Beyond Writing

Six months ago, I started a Kindness Is Everything blog. I’m thrilled to say it’s still going! It means so much to me to be able to share amazing stories of people being kind to animals and each other. An added benefit has been staying in touch with these wonderfully, kind people who make such a positive impact on others, for animals and for our planet.

The news is often filled with terrible things people do to animals and each other. Of course it’s important to know these things are happening and try to help, but I think it’s also important to know that kindness exists . . . because it does!

I hope to continue this blog and connect with even more compassionate people. I would love to build a community of kindness to inspire others that it is possible to make a positive difference in the world. So, PLEASE contact me with a story you think will inspire someone. The more stories I receive, the longer I can keep sharing them.

For my last post of the year, I want to share a story of kindness I received.

I am part of a wonderful writing critique group called BAM. These writers, many of whom are award winning authors, welcomed me into their group almost two years ago, and I’m so grateful they did. I have learned a lot from them about the publishing world, and I think I’m a better writer because of their feedback.

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BAM (back row l-r) Natalie, Carolyn, Jennifer, Lynn, Jeff (front row l-r) Karen, Claudia, Sylvia, Deb—proudly displaying books they received in our fun book exchange game.

But for me, we are more than a critique group. These lovely women have supported me in matters well outside of writing. They are my friends.

A perfect example of their kindness happened when I hosted our 2nd annual BAM holiday gathering. I am the only vegan in our group and I never asked anyone, or expected anyone to make something I could eat, but they did—they ALL did!

Each of these wonderful women, tweaked existing recipes or looked up vegan recipes, and filled my kitchen with the yummiest of dishes.

Their efforts mean so much to me. It was more than providing food I could eat. It made me feel included. It made me feel like I mattered. I can’t think of a nicer gift to give someone—the feeling that they belong and are accepted.

This holiday season and always, I hope everyone—humans and animals alike, are given the gift of love and friendship, and made to feel like they matter.

Please remember, there is no act of kindness too small for the person or animal receiving it.

 

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