Sunday, August 19, 2007


Aliki2006, over at World of One Thousand Different Things was nice enough to bestow upon me this:

Wasn't that nice of her?

I'm actually quite flattered, because I DO believe that Nice Matters. Sure, I can be snarky occasionally, and I have been known to rant, but I really do try to be a nice person. That doesn't mean I won't speak my mind or disagree, but I think you can do those things and still be nice. I think there has been a large lack of common NICE in our world, and we could really benefit from bringing it back. From the simple thing of letting a car go ahead of you in traffic to truly helping out a stranger in need. From trying to refrain from gossip, and choosing to not speak ill of someone (even when you easily could!). The other day as I went through a toll booth I smiled and said a bright "Good morning!" to the man in the booth. He beamed at me. Was I the only person who had been nice to him that day? (I hope not!) It costs us so little, usually, to be nice, and the benefits are so great. Our society has placed such value on sarcasm, on competitiveness, on being better and having more. I think it's a good idea to bring back the NICE.

There are a lot of NICE people out there in the blogosphere, but I would particularly like to pass this pretty little button on to:
bubandpie who was not only one of the first people to leave a comment on my blog (oh? yours, too? isn't she NICE?) but helped me out not only with technical things but also with coming up with themey titles for my blog
Beck who also was one of my first commenters, and whose whole blog is just nice. She speaks beautifully and elegantly and kindly about matters large and small
Chani who, even when she is feeling hurt, puts so much emphasis on peace and understanding, that the word nice seems like such a shortfall, but nonetheless appropriate (and Chani, feel no need to pass this on... I just wanted to honor your niceness with no linky pressure)
Ewe who is the only blogger I have actually met in the real world, and she was quite nice, indeed (both online and off)

And to all of you nice people who stop by my blog... you make my world nicer just by saying hey. So, thanks.

Have a nice day.


Blog Antagonist said...

Congratulations! It's always nice when a blogger recognizes another blogger. I love how those awards make the blogosphere a smaller place.

slouching mom said...

I am so happy to have discovered all four of the lovely ladies you honored. And they are nice, you are so right. Excellent choices.

And you! Congratulations! Yes, you are nice, and yes, we need to bring back "nice". It's so disappointing that "nice" got lost somewhere along the way.

Christine said...

wonderful! this a is a great award for a great blogger, and friend.

ad great peopel to pass it to, too. and beck was my very first commenter!

and your slide show? made me super jealous of your trip, but it seemed so so lovely. glad it was fun for you all.

Jennifer said...

Well deserved! :)

thailandchani said...

You definitely had this one coming.. .and...

thank you.. simply.. thank you. :)



blooming desertpea said...

I'd go even further by saying - being nice doesn't cost anything, it's free but gives so much back ...

Joy, of course said...

I genuinely agree that the merits of kindness have been forgotten. Wittiness, intelligence, success, these are what we value now, and "niceness" is almost considered a weakness.

Congratulations friend on your "nice" award. It is well deserved.

bubandpie said...

Thank you!

"Nice" is a funny word. It's kind of like saying "She has a great personality" (remember the conversation in When Harry Met Sally about how that means she's not very attractive?). But I, too, am in favour of niceness, and honoured that you'd pass this on to me.

zellmer said...

So true. Thanks for the reminder. And congrats on your much deserved award.

ewe are here said...

Oh, thank you so much!

I agree that Nice Matters. I, too, rant away on occasion, and I also believe that there is a lot to be said for being nice about it when I do.

I'm feeling much cheerier already.

Furrow said...

Niceness can certainly be rare in the blogosphere. It's been very nice getting to know such a nice blogger as you.