Some of you may know of Norman Vincent Peale. He was one of those positive thinkers who believed that an optimistic attitude was essential to a happy life. I happen to agree. It makes a huge difference. Having a good attitude about things is not always easy and sometimes we are who we are: grumpy, hurt, abused or even abusive to others. It's human nature that we do things reacting emotionally without thought. However, since we can't change others without them wanting the change we can do something else. We can change ourselves...if only we want to do it. I recently bought a 2009 calendar with the theme of 'The Power of Positive Thinking' quotes by Norman Vincent Peale....Here is one quote that I thought was profound:
"Select a few people to be particularly kind to today, those you were a little harsh with yesterday".
This I think would be the epitomy of a random act of kindness.....sometimes this is just sending that belated birthday card or note or remembering to thank someone for a thoughtful gesture. Acts of omission can be hurtful too......we can turn that around by remembering. The quote applies in all sorts of situations. I like to think that we should try to always be kind with our words, thoughts and deeds. Wouldn't it be a better world if everyone did that?
I believe we are all connected with some kind of energy or invisible force. When we do anything we impact someone else. It's almost impossible not to do that, from what I've observed. Every act, every work, or communication has an impact, whether large or small. I figure I will try to make that impact a positive one.