A couple months ago I created the Good Things Pledge as an outlet to brighten people’s days and inspire others to live for every moment, and to see and appreciate the good that is all around. All of us have within ourselves the power to make a positive contribution. Cultivating that good through a sincere respect, caring and appreciation is one of the most important gifts we can give.
What is the Good Things Pledge? It is a simple promise to remind yourself every day of what is positive. The Pledge is a personal vow that involves appreciation, being kind and being aware that every small act has the potential for a huge impact.
Take a look at some of the people who have recently taken the Pledge.
Melissa Currence with the
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
“Working at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, I know Cincinnati has a lot to give. I have the Good Things Pledge hanging up in my workspace and it reminds me to do my best every day to help our community. Cincinnati has wonderful neighborhoods and causes to support. Let’s keep the good things going around!”
Taking the Pledge is simple. Just visit the Good Things Pledge page and fill in your information in the white box. I’ll send you your certificate.
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!
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