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It isn’t always a happy world, but we shall be happy in it –
not by ignoring the sad, but by doing what we can and loving each other.
-Melanie Thernstrom, submitted by Tarah H., Asheville, North Carolina
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We cannot live only for ourselves.
A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow man;
and along those fibers, as sympathetic threads,
our actions run as causes,
and they come back to us as effects.
-Herman Melville, submitted by Leslie M., Madison, Wisconsin
=o=o=o=o=o=o=o= PONDER =o=o=o=o=o=o=o=o
I do hope that in the midst of all this craziness that we call the holidays you can remember that even the smallest gift of kindness can make the biggest of differences! As our collective stress level increases dramatically this time of year, the power of the smile is larger than ever!
Take a moment right now to seek out someone and offer a kind word, a pat on the back, assistance with a small task, or your patience as someone “takes longer than they should.” Your quick kindness creates another fiber that connects us to the best we can be!