Thursday, November 12, 2015

#WorldKindnessDay is Tomorrow-Celebrate by Being Like Mother Teresa-With Compassion and Love! (#TheLetters)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this info and viewing, free of charge,from The Letters and Random Acts of Kindness, for blog posting and review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about either.


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Tomorrow, November 13th is World Kindness Day! 

What is that? 
#WorldKindessDay is a global 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward 
and focusing on the good.

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This year Miss Grace's school has focused on filling buckets of kindness and support, and the kids have taken to it so easily! I truly believe kids are born with an extreme amount of compassion and sympathy for others, but it gets tamped down by society, peer pressure and stress. So seeing my daughter bloom and be someone who is always willing to pay it forward, fills my heart with gratitude. This post shares what many of their acts are,

I know she gets it from seeing us, family and friends, doing the same, One of my besties takes her birthday number and drives around all day, bestowing that amount of kind, and random acts, for total strangers all day. It's become a group event, that gets everyone involved in sharing and caring, and she truly is helping to make the world a better place!

Check out this excellent article on 7 ways you can save the world, or just share some kindness one #WorldKindnessDay! Course not everyone can be like Mother Teresa, but start with one small thing from the list and you'll see others times when you can act coming your way!


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Mother Teresa is considered one of the greatest humanitarians of modern times.  Her selfless commitment changed hearts, lives and inspired millions throughout the world.  I remember when she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979- we watched video of it at school, and I know it made a HUGE impact on my generation. She was the embodiment of what the award stood for, and of what compassion truly looks like. So therefore, our Catholic school teachers brought her up repeatedly and used her as an example of humility and faith. It was no surprise that out of my high school graduating class, 70% went into professions that involved serving others- teachers, nurses, doctors, law enforcement, and yes, even religious orders. 

So I was thrilled to be able to not only embrace #WorldKindnessDay, but to have the opportunity to preview The Letters,an inspirational portrayal of Mother Teresa's and her life of service, that releases nationwide on December 4th.  


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THE LETTERS is the story of how Mother Teresa came to be in India, and how she founded her order, the Missionaries of Charity,  as told through personal letters she wrote over the last 40 years of her life. She never wanted the letters to be revealed, as they show how troubled and vulnerable she was, and how she grew to feel an isolation and an abandonment by God. But the letters show how much like each and every one of us she was- human, with faults and questions, even though she had been given a higher calling.  The story is told from the point of view of a Vatican priest (Golden Globe nominee, Rutger Hauer in a very understated role), charged with the task of investigating acts and events following her death, as he conducts the Vatican Study for her Sainthood (expected to come in 2016).  In the movie he (and her letters) recount her life’s work, her political oppression, her religious zeal and her unbreakable spirit.


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Written and directed  by William Riead, THE LETTERS stars the acclaimed four-time BAFTA nominated British Actress Juliet Stevenson as Mother Theresa in a truly moving and amazing piece of acting. She has Sister Teresa' nuances down so well, if you look away for a second,  you swear you are seeing a video of her. Stevenson gives what has to be the award winning role of the year. It is an amazing script, and she breathes such empathy and sensitivity and tenderness into the role, that the movie will hold you enthrall. Academy Award Nominee Max Van Sydow is the priest who is the holder of her letters and memories of her early struggles. The interaction between him and Hauer is so authentic and gives you another amazing part of the movie.

The film is rated PG,and I urge you to take pre-teens and teens to see it- it is such a MOVING experience, and will allow for quite a few family discussions on the way home about Christian charity, compassion, love and faith. It is a wonderful movie to see during the holiday season, when as a whole we are in a more giving mood, and to remind to keep #WorldKindnessDay in our hearts all year round! 

Watch the Trailer:


 You can follow The Letters on FacebookTwitter and and Instagram, for more inspiration and clips. Check out Random Acts of Kindness on Instagram and Facebook for more ways you can share random acts of kindness and celebrate #WorldKindnessDay with us!


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