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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 175 :: recognizing kindness in the ones you love

16 Jul

Kind Moves.

I’ve been paying attention to kindness. And something very interesting is happening… I am begining to see the most kind behavior in those I love the most. Which makes sense since I spend the most time with these people.

And yet…I realize that sometimes we actually miss the point when we see people everyday. Like wallpaper. They are always there. It’s easy to miss or forget to appreciate or notice.

Like yesterday, when Justin demonstrated how to change bedsheets with someone in a bed. I was lying down for a nap. He needed to change the laundry. I whined that I didn’t want to get up from said bed. He told me not to worry, he could pull the sheets out from underneath me.

“What? ” I said back, sure that he was joking.
“Let me show you.” he smiled. “I had to do this all the time with my elderly patients.”

He then demonstrated with extreme kindness how he could roll a sheet up and out from underneath me while barely moving my body. As he worked the sheets around the bed he teased, “Okay, Ms. Eslinger, I’m just going to move your slightly to get this sheet out.”

As I watched him with awe I felt a tug at my side and a tug at my heart. He was so gentle and kind and thoughtful and funny all at the same time.

“I bet your patients loved you.” I said as I looked into his face with awe. As if I was seeing a side of him I have been forgetting to notice. His kindness happens so often I forget to see it. But like wallpaper, it’s always there.

So, here’s to noticing the wallpaper. And the people we love the most.
With kindness.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{wallpaper}
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 JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 171 :: golden kindness

12 Jul

Circles.

I read a book a long time ago and something in it stuck with me. The Golden Circle. It was an asian tradition that placed a “golden circle” around the mother and baby after childbirth. It was meant to keep them safe, healthy and well cared for during the first days and months of being newly born. In my memory, I believe the families surrounded them in love and took care of all their physical needs.

Of course, now, I can’t find that book. Or that reference. But the idea still sits in my mind. What a KIND concept, whatever it’s called, I like “The Golden Circle.”

Recently I spoke with a dear friend who happens to be going through a divorce. Right at the time when I was getting married. Two major life moments. Two very important life transitions, each wtih their own ceremonies, decrees, emotional transformations.

These two moments have me thinking about the Golden Circle – or whatever it is really called! Whatever the name, I love the concept. And how lovely and KIND it would be if we could just request this sort of support from our friends when we needed it. Whether for a day or month. Or longer.

Of course, I think we can or could. It’s just the vernacular, the name, the concept that has to be defined first. So… I’m throwing this out there! Why not? In this year of kindness let’s create the language of a golden circle of support.

How kind!

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{golden}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 167 :: the light of kindness

8 Jul

Capturing Light.

On the night of our wedding, Justin’s cousin Rich graced us with the presence of his camera and photography skills. He didn’t know he was going to shoot a wedding that night (he thought he was going to capture a silly family trivia game) but regardless, he was ready with camera in hand.

Here’s the photo he took that night of my wedding dress, with a technique called light painting. I love this photo for so many reasons – it captures the trees that rise so high into the sky at night, and the spot where Justin and I said our vows to each other, and it also captures the light that I felt surrounding and opening my heart.

It was a powerful force, this light, this love, this surge of kindness. As I wrote my vows to Justin I realized so much about what it meant for us to make a promise to each other. On so many levels that promise is about love — and yet, as I’m beginning to realize, that promise is really about kindness. To hold each other so delicately and so strongly at the same time. To listen. To laugh. To love.

Love is kind. And in so many ways, kindness is about spreading light. And, if you look closely at that photo, the light seems to be coming straight out of my heart.

It reminds me of this:
When Justin and I first reunited he played a song for me over and over again.

Let my love open the door…
to your heart.

And, you have to open the door to see the light.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{see the light}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 157 :: the best part

29 Jun

Keeping Secrets.

Tonight we were married. It was a surprise, at Justin’s family reunion in Estes Park. We’ve been planning for a while now and tonight it happened.

Pictures will be shared tomorrow.

For now, we are happy and soaking in the kindness of a family that engulfed us in love while we surprised them with nuptials.

Secrets are hard.
But…Love is kind.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{love}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 130 :: mom kindness

13 May

For all the Moms. 

If I have learned anything so far this year it is this: Kindness lives on. It has a life of its own really. Taking one small moment and turning it into a lifetime of memories.

On the eve of Mother’s Day, I think of the kindness my mother shared with so many throughout her too short of a beautiful life. It’s a reminder that kindness lives in the little things. Band-Aids. Dancing in the kitchen. Licking batter off the spatula. Braiding my hair. Singing me awake in the morning.

So here’s to all the Moms. May they all feel the kindness that they have shared and sprinkled around this world like confetti.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{confetti}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 56 :: kindness is…

27 Feb

Monday Sunset.

Tonight, I have this dear soul:

May kindness bloom.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{blooming}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 44 :: love is kind

14 Feb

My kind of love. 

In this year of kindness, I am shocked at a recent discovery. One that has been right in front of my nose. Right in front of my eyes. Right next to my side.

The man who brought me these flowers is an overflowing well of kindness. 

Justin is a deep well of kindness. And he always remembers to celebrate his love for me on these days, when it counts, and when nobody else is counting.

To that, I say, kindness is alive and well.
And, love is kind.

Happy Valentine’s Day, kind soul.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

P. S. Kindness Challenge #6: Kind Words 
If you choose to accept this challenge, please join me in

  • Choosing only kind words
  • Not being divisive 
  • Conquering evil

{kind?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 43 :: kindness love and care

13 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day. 

Ahhhh, loves… just sending you this tonight. Love. Be Kind. Hug someone… or share a KISS.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

P. S. Kindness Challenge #6: Kind Words 
If you choose to accept this challenge, please join me in

  • Choosing only kind words
  • Not being divisive 
  • Conquering evil

{sharing?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 40 :: love by the mooooooon

10 Feb

So big. 

The moon. It’s so beautiful tonight. While we missed the hullabaloo over the comet and the eclipse and probably something else… we did see the big, fat, amazing, take up the entire sky MOON tonight!

She’s a snow moon. I love this shot Justin captured. AKA: The Death Star:

And, then there is this one. All etheric and cloudy and romantic.
(Also a Justin pic!)

Then, there’s the one I captured. It’s all sorts of BLURRY and bad. But I’m being KIND this year, so I took a second look to see if I could see anything beautiful. And you know what I found?

A heart. It’s there…. you just have to LOOK for it.

And, isn’t that the truth. It may be the first real lesson in this year of Intentional Acts of Kindness that is coming my way. What we LOOK for, we FIND.

Happy Looking!

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

P.S. Kindness Challenge #6: Kind Words 
If you choose to accept this challenge, please join me in

  • Choosing only kind words
  • Not being divisive 
  • Conquering evil

{looking?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 26 :: birthday

26 Jan

Kindness.

I am in awe. Mostly at the kindness that birthdays bring in out in everyone I know. I am so thankful and grateful for the text messages, facebook posts, calls, messages, and all the ways that I have been reached today. And touched.

It is the gift of being seen and remembered. Is there anything better?

It reminds me in this year of Intentional Acts of Kindness that gifts and kindness come in many forms (money, love, care, listening, seeing, honoring). Not all are seen or heard but all are felt, deeply, with the heart.

Here’s to another trip around the sun. Thank you for being here with me. I feel you. I see you. I hope you know how much you mean to me.
More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

P.S.  Kindness Challenge #3: Patience
If you choose to accept this challenge, please join me in

  • Breathing kindness in and out
  • Waiting and knowing that all is lining up perfectly for you
  • Be kind. Your timing is divine.

{seen?}
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