Shame is heavy and suffocating with invisible chains that keep the prisoner from moving in to a place of peace. My former pastor defines shame memorably saying, “Guilt says you did something wrong. Shame says you ARE something wrong.” You are something wrong. Have you ever entertained that thought? Over the years, shame about choices…… Continue reading Words that Help: Being Little without Feeling Little
The heat was suffocating. Signs warned hikers to avoid the climb during midday. It was exactly that time when we started. With water in hand, we set off on the trail. Please note my face about hiking in the middle of the day [after we finished hiking IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY! Also note…… Continue reading Kindness: Offer What You Have
Words can be weapons, but they can also dismantle misperceptions and falsehood. Words can eradicate hope, but they can also interrupt fear. Words can knock the wind out of you, but they can also breathe life and courage into dry bones. Choosing words wisely is the essence of good stewardship. When you do not feel…… Continue reading Choose Words Wisely
Reasons we unfriend and disengage… *She said too much. *He didn’t say enough. *She went off script and didn’t behave as expected. *He left your church or group. *She challenged your thinking. *He misquoted a reference. *She used a four letter word in a passionate post. *He doesn’t vote like you. *She is too emotional.…… Continue reading #Sowkind in all Seasons
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Do you remember learning what kindness looked like by observing someone? Did you learn through experiencing the sacrifice of someone’s kindness? Did you learn as a result of longing for kindness but not living it? Who has been a kindness guide and instructor in your life? √ Tell me about your learning experience.…… Continue reading Kindness Guides and Good News
Have you heard? The #sowkindmovement celebrated two years of scattering kindness THIS month, and the stories of the power of behind kind words will inspire you! Last year, we celebrated with cake, story telling, and a small community service project. This year, we want to do something different, but we will need your help to…… Continue reading #Sowkind Second Birthday SURPRISE!
Advent Talk in January So you might be wondering why I am still talking about ADVENT in January. It is not that I have my months mixed up, even though you can be sure I have accidently written 2019 several times. I closed out 2019 doing acts of kindness and inviting the world into the…… Continue reading #Sowkind Advent(ure)
My goal was to make kindness my dialect in 2019. I had some failed attempts, but the efforts that fell short were evidence of effort, and that’s progress. To close out this year, I’d love to share and hear some stories of kindness. Story swapping is a way to restore momentum by gaining new ideas…… Continue reading #Sowkind Story Swap: Please Share!
Last year, I shared a #Sowkind Thanksgiving Takeover post. While I still stand behind every suggestion in that post, it is time to expand our vision. This year, while eagerly awaiting the return and reunion of my maturing children, I cannot ignore an often overlooked subject. Singleness. It presents in many forms. Singles have a…… Continue reading #Sowkind Suggestions: 2019 Holiday Edition