Who Gives with Joy

Who Gives with Joy

Yes – who gives with joy… something to ponder…

Just a thought:

why is it

easier

to be thankful

when something is given

by certain people?


Joy is prayer.

Joy is strength.

Joy is love.

Joy is a net of love
by which you can catch souls. 

She gives most who gives with Joy.

~ Mother Teresa

Who Gives with JOY…

Are you a joyful giver?

Or is your giving born of duty,

obligation,

competition,

or habit?

Perhaps…

if giving is birthed in JOY,

then truly,

the receiver can accept

with an expanse of gratitude.

Give your prayer joyfully.

Give your strength joyfully.

Give your love from a joyful heart.

Positivity is Contagious

Positivity is Contagious

If positivity is contagious, are you waiting to “catch” it from someone else… or are you a carrier?


I read a little blurb about a cashier who was consistently optimistic in her attitude.

For some people, when they met and interacted with her, it improved their day. For other customers and co-workers, her attitude was almost annoying. In fact, sometimes she was so positive that it grated on those around her like fingernails on a chalkboard…

Some wondered how she could sustain this behavior. Surely her life wasn’t that much better than others?

Her secret was eventually revealed as simply being a choice. She made a daily choice to have a “good” day, and that decision translated into this ongoing optimism.


Not everything is going to be good in your day. However, your own attitude is under your control.

Will you choose to pass onto others something good?

Consider who can benefit from your healthy attitude… Is it worth the energy to impact everyone around you in a positive way? And if so…

Is your positivity contagious?

Will you decide that today is going to be good day – regardless?


Life as a symphony.

Life as a symphony.

Your life: is it a symphony or a solo?

As beautiful as a solo can be, a symphony has greater depth.

(In case you’re wondering, a symphony is a musical composition for a group of instruments with at least four distinct sections.)

Who is playing in your symphony?

Whistling alone might not be the best choice. Make your life interesting – embrace the opportunity to play with others. However, it’s also good to be playing your life’s symphony with a group that supports you…

So – who is in your symphony orchestra of life?

Is it time to audition a few new players?

A few places of encouragement:

To support this idea of not just whistling in an empty room, I’m participating in a writing challenge for the month of April and I thought I’d share some posts from fellow writers!


  • Bonnie always makes me chuckle! (I’ve been reading her posts since 2011) Everything from relationships, her grands, to trash on the beach – it’s all fodder for her way of looking at life. If you want to view Life on the Lighter Side, check out Bonnie’s post!
  • Kerry is a mom from my home country of Canada. She writes about being creative – this post has a beautiful perspective. “Choosing a hobby for which you have talent is an important part of self-care.she says. What’s your creative hobby? How do you use your creativity to glorify God?
  • in this post, Stephie is talking my language of optimism! She has great points on why expanding your horizons will help you be optimistic and why you need to be aware of your surroundings.
  • I “met” Debi and Tom from The Romantic Vineyard when we both participated in a 30-day challenge in 2011. She continues to write about marriage, and her posts are insightful and fun – Rob and I have adopted/adapted some of her dating ideas. Debi asks, Are you up for the challenge”? – I encourage you to explore the website and share it with your “couple-friends”!

These are only a few of the articles I’ve been reading in this symphony of online voices…


Go deeper and Enjoy!

Need some encouragement in connecting with others? Try this post – or this one.

Listen – and you’ll meet amazing people.

Listen – and you’ll meet amazing people.

Listen. Pay attention as people speak about their life. That’s the secret if you want to meet interesting people.

Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t…

Bill Nye the Science Guy

During this week could you

enter every conversation

with the belief you have something to learn?

Listen intently.

Do you hear what people say? Or are you more interested in talking – in hearing yourself talk?

Focus on listening and you will meet amazing people.

And don’t assume you can’t learn something new about people you’ve known for years and years – humans are complex! People change over the years, and if you’re not listening to their story you’ll miss out.

I challenge you:

  • be present (stop thinking about other stuff)
  • hush! (regardless of how much you have to contribute)
  • be still and attentive (please put the phone, keys, papers, etc. down)

How have you trained yourself to listen?

Listen to people - enter every conversation believing you have something to learn. Then be prepared to be amazed.

Is there more to the story?

One of the points in the book “The Kindness Quotient” is:

Kind people don’t pre-judge.

Ronda Sciortino

Ask yourself, “Is there more to the story?” if you feel yourself heading toward dismissing or judging someone. This question will set you up to listen and learn!

PS – Include listening to your spouse in this challenge. This human you’ve loved for years (and years) can be the most amazing person in your life…

The Kindness Quotient - Listen to people and you'll be amazed at their story - it'll be easier to be kind.

If you want to read more about kindness try this article or this one. ~~~

And click HERE to learn more about the book, “The Kindness Quotient“. This is an affiliate link, which means you’ll be supporting me (at no cost you) if you choose to purchase the book. I only promote items I believe will add positively to your life.


… for gaining wisdom and instruction;
    for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
    doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to those who are simple,
    knowledge and discretion to the young—
let the wise listen and add to their learning
  

Proverbs 1:2-4 NIV

Best Friend – is that YOU?

Best Friend – is that YOU?

Best friends. We read and hear about that concept quite a bit. It seems like an elusive, never-to-capture ideal. There are movies, books and social media posts touting the idea… but what does “best friend” really mean?

Best friend means something different for everyone.

I’d imagine your “best friend” job description would look different from mine. In fact, there’s every chance we’d all have a unique set of criteria on our list… And that list has changed and will change as long as we’re alive.

Is there any chance one living person could meet all our human “best friend” needs – always?

Join me over at Angie’s Forum!

I did a guest post over at my friend Angie’s site – click to head over there where I explored 10 ways to be your own best friend!

Will you agree with me? Or am I way off base?

Add your ideas to the 10 ways to be your own best friend over there! (click the photo to go there!)

Be more kind than necessary.

Be more kind than necessary.

Be more kind than necessary – you never know who needs your kindness and when.

Kindness chips away at isolation … and from what I’ve been reading in social media, people are feeling alone. Lonely.


We have the power to measurably improve the world around us through kindness.


~ Rhonda Sciortino

What if you made kindness a habit?  Habits are unconscious – they’re the showcase of our character. (And scientific experimentation suggests that if you do something for more than 30 days it becomes a habit.)

What if kindness became part of your character? Could you improve the world around you through your character?

Continue to be who and how you are,

to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. 

Maya Angelou

10 Simple Ways to Be More Kind

1 – Smile.   A friendly face can make a difference in a bleak world.

2 – Be generous. Give without expectation of return.

3 – Start the conversation. Make a connection – ask a question and then listen.

4 – Give compliments. Everyone has good qualities! Let them know…

5 – Share what you love. Bring extra & pass it around.

6 – Adjust your tone. Sometimes it’s all in how you say it…

7 – Exercise patience. Remember – everyone is fighting a battle, even if it’s not apparent.

9 – Let it go.You don’t always have to win, do you? If it won’t matter next week… let it go.

10 – Be careful. Hearts are tender, even if the outside is crusty. Be more kind, regardless.

What would you add?

I’m sure you can think of other easy ways to exercise the character quality of kindess…

Let’s “UP” our kindness quotient this week – Be more kind!

Want to read more about the benefits of being kind?
Click HERE to learn more about the book, “The Kindness Quotient“. This is an affiliate link, which means you’ll be supporting me (at no cost you) if you choose to purchase the book. I only promote items I believe will add positively to your life.

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