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Small Acts of Kindness Can Help Us Cope

Airports clogged, news of arrests, tanks in Lebanon, hard rains up and down the East Coast (I’m still in South Carolina filled with irrational worry that water may have come in through some open windows at home that Mr. Chattering forgot to shut). In the light of big things, little irritations tear us up.

Here’s a wonderful piece by Alice Chasan on how repairing the world in the smallest of ways can help us get through tough times like these. I don’t know how she wrote it yesterday. I’m finding it hard to focus. Anyone else having a tough time staying calm?

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posted August 12, 2006 at 4:57 pm

I am! And it makes the persons closest to me uncomfortable, not to mention myself. Your experience at the grocery store – describes the moments in life when I feel the most alive and the most useful. Without this kinds of energy boost, I might find myself on empty. I just happened on beliefnet and I think I’ve found something to share. Thank you for being here to find me.>

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Peggy Dennis

posted August 12, 2006 at 7:22 pm

I am very much afraid. How do we know for sure we are ready to leave this world and it sure looks like it could happen anytime. I love my Lord with all my heart and soul but I worry about some of the rest of my family. I pray” Lord give them a little more time.”>

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posted August 12, 2006 at 10:30 pm

I’m not having a hard time focusing but I am less calm than usual. So I’m doing my best to genuinely experience life in a way that promotes what Chasan calls, “that positive energy … that can transform us, connect us to one another.” I find we’re talking about our connections, especially with our neighbors, a few of whom are alone, elderly and often fearful. Tomorrow we’ll visit with a few of them as a matter of course. We’re considering giving two of them house keys so they have a place to come if/when they need it. Still need to sit with this some, but it feels like the right thing to do. And it may be time to post some new videos on YouTube for friends and family far away. As for Whole-Foods-where-lifelong-friendships-are-forged: this happens all the time! Must be something organic. Ha!>

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posted August 14, 2006 at 6:59 pm

Thank you for running Alice Chasan’s column. I loved it and do really feel that believing is seeing. That our small acts are just about the only thing that can transform our world. And I also wanted to share something kind of funny. I emailed the column to our minister for inspiration as we finish up our vows for our wedding next week. She just emailed me back noting that the email had arrived topped by a banner ad for the new World Trade Center movie. Everything is connected, eh?? Thank you for the great blog. I always enjoy what you’re noticing in the world.>

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posted August 15, 2006 at 4:43 am

Don’t be worried, just do something like Alice did at Whole Foods. Be proactive. Check out the not to be missed move, The Secret( I wrote about this in some of my posts at Bodacious Boomers. You might want to look in the July archives. ‘Bad Things’ happen to remind us to reach out, connect and be more compassionate in our own lives. Just like what happened right after 9/11. We bonded more. We cared more. We shared more. Take a look at what Israeli Women writers are saying…chilling, warm hearted and so authentic. Warmest thoughts….>

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Beth Leinicke

posted August 15, 2006 at 7:18 pm

I am from New York originally; in fact, approximately 19 years ago, I worked at 2 World Trade Center and it seems to me as if people have conveniently forgotten what happened on that life-changing day five years ago. Sometimes, it feels sadly as if the positive, life-affirming interactions between people exhibited by that day and the days following have been lost in the mire of everyday lives and the lack of compassion shared by most people in this country.>

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posted August 15, 2006 at 8:12 pm

Thanks for the link to the Israeli women’s blog, Myrna. In reading, I found a strong anti-Bush sentiment from the Israelis, which surprised me, since the American press often treats us like conjoined twins. I also read passive-aggressive, ill-informed opinions from Americans, often with a strong CNN-FOX-policy-wonk flavor. I was less surprised, but still disappointed. In fairness, I also found good, thoughtful writing, as in the 09AUG-“Truth” post and very candid 04AUG-“I Love to Hate You” post. * Wow * May use these in a discussion group to which I belong. Really made me think, and think differently, which is why I enjoy coming here. Wouldn’t it be something if Arab women had the same freedom and exposure Jewish women enjoy? Seems we would all benefit.>

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