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Kindness Daily: A Day Full Of Blessings

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A Day Full Of Blessings July 31, 2012 – Posted by Mums
Some days are just so full of blessings you don’t know what to do! Today was one of those.

My neighbor needed to avoid a utility shut-off, so I helped her round up the money to cover it. It was mutually beneficial and not really a favor but she appreciated the help. (I bought some stuff from her that she had no use for but I would have probably purchased anyway.)

When I got home I found a wet $20 bill plastered to the ground in the street.

Another friend had coupons and rewards and treated me to a good movie and wonderful dinner at a little cafe. At the diner, I saw a man and his three adorable little girls having a frugal meal. He looked a little stressed, so I used the $20 bill I had found and paid for their meal.

The waitress was so surprised by this that she wanted to hear the whole story. It really seemed to make her day.

When I got home again my oldest daughter was there with a sinfully rich chocolate pie she had made and brought over for us to try.

No sooner had we enjoyed a cup of coffee and a slice of pie than another friend called and asked if it was a good time to drop off some groceries she’d been given but won’t likely eat.

Sometimes the incidents of one day just make you wonder what you ever did to deserve such a bounty of goodness.

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Servant Leadership: Helping People Come Alive

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The Sage is self-effacing and scanty of words. When his task is accomplished and things have been completed, All the people say, ‘We ourselves have achieved it!’

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“It’s a powerful perspective on work — holding within it a value for collaboration, agency, creativity, and meaning. What if we all could see what we do in that way? What if our organizations supported us in holding that perspective, and to go one step further, how can we create institutions that release these core values? In his seminal 1970 essay ‘The Servant as Leader,’ Robert Greenleaf coined the term “servant leader” to describe someone who has that interest. For such a person, ‘It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.'” An inspiring article on what it takes for leadership to serve people in coming alive. { read more }

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InnerNet Weekly: The Cosmology of Peace

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Quote of the Week | The Benefits of the Six Syllables

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THE BENEFITS OF THE SIX SYLLABLES

When Orgyen Rinpoche was about to leave for the continent of Camara, he left this final testament:

The benefits of the six syllables (Om mani padme hum) cannot be expressed or reckoned even by all the Buddhas of the three times. Why? Because it is the quintessence of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara’s mind that constantly, compassionately surveys the six types of sentient beings; and because it liberates all beings from the cycle of existence. Therefore, kings and subjects of future generations hold fast to the Great Compassionate One! Recite the six syllables! Have no anxiety about going into the miserable states of existence. This is the tutelary deity of this snowy land of Tibet, so offer prayers of supplication with faith, reverence, and veneration. Blessings will directly be experienced. Do not be of two minds or foster doubt. None of the Buddhas of the three times has taught any Dharma more profound than this. Nor do I, Acarya Padmasambhava, teach or know of anything more profound. Let all the kings and subjects of Tibet who are living now and who will come in the future bear this in mind.

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9-yr-old Helps Disabled Brother Finish Triathlons

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Kindness Daily: You Could Be My Son

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You Could Be My Son July 28, 2012 – Posted by Bluebell
The other day I was in town with my daughter and we saw this man sitting on the ground, looking sad and like he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Before I could say anything my daughter asked if we could give him some money. (He had a hat on the ground with some coins in it.)

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I was very much touched by the gentleness of the gesture. It was as if the older man was saying, "I am helping you because you could be my son."

It was a very hot day, which is not very normal in our little town. We were going to the supermarket and my daughter asked me if we could get some water and something for the man to eat. I said, "Yes." So we bought a bottle of water and a couple of pain au chocolate. These are my daughter’s favorites, but she she preferred to give them away!

She gave these things to the man in the street and when she returned she had a huge smile on her face!

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