Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).
Today’s guest is L. C. CHASE. Please show your appreciation for the post if you enjoy it, and all the author’s links are below for you to take forward. Watch every day for any Rafflecopter giveaways, and don’t forget there’s ALSO a Grand Prize Draw at the end of the month for ONE lucky commenter.
Many thanks for dropping in, and have a great January!
Spread a Little Kindness
Happy Birthday Month, Clare! 🙂
One of the fun things about taking part in Clare’s birthday month celebration is that it’s my birthday month as well. Today, in fact. It’s a milestone year, but which milestone I’m keeping to myself. *wink* What I’m not keeping to myself are the birthday pressies.
Back in the old days, as those of us who’ve reached a certain age like to say, I was twenty-two years old, living in Los Angeles, and working two jobs. One afternoon on my way from one job to the other, I stopped at a corner store. For what, I no longer remember. I do remember I was tired, and there were some serious issues in my relationship weighing on my mind. I remember being on some sort of autopilot mode at the register, pulling my wallet out of my purse. And I remember a man I’d never seen before, or seen again after. He came up beside me, slid a bill across the counter for the store clerk and said, “I’ve got this.”
I was stunned silent for a moment while I searched for my voice. Who was he? What did he really want? I’d already had a couple of close encounters with the less than savory Hollywood types promising stardom, but who in reality were only offering a street corner and a happy pill to keep you in check.
When I finally found my voice and told him thank you but I couldn’t possibly accept. He just shook his head and smiled at me. He was a few inches shorter than me, with scruffy blond hair, wearing faded jeans and a plain T-shirt under a beat up jean jacket. I don’t remember the color of his eyes or the sound of his voice, but I do remember how light I felt when he said, “This is for me. Now you do something for you.”
It’s a bit shocking to say it’s been more than [mumble-mumble] years since that day, but I’ve never forgotten that man, his kind gesture, or the warm smile he left me.
Since then I’ve tried to make a point of doing little things here and there for others, remembering how it felt to have someone do something unexpected and kind for me. Even just letting a friend know you’re thinking of them can be enough to change the course of their day for the better.
And the amazing thing about sharing a little kindness with others? You receive just as much in return. Your reward is that light feeling at knowing you made someone smile, or made their day just a little brighter, even if for only that moment. And that moment, this moment, is really the only one we all have. So grab it with both hands and make it count.
You have that power. We all have that power. Use it and use it often.
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Follow the month’s posts at your leisure:
Jan 01: RJ Scott on her inspiration for a new series in 2016.
Jan 01: Temple Dragon on giving for free during December.
Jan 02: Chrissy Munder on an author’s passion for paper planners.
Jan 03: Meredith Russell on inspirational cop series.
Jan 04: Becky Black on her five-year anniversary as an author.
Jan 05: Alexa Milne on characters stepping outside their comfort zone.
Jan 06: Sandra Lindsey on her dancing shoes challenge.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory on reviews – past, present and future.
Jan 09: Eli Easton on mature heroes and our life choices.
Jan 10: Julie Moffett on the geek in us all.
Jan 11: Jaime Samms and the rewards of an online life.