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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Roll up the Rim

"Joy is a heart full and a mind purified by gratitude." Marietta McCarty

My co-worker told me a story relating to the roll up the rim contest at Tim Horton's. (after you drink your coffee you roll up the rim of the cup and you could win a prize). A man in Calgary found a bag of ripped off parts of rims that all had winning prizes on them. They must have come from a local Tim Hortons garbage. Anyway he took the bag and went to a local drop in centre and gave the winning pieces to the cleints at the centre so they could go claim a winning donut or coffee etc. Tim Hortons heard of it and thought the man did such a good thing that Timmy's made a donation to the drop in centre. I thought that was such a great story. The man could have been greedy and kept them all for himself but yet he shared and many people benefitted from it.

Last weekend my friend Aubrey and myself went to Fernie BC for a ski weekend. On the way back we stopped in Sparwood BC to see the world's biggest vehicle. This dump truck is gigantic. anyway we left my Loonie for the day in the tire as you can see in the picture. I also left a loonie in the back of someone's pick up truck in the parking lot of our hotel and one at the Fernie Museum.
I will be leaving for Mexico next Saturday and probably won't get much chance to get to my blog but will try. I am not sure what to do about giving away loonie's while there. Should I give away a real Loonie or maybe an American dollar or the equivalent of a dollar in peso's everyday or just a lump sum donation to a charity in Mexico. Any thoughts would be appreicated.
Act of service for the day: it's spring and I know our streets have garbage all over after the winter. Go for a walk with a garbage bag and gloves and pick up garbage along your street.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Helping the homeless

"Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary." Margaret Cousins

Today I didn't give away a dollar a day. I had brunch with a friend of mine and she told me how she was walking her dogs and a homeless man asked if he could pet them. She told him that the dogs won't go to strangers. She stood and talked with the man for a little while. When she was ready to go he said "thank you very much for taking the time to talk to me, I really appreciated it." Shauna said that she felt so good that just that little thing of just talking to someone made their day and cost her nothing to do.
So back to why I didn't give away a dollar. I was walking home from the mall and this man asked me for spare change. He looked like he was really having a rough time of life. I asked him what he needed and he said some food. I said "I will go get you some food." He says "REALLY you will come back?" Yup I said I will for sure." As I walked away I thought Crap where am I going to get food in downtown Calgary it is Sunday and everything is closed. I had to walk around for 20 minutes and actually go back to the mall. I picked a sandwich that I would eat. I then walked back to the man. He said "you came back in a surprised tone." "Yup I said I would." He said "thank you so many times and said that he really loved that kind of sandwich." As I walked away he said again, "I am REALLY am thankful."
I am glad I could help him out. So instead of giving a dollar I bought someone lunch. Much better I think and didn't cost me that much in the scheme of things.

As I was writing this my friend called and asked me if I wanted to go skiing next weekend , she had won lift tickets and would I like to go to Fernie BC. "You bet I would," I said. It just goes to show that if you are good to people they are good back. I really believe that what goes around comes around. But the key is just to be happy to do things not wanting anything in return.

Act of service for the day: next time you can buy a homeless person something to eat.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Earth Day

" Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust

This morning my friend Shauna called and we had a long philosophical talk about things. One thing we talked about was how do we know our purpose, why are we on this earth, what are we supposed to accomplish. If we weren't born would it matter would our family and friends lives be better/worse or different. Neither of us were quite sure why we are on this earth. But before we finished talking Shauna says to me that she is going to cut her meat intake by 1/3 and start to buy meet that has been produced/grown (not sure of the word here) by treating the animals humanely and slaughtering them in the least cruel way. She said that I inspired her to do this because I deeply care about the environment and have chosen not to eat beef and pork due to the effect it has on the environment. It is my little part. She then said maybe that is part of my purpose that I educated her on the environment and she in turn will educate someone and we will help save the planet one person at a time. Maybe it is part of my purpose who knows.
So anyway I just went to The Good Earth Cafe to get some tea and they had a donation box toward Earth Day to help people and the environment where they buy their coffee from. I thought after the environmental talk earlier it was the perfect place to leave my Loonie.

Act of service for the day: do something today to help the planet, either it be recycle, clean up some litter on the street, take reusable bags to the store etc there is so much you can do to help.

Friday, April 9, 2010


"Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns." Marc Estrin

It is usually me that gives away a dollar a day. Yesterday at work I had wanted to buy a stamp to mail a card. I asked my co-worker if he had a Loonie or Twoonie that I could borrow. He eventually walked over with 4 quarters so I could go downstairs and get a stamp. Just when he came over and dropped them on my desk my other co-worker passed by and heard it all and dug in his pocket and said what do you need. This is just Karma in the works. If you are good to others then others are good to you. What goes around comes around. But you may receive from someone totally different than the person you were good too.

Today I went to the video store to rent a movie to watch tonight. I went to find one of my favourite movies "UP" and left my Loonie behind it.

Act of Service for the day: the next time you are out in public do something nice for someone even if it is just telling someone that they look nice. Try to do a simple random act of kindness everyday. It will make you feel great. i.e. When Canada won the gold medal in hockey I ran into some friends and walked down the Red Mile with thousands of other people high fiving each other. There were many cops on the street and who doesn't like to look at a man in uniform? Well I went up to one I thought was really cute and told him he was the best looking cop on the Mile. You should have seen the smile on his face. He was really happy. I am sure he felt good for a long while. It was worth doing and cost me absolutely nothing to do.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

[D]on't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
New York Post, October 4, 1959 Leroy [Satchel] Paige:

Today my co-worker told me a story. He is a fly fisherman and he guides people on the Bow River. He said he donated two trips to the Calgary Counseling Centre where his wife works for their silent auction. "He said I think I gave too much." I asked him why. His wife took in the two trips to donate and the lady at the desk collecting the donation said "wow, I brought in 6 brownies to donate." Paul said that most people donate baked goods. He said he raised over $400 for each trip and it was the highest they had ever raised at an auction. I thought this was wonderful. It is so great that he gives so much. But most important is to give what you can. Maybe the lady that gives brownies is giving all that she can. The important point is that she is giving. The size of the gift doesn't matter.

I gave away a loonie today and yesterday and the day before. Easter Sunday I left my loonie in the display of Cadbury Easter eggs. Monday I was at the big Mall in Balzac after my class and I left a loonie in the copy of the Secret at Chapters. Today as I walked home I left the 4 quarters in the parking payment machine on the street.

Act of Service for the day: next time you in line to pay for parking at an event or where ever pay for the person behind you.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

"Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving." Kahlil Gibran

I am sorry I have been slack in writing in my blog but I haven't been slack in giving away my Loonie. I have been home two night in the last two weeks. Somehow I attracted to me all this activity and social outings. Even today I am to go out soon for Easter lunch/dinner.

I was walking home Good friday from the Movie (Hot Tub Time Machine - Pretty Funny and you have got to love that John Cusack lol) and I was thinking what am I going to write about today?

Well I went into the Co-op grocery store to get two things. I picked a line up that wasn't too long. Then the guy in front of me who happened to also be cute said "oh why don't you go ahead you don't have much." I said "thanks and wished him a happy Easter." Then I walked home with a big smile on my face. It's really is the little things that mean the most and so easy to do every day, remember that.
My friend Aubrey had gone to the winter games to watch speed skating and she was going to leave a loonie there but in the excitement of it all she forgot so she recently went for a walk and left that same loonie in the tree in the picture above.
I left my Loonie yesterday with a Canadian War Vet who I saw in a wheelchair decorated with Canadian flags, stories and articles. Seemed like the perfect place.
PS the loonie on the picture frame at work is still there.

And of course the act of service for today: next time you are shopping let someone ahead of you in line that only has a few items you will make their day:)