Monday, October 11, 2021

"Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty." Jack Canfield

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I can remember the first time I ever read this quote - it was on the door of the health teacher's room at my school, more than 20 years ago.  A lover of provocative quotes, I thought about the perfect wording of this quote and the simple and heartfelt message.

I saw a story on CBS by Steve Hartman that personifies this quote.  I was so inspired by Susan Thompson-Gaines, the woman in the story, that I want to share it with you.  

Susan Thompson-Gaines lives in Arlington, VA.  She collects items from her neighbors and town, and then has a gigantic yard sale.  This year marked her third annual yard sale.  She made $12,000, and every day she spends a little of the money on random acts of kindness.  She might buy donuts for some nurses, or a homecoming dress for a needy teen, but she tries to do something every day.  Susan says when you look for ways to show kindness, you will find many.

I am inspired by this story, and by Susan herself.  She says that doing acts of kindness has made her a much happier person, and with all she ought at the yard sale, a brand new box of PURPOSE was the best purchase. :)  You have to love her outlook!

I agree with Susan.  Being in the classroom and coaching for almost 40 years was where I felt happiest, because I could help more than one person every day.  By the way,  I still work to perform at least one act of kindness per day.  

To view Steve Hartman's take on this delightful and inspiring story, please click on this link   

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