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Monday, January 1, 2018

KINDNESS MATTERS!

Hello to all my friends!  
I have missed you all so much, and I wanted to take this opportunity on the first day of this beautiful New Year to let you know that I am determined to reestablish this blog…. It will be on a slow pace, and I have set some limitations on how much time spent here….  But this blogging community is something I’ve loved and been a part of for a long, long time – since 2011 – and I don’t think I’m ready to say goodbye just yet!

I won’t go into any long explanations for my absence since March – so many bloggers are facing the same issues and time constraints.  I am healthy and happy and that’s all you really wanted to know, isn’t it?  I just allowed myself to get waaaaay too busy!  There were too many days when I found myself feeling guilty because I chose to sew in the spare hour or two rather than craft a blog post, and that didn’t feel right.  So I decided to take a guilt-free break.  In that time, I’ve made some choices that cut down on my responsibilities and outside activities, and give me more time to do what I enjoy most – being with good friends and loved ones, and happily stitching in my own little studio!  I already feel better! 

So today, I wanted to begin this year’s blogging journey by sharing my goal for 2018 – 
KINDNESS MATTERS


If 2017 taught me anything, it illuminated the fact that we need more KINDNESS in our world!!!!  Human beings can be very unkind – even ugly – to each other.  We can say and do ugly things in the name of a “cause” and feel fully justified.  We can allow our prejudices and beliefs to totally blind us to how our words and actions impact our world.  How they make others feel.  We can say unbelievably unkind things in the heat of the moment.

My prayer for 2018 is for all people to begin to realize that basic human kindness to one another is essential.  To put aside their politics, their prejudices, their platforms, their desire to be right, and just consciously try to treat others as they would want to be treated.  To think about what they say before they say it!  To care more about how we treat each other than about being right or wrong.  To stop and ask: Is what I am doing going to encourage and build Hope? Love? Kindness?  Are my words building a bridge or tossing out bombs?  How do my words and actions make others feel?  How we make others feel is how they will remember us!

Of course, I can’t stop at just wishing for World Kindness, can I?  I’m not running for Miss America LOL!!!  I have to question myself first and foremost.  I have to examine my own actions, words, and motivations.  Am I being kind to the people I encounter in my daily life?  Sure, it’s easy to be kind to my husband, my mom, my friends, my cat (well, most days it is LOL!).  But what about the slow grocery clerk?  The guy who wants to cut in front of me in traffic?  The person who annoys me for some reason or another.  Am I just another cog in the wheel?  Going through my days thinking only about myself and my needs, plans, dreams, without giving a thought to whether I am helping someone else accomplish theirs? 

This year, my hope is to become more aware of my actions when dealing with others, more conscious of how I treat others and make them feel.  To challenge myself to definitely be more kind in every possible way, to every possible person.  Put that way, it’s a lot harder than it seems on the surface, isn’t it?  I’m sure I’ll fail often.  I’m sure I will look back some days and wish I had been kinder to someone, or even several someones.  But hopefully I’ll succeed more days than I fail.  And hopefully I will actually become a more kind person.  Succeed more often. 

My wish for you all is that you encounter many kind people throughout your 2018, and that you will be kind to them in return!

Hugs & Blessings my friends,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!


Teresa 
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21 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you dear friend. I saw in the new year sewing and trying to get my blog reading caught up some. I was so happy to see your blog pop up on my computer as I was typing a comment on another blog. They say you will do a lot of whatever you were doing at 12 midnight on New Years Eve. Hope that is so--then I'll be sewing, knitting and blogging. :) Take care and stay healthy and warm. Looking forward to seeing you a little more.

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  2. It is so pleasant to visit with you again. Life does change our paths not in a way espected. Making sure our own actions are kind surely will help to influence others - even a simple 'please' or 'thank you' or smile goes a long way. Happy New Year

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  3. Wow I could have written your post LOL. I too have been a slack blogger and am trying to make amends. Kindness is my word for 2018 ! Hugs, Fee x

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  4. Welcome back and Happy New Year! I'm glad you are healthy and happy and have made more time in your schedule for what you want to do. I'm all in with the kindness mantra! It is definitely lacking in our world, and I have been guilty of not showing kindness myself. Thanks for the reminder. I'm looking forward to reading more on your blog this year, if that's where you are led. :)

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  5. Welcome back! Before I read this I had just gone through my reading list and almost deleted you. But then I decided I valued you and your opinions enough that you are worth waiting for. I've been the same about blogging recently and hope to do better in 2018.

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  6. So happy to see your name pop up in my blog feed again, welcome back! I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments. Happy New Year, and may you find time to pursue your dreams and find joy in each day.

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  7. I have missed you and your blog posts, Friend! You are always a ray of sunshine each time I see you, you are certainly letting your light shine!! Your post this morning is so timely. This world sure has become so mean. When out and about I am trying to slow down and be in the moment and look people in the eye and smile and say hello to them. Kindness DOES matter. Hoping to run into you again sometime soon! :)

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  8. FABULOUS post - and welcome back. I, too, love the blogging community and the creativity we share with each other. Your Kindness thoughts are spot on - and appreciated.

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  9. Wonderful post Teresa and how good to see you blogging again! Happy New Year!

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  10. Happy New Year and wonderful to "see" your smiling face! Your Kindness Matters reflections are the perfect note for starting the new year!

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  11. I missed you Teresa! I thought about you and hoped you were okay. SO many bloggers leave for FB and Instagram, etc. Well it's good to have you back. Can't wait to see all you have been working on to. Happy New Year!

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  12. Wonderful post! So true as well. Never feel guilty for doing something you love to do. At least you have been creating, that is the important thing. I think we all should take a page from this post and be nicer to everyone and concentrate on what makes us happy. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year.

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  13. So good to see you back, Teresa. I have missed your enthusiasm, wisdom, and your wonderful creative sense.
    "Be Kind" was my mantra for 2017, and I think I am carrying it over. Can't go wrong with kindness.
    Wishing you a peaceful new year, with plenty of time for things that bring you joy!

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  14. Teresa, I really enjoyed reading your blog today. My wish is that your post will touch many a heart. And may we all follow your advice in 2018. May the new year bring us closer to our friends and family.

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  15. Welcome back! Molly the Cat wants more kindness AND more photos of Rocky...kind of the same thing, really.

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  16. Bravo!! My sweet colorful “kind” blogger friend! You have been missed! But then I’ve been pretty much absent too! I’m also going to try and reestablish more consistency in posting this year. At least once a week. Look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to!

    Blessings and hugs!

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  17. Glad you are back. I've hoped that you'd come back soon.

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  18. So glad to see you are back! Missed reading your Blog and seeing what you have been making.

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  19. How nice to see a post from you. I so totally agree with you, humanity seems to have forgot how to be kind, accepting, encouraging... I am learning patience, kindness, humility, and showing love.

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  20. So great to see your post! Happy New Year, Teresa!

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