Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Last December,
I took on the welcome
task of doing
Random Acts of Kindness.
It all began
as a way to honor and remember
the victims
of Sandy Hook Elementary.
I wrote about my December efforts
and reported that
the next goal was to make
a card for each and every
co-worker of mine,
thanking them
for a job well done.
To date,
I have made
92 cards for my
as well as
8 cards for nursing home
No, all 100 are not the same, just these last 4.
This has been a labor of love for me.
As you well know,
I have done this anonymously
(which caused some debate amongst
some of my readers) as I seek
no thanks.
I do it because it makes me feel good.
I have seen the positive affects.
I have seen kindness played
and that was all I could hope for.
It is a demonstration
to my children.
It is a declaration of who I would like to be.
I recently read a book
A Simple Act of Gratitude:
How Learning to Say Thank You
Changed My Life
John Kralik
I accidentally found this book
on my Nook and
am so grateful I did.
His life changed
because he set a goal
and followed it through.
So did I.
While my results may not be as
impressive as his,
doing these Acts have helped me.
Things haven't been so good lately,
but this project has helped me maintain
a proper perspective.
I hope some of you have
been inspired by my efforts.
I truly believe
We CAN make a difference.


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

It makes me happy to hear you are still at it!

Beth said...

Kudos to you! I am glad you are still doing this.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder to be kind and compassionate Jill.

Debbie said...

random acts of kindness, good deeds, pay it often gain more then you give!!

beautiful jill!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

It's so wonderful that you're still doing this Jill! Kindness is wonderfully contagious and you are making such a difference by doing this...a greater difference that you probably realize.

Madi and Mom said...

We never know when something we say or do to someone makes a huge difference. One thing for sure anything positive is GOOD!!
Every so often you might be around when a card is opened and the recipient smiles. You know you have made a difference.
Hugs C

Debbie Jones said...

I am inspired! Thank you! Gratitude is such an important thing! I appreciate your positive and thought-provoking blog and your wonderful example. Enjoy your Wednesday!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

You are definitely an inspiration Jill!

Anonymous said...

Now that is inspirational!

Having received one of your cards a couple years ago (the mail swap), I could see how much love you put into making these sweet cards. I still have my little thank you card that you made and I'll keep it for always.


Paula said...

You are always thinking and doing for others...always! I am glad your readers now know too;)
Love you, my friend!

TexWisGirl said...

just awesome, jill. imagine the heartfelt feelings you spread around!

andy said...

I wish people in general did things like this ! Hope you feel a lot of gratification because you deserve it . Have a wonderful day

Chatty Crone said...

I have written many times on how gratitude changed my whole life - not over night - but it changed me.

I believe what you say and I think it is wonderful what you did.


Catherine said...

Dearest Jill, Your kindness comes from your heart. It is who you are. Your kind words that you leave when you visit my blog make a difference. This task that you undertook brings a welcome to the readers heart that they are recognized and thought of. It is an example for your children. It will leave an impression for them to follow. The best gift we can give our children is example. Your act of kindness is a beautiful example.
Blessings dearest. Catherine xoxox

At Home in English Valley said...

You are a blessing Jill, to everyone who reads you and all the recipients of the cards you sent, and all the kind comments you leave for so many. Thank you, these acts of kindness make the world a better place. Love, Penny

Bonnie said...

Jill, Your kindness is inspirational. I am quite sure you are brighting moments for many. Bonnie

Dawn LL said...

Was just talking about the power of the Thank you today with several people. Yes I believe what you are doing is setting the intention. Don't kid yourself your not sweetie. Thanks for being so positive when you don't always feel so yourself.
I know everyone appreciates you.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i will look into this book. thanks for suggesting it. you are so nice to do this. ( :

Lynne said...

There is no doubt Jill . . . you make a difference . . .
daily, often random . . .

Paula said...

It seems now days so many people are too busy to even say "thank you". What you are doing is wonderful and especially to people in nursing homes. Thank You Jill for remembering to be kind.

Ellie said...

You have been a busy girl!! I bet all of your cards are really lovely too.
What a great thing you are doing. You are such a lovely person. :))

Buttons said...

Oh Jill I think this is wonderful you are truly an inspiration to your children and I know you have inspired others. I think it is an important part of all of us and I know I never let a day go by that I have not done something (even from the seat of my chair) for another I think it is extremely important I was raised this way
Way to go Jill. HUGS B.

Susan said...

Oh Jill, you are so right! Especially when it's payed forward. One kind act, leads to another. If only we all did that, it would be a better world. I am so proud of you!

EG CameraGirl said...

Thank you for this inspirational post, Jill. I'll look for the book.