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@savypat (20248)
United States
December 30, 2009 8:54am CST
"Can one act of friendliness start to generate peace? I believe it can. Peace begins with one person but spreads like warmed syrup. When I connect with my neighbors, they return it in kind." This caught my attention this morning when all the news seems to be directed toward war, murder and mayhem. I was wondering what could just one person do and here was the answer. Just thought I'd share with you and see if I could at least get a smile from you to a stranger. There are 193,000 plus right here on mylot. Happy new year to you all.
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@Trensue (5249)
• United States
3 Jan 10
So are you ready to spearhead and recruit?
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
3 Jan 10
I am much more a cheer leader and a worker bee. Let others lead. Thanks
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@Trensue (5249)
• United States
3 Jan 10
It is a happy thought and perhaps sometimes it even works! I suppose if even 25 people committed to one random act of kindness a day that could make a difference. The key would probably getting the 25 people to commit to be from diverse areas and backgrounds. We did a little experiment with helium balloons. We attached a dollar bill and email address and asked people to respond and let us know what they did the the dollar. I have some cards made up that say "Pay it Forward". Sometimes when I go through a drive through I leave $20 to help pay for the next meal and ask them to give the people the card. At the movies sometimes I will pay for someone back in the line three places and leave the card. We own some premium seats in a sporting arena and sometimes we send a person up to trade seats with one of the cards. We don't have a lot of wealth, but I do try to share what I can. I think the more important things that have been done for me are a pat on the back, an encouraging email, or just the fact that someone really listened to what I had to say. It seems like such a simple idea, but getting people to understand and participate seems almost impossible.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
3 Jan 10
I think this deserves some serious consideration. It wouldn't really matter how much you could give it would just be the act. Just how far we could push this and could it start with just a few mylotters? I don't see why not. All of us have computers and many have printers. I know you can buy business card stock and print them right on the computer. Just a simple card saying PAY IT FORWARD given with just what you could afford, just a $1.00 or 2, enough to catch the attention of the busy world we live in. It wouldn't take much time and just maybe it could catch fire and really expand. Blessings to you. Thank you
@Trensue (5249)
• United States
3 Jan 10
So my question is this. Are you going to print some cards and do this? Are we going to come back to this discussion and report how it is going? Are we really going to try and begin a ripple or was it just a simple conversation?
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
3 Jan 10
I know we have some card stock around here I'm looking for it.
@suzzy3 (8370)
5 Jan 10
Smile and the world smiles with you.The news can get you down,to be honest missing the news will do everyone good.Keep Smiling.
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
6 Jan 10
Right, my Hubby can't stand to be with out CNN he has to know what is going on each and every hour. I go days without anything but the weather and only hear that because it can affect my work. Thanks
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
2 Jan 10
Evil spreads like wildfire and peace, kindness and love can too, It is a matter of choice; choosing good over evil. We have the opportunity to choose many times during each and every day. I think that a smile and a kind word can change another’s day and that is for sure! I think if we all take took up the challenge,we may be able to could change the world!
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
2 Jan 10
Just one step each day and the world will change. More and more people are coming to realize this, my prayer is for them to choose peace. Blessings
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• United States
30 Dec 09
Happy New Year in return to you. I truly believe that your question may have been answered somewhat by history, itself. There was a man called Jesus, some believe that He was Divine and others believe He was just a man. People are always free to decide for themselves which He was ... but the one thing that there is no denying is that He truly changed the world by his compassion, caring, and kindness.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
30 Dec 09
The is the action we should follow, we are just humans but we can make a difference with small actions all we have to do is try. Thanks
@mnflower (1305)
• United States
30 Dec 09
Happy New Years and I am with you on generating peace. I myself make a point to smile all the time and say hello to everyone I meet or walk by. To me that is being polite,I was raised that way.I turn the news off most the time for I cannot take all the bad that is going on in our country.Especially in our economic times smiling and saying hello to everyone has given me much comfort and ya know I always get a smile and hello back..That is my start of giving everyone a little bit of good in there day.
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
30 Dec 09
If each of us here on mylot could do that we could reach a wide portion of the human world. Thanks
• United States
1 Jan 10
I think your right just the smallest things can make a difference. Just a smile or friendly nod of the head to a complete stranger can go along way. You never know the shoes a stranger is walking in and that smile may just bring them peace at a stressful time in thier life. I know for my son whom is in the military just some stranger saying the simple words , thanks for your service, brings so much peace to him just knowing someone cares what hes doing. We all need simple reminder to bring alittle peace everyday. What a great way to start the new year, i will be out smiling more today! Thanks :)
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@dragon54u (31406)
• United States
31 Dec 09
I do believe that we can influence the spread of peace. I try to do it in little ways, one person at a time. I cheered up a cashier a few days ago after a customer had given her a hard time. She was so aggravated but she was smiling when I left, as was the person behind me in line. If everyone would make a stranger smile just once a day, I think the world wouldn't be so negative. When you give a smile, you benefit as well.
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@px_yeap (269)
• Malaysia
31 Dec 09
i believe so, since there are multiple answer to a single questions...especially that asking about opinion or belief based answers....!
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@dawnald (84156)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Dec 09
I think it can... :-) Happy New Year.
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@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
31 Dec 09
I've always believed strongly in the "ripple" effect...whether with good things or bad. I do indeed believe each one of us can make a good difference in this world. Happy New Year to you, too :)
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
30 Dec 09
Hi savypat, My thoughts exactly, peace must begin in the heart of each individual. As we send that peace to others, we see the snowball effect and it can be quite exciting. More and more people are beginning to think this way and I expect to see many changes within the next decade. Blessings.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
dear pat, if only all people think of peace, if only people stop the greed, am sure the world is going to be the best place of all. Happy New Year! ann
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