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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

Tonight my wife and I went elf shopping for Hugs and Hope for Sick Children.  I have to say that it was a little difficult for me.  I felt a lump in my throat the entire time.  Not knowing if this child would see another Christmas or not.  We picked out some pretty cool stuff and I am sure they will like them.  By participating in this it really put Christmas in perspective for me.  Christmas is about giving from the heart.  The gifts really do not matter it is the love that was present during the giving.

With love and gratitude,

Bill

We have now reached a milestone in our kindness challenge.  We are officially two thirds of the way done.  There have been some interesting things that happened to me during this time.  One of the most important things I have learned is that kindness is contagious.  I have discovered that when I do kind deeds for others, I notice others doing kind deeds themselves.  Now how cool is that? 

Another thing I have learned is that when I am actively doing kind deeds, or even thinking about doing kind deeds, STINKIN’ THINKIN’ does not exist.  It disappears almost instantly.  That is a nice by product of doing kindness.

IMG_2250Sadly, we are wrapping up our stay here at the beach.  It has been an amazing trip and we are already planning next year’s trip.  Checkout last night’s sunset to the left.  Just when I thought the sky wouldn’t get any prettier, it did. 

With peace, love and gratitude,

Bill

Kindness is a blessing especially when you combine gratitude with it.  Being thankful for everything in your life will sweetie_1allow you to do even more for others.  You really can make a major impact on others.  All it takes is to practice doing kind deeds today.  Then, repeat tomorrow and keep repeating.

“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!”   Henry Ward Beecher (US Congregational minister, 1813-1887)

With gratitude and peace,

Bill

Today’s kindness is compassion.  This was taken from our Daily Positive Points:  Look through the glasses of compassion and Floweryou will see things much clearer in your life.  Do not just look through them every now and then, teach yourself to look at each situation with compassion.  When the heart softens, peace and abundance immediately flows. 

Today’s Quote:
“Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.” Eric Hoffer (American Writer, 1902-1983)

With peace, gratitude and compassion,

Bill

Today we were once again given a very cool air show by some of the locals.  Here in Destin, FL, there are several retired military pilots from World War II.  We discovered that they restored several 1944 T-6 Texans and to the delight of people on the beach, they fly in formation and put on a show.  When I hear the engine’s loud rumble, I rush out and look up to the sky.

IMG_2035Tonight when several of the planes made their appearance I started thinking about the kindness challenge.  As I looked around watching all eyes looking to the sky, I realized that these pilots were doing a very kind deed.  Yeah, maybe they were having fun but I still believe they are providing a service. 

During the week of Thanksgiving the past 3 years they really put on a show.  They even have smoke coming out and fly amazing close to the water that will actually take your breath away.  So, today I am grateful for these pilots for entertaining me and all the others here at the beach.

With peace and kindness,

Bill