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Thursday June 1, 2017 #893

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”

~Mother Teresa


This timeless quote reminds us to never think our actions do not make a difference.  You don’t need to be a wealthy philanthropist to make a dent in causes important to you.  There are great sites that enable us to find and support charities and causes with small donations or even just volunteering time or services.  Even those often cited “small acts of kindness” truly make a world of difference to those you touch.  The key is to stop thinking about it and simply to act in small ways and in bigger ways, if you are capable with your time or resources.

At the beginning of the 6th month of this year (can you believe it!?), reflect on the ways you can make a small contribution to the betterment of the world around you.  Start by smiling at your family member and thank them for being in your life.  Expressed gratitude is surely the greatest of the “small” gifts we can choose to give today.

Thank you for being a loyal and participative audience to these posts.  I’m grateful for all of you!  Let’s find a way to give a little something today.


June 4, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

You Make Me Proud

Thursday July 19, 2012 #438

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” 

~Mother Teresa

I recently received this feedback on something I had done in my work life from a superior:  “You make me proud.”  He was also specific as to why.  I can’t tell you how powerful that was for me.  So simple for this person to share, and so meaningful to me.  This feedback, and the power of it, reminded me how easy it is to make a positive impact on someone with authentic words of praise or gratitude.  I have since intentionally increased the amount of specific and authentic positive feedback for my work associates and family members. 

I urge you to do the same.

November 24, 2012 Posted by | giving, Gratitude, motivation | , , , | Leave a comment

Make a difference today: smile!

Thursday April 21, 2011 #309

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” 

~Mother Teresa

Today I’d like you to focus on smiling sincerely and intentionally as you greet all the various people you come in contact with.  It is clinically proven that when we smile, there are physiological benefits for us, it focuses us on positivity and actually creates the perception of being successful.  Plus, smiling is contagious so when you smile you pass on those benefits to others!  So simple, and yet all too rare.  Make a difference today for you and those around you:  smile!

May 8, 2011 Posted by | giving, Success | , , | Leave a comment

Intentional Kindness

Thursday September 17, 2009 #156

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” 

~Mother Teresa

It never ceases to amaze me that people continue to need to be reminded to be civil, kind and caring.  But they do – which means you probably need this reminder too.  Today, challenge yourself in every interaction to be intentionally kind.  While interacting with your families – i.e. look in your son’s eyes and say “Have I told you lately how glad I am that you’re my son?” While ordering your coffee at Starbucks – i.e. let that woman ahead of you in line who seems to be in such a rush.  While in a meeting with your subordinate, find something about their contribution to compliment them on.  Try it – the effort takes almost no additional time or effort but the impact will be priceless.

November 29, 2009 Posted by | giving, intention | , | Leave a comment

Give when it counts. Give without counting.

Tuesday August 4, 2009 #143

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”

~Mother Teresa

Enjoy #5 of the “5 Life Lessons” by Geir Ove Knutsen:  “Giving When it Counts”

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.
The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it if it will save her.”
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her but he had chosen to save her anyway.

The Lesson:  Give when it counts. Give without counting. Give!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these “5 Life Lessons”.  I’ve enjoyed giving them to you!

August 6, 2009 Posted by | giving, intention | , , | Leave a comment