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Saturday, March 27, 2010

You get what you give

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." John F. Kennedy

The other day when I left my condo in the morning I first saw a nickle on the pavement outside the building. When I bent to pick it up I saw a quarter then some other change. I picked it all up and threw it in my pocket. When I got to work I told my friend Paul about it. He said you probably found a dollar I bet. After I went to my desk and counted and it was 83 cents, 17 cents short. I told Paul and he said I bet you will find the other 17 cents today. He said let me tell you a story. Paul proceeded to tell me something that happened to him, his friend and son back in 1992 when he was in the army. This is what Paul said: My friend my son and myself were on the way to Calgary from Edmonton to go fishing. Linda , my wife had made us food for the trip. We had about $35 to spend on gas and any incidentals. On the way my friend saw a Kentucky Fried Chicken and we decided we wanted something to eat so we stopped even though we really couldn't afford it. But we did. We bought $13.85 in chicken. Then we continued on our way to Calgary. We then saw a guy broken down at the side of the road and we stopped to help him with his flat tire. When we were done the guy says what can I do for you? Can I give you something? Us guys say no we are just glad we could help.
But the guy really wanted to thank us. He put his hand in his pocket and pulled out some money and puts it in my (Paul) hand and says I want you to buy something for the little boy.
We get in the car and we counted it and it was exactly the same amount as we had spent on the KFC.
Very cool eh. Someone was watching out for them. They freely helped another person and got paid in spades. People should always help others just for the sake of it and if you do your life will be better in some way, even if it is just feeling good about yourself.

Oh on the way home that night I found another quarter in the parking lot making my total finding of $1.08.

I left my loonie in an empty bird bath on the way home that day and last night left in in The CP rail sign at CP's Headquarters. Today's spot to be determined.

Act of Service: Next time you see someone broken down on the highway stop and help them.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Various Places

"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul." Henry Ward Beecher

The Loonie I left on the picture frame is still there at work but it moves everyday. So my co-worker figures that maybe the cleaners see it and clean around it but are afraid to take it thinking that it is a trick. I wish they would take it.

My co-worker who hid a loonie near reception said I would find it if there was a change in temperature. So I went to the front and took the thermostat apart and looked under the mat at the from door and looked up at the air conditioning ducts and I couldn't find it.
Oh where oh where could that little loonie be??????
Anyways it adds some fun to the day.

The last places I have left my Loonie was on the playground equipment in the park, in a hole in a brick wall at the car dealership and taped under my co-workers desk. We will see if he finds it.

Act of service for today: do yard work or home repairs for an incapacitated neighbour.

Monday, March 22, 2010


"You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink." G.K. Chesterton

I was very fortunate on the weekend that I got to travel to British Columbia to the Fairmont Hot Springs and to Banff.

On the drive threw the mountains to Invermere we stopped at the Continental Divide as seen in the picture of the mountain with the Alberta and BC flags and the sing post showing the division of the two provinces and the two national parks. What a perfect place to leave a Loonie. There is a cement marker and one side in Alberta and one BC so I left my dollar on the marker in the middle of the two provinces.

On the way home we stopped in Banff to have a break. I left my loonie on the tourist information sign.

What good thing happened to me today. I need to collect money for a bowl a thon this Friday to support big brothers and big sisters and I raised $50 from the first 3 people i asked. I am sure I will do well from the generosity of my co-workers this week.

A co-worker came into my office today and said why is the Loonie on your desk. I said " oh I give one away everyday" I said that " you get what you give in life, but you can't give away things in hope that you will get something back. you have to just do it because you want to." He totally agreed.

Act of service for the day: shovel your neighbours driveway and or sidewalk.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Jack's $100,000 Big Bag of Cash

"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." Eric Hoffer

The weather for the past week in Calgary has been almost Spring like. I figure that I should take advantage of it when it is here because in Calgary the weather can change every 5 mins we could have snow again any day now.
So I bought my new walking shoes with the coupon that mysteriously arrived just when I needed new shoes. Love when that happens. So I have been walking the long way home to get more exercise. So I have been leaving my Loonies on the bike path. The first one I left on a orange caution barrier. the next day I left it in a Statue outside the Pumphouse Theatre. Yesterday I left in on a bench as you can see in the picture with the bag of cash. Thought that was fitting. Today I was in Wal-mart after work and went to the children's department and found a cute little pair of pink pants that have a pocket with a button and put the Loonie in the pocket.
I think someone has found my Loonie on the picture at work but they haven't taken it they just move it along the rim of the picture.

Act of Service for today: Work in a friends business for the day for free.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tea Cup Ladies

"Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive" Edward Gibbon
I haven't been writing about my Loonie give away but have been giving them away.
My co-worker Joe takes all his penny's in his pocket every day and leaves them on an empty desk for the cleaners. Every morning they are gone. Every little penny counts in the end they all add up.
I left my Loonie on Thursday in the fingers if one of the Ladies in the picture above. These Ladies are on the back of the Canadian $50 dollar bill. As you can see in the written word these 5 ladies changed the course of life in Canada for women by making them became persons in the eye of the government.
My sister suggested I leave a Loonie here.
I went to see Avatar last night and before we left I put my Loonie in the cup holder for the next person who came along. The other day I left my Loonie in the mental health break fund at the fast food place I ate at.
Act of service for the day: bake cookies and give to someone just because you can and care.

Olympic Loonie

"Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty." Doris Day
As I mentioned while the Olympics my good friend Margot was at the Olympic Games with her husband Shane and daughter Marron. I had given Margot a Loonie to leave at one of the events. They first went to a Canada / Norway hockey game and later that night they went to the Stadium to see the medal ceremony. The pictures above are of the hockey game and the blue rings is from the medal ceremony where Margot left the lucky Loonie. Thanks Margot for sharing the love for me :)
Act of Service for the day: if you have coupons you are not going to use take them to the grocery store and leave them beside the item. It's a nice random act of kindness.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Car wash change machine

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude." Denis Waitley

Yesterday I mentioned that I left my dollar in the wall outside the fly fishing store. I left it there because fly fishing reminded me of my co-worker who fly fishes all summer. So I told Paul today that I left a Loonie at that store. He knew exactly where I meant. He told me he was washing his truck somewhere I presume a car wash and a Loonie fell out of the truck. He thought to pick it up then he said "no I will leave it there and someone will find it". I love how my giving away a Loonie a day has inspired others to give of themselves.
So today I didn't have any Loonies so I walked by a car wash near my Condo that has a change machine outside. I put my bill in and took all the Loonies except one. I figure the next person that makes change will be happily surprised to get an extra dollar. :)

Act of service for the day: pay for the person behind you in line at Tim's (coffee shop).

Monday, March 8, 2010

"Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more." David Steindl-Rast

Snow was whipping down and the wind was blowing as I left the office today. I found a hole in the wall of the Fishing and tackle shop to put my Loonie for the day. About 200 metres later I was crossing the street and heard my name called and there was Tom who I hadn't seen in about 9 months. He yelled out do you want a ride home. Yup I sure did to get out of the cold. I figured I was getting something back for leaving my Loonie.
On Saturday I was walking downtown and had just left 3 dollars in various places and then for the first time since I started to give away Loonies a homeless person asked me for spare change. I would have given him my Loonie but had none left. So when he said do you have spare change I honestly could answer I just gave it all away.

Act of service for the day: teach someone something you are skilled in.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

A Twoonie

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." Buddha
I have been so busy at night I got home and remember I haven't left my Loonie contribution for the day. So today I went for a walk downtown and passed Millennium park. The tower in the picture was built to count down the new Millennium. Now it is a weird clock. Since I didn't have 3 Loonies I left a Twoonie at the base of the tower.
I continued my walk and stopped to look at the iron chess player. There was a perfect spot to leave my Loonie for the day in his sleeve. See the picture.
My Loonie in my office is still there. Wonder how long it will take to find.
They say if you give things away with out expecting things back you will receive things yourself. Well this week I realised that my running shoes I was wearing to walk to work has come to the end of their life. I figured I needed a new pair. Well two days later I get a gift card in the mail for some new type of walking shoe/runner that because of design gives you added benefits for muscle development etc when you wear them. A big discount just when I needed it.
My DVD player is not playing a clear picture when I use it. So I thought there is another expense. Then a few days later I get a letter in the mail from Presidents Choice Banking saying I have a $100 credit for use at the Superstore. Voila enough money there to buy a new DVD. So things do come your way when you don't expect them too.
Act of service for the day: feed and support the elderly

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

One for the charity

My laptop is still giving me grief. I can't complain too much really because she is 11 years old now and that is pretty old in laptop years. But Windows 98 is just NOT cutting it. Talk about being out of date lol.
On Monday as I walked home from work I was thinking where was I going to leave my dollar and i remembered I used to jog past a sculpture garden on the Bow River. So I walked home the scenic way and this sculpture had what looked like a little dish on top of the woman's head. Perfect spot for a Loonie. So there the Lucky Loonie sits.
On Tuesday I decided that I would leave a dollar in the hallway outside my office and see how observant my co-workers are. So as you can see I put the Loonie on the top rim of the picture frame. I want to see how long it takes before someone looks up there. It may be the cleaners that find it first if they decide to dust. So will check when I am back in the office tomorrow.
Tonight I was at my Progress Club meeting (service club) we have a Sargent at Arms during the meeting that charges members infractions during the meeting then they are charged. I put my Loonie for today towards the pot of money today for the charity.
Act of Service for the day: volunteer at the Red Cross

Monday, March 1, 2010

Canada wins 14 gold medals

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us" Albert Schweitzer

Well my computer has been acting up and not doing what it should be. Today it's in a good mood and I could actually open something useful.
I may not have been writing but I still have been giving away my Loonies.
Friday on the way home I passed by the Armory and left my Loonie on an army tank. I went by last night and it was gone.
Saturday was a lovely warm day in Calgary and I went for a walk. I had heard a great bagpipe player and so wanted to give him my dollar for the day but the road was so busy it would have been dangerous to cross. So I continued on. As I crossed over the Bow River on the bridge I decided to leave a Loonie in one of the lookouts on the bridge. I took some pictures but couldn't get them to download with my silly computer acting up.
Saturday night my friend Aubrey and I went to a charity event at Canada Olympic Park. It was great. You would have thought you were in Vancouver since they have a cauldron lit with the Olympic Flame and the Olympic Flag waving proudly at the top of the hill beside the ski jump.
I knew I had to leave a Loonie there somewhere. The cauldron had a podium in front of it just like at the Olympics with Gold, Silver and Bronze. I went and left the Loonie at the top of the Gold medal platform. I figured it would be good luck for the men's hockey team who were playing the next day.
Well the Men's hockey team did beat the USA 3 to 2. So my Loonie did bring good luck.
Apparently someone buried 5 Lucky Loonies in the curling rink ice and our men's team won Gold.
Also a Loonie was buried on the ski hill where we won a gold. the Loonie is lucky. Woohoo!
After the men's team won Gold I headed outside to 17th Ave also known as the Red Mile. (In Calgary 17th Ave runs perpendicular to the Pengrowth Saddledome. Whenever the Calgary Flames are in the Stanley Cup playoffs and they win the game , fans spill out onto the Red Mile to celebrate. Yesterday the Red Mile was once again red with Canadian shirts, jackets, hats, mitts, flags etc etc). I walked down the street with friends high fiving every other person. I ran across a busker playing the guitar. I asked him if he could play O'Canada and if he could I would throw in a dollar. He said yup, as long as us girls sang. So an impromptu rendition of O'Canada broke out on the street. It was so much fun.

Act of Service for today: Write letters of support to military personnel serving overseas.