How To Be Kind

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How to be kind

It would be nice if we could all gather in my living room, or yours, and “kibbitz” over coffee! Until that day comes, let’s do it virtually, shall we? As I work diligently on the launch of my network designed to connect vibrant, visible women over 50 — MOXIE! — I’ve had a few things on my mind this week, including how to be kind.

A few months ago, I wrote about kindness and the need for more of it! Many of you chimed in! Most of you were in full agreement, which made me think… what if we all tried every week to fill the world with a little more kindness? And, since today is World Kindness Day, it seemed like learning how to be kind is the perfect intro for my musings today!

How to be kinder

I started thinking after my story last week, how can I be more kind? And so, I went to my dear friend, Google, who always has the answer. 🙂

I happened across this lovely list of 134 ways to be kind, and I thought, maybe once every few days I can pick something off this list? Yes, I am already a kind soul but what if I commit to doing more, to being kinder? Let’s all, as they say, throw kindness around like confetti.

Here’s a sampling of some of the kind-hearted ideas on this list:

  • Do you own a piece of clothing that a dear friend always compliments? Why not give it to her?
  • Offer to get groceries for a friend or relative who has a broken leg or has other mobility problems.
  • Make extra copies of photos and send them to the people who are in the images.
  • Call everyone you know and tell them you love them!
  • Give warm clothes, shoes, and boots to the homeless.

How to be kind

How to be fit — and fierce — at any age!

Last year, I  wrote about Kathrine Switzer, a woman who, in 1967, was almost stopped from participating in The Boston Marathon…. because of her sex!

Switzer did finish the marathon that year, AND she finished the race for a second time at 70 years of age last year. This made me think about health and the idea that we should or shouldn’t do certain things at certain ages.

I’m curious, how do you stay active? How do you stay fit? I would especially love to hear from any of you who have found satisfaction in running which I know does become more difficult for many as time marches on.

Can you imagine running 26+ miles at 70 years of age? This woman is fierce!

As a side note, I just discovered that the word “fierce” is a compliment amongst younger women. I thought of it as aggressive, but times they do change, my friends. I was recently told I was “fierce” only to discover that is the ultimate compliment from the under 40 crowd. Ah, we never stop living and learning, do we?

What’s on your Fall reading list?

Lastly, I’m putting together a Fall reading list, and I’d love to get insight from you. Share your seasonal reading picks either in the comments below or on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Happy Tuesday, darlings! Here’s to an incredible week for every one of us; may it be utterly bursting with kindness.

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  • Really listen, i.e., watch how much we interrupt people.

  • As a librarian, I will have to restrain myself as my life is reading; however, I just finished Susan Orlean’s new book entitled “The Library Book” and it is truly marvelous. You might remember Susan wrote “The Orchid Thief” another favorite book of mine. Anyway, the book is a love story about books, libraries and the people who participate in this love story just through their love of books. It is also about the great L.A. Central Library fire of 1986 and the before and after story she weaves that includes the history of the city of Los Angeles and the amazing characters (all real) that pushed the library and the city forward. Be kind to yourself and treat your mind to this wonderful book.

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