The Basket Lady
Basket Lady would like to extend a “Happy New Years” greeting to one and all.
After your morning newspaper arrives, just in time to sit down for that last cup of coffee; opened now, the front page will practically blast the news that the ball did drop in Times Square (on time), officially welcoming 2012.
I must confess that I’m seldom awake when Dick Clark starts the countdown to the big ball dropping. Maybe, I’m out of touch, does he still host the Times Square count down? I know that Mr. Clark hosted the American Bandstand for over 30 years and my friends and I used to gather around the ole black and white TV at Roddy McDowell’s house to watch American Bandstand on Saturday mornings. That show was the highlight of our weekend.
I’m just imagining right about now that some folks may have no earthly idea what the American Bandstand was. Those were the days. Where does the time go?
As most of the readers of this column know, much has been written about the law of kindness. A law simply put is: a principle, a ruling, or my favorite; an act.
The act-ion of kindness is a universal law that leads to goodness. In this New Year, ask yourself, “How good can I stand it?”
The law of kindness is akin to the law of mental equivalence that basically says that what is normal for you is yours. If you want a new reality, you have to create a new normal. Now, this isn’t just “normal” for each individual, it’s also what’s normal for the culture or group consciousness to which we belong.
So, if society believes in ups and downs in the economy, we will continue to have them. If businesses believe the best way to handle slowdowns in sales is by laying off employees, unemployment numbers will rise and fall with the economy.
Will you get laid off? There’s a good likelihood you will if you identify yourself with the collective consciousness. (Thomas Troward called this the law of averages.)
How does one free oneself from the “stuff happens” mentality of the larger society? By developing a mental equivalent of the people who would naturally have good things happen to them.
Expect Good. Be enthusiastic about possibilities. Be generous with your time, talent, and treasure, because that’s what a self-confident, loving, person would do.
Be grateful for even the smallest kindness.
And every morning ask yourself, “How good can I stand it?”
Friends, remember the theme: Get a basket-Give a basket.
Show someone a kindness today. It not only counts but kindness adds up!
We miss you every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.