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Small kindnesses

While she was in the White House, Michelle Obama invited 12 or so of her closest friends to spend the weekend with her at Camp David every two or three months. “Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built on a thousand small kindnesses….swapped back and forth and over again,” Obama wrote […]

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Overwhelm the world

“Do your little bits of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world,” Desmond Tutu once said.

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Humankind

Recently, I saw my favorite bumper sticker on a car in a parking lot: “Humankind. Be both.” –Joy

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I shall help you

I found this quote while I was in New Mexico recently. I don’t remember where. But, it seems very appropriate to our world today. “One doesn’t ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer. This is enough for me. You belong to me, and […]

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Where does it hurt?

“later that night i held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does it hurt? it answered everywhere everywhere everywhere” –Warsan Shire We found this poem in an email message from Charter for Compassion.

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In the kindness way

What the world needs is a lot more kindness. I found this quote recently in a restaurant. “Do the kindness things in the kindness way.” –Joy

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Confetti kindness

I bought “Happy Clips for Chips” from Natural Life because I liked the words decorating one of them: “Throw kindness around like confetti!” –Joy

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The manly Mr. Rogers

Mr. Rogers showed us what it means to be a neighbor—and also what it means to be a man, writes David Roark in the June 17, 2018, issue of The Dallas Morning News. “Explicitly and implicitly, we’ve indoctrinated males to be tough, harsh and domineering, to avoid emotions and, in turn, to dominate, demean and […]

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Fred Rogers believed everyone “has inherent dignity,” writes Alissa Wilkinson on Vox. The new documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” succeeds, Wilkinson says, “on the radically subversive and obvious notions we learned when we were children: that being nice is not a weakness, that speaking with care is a thing we do simply because we […]

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