Day 730: Fort McMurray fire

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I am terrified of fire. Maybe because I started one in our family kitchen when I was in Grade 8. Making donuts.

When I was running around screaming “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!” my little brother calmly and wisely said, “Call the fire department.”

The Fort McMurray fire is on a scale I can’t even imagine. I’ve made a donation to the Red Cross relief fund. Wish I could do more.

Acc. to this Globe & Mail article, here are ways to help:

  • Money: Click here to donate to the Red Cross. You can also donate by texting “REDCROSS” to 30333.
  • Supplies: Here’s a crowdsourced Facebook page to connect Fort McMurray residents needing items with volunteers providing them.
  • Volunteers: Those interested in volunteering through the regional municipality can apply here.

For ways to get help, click here.

Praying they can stop it soon and that no one gets hurt.

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Day 729: We are in this together

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Stumbled across this photo and had to share.

It reminded me that acts of kindness can occur in the most unlikely places.

I’ve been practicing “random acts of friendliness” lately, which doesn’t sound like much except that I might be the least friendly person I know.

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In the past few weeks, though, I have made a concerted effort to smile at strangers, hold doors open, the works. This is a big city, so sometimes that has gotten me strange looks, but not very often, surprisingly enough.

But, as I found out the other day, looks can be deceiving.

In our office building, because of a glitch with our elevator system, we need security guards to ride up and down with us from the seventh floor and operate the elevator with a key. I can’t even imaging how long these shifts must feel for the security guards, so I try to chat with them on the trip.

Most of those on elevator patrol welcome the conversation, but one guy in particular was particularly hard to read. He was seated on a chair, staring at the ground, willing the day to be over.

But as soon as I asked him how his day was going, he turned around and his whole face lit up. His smile changed him into a completely different person. We chatted for a few minutes, and now when I see him, he smiles right away and we share a few words.

I don’t know whose day got brighter, his or mine.

p.s.

Instead of a song for the day, I have a laugh for the day. Try not to howl, I dare ya!

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Day 728: For the love of lattes

Facebook can make me crazy. Between the ranting and the humble-bragging, sometimes I wonder why I even signed on.

But then I see a post like this (shared by a lovely friend) … one that makes my day, and I remember why I’m still there.

I’ve never turned road rage on its head like this guy did but I have been upset or annoyed with someone and then, after chatting with them, learned more than I bargained for and found my anger replaced by empathy.

As Plato once said … possibly while heading to Starbucks… “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

Going to try and keep that in mind.

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Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 9.21.18 PMWhy am I posting a selfie with a coffee cup and a peace sign? Well, I’d like to share something with you. This morning I was driving my car, when a gentleman cut me off and gave me the finger! This surprised me because I was unaware WHY he did this. My thoughts are because he didn’t use his turn signal, so it was unexpected….he also shouted “Asshole” to me. Lol

Anyways, I saw he pulled into the Starbucks. Well, I thought, here’s my chance to tell him what I think of his poor manners and disrespect. I went in to find him, and I couldn’t. So I went to buy myself a coffee, he then comes in line, from the bathroom. I turned around to tell him that it’s his lucky day! “What could I buy you? My treat!”

He looked at me almost stunned.

“Really?” He said.

After buying him the drink, I told him that I was the guy he “flipped off” earlier.
“Man, I’m so sorry.” He said. “I’m just super stressed.”

I told him that it’s all good!

We talked for a bit and later we found out that his turn signal is actually burnt out! Lol

So, why am I sharing this?

Because we tend to celebrate people getting revenge, or “getting what they deserve.”

My question is, when does it end? When does the fighting and anger stop? It’s only when PEACE makes its way in and overcomes.

Remember, everyone may be going through something that you know nothing about.

That is all.

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p.s. Song for today, one of my absolute favourites: “Do the Right Thing” by Ages and Ages. Enjoy!

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Day 727: Sneaky cards

I love this!

This Instagrammer got a demo copy of the new “pay it forward” game, Sneaky Cards, and is sharing each card on IG.

This one told me to prepay for a vending machine snack. Done! 2/55 #playitforward

A photo posted by Gripp… Plays It Forward (@gripp.plays.it.forward) on

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I’ve actually done this one before for GDAD and just hoped the person who found the coins in the machine might think to do the same for someone else, but this game spells it right out for them. (Which I know I need most of the time.:) )

p.s.
Song for the day… warning: can’t get this one out of my head. mwahaha Enjoy!

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Day 726: Happy Leap Year!


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Okay, this video is pretty cheesy, but I like it. It reminds me how even the smallest gestures of kindness can turn someone’s day around, and have a ripple effect. They certainly do for me.

You know those people who have a sunny glow about them and always cheer you up every time you spend time with them? I am not that person.

This is more me.

a92fFcABut if I really try, every Leap Year maybe, I can be that person, and put a smile on someone’s face.

Well, this Leap Day (Feb. 29th), I figured, hey. Extra day here. Freebie. Why not spend the day thinking about what a gift having an extra day is? So that’s what I did.

And it actually helped make me a little more smiley and happy to be around, I think. Kept my usual growl to a minimum. And it helped me make that extra effort to talk to strangers… without creeping them out… hand out compliments like they were free or something… and even hold open a few extra doors.

So Happy Leap Day, all! Now I have four years to recover.:)

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Day 725: Random Acts of Kindness Day

So apparently it’s Random Acts of Kindness Day today — aka every day here at GDAD.:)

In honour of this special day, thought I’d share stories of some very lovely gestures of kindness that happened during the big Ottawa snowstorm yesterday (via @CBCOttawa on twitter).

I went to university in our nation’s capital so I know just how cold winters are there… but happy to know Ottawa hearts are still as warm as ever….

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Have you experienced any random acts of shoveling this winter? Please share!

p.s.
Song for the day… Snow Patrol of course… an acoustic cover of Chasing Cars, appropriately enough. Enjoy!

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Day 724: Once upon a time, stories saved my life


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I read about this campaign today to help the Children’s Book Bank here in Toronto and knew I had to get myself to the bookstore.

This little “bank” hands out more than 100,000 free books each year to kids in need. There’s a Good Book Drive initiative under way this month that asks donors to buy their favourite children’s book and write what it means to them on the inside cover before donating it to one of these drop-off locations:

  • The Children’s Book Bank – 350 Berkeley Street
  • The Scullery – 200 Carlton Street
  • Tiny Record Shop – 804 Queen Street East
  • Dark Horse Espresso – 630 Queen Street East
  • Love Me Do – 50 Lynn Williams Street
  • Type Books – 883 Queen Street West
  • Indie88 – 20 Hanna Avenue
  • Betty’s – 240 King St. East
  • Analogue Gallery – 673 Queen Street West
  • Doll Factory my Damzels – 394 Roncesvalles Ave & 1122 Queen Street East
  • Reunion Island Coffee Bar – 385 Roncesvalles Ave
  • Town Barber – 1114 Dundas Street West
  • Ella Minnow – 991 Kingston Road
  • Capital Espresso -1349 Queen Street West

I am ON it!

Some of my earliest (and fondest) memories are of my mom reading to my younger sister and I before bed. She’d act out all the voices and have us on the edge of our seats, well, mattresses. She taught us how to read before we got to kindergarten and because we saw her engrossed in novels when she found the time, we too developed a love of reading.

If fact, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say reading books and writing stories saved my life… got me through some very painful times in my childhood. Gave me hope. Welcomed me into brave new worlds. Held my hand while I stepped through that wardrobe right into Narnia. Okay, I’ll stop now because my eyes just got very watery and I have zero tissues handy.

The tough part will be which book to get, how to hold myself back from clearing a shelf, and what to write inside that won’t require gluing in 46 more pages.

detectI think I’ll get this one, if I can find it. I read the whole series when I was in Grade 4. (Yes, there’s a series.)

A detective that’s a pig may not seem realistic to you, but Freddy was my hero — quick of wit, a master of disguise, and he always saved the day.

Which book would you choose?

p.s.

Wow, in trying to track down this book, I came across a group called “Friends of Freddy” … they even have conventions … MY PEOPLE!!!!

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