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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 273 :: a mission of love

30 Sep

Kindness.

Oh, October! You are almost here… and I think I’m “getting it” now. October is the “aha” month. The month when things begin to make sense. And, in this year of making a 365-day promise of intentional acts of KINDNESS I am reminded of the most powerful lesson of all – LOVE.

My promise this year is wrapping itself all the way back around and touching my heart with the most original lesson of all – LOVE.

My mission in this life is love. Thus, it seems, all my lessons are about love too. They come in different forms of course. And this year, it seems, love wants to remind me to have fun -to play- and to tap into my passion.

Oh, October, I know you have more waiting for me. Until then (tomorrow it all begins) I will remember to walk with love on the soles of my shoes – and a playful heart.

#herecomesoctober

More tomorrow….

Lovemore,
Jamie

{love}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 267 :: renew

23 Sep

Haircut Day.

Today was haircut day! And it feels like the kindest (intentional) act of the week for me. So fresh. So new. So good!

Why does a new haircut feel so good? And kind? I’m not entirely sure, but I know this: it’s all in the heart.

Catching kindness?

More tomorrow….

Lovemore,
Jamie

{kind heart}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 244 :: 4-letter word friday

1 Sep

Love.

I recently created this:  The Love List.

It’s a little notebook where I keep a list of what brings me joy. And every week I plan to pull it out and get an account of what I did on this list.

Did I attempt anything of the List?
Did I make room or space or time for anything on the Love List?
Did I try?

It’s important for many reasons…

  • Why go through life not doing the things we love?
  • If we love something, why not make room for it?
  • Shouldn’t we plan time around what we love?

So far I have noticed this – what we love doesn’t always get attention, or time or space. That’s why this week’s 4-letter word is LOVE.

My Challenge:
I am spending the next 30 days doing one thing on my Love List every single day.
I invite you to join me!
Ready to make a list?

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Love List?}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 214 :: 4-letter word friday

25 Aug

LOVE.

It’s Friday. And for some reason I find myself watching the news. Floods, hurricanes, hate crimes, fighting. Not a good strategy for looking for kindness.

Which leads me back to the 4-letter L word – love. 
Love and kindness go together, hand in hand.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
~Nelson Mandela

Tuning the news out.
Tuning into something more beautiful and kind.
What would happen if we all tuned into to a kinder vibe?

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{tuning in}
#lovemore

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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}
#lovemore

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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}
#lovemore

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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}
#lovemore

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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}
#lovemore

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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}
#lovemore

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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}
#lovemore

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