Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kindness is like a boomerang

Everyone can be kinder and knows how to be kinder.
 When we aren't kind we know we could be, it is usually because we prioritize our own needs, wants and feelings over another's.   
Wishing Scott and Sharon Bingham, our good friends in the Poinciana Branch, the best on their last Sunday in Florida as they prepare to retire and relocate to Brigham City, Utah.

 Sister Karen Spencer, from Salt Lake City, Utah celebrating her birthday just a few days after her arrival in the mission field.
 Kindness rejoices with others in their happy times. 

Just a few of the license plate choices you have here in Florida!
 Kindness is patient in taking turns-yes even at the local DMV.
  Kindness is also shown in the words you don't say.
Knowing when to keep silent is as important as knowing when to speak and what to say. 
The new back office.
Kindness means accommodating the others wants, not giving what you would want but rather what the person wants or needs. Kindness acknowledges individuality.
While checking on Elder and Sister Bevans unoccupied apartment ,following their recent departure for home, we noticed a huge white basket on the shelf in the living room.  Okay so we are nosey.  After further inspection we discovered that it actually had my name on it!  Of course I was so surprised I didn't think to take a picture, sorry  Once I got over my shock and had time to recover I did think to capture a picture of all the wonderful treasures inside the basket. Four skirts, (including the one I am wearing in the picture) two blouses, a dress, and a silky robe, were all rolled up secretly inside. Then there was lotion, hand soap, bath salts, chapstick, pencil pouches, a little cast iron skillet and cinnamon roll mix...I am sure I am forgetting something but it seriously was like Christmas and it took my breath away to think of all the love and sacrifice it took to create such a beautiful masterpiece just for me!   Mere words can't begin to convey my appreciation.

 Kindness shares "Freely ye have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8).
We received word, from another senior missionary, that a member of their ward had a dresser to donate. Always open to accepting donations we hurried over to discover this beautiful home.  The owner and his family were moving to a larger home nearby and were wondering if a senior missionary couple could use it. Could they???
My only regret is that I didn't take a picture of the dresser before we moved it to the Johnson's. It is rare to receive a piece of furniture is such pristine condition.
 Kindness is shown in "thank you" and "please", and "how may I help?"
Sister Johnson accepting her new dresser (after some arm twisting), thanks to the charity and kindness of another.
 Responding to needs is a definite expression of kindness. 
Delivering a new study chair to Elders Ferguson and Socarras, currently assigned to the Windy Ridge Spanish area.   

We all know the basics of kindness. If someone asks for your help, kindness means responding quickly to his or her need. Kindness serves.
Elder Anderson and Elder Thompson assigned to the St. Cloud area anxiously awaiting our installation of a new CO detector before heading out to go tracting.
 If someone is talking to you, kindness means focusing on that person with your eyes, ears, mind and heart. Kindness listens.
Sister Pierce, Brother Nelson Acosta and Sister McLeod, serving in the University Park area at Brother Nelson's recent baptism.
Kindness is thinking kindly as well as acting and speaking kindly.
Elders Chatterton and Packard accepting the delivery of a package left at the Mission Office, not for either of them, but for Elder Davis who was off on splits with another companion.

Being kind means knowing and understanding that kindness includes being gracious and congenial and accommodating others' needs and wants with wisdom and prudence.

Kindness is like a boomerang... it always returns!

Special thanks goes to the book, "Sisters Forever" by Marilynne Todd Linford, given to me by my best friend forever, Janie Pollmann, who always knows exactly what I need. The chapter on kindness really helped me to better understand that kindness sometimes encompasses life's most difficult problems, requires courage and ...
Kindness begins with me...
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