My son, Matt, was an incredibly amazing human being. His charismatic charm, bright beaming smile, and genuine goodness drew everyone he met to him. He was contagiously happy, with a huge capacity for optimism and compassion. You can read more about him and how in his short 32 years he impacted more lives than most people do in a lifetime. He inspires me to be a better person. Maybe he will inspire you too. His kindness will ripple on forever. – Jackie Kurtz
In this blog I’ll share stories that inspire, make you think, cause concern and make you laugh. ENJOY.
Matt would be 36 years old today. Oh, how I miss him. I wish I could go back to the before times, back in the day when I lived in ignorant bliss and knew nothing about mental illness and grief. When Matt was healthy and happy and our family was complete. When life was easy and full of joy.
These past weeks have been particularly disturbing and stressful so now is a good time to share some of the wonderful nominations we receive at MKRO. I get to read about inspirational people of all ages doing acts of kindness, large and small every day. It’s heartwarming and reminds me that most people in our world are really good people. We hear too much from the extreme voices in the news and social media, but they don’t represent us. Today I’m sharing with you a few nominations we’ve gotten of people who inspire us with their kind hearts. I wish we could give all of them Matt’s Kindness Awards, they so deserve it.
May their kindness ripple forward and inspire all of you.
2020 was an ugly year so to that I say good riddance. Now that we’re starting a new year, I propose we make 2021 the Year of Kindness. To get you started, here are 15 quotes that I hope will inspire you to spread kindness where ever you go.
Plus, you’re in for a visual treat, I’ve included pictures from an amazing photographer with each quote. My sister-in-law, Cherie Mason, has an incredible talent for creative and inspirational pictures. I’m happy to share her pictures here but I’d also recommend you go over to herInstagram pageand see the rest of her beautiful work.
2020 has been a truly ugly year and I’ll be glad when it’s over. But it’s important to recognize the silver linings we found because of 2020 and I’m hoping everyone will stop to think about those things and not drop everything and return to the old normal but give careful consideration to what’s really important. Continue reading Silver Linings from 2020 to Take Into 2021→
Kelli Lewis is incredibly brave. She allowed a reporter into her home to share what life is like with her 11-year-old son who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She is putting herself out there, and in the process educating so many people who have no idea what it can be like to live with someone diagnosed with serious mental illness. It’s not something that’s talked about. There’s a huge stigma around mental illness and she’s opening herself up to all kinds of judgments and opinions from people who have no idea how difficult it can be.
Thanks to our generous donors, we are thrilled to announce two winners of our Kindness Award, Sonia Su and Agha Haider. Both of them go above and beyond to help others and we’re blown away by their compassion, their selflessness, and their ability to get other people to share in their vision of helping those in need. Their acts of kindness have rippled out and touched thousands of lives. They’re incredible and we’re so proud to have them as part of our MKRO family.
A ray of sunshine in a sea of negativity. We’re living in unprecedented times with so much negativity surrounding us, it’s worrying, stressful, and exhausting. In the middle of this, I heard some good news that left me feeling hopeful.
I’m excited to share with you about an organization that blew me away. It’s started around 2016, but I just found out about them and participated in one of their online zoom debates with 1600 people around the country. My husband, Ron, also participated, and afterward, he said, “This is the first thing in a very long time that gives me hope that Republicans and Democrats can have civil conversations.”