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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 365 :: a kind finale

31 Dec
{farewell 2017}

And here we are! The last day of 2017. The grand finale. The big hurrah… to a year of kindness.

There are so many words for kindness… I know because I looked them up:

And because I also just lived out an entire year pondering the power of kindness… Intentional acts of kindness to be exact. While I entered the year thinking I would be sprinkling kindness around the world in grand and amazing ways, what really happened was this — I found kindness in my own heart.

So much closer to home.

That always seems to be the way it goes with these promises. They open up areas inside of me I never knew existed. Never could have expected…and definitely didn’t plan on discovering. Even though they were there the entire time.

That’s the magic and the power of a purposeful promise. It’s always a game of setting an intention and then just showing up. Every single day. That’s all it takes. And then it will take you on the adventure of a lifetime (or at least a year!) full of twists and turns and surprise and delight until you end up sitting at your computer on the last day of the year realizing how perfect the entire year unfolded right before your very eyes.

Thank you, kindness. For letting me chase you this year, and then showing me you were right here all along, pulling at my heartstrings.

Thank you, kindness. For teaching me to look for you, starting inside myself and then spotting you inside the smiles, eyes, laughter, and love of others.

Most of all, thank you for teaching me to be more kind.

Tomorrow I announce a new promise for 2018… want to join me!?
Drumroll, please……

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{thank you, kindness}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 363 :: a kind lesson

29 Dec
{these two}

It’s been a year, 2017. Amidst it all two things have been constant: Pup and Brady.

Sometimes for comic relief, other times for adventure. One thing I am absolutely sure of… there is nothing kinder than the love of a dog and the wag of a tail to the rhythm of joy. Times that by two and you’ve got a pretty kind life.

If there is nothing else in this year to teach me the power of kindness, there are these two dogs. They are cuddled up on their dog bed right now, wrapped around each other and snuggled in for the night.

In this year of Kindness, they have taught me this: Lick it better and shake it off.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{shake it off}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 362 :: a gentle year

28 Dec
{reflecting}

Ah, Kindness. You have been so, well, kind to me this year. As I reflect on these final days of 2017 I am aware of all the kindness and conflict and chaos that we have seen this year.

I am also aware that Chaos brings out the Kindness in us.

Chaos. Kindness. They may be opposite ends of the same coin. Parallels. Balances in the universe, quite possibly. But can we have one without the other?

I don’t know. If so, I prefer kindness.

As the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation says, “Kindness Starts with One.” And as this year has taught me that is true. Whether it is in our kind thoughts, deeds, dos and don’ts.

In fact, that might be the biggest lesson of all. Kindness begins with our thoughts. Thoughts become beliefs. We turn our beliefs into actions.

It’s all an act.
A kind one.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{start with one}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 361 :: a kind year

27 Dec
{reflecting}

It’s beginning to look a lot like 2018… everywhere you go!

Before we get there, I’m beginning to reflect on 2017 – where the year has taken me, the path we have walked together … and how we got here.

What were your lessons from this year we call 2017?
I called it my Year of Kindness.  And it played out in ways I couldn’t imagine, as it always does with this promise work. I set a theme, I make a promise and I go into each year writing about it each and every day. Some days are way more exciting than others.

For instance, I never would have guessed a surprise pop-up wedding in the middle of Colorado would happen right in the middle of the year! Surprise. And, yet, it seemed so perfect — why didn’t I see it coming? I don’t know. (And how did we keep it a secret – long story!)  And yet, that is the magic of making these promises.

You never know what is going to happen. Until you try. And then, what transpires is always beyond my wildest dreams — and plans. They are even better than my own plans my own head could come up with — really.

And that is what makes this work so exciting. Sometimes you have to take the brain out of the equation and listen to your heart. And learning to do that is what one might call kindness.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{kindness of the heart}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 341 :: christmas kindness

7 Dec
{give openly}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

We just arrived home from a Christmas party. One with a gift exchange “swap with a twist…”. We all drew numbers and then one by one picked up our presents. The gift picking came with the option to take someone else’s gift.

When I lived in New England, this was called a “Yankee Swap.” I’m not sure what it is called here on the West Coast. But it always creates a lot of laughter and some serious swapping strategies.

Tonight, the game ended with a promised “twist” — which was after all the swapping had subsided we passed our gifts one person to the right.

I ended up with a sweet little set of LED candles. But it got me thinking about kindness. About working really hard and gearing up over a mysterious box and then just handing it over to someone else.

There’s grace in sharing.
And it’s kind to share openly.
Even if it’s a box wrapped in paper that you pass to your right.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{life is full of surprises}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 340 :: christmas kindness

6 Dec
{listen deeply}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

If there is one thing I have learned in this year of Kindness, it is to listen. Deeply. I’m not saying I’m good at it, or have a full grasp on the fine art of deep listening. But I have learned this:  listening deeply is the best remedy to most of life’s issues.

Listen to someone.
Deeply.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{listen}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 338 :: christmas kindness

4 Dec
{tell someone you love them}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

And tonight my act of kindness was telling some special people in my life that I love them. I texted a few  – it is that easy to do!

Kindness doesn’t have to cost a cent. But words are powerful. There is magic in our words. And when we use the magic words, magical things happen.

Try it.
Tell someone you love them!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{love you too}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 337 :: christmas kindness

3 Dec
{phone a friend}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

And tonight my act of kindness was phoning a friend. Really, what else is there in life that could be better than a kind voice.

The best part of friendship is reciprocity. Giving and giving back.
Is there a friend you want to call? Don’t wait!

Phone a friend.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{friendship}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 336 :: christmas kindness

2 Dec
{a kind month}

Today I officially kick off… Christmas Kindness!

It begins with cards. Lots of cards!
We are readying our Christmas Cards over here — an act that is kind in so many ways.

Want a card from me? Email me, and I’ll add you to the list 😉

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{tis the season}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 331 :: holiday random kindness

27 Nov
{research}

The Holidays are on! And I’m doing a little research on Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. Here’s one article: 40 Radom Acts of Kindness.

I like some of the ideas:

  • Put sticky notes with positive messages in public places.
  • Sing Christmas Carols, play board games, or just visit with senior citizens at a nursing home.
  • Tape a plastic bag of quarters to a washer or dryer at the laundromat.
  • Purchase some extra dog or cat food and drop it off at an animal shelter.
  • Leave a $5 taped to the entrance of a car wash or tape a gift certificate for a free car wash to a stranger’s car.

I am creating a Christmas Kindness Calendar of my own…

What would you add for Christmas kindness?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{kind}
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