Acts Of Kindness

Hello, ya’ll. Assuming there is someone left still reading after almost a month of nothing but strange pictures.

2012 can pretty much suck it! Starting with my surgery in January, it has just been a rough year. Physically, emotionally, mentally. I’m ready for it to be done. I lost a friend to brain cancer. I have a friend struggling with unemployment and a marriage in the shitter. I have a friend whose husband is seriously ill. Plus some other personal stuff that I don’t care to get into right now. On top of that, we’re all doing our best to cope with what happened in Newtown, CT. Sometimes it just seems too much to bear, and I’ve been in a bit of a funk.

Years ago when I was in college I was in a similar funk but for many different reasons. I was commiserating with one of my room mates about how badly everything sucked and another room mate I guess was sick of listening to it. She goes, “You just need to go do something for somebody else and quit thinking about yourself.” It was really the wake up call that I needed back then and I threw myself into doing things for other people that I knew were struggling and magically, my problems suddenly didn’t seem so tough to bear.

Today I read an article that gave me a similar wake up call. You can read about it here. The long and short of it is that we do random acts of kindness for the next twenty six days. One day for each person, teacher and child, who lost their lives at the school. Ann Curry, bless her heart, has inspired me to get out of my own head and reach out to others. The article puts this “26 acts of kindness” as a Twitter thing. That has never been my style. I don’t do well with doing something nice for somebody, and then telling the world about this great thing I’ve done. So my acts will remain anonymous where possible.

I’d like to encourage everyone to get out there and join us in this challenge. Let’s make sure that something good happens in the wake of this horrible tragedy. I’d love to hear stories about the good things you’re doing. It buoys me up.

One last thing before I wrap it up. On my way to work this song came on the radio. Just when I think that I have my emotions under control, I hear a song that touches me an bammo! Crying on the drive in. I love the message of the song. Take a moment to listen to it if you’ve got time.

Love, hugs, and peace to you all.

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