Random Acts of Creative Kindness

20150123-073111.jpg You might recognize this image from earlier in the week, when I posted it on Monday for my Ted’s Tip. Local Seattle artist, Jeanne McKay Hartmann, took the image and created a watercolor of it. I was so touched that the image resonated with her, putting her creativity & talent to work creating a likeness of the tableau. It got me thinking about kindness, talents and sharing those talents. We all have them. Even though I know lots of people don’t give themselves credit for having them. Baking a cake is a talent, as is knitting a scarf. Both things I have never attempted. To me, it takes a special skill and care to do both. I guess where I am headed with this is we all have things we do that are special but we take for granted that we know how to do them, and at times discount that skill. Jeanne shared her skill and talent of painting with me and it made my day. If you can bake a cake, make one and give it to a friend out of the blue. By doing that, you are sharing your talent. If you can knit, make a scarf for a friend and give it to them, just because, for no other reason than to show them you love them. If you have a way with words, write them in a letter to a friend. If you have a love of shoveling snow or mowing grass, surprise an elderly neighbor by taking care of that task for them. We all have things we like to make/create/do, by sharing them, we create random acts of creative kindness.

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  1. Ted I happen to adore Jeanne and her art! The world has opened up so many new ways of paying it forward.
    You are so right that we can all share our talents in even the simplest of ways!

    The Arts by Karena

  2. Thank you Ted for this lovely post. I always bake cakes for my friends and family’s birthdays to show them how much I care. Your posts each day inspire me with your positivity, kindness and love of your friends and family. I wish I could bake you a cake to say thank you but it wouldn’t arrive in a good condition from Australia :).

    Instead, I will just thank you for posts like these ones. In a world that has too many reports of hatred, violence and negativity we all need a voice like yours to drown out the other and give us hope that the world is a place filled with good people.

    PS The artwork is gorgeous.

  3. Hi Ted, I’m just thrilled that my little painting touched you! It’s a gift to be able to inspire others, and you inspire me regularly with your lovely shops and your Instagram feed – and if I’m having a bad day I pick up your book because it never fails to remind me that it’s the littlest things that are really the best things in life. Love your words on creative kindness – I am a firm believer in the idea that we are all creative beings, we all have talents and to be able to give them to others is one of the best things about being alive.

    Thanks for all the inspiration!!! Happy, happy Friday.


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