a lot of good

i've been thinking ... thanks to knack and kim ... and my mom.

you see, growing up, my mom always taught us kids to always put garbage in the garbage and never leave it on the ground. she would say ... 'imagine if every person put a wrapper on the ground ... the ground would be covered in wrappers ... and it wouldn't be a very nice place to live, would it?'

i very much took this to heart ... and having the imagination i do, really really didn't want a world like that.

i have taught my children the same ... and being boys, i would tell them to put it in their pocket, if there wasn't a garbage can near by. over the years, i have not minded in the least of unloading pockets filled with bits, as i know they aren't mindlessly letting it fall ... sigh.

but i have also thought through the years that my mom's message applies to many other aspects of life.

like, if i smile at every person i meet ... maybe they will smile at more people ... and maybe the world will be brighter with more smiles!

it sure doesn't hurt to try ...

i don't suppose my mom had ever heard of 'pay it forward' ~ the simple act of doing good or giving to someone after someone else has done something good for you. to me, it's a natural way of being ... but in today's world, we are gently being nudged to recreate this act in a more conscious way ... and it's all good.

our sons attend a high school that is a 'pay it forward' school. i am so grateful these impressionable minds are being taught and are having this goodness instilled into their lives.

and that takes me back to knack and kim! they (and hopefully many more!) have posted about movements that are working to instill more goodness in our world ... take a look, if you can ... there's a lot of good going on ...

in particular, i share with you, this clip about some canadian boys and their extreme kindness ... (you may want a tissue ...)




mom ~ you're right about the wrappers ~ the little things we do will help do a world of good ... thank you ~

7 comments:

Debra said...

A good reminder-fabulous post here!
Thank you for sharing that.

Prairie Girl Studio said...

you are so welcome debra ~ thank you for visiting and commenting ...
wishing you a day full of goodness,
pg xo

Clarity said...

That is so lovely. I think your mother's words on smiles inspired me. I think it's kind to say "Hi" or "Good morning" to someone in an elevator, random perhaps but it's so unnatural to ignore people at close proximity.

I think those boys are doing a sweet job, more of the same, please.

Simply Mel said...

Dearest Prairie Girl,

If you were standing beside me right now, I would give you the biggest hug and smile! You always make my day with your sincere and from the heart posts, and I do hope your boys know how lucky they are to have such an incredible mother/person by their side teaching them the most important lessons in life.

Beautiful post!

With my warmest thoughts...
Melissa

knack said...

awesome! Thanks so much for this lovely post....I so enjoyed reading your thoughts!

It made me think of the childrens book " what if everybody did?" ...have you ever read that one? ....you would love it!;)

oh and thanks for the link love too....xo

My name is PJ. said...

Great post! Send them to the states, PG....we are in dire need! They can stay at my house - we have plenty of room. I wish I was joking about the need.....

Prairie Girl Studio said...

thank you so much clarity ~ those boys truly are special, aren't they? what an incredible thing they are doing ... xo
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oh mel ... it is so difficult for me to find words to thank you ... and i feel the same way ... i see your wonderfully warm comments and think 'she is so genuine ~ i love that simply mel girl ... i really, really do!' your little one will absolutely be bringing smiles throughout her life, as you do. muwah ... xo
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you are so welcome knack ... but truly the gratitude goes to you for inspiring me to write this posting! your good is contagious! and thanks, i did check 'what if everybody did?' at amazon, but will have to have a closer look in person ... love it! xo
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thanks pj ~ so glad you liked the clip with those boys ... i think there's lots of places in this ol world that needs to be visited and touched by their kindness! xo