tiny favor

December 13th, 2011

Back in September 2010, I was surprised one morning by what turned up on my computer: a generous review of Hand Wash Cold on the Tiny Buddha website.

You may know how relatively unschooled I am at social media, and if not totally unschooled, at least unconvinced. Still, I knew that hitting the Tiny was hitting the Big, at least on the computer.

I wondered how someone with so much media muscle — more than 235,000 Twitter followers, 70,000 Facebook fans, and 12 million web page views — could do something so selflessly kind?

The answer is, by being tiny.

I hope I can be twice as small in returning the favor.

Tiny Buddha founder Lori Deschene has a new book out, Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions. I’m offering my pristine review copy right here as a giveaway, and you’ll want to do yourself a favor by commenting to enter by this Friday. (If you win, I promise the book will arrive to you by Christmas.) It’s a great gift for yourself or a friend, full of good old fashioned common sense and new-fangled how-tos. It captures some things you might have seen whiz past you on the web, and some things you’ll want to reflect on for more than a blink of time.

Lori is a smart and fluid writer (no wonder she has made a career as a web copywriter) and she weaves in crowdsourced contributions from her Twitter followers (like me) on such hefty topics as pain, change, love, money, fate, happiness and control. But the gem here is something that can never be quoted in 140 characters: the true story of Lori’s transformation from a recluse to a community builder, from a self-loathing misfit to an inspiring changemaker. This is a story we all share in one small way or another — it is the story of the Buddha’s leap over the wall of delusive, egocentric thought. This is the journey we all make, little by little, without a map, toward our complete potential. Taking that leap is the only way we can ever do good.

For starters, the book has shown me how to do something great today: return a tiny favor.

This one’s for you.

Leave a comment on this post by the end of the day this Friday, Dec. 16 to enter the giveaway. Favor yourself with an extra entry by posting this tweet:

RT@kmaezenmiller Giving away @tinybuddha book here: http://bit.ly/szQIre

The winner of this giveaway has been notified. Thank you for participating.

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  1. I’ve always found wisdom on Tiny Buddha. It would be an honor to read the book. Thank You.

    Comment by Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri — December 13, 2011 @ 6:06 am

  2. I’m all for taking the leap! Count me in :-)

    Comment by Roos — December 13, 2011 @ 6:07 am

  3. Would love to read this (or better yet give it as a gift and hope to borrow it to read later! :)


    Comment by Stellablue — December 13, 2011 @ 6:13 am

  4. I’m currently reading ‘Hand Wash Cold’ and really loving it. Thank you for writing such a lovely book. I’m going to add ‘Tiny Buddha’ to my reading list.

    Comment by Glennen — December 13, 2011 @ 6:20 am

  5. Tweeted, too!

    Comment by Glennen — December 13, 2011 @ 6:21 am

  6. I adore her and I adore you. Hand Wash Cold is on the top if my toilet tank as we speak. Oh! I read in the tub!! Not the other thing. LOL. Geez… I will be quiet now.

    Comment by Sherri — December 13, 2011 @ 6:28 am

  7. I just ordered on amazon, but want to play too because a tiny buddha is a lovely gift to share. thanks, maezen.

    Comment by heather — December 13, 2011 @ 6:30 am

  8. I’m putting Tiny Buddha on my reading list after this lovely review, and winning a copy would be lovelier still!

    Comment by Maria — December 13, 2011 @ 6:44 am

  9. Love both yours and Tiny’s beautiful messages to the world. It creates peace in mine… trust and peace…

    Comment by Esther — December 13, 2011 @ 6:51 am

  10. Hello, Happy to comment. I am reading Hand Wash Cold now and am really enjoying it. I look forward to the wisdom in Tiny Buddha as well. Thanks!

    Comment by Deanna Surber — December 13, 2011 @ 6:54 am

  11. thank you for this great give-away! and a new discovery for me ….

    Comment by Kimberley — December 13, 2011 @ 6:58 am

  12. This sounds like a great read for the holiday season. Would love to read it, thank you for sharing it.

    Comment by Alyssa T — December 13, 2011 @ 7:07 am

  13. Thanks for making this available. I follow Lori, too, and with the challenges our special needs daughter brings to our lives, we can use every bit of tiny wisdom. :)

    Comment by Donn — December 13, 2011 @ 7:08 am

  14. When I need a quote, I go to Tiny Buddha. Such a lovely site. Of course they would honor you with a review, though! I’d love to read the book! Thank you for your thoughtfulness and sharing.

    Comment by Shawn — December 13, 2011 @ 7:11 am

  15. I would love to read the book, it is now added to my reading list and winning it would be even better. Thank for the chance to win it.

    Comment by Donna Mayo — December 13, 2011 @ 7:17 am

  16. I would love to read the book. Thank you for sharing the gift of both the book and website, which I had not visited before today.

    Comment by Kafi — December 13, 2011 @ 7:30 am

  17. sounds like a good tiny book. sign me up!

    Comment by zenfant — December 13, 2011 @ 7:36 am

  18. Me too, please!

    Comment by Kathryn — December 13, 2011 @ 7:39 am

  19. I would love a copy and would like to find out more about Tiny Budda:)

    Comment by Amy — December 13, 2011 @ 8:25 am

  20. lovely. sign me up for a chance…

    Comment by kate — December 13, 2011 @ 9:01 am

  21. Thanks for the chance.

    Also happy news, our little mindful momma’s group chose Momma Zen for our next read. I’m so happy to get to revisit it!

    Comment by Deirdre — December 13, 2011 @ 9:25 am

  22. So enjoy all the postings! I share them all the time.Please sign me up for a chance.

    Comment by Frine Longueira — December 13, 2011 @ 9:41 am

  23. I love her daily wisdom. Would love a chance to win he new book!

    Comment by Leta — December 13, 2011 @ 9:50 am

  24. Thank you for sharing the book. I’d love to read it.

    Comment by Liz Taylor — December 13, 2011 @ 10:03 am

  25. I would love to read this. One can always learn more about living life.

    Comment by Elaine — December 13, 2011 @ 11:16 am

  26. Thank you, Karen. Thank you.

    Comment by Ines — December 13, 2011 @ 11:21 am

  27. Would love to read this tiny book….

    Comment by alisa — December 13, 2011 @ 11:24 am

  28. I read both you and Lori to help me stay grounded and moving on the path.

    Comment by Suzanne — December 13, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

  29. Tiny Buddha always gives you a little boost! Would be a great gift or my mom! Have a merry christmas! :)

    Comment by Linnéa — December 13, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

  30. I would so much appreciate the Tiny Buddha book while on my journey to nirvana.

    Comment by TB — December 13, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

  31. I love the Tiny Buddha!

    Comment by Nikki — December 13, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

  32. Despite being latina, and having difficulties reading in english, I’ve found an answer on Tiny Buddha. Thanks for the opportunity of reading this book. (I’ll retweet too xD)

    Comment by @telodendron — December 13, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

  33. A generous gift from a generous reviewer. This post is not just returning a favour, it’s an example for appreciating and giving back.

    Comment by Strelka — December 13, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

  34. Love, love, love the Tiny Buddha. If I win, I promise to force it upon my friends so they too will learn to love it.

    Comment by Andrea — December 13, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

  35. I have always wanted a book like this I’ve heard a lot about it i wish who ever gets it is very blessed to read it and share the knowledge in it

    Comment by Arturo Velasquez — December 13, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

  36. I follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter and look forward to the updates! I’ve commented on several posts – they always seem to resonate with me. I’d love to read the book. And I’d love to share it with my husband so we can enjoy it together.

    Thanks ~

    Comment by Kim — December 13, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

  37. Quotes & posts from Tiny Buddha seem to come to me right when I need them. (Sounds like someone else I know.) Count me in, too, please.

    Thank you!

    Comment by Michelle P — December 13, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

  38. Tiny Buddha is my favorite Twitter discovery… I would LOVE to own this book and share with my friends and family, thank you for being tiny <3

    Comment by Britt — December 13, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

  39. I need some tranquility in my life. Thnx!

    Comment by casey — December 13, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

  40. I would like to enter the tiny Buddha book giveaway.

    Comment by Samantha Ruiz — December 13, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

  41. Great giveaway idea! Count me in!

    Comment by tmc — December 13, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

  42. I’m new to the TinyBuddha website, but I’ve really been enjoying it and always find something meaningful and relatable there.

    Comment by Jennifer — December 13, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

  43. I could really use a tiny favor right about now.

    Comment by Lee — December 13, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

  44. I follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter and I also get the newsletter. This book would be a nice addition.

    Comment by Kendra Welch — December 13, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

  45. Oh so exciting! Hopefully this title won’t be sitting on my wishlist for too much longer!

    Comment by Sarah D — December 13, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

  46. I have followed tiny buddha for a long time. I have even been quoted in one of her books. I would treasure a copy of this one. Thanks!

    Comment by Doris — December 13, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

  47. Peace

    Comment by Seth — December 13, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

  48. I just stumbled on the twitter page and really enjoy the maxims. Helps me get in touch with myself even when I’m dealing with the day to day craziness.

    Comment by Mike — December 13, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  49. I’m a big fan of Tiny Buddha, I’d love to win this book!

    Comment by Caro — December 13, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

  50. Being tiny is being big, humbleness is greatness. OM

    Comment by Aleksander Strukelj — December 13, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

  51. even the tiniest things we do reverberate throughout the entire universe…..:)

    Comment by Nathan Carlson — December 13, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

  52. Thank you for promoting Tiny Buddha. The website and Tweets are an inspiration.

    Comment by Bob Reid — December 13, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

  53. Am a big Tiny fan, just one of a zillion, but would love the book. Just did your RT, too. Happy to! Fun to watch good words ripple outward.

    Comment by Katrina Kenison — December 13, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

  54. Thanks for the giveaway offer … I think I would enjoy this book, it is on my reading list.

    Comment by Anita — December 13, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

  55. As a fan of Katrina Kenison, I was prompted to visit your site. I’ve never heard of The Tiny Buddha, but after seeing all the love, I will check it out. Would love the book (like everyone else)! Thank you!

    Comment by Lori Koppelman — December 13, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

  56. I don’t know Tiny Buddha and will check it out. I’m also throwing my hat in the ring for the giveaway .. . .

    Comment by Jamie — December 13, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

  57. …o8o… tiny buddha type

    Comment by Johanna Rocco — December 13, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

  58. Thanks for the great site

    Comment by Chu — December 13, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

  59. Love Love Love TinyBuddha

    Comment by Staci — December 13, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

  60. sign me up for the contest!

    Comment by Tamara — December 13, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

  61. Yay! I love you Tiny Buddha. I know exactly who to gift this to!

    Comment by Megan Riffe — December 13, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

  62. Definitely on my to read list this month! The articles posted via the twitter account has really helped me take a step back, assess, breathe and helpe decide to change my career! Haven’t looked back since!

    Comment by Joe — December 13, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

  63. A friend just introduced me to your blog. Tiny Buddha sounds good too.

    Comment by Pat — December 13, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

  64. Would love to read Tiny Buddha. Have also tweeted this.

    Comment by Ilango — December 13, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

  65. yes, yes and yes again….

    Comment by J — December 13, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

  66. Another wonderful resource, Maezen… Thanks for sharing! Retweeted as requested!

    Comment by Debra — December 14, 2011 @ 12:37 am

  67. I would to read this one.

    Comment by Ranya — December 14, 2011 @ 3:28 am

  68. I’ve read your books. I’d love to read this one! Thanks.

    Comment by rene — December 14, 2011 @ 3:48 am

  69. I look for tiny buddha every day on Twitter. Lovely little break in the day.

    Comment by Luisa — December 14, 2011 @ 4:27 am

  70. I would love to read this!

    Unfortunately I don’t use Twitter, so only one entry for me. :(

    Comment by wesleyjeanne — December 14, 2011 @ 5:25 am

  71. “self-loathing misfit to community builder”…now that’s a transformation I’d be interested in making. Sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by Jennifer — December 14, 2011 @ 6:20 am

  72. this one touches me deeply.
    thanks for this chance!

    Comment by Jeanne — December 14, 2011 @ 6:22 am

  73. I find journeys of transformations to be powerful and inspirational, especially those who start from tiny beginnings and are dedicated to helping others. I’d love to win and read the Tiny Buddha book!

    Comment by Kymberly Fergusson — December 14, 2011 @ 6:46 am

  74. I’d love to read/win this!

    Comment by Elaine — December 14, 2011 @ 6:51 am

  75. So grateful and lately feeling as if I teeter back and forth just at the end of at least one step towards that journey of a leap.

    Comment by Natasha — December 14, 2011 @ 6:52 am

  76. i would love to read this book—it sounds wonderful.

    Comment by nina beana — December 14, 2011 @ 6:58 am

  77. My Mother would love this Tiny Buddha for Christmas. And I’m very happy to learn about the tinybuddha website :-)

    Comment by Donin — December 14, 2011 @ 7:00 am

  78. Tiny Buddha is wonderful. I would love to read the book and then pass it on!

    Comment by April — December 14, 2011 @ 7:05 am

  79. I love Tiny Buddha and I get her emails and subscribe to her on FB. I would love her book for Christmas!

    Comment by Kitty — December 14, 2011 @ 7:08 am

  80. Tiny Buddha is terrific. This book would be inspiring way to think about making the leap in he New Year. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Sharon — December 14, 2011 @ 7:14 am

  81. I follow the Tiny Buddha on Facebook and find it helpful to my practice so would love a copy of this book!

    Comment by Viv — December 14, 2011 @ 7:21 am

  82. Love this author’s website and blog posts. I have been waiting to see if my library gets it before I order it. Yay for giveaways!!

    Comment by Robyn Moore — December 14, 2011 @ 7:21 am

  83. Like Tiny Buddha and would be delighted to win a copy of this book. Thank you!

    Comment by Snap — December 14, 2011 @ 7:23 am

  84. Here’s to the Mighty in the Tiny!

    Comment by Kenya Masala — December 14, 2011 @ 7:25 am

  85. Karen, this is already a gift I’m giving for many this year, but I wanted to say, this post was just beautiful. Thank you for your generosity and for sharing your gratitude with us.


    Comment by Hannah Marcotti — December 14, 2011 @ 7:30 am

  86. Me me me! I read Tiny Buddha everyday. It’s my beautuful start to the day. :)

    Comment by Jessica — December 14, 2011 @ 7:41 am

  87. I have never heard of Tiny Buddha. I can’t wait to check it out!

    Comment by Julie P. — December 14, 2011 @ 8:00 am

  88. Always a good idea to read first, and comment after! This sounds delightful~and yes, I will read your next book Karen, when it comes out :) xox

    Comment by Mari — December 14, 2011 @ 8:21 am

  89. I would love a chance to win this book. You both provide such beautiful insight into being in this world. Thank you.

    Comment by Ashlee — December 14, 2011 @ 8:22 am

  90. I’d love to read this book. Thanks for doing this.

    Comment by Trish — December 14, 2011 @ 8:25 am

  91. Tiny Buddha makes me smile every day.

    Comment by debra — December 14, 2011 @ 8:32 am

  92. A buddha’s a buddha, no matter how tiny.

    Comment by Felix — December 14, 2011 @ 9:20 am

  93. I’ve been meaning to pick up this book. I really enjoy Tiny Buddha.

    Comment by Mama Zen — December 14, 2011 @ 10:36 am

  94. I love Tiny Buddha and the simple wisdom they share everyday.Thanks for this.

    Comment by Tess — December 14, 2011 @ 11:49 am

  95. I don’t tweet nor twitter but even at my end of life cycle, need and appreciate all the wisdom and comfort offered. How kind that you care for all of us here in ether land, Karen.

    Comment by Mary P. — December 14, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

  96. this would be such good timing to have this book in my life right now! thank you so much for the opportunity to win this book.

    i just found the tiny buddah on twitter and am sooo happy i did!

    Comment by shannon — December 14, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

  97. I really enjoy the wisdom of tiny buddha. So real, so practical, so meaningful, always a joy!

    Comment by Carolyn — December 14, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

  98. Thank you for the opportunity!

    Comment by Caroline — December 14, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

  99. Along with you meeting you at your Mother’s Plunge in June of 2010, and reading both your books, I credit Lori and Tiny Buddha to awakening me to my conscious journey. “Tiny” gifts that continue to give. Namaste to you both.

    Comment by laura — December 14, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

  100. Some of the best gifts in life do come in tiny packages, I look forward to reading this book and learning about tiny buddah.

    Comment by MJ — December 14, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

  101. ooooh, sweet. my warms hands are all ready for it… 😉

    Comment by bk — December 14, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

  102. I have enjoyed so many Tiny Buddha articles, I would really love to have the book

    Comment by Tina — December 14, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

  103. Would love to read!

    Comment by KRC — December 14, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  104. this book looks like a wonderful gift for the spirit.

    Comment by Barbara H — December 15, 2011 @ 4:21 am

  105. Momma Zen lives on my night stand. Sometimes my 2 YO hands it to me and says “Read!”. I don’t know if the wisdom is for me or him, but it always helps.

    Comment by Jenn — December 15, 2011 @ 4:42 am

  106. sounds like an amazing book…can’t wait to read

    Comment by Elise R — December 15, 2011 @ 4:44 am

  107. Tiny favors done and returned are what it’s all about. Thank you.

    Comment by Brenda — December 15, 2011 @ 6:50 am

  108. I have been following Lori’s ‘Daily Wisdom’ quotes for a year now. She is a very giving person indeed.

    Comment by Jim Cuvelier — December 15, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

  109. Sounds like a lovely book to lift the spirit!

    Comment by Aparna — December 15, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

  110. What a lovely gift. It would be a treat to receive Tiny Buddha wisdom on my birthday (tomorrow) as I began my fortieth year (a little mid-life wisdom perhaps). Thank you for your shared wisdom – I am grateful.

    Comment by Jen — December 15, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

  111. I care for my chronically Ill partner and must say the tiny Buddha tweets alone help me to get that little bit of peace when it gets a bit overwhelming. Thanks xo

    Comment by Amy — December 16, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

  112. thank you for this generous and nectar-filled offering.

    Comment by melissa — December 16, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

  113. sounds like a wonderful gift.

    Comment by jazzyj10 — December 16, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  114. Thank you for this generous giveaway.

    Comment by Noelle — December 16, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

  115. I’m in!

    Comment by Anamika — December 19, 2011 @ 6:15 am

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