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November 11, 2018:The Power of Kindness


These last few weeks have been challenging ones, both personally and in our own country. Personally, its been a rollercoaster of emotions, when our 99-year-old patriarch and dad has struggled with a serious illness.  He’s once again rallied and maintains his positive, “can-do” attitudes, but the the days were long and the stress was high.  What sustained me through this time were the acts of kindness that came from friends and strangers alike.

Some acts were simple, like the housekeeper at the hosipital, who, knowing drank coffee, brought me a steaming one, without asking.  Another couple, close friend of ours,  brought dinner over and spent the evening helping us polish and prepare our jewelry pieces for this week’s show.  Supportive phone calls, facebook texts, and hugs all helped to sustain and rejuvenate my energy during a difficult time.

At the same time, our country faced more tragedies last weekend in the horrific shootings in a synagogue and this week’s violence in a dance club in California.  We can become fearful and tainted about our country, and began to question the goodness in our neighbors.  Or, as I need to do, we can focus on what I believe is the essential nature of our species, and that is kindness.  In my blogs and on our websites, I like to be inspired by quotes.  This week I searched for ones on kindness.  There was a treasure trove to be found, from Aesop to Lady Gaga,  and it was hard to choose which ones to share.  These are some of the ones that resonated in my heart.


1. Together we can change the world, just one random act of kindness at a time. Ron Hall

2. Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe .in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. Princess Diana 

4.What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Jean-Jacques Rousseau

5.There’s nothing so kingly as kindness, and nothing so royal as truth. Alice Cary

6.Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life. Isaac Bashevis Singer

7.The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. Aesop

8.Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. Theodore Isaac Rubin

9.I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country as one of love and compassion and kindness. Lady Gaga

10.Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. Lucius Annaeus Seneca 

11.Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Scott Adams

12.The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines. Charles Kuralt

I finish this blog with the intention to keep on creating and observing acts of kindness.  It gives me a focus, just like when I seek to photograph the beauty in nature, to celebrate acts of kindness that beautify our world.  And I believe we can make a difference.  Like Indira Ghandi said,“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

I also have to share one last one by Harvey Ball: “The catch phrase for the day isDo an act of kindness. Help one person smile.’”

 Photograph our our granddaughter Zoe by Kate Criscone Fine Art and Photography



  • Rebekah
    November 11, 2018

    Beautiful post, I love to hear your heart.

  • Rita
    November 12, 2018

    Your blogs are always uplifting and the picture of Zoe is beautiful!

  • Tanya
    November 12, 2018

    I believe that if one person does something kind without hesitation, the world could be a better place to live. I was always reminded, you never know that it may be Jesus in disguise and you are being tested. Will you pass?

  • Linda J Baron
    November 12, 2018

    Thank you Wendy for reminding me that above all Be Kind, even when you’re feeling doubtful *

  • Mark
    December 23, 2018

    Here are two more quotes, Wendy.
    “Be [kind], for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
    — Ian Maclaren (pseudonym of Rev. John Watson; 3 November 1850 – 6 May 1907)
    Luke 6:31 “As you would like people to do to you,
    do exactly so to them.
    Luke 6:32 “If you love those who love you,
    what credit is that to you? …
    Luke 6:35 “But love your enemies, and do good,
    and lend, expecting nothing back; …
    Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
    and don’t do the things which I say?”
    — Jesus of Nazareth, (∼6 BCE – ∼27 CE), Sermon on the Plain

  • Mark
    December 23, 2018

    Oh yes, and the one I mentioned tonight:
    “Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come, that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one.”
    – George Fox, 1656
    And another:
    “Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand, if there has been any slip or fall …”
    — Isaac Penington: Letters, ed. John Barclay, 1828, p. 139. Letter LII, 1667

      • Mark
        December 24, 2018

        Thank you, Wendy. And a blessed Christmas and New Year for you, your family, your friends, and the world (including the the ‘great sea monsters’ and ‘fruit trees’ (Psalm 148).


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