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salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 5316)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 6:25 PM

EXPERIMENT

This weekend be consciously kind. Go out of your way to approach each situation in a kind and loving manner.... especially the difficult ones.

When some one talks to you, really listen.

If you see someone do something kind, compliment them for it (whether you know them or not).

Most importantly... BE KIND TO YOURSELF as well.

Then... write in and tell us how it went. Did you have any special experiences because of how you

One of my friends on Facebook posted this today and I thought it was a great idea. Let's see what happens. Anyone else willing to join me in the experiment??

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 6:26 PM

That's a wonderful idea, Pat!

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.4 - Posts: 1745)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 6:39 PM

Ask Linda and the gang on TT if they are game so am I , otherwise forget it.

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.0 - Posts: 2301)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 6:45 PM

Everyone should get together with friends and family and rent "Play it Forward". Neat movie.


salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 5316)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 6:59 PM

Bobo, be a leader! YOU set the standard.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.4 - Posts: 1745)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 7:08 PM

I can say that I hope to be on sploofus for many years to come. I have met some remarkable individuals on this site and I truly love knowledge. The more knowledge I have the more I can face lifes challenges no matter what. Most of what we fight about is petty and actually we can't do anything about. The Ft Hood massacre is so unfortunate and would I as a human would not give to have prevented such a tragedy. So pay it forward OKAY! I will give it a go!

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.4 - Posts: 1745)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 7:20 PM

Bbear it is Pay it Forward. Yeah great movie. Makes me cry everytime I see it.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 5316)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 7:35 PM

Let's hear it for Bobo!! Yeaaaaa. We need more leaders and fewer followers in this world.

asor
Asor  (Level: 155.7 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 8:32 PM

I would say that would very much depend on who is doing the leading...

f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 9:21 PM

I bought more sets of coloring books and crayons for the children in the cancer center for when I go back in. I have done this in the past and the smiles on these poor little angel's faces for just having a set of their very own is priceless. I did this last week and I'm too sick to go out this weekend can this count for this weekend?

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 9:54 PM

I hope that most of us try to be kind in all of our dealings with other people, animals, the environment, etc. But OTOH we can all get wrapped up in life, and chances are, we could all be kinder. Anyway, I think this is a great idea, Pat! I especially like the idea of telling each other about our experiences.

Just remember, you don't have to try to round up a million dollars to give to someone. I find that often, doing something nice that may seem small can have a huge impact on someone.

-- Geri

winddancer41
Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 10:01 PM

Great idea Pat, you know i have found that just smiling at someone or giving a child a wave brightens up their day. Another easy and quick one is to take a few minutes and speak to an elderly person, you know sometimes they are all alone in this world and just to have someone pass a little time with them makes them very happy. HUGS to you all. charlotte

headylamar
Headylamar  (Level: 150.7 - Posts: 740)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 10:09 PM

Thanks for sharing this Pat! You are the best!

f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sat, 7th Nov '09 3:47 PM

Today is one of the happiest days of my son's life, other than the birth of his 2 babies. He and his wife and babies moved into the house I had built for them on my property. They are anxously waiting for the new furnature to be delived in about 20 minutes. I think I made them smile for a long time.
My other son's house was finished last year 3 days before mine was ready, but he lives a long way from me because of his job.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 7th Nov '09 5:29 PM

Sound like an excellent idea Laurie and helps everyone.
They are close enough not to have to worry about you,
and you know someone is there in case of difficulties.

My kids had to come 3000 miles to see me in the hospital,
but I do have excellent friends and neighbours who keep
a close eye on me, and jump to help when I need them.

Just had my Seasonal 'flu shot....and am hoping everyone
else gets their's. You may be healthy but you never know
if someone you touch for a moment might be at risk....

f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sat, 7th Nov '09 6:31 PM

I have Tony to watch over me, but sometimes he over does it.
He just worries too much and drives me crazy sometimes, even though I know he means well.
He is like a mother hen! LOL
Having the houses built for my kids was just something I have always dreamed of doing for them.
Danny lives on my property now, but we still have to drive to each others houses. His house is at the end of the land. My house is at the beginning.


sargon
Sargon  (Level: 112.0 - Posts: 1256)
Sun, 8th Nov '09 12:18 AM

Do a Random Act of Kindness.

One of my favorites is a high school club that spends a Saturday raking leaves for senior citizens. They call it Rake and Run.

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sun, 8th Nov '09 3:24 AM

F5laur
Today is one of the happiest days of my son's life, other than the birth of his 2 babies. He and his wife and babies moved into the house I had built for them on my property. They are anxously waiting for the new furnature to be delived in about 20 minutes. I think I made them smile for a long time.
My other son's house was finished last year 3 days before mine was ready, but he lives a long way from me because of his job.

You're a lovely lady Laurie, and we get on just fine, despite our differences concerning "god". I hope the militant, right wing, religious nut jobs that inhabit these parts feel something approaching guilt when they read your posts. I'm not saying i'd "sign up" if all christians were like you, but i'd definately be more understanding.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 8th Nov '09 3:40 AM

Hi CC, I think just as you do, Laurie is a classy lady and each day I should make it my goal to be just a little more like her. What a kinder, gentler place (Sploofus and the world) this would be!

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sun, 8th Nov '09 7:42 AM

Well, going back to your original thread. It's seldom my aim to be gentle and placating. There are plenty, like Laurie and yourself that are that way, and that is good. It's also a fact that many things are wrong, many things need changing, and some of us are more "strident" about confronthing this. "The meek shall in inherit the earth, if that's OK with you" is just not my way. It's my contention that there is room for all kinds of people. If the tolerant really are that tolerant, i'm sure they can accomodate people like me.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.4 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 8th Nov '09 7:54 AM

That is true we must make allowances for every dispostion and personality here on sploofus. It would be a pretty boring world if we were all the same. Sometimes the world needs a little shaking up and sometimes it is nice to stop and smell the flowers and not dwell on the negative. Laurie what a special lady and how great to be able to have your children near, bet it make you feel so good to have a house built for them.

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.3 - Posts: 3742)
Sun, 8th Nov '09 8:15 AM

Our office at the college serves as the drop-off point for recyclables. We save boxtops and soup labels etc that have points for school supplies and donate them to the local schools. And partly because we're next door to the vending machine room (the same place my hotel rooms are always located), we collect coke product lids and donate the points to Toys for Tots and local schools (www.mycokerewards.com). Little things throughout the year.

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.4 - Posts: 7561)
Sun, 8th Nov '09 9:15 AM

In today's troubled world, that's a great suggestion.

Go out and make a difference!
But don't just do it as an e"experiment", do it regularly.



leaston
Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Sun, 8th Nov '09 10:30 AM

I'm in,and Laurie you are such a sweet lady.

f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sun, 8th Nov '09 2:33 PM

Gee, I came to this thread to put in another good idea on how to help others and read all the nice comments about me. I thank you for the kindness. You just made my day happy and put a smile on my face. Such a nice way to post within the title of the thread. There are many, many sweet people in our world. It's just a matter of giving them a chance to show their better side. Everyone has a good side, when given the opportunity to let it shine through. My dear friend CC is a prime example. Even though we have different views, we are good friends and look beyond those views. He is quite a gentleman. I always like to associate with all kinds of pepole, as every indivisual is special in their own ways.
I am honored to be part of this community, as you are all very special people, even those who like to debate.
Now my idea is that with the holidays approching several organizations have a tree that has pieces of paper such as, stars, bells, etc. Within that paper is a child's age range and size. It is an opportunity to buy a child from a needy family a special gift. The gifts are collected from the organization around the week before Christmas. I always buy a winter coat and a toy. These organizations know which family to give to, even if you don't. They also have volunteers to wrap all the gifts once the collection date has passed. Even if you don't have the money to buy a gift, it never hurts to volunteer some time for the wrapping of the gifts.
These organizations are usually churches, fire departments, libraries and schools where I live. Maybe in your area there are others. Go ahead, wrap some gifts, but please don't use as much tape as I do!

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 8th Nov '09 5:34 PM

CC, you can huff and you can puff all you want, but every so often you let us see the true you and it is a softer and gentler and caring person. As Laurie said, you are a gentleman and even though we are on opposite ends of the spectrum of religion, I think we have some common ground. I, too, consider you a friend.

But I'll just keep the gentler you a secret from everyone else - after all, you have a reputation to uphold!

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.4 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 8th Nov '09 5:50 PM

Don't pay him to many compliments I don't think he can take it!

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 8th Nov '09 10:16 PM

I think his warm, gooey center is showing.

I stumbled on this one day (if you have Mozilla, add the Stumble button - tons of fun). It has lots of easy, inexpensive ideas of ways to do something nice.

http://www.doonenicething.com/d1nt-ideas.php

I especially like helping out people in the store. If I see someone trying to reach something they can't quite get, I reach up and get it for them, or pick up something someone has dropped, or smile at a passing baby. Makes shopping so much nicer, particularly as we are getting so close to the most dreaded time (for me) of the year to head out to do shopping.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Sun, 8th Nov '09 11:19 PM

Excellent suggestion Pat! Random acts of kindness never go unnoticed and are usually unexpected...the look on the face of the recipient is worth a thousand words!!! I have been closing my quiz intros for the last few weeks with some sentence format of random act of kindness. My most recent is "It's Do A Random Act Of Kindness Day!" Oh...it isn't? No matter, do one anyway!"

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 5316)
Mon, 9th Nov '09 3:42 AM

When I shop at Walmart or other big stores and find clothes off the hanger and on the floor, I'll stop to pick them up and put them back on the hanger. When I've picked up so many I start to feel like an employee I quit doing it. How can you knock something down and not pick it up?

I was at a concert yesterday afternoon and when we left, someone had left a bottle of GaterAde lying on its side on one of the steps. People kept walking around it. Mumbling that it looked like an accident waiting for a place to happen, I picked the bottle up and set it next to a post where it wouldn't be in anyone's way. There were several kids running around and I figured one of them carelessly left it there.

I read an article years ago with examples like those above. The author said instead of asking "Why should I pick that up or do that?" they asked themselves, "Why not me?" I have thought of that so often whenever I see something that needs doing -- "Why NOT me?"

Going along with the random acts of kindness (which are wonderful), try adding "Why not me?"

So, looking at this past weekend's "experiment," what were your experiences? I would love to hear about what you did unexpected for someone and their response. It may give the rest of us ideas in which we can be more thoughtful.

winddancer41
Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Mon, 9th Nov '09 10:45 AM

We had at least 100 Disney and other other childrens videos ad DVDs sitting on a book shelf just gathering dust some of them had not even been open, and my daughter came up with the idea of donating them to the head start program in our area. So I called them and asked if they could use them and she said they could always use them for gifts even to give to needy families. So i had my husband take them to them and i think we had four boxes full and my husband said they were really exicited about how many there were and were we really sure we wanted to give them all away. So maybe that is another idea to pay if forward. charlotte

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 5316)
Mon, 9th Nov '09 12:51 PM

Charlotte, what a great idea!! Not only did you clear out space in your home but you put it to excellent use.

Your post goes hand-in-hand with something I found on the Internet last night. A friend has established an on-line magazine, WEENC, with readers in 37 countries, http://www.weenc.com/WEENC-backissues.html (Women Embracing Every New Challenge), which includes positive articles on a variety of topics. One subject caught my eye.

The "29 Day Giving Challenge" encourages people to give at least one thing away for 29 days. You can read more about it at http://givingchallenge.ning.com/page/29gifts-story

It can range from a supportive telephone call to giving away possessions. The project can have unexpected turns.

I hadn't heard about this project when I gave my sewing machine away, but it sure fits.

a young woman started attending our church. She did mending at a laundry facility. She moved into her apartment with nothing. Many contributed household items so she would have a comfortable home.

I had my mother's portable sewing machine I hadn't used in years because I couldn't make the stitching work. I was sure it worked but it was in the stitching adjustments or something (and I'm pretty short on patience when it comes to figuring that stuff out). I asked if she might like the machine, explaining its problem. She gladly took it, figured out how to fix what I had messed up! and made the heat packs I had wanted to make last year for Christmas gifts. I saw others leaving church yesterday with sofa pillows she had made them. She told me she may be able to trade it in on a newer sewing machine when she gets the money saved.

PROS: I got rid of a sewing machine that was a dust collector and constant reminder of my failure to make it work, I have my heat packs for Christmas THIS year, she has a machine to use at home to earn some extra money, plus a machine to help her trade-up when she can afford it.

CONS: Can't think of any.

If any of the rest of you take on the 29-day challenge, please share how it worked. It seems like the ultimate "pay it forward."

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.3 - Posts: 3742)
Mon, 9th Nov '09 5:39 PM

We're in Florida now, and while at Disney World, a Japanese visitor in front of me at a food booth stepped up and pointed to his order. The teller told him how much, and he laid down some money. the teller asked him for 9 more cents, and he started searching for his pockets. I already had my change in my hand, so I laid a dime on the counter and nodded to him.

I don't know much Japanese, but I recognized "Thank you." One of the other phrases I know is "You're welcome." It works.

My vacation unit doesn't have wifi, so I'll be in sporadically this week as I can find restaurants with wifi.
Good luck all

f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Mon, 9th Nov '09 6:25 PM

My printer just ran out of ink. I was printing out the coloring pages on Fudy's link to send to the address. Anyone wanna run to Office Max and grab me of few ink jet cartridges (sp?) ? I was in the middle of printing 100 copies of each and only ended up with 31 of only one picture
Thank you Fudy for posting that. It is a big help to those that need ideas and also a great idea. I will get more ink. I though that was a wonderful idea.
I have sets of coloring books and crayons that I bought for the kids in the cancer ward when I go back in. I will also print out some of these pictures for them.


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