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Opinions Wanted Friday: Good Things

Our daily lives are filled with news of a bad economy, murders, earth quakes and the list goes on. I think this often leads us to complain about little things in daily life rather than focusing on all the good things that are happening.So today the question is what GOOD news can you share? Have you seen a random act of kindness? Had something wonderful happen to you?

Last Saturday we went to a music benefit for Haiti...for a small $10 donation I danced around with a number of JOYFUL spirited people to regae and well other music I can't describe in the name of supporting others.
And today I received my first ever bloggie package from the sweetest Danica!!! I have talked about her before, but golly I think I love her for all these TJ's goodies. I complain frequently about FL not having TJ's and so she sent me some things to try!! Look out for reviews.
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Gratitude Journal
Jan 29
I am grateful for uplifting stories
I am grateful for funny tweets
I am grateful for The Ellen Show
I am grateful for Runners World magazine
I am grateful for new clients

35 comments:

  1. Something good that has happened would be getting my running partner back! Another cute thing is my 5 year old son told me the other day he wanted to donate his piggy bank money to Haiti. I thought that was a precious moment so he will be donating quite a bit of money to help families out there. Have a great weekend!

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  2. There is definitely not enough kindness out there these days! I don't see much, so I try to DO as many kind things as I can.

    However...this morning on my way in to work, I saw a man pull off on the side of the exit ramp. He got out of his car and walked over to this couple that always sits on the ramp peddling and gave them (what I would assume to be) a bunch of money. When the man gave them the money, both of their faces lit up and the man gave him a huge hug. As I drove past, they were picking up their things and leaving, as if to say "we made our money, and we're done for the day, peace out".

    I must also mention that the temperature this AM in Merryland was 15 degrees. No doubt that the man didn't want to see them sitting there in the freezing cold.

    When things like this happen, it makes me want to cook them food daily and bring it to them. I help people by feeding them. =) The future hubby's Grandfather is suffering with gout and diverticulitis, and this weekend I will be cooking him a slew of freezer-friendly meals so that he can get things under control.

    I just try to help where I can, and hope that the best comes from others so that they will help as well!

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  3. i think its always good to see the "good" in a day no matter what it is...to see the beauty in anyone on the street...

    i would kill for those righteous rounds (not so good of me, eh? ) hahah jk

    xoxo
    lo

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  4. What a nice gift from Danica! Enjoy the goodies.

    I'm working on finding the positives all around me... too much negativity going on, especially at work.

    Here's a little thing that made my day. As I mentioned on my blog, I decided to hit the gym early every day this week. I have never before been at the gym on a weekday morning before, so it was a whole different group of people - members as well as staff.

    The receptionist glanced at my card when I swiped in on Monday and Tuesday. By Wednesday, she was greeting me by name as I walked in the door. It was a small gesture that meant a lot for me, and made me smile every day when I got to the gym.

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  5. Last week, I was rushing to get the groceries in the car and get home since Cam and Brian were sick. I was irritated and forgetful it seems. As I was starting my car, the man who had just pulled in beside me came over to me and tapped on the glass. My first response was to glare and suspect him (I don't know why, he looked like a nice man). It was clear he wanted me to roll down my window so I did - reluctantly. It was then that he asked "Did you leave your purse in the cart over there?" I looked. Sure enough. In my haste, I had left my purse with all KINDS of valuables in the cart I had slammed into the corral. I thanked him, feeling ashamed of all the thoughts that had gone thru my head. Good deeds by others often remind me of the misconceptions I have and encourage me to pay it forward the next time opportunity presents itself for me to do good as well.

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  6. I got the best friendship card in the mail from someone who lives across the country. No occasion, just because. At a time where we hardly get snail mail anymore, it was such a nice surprise and gesture.

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  7. More GOOD NEWS... I'm on my way to see you!

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  8. I made a small donation to the people of Haiti and then I made adonation to the animals of Haiti through the HSUS. Totally makes me feels like I'm actually doing something even though I can't be there!

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  9. You are so right in that it is easy to focus on our lives and pick out the things we don't think are going well and forget how bad others really have it. We truly are blessed, we just need to be reminded.
    I didn't know you didn't have a TJ's down there! If there is ANYTHING you are craving in particular, let me know! I would be happy to send it your way! ;)

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  10. Yeah ~ It arrived!!! I hope you like it all. I really wanted to fit more in that box, but, I couldn't....maybe I'll have to try again another time or just send more ANNIE's :D

    Enjoy it all!

    I actually think you are one of the more positive people I know - you always have a way of finding the good in everything and I LOVE that about ya. I can learn from that for sure.

    Have a great weekend!

    Danica

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  11. What a sweet gift!

    I'm definitely working on the positive happening around me and starting to find a moment/good thing no matter how small that happened in my day to focus on. I have always tended to be a negative thinker and would really like to change that!

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  12. I am happy that my children are safe at home with my husband every day and that I have a job where I can support them.. That makes me smile.

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  13. My husband has been out of work for a long time (darn economy) but last night an aquaintance - not even really someone we know too well came by at 10 p.m. and gave us an envelope with a lot of money in it. It was MUCH needed and so appreciated.

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  14. I'm happy that this weekend, I am going for a girl's weekend with some friends from college. One friend kind of disappeared for a while and this is the first time I'll see her in 12 years! Happy day.

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  15. You got some really great stuff, congrats!!! I'm grateful for each day I wake up and get to see my kiddos. Happy Weekend!

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  16. good news...my brother has decided which college to go to and he is staying close to home. and we're getting him a car this weekend...i guess thats more goodnews for him than me...

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  17. um. I'm still training, and am uninjured for the LA Marathon!

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  18. There is a young girl that has cancer. Everyday hundreds of letter, packages and gifts are delivered to her home. Most of these givers do not even know the family. Many understand that this little girl may not fully be aware of all the love that is being poured her way. But they still do it. Maybe to have a tangable way to show they are praying for her. Maybe because they simply felt they had to do something.
    Whatever the reason it makes me so happy to know that there are people who will give without getting anything in return.

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  19. So sweet of Danica to hook you up! :)

    And I have had so many "random acts of kindness" moments since we've moved to Florida. My hubby is in the Army and people have been so supportive of him. When he is out in uniform people walk up to him wanting to shake his hand and thank him for protecting our country. It happens frequently and yet it never fails to bring tears to my eyes. Sometimes we are out at a restaurant and when we go to pay the waiter says, "The people at the other table picked up your tab. They say thank you for your service."
    I'm alway surprised and so thankful.

    The time that sticks out most in my mind happened around Thanksgiving 2008. We were at the park with my son. My husband met us there on his lunch break, so he was in uniform. As I watched my husband and son play, my mind was on our finances. I'm a stay at home mom, and times have been pretty hard. Well, I was sitting on the park bench trying to figure out how I was going to afford to buy groceries. I was almost in tears realizing we wouldn't be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner. And then out of the blue I saw a man walk up to my husband and pull out his wallet. He handed my hubby a 20 dollar bill and said, "Buy your family some dinner." And started walking off. My husband of course is saying, "Thank you, you don't need to do that..." as the guy walks away. The man turned, came back and pulled out more money and said, "No, thats not enough." And then handed my hubby a $50 bill. He said, "Thank you for your service." And walked off.

    That man had no way of knowing our financial situation, but that one moment meant so much to us. It was a blessing.

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  20. What a cool gift. I love getting mail of any kind. Have a great weekend.

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  21. Ugh...I hate that FL doesn't have Trader Joe's :( Not many people even know what I'm talking about either lol Enjoy your yummy goodies!

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  22. just stopping by to say hey....we got 6 inches of snow yesterday...uck....good news? about 10,000 people volunteering their time last weekend to pack and send a million meals to Haiti, at a coliseum about 1/2 mile from my house...we went twice...

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  23. What a sweet package! that was so nice of her! have a great wknd!

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  24. Can't imagine life without TJs! So nice of Danica to hook you up!

    Good News: I read in the paper a few days ago about two women who worked at the Seattle Times who saw a homeless woman routinely at the bus shelter across the street from their office. Over a period of 24 years (the woman just passed away), they fed her, helped get her off the streets and into an apartment, helped her file for and receive social security benefits and medicare, helped her find doctors when needed, and regularly visited and spent time with her. She called them "her girls."

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  25. Great post, and yes it is hard to be happy when there are so many others suffering, but today I found out my older sister is going to be having a baby girl : )

    And what a great package...yummy goodies.

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  26. What a wonderful surprise to find in the mail!!!
    About your question about sun-dried tomatoes: I usually buy the ones that are dried and vacuum sealed so they do okay in the fridge, though I don't let them hang out too long. I purchased the ones packed in oil for the first time just for the broccoli rabe recipe.

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  27. Yes, I sooooo wish that we had a TJs here. On my trip to Milwaukee last weekend, which I'd used freq flyer miles so it cost me like $10, I got a $300 voucher by volunteering to take the next flight, which was actually more convenient for me. So I helped someone get on a flight they really needed to be on and basically got a free flight for another time!

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  28. Yesterday I started the day with hip stretching yoga, had oatmeal with a friend, helped with kindergarten math stations, hung out with a preggo friend, ate dinner with my sisterinlaw and her husband, and got time with my love. All great things!!

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  29. Good things come to good people and look at that goody package you received!

    I am in search of new folks to run with this year and I thought I found a group last Sunday until they changed the wording on what pace they would be doing and now that has excluded me from running with them. Two blogging/facebook friends came forward on Friday saying they would run with me and I am meeting one tomorrow for a 10km run. How nice is that!

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  30. I can't think of better news than this = My gf saved a mans life! She was at work and a man started choking, and someone ran into her office to tell her and she ran in there and gave him the heimlich. She's amazing!

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  31. oh! you got some SERIOUSLY sweet tjs goodies :) btw fl totally needs a tjs. write them an email. let them know ;)

    the righteous rounds and peach salsa is to die faw!

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  32. Good news: my boyfriend is staying until tomorrow rather than heading back to UF today, the (free!) Miami Beach Festival of the Arts is going on, and I am taking a break from homework. :)

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  33. I hope you will go to read Kristin Armstrong's blog at Runners World this week (Anti-Venom). It was such an inspiration to me to think of someone whose day I can brighten even though mine is going well today.

    My heartwarming story is about a missionary family in Haiti who have five children at home. After the earthquake they sent all five to live with a married sibling in the U.S. as a college student. Her college church has given everyone in the congregation $5 to go out and multiply it to help support the 5 extra mouths and bodies in her apartment. (Parable of the Talents). My daughter was going tonight to a pasta dinner that some of the students had pooled their $5 to serve to hungry college kids on Sunday night without dinner in the dorms. I'm sure they will multiple their money and have a wonderful time of fellowship while they cook and serve and the students will have a good meal and a lot of fun for a good cause.

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  34. How fun and great to get to dance the night away for a great cause!

    Speaking of dancing- I tried the dance show on Fit Tv and I have to say that if I had been videotaped I'm pretty sure I could win some money on funniest home videos- but it was super fun- and funny- and I learned that i'm even worse at staying with the beat than I thought!

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  35. Trader Joe's is AMAZING! I might acutally hit that up today! Good news story (doesn't start off good though).....my dad had a massive heart attack on Thursday. He was lucky though....no invasive surgery. He was released from the hospital on Saturday and doing well. He needs a huge change in his diet and exercise. But all in all...he was a lucky man!

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