I'm joining Service Space because ... Bringing positive change and spreading kindness are infectious.
A good day to me is when ... The sun rises, the sun sets, and in between kindness is abundant.
My hero in life is ...My students and my Awakin' Family.
My favorite book is ...The Kite Runner
One thing I'm grateful for is ... Being given the ability and desire to change.
Nov 11, 2018, 1 comments, 16 smiles Fresh off of a HHH retreat, where we listened to each other and ourselves, I was able to witness one member of the retreat put what she learned into action. There was a rather divisive message circulating on Nextdoor, an app that works to create connections within neighborhoods. Unfortunately, the post circulating wasn't doing that. Rather, it was filled with fear, hate, and even a touch of racism, directed at a young man accused of a crime. Upon seeing this post, Aditie responded with a post of love and compassion, even for the criminal, as she told the story about the retreat:). Then, she invited everyone for tea at her place in order to create a community of that is safe and inclusive! To paraphrase what I heard from Nnej, it's difficult to harm those who have given you fruit from their trees.
Nov 04, 2018, 2 comments, 14 smiles A few months back, some students from a club that I advise approached me for some advice. They wanted some ideas on a service activity that they could do just as a club. Calling upon what I've learned from the process known as ServiceSpace, I started to think small and simple, but something that also involved interacting with complete strangers. I sent a couple of the members two stories. One was a group offering lemonade in the park as a gift, the other was about a Miles of Smiles activity. Holding up signs at a busy intersection sounded a bit dangerous to them, and maybe a bit too far out of their comfort zone, but they loved the idea of offering lemonade as a gift. The students brought a few gallons of freshly made lemonade and homemade brownies. I pitched in with some more lemonade, sandwiches, and homemade ginger snaps. 14 ... Read Full Story
Sep 25, 2018, 7 comments, 14 smiles Not sure if you heard, but our beloved Mish was featured on a "Love Podcast". Take a listen, to hear her share her love of KindSpring, and small acts of kindness. Go Mish! :)
Sep 13, 2018, 1 comments, 16 smiles Some of you might remember the story from 2 years ago, but here is the ongoing ripples, the "nth force" in full effect ... My son was the one who introduced me to your group, as he unexpectedly passed away in an accident, and I found a Smile Card in his wallet. It's been 2 years since, and his birthday is in October. His kind deeds have exploded since the past few years! For his birthday, we want to spread kindness everywhere we can so need lots of Smile Cards! People are lining up to do this!! How cool is this!
Apr 29, 2018, 5 comments, 16 smiles Yesterday afternoon, a crew of folks gathered on the streets of San Francisco yesterday, to do random acts of kindness for Shiv's 23rd birthday! From writing cards to strangers and loved ones, to gifting snacks to passerby, to handing out socks to the homeless, the afternoon was filled with smiles. More stories to come, but here's a few highlights... While offering strangers tangerines, people at first would be suspect that there was some agenda behind it. But as soon as the words, "We're doing random acts of kindness for a friend's birthday" slipped out of our mouths, people's shoulders would lighten and they'd smilingly accept our gifts. One stranger responded, "For an act of kindness, I'll take it!" While walking down a crowded city street, a passerby somewhat pushed one of us in a hurry -- to which the immediate (unintended) reaction from one of us was "Thank you!" It's great to see ... Read Full Story
Mar 08, 2018, 21 smiles Last year, at the end of an inspired middle school gratitude day, Pancho gifted the school an Earth Flag, with which he often is seen. On Tuesday, a "Kindness Team" joined Sunrise Middle School, where Teresa, Laxman, Imelda, and the 220 students and staff kicked off a school-wide 21-day Fearless Living Challenge. One of the many inspiring students we met is a sixth grader named Andrew. As Teresa introduced him to us, we learned that he had written a Pledge of Allegiance to the Earth Flag! :) A half hour later, during the school assembly, Andrew joyously strides up to the mic, stands next to the school's prominent earth flag, and invites everyone to join him as he recites: I pledge allegiance To the flag That brings us together And protects us from harm In that simple display of quiet courage, down-to-earth confidence and goodwill, I couldn't help but feel hope for the future. (And later on, we heard stories about a second grader's Pledge of Allegiance to the Earth few years back... :)) More photos from the day. :)
Jun 14, 2017, 3 comments, 10 smiles For more than a year I've had this desire to walk. Nowhere special, maybe Oakland or San Francisco. My plan was to go alone and just rely on my feet and legs, along with the kindness of strangers, to see where the path leads. Needless to say, and rightfully so, this scared Carol. So, I casually mentioned to a friend, Victor, that I wanted to walk to Oakland. He asked where to and the first place that came to mind was Manantial de Luz, which I learned means Spring (as in water) of Light. In the time between, Carol's father passed away. So, I decided to walk in honor of her father and my father, who passed away almost 31 years ago. I told Pancho last Wednesday of our intention. He asked about our plans, which I didn't fully think out. I told him we'd just visit a while and ... Read Full Story
May 30, 2017, 1 comments, 9 smiles Last weekend, we held our monthly Karma Kitchen. We had a great volunteer crew, including Sadan Nasir (a ServiceSpace intern, who returned back to the area after 8 years!). As is part of our process, we did a circle of introductions and then read the KK bill aloud so everyone is clear on what happens here. Christina volunteered to read it out. About half way through, she became so emotional that she teared up. It began when she reached the part that began, "But there's more." Several times, she had to stop and compose herself. I think this is when it hit her, what this is all about. In the spirit of generosity, someone who came before you made a gift of this meal. Now, it's your chance to pay-it-forward for a future guest and continue the circle of giving. People often ask, "How much did this meal cost?" Well, every week at Karma ... Read Full Story
Mar 31, 2017, 4 smiles I'm reading a book by Paul Selig that has this line, "To think that whatever we do is always self-serving and doesn't affect other people is idiotic." So when we talk about consuming things, we have to consider how it affects the Earth, and other people. On the flip side, how I can receive gifts and not feel a sense of gratitude? And then, how do we express that gratitude? I was in a meeting today and we were talking about the privilege we're born with. It's nothing that we ask for. We're just given it. Our job is to see how to use that in a good way. And maybe that's how we can show gratitude -- using our gifts to first of all, do no harm, then benefit the Earth and other people. In practice, I'm trying to be grateful for things that maybe don't seem to be positive. Like ... Read Full Story
Mar 11, 2017, 13 smiles One of my many bosses sent me the following quote by Dr. Albert Schweitzer, as he thought I would appreciate it: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know, the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” SSp immediately came to mind. I'm still wearing the shoes of one seeking out how to serve; not how to help, but to serve.