I believe in Good Karma.
FYI: February 15 through 20 has been designated Random Acts of Kindness Week!
Googling left me thinking the Acts of Kindness Foundation was behind the designation.
No matter the Who, though, or even the How. I’m smiling and paying kindness forward to you.
I’d purchased the Spinellis’ book fully intending to use it as a journal-writing tool with my Young Writers.
The review blurb highlighted the book’s simplicity. In a single page entry for each day of the year, the Spinellis
(1) share a quote from a children’s book, referencing the title and author;
(2) reflect meaningfully on the quote;
(3) make a “today I will….” promise that relates to that reflection.
The February 17th quote?
The Spinellis’ reflection?
Talk is cheap but kindness is free. Why isn’t there more of it?!
I love that the Spinellis used children’s books as their source of thought-provoking, heart-grabbing journal prompts.
The middle-page responses make perfect practice for students boning up for the reflective reading passages in any and all state achievement tests.
The “today I will…” promise makes the reader sit up straight, indeed stand up tall, to claim his reflection and translate it into action.
The Big and Small topics range from Fear and Failure and Thinking about Others to Hope and Choices and Asking for Help.
The book’s turquoise back cover says it all:
“…look inside. Turn to today. And make a promise to yourself.”
And passing word of this Important Truth on to you, our readers?
I’m simply paying it forward…hoping you will do the same.
Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day!
Copying is the supreme compliment, yes?
So, why not create your own book of quotes, notes and promises to yourself!
Any book or writing vessel will do: a commercially-sold composition book or a purchased blank journal or diary, books with folded and gathered, pull-out or accordion-style pages. Leaf books. Shape books. Scroll books.
- At the top of each page, copy a favorite quote from a children’s book. Include the title, author, perhaps the character who spoke the words.
- In the middle of the page, respond thoughtfully to the quote. Why did it touch you? How did it speak to you? What do the words mean to who you are now? Do they inspire, encourage, comfort, acknowledge, advise, recommend, illuminate, give hope. You choose the verb and the accompanying emotion and memory.
- At the bottom of the page, make a real-and-doable promise based on your reflection. Now I will….
- Decorate front and back covers and/or personalize each page with an image or symbol.
- Gift yourself. Or gift another.