Archive for February, 2013

“If you never learn the language of gratitude, you will never be on speaking terms with happiness.”

Author Unknown

This is going to be a different kind of WoW this week. It’s an email I received from an old friend and I found it to be so meaningful, I decided to pass it on to you.

For those of you who took the public personal development courses I delivered many years ago, some of these frames will be familiar. At that time, the assignment I gave to everyone during their lunch break was to generate 10 random acts of kindness for perfect strangers. Fifty people would go out and two hours later, 500 acts of kindness would be competed!

When they returned, they brought with them the most joyful, happy energy and were so excited to share what they did and how good it made them feel. They were filled with wonderful stories like paying for the toll for the driver behind them, heart-warming stories about sharing love and caring with a homeless person, uplifting stories about making sure the restaurant manager knew what a good job their waitress had done, and yes, they did the things you will see here.

It is amazing what being kind to another can do for our souls – how generosity can uplift our spirits – and how a simple act of showing our caring for another human being can make a difference in their life and ours.

So the next time you’re feeling out-of-sorts, or down-in-the-dumps, get up, go out, and generate 10 random acts of kindness. It is impossible to stay unhappy when you give with gratitude.

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Thank you to my good friend, Kathy Miner, for sharing this.

01 Subway sign 02 Guy w sandals 03 Soldier w cake 04 Mailman note 05 dollar in window 06 Citation pmt 06 Koala bear

07 Baby w parents

A father and mother kissing their dying little girl goodbye. If you are wondering why all the medic people are bowing: in less than an hour, two small children in the next room are able to live thanks to the little girl’s kidney and liver.

Everyday, we hear people asking for what they want. . . “I want this” . . . “I want that” . . . MORE, MORE, MORE . . .

Well, this is what I want:

I want people who are sick to be healed.

I want children to be safe from abuse and neglect.

I want people to never have to worry about food, clean water, shelter and heat.

Most of all, I want to see us as a people start to care for one another . . .

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Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
Mother Teresa



 Every moment we are together, and with everything you share, I am learning something, and that knowledge becomes a permanent part of me. Though my feelings will be different a year from now, part of the difference is you.

 Because of you, I am a different person, and the person I will grow to become, with or without you near to me, will have made it there partly because of you. If you had not entered my life, I could not be who I am right now. Nor would I be growing in exactly the same way.

 Much of what I grow toward and change within myself has to do with what I respond to in you, what I learn from you, what I understand about myself through you, and what I learn about my feelings in the dynamics of our relationship. I do not worry about what the future holds since we have already touched each other and affected each other’s lives on so many levels that we can never be totally removed from each other’s thoughts.

 You are being loving when everyone you meet and every place you enter is left in a happier and better state than when you arrived. When I think of you, I smile and that is perhaps one of the nicest gifts you could ever give me. A part of me will always be you, and a part of you will always be me. That much is certain, no matter what else happens. I value and appreciate our relationship and I am grateful to have you in my life.

 You are loved.

 I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day.

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“You have one life to live, one race to run. Have the courage to live it honestly, even if it hurts. For in the end, when you cross the finish line, only you will know if you truly won.”

Martha Borst

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Very little has been said about this. . . On December 2, Basque athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai – bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner – the certain winner of the race – mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.

Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake by speeding past him and claiming an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.

Ivan Fernandez Anaya, a Basque runner of 24 years who is considered an athlete with a big future (champion of Spain of 5,000 meters in promise category two years ago), said after the test:
“But even if they had told me that winning would have earned me a place in the Spanish team for the European championships, I wouldn’t have done it either. I also think that I have earned more of a name having done what I did than if I had won. And that is very important, because today, with the way things are in all circles, in soccer, in society, in politics, where it seems anything goes, a gesture of honesty goes down well.”

He said at the beginning: “Unfortunately, very little has been said of the gesture. And it’s a shame. In my opinion, it would be nice to explain to children, so they do not think sports is only what they see on TV: violent kicks in abundance, posh statements, fingers in the eyes of the enemy …”

Honesty of a Long Distance Runner 

— with Mwangi WaNdirangu, Iqbal Latif and Ivan Fernandez Anaya.

 Thank you to my daughter’s friend, Dana Calhoun for this article.

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