Saturday, November 30, 2013

My Seven Favorite Inspirational Books For Christmas






















Please consider buying someone you love an inspiring book for Christmas. Like one of these.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Being Kind During the Holiday Season







During this Christmas season perhaps we can all be a little kinder to one another.
Just being kind to others may not seem like much but even the smallest act of kindness is like a stone thrown into water with beautiful ripples flowing out from it that you may never see or know about.

Being kind to the earth and every creature living upon it is the ultimate in kindness.
If everyone did that there would be no war, no hunger or homelessness, no deforested lands, no polluted skies or poisoned waters.

So today perhaps we can all be a little kinder to one another, to our planet, and to the waters, the skies, the forests, and all the living creatures upon our beautiful Mother Earth.




Planning to be kind and caring.

Sometimes we imagine that a kind and caring person was born that way, but nothing could be further from the truth.
For most a conscious decision was made at some point in their lifetime to be a kind and caring person.
Then they set kindness goals and ideals to live by and  made plans and preparations to carry out that decision.

Kindness builds on itself. If you decide to do one kind act a day, for example, you will soon find that you are doing far more than that.
I don't know exactly why this is so but I've seen it happen over and over.

The acts don't have to be big either.
Opening a door for an elderly person is easy, takes just a second, and is a kind act that won't be forgotten. Other small acts of kindness that you can regularly incorporate into your day include letting people go ahead of you in lines, or letting a car into the stream of traffic, or commenting positively on the service in a store or a restaurant.

Then there are the little kindness's that are often forgotten or ignored in the home like truly listening to your spouse or to your children, or speaking with respect and affection rather than impatience or using discouraging or critical words or looks.





"Kindness is like snow-it beautifies everything it touches." -anonymous

"If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."
-William Penn

"Three things in human life are important.
The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind.
The third is to be kind."
-Henry James




And be kind to yourself this holiday season too. Get out and have some fun like these ice skaters in Edinburgh Scotland are doing.



Imagine That You Are...



An 80-year-old elder trying to care for your two toddler grandchildren—and you live in a one bedroom apartment
  • A 35-year-old single father with no job—and you lose everything in a house fire
  • A 20-year-old single mother trying to walk 5 miles to school each day—and you have holes in the soles of your shoes
  • A 16-year-old boy without a home—and the gangs are threatening you
  • An 8-year-old girl whose only shoes are flipflops—and the first snow just fell
Now, imagine that you have the power to help these people directly—from your home to theirs.

Well, you DO have that power through the ONE Spirit Sponsorship Program. The uniqueness of our sponsorship program is its DIRECT approach. Sponsors send their gifts DIRECTLY to the person they wish to receive the help. You can be sure your gift gets to the person because you send it yourself! ONE Spirit’s Sponsorship Program offers people a way to help DIRECTLY, person-to-person. We have many people who have asked for help. Here are some of the options: 
 
DIRECT Sponsorships for Elders
Elders on Pine Ridge often lead a difficult life because of poor housing to begin with, lack of resources to repair or weatherize the home, and responsibilities to care for grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Elders love to get coffee, warm sweatshirts, shoes, laundry detergent, and pantry staples.

DIRECT Sponsorships for Families and Children
Families on Pine Ridge share everything. Clothing is passed around, and toys are shared by everyone. Sponsors may take on a whole family or just one child. Either way, the gifts will be shared by everyone! Families can use help with seasonal clothing changes, laundry detergent, shampoo and bath soap, toothbrushes and paste, coats, shoes, and socks. Household items, such as sheets and towels are also welcome.
INDIRECT Sponsorships for the Safe House
The Safe House provides a home for children of all ages.  Sponsors can be certain that their gift boxes will be put to good use by a large number of kids!  Sponsors can target their gift boxes by age, sex, or need. For example, pants size 34-30 (young men), underwear for little girls, tee-shirts for toddlers, socks for all ages, or sweatshirts for teenaged girls. The Safe House can also use books, games, and school supplies at any time of year.
img_4340The Program
Sponsors choose how much to send and how often to send it. We recommend quarterly gift boxes. Here are some sample boxes:
  • Sweatshirt, pair of shoes, socks, shampoo, toothpaste/brush, laundry detergent, a small toy or game (for a child or family).
  • A pound of coffee, a pair of shoes, a coat, a flannel shirt, laundry detergent, a pair of jeans, gloves (for an elder).
  • School supplies, pair of jeans, tee-shirt, hooded sweatshirt, socks, a pair of shoes, and a puzzle (school aged child).
  • Underwear for girls and boys, socks for girls and boys, tee-shirts for girls and boys (Pre-teens in the Safe House).

Notice that none of these sample boxes need to be very expensive. What you give is up to you. We do ask that you commit to a sponsorship for at least a year. 
If you can find it in your budget-and your heart-to become a sponsor, or have questions about the program, please contact Regina Hay  rhay@nativeprogress.org   or go directly to the One Spirit web site:  One Spirit