Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Kindness Chronicles

"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves."
James M. Barrie




If you haven't discovered the TED talks yet - you are in for a treat. Here's one that I enjoyed this month.
A researcher named Michael Norton found that money can by happiness - but only if you don't spend it on yourself.

The 101 Happy People Project
A young man is gifted anonymously with $100 and chooses to spend it on 100 gifts for others.

The 101th person is himself - it makes him happy to find little ways to help others.

My friend Lindy Rex battled cancer for 11 years before passing away last week.
She made jewelry and gave it away to patients whenever she went in for treatments. She'd have sales and donate the money for cancer care and research. She loved to teach anyone who stopped by how to create their own beautiful jewelry. She helped me finish a two foot high stack of samples for my book when I was going crazy under a tight deadline. She made a quilt for a retiring school teacher. She always thought of others - and acted on those thoughts.
She brought light and love into this world and I'm sure she is still doing so in the next world.  We will miss her terribly here. I want to carry on her good works. I want to be as unselfish and giving as she was.


4 comments:

landscapelady said...

I love these kindness chronicles -
we always hear about the bad things people do so it's good to hear about those that are kind and unselfish who I know outnumber the bad ones.
Someone should start a good news only news channel on tv :-)

Jane LaFazio said...

Lindy sounds like a wonderful person, and I'm so sorry she's passed away. I too, have been influenced by a friend who passed away from breast cancer. Her brother, at her memorial, described her as having 'boundless warmth, curiosity and humility.' I have that inscribed on a bracelet, now, and try to live with those qualities. hugs to you dear lyric!

Purl Buttons said...

Delightful.

Leslie Tucker Jenison said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Lyric.