Monday, August 22, 2011

Be An Angel Day

So many gods, so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind,
While just the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs.

-Ella Wheeler Wilcox-

"Be an angel, will you?  Run and get my ...." my grandma used to say.  And, I would drop whatever I was doing to do this little service for her.  It made me feel so good knowing that I had made my grandma happy.  That's why I was so excited when I saw that today was Be an Angel Day.  It's been such a long time since someone has said those words to me so it stirred up some great memories.  What a wonderful idea it is!   The object of the day is simply to be like an angel and do something good or kind for someone.

Every day we're faced with opportunities to perform simple acts of service. To recognize these opportunities, we just need to pay attention.  For example, that elderly lady or man who is struggling to cross the busy street might appreciate your taking their arm and helping them or perhaps you might volunteer to help your neighbor carry his/her groceries home.  Or perhaps you have more canned goods in your cupboard than you can ever use.  Why not donate them to the hungry?  Even offering a smile and saying good morning to a lonely person will make their day.  Kindness is an act of selfless service to help someone or to cheer somebody.

Be An Angel Day is a day on which people around the world are encouraged to be like the angels -selfless servants - and do one small act of service.  Remember.  Each selfless act of kindness magnifies the charity within our own hearts and increases our capacity to love others and to accept them for who they are.  A simple act of kindness, like a ripple on a pond, radiates from the giver throughout eternity.

A single act of kindness may have a long trajectory and touch those we will
never meet or see. Something that we casually offer may move through a web
of connection far beyond ourselves to have effects that we may have never imagined.
And so each of us may have left far more behind us than we may ever know.

Rachel Naomi Remen


  1. That must be something uttered out of the Grandmother's mouths everywhere Mary. My own used to say the same to me and now I say it to my Grands. It does make one feel special!

    I think You are an Earth Angel everyday, Mary...I'm truly glad to have met you and am grateful for our continued connection.

    Brightest of Blessings!

  2. I haven't heard that phrase in a dog's age either.

  3. Beautiful sentiments....we could use Angel Days more often. Blessings and hugs to you, Mary!

  4. Oh dear Mary....what a wonderful reminder to be kind.....each and every day. A simple act of "service" is good for both the doer and the receiver.



  5. We must have been on the same wave length today.
    Why else did I put off telling My Diary about my fortune cookie ................unless ... an inner sense had something to do with it.:0)

  6. Oh yes, we could use plenty of those Angel Days more often. I hadn't thought of that expression in a long time either. I don't think of saying it to my grands. Now I will!

  7. Hope you feel better soon ♥♥♥