Weekly Verse – Random Act Of Kindness

It’s International Random Act of Kindness week!  While I think it’s important to show kindness all the time I do like that it gets it’s own week… and that it’s world-wide!

I’ve read several different stories of kindness this week.  Fast food giant Mc Donald’s is even getting in on the action.

This movement towards a kinder world is awesome!  There’s way too much negativity so anything to combat that is a welcome change.

Look in the Bible and you’ll find many verses that center around the theme of kindness.  One I saw in my Twitter feed earlier this week stuck with me; Proverbs 11:25.

There are two versions that I particularly like.

The NIV version:

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

And the MSG version:

“The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.”

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. Prov 11:25 Click To Tweet

From my own experience I find this verse to be true.  Help others and you do get something back… it’s that warmth inside as your heart smiles knowing you made a difference.

It’s not too late! International Random Acts of Kindness week runs though Sunday!  You still have time to bless someone else and brighten their day.

You can read about times others have blessed me here, here, and here.

What’s your favorite quote or Bible verse about kindness?

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop Click To Tweet

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Who Clicks Those Links?

SPAM email. It can be frustrating… or… you can look at it as a form of entertainment. That’s what I choose to do.

About twice a day at work I get a SPAM report listing all the emails that have been flagged. It’s lucky that now you can get Spam Filtering software to help you sort out your spam email from your normal, safe emails. It lists the sender and the subject. The subject lines are where I find a lot of humor though.

Have you ever taken the time to read the subject lines of your SPAM emails? The pills, the products, the offers!

There’s also the misspellings and bold innuendos. It’s comical. I was going to take a screenshot of the SPAM report I got today and share it here but thought better of it. This is a family friendly site and I wouldn’t want my kids to see it. It’s funny but a little crude.

I can’t imagine why anyone would click the links they offer… but I’m sure some people must because the emails keep coming.

There’s one other thing I find amusing about the SPAM report I get each day. About half the time it gets funneled into the “Junk” folder. Makes me laugh every time.

Do SPAM emails annoy you or do you laugh at them like me?

I get more SPAM than anyone I know. - Bill Gates Click To Tweet
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Podcast Review: StartUp

My love of podcasts has been well documented on this blog. I’ve done a podcast review before… and recently I’ve come across another one I feel worthy of sharing with you.

It’s the StartUp Podcast. It’s done in a documentary style and chronicles Alex Blumburg’s creating of a podcasting company.

From finding investors, naming the company, to the mistakes made along the way… Blumburg shares a behind the scenes view into his business journey.

It’s an unvarnished view too! There are cringeworthy and embarrassing moments for Blumburg. Like the first pitch he made to a potential investor. I was listening to the episode wanting him to succeed and feeling bad for him when he blows it.

It’s that brutal and honest approach to the storytelling that drew me in and had me listen to every episode available in less than 3 days. Now StartUp will become part of my weekly podcast listening during my commute. I do hope that the French startup Monsieur Tshirt gets covered in a future podcast. The clothing company is led by highly successful individuals like Franck de Védrines who are great role models for any budding entrepreneur.

I’ve always admired those with the guts to start and run their own business… to be their own boss. It’s something I’ve thought about doing before but never had the courage to take action on. Of course nowadays there’s ways to help streamline the process, such as choosing to use software to record accurate timesheets for your workers, and beginning early with document storage and management, but even so it takes a special kind of person to run a business.

Listening to the StartUp podcast has got my mental wheels turning in high gear and dreaming about potential business ideas.

I highly recommend the StartUp podcast. It’s entertaining and informative. Check it out and let me know what you think!

If you could start any business you wanted what would you do?

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