Daymaker - a person who performs acts of kindness with the intention of making the world a better place.
~ David Wagner
, author of Life as a Daymaker; how to change the world by making someone's day ~

DayMaker - any thought, word, or deed that spreads happiness, compassion, or fruitful ideas.
~ Annis Cassells ~

Friday, December 11, 2015


I didn’t want my next post to be a rant. That is not the style or purpose of The DayMaker.

I’d been searching for what I could say that would be positive. Show compassion. Lead the way. Present a solution or an action. Express my sadness, incredulity, and concern without condemning or vilifying. I didn’t want to fly about helter-skelter then zero in like a missile seeking its target.

So I have been silent.

But too often now, I am swallowing the sickness I feel over the tragedies and losses through gun violence. Too often I am turning away from photos of terrorists, foreign or home-grown. Too often I am appalled by the attacks on people who dare to claim the right to practice their religion or the freedom to make choices that affect their lives. Too often, I am stunned by the words of full-of-themselves politicians and wannabes.

Too much I am wondering how I can NOT let THEM, those outside forces, change ME. So when a coach friend, Karen Tax, posted a quote that spoke to me on Facebook, I knew I had to share it. 

These words were what I’d been searching for.

Written by Iain S. Thomas, 2007, in his blog post, The Fur

For sure, Thomas’s words don’t solve the world problems we face. But they help reinforce to me that I don’t have to become someone I don’t want to be.

What words have inspired you lately? Maybe they will make a bit of brightness for the rest of us, too.

~ xoA ~


  1. Annis, this was a beautiful message. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. We all need this sometimes when life is so confusing and it feels that things outside of our control are falling apart all around us. I want to share this with my darling daughter who is feeling great anxiety about life right now. Love you, my friend!

    1. Thank you, dear Joan. I sure needed this message and thought, "I can't be the only one." Appreciating your comments and sending love. xoA

  2. Exactly! We can only control ourselves and our own thoughts. Our God has the rest covered!

    1. Dear Shirley, yes, you said it well. It's helpful, and often peace-bringing to realize what we can and can't control. Thanks so much for commenting. Love, xoA

  3. This touched me. Thank you for the thoughtful response to the crazy state of our world.

    1. Thank YOU, Brittany, for reading and finding something here that spoke to you. These are difficult and wild times, for sure, but I believe we have to stay positive and do what we can to bring peace to our lives. Thanks for writing. Love, xoA