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No One is Useless

February 10, 2013

I love Charles Dickens’ thought – “no one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another”. If only all of us could remember it whenever negative emotions overwhelm and we feel worthless, meaningless and simply good-for-nothing… Sadly, as Phil Kirby has noticed, “kindness is a virtue generally reserved for special occasions such as Christmas, birthdays and redundancy”.

In his article called “Cool to Be Kind?” Phil refers to some scientific facts – “positive Psychology has shown a significant statistical correlation between kindness as a character trait and kind acts”, yet “not enough research has been done to establish whether the converse is true”. In his opinion “it is unwise to speculate whether acting kindly can make one a kinder person” and that best it is to “wait until the evidence is in”. I’m sorry, but I don’t agree. If you haven’t been convinced by Charles Dickens’ and think that his ideas are too old fashioned, here’s what Winston Churchill said – “we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give”. So, even if acting kindly won’t make you a kinder person, do it; because it really is cool to be kind!

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A few weeks ago we have introduced you to 8 by 8 Project and this post is just to let you know that there’s still time to take part and donate your artwork for charity (the deadline for submission in the 1st of March). We are very excited, as our artwork (two unique photo prints) are already on their way to Scotland. Here’s a sneak peek:

Some Brave Boys, 2013

Some Brave Boys, 2013

The other submissions can be seen here – on the 8 by 8 Project’s website. And here’s what 8 by 8 Project is about:

In April 2013 the Eight by Eight Project are bringing an exciting and innovative exhibition to Eden Court, Inverness. 

‘Childhood Explored’ will feature donations of work from around the UK and beyond, from professional, semi-professional, student and hobbyist artists, photographers, craftspeople and other creatives from diverse disciplines, celebrating what Childhood means to them, and rising awareness of Camille’s Appeal’s vital work. All profits raised from the sale of work go directly to the charity.

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Please create & donate for eightbyeight!

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