Jan/Feb GRG Connections
Issue 19 Volume 19
Hello Grandparents and Happy New Year!
Beginning this year we will be publishing your GRG Connections every two months so we can get more articles and information in for you. This is your January/February 2013 issue. Please enjoy! Get on board the GRandS/GRG Train before it leaves the station, and, as always, give us your comments! We look forward to seeing you at the next workshop location!
New Year’s Resolutions
As defined in Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, a “New Year’s Resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit.”
How many of us make New Year’s Resolutions? How many of us keep those resolutions, and if we do, for how long? Do we make realistic or unrealistic resolutions? For this January and the new year, we are taking a closer look at commitment.
Excerpted from Family Treasures by Drs. Nick Stinnett and John DeFrain
Strong families are committed to each other above all else. Strong families affirm and appreciate, encourage and support each other.
- Besides valuing the family as a unit, strong families do not lose sight of the value of each individual family member.
- Each person forms a part of the family and each part is precious.
So, What is Commitment?
- Commitment describes a special kind of love we have for each other – a love that is steady and sure and is not subject to mood swings, the passage of years, or hard times.
- It is commitment that endures.
- In families, commitment means slowing down in life and treating each other with respect. It means making our children our priority in life.
The Quality of Commitment
- The quality of commitment is shown by giving time and energy to the family on a daily basis.
- It includes developing a lifestyle that puts family interests first.
- Families who are committed to each other make choices to organize their time to lessen unnecessary pressures and increase family time together.
- They expect the family to stay strong despite setbacks and stresses.
- A committed family has a set of common goals that give them direction.
- Further, these families also promote personal well-being and encourage the development of each individual’s potential.
Happy Valentine’s Day and
Random Acts of Kindness Week!
We all know the month of February centers on Valentine’s Day! But, did you also know that February 11 – 17 2013, is RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK? Never heard of it, you say? We hadn’t either, but then discovered it on the internet and we hope you will do the same.
Unfortunately,we have all become too keenly aware of the senseless acts of violence that seem to take place every day in our lives and world. They leave us angry, shaken, and with questions to which there seem to be no answers. Is there no genuine kindness left? Is there any way to counteract acts of violence even just a little?
***The History of Random Acts of Kindness***
According to www.auscharity.org (http://www.auscharity.org/kind.htm: It all started in a Sausalito, California, restaurant in 1982 when Anne Herbert scrawled the words “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat. From there it spread to bumper stickers, quietly at first, but with all the powerful momentum of something important—calling us to lives of caring and compassion. Random Acts of Kindness, true stories of acts of kindness, was published in February 1993 and set off a chain reaction. Articles appeared in nearly every newspaper in the U.S., and hundreds of radio stations devoted airtime to the cause. Toward the end of 1993, a Bakersfield, California, professor gave a class assignment to do a random act of kindness—unleashing yet another flood of stories. The concept continues to spread, and we hope it will carry on until the beauty of simple kindness touches—and—changes us all.
So, we here at the GRandS/GRG program are giving you a challenge for this year! We want each and every one of you to begin practicing random acts of kindness now! Not for just the week of February 11-17, 2013, but every day for the rest of the year!
How do you begin practicing random acts of kindness, you ask? Well, how about starting with yourself. Give yourself time to smell the roses. Give yourself a special treat. Say kind things to yourself.
Then move onto your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers (even your boss). Leave them little notes letting them know how much you appreciate them. Send them a card or even a flower.
Next try doing random acts of kindness to strangers. Let a person in the grocery line go ahead of you. Let a driver get in front of you if the traffic lanes have narrowed down. Leave a note for the garbage collector or postal deliverers thanking them for doing their job. It doesn’t have to be anything big, just genuine and from the heart. Start small, and just do it!
Changing from acts of violence to random acts of kindness begins one person at a time. It begins with you and me changing how we respond.
“Remember there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
Scott Adams (1957)
Creator of Dilbert Comic Strip
If you need more ideas on how to get going with your random acts of kindness, visit www.randomactsofkindness.org.