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Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

Maya Angelou

 ! 0000 Act of kindness

Someone asked me what I thought was the most important attribute we as humans should have. After I thought about it I said “Kindness.” Over the years I have come to appreciate people who are kind. They don’t spend much time criticizing and they are seldom judgmental. Kind people are not quick to judge and most are willing to give us the benefit of doubt.

In this day when so many folks are looking to place blame and who are intolerant of people not like themselves it is a pleasure to bask in the goodwill that is exhibited by the kind and caring. I often worry that the displeasure exuded by the unkind may become contagious and certainly is a disservice to children who may look up to them.

You can’t help but notice that kind people live happier lives. They spend most of their days pleased with their activities. Most are rewarded by the friends they have and the respect of the people who they meet.

Yes, I love the kind people and the time I get to spend with them. By the way I avoid the soreheads and naysayers as much as I can. I hate the taste of their venom and if I don’t let them try to poison my outlook on life I won’t have to worry about becoming as unhappy as they are. Here is a brief article written by Mercy Mabwe Adeyanju that reminds me of the kind people I know.

Inspiring People

Wouldn’t it be such a great privilege to know who needs uplifting, encouraging or even comfort, just by merely looking at them? Unfortunately we are only humans and many times we may not know who is going through the most low moments or seasons in their lives. Humans can cover up real well too, make up painful smiles coming from a hurting and broken soul.

Let us wake up each day and take that selfless step to encourage someone. Initiate a Smile, say good morning, pass a compliment, ask that person how their weekend was. Who knows what impact you may have in their life that day?

You may have just saved someone from taking their own life. You may have just boosted that young lady with a low self-esteem, by telling them they looked good, that little boy by telling them great job. Words have an everlasting impact on our lives and can bring forth positive or negative outcome.

You have that power in you to heal, encourage, inspire, or to destroy, break down and discourage. Be a builder, encourager, restorer. Yes you may not be there to celebrate the outcomes but your impact will live on. Be encouraged today.

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

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A GOLFER sliced the ball from the tee over the hill into a valley. Hearing a yell, he dashed to the top of the hill to see a man lying unconscious below.

When the golfer ran down to the man, the stricken fellow opened one eye and said calmly, “I’m a lawyer and I’m going to sue you for five thousand dollars.”

“I’m so sorry,” the golfer replied,” but I did yell ‘Fore.'”

“I’ll take it,” said the lawyer.

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The scary part is, someday these are going to be referred to as the good old days.

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THINGS A CUBAN MOTHER WOULD NEVER SAY (Trust me I am married to one!)

“Just live with him.. You don’t have to marry him.”

“I don’t need any grandchildren”

“How on earth can you see the TV, sitting so far, back?”

“Don’t bother wearing a jacket — it’s quite warm out.”

“Let me smell that shirt — yeah, it’s good for another week.”

“I think a cluttered bedroom is a sign of creativity.”

“Yeah, I used to skip school, too.”

“Just leave all the lights on…it makes the house more cheery.”

“Could you turn the music up louder, so I can enjoy it, too?”

“Aw, just turn these undies inside out. No one will ever know.”

“I don’t have a tissue with me — just use your sleeve.”

“Well, if Timmy’s Mom says it’s okay, that’s good enough for me.”

“My meeting won’t be over till later tonight. You kids don’t mind skipping dinner, do you?”

“If she wants you both to move back east to live near her family it’s fine with me.”

“You don’t have to call me every week; I know how busy you are.”

“Your father is a saint; you should only be just like him.”

“You are so lucky to have your in-laws”

“Your wife knows best – forget about the advice I gave you”

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A person who can’t lead and won’t follow makes a dandy roadblock.

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At an Easter mass, at which some young ladies were to take their finals vows to become nuns, the presiding bishop noticed two rabbis enter the church just before the mass began. They were seated at the back of the sanctuary and insisted on sitting on the right side of the center aisle.

The bishop wondered why they had come but didn’t have time to inquire before the mass began. When it came time for some announcements, his curiosity got the best of him. He announced that he was delighted to see two rabbis in their midst at the mass but, was curious as to why they were present at this occasion where the young ladies were to become the “brides of Christ.”

The eldest of the rabbis slowly rose to his feet and explained, “Family of the Groom.”

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There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.

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It was Palm Sunday and Sue’s five year old son had to stay home from church, with a neighbor, because of strep throat.

When the family returned home carrying palm branches, he asked what they were for.

His mother explained, “People held them over Jesus’ head as he walked by.”

“Wouldn’t you know it,” the boy said, “The one Sunday I don’t go, Jesus shows up!”

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When you’re finally holding all the cards, why does everyone else decide to play chess?

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The mistress of a big English house called her Irish maid and pointed out the dust still on top of the piano. “Mary,” she said, “I could write my name in this dust”.

Mary responded, “My, isn’t education a grand thing, ma’m”.

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“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

Albert Einstein

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Before performing a baptism, the priest approached the young father and said solemnly, “Baptism is a serious step. Are you prepared for it?”

“I think so,” the man replied. “My wife has made appetizers and we have a caterer coming to provide plenty of cookies and cakes for all of our guests.”

“I don’t mean that,” the priest responded. “I mean, are you prepared spiritually?”

“Oh, sure,” came the reply. “I’ve got a keg of beer and a case of whiskey.”

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For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

Audrey Hepburn

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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