#WATWB We Are The World Blogfest – Random acts of Kindness

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Random Acts of Kindness

 

We are the World Blogfest

 

The last Friday of every month, a group of writers join in to advocate for kindness by sharing a post of something positive and inspirational to spread some kindness messages in our community and deflect off some of the negativity in the world. A link is added at the bottom of this and all posts for #WATWB contributors if you’d like to add one of your own.

 

For this month’s contribution to  #WATWB I thought I’d share something about what I did with my last book promotion I ran for Free days on Amazon.

 

While I was running the promo, I posted about it on my blog, and I received a comment from a fellow blogger, Lea from the blog –  FoundinFrance, after she read my post, leaving a wonderful idea in her comment.

 

My book, Words We Carry – Essays of Obsession and Self-Esteem, focuses on stories about my growing up without a self-esteem because of emotional neglect in my childhood as well as the scars left behind, and how I learned to overcome. When Lea had read my post she mentioned that my book may be helpful to women of abuse who were living in shelters.

 

It hadn’t dawned on me before that just because my book was available for free that so many wouldn’t be aware, beyond where I advertised it. So after I read Lea’s comment I did a Google search of local shelters in my city, made up an introductory email letter, and sent it out to a few managers of those shelters, offering them to share the free download with the women in those shelters.

 

We certainly know the power words have and how they can hurt us and leave deep scars. But words also have the power to lift up others, and often, empowering books can give a lot of people a boost of optimism when they read about other people’s journeys through adversity and how they have overcome, shining a light on the possibility that there is always a way out.

 

Next time I run a promo, I’m going to be sure to contact some charities so they can share the offer of a free book to download and hopefully my books will give inspiration to a few of those readers. Maybe we could all consider sharing our free promos with various charities to spread the word around and make someone’s day.

 

And now, I’d like to leave you with this most inspirational video!

 

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Hosts for this month’s linkup are:   Simon FalkRoshan RadhakrishnanInderpreet Uppal, Lynn HallbrooksEric Lahti, and Mary J Giese

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  1. Hi Debbie – what a great idea and I’m so glad you put that straight into practice – brilliant thought of Lea’s … which you’ve proven as way forward to help others … and I love the video by Former US Navy Admiral – excellent motivational speech – simple, yet true … thank you so much – Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary! Thank you so much. And so glad you loved the video. I was so touched when I came across it. I hope it inspires many more. 🙂 xx

  2. What a fabulous idea, Debby. I’m sure your generosity will inspire many others to do the same and spread the positive ripples far and wide. Congratulations, and thank you.

    1. Thanks Norah. It really never dawned at me just because a book is free there are so many avenues that don’t know about it. 🙂 x

      1. It’s great to share your inspiration so others can be inspired by it too. 🙂

        1. We do hope so Norah. 🙂

  3. Great post, Debby, and, a very kind person. Thank you for sharing. xo

    1. Thank you my friend. <3

  4. What an awesome idea, Debby. Wow. You are a superstar!

    1. Aw, thanks so much Diana. <3

  5. That is a tremendous video. “Make your bed”–what a great explanation about why that is so important.

    Not that I did it this morning!

    1. Thanks Jacqui. I thought it was so inspirational. And I always make my bed. I can’t sleep in it well if I go into it unmade. 🙂

  6. Great thoughts and inspirational too!

    1. Just love the video! Thanks. 🙂

  7. The power of words could shatter many glass ceilings and heal a million hearts…you are kind beyond words dear friend…PROUD of you! Love and hugs for posting that video. 🙂

    1. Thanks you for your beautiful words B. And so glad you watched that inspirational video. <3

  8. Hi Debbie,
    I did something similar, I sent an offer to several nonprofit organizations that deal with child abuse/neglect support. I offered my book for free to any of their clients. In return, put my book on their website as source material. One took me up and the rest sent request for donations. Sometimes you can lead a horse…. I watched you attached video several time and it is an inspiration. BTW, I read your book “Words We Carry”. It was a great support book, but I found it directed to women. As you well know, there are so many women trapped in fears and a book like yours, gives them hope. Thanks for you leadership. HUGS

    1. Hi Chuck! Great to hear you made an offer for your book to some organizations. Perhaps they were getting a little greedy? Lol.
      Glad you enjoyed the video, I loved it!
      I’m happy to hear you read my book already! And yes, it is geared towards women in some parts, but there’s also some good advice on relationships, and many of my own insecurities could also apply to the male genre. I’m surprised because I thought you were reading my book on forgiveness, but appreciate you taking the time to read. Hope you will consider leaving a review on Amazon. You know, surprisingly, a few men read my humorous take on menopause book and rated it 5 star. I was gobsmacked at first but then realized, there are a lot of men out there who are interested on trying to learn what the heck they’ll have to endure with their spouse at that crazy time, lol.
      BTW, I replied to your generous offer for a copy of your book, did you get it? Hugs back and happy weekend!

  9. Leave it to other bloggers to come with great ideas! I hope the shelters were able to let their clients know about your book! You never know whose life you might touch and inspire into a new beginning. Very cool to read this Deb!

    1. Thanks Ter. I thought I’d share that in my goodwill post to maybe inspire other authors to do the same. <3

      1. I did something similar for my book at a Sacramento bloggers’ meeting–made mine free since I was the guest speaker. Not quite as life-changing as yours.

        1. Wonderful Terri! And don’t sell yourself short. I just happen to write in the nonfiction genre. You are a wealth of information with photos and blogging. <3

          1. Aww thanks for that, Deb ❤

  10. It’s so lovely to think that your book might reach and help someone in need. Great idea and great share Debby. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Marje. I’d like to think so. 🙂 x

  11. What an inspired idea about your book that you implemented so generously – way to go! Quite an amazing speech as well.

    1. Thanks so much. And thanks for visiting. 🙂

  12. That’s such a wonderful intiative. <3

    1. Thank you my friend. <3

  13. That’s an amazing video. I’ve come across it before, but it was lovely to watch it again. And kudos to you for your offer to charities– words indeed have power, and we can use them to uplift and inspire.

    1. Thanks D! 🙂

  14. Wonderful, Debby <3 With my first book Pathways to Illumination, I gave copies to a local shelter and a woman's safe house. Keep spreading love and know you are changing the world for the better xxoo

    1. Wow, Christy girl, good for you. Why am I not surprised you had already jumped on the bandwagon of kindness? <3

      1. Oh Debby *blushing* ~ SO HAPPY to know you ♥

        1. Ditto my friend. <3

  15. Such a wonderful idea, Debby!
    A random act of kindness is one of the best ways to spread love and positivity.
    You could even save a life… you’ll never know… 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!

    Writer In Transit

    1. Thanks so much Michelle. And wow, wouldn’t that be something to think that our words could save a life? 🙂

  16. What a wonderful, generous gift, Debby! I wonder if any local women’s prison temporary residents could benefit from it also. Very well done and thanks for sharing with us!

    1. Thanks so much Emily. And thanks for another great idea! I think the places are really endless where we could offer up our work to enlighten others. 🙂

  17. This is wonderful. I hope you’ve had some responses. Lovely idea put into practice. ?

    1. Thanks Sarah. By sharing our promos, it’s a win/win. We give others a free chance to read and be entertained, and we gain readership. <3

  18. Super Idea! I sent along a post. We all need inspiration!

    1. How wonderful Jennie! So glad you joined in. I look forward to reading it! 🙂

  19. Debby, this is doubly (maybe triply) good. Your offer for the books is generous and pertinent to the people and the Admiral’s speech was humourously moving. I say triple, as I think I need to pay more attention to your books. Thanks Simon’s Still Stanza #WATWB

    1. Well thank you Simon, I’m completely touched by your beautiful, triple compliment. 🙂

  20. I had not thought of contacting local charities when I put one of my books up for free. That is a great idea. I love the inspirational video. I suppose that my Technical Instructors in the Air Force may have had a similar thought. We had to make our beds each and every day while I was in basic training. Thanks for sharing about your book and the charities as well as the inspirational video. Many thanks for being a part of #WATWB

    1. Thanks Lynn, for visiting and sharing some of your own experience. I hope this idea spreads around that when we put our books on free, why not spread the word other places so less fortunate can grab a copy and at the same time we may gain new readers. 🙂

  21. You know how to juggle the jobs, from self-publishing to posting here most days to joining in with WATWB. I’m awed by all you do. And you have time to write books, too?

    1. Lol, thanks Elaine. It seems my speed at writing books suffers. But I’m happy to say I’m on rewrites of my next book. 🙂

    1. Thank so much! 🙂

    1. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    1. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  22. Hi Debby,
    I am sorry I have been away so long. I plan on remedying that. We are the World? Never heard of it. I do agree there is way too much negativity in the world. Why, I will not say so this doesn’t become political. It’s wonderful you and others are trying to correct this by shining your light in the world in this each month.
    Janice

    1. Hi Janice. Thanks for visiting. I know how hard it is to keep up, so I appreciate when you drop by. And yes, spreading some positive vibes is something we could all use! 🙂 x

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