Tag Archives: Acts of Kindness

Namaste – So Much More Than A Greeting

12 Mar
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I openly share my ignorance when I admit that up until very recently, I thought ‘Namaste’ was simply the Indian way to say ‘Hello’.  I was raised in a Christian household, and have had little to no exposure to other religions or cultures outside of what I’ve seen on television or perhaps clicked past on-line, and didn’t put forth much effort into remedying my ignorance.  To be completely open about it, I still don’t do much to proactively investigate other religions or cultures past their relation to something I’m thinking about or researching, but I do learn little tidbits here and there.

I recently learned that ‘Namaste’ and the pressed hand gesture/slight bow combination in Hinduism literally means ‘I bow to the divine in you’.  This wouldn’t have meant much to me a few weeks ago, but I’ve been watching a series of interviews on YouTube recently featuring Sister Shivani where she speaks often about the importance of remembering that everyone is a soul, and began pure and good.  I know not everyone even believes in the existence of a ‘soul’, but regardless of your beliefs, you can’t deny that we are all human, we were born innocent and pure, and are the way we are as a result of the things we have been taught or experienced in the time since we were born.

I could be totally off the mark since Hinduism isn’t my forte, but I imagine that the practice was created as a reminder to the person giving the greeting that everyone else carries a spark of the divine within them, and to treat them accordingly.  Even if I’m way off the mark, I think it’s a good concept.  Continue reading

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

Art With A Heart – Giving Back

17 Aug

Art With A Heart

I’ve decided to donate 25% of the purchase price of my art to either charity or committing acts of kindness.

Everyone I’ve spoken to about how to price my art has told me to take my production cost and multiply it by three, and that should be my sale price.  While I obviously need the production cost to produce more artwork, the remaining 2/3 of the price is for my time, equipment upkeep, etc. so obviously, at least for the equipment part, I need to keep some money for myself, and I need to pay a few bills.  Outside of that, I don’t need the money, personally, and I think it would be a great idea to use that money for doing good.  (I should note here that the first few sales will need to all go back into production cost, because I can’t afford to professionally ‘produce’ more than one at a time at the moment, and having several on hand to show prospective local buyers is likely to garner more sales in the end than having just one- I figure the first four ought to cover it.)

I’ve decided to split that 25% into two parts, and donate the first half to charity and the second half to committing acts of kindness (or do you guys think I should just put all of it toward charity?  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments!)

One of my favorite charities of all time is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  If you can afford treatment or are insured, you of course are charged, but if a child is sick and their family doesn’t have the money to pay for treatment, they are not turned away, they are treated thanks to donations from people all over the country.  It is absolutely one of the most worthy causes I know of, and is the first charity to which I will donate through sales of my art.

Below are examples of my artwork.  All of my work comes from my own photographs, which I then digitally alter in a series of steps (sometimes more than 50 different processes) to arrive at the end result.

If you are interested in purchasing any of my art, please feel free to contact me at kraftedkhaos@gmail.com for pricing information or details.  All art will come matted and in a protective sleeve.  I have others, and there are more to come.  Please share this with anyone you know who may be interested in participating, or may simply be interested in my type of artwork.  I will have a website as soon as I have sold a few pieces and can afford to purchase a domain name and pay someone to create it for me.  At the moment, I can only accept Paypal (or cash if you’re local).

You can click (or right-click to open in a new tab or window) to see enlarged views (some of these definitely lose something in the translation, so I apologize).

The very last picture is the one I gave to my mom as a gift… don’t blame me for the frame, she picked it out, I just gave it to her matted… but it at least gives an idea of what they look like off screen. 🙂

Mystery of Life

Mystery of Life

Psychedelic Shroom

Psychedelic Shroom

Uplifting Outlook

Uplifting Outlook

Springtime

Springtime

Star Attraction

Star Attraction

Technical Tulip

Technical Tulip

Blossoms

Blossoms

My artwork, in a really bad frame!

My artwork, in a really bad frame!

AoK, Wal-Mart, Amusement Parks & Photography

15 Aug

So, I decided that I wanted to Commit some Kindness myself, and I have an idea of what I’m going to do, but I don’t want to say what it is, yet.  I got the supplies today though, so I’m hoping that tomorrow I’ll be able to post (with pictures) about what it is I am considering.

I did, however, manage to sneak in an Act of Kindness tonight.  We had to go shopping for a few things, and since we’re on night shift hours, the only place to go was Wal-Mart.  Now, if any of you have ever been to Wal-Mart at 1:30 a.m., you know that there’s not a real cash register open, just the self check-out lines (which I hate, because they cost people jobs, which we sorely need in this country right now).  We managed to get checked out without having to utilize the assistance of the woman who stands there and helps those of us who are losing the battle with the machine, but she needed to go help someone else, and I happened to glance up when she walked past, and she had the most sour look on her face.  She looked like one UN-happy person.

I had brought a pen and some sticky notes with me in my purse because before we left the house, I’d had half a mind to write notes and randomly leave them around the store, but I never actually did it.  So, I decided that for my act of kindness, I would write her a note on my pink, heart-shaped sticky note and leave it on her monitor while she was away.

I wrote, “Have a nice evening!” and as we walked past her little podium, I reached over and quickly slapped it on the screen (I heard some beeps when I did this, I really hope I didn’t cause too much havoc!) and continued walking.  I sincerely hope that this bit of mystery might brighten her night.

Before this, we had decided to take a trip to the local amusement park (to which we have season passes).  I had wanted to bring my camera so that I could take some photos in the park, but I was afraid that I might have to leave it sitting somewhere if we wanted to ride a ride, so I thought it best to leave it behind.  I was pretty disappointed about this, but I decided I’d try to take some decent pics with my cell phone.  Here are a few (you can make them bigger by clicking on them):

Ground Level

Ground Level

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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.

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

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