Tuesday, January 8, 2013

By Invitation Only. . .

    
        Today, I'm not really participating in our By Invitation Only discussion. As you may recall, we are a group of disparate bloggers from around the world who monthly discuss a topic with our own take on the subject. Our founder, Marsha Harris, of the divine blog Spenderosa (please click and you will be taken to her thoughts and then directed toward the others).

         I must be in Paris for an unplanned appointment and didn't have the time to prepare something thoughtful for our new year's assignment: "What's right with the world?" and "What's wrong with the world?"

         Do tell me what you think. Briefly, how about a minimum of one daily act of kindness toward those we love and those we have never met and may never see again. That makes for a positive entry into the new year don't you think?

         A demain dear friends.

12 comments:

helen tilston said...

Hello Tish

Like you write, we must "just do it"

Helenxx

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

May we open our eyes every day to see the needs around us...sometimes all someone needs is a smile! I am blessed to work in an environment that fosters this type of thinking...we encourage students and teachers to look for someone to help every day! Enjoy Paris!

webb said...

Pam's right. We need to stop seeing ourselves (and our country) as the center of the universe. We are finally dealing with a world-wide monetary system, now we need to see ourselves as a world-wide community.

Your French Buyer said...

I think one problem is we have stopped "seeing" people. We stay in our own world even in the line at the grocery.
I now am practicing opening a small conversation..even to inquire about something in a stranger's grocery cart.

Lazygal said...

Agreed! We have stopped seeing each other (or listening to each other). Look at all the people travelling with earphones, either attached to a phone or an iPod. Or all those who choose to only listen to/read within their own set of beliefs.

If we can once, each day, make a connection with someone - a smile, answering a question patiently, just saying "hello" - we'd be a much happier, nicer planet.

Splenderosa said...

Beautiful! And, thank you so much for this, Tish. Making connections is a need of all of mankind. We have forgotten this, I think. A lovely & gentle reminder.

BigLittleWolf said...

I love the idea of a daily act of kindness.

Sometimes, that needs to be considered an act of kindness toward ourselves - like not feeling guilty when we have to take care of our own priorities!

xo

Amelia said...

Yes, practice the "Golden Rule" or "loving-kindness" as some would say. A balance between caring for ourselves and for others.

xx

Linda Kerr said...

I echo the other sentiments expressed here. We have become so isolated. Facebook and other social media have brought us together in some ways, yet we do not visit in person as much, or even talk on the phone as much anymore. Everything needs to be "quick." We need to slow down. And simplify, i.e. fewer possessions....Bonne Annee!

Kaitlyn said...

I love this idea! A movement has started in the US to perform 26 random acts of kindness in honor of the Newtown victims. I plan to keep going long after the 26. It helps me believe there are still good, kind people in the world. Hope all was well in Paris!

xoxo

carolyn bradford said...

Any act of kindness I feel is appreciated by most…I love it when I get thoughtful messages from someone I've never met and yet I feel as if I know through blogs and I also treasure those kind acts of lifelong friends. Nothing brings more happiness though than being the one to give those acts of kindness out…simply because I can or because i care. No matter…any act of kindness is a huge blessing!

Maryl said...

As BigLittleWolf says, be kind to ourselves also. Sometimes that can be harder than helping others. Happy New Year everyone.

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