My MOM, at 86 years old, is still one of the most Gracious people I have ever known.

A woman named MARY lives in her building — 90 years old and alone. MOM will always mention to me how when my DAD passed away, this woman, MARY, gave her a Mass Card, and she was very touched by that.

Neighbor — such a Beautiful concept; so available to us to have and to be, though it sometimes gets lost amidst the tumultuous shuffle of our day-to-day lives.

MARY’s health has taken a turn for the worse; she doesn’t get out as much nowadays. This past November, when MOM and I prepared GivingThanks Day Dinner, MOM caringly put together a plate of food and brought it down to MARY.


This past Christmas Day, she did the same thing. I told MOM that I admired her for doing that. MOM shrugged it off, and said, “Maybe when I’m 90, someone will do something like that for me.” Then she paused and in a wistful moment of enlightenment, added, “But I know it doesn’t work that way.”

It doesn’t work that way!
We don’t get nice things because we do nice things.
But, like MOM, Do ‘em anyway!

Practice Random Acts of Kindness!

Is there a shut-in with whom we can share our meal tonight?
Does someone need a hand?
Is there someone behind us for whom we might pause and hold open the door?
Maybe today we give up that Venti Latte and put a five dollar bill in a homeless person’s hand?

Not because we’ll get anything back.
In fact, we probably won’t.

But we can do it just as a Celebration of Life
for Who We Are
and the Glory of the Person it makes of Us!

Practice Random Acts of Kindness Today.
…This Week.
…This Month.
…This Year.


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  1. dsbishop

     /  January 17, 2014

    Thanks for the reminder, Arnold. I am so enjoying the things you are sharing via your writing. Keep up the great work! 🙂


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