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50 Acts of Kindness – 31-40


Here’s the next batch of the 50 Acts of Kindness ….

#31 – Those Who Serve – Bought pizza’s for dinner and delivered them to the Colerain Township Fire Department. Gotta make sure our heroes are fed!

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#32 – Just Because – gave a gift card to the movies. My giving crew member, Pam said that when she entered the theater there were 2 older women who were having some difficulties with one of the people who work at the movies. She gave them the gift card and made their day.

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#33 – Sick & Needy – Donated school supplies to St. Joseph’s Orphanage. This is the orphanage I grew up in and I have tried to give back to whenever I can over the years. It was the first time my daughter had been there with me. Next time we’ll leave time for tour.

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#34 – Just Because – Placed 3 big bottles of laundry detergent in the laundromat for people to find and use.

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#35 – Just Because – Paid for a birthday order at the NCH (North College Hill) Bakery. This bakery has been a part of family events my whole life. They have some really good pastries – definitely a family tradition with the Miller clan!

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#36 – Sick & Needy – Gave a gift card to a family at the grocery store. This mom was reluctant at first. But once she opened the envelope she was relieved to find the gift card to help with her food purchase.  She only had some pork and beans in her cart until then. At least I could help with a meal or two.

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#37 – Those Who Serve – I left a gift card for my mail carrier. And the next day he left me a sweet thank you note.  Yep, this is how kindness inspires kindness!!

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#38- Just  Because – I gifted angels to my giving crew and others who have been angels in my life. some chose an ornament to represent the day and others chose a key chain so that they could have an angel with them wherever they go.

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#39 – Sick & Needy – bought a couple of uniform shirts for a student at the high school my son graduated from. I remember those days of uniforms and tuition. These will go to help a young family struggling to make ends meet.

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#40 – Just Because – One of my giving crew walked my dogs while I was out all day doing these 50 acts of kindness. It totally counts, because my dogs (not me) were the real recipients of this kindness. Here’s my dogs feeling happy. 🙂

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Jack-hammering my way to peace…


Today, as we affectionately say at my house, I am doing a bunch of “wondering and pondering”. I do that a lot, which is the basis for this blog. Aren’t you lucky that you get to travel the crevices and mysterious tunnels inside my head? lol

Today’s topic is jack-hammering. This odd topic is inspired by the fact that I have the “pleasure” of hearing the sound of jack-hammers literally outside my office window as the city is working on the sidewalk and street. My jack-hammer nemesis is a mere 15 feet from my desk. Unlike the guys wielding the tool, I do not get the benefit of ear protection. Of course the whole building is shaking. My teeth are shaking in my head. Needless to say, my thoughts are tumbling around and likely falling out my ears. Concentration is at a dribble vs. the normal flow. So I’m declaring an impromptu jack-hammering break. I haven’t had a proper break in a while given the pace at work these days, so no apologies here. Besides it amounting to near-torture to hear the incessant pounding, I must say it is giving me the gift of opportunity to ponder. If my thoughts are choppy, well, you’ll know why!

The physical jack-hammering going on in my environment is making me think of the spiritual, emotional, and mental jack-hammering going on in the rest of my life. What nagging, incessant pounding am I taking that is keeping me from achieving all that I can? I can think of a few just sitting here … college loan bills, leaking basement, daughter going to NYC alone (again), work pressures, relationship dynamics, my son’s wedding planning, the broken cabinet in the kitchen, my friends who are in crisis of various kinds … And the list goes on and on. Without being conscious of it, my brain is constantly barraging me with blow upon blow of worry, fear, and discouragement.

So … now that I am shedding the light of consciousness on these things, the trick is how do I make them stop?! For me, I have a simple remedy. It doesn’t make those things go away, but it does refocus me back into peace. I breathe and I pray. The one thing I have learned in my journey is that changing the way I pray, changes everything for me. I used to pray with requests. I no longer do that. I now pray in gratitude – always. It goes something like this:

“Thank you God that all of my needs and desires are met by YOU! Thank you that no matter what bill arises, you are my provider and I have more than enough to cover the need. Thank you God that no matter what sickness comes upon me, you are the healer of my body, mind and soul. Thank you God that you bring the right people into my life that will guide me, support me, help me and love me. Thank you God that you are all I need and you will never forsake me. Thank you that I have peace in my spirit and protection in my coming in and my going out. Thank you God that you are handling the situation that I am facing, all for my benefit and for  your glory. Thank you God that I can do all things through you and that I have all things from you. Thank you!”

With this simple type of prayer, I know that I do not have to ask for every little thing. And when I do want to go into the details I always, always do it in gratitude of the solution. I don’t have to worry about forgetting something or finding the right words. I often do go through a list of people who I bless with peace and healing. God knows my needs and I need simply to stand in gratitude. It NEVER, EVER fails me. This prayer has changed how I see life and how I receive all that I need.

I pray, in gratitude, that you be blessed this way too!

Thank You


Where I work we have a relatively new process for informal thank you’s. What I love about this program is that it creates an atmosphere of appreciation AND connection.

Here’s how the program works:  When you receive one of the official thank you cards you drop it into a common box. Once a month we have drawings from the box and the prize is a free lunch for both people involved – the person who thanked them and the recipient. This has a two-fold benefit. First, the program rewards the appreciative behavior. Secondly, it creates time together, in an informal setting. The pair benefits both on a professional/business level as well as on a social/networking level. The program is a great success. The thank you’s are sincere and thoughtful. And the whole process changes the tone of the business. We are now a group of people who are more aware and more vocal in our appreciation of our co-workers. Nothing changes a person’s perspective quite like a little appreciation. They feel valued and noticed for their hard work or going above and beyond.

I share all of this because I see it making a shift in the “smell of the place” as they say. Even in times of uncertainty; even in days of intense business pressures and changes, we feel and build the positive connections. It’s one more reason why I love the Company I work for and the people I share my days with.

I challenge myself and my readers to thanks someone today. But don’t just say it – write it. It’s powerful to have those tangible kind words to remember and review on off moments. And … if you really want to make someone’s day – take them to lunch as well.

Be grateful and be blessed!