Have you ever crossed the San Mateo or Golden Gate Bridge and had the car ahead of you pay your toll? Doesn’t it make your day?
I read this story recently and I hope it makes you feel as happy & hopeful about humanity as it did me:
“On July 6th, a 32-year-old mother of two pulled up to the Steamin’ Bean drive-through window and…paid $3.50 for the 16 oz. latte ordered by the customer behind her.”* Here’s what’s really fun about this story - the recipient of that first act of kindness paid it forward, as did the next customer and so on for 12 days and counting. As of July 17th, more than 1450 customers had opted to skip a free cup and pass it on to the next guy. So much excitement was created by these good feelings that customers donated $600.00 extra to make sure the chain continued.
Why do acts of kindness benefit us? They make us happy and happiness acts as a magnet to what we want to create. (Conversely the news drains our energy!) Wayne Dyer on the cd The Power of Intention says research shows that whether we’re thegiver, receiver or observer of an act of kindness it boosts our serotonin, one of the body’s feel good neurotransmitters. HeartMath Institute’s research shows that “...the effects of anger versus care and compassion found a single episode of anger and frustration can depress your immune system for almost an entire day.” On the other hand, one five-minute experience “...of care and compassion caused a much larger, immediate rise in IgA, which then climbed above baseline over the next six hours.” (source: Intentional JOY)
Acts of kindness OPEN our hearts and our minds and will certainly transform the fear we’re seeing in the world today.
“How good can you stand it?” is one of my favorite phrases. My coaching challenge to you is to see how good you can allow yourself to feel this month by sharing this story (don’t you feel better just reading it?) and extending simple acts of kindness to those around you. Of course, I’d love to hear what happens for you - just send an email to email@example.com.
(*source: Modesto Bee July 19, 2009)
Whew. I had a REALITY CHECK at the beginning of the summer. Sick for 5 weeks I finally went to the doctor, (no help there) and then my acupuncturist Dr. Shen, Modesto, CA. (immediately better). I know why I got run down - a year and a half of pushing myself to finish Intentional JOY, get it published and marketed, on top of speaking, coaching, counseling, relationships, grandchildren, life. My intention at the beginning of the summer was to play and replenish my reserves and I’m happy to report I’ve held to it. Taking time off to have fun and REST is the best STRESS medicine there is. I’m re-committed to maintaining this JOY through the remainder of the year by not over-booking. I’m so grateful because I LOVE what I do, but even good stress wears out the immune system.
“A lot of books will make one think...this book gave me the means to change those thoughts.” Elizabeth Ueland, Bend, OR
“This was a book I couldn't put down...rare for a non-fiction. Lynn's humor and prose…” (go to Amazon.comand read Marilyn Coffron’s testimonial).
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Women’s Networking Rocks:
I want to introduce you to two business networking groups I belong to that are encouraging, supportive, FUN and where lots of business is exchanged. If you’re a woman in business, you MUST network. Both of these organizations are run by sharp, caring and dedicated women.
Women’s Success Network
Modesto, CA Founded Jan 2009 by Donna Versola, National Director for Jockey International. Meets 1st & 3rd Wed. of each month at The Seasons on Fairmont & McHenry in Modesto from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00. Contact: www.meetup.com and search Women’s Success Network. Next meeting Wed. Aug. 19th
I’m an original founding member. There are over 100 on-line members and about 30 powerful, caring women attending each meeting. This is a category specific group and registration is on-line.
Stockton, CA (& nationwide) Karen Penfold, Chapter Director for Stockton & Elk Grove, Stockton started Fall of 09. Chapter meets monthly on third Thursday at Brookside Golf & Country Club
3603 St. Andrews Drive Stockton, Ca 95219
Contact: Karen Penfold@eWomennetwork.com
Next meeting: Thursday Aug 20, 11:30 – 1:30 Register On-line
Horn Tooting –
It’s always hard for me to toot my own horn, but I’m excited about two LIVE pieces added to my website: Go to www.lynntelfordsahl home page navigation bar and scroll to Listen to Lynn and Watch Lynn.
There’s a four minute TV Clip on KOHD from the Bend book tour and the “Leading Edge” parenting radio show with Sandi Schwartz.
I’m so grateful to the three V.A.’s (virtual assistants) that work with me and make all the technical stuff possible – Carrie Miller, she manages the website, Karen Reddick, who assists with Intentional JOY book matters (upcoming AMAZON BESTSELLER LAUNCH & our local Christine Baily (graphics).
Aug 30: 7PM Central Time – Lynn will be on eWomen Radio on WBAP 820 AM – Tune in or go to http://www.ewomennetwork.com, scroll down to bottom of page and you’ll see the radio “listen” button.
You’ll learn specific strategies to:
• Focus & sustain your physical, mental & emotional energy
• Shift anxiety about $$ to peace of mind
• Assess your $$ consciousness – are you a money magnet or getting in your own way?
• Charge what you’re worth
• Collapse limiting money beliefs easily
• Design the action steps to achieve your dreams
Join Lynn for a productive, FUN, nurturing morning to enrich, enhance andempower you! When: Saturday, September 19 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon West Side Women in Action Women’s Business Conference & Vendor Showcase
Where: 225 E. Granger Ste. 4, Modesto, CA The Meeting Place
Fee: $37.00 (bring a friend and receive $5.00 off both fees)
To Register: Must pre-register CALL 492-8745
Linda Murdock & Jeanne Phillips founded this non-profit that donates scholarship money to young women. It’s a well-run, really WARM event with great speakers, break-out sessions and vendor opportunities. The vendor booths are in-expensive so let’s support this event!!
Oct. 2, 2009 Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Covenant Village Conference Center 2125 N Olive Ave
Turlock, Ca 95382
Contact: Linda Murdock firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Lynn for a productive, FUN, nurturing morning to enrich, enhance andempower you!
When: Saturday, September 19 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
West Side Women in Action Women’s Business Conference & Vendor Showcase