Do Something Nice Day!

One smile makes lots of smiles…go on smile!

October 5 is the national day to do something nice, and after weeks of tragedy and deaths from gun violence and hurricane suffering we need a break. So today get out and smile, be pleasant to everyone you see!
Do something nice for the earth also. Avoid plastic, pick up trash, buy organic, go meatless, leave your car at home, and walk or take the bus. Do something Nice!

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Use Writing to Make the World Better!

Imagine a world where humankind lives in harmony, not only with itself but also with other forms of life, in balance with the planet’s resources. Imagine the world as you would like it to be.” Steve Wilbers

Imagine clean water and clean air
Imagine clean water and clean air

Writing coach, Steve Wilbers is imagining the world as he would like it to be.  Can you imagine how powerful it would be if everyone held a vision of kindness, and imagined a world of kindness.  Powerful!

His suggestions are timely: Write a thank you note, blog, write a letter to a newspaper. Read his article here.  Write about your passions, your images of how the world should be. Speak out, write, and make the world a better place!


 “You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one”
Imagine, John Lennon

 

Plunging Into the Unknown

15823364_718364334989461_4505640581112931957_nThe year ahead is impossible to predict. As with every year, many unknowns lie ahead. Most of us like being in control, and the unknowns are scary. What can we control in 2017? How we treat other people, and how we treat the earth are things we can control.  What kinds of kindness can we spread?

I hope 2017 fills you with kindness!

Kindness to our air and water!
Kindness to our air and water!

Happy Climatarian Thanksgiving!

Bulk shopping reduces food and packaging waste
Bulk shopping reduces food and packaging waste

What is a climatarian? I get this question often.

A climatarian is somebody who chooses their food with the climate in mind and, in particular, replaces beef and lamb with pork or poultry to cut their carbon footprint by a ton a year.” http://climatesnetwork.com/index.php

Read the entire essay here

Reducing your beef consumption is huge, but to me being a climatarian is much more. A climatarian thinks of the climate every step of the day! A climatarian also buys local, reduces their food waste, and reduces energy used in cooking.  All this is easy to make part of a terrific Thanksgiving meal!

To me being a climatarian also means reducing energy for shopping trips.  It is more difficult to walk or take public transportation to shop, but everyone can combine their car errands and leave out an ingredient instead of driving to get that one item!

 Celebrate kindness and gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

 

Be Kind!

14713578_1503958696281770_4010382933354455936_nA few weeks ago I wrote how stressful the American election was for everyone. The post-election has been even more stressful. The surprise results, disrespect for diversity, uncertainty and anger have been difficult for my circle of people. Today is World Kindness Day which makes me think of my late mother. She was a role model for being kind in everything she did.

Change and uncertainty are scary. We have lost control of our futures and the future of our earth.  With all the verbal garbage of the past year no one has a vision of what the future holds. Today as I read the conservative views in the newspaper, I felt they were uncertain and scared also.

We love the diversity of our choices
We love the diversity of our choices

Diversity is so important whether you are talking about people, ideas, plants, foods, wildlife, everything. Mono-cultures can’t survive. They are not sustainable. Does anyone want to live in a world where only one kind of plant or tree grows? A world where we eat only one food? What if every dog was exactly the same? What if everyone thought exactly the same, and golf was the only sport to play? How boring!! I know this is silly, but it is diversity that makes life interesting. Diversity makes our freedoms and choices important, we are not all alike.

The uncertainty will not go away, but we can all be more kind. This week I plan to smile more, criticize less, listen better, and appreciate the diversity of our human family and diversity of our earth, and ….

14980809_10211460341603279_1791260813380623928_nWe will all be happier.