This is a special post in honour of Angela and Becca at the Bookshelf Muse. I ran into their website during the first weeks I started writing actively. I desperately needed help with describing emotions and an internet search took me to the Bookshelf Muse - it has been a useful companion since then.
An act of kindness enriches lives of people around us. It is an investment of time and effort but it makes a huge difference when we lighten someone’s burden. Take a second to think about people you know, friends who listen, support and keep you strong when times are tough. Friends who add value to your life through their kind gesture and those who generously offers counsel, advice and inspiration.
So many people also take the time to make writers feel special, don't they? They read what we write, comment on our blogs, like our posts, follow-up on our work-in-progress, offer to read our drafts, encourage us to keep at it and hold us up in prayers.
Kindness makes a difference!
To commemorate the release of their book The Emotion Thesaurus, Becca and Angela at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a TITANIC Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ. And because I think KINDNESS is contagious, I'm participating too!
Today I am blitzing two writers who have been a blessing to me.
Naomi Shahib Nye: I met this lovely poet at the Geneva Writers' Conference in February. Out of the blues, she walked up to me and asked me if I would be in her poetry class. I answered, yes. I had registered for the class with trepidations. I had planned to sit at the back of the class, listen and learn. I've always felt intimidated by poets. Though I love writing what I called "my poetic muses"—I did not have the confidence to call them poems. She made poetry refreshing and engaging. She asked me to read my poem. It was my first-ever public reading. She liked it. She affirmed me as a poet. Tears welled up my eyes. I could never forget that day or this sweet lady who made me feel more confident about writing poems and sharing them.
To appreciate Naomi Nye, I will share her poem – KINDNESS on Facebook and ask you to share it as widely as possible, and thank her for being so kind to me.
Bidemi Mark-Mordi: I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Bidemi in person but we have spent many hours communicating and we both admitted that our connection was divinely engineered. I really appreciate her; she allowed herself to be used of God to open new doors to me and to give me the opportunity to live my dream as a writer. Bidemi, I am offering to help spread the word about your book when it is ready. Bidemi blogs at Nevertheless. Please stop there and tell her what a blessing she has been to so many!
Do you know someone special that you'd like to randomly acknowledge?
Don't be shy--come join us and celebrate! Send them an email, give them a shout out, or show your appreciation in another way. Kindness makes the world go round. :)
Becca and Angela have a special RAOK gift waiting for you as well, so hop on over to The Bookshelf Muse to pick it up.
"Kind words are like honey - sweet to the soul and healthy for the body" - Prov. 16:24.
Have you ever participated in or been the recipient of a Random Act Of Kindness? Let me know in the comments! God bless you!