Be the kind of person who chooses to be good and kind and doesn’t pass on the hurt and trauma to others. Be the kind of person who chooses to believe in people’s passion and dreams in a way that makes them feel both hopeful and supported. Be the kind of person who chooses to seek courage by saying “thank you” for all the love and warmth that you’re surrounded with. Be the kind of person who inspires the world to keep on choosing the light.
In 1969, when black citizens in the United States were not permitted to swim in community pools along side white people, Fred Rogers brought a black police officer to his television show and invited him to cool his feet with him in a small, plastic wading pool. Mr. Rogers then helped Officer Clemmons to dry his feet.
Mr. Rogers never openly preached on his show, despite being an ordained Presbyterian minister. Yet he preached volumes in this simple act of love. In a world seemingly filled with hatred, where you can be anything, be a Mr. Rogers. <3
you deserve friends who care about how you’re feeling…and who want to be around you regardless. you deserve friends who value your happiness, and respect the decisions you make to find that. you deserve friends who lift you up, who see the best in you and who help you see the best in yourself. you deserve good friends.
It’s okay to just “be.” It’s okay for things to be unexciting and routine. To have smaller, quieter, less sharable moments of happiness. It’s okay and it’s normal and it’s what everyone else’s life looks like most of the time. So whatever you did today, please trust that it was enough. Whatever you’re able to do tomorrow, it will be enough. However you navigate the world over the course of your life, and whatever part you play in it, you are enough.
I decided to end some of my pointless memberships on websites, and use that money to sponsor an 11 year old girl in Kosovo named Alba. As soon as the email comes through that a child has been sponsored, the child is told by the non-profit volunteer workers in their community the next day.
I chose Alba, because she has been waiting on sponsorship for over a year, and her birthday is tomorrow. When she wakes up in the morning, she will be informed that her family has finally been sponsored, and that she will be recieving a birthday gift from me, as well. I can’t remember the last time I felt that I was this whole as an individual. The sensation of helping another, especially a child in need will always be so beautiful. I know this is far from the content that I normally post, but goodness guys, I am so happy that I made this choice. I just want the world to shout happy birthday to this little girl who has probably never even unwrapped a present.
She turned 12 a few hours ago, and soon she along with her 2 brothers + 3 sisters will be waking up for school. She loves to paint, and play football. Her parents are young and unemployed due previous war affecting their economy, and pollution ruining the majority of the community’s farmlands. They are still supporting 6 young children, and now I get to help their family and town.
After a few months, I am going to print a cropped photo of this post with the photo below and the total notes it receives, and mail it to her explaining that number is how many people across the world hoped she had a lovely birthday.
What you do for yourself, any gesture of kindness, any gesture of gentleness, any gesture of honesty and clear seeing toward yourself, will affect how you experience your world. In fact, it will transform how you experience the world. What you do for yourself, you’re doing for others, and what you do for others, you’re doing for yourself.
emilia_clarke: Emma Thompson reads “kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye
The ever glorious and wonderful Emma Thompson reads “Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye. Emma would like to dedicate this poem to our future selves, who we will be after this pandemic. What a glorious sentiment that is, filled to the brim with hope. What we need, what we always need, most.
Here is the prescription as written in @thepoetrypharmacy @thepoetryremedy.
“There is one thing that all my friends have in common. It is not their age or gender. It is not their race or social status, nor their sexual orientation or education. Its neither their religion or lack thereof. The one thing they all have in common is the way I can always look to them for the love and kindness that beats within their hearts.”
The last bird swap of the year that I’d be able to attend is going on right now, and I am not at it because I know that it will be people from all over the state gathering, there won’t be good social distancing in place because it’s outside, and half the people won’t be wearing masks at all. Normally, this swap would be my favorite one- it’s the biggest one for peafowl in this state (and the one I would have taken my own peachicks to in a normal hatching year), and it takes place beside a wonderful little cider mill that opens up way earlier than usual just for us, and makes the single best cider donuts I’ve ever had; they have normal ones, but also apple flavored or pumpkin flavored and they are divine. They have cider of course, but also hot spiced cider in coffee urns sitting on the counter ready for us, and fresh pies, and cinnamon bread dressed in icing, and dinner plate cookies.
It makes me unspeakably sad to miss out on my favorite regularly scheduled event of any give year, especially knowing that my second favorite in Oct, Tinley Park reptile expo, has also been canceled. I know that these are not great tragedies in the grand scheme of things that have happened, but the three or four bird swaps and the tinley expo are the few social events I truly enjoy with no caveats in an entire year, and one of the few social events that, as an introvert, actually recharge a lot of happiness and energy in my life. So, today is sad for me, and I intend to spend it being kind to myself. Perhaps you will join in, and spend today being kind to yourself, too. If you do, I’d love to get an ask telling me how you were kind to you today.
hey there! you with the beautiful mind and stunning smile! this is a little reminder to remember to stretch your body, drink some water, get a snack, and take a short break from your screen. knowing i’m on the same earth as you makes me happy, and i’d like you to take care of yourself.
“I think it’s important to be as thoughtful and considerate as possible, always trying to lift others up. We all really [need to] focus on one another … We have a duty to ourselves to take care of each other.”
Perform acts of courtesy to those who are worthy of them as well as those who are not worthy of them, and even if they have no effect on those who deserve them, you are at least worthy of [performing] them.
Prophet Muhammad (S), ‘Uyun Akhbar ar-Ridha, v. 2, p. 35, no. 76
I heard my mother asking our neighbor for some salt. I asked her why she was asking them as we have salt at home. She replied, ‘It’s because they are always asking for things; they’re are poor. So I thought I’d ask something small from them, but at the same time make them feel as if we need them too. That way it’ll be easier for them to ask us for anything they need from us.