Kindness will carry us through

In the past few days, I’ve heard so many disheartening stories of people showing their worst (like fighting over toilet paper at Costco). 

And I’ve heard uplifting, inspiring stories of people reaching out to help others, like a young couple who are running errands for their elderly neighbors who have no family nearby. 

Those stories of kindness, of tenderness, of joy are what will carry us through the difficult and challenging times ahead. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about kindness.

Even if you are isolated at home, it’s important to remember you aren’t alone in your struggle. But what if the heaviness of that struggle, the burden of it could be lightened? 

 

Kindness is one way to do that. Because when we offer an act of kindness, it not only blesses the recipient, it also blesses the giver.

 

So, I challenge you, in these uncertain times, to do one kind act a day. Toss kindness around like confetti. 

Even if you’re stuck at home, can you do something that will bring a smile to the face of a loved one there with you? Can you share something positive or uplifting or fun in your social media outlets to bring a smile to others? They don’t have to be big, grand acts of kindness to be important and of value. Something as simple as a smile can truly brighten someone’s day. 

And in brightening the day of another, who knows? You might just start a chain reaction that blooms with beauty and joy. 

In an effort to do my part, I’ll be giving away free books for the next few weeks. To make sure you don’t miss out on any, be sure to sign up for my newsletter

Today through March 19, I have three ebooks available for free on Amazon.

It’s just my small way of saying thank you for your readership. I hope my sweet romances will bring you a few hours of humor, heart, and hope.

Dacey
Tad’s Treasure 
Capturing the Cavedweller’s Heart

Take care and be safe! 

Shanna Hatfield
After spending her formative years on a farm in Eastern Oregon, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield turns her rural experiences into sweet historical and contemporary romances filled with sarcasm, humor, and hunky western heroes.
When this USA Today bestselling author isn’t writing or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, Shanna hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.

36 Comments

  1. Thank you so very much!

    1. You are so welcome, Melanie! Happy reading!

  2. Wonderful post. Times like these should bring out kindness from everyone. After all, we’re in this together. Even Just a smile can do wonders for someone. Be safe.

    1. A smile is such an easy thing to share with others. Thank you, Carol. You stay safe and healthy, too!

  3. So true. I’ve been trying to through kindness all over social media through uplifting posts and quotes.

    Let the good in the world outlast the bad in kindness.

    1. perhaps I should have worded it as:

      Let the good in the world outlast the bad with kindness.

    2. That is wonderful, Denise! I think we need all the kindness and uplifting thoughts we can get right now. Take care and thank you!

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      Thank you so much Shanna, I didn’t have Dacey yet! Kindness is something I try to practice everyday but it is even more important during times like this! I need to figure out how to find out what family in my area may be struggling to feed themselves right now. My mother has tons of canned soup I could pay forward. Of course, my family tells me to hold onto it because we have no idea where this whole situation is headed and I am only on disability income… You just make my heart happy with all your sunshine you always share. One of my best friends has a nonprofit called Keys to Kindness and y’all remind me of each other often.

      1. You are so, so sweet, Stephanie. Thank you for your kind words and I’m honored I remind you of your friend (who’s nonprofit sounds amazing by the way). And that is so awesome of you to by thinking of ways to help others even when you are on a limited income. So admirable! Take care and be well and know you are thought of with admiration and love.

  4. Shanna- you are my uplifting joy. You are such a kind and uplifting Lady. I love your message, I agree kindness goes along way.
    During these rough times it’s kindness, encouragement, and love that will get us all through this.
    May God watch over and bless you, your family, and everyone here everyday.
    Love you my sweet friend.

    1. Oh, Tonya!
      You are so sweet and special, and such a dear friend. Thank you. And you are correct – it’s kindness, love, and encouragement that will get us through the trying times.
      May He hold you in His hand and surround you with His grace.
      Loads of love!

  5. Great post! It has been tough lately and everyone could use a bit if kindness and happiness in spite of what’s going on around the world.

    1. Thank you, Janine. And I wholeheartedly agree. Wishing you a beautiful day. Stay safe and be well!

  6. Thanks so much. I shall strive to be even more kinder.

    1. Thank you, Debra. May kindness pave the path ahead of you today and fill your heart with joy.

  7. Shanna … you always have a joyful heart. I love that about you. It just shines within you. I will be more conscious of being kind.

    1. What a lovely thing to say, Kathy! Thank you so, so much. And I hope the kindness you give comes back to you ten-fold. Have a lovely day!

  8. Thank you so much , I love the Cave Dwellers Heart ?? I actually bought the paperback so I could share with my friends. We all definitely need a smile in these days, I worry so about the elderly . We all need to be there for each other in these difficult days ahead of us !!

    1. Oh, what a nice thing to do, Rose Ann. Thank you! I hope your friends enjoy it, too. And yes, I worry so about the elderly (especially my octogenarian parents). We do all need to be there for each other. Thank you and have a beautiful day!

  9. Such a timely and important reminder, Shanna! Panic, discouragement, and frustration are running rampant right now. Kindness, hope, and love are the cure. Thank for the reminder that we can all contribute in small ways every day. And thank you for the free books!

    1. Shanna, reading Facet now and loving it. Thank you!

      1. So happy to hear that, Margot. Thank you! And happy reading!

    2. Thank you so much, Karen. Our world can never have too much kindness, love, or hope. Thank you for being so gracious and kind. I appreciate you! <3 Have a beautiful day and take care.

  10. Thank you so much for the free books! It will be so nice to have fresh reading material to take our minds off the worries of the day.

    1. You are most welcome, Christy. Hope you enjoy the books. Happy reading and stay safe and well!

  11. thank you for the books. thank you for sharing about “kindness” it is needed everywhere all the time. take care and stay healthy

  12. Thank you!! You are right, we need to be kind, wherever we go, whatever we do.

    1. It’s the best way to be, Trudy. Thank you for stopping in today and be safe and well!

  13. Wonderful post, Shanna!

    1. Thanks so much, Caryl. I so appreciate you stopping in!

  14. Thank you so much, Shanna. The positive notes encouraging kindness are a necessary reminder. There is enough to be worried about and enough bad behavior to deal with. It is heartening to see and hear about the good things and acts of kindness happening all around us. I am afraid this country is in for a difficult time ahead and we will need all the positive we can get to make it through.
    Thanks so much for the books. They all sound enjoyable. Take good care of yourself and stay healthy.

    1. Hi Patricia,
      I love hearing the stories of good, especially in times like these when everyone is so focused on the negative. We do need all the joy, kindness, and hope we can gather around us to make it through whatever lies ahead.
      Thank you so much for stopping in and sending wishes for you and your loved ones to stay safe and healthy.

  15. Thank you, Shanna! You are truly one of the lights in the world! I appreciate and smile at many of your posts both in your group and out. You exude such kindness and love even across the internet and I just want you to know I appreciate you! 😀 Thank you for sharing the e-books. When I can get a Kindle of mine to work again I will read them! 😀

    I’d like to share a kindness that was done for me during this time.
    I live in Northern Utah and I posted I am having a hard time finding hand sanitizer and toilet paper. There wasn’t any to be had at 4 shops and nowhere i looked online had any either. A friend in Washington sent me a private message that she was sending me a travel size bottle of sanitizer as soon as she could figure how to send it. Touched my heart she would do that for me. A Local friend sent a message she had an extra travel bottle and dropped it by before I went out into the public shopping for the 2nd time since all of this. And a 3rd friend sent me a private message (she is in Alabama) and she was able to get some toilet paper for me and a hand sanitizer which i truly appreciate. And she will send it the end of the week.

    Such love from people both near and far. I am in one of the higher risk categories and I tend to have to go out for prescriptions and/or groceries at least once a week. So I am among people. I’m doing what i can to stay home but some things are necessary.

    There is kindness in the world at this time and I hope more people will share of their kindnesses because that overshadows all the selfishness and greed out there.

    Thank you for being the sweet lovely person you are, Shanna! You truly make a difference! 😀

    1. Hi Sabrina,
      Oh, I’m so sorry to hear you are in an at risk group and so happy you have good people in your life who share wonderful acts of kindness. So good of them to do that.
      And thank you for your sweet, touching words. You warmed my heart and I appreciate you so much. Thank you for letting your light shine, too, and being a lovely person to know.
      Be safe and stay well and know you are in my thoughts.

  16. What a great post. So many forget the kindness during bad times. I still try to show it myself.

    1. Thank you. When everyone seems so focused on the negative, it can be challenging to remember the positive. Thank you for showing kindness and for stopping in today. Be well and safe!

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