Best Word of The Week
Words You Can Use This Weekend was the most visited post of this week. It was published last week in fact but many of you seemed to be drawn to it and that is understandable. In our world today, we say and read so many words. Sadly, many of the words making headline news are filled with animosity or downright cruelty and hatred one person or group towards another. When the headline words are less hateful, they are filled with fear or sending a message that somehow you are not enough.
Thankfully, there are other sources of words and in our technological age you can get other words – ones that motivate and urge you to see the world for all that it is. Take the word for today “Kindness.” November 13 is observed in many quarters as World Kindness Day and that is definitely a word that we could say and BE more of this and every day. Since 1998, this day in November was so designated and millions around our world have put meaning to it through various activities.
Today is also the day that we share with you our roundup of the most visited, read and commented on posts. As stated in the opening paragraph, it was last week’s roundup that ruled this week – at least so far. The three top posts of this week, which for us starts Saturday, funnily enough can be connected (my favourite thing to do) to this word – Kindness.
Synchronicity is another word that comes to mind each week that I do this roundup. Truthfully, synchronicity is a word that plays out in my life every day. I am sure it does in your life as well but unless you become aware of how this delightful woman plays – or rolls – you might miss the elegant twirl of her wrist!
Kindness Is The Thread
This week, synchronicity and kindness were both present in our posts, starting with the (next) most read post of the week:
3 Roadblocks To An Awesome 2016 – This article was outwardly focussed on checking where you are with the goals or intentions you set for 2015. In it, I highlighted how we could use the remaining now less than 50 days of the year to make some of these intentions a reality. As well, you were invited to download my FREE E-Book “Before The Year Ends,” to help you prepare for an awesome 2016. Some of you took up the offer and some messaged me about not realising 2015 goals and asked what to do. This is where the word “kindness,” comes in. Wherever you are with your goals and intentions, you must be kind with yourself and today is a great day to start. Berating and shaming yourself for not losing weight, not getting the new job or not yet buying the winning lottery ticket will have the opposite effect of getting you to the dream. Do have a read of that post again and seriously consider getting my E-Book.
Filling The Dad-Sized Hole In Your Life was one of the most vulnerable pieces written and shared here by Contributor Alexis Ali. Responding to a reader’s request that we discuss “emptiness,” Alexi was the second contributor to share her experience with the loss or absence of someone. Your comments were as equally vulnerable, warm and, yes, kind. As absent as that word was in Alexis’ relationship with her father, it was resplendent in your support of her and anyone who has had a similar experience. Check out Alexis’ article, as well as the first one in the series written by Clara Brown.
No other post of the week directly hit the nail on the head of the word kindness as Contributor Katelyn Roth’s piece on food banks did. When she was first asked by me to do this piece, we exchanged a few emails about angle and foundation for our look at the subject. What Katelyn wrote was a fantastic blend of women’s issue conversation, demonstrating kindness and how to end poverty. Have a read of “Food Banks: Help Up or Hand-out,” and see what I mean.
Every weekday, we try to present a mix of articles covering a range of topics related to women’s empowerment and women’s issues. While we do not choice a specific word to focus our attention on as we write, we do pay attention to the words in our posts to make sure that we are neither myopic, ignorant in our presentations or one-sided. Kindness to all parties involved in any situation that we decide to cover is an unspoken rule here. Even when visitors make comments on our posts that reek of something contrary to kindness, as the one who mainly responds I try to be what might be missing – kind.
Word For The Weekend
My philosophy is simple – you get what you give. So each day the desire is not how to get more money, more followers, more subscribers but how to share kindness and love. As nations and people of this world, we have for long tried the other ways – warring, conflicts, judgement, etc – and to what end? If in this corner and with you we can spread kindness and love, and that sets hearts alight as you visit with us, then our job is done.
Of course, should you choose to share our posts, subscribe and receive my monthly newsletter and affirmation poster I would be delighted. Your kindness would be reciprocated with quality content daily and respect of your privacy.
The word that means most to me is LOVE. It is corny to some, has only romantic connotations for others and maligned by too many. However, watching the news (something that I have started doing again recently) its absence in our world and in too many hearts is all too clear. So this weekend, why not try “love” in every encounter? No, I am not sending you to hug everyone you meet. You can if that is your style. What I am suggesting is to let the word inform your relating – everywhere. At the grocery store, in traffic, on the telephone with a customer service representative, with your adult child who will not leave home, with the homeless stranger. Everywhere and with everyone.
Our next post will be on Monday but you can drop by over the weekend and share your “Love fest.” Feel free to post a comment that includes a link to your act of kindness and Love. I would love (that word) to see them. Do also check out Claudette P. Esterine Weekly – my revived online newspaper. The next issue will be on Sunday morning. Did you read last week’s? It is available on the right side bar of this post or you can check it out here.
Do have a kind and loving weekend!