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Giving Kindness

“You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!”
-Anne Frank

Have you ever been so grateful for something, such as a narrowly averted disaster, a close call on a car crash, a lost wallet that was found, an illness you recovered from, or even a near-death experience? And you may have said to yourself or out loud; “Thank the Lord!” or “Thank the Universe!” or “The Universe provides!”

Ok, on a much smaller scale, how many of you borrowed something from your friend or a neighbor and upon returning the item, you said “Thanks!” But then you borrow it again and the “thanks” just doesn’t have the same effect, like it did the first time. There’s a void. As grateful as you may be, the “thank you” doesn’t make you feel like you’ve done enough. So, you think to yourself, “I’m going to bake them a cake or buy them a restaurant gift card or get them a special gift like some fine wine or their favorite beer.”

On a larger scale, how many times have you thanked the good Lord or the Universe? Think about it for a few. Do you think it’s been more times than you asked and thanked your neighbors? On the smaller scale, you may have even asked your neighbors, “what can I do, how can I thank you?!”

Back to the big picture. Can you buy a gift card or bake a cake for the Universe? Can you ask, “how can I thank you?” What can you do to show your appreciation? You certainly recognize a bad day, for which you may have cursed. What about all of your good days that you may have overlooked or not even recognized as good days for which you should be thankful?

What can you do? How can you express your gratitude? Maybe you could do something for someone else. Help another in need. Pass it on. Pay it forward. Whatever you want to call it. Be of service to another person or group. Volunteer for a cause that’s near and dear to your heart. Perform Random Acts of Kindness for your family, friends, neighbors, or even strangers. Do something! Give something…

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