THIS is it! The book is written, the designers have done their job, the publisher’s job is done, and the book is here.
THE press has been notified, and some journalists have asked for the book, two of them have interviewed me, and hopefully several will join in this week.
BOOKSTORES have said they are going to buy my book, but so far I haven’t seen it any place.
I’VE asked all my Facebook friends to ask for my book in their local bookstores.
THE book is good. It’s even great. The cover is an eye-candy and should catch attention on the shelves.
I KNOW. It’s only been four days. But I’m waiting. I’m waiting for people to start buying my book.
BECAUSE I’m selling my words.
Saturday I went to the picturesque Posebyen. The northeast part of Kristiansand (south of Norway) is the remaining part after the big town fire in 1892. It has kept the original wooden houses, with one and two floors, that accommodated workers, workmen and people of humble means.
All the houses are facing the streets and have cozy windows, main entrances with stairs, iron fences, benches and flowers. The kitchen and bedroom are on the backside of the house and with a separate door to the backyard and the garden.
Today this part of town is popular with both the locals and tourists who like to enjoy the sight of this beautiful part of Kvadraturen, it’s worth taking a slow stroll around this pretty quarter, whose name was given by French soldiers who came to reposer (French for relax).
Every Saturday between June 16 and September 1 there is a market in Posebyen. There are stalls in the street and all kinds of products for sale. I found some real treasures there this time. From now on I serve my guests water from a shoe 🙂
I’ve made it my goal to do something nice for somebody every day this month. I find myself waking up each morning with new and exciting ideas of things to do for others, and the rewards have been wonderful.
Today I stopped for gas, and I noticed an elderly lady struggling trying refuelling her car. I waited for a little while, and went over to her, offering to help. She was so grateful! It turned out to be the first time she tried to buy petrol for the car, this had been a task her husband always had covered. With tears in her eyes, she told me quietly that after forty – two years of marriage, her husband died three weeks ago. I was so glad I saw her need for help, and was able to guide her trough refuelling.
Thursday I continued my act of kindness project and wrote ten postcards to relatives all around the world. I also made a commitment to drive a neighbour to the grocery store, until her car is returned.
Friday I returned to my all-in-one services as driver/personal shopper/ personal secretary/ garden help and advicer for my Dad 🙂
Friday night I went with a friend to her friend’s birthday party. It turned out to be a real psychedelic experience, but I’m glad I went with my friend, and we shared a good time.
No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.
Today has been just one of those days… whatever I’ve started I’ve not been able to finish the task. I had a deadline for an article, and had to force myself to continue working on it. So regarding my project of kindness, I didn’t think that I had done anything today. …
Maybe this is a manifestation of the result of almost two weeks of doing kind actions towards others; I realized that I’ve done my acts of kindness today as well, without planning them…
I have been working all day, but I did make a phone call to my Dad and told him so funny stories, when I understood that he wasn’t really in a good mode, or feeling to well. I think he just felt lonely, and after a half an hour laughing conversation he felt better.
When a salesman from a company called me today, I didn’t snap, but was polite, and listen to the things he had to say. When I politely declined his offer, he continued his sales tactic and he was surprised when I paid him a compliment of his way of working, instead of hanging up. The conversation ended with us laughing, he didn’t get a sale from me, but a nice moment of kindness. I also texted a friend of mine who is sick, and got an answer filled with kindness.
The way I see this project is that my little act of kindness are making a difference not only for the people in the receiving end, but for me as well.
A couple of days ago I read this list from Oprah, containing 35 little acts of kindness, and I want to include them in today’s post, as an inspiration and reminder.
You can see the list on http://www.oprah.com
1. Say “Good morning” to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
2. Pay the toll for the driver behind you.
3. Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you’re rushing.
4. Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
5. Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather.
6. Give a homeless person your doggie bag.
7. Say “I love you” to someone you love.
8. Put a coin in an expired meter.
9. Help a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for her.
10. Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.
11. Take someone’s shift as the car-pool parent.
12. Bring your assistant coffee.
13. Out of the blue, send flowers to a friend.
14. Say “please” and “thank you”—and really mean it.
15. When you’re on a crowded train or bus, offer your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person.
16. Don’t interrupt when someone is explaining herself.
17. Let a fellow driver merge into your lane.
18. Offer to baby-sit for a single mom.
19. Put your shopping cart back in its place.
20. Call or write to a teacher who changed your life.
21. Bring a box of doughnuts to share at the office.
22. Forgive someone a debt–and never bring it up again.
23. Listen with all your senses.
24. Write a note to the boss of someone who helps you, and explain how great a job that person is doing.
25. Simply say “I’m sorry” when you’re wrong.
26. Throw away your trash—and someone else’s—after a movie, picnic or visit to a park.
27. Encourage someone who seems despondent.
28. Volunteer to take care of a friend’s dog while he is vacationing.
29. Help a friend pack for a move.
30. Ask someone “How are you really doing?”—and then really listen to her response.
31. Offer change when the person in front of you at the register comes up short.
32. Before a friend moves away, give her your favorite recipe or quote and a photo of the two of you together.
33. Leave a generous tip for a pleasant waiter.
34. At work, offer to transfer a caller who needs help from another department.
35. Pass along a great book you’ve just finished reading.