The Heart of Life is Good | Giveaway + Freebie

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I’ve been very troubled over the past couple of months hearing the craziness going on in our country. Like, as in scared. A lot of it seems to stem from the political side of life, which I won’t get into or share my feelings there. But I will say that I’m afraid for our country. I’m afraid how people are acting…and that people think it’s acceptable. Every day it seems like there is something terrible going on or being said.

Where did our kindness and respect go for one another?

Normally I try not to pay attention to all the crap going on in the Facebook world, but one story caught my eye yesterday. Someone being completely rude and vulgar to another in a drive-thru and the recipient of the rudeness, in turn, paying for the rude person’s meal–and teaching his son kindness in the process. That takes a lot of gumption to ‘turn the other cheek’ and do something kind instead.

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About ten minutes later, I’m down in my studio listening to some tunes when this song by John Mayer came on.


I’ve always loved this song. In fact, it reminds me of driving along a two-lane road in the middle of Idaho somewhere near Silver Creek during a trip with my hubs to Sun Valley a few years ago.

The message, the heart of life is good.

I believe that there is much more kindness in this world than the negative we always seem to hear about. We can all be better.

May we always be tolerant.
May we always be understanding.
May we always be patient.
May we always be positive.
May we always speak kind words.

We’re all in this world together.
Let’s make it a great and positive place.
Let’s love one another.

That’s my challenge to you today. To do something kind for someone, perhaps outside of something that you would normally do. And take it a step further and make it a priority every day.

And now, in my efforts towards all things positive, I’m doing a giveaway of a stamp set of your choice to three lucky people.

To enter, leave a comment here of what you would like to do–or recently did–as an act of kindness. Or maybe share something you saw happen.  Let’s feed off of one another’s positivity rather than the negativity.

Winner will be drawn Sunday morning.

And as one more act of kindness from me…the above print (cut file) is available as a freebie for you all.

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Cut or print it out. Hang it up. Use it as a reminder that being kind and positive is much better for your life and everyone around you. (The border I added comes from the Christmas Means More.)

Love turns the whole thing around.

After all, the heart of life is good.

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On a side note, the sale for the Said+Done 2.0 class has been extended to the end of the week. And I know many of you have been waiting for this–the Lincoln Outline stamp is on preorder, so you can pick that up now. Shipping should begin after March 15. Also on preorder are Nowadays, Escape, One Fine Day and Oh Yeah. Great sets for the upcoming outdoors-ee months!

2017-05-15T20:51:43+00:00 March 4th, 2016|cuttables, freebies|41 Comments

41 Comments

  1. Lancene Blackmon March 4, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Thank you Kerri – not only for the freebie but also for the positive message. We are inundated with nasty, bullying messages in the media – this is a much needed breath of fresh air.

  2. Nita K. March 4, 2016 at 9:17 am

    How kind of you! I recently brought breakfast for the office staff at our school because they rock!

  3. Lisa Ochmann March 4, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Your message today is so true…whats happening???….we can do better…everyday getting out of bed is a choice on how in which you choose to seize it. I am grateful for what I have and what comes my way. It isn’t always easy, but how I handle it is my choice. I choose positivity. I will practice more random acts of kindness. I love the look of surprise or happiness on someones face that took very little from me. The joy in my world starts with me.

  4. Michelle G March 4, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I always let cars pull in front of me in traffic, and people get in front of me in line. It makes their day a bit brighter, and makes my day brighter, too. It doesn’t make my wait more than a few minutes longer, but sure makes me feel a whole lot better, and perhaps they will pass it along to someone else.

  5. Amy C. March 4, 2016 at 9:33 am

    It’s fun to surprise others with little gifts or baked treats for no particular reason. I just gifted a friend with a candle and chocolates because I appreciate her friendship.

  6. Marilyn March 4, 2016 at 9:37 am

    My 11 year old daughter and I helped to feed the homeless for the first time. It changed our lives forever. We have gone twice since and will continue to go whenever we are needed.

  7. justasiam March 4, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Thank you for reminding us what life should really be about. Every Wednesday, our neighbour who is a recent widower comes over and has dinner with us…we have been doing this now for several months and plan to continue it.

  8. angela ga March 4, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Thank you for this post!!! I so appreciate it. And thank you for the free download.
    Last month, I left my family for a week to care for the family of a friend who had just had surgery and then had many complications from it. She wasn’t supposed to be lifting anything so my job was to care for her two little boys and keep everyone fed and clothed and safe! It was hard for my own two little ones to understand why mommy was gone. It was the longest I had been away from my one children. But I went because my friend needed help and didn’t have anywhere else to turn. I am glad my children were able to see me helping someone in need, even if they didn’t like that I was gone.

  9. Marla Lagoski March 4, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Thank you so much for your post today. I try very hard to stay away from people that no longer have or as you say “the heart of life is good,” but it is getting harder as time goes by. We are very fortunate to live in a neighborhood that do care for each other. I know being disabled, that I can ask anyone of them for help if need be and will try to give back anyway possible! Thank you for today’s file! You are very generous and have a heart of gold. :)

  10. Linda Vanorio March 4, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Keri,
    In the spirit of your blog today. My mother would always remind us as we were growing up “Kind Words and Deeds Never Die.” Thank you for sharing your thoughts and talents with us daily. Linda in Beautiful Kentucky

  11. Tracy March 4, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for the download and the much needed reminder to look for the good, I think that we are so bombarded with the negative that the good does good so unnoticed. After reading some of the above responses, my most recent act of kindness seems so minimal but I know I made the recipients day, I stopped on my way home from work to help an elderly lady I visit with a computer problem. She had found a wonderful thought she wanted to print out for the ladies she visits(yes, LDS) and we figured out the problem and started to printout her handout and she was out of ink so I gladly offered to go home and printout her handouts and run them back to her so she wouldn’t have to go to the store(8pm) and buy more ink. Anyway thanks again for your thoughtfulness with your free download. Looking forward to your new class starting.
    have a great day.

  12. Lara Read March 4, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Hi Kerri, The politics are stressing me out as well. It looks like the choice for president will not be great and not sure who you can even trust.
    Thank you for the positive thoughts and freebie. You are awesome! I try to do good but need to think of it more often. Yesterday I was with our YW group and we made hearts and wrote kind notes then plastered them all over several doors in the neighborhood. It brought a good feeling to all of us, while we were traveling from one house to another one of the girls said ” I love doing this” so i think they felt it as well.

    Keep up the great work! Can’t wait for the new class! You are the best!

  13. Jean Marmo March 4, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I like to send thank you notes every time I win a prize. The person never expects it and is always so appreciative.

  14. Sue Alg March 4, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Thanks for the download and the “postive” message. I totally agree with you and have turned off the “news” and spend more time crafting and listening to music.

  15. Melanie A. March 4, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Amen friend, Amen.

    • Melanie A. March 4, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      At an exit ramp on my way home from work, there is usually a variety of people asking for money. I give a couple dollars when I can. The other day I only had a ten. I gave it anyway. I heard something a couple years ago that stuck with me: My job is obedience. God’s job is results. I might not know if every person standing there truly needs the money, but I don’t have to.

  16. Barbara March 4, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Every Saturday morning, the owner of the Hair Salon that my mother frequents, will leave her shop to pick up my 92 year old mother, drive her to the salon, cut /do her hair, then drive her home. The drive each way takes about 30 minutes. Every Saturday. Such kindness can’t be measured. She won’t accept money for the extra service.

  17. Ruth Tacoma March 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    It’s never wrong to do the right thing. I don’t know whose quote that is, but I love it. I wish politics agreed with it.

    I’m not sure exactly what things I do to say thank you and be kind, but I do try to say thank you and be kind outright. One of my favorite things to do is to stop once a week at my favorite little coffee shop and grab a latte. I always get two and bring one to someone in my office. Sometimes I have someone specific in mind and sometimes I don’t, but it’s always well received.

    Kindness matters.

  18. Karen March 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I’m exhausted with the media already. Is it November yet? Haha Thanks for the reminder to seek out and focus on the beautiful things in life! I can’t think of anything that I’ve done lately that’s been particularly kind. Once I get over this darn cold, I’ll be sure to get back out there and do some more good in the world! ;-)

  19. Brenda March 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I definitely agree that the world needs some more kindness in it! My friend’s hubby has been battling cancer so about once a week I drop off cookies for her – she’s a cookie monster – it makes her smile. She has dubbed me the “cookie fairy”. I think sometimes the caregiver needs as much support and love as the patient.

  20. Ashley C March 4, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I am participating in a 30 day challenge of doing acts of service for those around me.

  21. Cindee March 4, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you, Kerri – I have felt scared like you about what is happening, but was uplifted by your message. If we all “lift where we stand,” we can bring about some positive change in the world. I am helping to provide transportation for a family whose car is broken down and are going through financial troubles.

  22. Torrie March 4, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I agree we need more Good these days. My act of kindness this week was offering to watch a friend’s son for a few hours so that she could get some things done around the house.

  23. Priscilla March 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    A very good friend had a major operation, has five children and is going though a divorce. I do whatever I can for her, take her kids to school, take her to church and buy her any goodies she feels like having. I know she would do the same for me. Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Phyllis Beaver March 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Yes, Kerri, every day it feels as if we have hit a new low in this political season. We need to remember that there are still rational, kind and loving people in our world who treat others the way they would like to be treated. I attended a college where Freshmen were asked to smile and say “Hello” to everyone they passed on campus. I continue to this day, some 40 + years later, to smile and say “Hello” to people I pass on foot. Some look surprised, probably trying to figure out why I know them (I usually don’t), but the majority smile back and return my “Hello.” It always makes me feel better to see someone smile, and I hope it makes the other person feel better, as well! Thanks for the freebie! I love it! :)

  25. Monique van Duren March 4, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Kerri, thanks for your wonderful positive blog post. I don’t like how people can be so mean to each other and disrespect each other. Wish it would be different.

    Today I gave some of my collegaes a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. All the four of us love it. It was snowing and cold and we got another sad message at work today of one of our collegaes who’s wife was diagnosed with breath cancer yesterday. She is young and has 3 small children. We all felt so sad. So when I had my break I went for a walk to clear my head and decided to buy some freshly squeezed orange juice and share it with the four of us. A very simple gesture, but so well appreciated. I also sent a card to my collegae and his wife to wish them luck and I so much hope all is going to turn out well. Last week another collegae’s wife also was diagnosed with breast cancer and the boyfriend of a collegae has a tumor in his eye. It all is really heartbreaking. My heart is with them all.

  26. Lynette Ballard March 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for the uplifting post! I really like the way you think. Thank you for the freebie and the giveaway also. Last night when I was just starting dinner, my son and I noticed a construction vehicle (skid steer) working next door. He is three and loves all kinds of machines. I took him out to watch what it was doing. Dinner was a little late, but so was my husband getting home so it all worked out! :)

  27. Sherry March 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I know, there’s no empathy, sympathy, or respect anymore, thank you for your post…the other day the hubs and I were walking at the nearby park and a resident of the High Rise was on his way home in his motorized chair when the battery went dead. We stopped our walk and pushed him the rest of the way home…he was very thankful…didn’t hurt at all…LOL.

  28. Karen March 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Lots of craziness in the world but there are still kind and nice people in the world too. I was in the parking lot at the grocery store. A man fell due to slippery snowy road, and everyone (like 3-4 strangers) near him rushed to help him up. So kind!

  29. Traci Rickert March 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you for the freebie! What a great message and yes, any act of kindness towards others is considered an act of kindness is considered an act of kindness towards our Heavenly Father. Just yesterday, I saw a homeless person while in line waiting for my Whataburger breakfast so I bought a gift card for him so he too could have breakfast. :)

  30. Mari March 4, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    I paid for the groceries of a young man behind me in line. It was only a few items but I could see him trying to figure out if he had enough money. The best part wasn’t that he was so appreciative (which he was) but that we spent a few minutes talking together and he shared with me a time where he payed for the food for someone else a while ago. Good grows!

  31. Sharon Gray March 4, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks for the freebie, and yes I believe we should help as many people as we can. After all we are all human and at some time in our lives may need someone else help.

  32. Helen March 4, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I am trying to complete 50 random acts of kindness before my next birthday in April. One of the acts that I did was to buy a milkshake for a woman who was buying it for her grandson…we were at a local chocolate and ice cream place that was jam packed with patrons. The wait was long and I got to chatting with the woman. My number was about 12 before hers. 15 minutes later, when it was finally my turn, I ordered the milkshake that she wanted for her grandson (who was sick at home with recently pulled wisdom teeth) and gave it to her so that she could leave and not wait any longer. Of course I paid for it, too. She was shocked and tried to insist that she pay for it. I asked her to let me do it as a favor to me. I felt lots of gratitude that day that I was able to bless this boy and his grandma with such a small gift. I’ve really been enjoying performing my acts…almost all of them unknown…and feeling blessed to be able to do so. And, Kerri? Thank you for your continued generosity and sharing on your blog. I am very grateful!

  33. Denise Bryant March 4, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I helped a neighbor lady when she was stranded with car trouble. She needed a ride back home and to use a phone to call for some roadside assistance.

  34. Gina March 4, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    A co-worker bought me a cup of tea this afternoon when she went out for a meeting. It was a nice treat!

  35. Susan Goetter March 4, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    I was widowed almost 3 years ago at age 62. It’s difficult to begin trying to live life again. I began participating with a widows group from my church about 2 years ago. Somehow it seems that I’ve become the leader of this group of ladies. I make lots of cards and also Scrapbook. I had so many cards that I decided to take a handful of the cards to the monthly luncheon. I asked each person to select a card and write a note to someone on our widows group list that was not in attendance. We have over 30 widows on our list and about 15 ladies attended that day. We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from those that received cards. At our March luncheon we will be writing thank you and appreciation cards to our pastor. The ladies now look forward to having something positive to do and some of them have received one of the cards so they also know how great it makes you feel to know someone is thinking about you!

  36. Sue FitzGerald March 5, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Kerri, you are awesome x

  37. Natalie (QSOgirl) March 5, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Our neighbors from the cul-de-sac snow-blew our driveway after a huge snowstorm while we were on vacation…and then the plow came and literally pushed all of the cul-de-sac’s snow in front of our driveway and our next-door-neighbor’s driveway– and they all pitched in to clear a path for our car so that we could get home. While we were away, I kept getting texts from different neighbors checking in with us to find out when we would be coming back so that they could make sure that the path was clear. The snow pile was about a car’s height and length!!! I can’t even begin to thank them enough.

  38. Susan P March 5, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I try to be positive when negative things happen. I know that God allows things to happen for reasons we may not understand. I try to encourage my children to look for the positive in all situations.

  39. Sarah WA March 5, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I recently saw someone trying to turn left from a very busy road onto a smaller one, at an undirected (No light or stop sign) intersection. There is a VERY busy intersection about 100 feet along, and the timing of the lights, etc, just was not in this guy’s favor, Seriously, he had sat there for almost 6 minutes, it was after work rush hour. Finally, someone in a truck noticed him, pulled enough into the other south-bound lane as to block both lanes, and stopped, waiting for the car turning left to get where he was going. He then pulled into his lane and drive on.

  40. Julie March 6, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Kerri,
    I’m feeling the same lately and have to snap out of it myself so I am NOT miserable back to others.

    I’m also worried about this country. Oh yes I am.

    That was a beautiful song, thanks for sharing.

    Julie

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