Thankful for Small Acts of Kindness

Today I am thankful for small acts of kindness.

 Every act of kindness is like ripples on water, the effects are far reaching and potentially endless.

 I am thankful I am healthy and can offer a helping hand to the elderly if they need it at times.  I am happy to open a door for someone else or offer a kind word and a smile in the elevator.  I enjoy saying and hearing “Good Morning” to my co-workers and friends, both in person and on Face Book. 

 More than any of those things I am thankful that others also appreciate small acts of kindness.   Phrases like “please” and “thank you” can make a difference in what someone might be thinking about a situation or having to be slightly inconvenienced.

 I love to watch a son or daughter helping their parent in the store.  It reminds me of visits to the store with my mom.  While she was looking around the fruit and vegetable section, my daughters and I would divide up the rest of the list and bring it back to her.  This saved time, allowed her to look for her produce at her leisure, and kept her from getting too tired.

 Small acts of kindness can cause a person to pause, sooth an angry or upset spirit even on really bad days.  I have on occasion paid the toll for the person behind me on the toll way, or paid a cup of coffee for a stranger just because.  I once saw a priest pay for a book and rosary for a small child.

Small acts of kindness are like a tiny nudge or whisper saying “everything is going to be alright.”  My wish is that you would be touched by a small act of kindness each day and you will pass on the blessing.

 Cherry Coley ©

 

The Land of the Free

I am thankful to live in America.  We have our issues, our challenges, disagreements, victories and failures as a country, but we still have a belief that a democracy is the best way to live.

I am thankful to live in a land where I am free to search for knowledge and research topics as I feel the need.  A land where I can choose how, where and when I worship and who.  A land that allows me to vote for public officials to represent my interests.  A country that allows it’s people to be creative, to make businesses and search for jobs freely.

I am thankful to live in a place where we can celebrate, or choose not to celebrate holidays.  A place where people can be generous, show kindness to others and voice their beliefs or choose to disagree and not be sentenced to death for doing so.

America is not perfect, the system is not flawless, and never will be.  Our government, our country is run by people and people make mistakes.  Yet, I am thankful to be here now, at this moment in time. 

Let us cling to the things that make America great, be thankful to those who are fighting for our freedom and way of life.  Let us not forget our troops and their families, but show kindness, generosity and offer a helping hand. 

While we’re at it let us remember the storm victims, and those in need all around us.  Even the smallest person can make a difference if their heart is in it.  The holidays are coming, remember the spirit of Thanksgiving, wouldn’t it be nice if you are the person others are thankful for.

Cherry Coley (c)

Be Thankful – Start With Today!

Today is the beginning of November. 

The past few months have been a roller coaster of emotion, grief, odd events and illnesses, and a few bouts of chaos.  Enough already!

I like to take the month of November to remember things to be thankful for.   It is the month to celebrate Thanksgiving and I can’t think of a better way to gear up for the holiday.  To make a point of being thankful each day for the things we sometimes take for granted, and the people in our lives is the best way I know to give the actual feasting day a more fulfilling and joyful meaning. 

On this first day of November, I am thankful for our home.  Though I am thankful for the house itself and having a roof over our heads, I am more thankful for the things that make it a home.  The warm colors chosen to enhance and add warmth, the cozy furniture that we all enjoy, and a few rooms where we can all gather to watch a movie, spend time talking, or eating make our house a place of comfort and safety. 

 Take a moment today to look around and notice the things where you live that make it your home, add comfort, usefulness or beauty.  Sometimes it is the small items that bring back the best memories and add a sense of well-being. 

 Cherry Coley ©

In the Spirit of Thankfulness

Don’t give your strength and focus to the things that you want to be rid of in your life.

I confess to falling into this rut from time to time, but I have definitely gotten better about not allowing myself to follow down the self-sabotaging road.  When you dwell on something, play it over and over in your mind, look at it from every angle, and even role play what you will say and how you will react, make sure it’s something good.  Otherwise, you are setting yourself up to manifest the very thing you keep dwelling on. 

 If you find yourself thinking about losing your job, and worrying about getting fired, are you really going to be concentrating on doing the best you can or are you focusing on being met at the door? 

 Instead center your heart and mind on where you want to go.  Greet each day in the spirit of gratefulness for the people in your life, the things you enjoy and the opportunities that are going to present themselves to you today.

 When you train your brain and your heart to be grateful and aware, you will be surprised at the things you will start to notice and the people who will come into your life.  Then take a moment at the end of the day to be thankful.

 A day that begins with being grateful and ends being thankful can’t go wrong because you’re already in the right mindset.

 Cherry Coley ©