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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else's life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.
Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don't have to do anything else. We don't have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen.
Margaret J. Wheatley
Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up wrinkles the soul.
Do not inflict your will. Just give love. The soul will take that love and put it where it can best be used.
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
In life you can never be too kind or too fair; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with.
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Personal Stories About ‘Kindness’
The Old Man In The Wheelchair.Submitted by Ralph
I had been visiting a good friend of mine to ask for his guidance regarding a problem I was having. After our discussion, I left his house and walked to my car. I saw a 70's-ish woman pushing a man in a wheelchair. I started to open the car door, but thought better of it. A conversation began between this...
I am arriving to my last class of the day. As I sit down in my seat the teacher approaches me she says “We have a new student and I would like you to help her get use to the class and the students.” I say “Sure.” The girl walks over and sits next to me. She looks shy but I smile at her and I see the her face...
Looks Like Y'all Are Making A DifferenceSubmitted by Ryan
Article from my local newspaper: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20111008/NEWS/110080352/Dreams-come-true-despite-disability?odyssey=tab|topnews|img|Home FLOWOOD — Northwest Rankin High student Katelyn Simpson was living a Cinderella fairy tale moment Friday night when the senior was named homecoming...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Kindness’
Arturo RSubmitted by Kimberlee Hayward
Arturo Ramirez is a hero to so many... for many reasons. He grew up VERY poor with eight bothers and sisters. Shortly after leaving the military as a Vietnam era veteran, he got caught up in drug addiction, alcoholism, and crime (Selling drugs. Lots of them.) Eventually, Arturo spent many years in prison as a...
Peter GSubmitted by Marissa.G
My dad is my hero. He's the nicest person, he will say hi to anyone and have conversations with people he dosen't even know and it always seems to brighten their day. He would help any stranger with any problem no matter what they look like or who they are.
Nicholas RozmusSubmitted by Andrew
My hero is definitely my brother Nicholas. The reason he is my hero is because he shows so many virtues. One of the virtues he always shows is helpfulness. An example of him showing helpfulness is when he helps me with my work. He helps me by working out the problem. He doesn't just tell me the answer....
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One day I saw a homeless man struggling with his few belongings so I stopped and gave him some plastic bags and bottled waters and 20 dollars and looked into his eyes and said life can be so hard sometimes can't it
He responded yes it can
I will never forget that look in his eyes
Don, Rohnert Park California
3 simple tips:
1. Smile with eye contact to as much people as you can during your day.
2. Make honest compliments to every person you interact with.
3. Hug as long as people don´t feel uncomfortable.
Do this and you will experiment a new kind of joy.
Franktonio, Mexico City
I strongly believe that being kind can give to someone what hard work can't.
Osmond Aisien, Nigeria
(actually from my Niece - Christina):
I give so freely of my time and resources not because I have extra, but because I remember how hard it is to have nothing. EVERYONE has something to offer, and yes even those of us that barely get our bills paid on time. If you lack money or time to spare, you always have kindness to share.
Being kind to one another costs nothing.
Sam Fong, Hong Kong
"With a simple smile, you can be the sunshine in someone else's winter shade."
antonio martins, SA, TX
I would like to see adults, teens and children alike try to watch out for others. The bullying and disrespect of each other needs to change into what can I do to help you or I need a friend, do you? Let's all try to add friends not online but in person. I don't have enough friends. Online friends just aren't as much fun as the kind that can actually hug you. What do you think?
Marsha, So Ca
I read Brynn comment, and I think that it is so powerfull, I going to try it with my students here in El Salvador, thanks
Jorge, El Salvador
My brother-in-law and sister-in-law have an autistic child. In order to participate in a fundraiser walk, they needed to raise some money. Only a couple of people had donated and they were quite discouraged. So, I took it upon myself to discreetly make some phone calls and send out an email to a bunch of family and friends to ask them to support my nephew. They raised hundreds of dollars and don't even know how it happened. They are now pumped about the upcoming walk!
Penny, Boston, MA
I was a first grade teacher for eight years. At the beginning of each day, my students and I read a sentence we had written together at the beginning of the year and posted on the wall. The sentence was "Kindness is important!" That set the tone for the year-each day we noticed and acknowledged individual acts of kindness among the students. Our classroom was a happy place to learn!