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we just found out a friend of ours who used to be our manager when my husband and i were working together (we were just dating at the time) has terminal cancer. when we heard he was not doing well and has a very short time to live we struggled with what to say. do we even call? what do you say to someone you haven’t spoken to in years? we didn’t want to disturb him but really wanted him to know we were thinking about him. i convinced my husband to just pick up the phone. and so he did. he told my husband that if he could do it all over, he wouldn’t stress so much about work and would spend more time with his kids. and definitely take more vacations. he thanked him and told him that it really made his evening that he called. and i bawled my eyes out. life is so short. and unfair. i have so many questions that i hope will be answered when my time is up.

unrelated to the story above but my reason for this post was to introduce you to a reminder to be kinder which another longtime friend (angie) of ours just started. the concept behind a reminder to be kinder is to wear a ring on your finger to remind you that there is no time like the present to be kind. how many times have you thought about doing something kind but then never followed through? to learn more about a reminder to be kinder or to order your own ring, click here. for every ring sold, a reminder to be kinder will donate a portion of the proceeds to various charities. a reminder to be kinder is always looking to partner up with schools and charitable organizations to support causes that make the world a kinder place.

p.s. i convinced angie to join twitter so i hope you will follow her on twitter and say hello! you can also find a reminder to be kinder on facebook.

6 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Erin
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    I’m so glad your husband made the call-that was courageous of him, but the small things make the biggest lasting impression! Also, I love Angie’s reminder rings! SO beautiful and dainty!


    Erin @

  2. lissy
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    Oh how true…you’ll never regret not working that extra hour but you will certainly regret missing out on really living your life. I’m trying to figure out how to apply this lesson to my life. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Nicole
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    Thanks for this great post — A Reminder to be Kinder is such a heartwarming idea, and I’m interested in buying a ring to support it, but was wondering if you or your friend could clarify how much of the proceeds go to charity, and where the rest of the funds go. Thank you!

    • Angie
      Sep 27, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

      Nicole, Thank you for your comments on my site. The amount going to charity depends on the distribution method. If the ring is purchased through the website about 33% of the profits are directed to the charity posted on the blog, which is currently The ALS Association. If the rings are sold through a particular event hosted by a charity a larger portion can be donated to the charity The amount is determined with the charity, based on several different factors. The remainder of the funds are kept in the company and used on typical business expenses such as advertising, growth, product, trade shows etc… I hope this answers your question. Please feel free to contact me with any others.

  4. Lindsey Marlor
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    just found your site and it’s too cute! I actually just featured one of your bracelets on my Tuesdays look post..

  5. Autumn Van Weir
    Sep 28, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    WOW. I LOVE this ring idea! It’ wonderful! So kind and a great physical way to remind yourself to think before you act.