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Paying It Forward

Are We Hardwired for Kindness? (Dennis Merritt Jones)

Are We Hardwired for Kindness? (Dennis Merritt Jones)

The following article, taken in it’s entirety in original form from the Huffington Post, was written by a friend of mine, Mr. Dennis Merritt Jones, Award-winning author, Keynote speaker, and spiritual mentor. Some of you may recall one of his articles I shared awhile back called “The Spiritual Side of Facebook”, which you may read by clicking HERE. To view the content you see below on the Huffington Post, and to learn more about Dennis, click HERE. Below are Dennis’

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What I Have Learned

What I Have Learned

“I have learned many things in this short life of mine. I’ve learned that no matter what happens in day-to-day life, nor how bad or unfair it may seem, life goes on, that tomorrow brings a brand new day filled with new hope. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your mom and dad, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. I’ve

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One Glass of Milk

One Glass of Milk

The great English writer, Aldous Huxley, was a pioneer in the study of philosophies and techniques to develop human potential. In a lecture toward the end of his life, he said this: “People often ask me…what is the most effective technique for transforming their lives?” He then said, “It’s a little embarrassing that after years and years of research, my best answer is just be a little kinder.” The following story illustrates that to a universal truth beautifully! As for

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The Joshua Tree – Part III – NEW Beginnings

The Joshua Tree - Part III - NEW Beginnings

Less than 24 hours after leaving San Diego, bound for the desert to clear my head and reconnect with the inner spirit guiding me there, I awoke at 5:30 a.m. It was February 26th, 2012, exactly one year to the day when I’d done the same thing. (A recap of that story may be read by clicking > HERE.) The room I’d rented for the night at the Best Western in Yucca Valley, CA. was less than a half-hour drive

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Welcome to the NEW Gusto Ramblings!

Welcome to the NEW Gusto Ramblings!

Hi! I’m excited to Welcome you to the NEW “Gusto Ramblings” website! Nearly 2 years ago, April 9th, 2010 to be exact, I awoke early one morning and a thought occurred to me; “You’ve got so much inside that you want to express, so many experiences you wish to share and the lessons you’ve gained from them, why not start your own website? A platform by which you might inspire others?” I had reached a point in my life that I

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The Homeless

 The first two I met were “Keith” and “Donna.” They were camped out on a sidewalk in downtown San Diego, with nothing more than a few blankets, some books to read, and a few personal possessions. As I kneeled in front of them, introduced myself, and gazed into their eyes, I saw “fear.” But then as I told them a little more about who I was and what my purpose was in stopping by to offer them food on Christmas

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“Huan”, “Maylena”, and ONE Cup of Coffee

“We can help others in the world more by making the most of yourself than in any other way.” ~ Earl Nightingale. That’s just one of MANY quotes about the value of helping others. Call it whatever you wish; service above self, help yourself by helping others, it all means the same. If we’re in a “bad place”, one of the BEST ways of helping ourselves is by helping others. More importantly, doing so expecting nothing in return is probably

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The Air Purifier and Two Bags of Pistachios

This is a story that may seem a little odd to you to fit the “pay it forward” concept, and while it can certainly be thought of as good karma, upon reading it, perhaps your perception will be different. That being kind to someone, by thinking of anyone but yourself, by doing something seemingly small and insignificant, it will come back to you many times over! Earlier this week, Tuesday the 31st of May, my sister remarked that the air

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You’ve Got a Friend

The picture you see above is a scanned and enlarged copy of the front of a card I received May 23, 2011. I’d been working all day and came home about midnight. There, on the kitchen counter, was a box about 5” x 6” inches in size. From whom I wondered? It looked like it came from a mail-order house, although I didn’t recall ordering anything. Opening it, I found inside some packages of brownies. On the top, encased in

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Keeping Kindness Alive!

Keeping Kindness Alive!

Recently, I went on a trip to Kansas to see my daughter graduate from high school. While I was there, she and I made a trip to Colorado Springs to go horseback riding, about a three hour drive from the little town where both she and I were born. Like many small towns scattered throughout our nation, the evolution of change and the demise of small-town life marches forward. Of course, our global economy has much to do with that

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Pay it Forward – Part V

Pay it Forward - Part V

Yesterday I decided to go on “walkabout.” My soul was restless and needed somewhere there were wide open spaces and fresh air, away from my “home” in Encinitas, CA. I was feeling closed in. I needed freedom from all that had occurred the previous few days. Change was brewing in the air in my life and I knew I had to get away to clear my mind. So, after waking and doing a load of laundry I began my search.

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Pay it Forward – Part IV

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Pay it Forward – Part III – 12-23-10

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Pay it Forward – Part II

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Pay it Forward – Part I

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Pay It Forward – Calling All Angels

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People Who Inspire – Part I

Things continue to “happen”. The other night at the Eagles concert, Glenn Frey introduced a song called “No More Cloudy Days”, a love song I hadn’t heard in awhile. Odd moment, too. It was shortly after dark, not a cloud in the sky, moon about half-full just above the stage. Just as they began to play the song, there suddenly streaked across the sky center right just above the top of the stage, a shooting star. I looked over at

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