3 Ways Your Words Can Infect Others with Kindness

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Words hurt more than weapons in the age of social media. Communication is instant. Less than it takes you to snap your fingers you can receive a direct message or email from someone across the globe. During the current global pandemic the human race is experiencing similar things more than any other time in history.

People largely respond in two ways to a stressful situation. Selfish or selfless. The dichotomy could not be starker in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Hoarding toilet paper was the initial selfish reply to the panic. Now that the first wave of angst has passed people are now getting restless. Self-quarantine or local curfews in some larger cities have lead to cabin fever. Really it’s cabin fever multiplied by hundred. I have noticed more snarky, sarcastic, rude, and angry social media posts. It is understandable to be frustrated, but it never gives anyone a right to treat others with disrespect. To combat the negativity I am sharing three tactics of how to use your words to provide unity and build up your neighbor.

Silence is Golden

According to St. John of the Cross, “Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent.” Today’s world rewards people speaking their mind. Bad press is good press. At least that is the philosophy of many who believe that getting your name in the news is better than remaining in anonymity.  Voicing your opinion on social media opens up the possibility for Internet trolls to bombard threads with hate and ignorance. Your first reaction may be to reply with a similar negative tone.

Silence is the best weapon against hateful, prideful, or narrow-minded comments. It doesn’t come natural to practice silence when someone attacks your ideas or character. What helps me is to remember how Jesus replied as the crowd jeered at him on the Cross. He didn’t yell or jeer back. Instead, he prayed. Jesus asked his Father to be merciful, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Remaining silent during an argument online or in real life is difficult, but not impossible. It is necessary if you want to become a better version of yourself.

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Give Compliments and not Complaints

Another strategy in controlling the sins of the tongue is to give a compliment as opposed to a complaint. Negative news surrounds us daily. It’s much more interesting. It usually takes at least twice as many positive thoughts to cancel out a negative one.

But try that exercise. Whenever you find yourself tempted to complain do the following:

  • Pause
  • Write your complaint on a post-it note
  • Crumple up the note and throw it in the trash
  • Write a compliment about yourself or give someone else a compliment

Forming new habits takes practice. Hard work. But if you consistently remind yourself to shift your mind from complaints to compliments it will become easier over time. Eventually it will become natural for your to give compliments.

God over Gossip

The last tactic in the battle over the tongue is to pray more. Sounds simple. It is simple, but its not always easy. Gossip is an easily accepted sin. People don’t think it is that bad compared to “mortal sins”.  The Bible provides clear direction on this subject. Leviticus 19:16 states, “Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people.” It is quite clear. Don’t engage in gossip. How exactly do you stave off the temptation to gossip? Fill your mind with holy thoughts. Ask God for help. Praying is nothing more than talking to God. Petition the Holy Spirit. Thank God for the blessings in your life. Praise Jesus for his sacrifice on Calvary. All those will orient yourself toward the Holy Trinity and away from gossip.

kindness is contagious

Avoiding negative comments, complaints or gossip goes a long way towards shifting your mindset. Add in compliment about yourself or others and you will soon notice an overall change in your attitude. You will become more patience, kinder, and generous. Kindness is always in style evevn during the coronavirus pandemic. Change the world by controlling your words. Choose kindness over anger. Build up your immunity against negativity. Don’t let pessimism infect you. Kindness is a good contagion to spread!

 

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Detective Daddy Episode 3: Shenanigans Infect Us All

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Characters:

Detective Daddy: Me

Muffin Miscreant [mentioned]: Avila

Apple Aficionado: Josiah

Setting:

Three years after the events of Detective Daddy Episode 2: Does the Apple Fall Far from the Tree?

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It was a crisp Friday morning. The sun barely peaked through the cloudy sky. Combined with the moisture from a recent rainfall this created a lingering fog. Detective Daddy yawned. His 15th yawn this hour. Despite having a partner, his casework kept piling up. An erratic work schedule didn’t help.

The private eye had to pick up a second job working at a local grocery store. Detective work wasn’t in demand this year. He enjoyed shopping orders for customers for pick up or delivery. The hours are what killed him. Overnight shifts exhaust a person quickly. “How does Batman do it?” the gumshoe thought to himself. “I know he has the Joker and Arkham Ayslum to manage, but I bet even Muffingate would stump him!”

Shenanigan Sleuths  

Now that was a case which pushed Detective Daddy to the brink. A high level shenanigan event. Plenty of crumbs. Evidence. But the suspect was elusive. Or still is elusive. The prosecution team thought enough evidence existed to put her away for a while.

Simple cases don’t exist. A twist was thrown into the plot. Muffin Mayhem still happened as the original Muffin Miscreant was in custody. Is it a copycat? Master and apprentice dynamic? Mere coincidence? Or some other explanation?

Yawning again, Detective Daddy told his partner, “I need coffee. Let’s get some after your appointment.” The former Apple Aficionado, now known as Josiah, replied, “And go to car wash too? It will help us wake up!”

Smiling to himself, the detective laughed, “Sure! But first coffee, then car wash.” Josiah provided a great help in recent years. A reformed caper working side by side with a detective. Thinking about it still amazed Daddy.

Everyone Commits Shenanigans 

The appointment for Josiah’s training lasted an hour. His junior partner was developing communication skills to help in life and investigating. On the drive back to headquarters, Detective Daddy turned on the radio. After a few minutes he started shaking his head, “Josiah, shenanigans now are infecting adults.” His partner replied, “What is it?” Daddy said, “Panic shopping. It’s the politically correct term for adult shenanigans. People are buying up loads of toilet paper. Now shelves are empty.”

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“People can’t wipe their butts?!” Josiah asked. “Sadly, maybe. It is the people who can’t leave their home due to health reasons that might be most affected by it,” the detective retorted.

This conversation continued until they reached headquarters. It looked like a normal house. Attached garage. Nice front yard. But private investigators need to stay amidst the shenanigan scene while keeping their cover too.

Coffee. That was the word on the private eye’s mind the entire morning. A freshly brewed cup with French vanilla cream and a bit of almond milk sounded like bliss. He needed a burst of energy. Something to jolt his investigative juices in his brain back to life.

Opening the door, Detective Daddy noticed something troublesome. Coffee grounds strewn upon the floor. Punctured Keurig cups as well. Shenanigans never take a day off, but never has coffee been involved. This is something Detective Daddy might not be able to overcome. “Caffeine is my lifeblood,” he exclaimed. Looks like we have a new case on our hands!”

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More Detective Daddy Cases 

Detective Daddy Episode 1: Mystery of the Sippy Cup Snatcher

Detective Daddy Episode 2: Does the Apple Fall Far from the Tree?

Muffingate 2019


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How to Keep Social Distance in a Fun Way

Flatten the curve COVID-19

 

 

 

 

💡💡💡Social distancing pro tip—buy two yardsticks tips carry around as you walk from parking lots into stores.

Pros:

1️⃣ A yardstick is 3 feet so carrying two will maintain the six foot min.

2️⃣ You can pretend you’re Leonardo from the Ninja Turtles and chop invisible zombies in half while you perform your civic duty.

Cons:

1️⃣ You may look weird. But we have moved past weird A LONG TIME AGO. 😂

How have you managed to maintain social distancing if you had to shop? 

How are you staying sane during this crazy time? 

Share your thoughts in the comments section. 

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Fiction help teach us about fact. As an avid fan of comic books and superhero shows, I find a lot of wisdom in the character development and conflicts they face. My favorite superhero is The Flash. Barry Allen encountered suffering throughout his life.

Running away from fear is easy, but it takes courage to face adversity head on. The villain in the first part of Season Six of The Flash resembles our common foe in the COVID-19 virus 🦠. Check out the link below to read more about how Barry Allen’s fight with Bloodwork relates to the pandemic. ⤵️

What ‘The Flash’ can teach us about fear, death and faith in the unknown

Please also check out their latest Kickstarter for a new comic series based on the book of Jonah and J.R.R. Tolkien’s interpretation of that biblical story.

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How Comic book Heroes can give us hope in the face of the unknown

Play this Game during the Pandemic to Bring Joy into Your Life!

Smile today!

💡💡Play this game to bring joy into your life (mostly for city dwellers or people who still have to physically go to work) ⤵️

👋 Wave to people in cars you pass or those who drive on your street.

😃 You will be surprised how many people smile and wave back to you.

👋 One point is awarded for each wave. Receive an additional point if the person smiles back at you as they waved

Set either a time or mile limit for which the game to end.

The team/person in your family or friend circle with the highest score wins the Joy Cup.

❓What games have you played to pass the time and give you hope during this crisis?

❓Have you created any whimsical unique games?

If so, share in the comments below.

We are all in this thing together.

I am praying for everyone’s safety and I want to give you hope. 🙏

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This Prayer will Give You Comfort during these uncertain times

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❤️ The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is an incredible devotion. Singing it after meal times helps center me.

✝️ It focuses my attention on our Lord’s Presence. I am reminded me that my sacrifice of being without his comfort in the sacrament is nothing compared to the sacrifice he made on the Cross.

❤️ I am offering my pain as a gift to the Father. Here is a link to the version my family sings often.

✝️ My it provide you peace during our absence from the source and summit of everything.

🙏 Thank you St. Maria Faustina for the beautiful witness and sharing this prayer with the world.

May God comfort you today and always!

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

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