Monthly Archives: April 2016

Weekend Coffee Share Travel Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Travel Edition

If we were sharing a beverage, I would tell that it’s been a great week. We took a road trip on Saturday. You can see a few of the photos below. I wrote an article about Ways to be kind, earlier in the week to explore a topic for Forging Character. My lovely wife and I have done a 22 minute workout 6 days a week for the past 4 weeks. Boot camp is probably a better term. It’s been tough, but we are seeing some improvement. And the bonus is, I can still move. Come join us for the Weekend Coffee Share Travel Edition.

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Stop by and visit Diana at Part Time Monster. She hosts this weekly virtual coffee klatch and the associated linky.

I hope your week went well and your next week looks even better.

ways to be kind

Ways to be kind

Ways to be kind

Being kind is not that hard. You can start by being kind to yourself. Grandma always said being kind is simple. You just do things for other people. Being kind can make you happier according to LifeHack. Need some more ideas on ways to be kind? Check out WikiHow’s article on how to be kind. Or Virtues for Life list of 100 ways to be kinder. You don’t have to inconvenience yourself. You can simply hold a door for someone or give them a smile. Perhaps offer a helping hand with a heavy bag. Donate blood. Donate your used books to local library or shelter.

“Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.”Dennis Prager

Why be kind?

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted - Aesop #quote #kindness Click To Tweet

ways to be kindBeing kind can make you happier as noted above. Everyone likes being around people who are kind.

You might save a life

The world will be a better place if more people are kind every day. If you think simply talking to someone and listening won’t help. Then read this article: Your act of kindness might save a life. Sometimes all we need is to know that we are not alone.

Kindness is important in many organizations. The Boy Scouts thought it was important enough to make it one of their 12 laws. The major religions of the world all have verses extolling us to be kind to one another.

What are your favorite ways to be kind? Leave your thoughts below to start the conversation. Do you follow any You Tube channels or groups that encourage kindness? If you do, please share them. That would be kind 🙂

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Weekend coffee share friendly edition

Weekend coffee share friendly edition

forging smallWelcome to the Weekend coffee share friendly edition. If we were having coffee or another beverage of your choice, I would tell that the book, Forging Character,  is moving slowly. What do I mean by slowly? Think molasses in winter. I took a break and an just can’t seem to get back into the rewrite. Yes, the rewrite that was supposed to be done already. I hope your projects are going much better. Work is going well. Hopefully there will be a more interesting update next week. 🙂 Stay tuned.

Being Friendly

My co-workers always seem amazed that I can work with a diverse group of people from other teams to get things done. I tell them it’s not really hard. You just have to be friendly. Often people who are perceived as being difficult to deal with just need to be asked the right way. How is that you ask? You do it in a friendly, open way asking them to share their area of expertise in addressing your problem.

Weekend coffee share friendly editionIt is all about being friendly. Not the false smile of a used car salesmen, but an honest interest in what they do. Will I get something out of it? Absolutely. It is my hope that we both learn something.

Being friendly can take many different paths. The simplest and often overlooked, is to simply be there and listen.

Want to read a more psychological approach to being friendly? Check out this article. Or maybe a more social approach here.

Whatever you decide, it does take a bit effort to change your habits if you are not already in a friendly mindset. Like anything in life that is worth something, being friendly takes a bit of work. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Unless you like being alone all the time. People like being around friendly people.

Weekend Coffee Share

I hope you have a great week ahead. Stop by and visit Diana at Parttime Monster. She hosts the Weekend Coffee share. Write your own post and share it on the linky.

I would love to hear your thoughts below. Please share with your friends. The more the merrier.

A helping hand for the world



Being helpful is, in general, a good thing. We are taught from a young age to help each other. Most religions teach people to help one another. The first step, I believe, is that you are willing to help. Be watchful or observant. Stay on the lookout for areas where you can give assistance. If you are mechanically challenged like me, perhaps offering help someone change a tire in the rain is not such a good idea. I would offer to hold the umbrella.

How can you be helpful?

How to be more helpful

A little nudge

The Golden Rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” But don’t forget to ask before you help. Helping is only appreciated if needed AND desired. Not everyone wants your help. So take a second and ask before you just join the fray. Another good question to ask after determining help is needed and desired is “Do I have what is necessary?” This could be skills, food, money, etc. If someone needs food and you have extra, great! Share it. But if you are struggling to feed your own family, then perhaps you should find another way to help. Sometimes all we need is a little nudge.  Here are some ideas from LifeHack.

It all starts with listening to the person that needs or appears to need your help. Listen and observe. Try some realistic suggestions. Focus on some positive aspect of the situation. Above all, be sincere and don’t expect anything in return.

What happens if we are more helpful?

Maybe, the world becomes a bit better. Imagine that if everyone was just a little nicer, a little more helpful, what would be the impact on our world. People do not think they have the power to change the world, and they are right. They do have the power to change themselves and in doing so, change a small part of the world. If we all do just a little every day, the effect can be enormous. How will you be more helpful today?