“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.” Dalai Lama XIV
A Message From Our Founder, Cynthia Brian
Whenever we felt angry with someone when we were children, my Mother would advise, “You’ll catch more bees with honey than vinegar. Be kind.” Although I wasn’t sure why she wanted us to catch bees, as we matured those words became the foundation of our characters. Kindness begets kindness.
The BTSYA Pop- Up Concert at Aegis Living spread the love among seniors and a pooch. Thanks to Chelsea Pelchat and Brigitte Jia for organizing such a kind event.
Jelina Liu has signed on to be the official videographer for upcoming SHINE webisodes. If you want to contribute to the scripts that focus on being the star you are, shoot me an email.
The Pear and Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, September 23 and we are thrilled that three of last year’s sponsors have once again stepped up to support Be the Star You Are!®. If you are interested in joining our STAR sponsors, email Cynthia@BetheStarYouAre.org. More information at www.BetheStarYouAre.org/events .
Our sincere thank you to our STARS:
Gold Star Sponsor: Michael Verbrugge Construction: www.mvcremodeling.com
Media Sponsor: The Lamorinda Weekly: www.lamorindaweekly.com
Silver Sponsor: MB Jesse Painting: www.mbjessee.com
The planning committee for our 20th anniversary celebration will be meeting at our offices on Tuesday, September 5th. If you’d like to help plan this exciting event, be in touch by email.
Our STAR Book Review Team has been on super drive these past few months reading and writing reviews to help learn about great books new and old. Check out www.BTSYA.org and click on Book Reviews for a plethora of ideas for fascinating reads for all ages.
As you prepare for the upcoming school season, take time to savor the sunshine while you enjoy the juicy fruits of summer. Give thanks for the farmers of our world who work to feed us all. You’ll want to read my article In Praise of Farmers. https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1112/Digging-Deep-Gardening-with-Cynthia-Brian-In-Praise-of-Farmers.html
Be kind to one another. Happy days! We’ll chat in September!
With gratitude and joy for your support. Remember that my virtual door is always open!
Be the Star You Are!®
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By Karen Kitchel
If you asked most people if they want to scatter kindness, I believe you would hear a resounding "yes!" If you need some ideas on how to begin, here are a few simple ways to start scattering kindness.
Interrupt the ordinary Think about the people who help you get life done (mail delivery person, garbage collector, etc.) Interrupt them on an ordinary day with a cold bottle of water or candy bar and a "thanks for what you do."
Love from afar Send a little treat or trinket with the name of your state to a faraway friend or distant relative with a post-it note that says you were just thinking about them.
While at the grocery store, pick up a box or two of popsicles and drop them off at a local shelter. All you have to say is "enjoy!"
Pennies for wishes
Save up your pennies and spread them out near a fountain where kids will find them, and they can make wishes.
Take the sting out of sorrow Add to your calendar the birthday and anniversary dates of friends who have recently passed away. Then do something to remember the loved ones left behind on these difficult yet special days.
A line to say to make someone's day
"That color sure looks good on you!"
Magazines for the homeless
If you enjoy reading, gather your used magazines or ask your doctor or dentist's office to save some for you, and take them to a homeless shelter.
Make up a few note cards to keep in your purse or car. Randomly drop them on an empty park bench, a counter or windshield. They can say things like: "You are appreciated" - "Always remember how special you are" - "There is not another person in this universe just like you" - "You are better than butter!"
About the author:
Karen Kitchel is passionate about scattering kindness. As President of the Cheerful Givers nonprofit organization, she helped to bring birthday gifts to more than one million less fortunate children. Prior to that, she helped create a corporate university at BI Worldwide. Currently she serves meals to the homeless, is a job coach, teacher, writer and mentor. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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