “By doing simple acts of kindness for others, we can’t help but lift ourselves up.”  – Anonymous

 “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.  Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”  – Scott Adams

Have a SUPERFANTABULICIOUS weekend!

Bill

bonus_1I had an interesting thing happen today.  I actually started Christmas shopping this afternoon (I normally do ALL my shopping on Christmas Eve with my sister).  I tell you, it really was making me feel good.  I was able to find some awesome gifts at unbelievable savings.  After that, I noticed several nice things done for me.  On two occasions I had a nice financial reward – well, not necessarily a financial impact but more of a savings.  We had our yearly checkup for our heating unit in our house and I was expecting to pay well over $500 in parts to be replaced.  But, when it was all said and done, nothing needed replacing and my bill was $0.  SWEET!  One other thing happened that had me paying $0 when normally I would have had to pay $50.  It is amazing to me how abundance flows when the mindset is focused on giving.

With peace and gratitude,

Bill

I thought I would post the Daily Positive Points from today since it related to kindness. happy_face1

Today’s Message

Try every day to do something kind.  It can be for someone else, an animal and/or even yourself.  Sometimes it is the smallest gifts we give that have the biggest impact on our lives and the lives of others.  Just remember to give those gifts of kindness with your heart.

Today’s Quote:
“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.” Pindar (Greek lyric poet of ancient Greece, 518-446 BC)

With kindness and gratitude,

Bill

sweetie circleThis morning I did something fun for a change.  After working out, my eye caught the basketball gym.  The same thing happened yesterday but I ignored it.  This time though, I went in and picked up a basketball.  I played for a good 20 minutes.  In the process, I won 3 game 7’s of the NBA finals, sunk crucial free throws, and made some mind boggling shots.  It was a blast!

Afterwards, I was thinking about how I really don’t do many things that are fun lately.  Yesterday I told myself I was “too busy” to stop and play around.  I think that is what most of us do.  We take life too seriously and work too hard.  After I was done becoming a hero for those game 7’s, I felt simply great.  I got in a good cardio exercise in the process and my energy level was very high.

Take time to have some fun today.  It doesn’t matter really what it is, just do something that will put a smile on your face.

Love and gratitude,

Bill King

DogAnswer this:  Is doing something you do not want to do for someone else a kind deed?  Or, is it something unkind you do for yourself?  Hmmmmm.

As I pondered this question I didn’t know the answer at first.  I can do something kind for someone else but if it is at my own expense, it just might not be a kind deed.  Sure, it is kind for that person so that definitely counts.  I pondered about it a little longer.  I then came to the realization that if I am doing the kind deed from my heart, it is certainly a kind deed for both.  If I chose to do it because I “should” all over myself, then that would not really be a kind deed, at least not in the true sense of giving and receiving.

So there you have it.  Do kindness with your heart and everyone wins!

Peace and kindness,

Bill Kin

Yesterday I decided that I would go through my closet and donate a lot of my clothes to Goodwill.  It is kind of funnyhappy_face1 how you can get attached to some of your clothes.  I decided that I was going to clear out a good part of my wardrobe regardless how I felt about them.  The end result is a closet that is nearly half as full as it was before I began.

After dropping them off at Goodwill and returning home, I had a nice feeling rush over me.  When I looked at my closet later that night, I felt a warm sense of accomplishment.  I suggest you take a look around your house and if you see things that you no longer use, find a place to donate it to.  Realize that you are giving and don’t be surprised if you receive something yourself: peace, good feelings and joy to name just a few.

With peace and gratitude,

Bill King