Warning! People throughout Greater Cincinnati (and beyond) need to be warned, by giving of a few minutes of their time, they are contributing to a rapidly growing outbreak that is highly contagious. But doctors say it is not dangerous, in fact, they recommend following the directions below…
The outbreak is spread through Good Things Pledges. Brand new to our area, people who are being affected by the Pledges are beginning to show up in schools, businesses, community centers and homes; on the streets of Over-the-Rhine and in the suburbs. EVERYONE is susceptible – from little children to adults. People of all backgrounds need to be advised that this epidemic is easily spread from one person to the next with just a simple smile and a positive attitude.
What are these Good Things Pledges and why are they so catchy, you ask? A Good Things pledge is simply a promise – a personal vow that involves liking oneself and others, appreciating the little things that make life special, being kind, and being aware that every small act has the potential for a huge impact. Those behaviors are collectively called Good Things and many people already have them.
The Good Things Pledge
On this day and every day, I pledge to myself…
I will be thankful for what I have,
for people who I love and people who love me.
I will walk tall and not be afraid to fall.
I will be kind and help others just because I can.
I will brighten this day with my smile.
I will do my best to be the best me I can be.
Let’s give this outbreak a boost!
Do your part by taking the Good Things Pledge and spreading the word.
How does one take the Good Things Pledge? Simply go to the Pledge page on this blog and register by scrolling down in the white box to fill in your contact information. EVERYONE who registers will receive a frameable certificate just for taking a few minutes to make the promise; and can download and share an image on Facebook or Twitter that states he/she has taken the Pledge.
Thanks! Oh, and have a good day!
This is one of those things that was passed around via email a long time ago. I have no idea where it originated but it touched me so deeply that I kept it and like to share it with those who may also appreciate it. I hope it has special meaning for you too.
If you haven’t yet heard about Mattie Stepanek, let me tell you about him. In June 2004, three years before he would have been old enough to drive, he lost his brave battle with a rare and fatal neuromuscular disease.
In his life, he experienced the difficult loss of three siblings. He endured physical, emotional and spiritual pain. But Mattie was an astute young boy who had profound wisdom about things that matter most. He celebrated life every day. He recognized the beauty in everyday circumstance and he lived knowing happiness is never out of reach, if you just look with your heart.
Mattie began sharing his thoughts when he was just three years old. His poems and essays are among the most beautiful I’ve ever read. They are his legacy, his heartsongs.
Believing in Someday
We will all join hands
And live together…
Helping each other,
Loving each other,
We will all make the world
A much better place…
And be like a gigantic,
Smoothly rushing river of peace –
A loving circle that nothing can break,
We may start with just one person,
And one permanent peace agreement
Within one’s self, within one’s world.
Personal peace can then spread
Within and between the families,
Then within and between communities,
And then within and around the whole world.
We can become
As close to perfect
As anything and anyone can get.
Let us each join our own Heartsong
With this old song of the heart, and believe…
“Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.”
Written in 2000 when Mattie was 9
Award winning photographer Andrew Zuckerman traveled to seven countries to ask people over age 65 what they’d like others to know. In his new book, Wisdom, you can read about what they said. The October issue of Reader’s Digest included a few examples, and of those, I have my favorites.
Desmond Tutu (antiapartheid activist, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Price and winner of the 2005 Gandi Peace Prize)
“Each one of us can make a contribution. Too frequently we think we have to do spectacular things. Yet if we remember that the sea is actually made up of drops of water and each drop counts, each one of us can do our little bit where we are. Those little bits can come together and almost overwhelm the world. Each one of us can be an oasis of peace.”
Nelson Mandela (civil rights leader, prisoner for 27 years for his antiapartheid work, co-winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Price, elected South Africa’s first freely chosen president)
“Wounds that can’t be seen are more painful than those than those that can be seen and cured by a doctor. I learned that to humiliate another person is to make him suffer an unnecessarily cruel fate. I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. I felt fear myself more times than I can remember, but I hid it behind a mask of boldness. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers fear. Where people of goodwill get together and transcend their differences for the common good, peaceful and just solutions can be found, even for those problems that seem intractable.”