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Thursday, June 17, 2010

"If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart

My co-worker who found the Loonie I hide in the office was so inspired that she said she hide 4 more. She came over to tell Paul and I that she watched someone find one of the Loonies that she hid. She was very excited. I am excited to see that my giving has inspired others to give.

Since the Loonie I hid in the office was found I placed another one on a ledge outside one of the cubicles. It has been there a few days , we shall see how long it lasts.

My best friend died in December. It was her birthday recently and some friends planned a party in her honour. We were to do all things Erica would have liked. We were all to wear some kind of pink too, her favourite. So the group of us headed to Lake Louise to hike to the tea house to have lunch. So we did, and when we got to the top I placed my Loonie on a ledge outside in the wall of the tea house. We had a lovely day , Erica would have loved it. She was in all our thoughts and hearts.

Act of service for the day: buy the homeless person that coffee that they request.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

My parents came to visit me from Ontario this week. I took a day off to spend with them sight seeing. We went to Frank Slide and then to Fort McLeod to see the old fort and the old town. In front of a touristy store they had some wooden Mounties. I put my loonie in the strap of his purse.
We then walked back to the fort where we had parked the car. My dad said "you guys want ice cream?" We did so we went into the little candy/ice cream shop beside the fort. We met the most interesting and giving man. I think he wanted someone to talk to. He came over and sat down with us and told us the story of his little girl (who isn't so little now, 40 years old). She was born premature and was very small. She developed a tumour behind her left eye. Most doctors just told this gentleman that they couldn't do anything for her. Finally he met someone who wanted to help him and hooked the family up with a surgeon in Alberta. So the man and his family moved out west. The doctor cut out the cancer but left her blind in her left eye. The man told us that this little girl had spunk and wouldn't let the other kids pick on her because she was different. Well this little girl has grown up to have her own family and also is the head of Bank of Montreal's Internet services.
The man then told us another story about how he gives to the children. I think he was so grateful someone helped his child that he has spent his life giving back to other children. He runs or helps run a program called someone like the good behaviour program. 500 certificates are printed up for a free ice cream and beach ball. The police are given 200 and the other 300 are given to the teachers in Fort McLeod. The children are given these for various things like wearing their bike helmet, behaving at school or for helping out etc. The children then come to the ice cream shop and claim their treat. This gentleman donates the ice cream and London Drugs donates the beach balls. I thought it was a lovely thing to do to encourage and reward children for their good actions.
What a lovely man. Meeting him and talking to him was a wonderful end to our day.

Act of Service for the day: water your neighbours flowers or grass.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

“If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” Mother Teresa

I was sitting at my desk on Friday and my co-worker comes up and says " I found the loonie Paul hid.You can have it, it's yours" I said "the one on the picture frame? That wasn't the one Paul hid I hid that." Finally the Loonie I put on the ledge of the picture in the hall outside my office has been claimed it only took months.
I told My co-worker I had a blog and I hide one somewhere everyday. She said that she is going to keep the money as her lucky loonie and hide another one somewhere."
Later she comes up and says she bought a lottery ticket and when she wins the $50 million she is going to give me some." I said I would be happy with a donut." She says "you are so nice I am going to give you "200,000.00." That is funny because that is the amount of money that I decided that I wanted to receive this year. Is this a coincidence, I think Not!
I don't know yet if she won anything and I hope she does for her sake and her children. I am not worried about the $200,000.00 lol.
I left my Loonie today under a bus bench and yesterday in the elevator of my condo.

Act of Service for the day: give a total stranger a compliment tomorrow. You will make their day :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mexico

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

Well I know it has been a long time since I wrote in my blog. I went off to Mexico for a few weeks and did not have much computer access while there. I decided that I wouldn't take loonies to Mexico to give away because it is too hard to change coins for another currency. So what use would a dollar be too a local person.I did continue to give away money while I was there. I visited many beautiful Churches and cathedrals where I would always find the donation box and leave some pesos. Also on the street when I would stop and watch a good busker, like the Mexican Lads that sang some fabulous renditions of some Beatles songs. I left some money in the can sitting in front of them. As soon as I did other people walked up and did the same.

In Calgary Alberta where I live there are people all over the city asking passersby for "spare change". Mexico which has a much larger population and a lot more people living in poverty had way less beggars on the street. There were a few but not many. The thing I liked about Mexico was that the poor don't beg but work to get their money. The poor set up little food stands and sell some local delight on the street. People will walk along the streets selling water, chips, candy etc. Even on the subway people come on selling gum, CDs,candy etc. The people were not lazy.

I have to be honest that for the first week after coming back to Canada I didn't give away any loonies. It didn't feel right but I was lazy and out of habit. For the last week and a half I have been leaving my loonies around on the way home from work. Yesterday I had decided that I would leave one in the park on one of the statues but as I entered the park this lady says "Mamm do you have any spare change" yup I said as I handed her my looonie. I think I was meant to give her the loonie that day.
It feels good to be giving again.

Act of service for the day: If you have coupons that you will never use take them to the grocery store and leave them beside the items.