September 2010

It may not cost anything to smile or laugh but what does it cost to show an act of kindness?

One day I was going to my neighborhood grocery store as I normally do and I ran into a guy who looked as if he was just having a very bad day. And when I say looked like he was having a bad day, I just don’t mean a guy who was out on his luck. He looked like he was down, out and got kicked and punched along the way. He asked me if I could help him get something to eat. Long gone are the days where I just give money out in hopes that the receiver actually uses it to get “something to eat”. I’ve witnessed too many “bad habits” being purchased and practiced with the use of my charitable contributions. So I told him that I can purchase something to eat on my way out. I asked “Richard” if he wanted he can sit and wait for me at a table. As I finished my shopping, I noticed how people looked and stared because it appeared that he was homeless and abused physically. His face was swollen and his right eye was blood shot red.  Besides being hungry Richard might have felt ostracized by the mistreatment of the world. I realized Richard needed more than just a nice meal – he needed a friend. So I sat and spoke with Richard while we both ate our lunch. And now I see Richard every week and we talk, and he looks better and better each time I see him.

To show kindness to someone may cost lunch money, some time and maybe even a little discomfort at first. But you can’t but a price on the way you make someone feel. Instead of wasting your Monday complaining that its Monday, I urge you to do one nice thing for someone today. You’ll be glad you did (and they will too).

A lot of times when we wake up in the morning, we focus on what tasks we must accomplish for the day.  Let us start taking a step back and appreciate the small beauties of life.  Being able to realize the beauty in everyday things, such as the sunrise, can make our ordinary days filled with wonder.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to wake up everyday and say “My life rocks!” instead of wanting to tell someone “Go kick rocks?” “Living simply” is more than just a way of living; its’ a way of thinking and thus creates this good way of feeling. Because we sometimes allow the complexities of life get the best of us, we tend to miss out on life’s simple pleasures.

When we think about life’s simple pleasures, we’re talking of going back to the very basic ways of thinking, seeing, feeling and just living. Sharing a small act of kindness to a stranger or seeing a simple picture of a baby resting are just a few simple things that one can enjoy and see beauty in. How about creating a fantastic meal made with simple ingredients? Or giving yourself a facial using simple ingredients found in the comfort of your own home? Promoting happiness and emotional well being is what Life Made Simple is all about. We want to create a place with a calming, relaxing and feel good presence in hopes that it would encourage you to adopt a simpler life. There are so many wonderful little simple things in and about our world but its all about how you view it. Do you see the glass as half empty or half full? When it rains does it really pour or does it wash away your worries? When it snows do you think about the treacherous commute and inconvenience – or going outside when it first lands before its trodden with many footprints? Let us share our stories, experiences, tips and creativity on how Life can be Made Simple.

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