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smile2005
08-27-2006, 10:12 PM
Ten Ways to Be an Angel

Since 1993, when Reverend Jayne Howard Feldman founded Be an Angel Day, people across the country have taken time to bless a loved one, friend, or stranger with acts of kindness. As Beliefnet reader "Angel Love" of Port Orange, FL. says, "Consider what you would like someone to do for you, and instead, do it for them." At the heart of being someone's angel is having an abundant amount of warmth, creative resourcefulness, and a determination to spread some heaven on earth. Here, Beliefnet members share how they pass on angelic blessings.

1. Invest in Someone

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. --Khalil Gibran

Donate to a charity or provide financial support (whether temporary or ongoing) to someone who needs a money miracle. When your heart nudges you to offer a check or cash, listen to it! Don't only give to get something in return.

Heavenly Hint
I always donate money if I know there is a need. Recent gifts include money for:
- A co-worker whose husband was battling cancer
- The Red Cross to help Katrina survivors
- A friend who was unemployed for months
--Marsha Boyette, Russellville, AZ

2. Adopt a Soldier or Sailor

There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. --Mother Teresa

Remind soldiers and sailors of home by sending letters and care packages filled with fun, practical, and personal items like postcards of their hometown, their favorite gum, or recent family photos printed on playing cards. Send what they may not be able to find overseas.

Heavenly Hint
Join the military-approved organization, Soldiers' Angels. If you are good with knitting and or your hands, there are blankets, mitts, and foot coverings to be sewn for injured soldiers. --Laurie-Jean Gombar, Old Orchard Beach, ME

3. Lend an Earful of Love

The first duty of love is to listen.
--Paul Tillich

Remember to be patient and just listen when a friend needs you. Don't be eager to offer advice or be quick with your opinions. Instead, remember that sometimes, listening can speak more than talking.

Heavenly Hint
When I hold my tongue and put aside criticism and judgment, my 12-year-old daughter easily pours out her thoughts and feelings to me. After I listen to her--really listen--she rewards me with a grateful look full of love at being understood. This then leaves the door open for me to empathize and make a gentle suggestion or two. It's so much nicer when we lighten each others' loads. --Joan Wright-Lee, East Granby, CT

4. Save Our Pets

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
--Mahatma Gandhi

Homeless pets need love and help in finding food and shelter. Get involved with your local ASPCA or adopt a pet from an animal shelter or from a friend who can no longer take care of it. Sandra M. Williams of Swansboro, NC also suggests, "Feed your friends' animals while they are on vacation."

Heavenly Hint
For the last four years, I have found homes for over 45 abandoned animals. After Katrina, I was also called to New Orleans and was privileged to provide safety for God's creatures--from dogs and cats to iguanas and chickens. After providing medical care and food, I love to see homeless animals become part of someone's loving family. --Kelle Davis

5. Lighten Up a Hospital

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. --Leo Tolstoy

Want to provide for someone ill and in need of more than medical care? Join a group that organizes visits for patients in hospitals, such as St. Jude's Research Hospital Volunteers, or visit someone you know who is ill. Instead of flowers and balloons, offer prayer sessions, a jigsaw puzzle, or favorite CDs.

Heavenly Hint
Chemoangels.com is a wonderful organization that provides snail mail support and encouragement for people with cancer. One of the most rewarding and healing things I have ever done is to reach out to a complete stranger and send my love and encouragement. --Lori Fecteau, Madison Heights, MI

6. Be a Kindred Spirit

We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you. --Jeff Warner

Slowly break out of your comfort zone by offering coffee to a coworker or asking a neighbor to join your book club. A best friend may be waiting for discovery in the cubicle next to you or in the next pew at your house of worship.

Heavenly Hint
I became fast friends with a coworker, who was a loner, when I started to put little treats in her office mailbox: a package of cookies one day, a bookmark the next, a pretty pen after that, etc. Even though we no longer work at the same place or live in the same state, we call ourselves kindred spirits. I love her like a sister! --Charlotte Waller, Boonville IN

7. Sign Up for a Prison Pen Pal

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy, and mutual valuing. --Rollo May

Want to put your stationary and stamps to good use? Rediscover snail mail by writing to men and women in prisons. Proceed with caution and join a safe, established organization such as Prison Fellowship or Jewish Prisoner Services International that provides friendship and help to inmates.

Heavenly Hint
I run a pen pals website for prisoners who don't have Internet access and who suffer from loneliness after losing contact with their families and friends over the years. My own husband has a life sentence, and I see first hand what he goes through. I am also a school teacher in a semi-urban district where many of my students have a parent in prison. Pick a person who you wouldn't mind writing to—you wouldn't believe the difference a piece of mail can make. --Nova Saulli, Hillsborough, NJ

8. Tuck Away an 'Anyday' Gift

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily. --Sally Koch

Gifts don't have to be big (or for a holiday) in order to elicit a brilliant smile. See a bookmark or a box of tea that reminds you of someone? Buy the item and give it to that person—just because.

Heavenly Hint
One day, when I was completely overwhelmed with new job responsibilities, I came home to find a small package at my door. The corporate secretary at my job had sent me a dish shaped like a ladybug; the gift was precious because I collect ladybug items. For someone with incredible stress in her own life to think of me made me feel very special. --Amanda Redding, Mount Pleasant, SC


9. Start a Blessing Chain

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. --Leo Buscaglia

"Pay it forward" by being part of a domino effect of cascading kindnesses. As an old adage reminds us, "a little goes a long way." Offer someone a blessing and tell them to pass it on.

Heavenly Hint
I was still reeling from shock after my partner's intensive surgery. Wiping away tears, I was about to pay for food at the cafeteria when the cashier smiled gently at me and said, "The lady ahead of you paid for your meal." When I caught up to "the lady," she also smiled gently at me and said, "I just want you to have a good day." I was immediately flooded with awe. A few days later, with newborn hope, I was inspired to pass on the gesture. --Karen St. John, Indianapolis, IN


10. Surround Someone With Wings

Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart. --Martin Luther King, Jr.

It might be awkward to hug a stranger. Still, any form of gentle touch, especially hugs, has the potential to promote a calmer, less anxious society. Even if you don't want to bear-hug the person next to you in a movie theater, try giving him or her a "mental" hug by radiating positive energy their way.

Heavenly Hint
When I'm in a restaurant, I like to pick someone out. Then, I imagine myself unfolding wings from my back and wrapping them around the person to give them a hug. It is always heartwarming to see the person turn around, looking for someone. --Doreen Singer, Regina, Sk, Canada

"Being an Angel Is Simple"

"Being an angel is very simple," says Trish Norris of Lawrence, Kansas. Here are more easy ways Beliefnet members spread happiness:
Offer to spend time with someone's children. --Angel Love, Port Orange, FL
Tell a former teacher how much the lessons meant to you. --Angel Love, Port Orange, FL
Offer to drive an elderly person to her doctor's appointment. --Rose Marie Fedornak, Minersville, PA
Pay for the car behind you at the drive-thru window of a fast-food restaurant (--Patti Ann, Mentor, OH) or pay for the person behind you at a toll booth (--Michele Redd-Bennett, Jersey City, NJ).
If someone at the supermarket is short on cash when paying for groceries, offer to pay the remaining amount. --Wendy C., Australia

BaltoHarleyHon
09-11-2006, 03:49 AM
Just got around to reading this and some of it brought tears to my eyes. In this world that is so fast paced and self-centered, we often forget about others...so sad! These are small, painless ways to bring some light into the lives of people that desperately need to know that other people do care! Very nice Smile!!!

smile2005
09-11-2006, 12:09 PM
You're welcome BaltoHarleyHon...glad you enjoyed these. It's just the little things in life that can make someone's day...By the way~Welcome to HCG! Have a blessed day :)
Peace

katmandhu
09-11-2006, 10:10 PM
Very nice! We shouldn't have to be reminded of these things, but sometimes we all need that nudge of a reminder.

BaltoHarleyHon
09-12-2006, 12:38 AM
You're welcome BaltoHarleyHon...glad you enjoyed these. It's just the little things in life that can make someone's day...By the way~Welcome to HCG! Have a blessed day :)
Peace

Thank you for the welcome...I am a refugee from BikerKiss and I enjoy this site far more than BK! Take care sweetie and thanks for your thought provoking posts...I really enjoy them! :D

bikerjim
09-12-2006, 12:56 AM
Smiles, I'm really happy that I'm a rock solid biker or some of the things you right might really get to me.
But since I'm a hard core biker with tougher than nails attitude I don't have worry about the things that you write. It's just my allergies acting up again B) B) B) B) B) B) B) Have a good one woman..

smile2005
09-12-2006, 12:33 PM
Glad you enjoyed, Kat. :) And no, people shouldn't have to be reminded to do "Angel" sorts of things for others, but it is nice to get a nudge as you say every once in a while.

Hey BaltoHarleyHon...I didn't know that you were from the ole BK days also? Did you have a different name over there? I have read tho that you went to Cuts party & that you also are a friend of Cutie's! Glad you enjoy my posts...thank you :)

Hey Hardcore BikerJim...right...(sniffle sniffle) allergies... ;) Glad you enjoy these also, my friend...

Have an awesome day my friends! :wub: