75 Questions: Day 53

There are 75  days before the robust start of a new Gregorian calendar year. So, for the next 22 days (Monday – Sunday) the blog postings will ask you just one question. That question may inspire you, it may perplex you, it may anger you, it may be the one feared shift, or it may even tickle you.

The valuable intent of the 75 questions is to probe, to prompt a reaction, to get you to stretch, to press beyond tradition or boundaries, to think broader, to break free, to face the fear, or liberate you by confirming what you already know for sure. You are only asked to give a thoughtful answer to the question.

It’s about the real within you. The intent of the 75 questions is to probe, to prompt a reaction, to get you to stretch, to press beyond tradition or boundaries, to think broader, to break free, to broker change, or embrace your awakened perception.

Authenticity gives you courage. You no longer will doubt your strength. You can be genuine, kind, forgiving, and frank as long as your heart and words emanate from a source of love. You can mend any relationship, their response to the effort you make to refresh it is not predicated upon their acceptance.

The beneficial intent of the 75 questions is to capture change. The question is to be a harbinger for inner change that leaves you feeling more safe, in control, powerful, intrigued, and authentic.

When these amazing emotions are opened up within you (they already exist), you change and your world changes and the whole world changes with you.

Question 53: How do you mend a broken relationship?

Kindess is Free

“Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men’s souls, and a beautiful image it is.”
~Blaise Pascal

What are some of the kind words you will use today?

I offer these words to you:

  • You are joyous
  • You are noble
  • You are powerful
  • You are loved!

Make someone smile with your kind words-thank you.

Tell yourself these words today.

Fantastic Friday: Altruism

Giving helps. Researchers confirm what we already know: giving benefits the giver as much or sometimes more than the receiver.

On this Fantastic Friday, exercise your altruism muscle so that your heart stays strong.

Ho Su Kim was recently honored for his volunteer work at The Center for Pan Asian Community Service, Inc., where he founded the Food Pantry program providing food assistance to families and seniors in need in metro-Atlanta. His fantastic act of care – building a sustainable program of giving selflessly so that others will have food to eat is worthy.  Mr. Kim decided to get busy and exercise his heart muscle by doing something that now benefits hundreds of families per week.

You too can do good by giving with an altruistic spirit. Look around, identify a need, and share what you have.  It may be a random pay-it-forward act or it could be using a hammer at a Habitat build, or helping the elderly or a child with homework for free.

The options you have for altruism are as open and unique as you are. The main thrust here is to give and to give with heart. Your altruism may be a one-off act or it could be longer term like Mr. Kim or similar to Karen White and her family, whom I admire so much. They adopted two children from Africa and life is great for the family.

Whatever act of altruism you choose this Friday, do it and feel fantastic!

 

Fantastic Friday

What a day to celebrate – today is the day of one.  11-11-11 all ones that equal 1. One you, One God, One Faith, One humanity, One love, One grace, One focus, One family, One heart, One grace, One expectation….

Make your own One …. declaration. One ?

Fantastic!

Today I want to highlight a concept for Fantastic Friday.  11 Alive News (www.11alive.com), a local television station in Atlanta, is celebrating what is fantastic, fabulous, and factitive about sharing and giving goodness from the heart.   The news takes a new twist at this station; instead of all gloom, fear and death, they are championing what is good that children and young people do to make this world a better place.

“It’s a movement meant to have a positive impact on people’s lives every day.”  Add to the Chain, using the example of Rachel Scott,  the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 is linking up Georgians all across the state. Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for Rachel’s Challenge, is Georgia’s response of trans-formative positive impact.

Schools and businesses and people from across Georgia   volunteered time, contributed creative solutions and took an active part in giving that added to the chain of kindness. One random act from the heart makes a difference.

I plan to join the thousands of celeebrants at the Georgia Dome today for the culmination of  this year of service,  kindness and thoughtfulness and bask in the prominence of happiness and joy so that I have an indelible imprint to carry forward.

Don’t stop! It does not matter where you are in the world, keep the chain of kindness going.

Make a fantastic contribution of positive sharing today and everyday.  As six year old Zalissa Lomax of Gainesville, Georgia knows,  “just a smile can change something, and that’s never too small of an act of kindness.”

Recommended Reading: One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity Debbie Macomber, Howard Books, 2009

You are fantastic, be fantastic and give what is fantastic in you.

Happy Friday!