Category: Be Kind

Sometimes we’re lucky enough to have an act of kindness that sticks with us well past the usual expiration date of our memories.

Beth Ferstl, from Sauk City, Wis., has one of those special stories that continues to speak to her when she needs it most.

“In the late ’90s, my little brother’s best friend (died by) suicide. He decided to take ... Read More


On the days I wake up feeling down or defeated, I know it’s time for a gift.

Not for myself, but for others.

There is nothing that reroutes my day faster than picking out a little treat for someone. It doesn’t even matter what it is. I’ve purchased funny magnets at the gas station, a 2 liter of soda for a Mountain ... Read More


My son, Ben, said to me the other day, “Mom, wasn’t 2020 the best year ever?”

Ben is 10, so he is well aware of everything everyone has been through this past year. I looked at him to see if he was joking. Then I said, “Are you kidding?”

“No Mom. It really was great. We moved next to a cornfield and ... Read More


How are those New Year’s resolutions going? Are you still creating healthy meals and doing daily living room workouts and limiting yourself to four hours of Facebook a day?

For me, motivation doesn’t come from being passionate about what I’m doing — it comes from being passionate about why I’m doing it. I need to know my actions matter, both to ... Read More


True kindness doesn’t take more than you have to give. While it might leave us empty-handed, it never leaves us empty-hearted.

I learned that five years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

As you can probably imagine, I was terrified. I woke up at 4:30 one morning in the midst of a storm, first thinking of myself, then thinking about ... Read More


How anxious are you to get the tree down once Christmas is over? Are you one of those people who says, “Time for spring! Let’s move on!” — or are you more inclined to sit in the quiet glow of the strings of lights for just a few more weeks?

I bet there is one ornament that will stay in plain ... Read More


How many times do you think some ugly or disagreeable thought and manage to keep it to yourself? Good job! It’s better to button our lips when we know what we want to say isn’t kind.

But this new year, I’d like us to resolve to open our mouths. Let our words flow. No, not the negative ones, but the ones ... Read More


I’ve noticed something over the past nine years of writing this column. Acts of Christmas kindness seem to have a special ability to stay with us throughout years and even decades.

Two women have shared just those types of kindness with me in the following stories. The first is from Gretchen Robinson from South Hill, VA.

“My kindness story happened ... Read More


Someone somewhere is grieving this holiday season. Maybe it’s you. Maybe it’s someone you love.

It can be hard to know how our kindness will be received when we’re dealing with someone who is in incredible pain. After all, hurt people hurt people. If we reach out, we may end up resented, rejected or, worse yet, adding to our friend’s anguish.

But ... Read More