Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 1 - Let's be thankful to God 365 day in a row. Join me in thanking God when the sun shines down on us and when we find ourselves weathering the storms of life. Let us thank Him for all His goodness in the good times and in the hard times. Let's thank Him when He strengthens us and when He restores peace. Join me for the next year as I ponder on all of His goodness, tender mercies and blessing - large and small - that He showers on our lives each day. 365 Days of kindness - For the past year I have focused my days on spreading happiness. I worked on being a ninga of niceness. I found that kind acts make people happy, and happy people are nice to others, and the happiness grows and grows. I’ve learned a few things about myself and about kindness along my journey: Kindness… Continue reading 365 Days of kindness #bethelight – Day 362 and 363 - Yesterday was a rough day. To be honest. nothing really went well from the beginning of the day. To get through the day I needed to learn to re-frame my perception… change my perspective. Sometime we make choices that are not the best. Sometime circumstances are not the best. Rather than allowing regret to take… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 362 and 363 #bethelight – day 361 - I was thinking this morning how awkward and embarrassing I often am in social situations. No wonder my teens laugh at me. Then I was thinking of some of the “miss-fits” I work with in the theatre. It dawned on me… rescuing a wallflower is an act of kindness. At our cast party over the… Continue reading #bethelight – day 361 #bethelight – Day 360 - It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing this whole “spread kindness” kick for nearly a year. I have decided that KINDNESS is just common sense. All you really have to do is think about what people really need; think outside your own desires and selfishness. Sometimes it’s a lack of funds that keep people from… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 360 #bethelight – Day 353 - Today I’ve been thinking about how letting go is an act of kindness. If you have been carrying around a grudge, it’s time to let it go and forgive them. I know. It’s harder to do than to say. I am discovering that I don’t need the negative energy in my life. Remember that forgiveness… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 353 #bethelight – Day 335 - There are somethings that are hard to hear. I am wondering if it an act of kindness to quietly listen and take them in. Then, I also wonder about the phrase, “the wicked take the truth to be hard.” Perhaps the real act of kindness is to take the things that are hard to hear… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 335 #bethelight 334 and 335 - The last couple of days I have done a ton of listening… mostly to stressed out teens. I am realizing that I am often needed to be a “mom” at school to many kids who don’t get to see their mom or have mom with so many issues they can’t help their kids. However, my… Continue reading #bethelight 334 and 335 #bethelight – Day 333 - This has been an interesting year. I am nearly finished reporting on my efforts to spread kindness through out the world. As I sat through General Conference yesterday, I was struck with the thought that God had impressed upon my heart and my mind to work on this kindness campaign right when he was instructing… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 333 #bethelight – Day 330 and 331 - Yesterday and today were all about serving others. I am learning that serving counts best when you have a good attitude and serve out of love. That is real kindness. I had better work on that more. #bethelight – Day 328 and 329 - Yesterday I served others… even though I was tired. Today I will look for more people to serve. Everyday I volunteer at my local high school. Why do I volunteer? Because I appreciate the hardworking teachers who I work with. There is too much to do for just one person. Today is World Teacher Day.… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 328 and 329 #bethelight – Day 325 - I was thinking about this on my way home today. It is an act of kindness to turn off your car if you are going to idle for more than a minute… unless you are at a stop light. It will help save money, lessens the pollutants in the air, and improves the fuel economy… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 325 #bethelight – Day 319 - Today I pulled up to the school and someone was parked in my parking space. It wouldn’t be such a big deal, except the school assigned parking spaces to everyone. If I went ahead and parked in someone else’s spot, then they would need to find somewhere to park. So… I parked by the shop. … Continue reading #bethelight – Day 319 #bethelight – Day 312 - I read this quote today… “Attitudes are contagious. Make yours worth catching.” – David Mezzapelle Today I worked on having a positive contagious attitude. I used as my inspiration my best friend, Pollyanna herself, Jo. I know life gets her down on occasion, but she doesn’t stay strong for herself. She makes an effort to… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 312 #bethelight – Day 311 - Each day I begin the day with a statement of my intention by thinking about all the good things that are going to happen in my day. I actually tell God all about and ask Him to help me see opportunities to spread kindness throughout the day. I think about my friends and family and… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 311 #bethelight – Day 310 - I was thinking today… the act of kindness I could spread today is to be accepting. No matter a person’s race, age, culture, or whatever, accept them for who they are – a child of God. Today I embraced the beauty of humanity and the differences that bring variety to the world. I believe that… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 310 #bethelight – Day 308-309 - I am so tired. Yesterday I worked from sun up to well after sun down. I needed to work on my set at the high school, and all of my family was gone except Lilli who needed to go to work. My garden has done well this year, especially remarkable since I haven’t been able… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 308-309 #bethelight – Day 306-307 - Again… my days catch up with me again. Thursday was a day where kindness meant I sat on the floor and mourned with those who mourned. I could have left them alone. I could have ran around and locked up the building and let them have their space. But I listened to the little voice… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 306-307 #bethelight – Day 299 - I have a fun idea. Next time you fill a punch card at business you frequent, hand it to the person behind you. Surprise them with a free drink, sandwich, yogurt, or whatever. sounds like a fun way to make someone smile… easy too! #bethelight – Day 298 - I need to work harder at this kindness thing. Today I got a little short with my husband as he was trying his best to help me with my big project at work. I let myself get super frustrated. We often have troubles understanding what the other person is saying and I let it get… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 298 #bethelight – Day 297 - Today I attended an Eagle Court of Honor for a young man I greatly admire. I was impressed with the number of people there to support him and the number of people he credited with helping him along his journey. These caring adults willingly gave up their time to help him, and many other young… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 297 #bethelight – Day 293 - Today was a busy day with some work at the high school, lessons, and rehearsal. However, my daughter texted me, feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. So I took an hour and went and did her dishes. Sometimes a girl needs her mom, even if she is a mom herself. #bethelight – Day 291-292 - Yesterday and today I worked at my school without pay. I made sure tech worked for their meetings and Professional Development sessions. I do it because I want to make a difference… okay… and I don’t want to spend hours trying to figure it what went wrong when I’m not there. I was struck with… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 291-292 #bethelight – day 290 - I do love the Sabbath. It is a blessing. I believe the greatest kindness we can extend on the Sabbath is to devote our time to serving God and His children. Today that service was sharing a testimony; teaching a class; listening to a story; serving my family; spending time contemplating the greatness of God. … Continue reading #bethelight – day 290 #bethelight – Day 289 - I went to the farmer’s market today. As I wondered around looking at all the beautiful bounty, I enjoyed stopping to chat with the people I met. Just as I was about to leave, I got this distinct impression that I needed to find something at the farmer’s market and take it to a family… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 289 #bethelight – Day 288 - Today I went the extra mile at work. There is some turn over at my school. It turns out that I may be one of the only people left who has any knowledge of “tech” stuff. I was at the school supervising students in the great auditorium clean up. However, I was needed to help… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 288 #bethelight – Day 285 - Today I treated my youngest to Jamba Juice and some school shopping at Goodwill. Now most people wouldn’t think that was an act of kindness… However, most people have no idea how much I loathe shopping. LOL. #bethelight – Day 280 - Today I witnessed great kindness. My son was the perfect example of kindness this morning as he comforted his over whelmed sister. He hugged her and reassured her that she was normal and that she could handle the trials she dealing with. He assured her that he was there to help. It warms this old,… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 280 #bethelight – Day 273 - Today I helped a friend move a bunch of furniture. Sometimes having truck is a great way to serve and spread kindness! #bethelight – Day 270 - Today I went to the local farmer’s market. I LOVE the farmer’s market! It is so friendly and the stuff there is fresh and awesome! Not only do I get great fruits and veggies, I am supporting local people who are clearly working hard. Be kind to the farmers and shop at the farmers’ market. … Continue reading #bethelight – Day 270 #bethelight – Day 267 - I just realized that I only have 100 days left to complete my goal of 365 days of kindness! I have learned so much from this little experiment of mine. Kindness really does start with me. My attitude about all aspects of life has changed. I am firmer and firmer in my faith and testimony,… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 267 #bethelight – Day 259 - Holy Smokes! It’s HOT! More than once I have needed to put my head in the sink and soak myself. I ran out of my blood pressure meds and have not been able to leave work and get to the pharmacy when they are open. You combine that with the heat and I feel extra… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 259 #bethelight – Day 258 - Today I worked hard. At the end of the day I realized I hadn’t brought dinner for Lilli. I found a moment to buy her some dinner. She is a good kid and noticed I was struggling to get to the end of my day. So she jumped in and started helping. She carried boxes… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 258 #bethelight – Day 257 - Hard work day. Today I worked on solving problems at work in a calm and polite manner. Let me tell you… it was work. Only 4 more days of CET left… then my tired feet, ankles, knees, heart and brain can rest… and maybe my house can get some chores done too. #bethelight – Day 256 - The best thing I did today was to write a letter to Hannah. It took me all day, but I succeeded. 18 pages. I should have titled it The Epistle of Mom. LOL. I hope she likes it. It goes in the mail tomorrow. #bethelight – Day 255 - Long day… and still more to go. My kind act of the day is to take my teenager to the movies at 10pm. I’m tired, so it is a little bit of a sacrifice. However, got to make memories where you can and while you can. In some ways, we are all each other has. … Continue reading #bethelight – Day 255 #bethelight – Day 252 - Today I took a few minutes and moved the water around my yard and pulled a few weeds in my garden. Everyone should have a garden. Grow a garden… even if it is only in a couple of pots on a balcony. Fruits and veggies and herbs! Think of all the yummy things you can… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 252 #bethelight – Day 251 - OMG… It’s a warm day. I have to admit, I am wilting here. It made me think of all the animals I have at home… the plants in my yard and garden. Be kind… let your pet be in the shade. Put out plenty of water. Water your plants well in the morning, and maybe… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 251 #bethelight- Day 250 - Wow! Long day. However, a very good day. Today I was patient with kids using power tools. Today I shared my testimony. Today I got my daughter a treat. Today I found a phone number for my son. Today I went to a church service to support and to serve. Today I taught people concepts. … Continue reading #bethelight- Day 250 #bethelight – Day 248 and 249 - Yesterday We were on the road. We got up early and drove over the river, through the woods, over the mountain pass to celebrate the life of my grandma. A couple of nice things, and great kindnesses occurred throughout the day. Aunts, uncles, cousin, and siblings were everywhere. Everyone helped out. Everyone chatted and laughed… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 248 and 249 #bethelight – Day 243 - Today was a good day doing missionary related service. Today was email day. I was able to “chat” with my missionary for a little while. Then, the sister missionaries in my ward needed somewhere to do their laundry. I told them to come to my house… and they did. Then, I was teaching a voice… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 243 #bethelight – Day 242 - Today was a nice day of church service, family time and a little relaxation on my back porch. We also fed the sister missionaries. It is a bit of a “pay-it-forward” thing for me. I am hoping that some family in Missouri is doing all that they can to keep my Hannah fed and safe. … Continue reading #bethelight – Day 242 #bethelight – Day 241 - Today I took my daughter and we went to support a local children’s theatre production of The Jungle Book. I believe firmly that we must keep the arts alive in the heart of the youth. Supporting local theatre and the friends who are involved is super important. Good job Josh, Elisa, Nolan, Chloe, Broden, Haven,… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 241 #bethelight – Day 239- 240 - Yesterday is a blur. I worked and worked and worked. It was an extra long day. But at the end of my long day my daughter really wanted to go to the store… so I took her. Sometimes it is important to sacrifice for the people you care about. Today will be another long day. … Continue reading #bethelight – Day 239- 240 #bethelight – Day 238 - Okay… the kindness and the sacrifice sometimes pays off. I had a good morning helping my theatre kids participate in the parade. I bought the them lunch too. They did a great job. They even earned a first place ribbon for Best Youth entry, Best Effort and Grand Champion of the parade. Yup. Sometimes my… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 238 #bethelight – Day 237 - Gosh… WHAT A DAY! A long day at work at CET. A dentist visit. And then, out of the kindness of my heart… putting together a float for the theatre kids to be in the parade tomorrow. Although, in hindsight, I’m not sure many of these kids care. Sure, they want audience to come support… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 237 #bethelight – Day 236 - There are days we feel deflated and overwhelmed. Hurt, disappointment, bad news… it doesn’t matter. Sometimes you just have a lousy day. On those days, when you are running on empty, there is always a glimmer of hope and something to be thankful for. Albert Schweitzer said, “Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 236 #bethelight – Day 235 - All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. – Indian Proverb I’ve been studying scriptures throughout the day… taking a break from me usual week activities. This thought struck me today. Listening is one of the greatest gifts we can give anyone. We all want o to be heard. Today… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 235 #bethelight – Day 233 and 234 - Yesterday I took Lilli, John, Lilli’s friend and Jeff to the Portland area to see Mama Mia. It was good to get out and do some socializing. Today I donated 90 minutes of my time to someone think about renting the stage some time next year. Although she clearly didn’t understand why policies are as… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 233 and 234 #bethelight – Day 232 - Every once in awhile I think it’s important to surprise your kids with something nice. We were on our way to CET and I suddenly pulled into Dutch Brothers. Lilli loves to get a “freeze” at Dutch Brothers. There was a huge grin for that surprise. Also, I work for a program where I am… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 232 #bethelight – 227, 228, 229 - Time is flying! Saturday, I stopped making models to drive my mom to Portland for an Andrea Buchelli concert. My sister had purchased tickets to take her and my dad. However, my dad wasn’t feeling well and didn’t Come… so I got the ticket. I might have extended kindness by driving the freeways of Portland… Continue reading #bethelight – 227, 228, 229 #bethelight – Day 226 - I have spent most of the day all be myself. John and Lilli went for a hike. I stayed home and worked on models for my up coming CET job. I’m tired and it hasn’t even started. I succeeded in completing 2 out of the 4 models I need. Two more tomorrow… around going to… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 226 #bethelight – Day 225 - Today I cleaned off my desk. Ii know it doesn’t sound big, but it is! I also gave my husband $60 I was saving because we didn’t have enough cash in the bank and he is trying to take Lilli on a camping trip. #bethelight – Day 224 - To I let the sleeping teen sleep until noon! I’m telling you… this is a major act of kindness. However, studies do show that growing teens need sleep. Yet, tomorrow the sleeping in ends and we get going on having a productive summer!
I want to spread kindness and light all over the internet. I want to spread kindness and light throughout my home. I want to spread kindness and light throughout my community. Why not start a campaign of kindness, a campaign to spread light everyday for 365 days… a whole year.
So… today… this General Manager of the Universe will not resign an activity. Today she will be picking one up. Today she will pick up a new torch, fan a new flame, and begin a campaign to carry light to the world every day for 365 days.
That’s right. For 365 days I want to go out of my way to be kind. Every. Day. I want to live a life fueled by love. Every day I want to choose intentional, unselfish acts of love.
I’m not saying that spreading light and kindness requires me to be the next Mother Teresa or Mahatma Gandhi. It doesn’t have to be something big. Small acts… small lights can make BIG impacts in those dealing in darkness and despair.
Every day I want to make someone’s day BETTER! Flip the script. Live a life fueled by love and service. As I do I know I will find that there is no more room in my life for darkness, despair, bitterness, rage, and lack of forgiveness.
Spread the word!
Every day I will post a simple idea to spread light to others. Every day I will look for the light being spread by others and post about that too!
I know that is a lot of posting… but this blog is about me finding me and finding how I can make a difference in the world. Readers are great. Readers help spread the message of light and of positive thinking. But I write for me… for me to make sense of what happens in my life.
So… if you want to join me, please do.