I'm joining Service Space because ... This is a great space to be in. I've learned so much from visiting this space and feel so confident and calm when I read about everyone 's sharing, innovation and creation.
A good day to me is when ... I can reach out to others and make a difference, and also let others be of a contribution to me.
My hero in life is ...Book of Life
My favorite book is ...Krishnamurti
One thing I'm grateful for is ... Having amazing friends. Nipun being one!
Jul 10, 2017, 5 comments, 16 smiles Last week, my husband and I were coming back from an out-of-town, and we had quite an encounter at the airport! :) At the airport counter, the young woman in front of us was checking in her baggage and realized that she had brought her Costco card instead of her real credit card! Embarrassed and frustrated, she didn't know what to do. My husband asked her what was wrong, and upon hearing her story, he instantly pulled out his credit card and said, "Don't worry, we'll cover you." While crying, the young woman asked me for our address so she could pay us back. Of course, I didn't want to miss my opportunity to practice Giftivism :), and I told her to Pay-it-Forward! :) Upon hearing that, she asked me if we could hug, and all of us found ourselves filled with joy and sharing happy smiles! The lady at the airport ... Read Full Story
Jun 10, 2016, 8 smiles On Earth Day this year, our Peace Studies program held our 10th annual Peace Conference! This year, for the second time, the event was offered in the spirit of gift for all students. It was incredible how people were willing to give at the registration point. We used these words of wisdom inspired by ServiceSpace on the registration page and it did capture people's hearts. There is always resistance from our committee about gifting to the students, however the distinction between gift vs. free also captured their heart. There was a shift, I could feel it. As the committee shifted, naturally, registrants shifted and generously gave when they were registering. It ended up being probably the first year (that I've heard) where there was no concern about money when the conference was over! The conference was packed from the beginning to the end. We went overtime and nobody moved! Incredibly successful. I used everything I learned from my laddership ... Read Full Story
Jun 11, 2015, 3 comments, 13 smiles We had our annual Peace Conference back in April, and it was amazing! Not just because students showed up in record numbers this year, but more because the shift I experienced during our 6-week Laddership Circle, changed the way I approached the spirit of the conference this time. One thing I was sure, was that I wanted to have the spirit of giftivism alive. We decided to gift the students to attend the conference at no charge, despite the resistance from many who believed students will not have value if they don't pay and most importantly will not show up if there is no monetary obligation. They also were worried where would the funding come from? How can we afford this event? The amount of contribution and collaboration was unprecedented. Many actually donated their time, their gifts and talent to provide us with artistic center pieces, gifts for our guests, gifts for the participants, and ... Read Full Story
Jan 19, 2015, 9 comments, 17 smiles Yesterday I went to a restaurant and my food was under $10.00 and they said they couldn't accept Credit Card. So I purchased a desert to bring my bill up and asked to wrap it to go. As I was walking back to my destination (I was in an an amazing workshop by the way!) I passed through the bus station,... A couple and a child walking toward me, looked very depressed and low energy. The look on their face showed a level of stress that I couldn't mistake it for anything else. I immediately thought I should give them the desert, but I wasn't sure with that much stress if they would even accept it from me! As I extended my arm and invited them to take the desert, their faces changed. A big smile came over them and the child stood up from the stroller and said "Thank you". This all transaction took less than 1 minute, but the impact on me is still present and I'm sure it's the same for them too. I have to thank you all for taking the awkwardness of generosity away from me. I've been practicing this for a while and each time it becomes more and more the natural way of being for me. Thank you all.