What’s A Commonality Between People Around the World? #Kindness and #Love! #inspiration


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What are two things we have in common with everyone around the world?

Kindness and love.

No matter what country you’re from, what language you speak or what you believe, we all want to be loved and to love. When someone is kind to us, it makes a difference. Love and kindness are our commonality; it’s what makes us human.

Yesterday, there was an attack on London’s Parliament. At last count, four people have died and 29 people were injured (could be more). In the midst of all this chaos, kindness and love appeared.

“The minister for counter-terrorism, Tobias Ellwood, a former soldier, raced to give first aid to the police officer who later died. Pictures showed him with blood on his face as he administered CPR.” – The Guardian

While everyone else was running to safety, this brave minister ran into danger to try to save the life of the police officer who shot the terrorist. Covered in blood, he gave of himself to try to save another human being.

Kindness and love.

Today and every day, show kindness and love. Stop trying to see what makes you different from others and see the glaring commonality. Spread love and be the embodiment of kindness. 

How do you show kindness and love? Share in the comments below.

MRS N

#WednesdayWisdom: Every Action Vibrates in Eternity #inspiration #Irish #grateful


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St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday so I thought it would be appropriate to feature inspiring quotes by Irish writers all week. Today’s inspiring quote is from Edwin Hubbel Chapin. While he did not live in Ireland, his family descended from Ireland.

 

Did you know that every action/thought in your life vibrates tenfold in the Universe?

 

Think about it for a minute. Every kind thought you have, every act of kindness you do, reverberates throughout the Universe creating a chain reaction. The same can be said for negative thoughts and actions. Whoa, that makes you feel very powerful, doesn’t it?

 

You and I are powerful creatures and with that power comes responsibility. We have the power to change lives for good or evil and our influence is most potent in the lives of our corner of the world. Through smiling and saying a compliment to the person serving us coffee or our co-workers, we’re starting a positive chain reaction. By giving of ourselves, we’re sewing seeds that’ll bloom into gratitude flowers which will spread joy to many.

 

Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

 

Spread kindness, gratitude and Light today and every day. Help one another and celebrate life. Encourage those who are struggling and rejoice in each other’s triumphs.

 

MRS N

Life is No Brief Candle but a Splendid Torch We Must Shine #inspiration #quote #motivation


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Are you shining your Light for all to see?

George Bernard Shaw is one of my favorite Irish authors and the above quote inspired my motto: spread the Light.

Each of us is a burning torch and every time we encounter a situation or a person, our Light is a reflection of how we live our life. Are we kind, encouraging, helpful or are we mean-spirited, demoralizing, unsympathetic?

Taking Shaw’s life as an example, it’s our duty to shine our light brightly, not only for ourselves but for future generations. Kindness is infectious and helping others is a trait passed on from generation to generation.

Let’s all be glorious torches so the world can see how to live a meaningful life. It starts with you, here, today. Are you ready to shine?

MRS N

Constant Kindness Melts Away Misunderstanding and Mistrust #inspiration #LGTB #Kindness


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Kindness isn’t like the flu shot; you need to incorporate it into your daily life.

I get asked a lot, “How can you be kind all the time? Isn’t it exhausting?”

The truth of the matter is that kindness is a part of myself, like an arm or leg. Through daily acts of kindness, I’ve made it a habit and it’s something I don’t even think about anymore. But it wasn’t always like that.

I can remember a time when I weighed everything I did by what it would get me in return. I loved to be loved. I did someone a favor expecting a favor in return. I gave money away to get it back in return. Everything I did was calculated into an invisible ledger. Kindness didn’t even factor into my life, and I was an important member of my church.

Then I met Jack. He was a co-worker at the bookstore I was managing. He and I got along great. We hung out all the time after work and one day he invited me to go with him to a “thing”. I wasn’t sure what it was but I said sure. He gave me directions and I met him. I looked up at the sign and it said:

Rainbow Outreach: Free to be Yourself

Hugs Free of Charge

It was a safe haven for LGTB youth and young adults. I had never been to one before and truth be told, I almost bolted.

What am I doing here? Sure, I believe in equal rights and the gay/lesbian lifestyle but what can I do? 

Jack waved for me to come in from the window. It was too late to run. So I decided to stay for a few minutes, for Jack’s sake. What harm could it do?

I spent the next few hours there and it totally changed my outlook on life and kindness. These kids were like me and had troubles and insecurities, too. They were looking to be loved but didn’t expect anything in return. The biggest thing they taught me was to be kind, to each other and to perfect strangers. They took me in and made me feel loved without expecting love in return.

From that moment on, I chucked my invisible ledger and tried to incorporate kindness into my routine. I started small, opening doors for people, smiling and saying good morning, that kind of thing. It was hard at first because there are mean-spirited people in the world and they would take advantage of my kindness. I wanted to last out at them but I didn’t. I just poured on more kindness.

Kindness is a good habit to form and the results are impressive. Being kind to others takes getting used to but soon it will come natural to you, like breathing.

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.

Make kindness a habit.

MRS N

Spread Kindness to Everyone, Especially the Unkind #inspiration #kindness


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Are you ready to be a Kindness Ambassador?

All over the world, there’s people spewing hatred, fear and tyranny. It’s ugly and makes me sad.

Where’s the love, kindness and peace?

The only way to fight darkness is to spread Light. Counter hatred with love. Smack down fear with kindness.

Spread kindness to everyone, especially the unkind ones. They need it most.

Instead of ignoring unkind people, be kind to them. They need it most, anyway. It doesn’t cost you anything and you’ll leave those unkind people scratching their heads in disbelief.

The world is looking for a few good men and women to spread kindness. Who’s with me?

MRS N

Vision + Action Can Change the World #inspiration #motivation #goals


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It’s a brand new year and my inbox is bombarded with ways to live healthy, be successful and make a difference. Granted, a lot of these articles are geared towards losing weight, saving money and donating money to a particular political cause but it got me thinking.

Can I translate the idea behind these articles inward? Can I create change that makes a difference or is it all braying into the wind?

Read the above quote and ask yourself this valuable question:

Is my vision backed by action? Do I act upon my goals or is my vision just a dream?

Four years ago, I had a vision. I wanted to shine a spotlight on homelessness and food banks in order to change the world. What did I do? I co-wrote Princess of the Light with MR N and started this blog.

At first, it was a vision. But once Princess of the Light was published, it became more than just a dream; it became a mission. We took part of our proceeds and donated them directly to our local food bank. We shared our passion for helping others on social media and this blog. We took our vision and combined action in order to change the world.

But MRS N, how do you know it’s working? Are you really making a difference?

Yes I am! I see the difference among my fellow authors who donate proceeds to their causes. I see the change in people’s reactions when I ask them to donate to their local food bank/pantry. I notice those around me (family/friends/bosses/colleagues) helping those less fortunate. It’s miraculous and I’m blessed to witness how one person’s vision can change the world.

What vision is burning in your heart? Partner it with action and never give up! You can change the world with your Light and passion. If I can do it, you can too!

Sometimes it helps to broadcast your vision (makes you accountable) so feel free to share it in the comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

MRS N

Let the Holiday Spirit Live Within You #Holidays #Christmas #Inspiration


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Happy Holidays! Virtual cookie bags for each of you!!!

 

Are you a Holiday Angel?  Do you have the Holiday Spirit living in you?

I have the Holiday Spirit living in me every day but it is extra bright this time of the year. During the holidays, I strive to give more and to make more of a difference. The reason? It’s not because I have to or that it is expected of me. I do it because my heart calls me to do something, to be the Light, to be someone’s angel. Whether it is donating money, time, food, and clothing or even smiling to everyone you meet, it all makes a difference.

I am a huge fan of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and have all of their music! Four years ago,  I heard a song that made me stop and listen. It speaks a simple message of helping your fellow people and this is the message I’d like to share with you today. Listen to it below and let the song light up your heart!

 

 

Old City Bar – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

In an old city bar that is never too far From the places that gather the dreams that have been

In the safety of night With its old neon light It beckons to strangers and they always come in

And the snow it was falling the neon was calling the music was low and the night Christmas Eve

And here was the danger that even with strangers Inside of this night it’s easier to believe

Then the door opened wide and a child came inside that no one in the bar had seen there before

And he asked did we know that outside in the snow that someone was lost Standing outside our door

Then the bartender gazed through the smoke and the haze through the window and ice to a corner streetlight

Where standing alone by a broken pay phone was a girl the child said could no longer get home

And the snow it was falling the neon was calling the bartender turned and said, not that I care

But how would you know this? The child said I’ve noticed if one could be home they’d be all ready there

Then the bartender came out from behind the bar and in all of his life he was never that far and he did something else that he thought no one saw when he took all the cash from the register draw

Then he followed the child to the girl cross the street And we watched from the bar as they started to speak Then he called for a cab and he said J.F.K. Put the girl in the cab and the cab drove away And we saw in his hand That the cash was all gone From the light that she had wished upon

If you want to arrange it this world you can change it If we could somehow make this Christmas thing last

By helping a neighbor or even a stranger and to know who needs help you need only just ask

Then he looked for the child but the child wasn’t there just the wind and the snow waltzing dreams through the air

So he walked back inside somehow different I think for the rest of the night No one paid for a drink

And the cynics will say that some neighborhood kid Wandered in on some bums in the world where they hid

But they weren’t there so they couldn’t see by an old neon star on that night, Christmas Eve

When the snow it was falling the neon was calling and in case you should wonder In case you should care why we’re on our own Never went home on that night of all nights we were already there.

 

This week, be someone’s Holiday Angel and by giving of yourself you will be spreading the Light!!!

*** This is the last Inspirational Thought of 2016. I hope my thoughts have inspired you this year and I look forward to seeing you in 2017. ***

MRS N

Have You Sparked Someone Today? #inspiration #motivation #kindness


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Have you sparked someone today?

No, this isn’t some online prank. lol! I’ve been the recipient of several acts of kindness the past few weeks and I thought today’s inspirational thought should focus on kindness.

A small act of kindness can spark a wildfire of kindness worldwide.

Think about it. For every person you encounter online today, be kind and encourage. They, in turn, will continue the trend and before you know it, kindness will have spread around the world.

Cool, huh?

Come join me and spark someone today!

A little spark of kindness can put a colossal burst of sunshine  into someone’s day.

MRS N ❤

When Was the Last Time You Were Kind to Yourself? #inspiration #kindness #WednesdayWisdom


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When was the last time you were kind to yourself?

I talk a lot about being kind to others but today I’m urging you to be kind to yourself.

For me, I’m the first one to be kind to others but I’m my own worst critic. I make a mistake and in frustration, I beat myself up.

Today, I’m going to be kind to myself. I’m not going to be mean-spirited or berate myself.

Who’s with me?

Be nice to yourself. It’s hard to be happy when someone is mean to you all the time.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Kindness, Love and Generosity: Are You Bearing These Fruits? #inspiration #TuesdayMotivation


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Are you kind and generous to others thus bearing its fruit?

I try to be kind to every person I meet. Granted, they’re not always kind to me in return but I do it anyway.

Why are you so kind, MRS N?

The answer is simple:

I’m kind and generous because it’s in my nature. I don’t do it for ulterior motives. It comes natural to me.

My grandmother always said, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”

You’ve heard that saying before but have you applied it to your life? When you encounter someone bothering you (like a fly), do you squirt honey or vinegar?

I squirt honey. 😉

When we are kind and generous to others, we will receive thoughtfulness and love.

So go on, be kind and spread generosity to everyone you meet.

MRS N

Kindness is More Valuable Than Gold! #inspiration #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation


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Kindness is more valuable than gold.

It is!

Don’t believe me?

Think back on your life and all the times kindness was gifted to you. Every kind act, from a helping hand to a word of encouragement, is something to be treasured.

I value kindness more than money, cars and houses. I tend to be drawn to people who show kindness without hesitation. Their Light shines brighter than those that don’t.

Fill your heart with this treasure (kindness) and you will be richer than King Midas.

MRS N

Invitation to Join the League of Heroes (Capes Not Included) #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom


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Are you a hero?

Superheroes are all around you and contrary to DC and Marvel Comics, you don’t need to have an accident to become a superhero.

You are a Superhero if…

you support equal rights

you spread kindness

you help those less fortunate

you change the life of just one person

Together we can change the world because we are all superheroes.

Join us, the Kindness League of Extraordinary People!!!!

MRS N

Words Are More Powerful Than Any Weapon #inspiration #encourage #ThursdayThoughts


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I’ve been blessed to have met many wonderful people in my life. Each one has encouraged me in some way. Their words healed my soul. I thank them (you know who you are) for without their encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

Are you an encourager?

I am!

Words have the power to heal, uplift and motivate; words also have the power to murder, destroy and annihilate. Choose your words carefully for they are more powerful than any weapon on this planet!

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Your Wealth or Status Doesn’t Make You But This Does… #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom


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What defines you?

Your career?

Your family?

Your wealth?

Your home?

Your car?

Your friends?

For many people, wealth and status defines who they are. It’s about making a lot of money and getting into the “right” neighborhoods. Society is obsessed with wealth and status.

I learned a valuable lesson when I was a freshman in college. I came from a divorced family and money was always tight. I got a scholarship to one of the best colleges in Minnesota and I was surrounded by people who didn’t have to worry about money. I was judgmental at first because they had what I wanted.

Then I met Lisa (name has bee changed to protect the innocent). She and I had a lot in common. We both loved reading books and listening to music. She was what I called a “free spirit” and we became fast friends.

One weekend, her mother and father came to visit the dorm. I was introduced to them as her best friend. Her mother disliked me immediately. I wasn’t from the “right” home and later Lisa told me her mother forbade her from speaking to me again.

Did her mother’s warning work?

No! We stayed friends for a long time, over 10 years.

When I asked Lisa why she didn’t listen to her mother, she replied:

“I’m not them, I’m not defined by money and status. I make up my own mind whether someone is worth being friends with.”

I’ve learned two things from this life lesson:

1- Never judge others. You never know what they are going through and at the end of the day, they’re just like you. Sure, they may have more/less money than you or live in a different neighborhood but they bleed and hurt just like you.

2- Wealth and status doesn’t have to define who you are. Your character and kindness illustrates to the world who you are.

Again I ask, what defines you? What makes you special and unique?

Share in the comments below. I’d love to get to know you better.

Lisa, wherever you are thank you for not listening to your mother! Your friendship got me through a lot of bad times and vice versa! I’m so grateful our paths crossed when they did. 🙂

MRS N

No Matter What Happens in Life, Be Good to People #inspiration #ThursdayThoughts


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What’s your legacy?

Will your life be full of compassion, kindness and empathy?

Taylor Swift’s words hit home for me. I want to be remembered as someone who went out of their way to encourage and help others.

What will your legacy be?

Don’t delay, start living the legacy you want to remembered for!

MRS N

What Seeds Are You Planting? Grow #Love #Gratitude and More in Your Heart #inspiration


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What seeds are you planting in your heart?

Love

Fear

Happiness

Pain

Compassion

Jealousy

Your heart is like a garden and whatever you concentrate on will be sown.

I must admit, when I make a mistake or mess up, my natural reaction is to beat myself up. I spew out hurtful and harmful words to myself, calling myself stupid or ignorant. It’s something I’m working on and I have to fight against my own insecurities.

MR N told me the other day, “I wish you would show yourself the same compassion and kindness you show others.”

It made me stop and think.

Why don’t I?

 I don’t want to have bitterness and pain sprout from my heart. I only want to be filled with love, compassion and kindness.

Are there seeds of doubt and resentment growing in your heart?

Start today and weed out what you don’t want in your heart. Just remember to pull everything out, including the roots. 😉

The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?

MRS N

Before You Can Be Kind to Others, Be Kind to Yourself #inspiration #kindness #MondayBlogs


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Remember the old adage, you can’t love others until you love yourself?

It’s the same with kindness. I talk a lot about spreading kindness and being kind to others. But before you can be kind to others, you have to be kind to yourself.

Confession: I’m the first person to knock myself down when I screw up. I berate myself until my self-esteem is in the toilet.

How can I be so stupid?

I’m the worst person in the world!

I’m not a professional, not when I act like that!

Sound familiar?

It’s something I’m working on. One of the things I have found is when I’m kind to myself, I’m happier. Sure, I make mistakes; everyone does. It’s only when I forgive myself, I can move on.

Stop beating yourself up and show the same kindness you show others. It’s a lesson we can all learn from.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

What Would You Do If You Saw This… #inspiration #kindness #MondayBlogs


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What would you do?

You’re walking into your local grocery store and you see a small boy trying to sell his teddy bear for food. Would you stop and help him or would you keep walking? One man, a police officer, stopped to help and here is the story:

Hungry Ohio boy tried to sell teddy bear for food, police say; parents charged with child endangerment

I read this news story this morning and it made me cry. The poor little boy. But it also made me smile to see the police officer being an angel of kindness and spreading the Light. He helped the boy and his small act of kindness inspires me.

There’s so much evil and darkness in the world and when one person helps another, the Light breaks through. See, kindness is the secret power we all possess and when we use it to help others, we’re superheroes in the eyes of the Universe and the ones we help.

Spread kindness to everyone you meet and embrace your Superhero within!

MRS N

Are You Making Life Better? Sage Advice from Roberto Clemente #inspiration #baseball #grateful


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If you had the power to make life better for another person, would you do it?

Here’s the thing: you have the power to be influential and to help others. You may not know how or where, but you have the power.

I love this quote by Roberto Clemente! He was a generous man who came from poverty. He never forgot where he came from and when he wasn’t playing baseball, he was donating his time, money and resources to helping others in his country.

How can you help others?

  • You can volunteer your time at local food banks, charities and/or non-profit organizations. 
  • You can donate money in person or online.
  • You can organize a fundraiser with your friends and family to help those less fortunate.

If you have the opportunity in life to make things better, and you don’t, you’re wasting your time on earth.

MRS N

Channel Your Inner Tinkerbell and Spread Some #Kindness! #inspiration #affirmations


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Have you ever wanted to grant wishes?

Ever since I was little, I have wanted to be Tinkerbell. Yes Tinkerbell. I wanted to flutter around with my wand in hand and grant wishes. No agenda or purpose other than to help people.

I love this quote by Oscar Wilde. Let’s read it again:

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

Guess what?

We have the power within us to help people. All we have to do is look around and offer some kindness.

Your son/daughter needs help with homework. Spend some time with them.

A friend has just lost her/his job/loved one. Invite her/him over for a meal and encourage them.

A stranger in the grocery store is trying to reach for something. Offer your assistance with a smile.

A person is waiting to cross the street. Wave your hand for them to cross.

These are just a few small acts of kindness. They don’t seem like they make a difference but trust me, they do!

Channel your inner Tinkerbell and spread some kindness! When you do, the world around you will see your wings and your Light!

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Be Kind, for Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle #kindness #inspiration


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Someone asked me recently, “Why are you so kind?”

“I’m kind because there are so many people hurting and worn out from life.”

Being kind takes little effort on my part and it could be the lifeline for another. My smiling face may be the only glimmer of Light they see.

Look at the picture above. No, really look at it. That man could use some kindness.

Are you facing a battle and don’t know if you can survive?

You will!

Are you tired and it’s only 8:30 am?

Have some water/coffee/pop and tell yourself you can make it!

Do you see someone in need of a hug?

Be kind and hug them!

Kindness is easy to doll out. You’re healing the world one person at a time. 🙂

Be kind, for everyone you meet  is fighting a hard battle.

MRS N

#Kindness is Life’s Currency so Make Sure You Spend More Than You Earn #inspiration


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Are you solvent in kindness?

When I was eighteen years old, my mom gave me the trip of a lifetime as a graduation present: a two week trip with people from my French class to France. It was an eye-opening experience and one I will never forget.

My French teacher, Monsieur Bouchard, was a kind, generous man. Sure, he was strict in the classroom. He expected everyone to speak French in the classroom and you were disciplined if you spoke English. More times than I care to count, he would raise one eyebrow and say to me,

Mademoiselle, parler français afin que les jeunes hommes autour de vous tomber en amour avec vous .”

(Translation: Miss, speak French so that the young men around you will fall in love with you.)

Needless to say, being the shy girl I was and having a huge crush on the guy sitting next to me, I blushed six shades of red.

Anyway, we were back in Paris for the final two days and I had almost run out of money. I had a very strict budget and had brought all the money I could. While all the others brought thousands of dollars, I only had a few hundred. While others ate heaping plates of food for lunch, I had a small sandwich and Orangina (my new favorite drink while I was over there). I wasn’t in Paris to eat but to immerse myself in the culture.

Monsieur Bouchard approached me while I was throwing my trash away. He bent his head down and spoke in a voice only I could hear.

“Mademoiselle, are you in need of a small, shall we say, loan?”

I looked up, startled. I thought I was being careful to not let anyone know my money issues. His eyes were soft and filled with understanding.

“Did I tell you when I was a young man, I lived off of scraps in Paris? I barely had two francs to rub together. I was going to school and working two jobs.”

I shook my head. I couldn’t believe it. Him, a sophisticated man was once poor (like me).

“It was only through the kindness of strangers and the baker next door that I ate anything at all. The baker, he was such a kind man… I never forgot his kindness.” He sighed wistfully before continuing. “Now, I wish to repay that debt by helping you.”

He pulled out his wallet and gave me a few hundred francs. I looked around to make sure no one saw  before sliding the money into my purse.

“Thank you, Monsieur. You are tres gentil.” I smiled and he gave my shoulder a little squeeze.

It is thanks to his kindness and his discreet nature that a poor girl on holiday was able to eat and have the most unforgettable time in Paris. No one in the group knew of my “loan” and when we were back in America, I repaid the $40.

I’ve never forgotten his kindness and have always tried to do the same. I’ve spread kindness wherever I’ve gone and will do so until the day I die.

Kindness is life’s currency and at the end of the day, it’s much better to give it all away than to hoard it for a rainy day.

If you see someone in need, help them. It may not seem like a big deal to you but it may just save the life of another.

Monsieur Bouchard, if you’re out there, thank you for spreading your Light and being a great mentor to me and others in my class. I learned so much from you about life, love and what it means to be French.

“Répandre l’amour (Spread Love)”

MRS N

Is Apathy Infecting You? Kindness is the Cure! #inspiration #motivation #kindness


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Apathy makes my skin crawl.

I look around the world and see apathy infecting humans. Apathy is nothing more than a deadly virus like Ebola. It invades people’s souls and strips them of their kindness.

This quote by Alfred Einstein is quite profound. We have seen what apathy can do throughout history. Injustices and hatred run rampant yet people turn a blind eye.

Why is that?

Apathy.

Don’t let apathy get a foothold in your mind and soul! Let kindness reign!

Keep your eyes wide open and when you see someone in need of help, don’t turn away! Reach out and offer to help!

Don’t be part of the problem but part of the solution!!!

MRS N

Cherish Every Person and Moment in Your Life #inspiration #affirmations #kindness


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I have been given new sight. I was blind but now I see how glorious life is and how precious every moment is.

Cherish every moment and every person in your life, because you never know when it will be the last time you see someone.

Life is too short to rush through life. Cherish every moment and look for the good in everything and everyone.

Be kind.

Tell those you love how much you love them.

Be happy with your circumstances, for it could be much worse.

Let go of anger and hatred.

Forgive.

Do it every day and you will see the world through new eyes.

MRS N

Dearly Beloved, We Have One Life to Live #inspiration #Prince #affirmations


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“You are beautiful. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.” Prince to an eighteen year old Mrs. N

Last week, Prince passed away. Like many fans, I was saddened by the news. No, that’s not accurate, I was crushed. Prince and his music were the soundtrack of my  teen and adult years. His words and music spoke to me, molded me into who I am today.

Prince grew up in Minnesota and even after he made it big, he never forgot his roots. He loved Minnesota and he was one of the pioneers in the Minneapolis music scene. He lived in Minnesota and I had the opportunity to see him in concert three times, once meeting him.

I was a shy eighteen year old college student and I was hanging out with my friend Sue while she worked at a movie theatre. I should’ve been studying for mid-terms but the thought of watching free movies and helping out at the concession stand was too tempting to pass up.

Anyway, after the last movie had let out, it was time to watch a pre-screening of the upcoming movies. Sue whispered to me that a celebrity will be watching it with us. I asked her who and before she got a chance to answer, in walked Prince.

My mouth dropped open in surprise. I closed it just as quickly as I watched Prince and his entourage stop to talk to the manager. Time stood still as I stared. A smile tugged at Prince’s lips as he glanced in my direction. I blushed and dropped my gaze. Sue nudged me in the side.

I looked up to see Prince and his friends enter the theatre. I exhaled. I followed Sue and we sat in our normal spot (middle of the theatre, aisle seats). Prince and his group were in the back. The movie started and I was nervous the whole time.

When the movie was done, I told Sue I had to go to the washroom before the next one started. I made a beeline for the washroom. When I came out, there, leaning against the concession stand was Prince. He held out a box of Milk Duds.

“Want some?”

I cleared my throat and nodded. He handed me his box and leaned over to grab another one.

“Hi,” was all I manged to get out.

He chuckled. He stared at me with those big soulful eyes of his for the longest time.

“What’s your name?” he asked after a long time.

I answered him with a shaky voice. Then I said, “I’m a huge fan. You’re a true artist, Mr. Prince.”

He didn’t say anything for a long time.

“You’re shy, like me.”

I blushed and nodded, head down.

“I-I-I’ve always been shy, I guess.” I stammered. “Guess that’s why I wanna be a writer someday.” I peeked at him through my lashes.

“Yo Prince, you ready for the next flick?” one of his buddies asked from the doorway.

Prince nodded, never taking his eyes off of me.

“I guess we better go back,” I offered and turned away. I exhaled, releasing the tension in my body.

Right as we got to the door, Prince whispered in my ear, “You are beautiful. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.”

I never forgot his kindness and encouraging words. Here was a mega superstar who took a moment out of his glamorous life to encourage a shy girl.

So today, in honor of Prince, I’m here to encourage you. You are beautiful and never let anyone tell you differently. Sure, life can be challenging and there are times when you feel like giving up. We all have our struggles (even Prince did) and problems. But together, we’re getting through this crazy thing called life.

Do you know someone who needs encouragement?

Give them a hug, kind word or even a smile. Let them know they’re beautiful.

Prince, thank you for your music and your kind words. You saw the Light inside me and I look forward to seeing you jamming up in Heaven. 🙂

MRS N