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Inspiring Teen Refuses To Let Her Dreams Go Up In Smoke

11 Mar
Joy Graves, in her firefighting gear.

Joy Graves, in her firefighting gear.

The girl beneath the helmet...

The girl beneath the helmet…

When you ask most young girls what they want to be when they grow up, you might expect to hear things like “An actress”, “A Veterinarian”, maybe even “The President”.¬† If you ask Joy Graves, a 19-year-old from a small, rural county outside Williamsburg, Virginia what she wants to be when she grows up, you just might be surprised when you hear the answer.

At 5’2″, her petite frame appears more suited to pom poms than a fire hose, but the young Ms. Graves is a testament to the old adage ‘Never judge a book by its cover’, because her dream is to become Continue reading

Never Give Up – Video

24 Sep

Tonight’s YouTube video.

If you like it, please take a moment to LIKE the video through YouTube as well as the blog post… and a moment to share it with others. ūüôā¬† Thank you!

 

The Traveler – A Journey Of the Soul (Video)

23 Sep

I made a video for yesterday’s writing and posted it on Youtube. Hope you enjoy.

 

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The Traveler

22 Sep
English: Lower AuSable Lake in the Adirondack ...

Lower AuSable Lake in the Adirondack High Peaks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One spring day, a man climbed to the top of a mountain, and beheld a view so breathtakingly beautiful it brought tears to his eyes.

He sat on the ground, and found himself more comfortable than he’d ever been, and decided that he would not move from this place, he would stay here, enjoying this amazing view for the rest of his life.

Each day, others came to the top of the mountain, many stayed, but others only gazed around them, and then continued on their way.

At first, the man didn’t notice the others, only the view in front of him, and each day he wept at its beauty.

As the man wept, he began to notice the others, those who only stopped for a moment, and then continued on their journey.

He called out to one and asked, ‘Brother, brother, how can you walk away from the most beautiful view in the world?’

The other man paused, smiled down at him and said, ‘I am not walking away, brother.¬† I journey to become a part of it.’

The man looked at the traveler in confusion, ‘I don’t understand.’

The traveler reached out his hand, and helped the man to his feet.¬† He pointed to the path that led up the mountain and said, ‘To get here, you traveled very far, and the way was not easy.’

He pointed to where the man had been sitting, ‘Here you found comfort, in order to regain your strength…’

He then turned, and pointed to the view, ‘… and a glimpse of where you’re going, in order to regain your will.’

He turned back to the man, joy and kindness shining from his eyes and said, ‘But this is not the end, brother.’

The man looked down the mountain and said, ‘But there is no path from here to there.¬† Will I not get lost?’

The traveler smiled at him and said, ‘There is no path until you begin the journey.¬† Each man’s path is his own, but throughout the journey, you will find signs to point you in the direction you should go, and there will be guides to help you along the way.’

The man said, ‘But I am afraid.¬† I do not want to take the long journey alone.’

The traveler smiled again and said, ‘Brother, you will not be alone.¬† Although each man’s path is his own, there are many of us taking the journey, and each place you need a friend, one will be there waiting, to share the path with you, until you’re ready to continue on alone.’

The man looked back at the path he had taken up the mountain, then at the place he had rested, then at the view he’d admired for so long, then finally he looked back at the traveler, ‘How do you know these things?’

The traveler smiled, and pointed to the edge of the clearing, where a faint path was slowly appearing.  He held out his hand.

‘Because, brother, I have already begun my journey.¬† I was sent back to help you begin yours.’

Thank you to all of my friends who have taken the time to help me along my own journey.¬† I love you all so very dearly… this story is in honor of you.

Kindness Cupcakes

16 Aug
All ready to go!

A Baker’s dozen, all ready to go!

Last night, while the rest of the world (or a good chunk of it, at least) was sleeping, I was planning my next act of kindness.

What I decided that I would do is bake cupcakes, and put little signs on them that said different things regarding kindness, with a plea at the bottom for the recipient to show kindness toward someone today.  On the back, I reminded them that the cupcakes contained eggs and flour, just in case anyone was allergic.

I set several aside because I planned to put one out for the mailman and since today is trash day, I figured I’d leave two for the trash guys, as well (sure hope there weren’t three guys!).¬† One was for my neighbor across the street, and as for the rest, I decided that I would walk around and give them away (I also ended up leaving 2 for my housemate and his girlfriend, and giving one to a friend who had stopped by earlier, left his phone, and had to return to pick it up).¬† As it turned out, the only person I actually saw was walking, trying to lose weight, so she didn’t want one.¬† I ended up leaving the rest on the hoods of cars in the neighborhood that I knew left early in the morning, and two outside the mini-mart in the neighborhood… I had no idea they weren’t open by six a.m., so I just left two on top of their morning papers.¬† Oh, well, it’s the thought that counts, I guess.

For the Garbage Collectors

For the Garbage Collectors

Thank you, Mr(s?). Postman

Thank you, Mr(s?). Postman

Kindness Is Contagious

Kindness Is Contagious

Kindness Is Never A Mistake

Kindness Is Never A Mistake

The Shortest Distance Between Two People Is A Smile

The Shortest Distance Between Two People Is A Smile

Three More Reasons Why My Readers Are The Best!

15 Aug

Congratulations on getting 200 total likes on Free, Fun or Interesting.

Most Likes in One Day

On Thursday August 15, 2013 you surpassed your previous record of most likes in one day ( 17 ) for your posts on Free, Fun or Interesting. That’s pretty awesome, well done!

AND…

On Monday, August 12, 2013, my blog surpassed its previous record of most views in a day.  Previously the record was at 59, and it is now up to 63!

 

Thank you all so much for visiting, commenting and supporting my blog!  Your support truly keeps me going, and I thank you!

The Kindness Blog – A Must-Read!

15 Aug

Today, I had the pleasure of coming across another blog that focused on kindness.¬† It is called simply The Kindness Blog.¬† If you have not had the good fortune to come across this blog as of yet, I highly recommend following it, for the convenience of having ‘feel good’ moments at your fingertips.

I found the following video on that blog, which brought me to tears (and not for the first time, while reading the posts on this blog).  The post on The Kindness Blog can be found here, but I really wanted to share this video with everyone.

The song used in the video is pretty awesome, too.

I hope you all pay a little visit to the people over at The Kindness Blog, because they really are doing a spectacular job of spreading kindness to the world.

Committing Kindness – A Father’s Love

14 Aug
Commit Random Kindness

Commit Random Kindness (Photo credit: ganesha.isis)

I know I sound like a broken record these last few days, with all these posts about Committing Kindness, but I just can’t seem to get it out of my head.¬† I hope that instead of getting bored, you all are enjoying these posts.¬† Today I’d like to share something that I found that really impressed me, and I hope that it impresses you, too.

I ran across this blog entitled “366 Random Acts“, in which a father took it upon himself to commit 366 acts of kindness for either strangers, friends or family members because he wanted to make the world a better place for his 3 month old daughter to live.¬† This ‘year + 1’ of selfless acts has since been completed, and he is now gearing up for his next adventure in kindness which he has titled ‘State of Kind’ in which he plans to commit an act of kindness in each of the 50 states.¬† Following is an excerpt from one of his favorite acts, Day 330 entitled ‘Walked In Someone Else’s Shoes’.

“I am 6’3″ and 200 lbs., but today I felt no bigger than [my daughter] Isla .¬† Hundreds upon hundreds of people walked by me without looking at or even acting as though I was invisible.¬† People whispered about me as they walked by, and some even snickered at me.¬† It actually got me pretty down and depressed.¬† However, every once in a while, someone would come up to me, ask me how I was doing, and put something into my tattered pink Solo cup.”

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Pity The Sun (A ‘Be Kind To Yourself’ Comment Rebuttal)

13 Aug
Moon

Moon (Photo credit: shahbasharat)

I could not let this pass quietly in the comments.

My dear friend… you may not be able to see your worth, but please, allow me to share with you how the rest of us see you.

The following comment was made in response to this post, I generally don’t publicize people’s comments this way, but I didn’t want to let my response fall quietly by the wayside.¬† My friend does not quietly offer support to others, she does so boldly and so I boldly do the same.¬† Even though she’ll hate it, lol.¬† I’m sure we all know several people who feel less than enthusiastic about themselves.¬† Many of us feel this same way about ourselves, too.¬† I’d like to offer my response to this comment as something we should remind each other of whenever we are being down on ourselves.¬† Continue reading

Acts of Kindness – The Forgotten

13 Aug
Random Thoughts of Kindness Barnstar

Random Thoughts of Kindness Barnstar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is going to be a really quick one, as I let time slip away from me and I’m falling asleep at the wheel.¬† Well, keyboard to be precise.

These last few days I’ve been posting about Acts of Kindness.¬† Today I’d like to mention a sub-chapter of this that I haven’t really touched on so far.¬† Acts of Kindness toward ourselves.

Most of us speak to and treat ourselves worse than we would ever treat anyone else on the planet.¬† We deprive ourselves of sleep and good nutrition.¬† We talk to and about ourselves like we were the lowest of the low, usually holding ourselves to standards that would be unthinkable in regard to any other person on the planet.¬† We curse ourselves for not knowing things we couldn’t possibly have known, hold grudges against ourselves for things we couldn’t have possibly prevented or known the outcome of and eternally carry resentment for the slightest mistakes.

Today, I’d like to challenge you all to take a moment and commit an Act of Kindness toward yourself, with the true spirit of kindness.

Here’s a little list to get you started: Continue reading

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