Friday, September 23, 2016

weekend wishes

{beautiful leis from our trip to hawaii. 2013}

in european countries they greet each other with kisses on the cheek.
on the beautiful islands of hawaii they show their affection by placing a lovely lei around your neck. 
in america...we hug {if we feel comfortable enough}, we wave, we shake hands. but. we need more. 
we need more affection and more kindness. 

i was talking to a friend recently who had an ugly encounter with a friend {or, who she thought was a friend}. a few other things had happened in her life that left her feeling as though there are so many mean people in the world. and, she is right. there are some awful people in this world but, there is lots of goodness too. we talked about the importance of a smile...even to a complete stranger.  i'm big on this. my kids think i'm crazy because i have been known to smile, wave, or even talk to a complete stranger. i compliment them, ask how their day is going, or just simply say hi. occasionally, they ignore me, but, more often then not...they smile and engage with me. you never know...that person my have really needed to hear some kind words or receive a warm smile. it could make all the difference in the world to the one who receives and does not take anything from the one who gives. it's not difficult to be kind.

so, although my weekend will be filled with homecoming events {food, pictures, waiting up} and i REALLY need to get some sewing done...i hope to fill the world with a little more kindness. if we all smile at a stranger...the world will be a better place. 

here's a weekend full of kind and affectionate wishes.

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