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Thank you!

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of those people who participated in Be Kind to Humankind Week! As I had mentioned in my last blog entry, people who show an interest in promoting the week tend to just take the information about Be Kind to Humankind Week and run with it! Their sense of creativity is always great and word of the celebration reaches many people!

Thank you again and have a wonderful fall!

Have a great summer!

Here it is June already! It never seems to fail, time flying by so quickly. I really should write on my blog more often. What am I saying…I haven’t written anything for 5 months! I admit that I have been a slacker, but BK2HK has been around for almost 26 years, and when BK2HK is found to be interesting to someone, they promote it in their own way.

I hope this will be the case each year so that Be Kind to Humankind Week will continue to be enjoyed!

Have a great summer!

Summer Sunshine

One thing that we can be sure of is what my father once said, and that was “It has never hurt anyone to be a little kinder.”  A little more kindness is something this world can use. This is a fact. There cannot be any disputes about it. Showing kindness every day with simple acts of kindness is easy and very rewarding. It is also contagious. It spreads from one person to the next and then some!

Being kind makes the giver feel good. It also makes the recipient feel good. Being kind is healthy. Smiling creates less wrinkles on the face. Smile wrinkles are better than frown wrinkles anyway. Smiling (a little one, we don’t expect you to walk around looking like the joker in Batman!) is easy to pass along and it takes very little effort.

It has never hurt anyone to be a little kinder.

Smiles are free. Being kind is free. Being compassionate, thoughtful and caring is free. Best Wishes for a great summer!

What is Love

What is Love? Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. Touching words from the mouth of babes. A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does love mean?’. The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think.

‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’
Rebecca- age 8

‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’
Billy – age 4

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’
Karl – age 5

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’
Chrissy – age 6

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’
Terri – age 4

‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’
Danny – age 7

‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.’
Emily – age 8

‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’
Bobby – age 7
(Wow!)

‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.’
Nikka – age 6
(We need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet!)

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.’
Noelle – age 7

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’
Tommy – age 6

‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’
Cindy – age 8

‘My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’
Clare – age 6

‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’
Elaine-age 5

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford .’
Chris – age 7

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’
Mary Ann – age 4

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’
Lauren – age 4

‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’
Karen – age 7
(What an image!)

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’
Mark – age 6

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’
Jessica – age 8

Help in Hurricane’s Wake

It has been a simply horrible situation for so many people since hurricane Sandy left it’s mark. The East Coast has been hit hard by the storm. Thousands are homeless. Many are still without power. The gasoline lines remain very long. A lot of people are loosing their patience and fighting over gasoline, and there has been looting. I heard a story yesterday about some people pretending to be emergency personnel just so they can have immediate access to gasoline! Others are stealing gasoline from car tanks!

Although there have been many negative stories in the news, there has also been positive stories being reported. Stories of people going to great lengths to help others.

Below are some links to different sources of help. Additional help for individual townships would most likely be accessible through your town halls. Please continue to try and maintain your patience. Our resolve is tested in these difficult times! I guess taking one day at a time is the best thing to do.

Red Cross Find Help

Salvation Army Sandy Help

Summer’s End

Well, another summer has come and gone and much too quickly for those of us who enjoy the hot weather! I also hope that everyone had a great summer season and that it was filled with good times and good things! BK2HK had a very successful celebration in August with many inquiries sent to me asking how they could participate in BK2HK’s week long observation of kindness and the ways that they could implement kindness in their communities!

One young lady, Jessica M. from Muscatine, Iowa said that she would be out and about in her hometown spreading the news about BK2HK! She asked me if I had any handouts…so I mailed her some fliers, business cards, magnets and pens to hand out. Jessica was so happy to have received them, and said afterward that her efforts were a great success! She told me that not only did people stop and ask what she was doing, but that they loved BK2HK and were happy to receive the goodies. Some people even asked if they could walk around spreading the news with her. Thanks so much Jessica!

I only hope that you will stop and take the time to be kind daily, 365 days of the year…not just 1 week in August. Small acts of kindness sure can go a long way! A simple smile to a stranger, holding the door for others, mailing an uplifting card to someone you know who may need it, calling or better yet visiting your elderly or sick relative in a hospital or nursing home,volunteering even 1 day a month to something that interests you, donating unwanted items, donating to a local food bank, bringing doughnuts to your local police, ambulance or fire department to say “Thank you” for all that they do for the community. There are thousands of ways to show kindness…so please share your gifts of kindness to those around you. Make your corner of the world a better place! Decide to be Kind!

The Need for Blood Continues…Especially in the Summer Months.

Our summer may be coming to an end soon, however the need for blood at your local American Red Cross Center is still necessary!

If it weren’t for my new prosthetic knee which was put in this past February, I would be continuing to give blood every 56 days. So please be so kind and save a life by donating blood!

Thank you and enjoy the rest of the summer!

Lorraine

Helpful guidelines from hygiene to veggies!

Say your prayers. Dot your I’s and cross your T’s. Don’t believe everything you hear. Always wear clean underwear. Never run with scissors. Say please and thank you. Turn the other cheek. Listen to your elders. Be kind to others. Say you’re sorry. Use your napkin. Do as you are told. Play fair. Wait your turn. Don’t spit. Brush your teeth. Tell the truth .Eat your vegetables.

-Anonymous

Stay Cool Stay Kind

This summer has proven to become quite a challenge for us to stay cool and kind and for those of us living within the weather band of extremely high temperatures and humidity it has been especially difficult!

Not only is it hot outside but we can also become hot-under-the-collar and totally impatient with just about everything and everyone! Work relations, personal relations and our daily interactions with strangers can become stressed and just plain intolerable at times!

These are the moments I ask you to challenge a difficult situation and try as hard as you can to find patience and tolerance within yourself and be kind to those whom you encounter. Hold the door for others, give up your seat to one who is standing and may need it more, let the person with fewer groceries or items go ahead of you in line if you have a lot more than they do, allow a car to enter into heavy stand still traffic if it is safe to do so, offer to be a designated driver on a social outing with friends, offer a cold drink to someone who is working in the heat, bring ice coffee and donuts to your Fire Department as a “Thank You” for all of their hard work, share a kind word, share a meaningful compliment, smile at strangers, be an encourager rather than a discourager, apologize when called for, donate blood for The American Red Cross, volunteer for a day at your local nursing home, volunteer doing something helpful for someone. Enjoy more ideas on ways to show kindness by viewing my daily suggestions.

Happy June to all!

Well…here we are in June. Happy June to all! Time has a way of flitting by us so fast…and as a matter of fact, so do the cars on our parkways here in Jersey! Slow down for heavens sake! I stay in the center lane doing 70 miles per hour and the other vehicles sharing the road with me zoom by so fast that I would guesstimate their speed at around 90 miles per hour!

Not everyone driving our freeways is looking for a severe accident to take place. My mom called me this morning and told me that it was fortunate that I did not go to her house in the morning because she heard on the radio of a terrible car accident on the parkway (ask me if I am surprised) and it left at least 1 person dead and the others air lifted to our trauma hospital. I pray that the others involved in this accident are ok…however this accident just proves what I have said all along…people drive way too fast on the Garden State Parkway and they weave in and out of traffic while doing so!

Do yourself and everyone else a huge favor and slow down, do not text or use your phone while driving (unless you us a hands free device to communicate), and pay close attention to those around you, whether those around you are in cars, on bicycles, walking or jogging. Be especially alert while driving in the late evening hours. Many people walk on the side of dark roads at terribly late hours sometimes, and it is so easy to hit them. So please keep an eye out for these walking night owls.

I am also going to ask you to donate a pint of your blood this month to the American Red Cross.
You can donate again in 56 days. Save a life, donate blood.

Check out our “Motorist Consideration Monday” page. Of course we stress to drive in a safe and courteous manner every day…not just on Monday’s.

Find an American Red Cross location near you

Read about the history of The American Red Cross

Thank you and have a safe, fun, wonderful summer!

Stay Healthy
Stay Happy
Stay Kind

Lorraine 😎