Wednesday, December 19, 2012

day 3

Today, today I bought a coffee mug that doubles as a french press for a woman I work with..she always complains that our coffee options arent up to snuff.. she almost cried,.she was so excited. She asked me why...I responded why not.. sweet moment in my day.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day 2

Today was a beautiful day. Today, I was surrounded by good.. And I shared some as well... Today, I sent flowers to some dear friends..just to tell them how much they've inspired me. Today, I spent the day with all of my team, celebrating the holidays, and, each other.. we collected toys and gifts for three families, clefted enough household things to make 10 welcome home baskets for habitat for humanity and made 15 treat bags for families who have to spend the holidays i. the hospital. Grateful for what I have..Thankful for the people in my life. Trying to give back a little every day. What did you do today?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Day 1.

Today, my random act of kindness was to chat with the security guard for our building at 630 a.m. when I came into work. I see her all the time. She's quiet, always roaming the halls. This morning, I actively sought her out and asked her how her weekend was. We chatted for only a few minutes. She was busy all weekend with her kids. She wished me a good day, and I wished her one in return. It is 9:47 am CST and I've already done something out of my norm. It feels good to stop and connect with a stranger. What will you do today?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

It is time. Join me in celebrating kindness.

I've been thinking a lot since the horrible tragedy in CT on Friday... and I think that it is time. it is time to stop. To think. To open doors for people. To take the time to say thank you. I have hundreds of facebook friends, thousands of business connections. If each and every one of us took the time out of each day to do one thing. One random act of kindness..imagine the impact we could have on society. Will you join me? For the next year and beyond, I commit to making sure that every day,.I do at least one good thing for someone else. And I'll write about it.. But it takes a village, and I'm hopeful that many of you will come on this journey with me. I prefer random acts of kindness to senseless acts of violence, so lets talk about the kindness.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It has been a long journey over the last year, so I've decided that it is time to start being aware of kindness again. Last night, at my new job, working late, I was wondering why I do what I do...
I started thinking about the why..I reminded myself that what I do every day is to help people understand the health care system..I help people understand how to best use their benefits. I help people figure out how to get the care they need and how to afford it. I am thankful for being lucky enough to have found employment that allows me to make a living while allowing me to be altruistic.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter - candy for kids? Free air?

We were lucky enough today to be invited over to a friend's house for a gi-normous easter bash. Twenty relatives, six kids and us  - the two friends. We're horribly spoiled to be a part of this family. We love them dearly and they treat us so well.

On the way down to the house, we stopped so Mr. M could put air in the tires. While he ran inside the gas station to get some quarters, a woman pulled up next to us, popped her quarters in and filled her tires.
As M was walking out - she handed him the still running nozzle, said "Happy Easter - want some free air?" and sped away..

How something so simple can have such a profound effect. Mr. M was in a great mood - we went down to see the kiddos go on a massive easter egg hunt, get themselves all crazy on sugar and we all ate too much food.

As the end approached, I asked the littlest for a goodbye hug. She threw herself into my lap, professed her love, made sure she covered my lovely silk blouse with pink peep goo and all I could think was: what an amazing easter sunday. The kids got candy. M got free air. And I'm covered in pink-peep love.

All is good.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The kindess of the community

We're displaced. It is official. They haven't even started the restoration work on our home and because of that, today is our three week anniversary of hotel living. I've decided to look on the positive side of things... We have someone who makes our bed and cleans our house. We have underground, heated parking in the middle of winter! We have a breakfast buffet every morning!
And every night, we get to dine in one of the fabulous restaurants that Hartford has to offer. Now, we're staying above a bar/comedy club - and we haven't ventured in there even once. About twenty steps away from our front door is the front door of this great restaurant that we've always loved, called Dish.
I must say, over the last three weeks, these guys have really risen to the occasion.. They have gone out of their way to make this time in our life a little easier.. Our favorite waiter - Gary, the night managers - Audrey and Doreen.. They really have gone above and beyond to make our life a little better, a little easier, a little gentler.
And they've done it simply by greeting us, making us feel like a part of their restaurant family - always asking how the house is coming along. Not only do we get great food and exceptional service - we get a personal touch that makes us feel, well, a little bit more "normalized".
Thanks to the entire Dish family for making this time in our life a little bit easier.