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What Are You Doing?

It is impossible to hear and watch what's been going on across the United States and not feel like you want to help. The tragic deaths of so many innocent and brave people tear a hole in your heart.

Everyday a new story comes out about how young and old, rich and poor, black, white and brown, are banding together to make it through. What are you doing?

I can ask that to you, because I had to ask myself. Even before the day we'll never forget, September 11th, I used to wonder how and if I was making this world better? Sometimes, on the streets of New York City, I would smile at someone, say hello or hold a door open and be amazed at the gratitude for an action that is really simple and painless.

What are you doing?

Who have you helped today? Whose life have you made brighter by being nicer or more thoughtful? Smiles are free. Hugs are too. Not gossiping and keeping things going - no charge.

Cuz the lesson here is, yes, we are individuals. But together we can make a difference. It doesn't matter where you live, how much money you have or who you know. You alone have the power to make someone's life better.

Take a minute. Think of all of the things that you can do for free - right now - that would make someone you know happy. Run an errand, walk the dog, take out the trash... It's easy.

What are you doing?

Don't let the gutless acts of a few stop you from living the rest of your life with goodness. It is your responsibility to live your life with meaning and purpose. I don't expect you to have all of the answers but I know that you all know right from wrong.

Hatred and killing are wrong. Gossiping and being mean and petty are wrong.

This is not a time to be afraid. This is a time to keep reaching out and supporting each other, finding strength in your faith and your families. Look for the good in your thoughts, words and actions. It will help us all in more ways than you know.

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    Kirsteeeeen
    Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
    Is there a particular reason or situation causing you to feel this way? I can't provide much advice other than talk to them about it. Communication is important.
    reply about 6 hours
    Arenl
    Arenl posted in Friends:
    He is a jerk, but then what ?? He is your best friend . Maybe you should tell him to sleep for an extra hour. It may be a lack of sleep.
    reply about 9 hours
    KittyCheshire
    KittyCheshire posted in Friends:
    My BFFEL (best friend for eternal life) is being a jerk after we have been friends for a long time. What should I do?
    reply about 9 hours
    PittsburghPenguinsFanatic
    "aftershock" wrote: "NicolletteA" wrote: no. and you sound like the marketing people that stop me at the mall.  :/ lol, I'm not, i just kno someone whos making a new app and wanted to see if any1 would use it.   BTW what do u say to the marketing people at the mall? No. I don't like those people at the mall. Sometimes, they ask my family and I (usually directed at my mom and sister, but sometimes at me, too. Even though I'm under 13. Not for long though.) if they want their hair done. And sometimes I'm so tempted to say, "No thank you. I did my hair today. Do you think I want it done?" But of course I never do. It's kinda disrespectful. So we just usually say No thank you. My mom, sister, and I now have a solution for that (my idea when I was maybe ages 9-11) Don't make eye contact with them and pretend that they aren't there.
    reply about 22 hours
    BookWorm86
    This is GREAT advice! Thx a lot StephRox!:) I have a younger brother & he can be EXASPERATING at times lol! Great advice!!:D
    reply about 23 hours