Re-blog: Good People Doing Good Things β€” Quietly by Jill Dennison

Hi, all you lovely people out there. I am too exhausted to write a post so please head over to Jill and be inspired by all the love & kindness that is still out there in this crazy, crazy world. πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ

Yesterday, I thought my frame of mind was going to make it difficult to get in the mode to go in search of β€˜good people’ for this morning’s post, but … I was wrong.  Once I got started, good people just began pouring onto my screen and I had to pick and choose just a […]

Good People Doing Good Things β€” Quietly

Of Starfish, Kindness and other Sunday Delights

Good morning my lovelies, how are you doing? I hope life is treating you kindly and if not remember: my thoughts and prayers go out for you to help you through your sh… You are not alone no matter how it feels at the moment.

On Sundays, I usually try to be off the laptop and off social media too. Not that it works particularly well but hey we are working on it πŸ˜‰ . The best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world and I start the day with a coffee or tea and then go for a walk at the beach if the tide allows it. Our favourite beach is close to Trimmingham and the cliffs along the North Norfolk Coastline are rather insecure at the moment.

You might not have heard of it but there has been a huge cliff fall further up at Sidestrand a couple of weeks ago and warnings not to go too close to the cliffs are plastered all over the coast. The beach we go to is the next down the coast from Sidestrand and we have seen some smaller falls before which were terrifying enough for my taste.

video credit: Richard Herrmann via YouTube

Later in the day we’ll take daughter from another mother back to her mother’s, prepare something nice to eat and relax in front of the TV. All in all a rather quiet Sunday but that’s what we like. What do you like to do on a Sunday?

Extinction Rebellion has several core values they are following and one of them is Regenerative Culture. I haven’t quite figured out what it means but the general idea is not to deplete yourself but making sure to take good care of yourself and your surrounding. That is why I try to spend time in a different way on Sundays. But I think there is much more to it and XR has published a conversation with two monastics from Plum Village which explains more of the theory of Regenerative Culture.

video credit: Extinction Rebellion via YouTube

I love that idea of the “Lazy Day” and in a way my Sunday is like that.

Another part of my self-care is incorporating the ideas of Rachel Kelly’s “Singing in the Rain ~ 52 Practical Steps to Happiness” which you can check out here on Amazon into my life. It is a wonderfully creative and inspiring book and no, I do not get any incentive to advertise for it. I just use it and find it very helpful so I want to share it with you.

Today’s chapter is about random acts of kindness and Rachel mentions the above story of the boy saving the starfish. I love this story and that is why I took some time to find an image of it. Rachel suggests to do random acts of kindness every day as doing something good for another has a great effect on yourself too. It gives you a little endorphin high which in turn makes you feel better. That is why one of the suggestions for people with mental health issues is to volunteer.

And if you feel that one little act of kindness doesn’t make a difference then remember the above story. We do not know how many lives we have made better because we smiled at a stranger in the crowd or let someone get ahead in the queue. Also, there is apparently a rule of “Three Degrees” which means if you influence one person that person in turn influences three others. Social Science peeps social science πŸ™‚ .

So if you make someone happy that one person makes another three happy and hey we certainly need more happiness in the world.

One thing that makes me happy are the Madagascar movies and especially the song “I like to move it”. I like it so much that I wrote a poem about it back in 2015 for my “A Prompt A Day For Bee” project:

 
 
 
 
Move It
 
one step
the wind blows
another step
the skylark calls
one step
sunshine warms
another step
a neighbour greets
one step
breathe deep
another step
feel free
 

video source: Movieclips via YouTube

I hope it makes you smile as it does me every time I watch it.

So, this is it for today, my lovely readers. I just want to mention my Dreamstime profile again. There, I am selling some of my photos and it would be lovely if you could be so kind as to share it on your social media. (See one random act of kindness sorted already πŸ˜‰ )

You can find my profile here (its an affiliate link btw)

Bee Halton on Dreamstime

And if you don’t have enough yet of reading stuff check out these authors and fellow bloggers:

Claudette Melanson

Maranda

Beckie

I am my own Island

In this sense happy Sunday and Love & Rage my dear friends Love & Rage

Blast from the Past: Habits of Kindness and Gratitude

January 2019

Ah, let’s do another one πŸ˜‰

August 2016

9pm in the UK and I am longing for my bed.

But to finish this lovely day off with style I’ll give you a short version of the “Habits of Kindness and Gratitude”:

Recall three things you are grateful for:

Coming home to the best husbands ( Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world roast vegetables. I stayed an hour longer at work ( my random kindness today) because we are so short staffed and I was hungry like a lion. Coming home, sitting g down with a cuppa and being served was a much-appreciated delight.

I am grateful for FVII. I know its one of those silly online games that could be a waste of time but for me, it is incredibly relaxing and the best way to let go off all thoughts of work.

I am grateful for the essential oils, binaural tones, therapy, meditation and all the other tools I use to stay well. Together they seem to work when I use them all.

Journal one great experience:Β 

Reading Helen’sΒ Song Lyric Sunday postΒ and visiting theΒ participants posts. Some great music there.

Exercise

Don’t ask πŸ™‚

Random act of kindness

Staying longer at work

Meditation:

Yes πŸ™‚

So that’s it for today. Good night and sleep well my dears πŸ™‚

Habits of Kindness and Gratitude

January 2019

I wrote this post in September 2016 and its great to see that I have incorporated gratefulness and exercise well in my life now. I totally forgot the random acts of kindness though. I think I want to start that again. Kindness is more important than every, I believe

September 2016

OK, let’s try to write another post from my phone and hope the WordPress app doesn’t “eat” my post :-).

The weekend is coming up and many are off work and can enjoy time with their families.

My thoughts go out to those who are not that lucky. Those who work in hospitals, at fire services, police stations and services that can’t just stop because its Saturday and Sunday. May they have a quiet weekend and still find some time to spent with their families.

It us a good thing to end a busy week with some kindness and gratitude and therefore I share mine with you:

Three things I am grateful for:

– my up coming holiday. Next week no supermarket and I can’t wait πŸ™‚

– the basics: my family, friends, enough food and water every day, a roof over our heads and peace!

– creativity in all its forms

A random act of kindness:

I worked yesterday evening and spent my break in the canteen where some people couldn’t be bothered to put their rubbish in the bin and/or take their used cutlery etc back. So I did it that the canteen staff had a little less to do this morning

A great experience:

I had a lot of trouble with exhaustion and negative thinking this week. Also, I worried a lot how work would be because our department manager is on holiday.

However, I did not try to suppress these feelings and worries but acknowledged them as part of my life and then let them go. I just trusted the universe that everything will be OK and I exchanged negative thoughts with things I am grateful for.

Not an easy exercise I can tell you but it worked and that was a brilliant experience

 

Exercise:

I am proud to announce I managed to achieve my goal of 30 min of exercise three times this week. Of course, I am active much more because I have to walk and lift a lot at work so I’m probably not as bad as I think with exercising.

Meditation:

I have worked a lot with grounding exercises and binaural tones or meditation music to keep myself in balance.

All in all, it was a difficult but successful week and I am very grateful for that.

And now I encourage you to find a few things to be grateful for :-).

Have a lovely evening, morning or afternoon depending on where you are!