Friday, November 11, 2016

Acts of Kindness

"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people.  A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough."  Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1935.

Kindness without any intention of benefit has become known as a random act of kindness.  There is an intention to be kind, a desire to brighten the day of another, to show others they are valued.  It is the opposite of selfishness and shows what is possible.  Kindness can reshape negative emotions.  We can all take a stand for kindness.

I was once given a beautiful glass heart by someone I didn't know - in fact, I never even saw this person.  Almost every day I looked at it and wondered who they were.  It never failed to make me smile.  After 15 years, I in turn passed it on to someone else - she probably knew it was from me, but that's okay too.  It was someone I knew I would most likely never see again - an acquaintance someplace I was moving away from.  And I smile when I think of her looking at it ....

While I would love to make glass hearts, I'm not a glass artist!  In case you are also not a glass artist, I've found four free patterns for fiber hearts you might like.  And maybe you'll make one and give to somebody who will then smile whenever they look at it - and feel a little happier than before.

A crocheted heart from Red Heart.

A knitted heart from Anna Hrachovec at Mochimochi Land.

A quilted heart by Emma Thomas-McGinnis.

A felt and fabric heart from Beverly McCullough.

Happy Creating!  Deborah


  1. Wonderful post! I love the quote about kindness as well as the patterns! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Thanks for that! Much needed now.