“Are You Connecting?”
Have you seen the TV commercial where a man is interviewing kids and asks them, “Is it better to do two things at once or one?” Kids answer with a resounding “Two!” AT&T would have you believe that surfing and talking are better than doing just one at a time. But is that true?
When someone is more concerned with grabbing their ringing cell phone than finishing their conversation with you or they leave you hanging in mid-sentence to see who just texted them, it’s hard to feel valued. How about when you’re talking to someone on the phone and you know they’re surfing the Internet at the same time? Are you as apt to have a meaningful conversation when you’re aware that another distraction could disrupt it at any moment? Is the smart phone really so smart that we allow it to prioritize who is most deserving of our attention?
“A Community of Kindness” – Audio Interview
What does kindness look like in a local community?
Listen in as John Lambie, radio host of Sustainable Sarasota, interviews Nancy Cortez-Knapp - Coordinator of the Eagles Nest Volunteers at Alta Vista Elementary School, Mary Boutiellier - Founder of RAKS (Random Acts of Kindness Sarasota) and Linda Commito - author of Love Is the New Currency and Coordinator of Kindness Starts With Me program at Alta Vista Elementary School.
“Manners as a Spiritual Practice”
There are marvelous benefits of the digital world, like instantaneous communication and information at the finger-tips. But the fast-paced usage of smart devices has caused a huge gap in our ability to be aware of others. As individuals become addicted to devices which foster self-absorbing behavior, good manners and etiquette have gone by the wayside.
We’ve all seen the effects of poor manners. Instead of making eye contact with others, heads are bowed over a hand-held devices. In restaurants it’s more important to check emails and texts than it is to interact with those you came to dine with. If a car is going slow or weaving in your lane it’s a pretty good bet the driver is texting or reading emails. On Easter Sunday I watched a little girl about 3 years of age drawing pictures on a sidewalk. She eagerly tried to get her father’s attention to see her creation. But he was too busy talking on a cell phone while simultaneously tapping on his Ipad. A treasured moment of encouragement with a little girl was lost forever.
What does kindness look like? The students of Alta Vista Elementary School created “Kindness Quilts,” comprised of hundreds of individual portraits of kindness, demonstrating unique expressions of kindness at home and at school, as well as ways to be caring to animals, to the planet, and to oneself.
A celebration launch party was held on the evening of April 3rd at Selby Library with about 140 people in attendance. Sarasota’s Mayor Atwell acknowledged these students for the inspiring ways they focus on being kind every day.
“I’m So Lucky” – Created by the Students of Alta Vista Elementary School
When Linda Commito met Gordon Mickelson, the 95 year old father of a friend, little did she know how this man would deeply touch her life in a very short time. Gordon spent his lifetime expressing in words and deeds his deep belief: I’m so lucky. Even when things got tough, he always found something to be grateful for.. (you can read Gordon’s story here)
The booklet, “I’m So Lucky,” created by the students of Alta Vista elementary school and dedicated to Gordon Mickelson, has arrived. Copies will be in every classroom, as well as the media center, for students to read the many reasons their classmates are grateful.
REWellnessHealth.com – Spotlight of the Month – Linda Commito – Article / Audio Interview
This month it is a privilege to spotlight and introduce Linda Commito, author of Love Is the New Currency. Out of her own discouragement from the world’s displayed negativity, Linda set out to find peace, balance and hope by penning other people’s stories of how they shared their kindness and compassion.
Through a rich and inspiring collection of stories, Linda’s book gives us an opportunity to look at love differently . . . as currency. Everyday people exchanging extraordinary acts of love and kindness to others; not only life changing for the receiver (the loved), but also the giver (the lover). Wouldn’t it be wonderful if an attitude of love and kindness would be used as easily as the dollar bill slips through our hands? Through her combined professional and personal experiences, read what Linda shares about what it means to be healthy.
- A Kid’s Kindness site to read about and share inspiring acts of love and kindness.
- Linda Commito is the “Kindness Starts with Me Coordinator”at Alta Vista Elementary School.
Watch for more information on how kindness is spreading!
COMMUNITY GRATITUDE JOURNAL
What are the things, people, or situations in your life, for which you are most grateful?
Would you be willing to contribute to a “Community Gratitude Journal” where we can share our insights to inspire and uplift each other? If we are stuck on how to find that place of appreciation, we can write or read about other people and the reasons they are finding to be grateful.
Love Is the New Currency is a great gift
for your loved ones, friends…or yourself!
Celebrate a special occasion with a gift of the heart!
Buy the Book
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Available in paperback on Amazon.com
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Or ask your local bookstore to order a copy for you.
Share your stories!
Who knows, they could be in the next book!
We don’t need money to contribute to the well-being of others. Intangible gifts of the heart – laughter, joy, gratitude, kindness or simply withholding judgment – can be a currency of love that offers immeasurable service.
What is your “currency of love” and how are you sharing it with others?
Seeking stories about kids performing acts of kindness!
If you have or know any children who are making a positive difference in their world,
please submit their stories here.
Please consider requesting a copy of Love Is the New Currency for the library system that you use.