JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 143 :: 4-letter word friday

26 May

Bath. 

Today’s 4-letter word Friday is dedicated to that warm bubbly water. The bath. Sometimes there is nothing better than a Friday night bubble bath.

It is where I find some semblance of ease and poise and calm and grace. And that brings me to this: Self-Kindness. It feels stronger than self-care.

Self-care and self-compassion are wonderful, don’t get me wrong. But self-kindness feels deeper as if it soaks down to the core of my being instead of just a Band-Aid hovering over the top.

It is remembering to hold myself to a standard of love and kindness. And grace. Instead of perfection. Self-kindness is built out of love.

And the occasional bubble bath.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{happy friday}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 142 :: kindness is…

25 May

The Force. 

Tonight we talked about some memories of our youth – watching Michael Jordan play basketball and seeing Star Wars for the first time.

Both seemed to have that special something. Some might call it The Force. And…Today is the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars.

It has me thining about kindness. Being kind is a force too. A powerful one, when harnessed for good and prosperity and human kind. It’s an invisible one as well – one that can only be felt, sometimes seen in the way it makes an impact or a reaction.

The other similarity is this – we all have access to the force of kindness. It lives inside each of us.

Remember…
the Force will be with you, always.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{use the force}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY :: 141 kindness is…

24 May

Feeling Full. 

I had coffee with some beautiful friends today and it left me feeling full. And that has me thinking about kindness.


Maybe filling each other’s cup is really the point of being kind. Making them feel so loved, so full of laughter, so happy and shining that their cup runneth over.

Choose your beverage.
Fill their cup!

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{full?}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 140 kindness is…

23 May

Imperfection. 

I have been reflecting on the perfection of imperfections. Being perfectly imperfect. Mostly because of a table that we painted.

I love to paint furniture. It makes me happy. Especially if it has good “bones” that a color will bring out. We found a table that had good bones. An oak specimen that needed a little love. It was free. It was a perfect painter.

Fifty dollars later… we have a perfectly imperfect table.  It was almost perfect when we brought it inside. Painted Colonial Red and shiny bright we placed it in the living room. Then I noticed a small spot on the corner that needed to be touched up.

We tried to fix the spot and ruined a full corner.

The next day, we dragged it outside and resprayed the entire top. The paint immediately blistered and peeled away, causing the entire top of the table to be ruined. I mean RUINED.

It was almost perfect. Then we ruined it. Twice. So I went to the store and bought the one magical paint fix I know of — Killz Primer. I proceeded to not only paint a new coat of primer on the table, I also sang to it.

As I looked at the blistered Colonial Red table I kept thinking of kindness. What would be the kindest thing I could do to this table? It seemed the only trick I had left was to love it. Thus, the singing.

It worked. The table is back to functional.

The table now sits back inside. A little bumpy. A little streaked in all the wrong places. She is perfectly imperfect. And she has taught me a very valuable lesson in kindness: know the difference between a small spot and big issue. And being perfectly imperfect!

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{imperfect?}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 139 :: kindness is…

22 May

Science. 

I revisited this article tonight. The science of kindness. And how we are hardwired to be connected.

Forget Survival of the Fittest: It Is Kindness That Counts

It has me thinking about the kind of kindness it takes to be intentional. To be connective. To reach out and think of someone else through the kindness of the heart.

And that’s just it – someone else. The fact that at the other end of the conversation, phone, email, bus, sidewalk, road… there is another heart. Connective heart space. Connective kindness.

Connect.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{connecting?}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 138 kindness is…

21 May

Blooming. 

And this:

And also this: watching beauty bloom right in front of your eyes.

The older I am the more appreciation I have for the flowers and the blooming that occurs right before my very eyes. It’s like magic. Or Mother Nature’s kindness pouring out as I walk on by. The tricky part is noticing.

Blooming kindness.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{blooming?}
#lovemore

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 JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY :: 137 kindness is…

20 May

Love. 

Tonight I found this. It seems appropriate. It seems full of kindness.

Here’s to being fashionably late, a little drunk and full of love.
Maybe that is kindness?

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{love}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 136 :: 4-letter word friday

19 May

Bops. 

Thank you, Seattle. You gave us a wonderful little adventure these last two days. Even though we just bopped down for a little while it was worth our while.

Seattle is synonymous with music – especially for people my age. And ironically, on our trip down to the Emerald City I learned that one of the Grunge Gods was gone. Chris Cornell.


The scene in the city was sobering. Including the sidewalk memorials and offerings to honor Cornell’s life and contributions – like this one at Easy Street Records. They played all Chris Cornell over the stereo speakers today. All Soundgarden, Audio Slave and Temple of the Dog. It was as if the walls could talk. Or sing.

Speaking of songs. Music lives on.
This I know is true.

We visited another record store today, in another part of the city. It was more Clapton than Cornell. A little bit Aretha and a lot of soul.


These walls did talk. And so did the record displays. Literally. Signed by different musicians in black marker over the wooden casings.

The owners talked too. About their passion for music (Dave named all his 50 favorite artists in less than 21 seconds) and the equipment that makes them sound so good (the lighting was installed to be able to see the records so well you could tell if they were scratched or not).

Ironically, I learned much about kindness too. Each record goes through an entire scrutiny before it is sold. They literally pulled it out of its jacket and inspected it for “boulders” – those little pieces of paper that fall from the jacket into the record grooves. I watched as they inspected and then cleaned the records Justin bought with precision and care.

Such KINDNESS I thought to myself. So much love. So much care.

So tonight’s post is dedicated to The Record Keepers. Both those that watch over the vintage tunes of the annals of music history, and literally each groove of every LP. And to those who leave us the music that will continue to play on.

He Bops.
She Bops.
We Bop.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{for the love of music}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 135 :: kindness is…

18 May

Giving. 

Today I gave a birthday gift. Something Justin wanted. And enjoyed. And thanked me for. Nothing is better than making someone happy. And that… is kindness.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{kindness}
#lovemore

 

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 134 :: kindness is…

17 May

Sharing. 

Today this video was shared with me:

It reminds me of kindness. The video, yes, it’s sweet and thoughtful and inspiring. But the woman who sent it to me gave me more kindness with the touch of a button. She shared it with me because it reminded her of my promise.

It has me thinking about how EASY kindness can be. Just a touch of a button. A share. A whooooosh! And then it is quickly sent off, traveling hundreds of miles over the invisible waves of the internet to land in my inbox.

How easy is that!?
Ridiculously easy.
May you find that kind of kindness.
And share it too!

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{kindness}
#lovemore

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