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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Brighten Your Day: Do Good, Be Good, Feel Good

My NEW Jean Bakewell Mouse pad
Checkout her web page
http://www.ashlandartist.com 

Brighten Your Day ~ Just a Mouse Click Away!

My days just got brighter. After running into local Ashland Artist, Jean Bakewell at a Friday Art Walk, I decided to check out her website so I could feast my eyes on her cheerful and whimsical art. When I discovered she put her images on mouse pads I was hooked. I really needed a new mouse pad.

I don't know where my sad black and brown ThirdFederal Bank mouse pad came from. But with the edges curling up, and the coffee stains, this aged mouse pad was not adding to the ambiance of my office.

My new mouse pad makes me smile. It affirms I live in a bright, cheerful place. It speaks to me without saying a word.

Brighten Someone Else's Day as You Brighten Your Own

My new mouse pad does more than cheer me up. It serves as a daily reminder of the commitment I made myself ~to support one NEW business a week ~ and to encourage you to do the same.  I want to make a difference in 52 people's lives in a year--just one a week.

I'm not talking about spending a lot of money, especially if you don't have much. Nor am I saying we should be frivolous with our money. This is a conscious act of good will in which you get something you really enjoy at the same time you support the work of someone you admire.

A Conscious Act of Good Will

Are there people, nonprofits, or businesses in your community you would be willing to support by purchasing their products or services? If you're able, what amount are you willing to consciously spend a week in a conscious act of good will?  $5, $20 or $50?

If your conscious act of good will comes in time, not money, how much time are you willing to spend a week promoting a deserving person or nonprofit, do good organization? What avenues do you have available to you to spread the word on their endeavors? ~ Spread word of mouth ~ Share on Facebook ~ Blog about it ~Give words of encouragement.

Don't underestimate the effect of a single conscious act of good will, especially today. A kind word ~ A single purchase ~ A single referral ~ It's always appreciated.

It doesn't take much if we all contribute a little , and we only give what we can afford.  We are all in the position to do something. Don't wait for Business and Industry, the Banks or Wall Street to step in. Reach out and help each other in little ways now.

Once I made the decision to contribute to one worthy person's business, a person appeared.  I needed a new mouse pad and Jean Bakewell had just what I needed---functional art.
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 Brighten Your Day: Do Good, Be Good, Feel Good

Small daily decisions over a lifetime DO add up. It feels good to support the work of others one small step at a time. Whatever you put out there will return to you 100 fold. Give what you'd like to receive.




Be the Cat

Brighten your day ~ Just a mouse click away! Check out Jean Bakewell's Whimsical Art
 @  http://www.ashlandartist.com call 541-482-1802 to order.

6 comments:

Sean said...

Good post Mom. I was just thinking about how much I enjoy Seattle's independent radio station so I purchased one of their fundraising products the other day.

Always good to connect with community members and support local individuals.

Sean

Anonymous said...

Thank you Sue,
I needed a reminder to fill my green bag for the neighborhood food collection. I get excited shopping for others!

LightartedSue said...

Good job supporting your local radio station, Sean! It feels good to do something for our community. Proud of you!

LightartedSue said...

Dear Anonymous
I want to fill my green bag for the neighborhood food collection too! Thanks for reminding me too!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Excellent post, Sue - I'm glad you recycled it as I missed it the first time. I like to support local businesses as much as possible when I have a need. And I like to support online businesses that are in line with my philosophy. If a person or company with a product or service has a blog, I support it with comments and tweets (even if the person isn't on twitter, can still tweet a link). I'll keep Jean Bakewell in mind for when I or someone I know needs a cool new mousepad!

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Yes, Jean, I think we have a similar belief put into action to support on-line and local people and business putting out great stuff. This is one low cost thing we can all do to help the economy grow and to encourage others to stay strong and connected. I called Jean Bakewell to order 3 mousepads today. They make great inexpensive gifts.

Sue