Hands are Meant to Heal

August 12th, 2011

8-12-11Doctors seem to take a big interest in One Million Acts Of Kindness and The Kindness Bicycle Tour, I’ve talked with nearly a hundred over the past few years. Today I met Doctor John Listerman who had read the article in The Lawrence Journal-World about One Million Acts Of Kindness. He has spent the last several years, caring for the indigent and has seen first hand the effects of kindness on others. He and I talked about leading with a kind heart and helping, not hurting one another, To him, hands are meant to heal. What a beautiful way to live one’s life. Our conversation reminded me of a meeting I had nearly 3 years ago, in preparation for heading out on the road, I talked with Stephen G. Post PhD, who is now Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook. He wrote “Why Good Things Happen to Good People.” This book should be read by everyone because there are huge health benefits to being kind. If its teachings and beliefs were embraced by everyone, no one would ever lay a hand on another human being.
Today’s cool temperatures made the nearly sixty miles I rode on the University of Kansas campus and surrounding area seem like a walk in the park.
** Stephen G. Post’s newest book is a must read. “The Hidden Gifts of Helping” How the Power of Giving, Compassion and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times

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