Archive for January, 2013

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

1-31-13I love south Florida, its residents and visitors. It is one vast population center along most of its east coast, especially the 70 or so miles from Miami to Palm Beach. Everyone is in such a good mood and the response to One Million Acts Of Kindness has always been well received. This is my 4th trip to south Florida in The Kindness Bus.
The Kindness Bicycle made its way to schools today. Kathy, who has a child at Hollywood Hills Elementary School was very gracious for the fact I stopped by. She volunteered to spread word of the mission throughout the school community.
A local businessman, Mark Lavallee, who discovered The Kindness Bus during his run of The Miami Marathon met with me to brainstorm some of the ways to promote One Million Acts Of Kindness, going forward. Thank you Mark for your interest, insight and your generosity.
Tonight I took part in Laughter Yoga. What a great stress release. Friends, Goddess and Noah, lead wonderful classes throughout south Florida. They charge nothing, it is one way they are giving back to community. What great fun was had. Their website can help you learn to laugh and be happy.

Miami Dade College

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

1-30-13 (2)Javier Garçon and I met a few days ago and he was immediately set on having me visit his school. Countless emails and phone calls later, made it possible for me to make a last minute visit. He was “right on the money” with his suggestion. Having The Kindness Bus and Kindness Bicycle on campus was a very nice touch.
School of Justice Professor, Selena M. Respass made exception and invited me into her classroom to address her students. What a nice visit, having the attention of these very interested individuals. The message of The Power of One was an inspiration and was a perfect dovetail with her teachings.
The remainder of the day was spent in the Bay Harbor Islands area of Dade County.

Miami Beach Schools

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

1-29-13 (2)Today was the day to plant more seeds for future visits to Miami Beach schools on my return trips over the next several years. I stopped at all the public schools on this island, including the Scott Rakow Youth Center.
Roxanne a senior at Miami Beach High School is hoping to be a pediatrician, she thinks that the One Million Acts Of Kindness Certificates are just what the doctor ordered. Miss Woods the security guard was equally taken by a goal of kindness. The middle school and elementary school counselors will be getting back in touch with me for visits in the future.
What a great day for riding all around Miami Beach. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

Exponential Potential

Monday, January 28th, 2013

1-28-13Educational Software Consultant, Evelyn Penn was in Miami Beach for the morning when she walked by The Kindness Bus. She had a huge interest in my mission from the moment she started reading the first quote. She is in an excellent position to spread word of One Million Acts Of Kindness.
Minca Brantley Professor of Psychology at Miami Dade College saw The Kindness Bus, in November, in Florida and has been talking to her students about One Million Acts Of Kindness ever since. Today she was out for her morning run and met up with me while taking a break.
The results of all of our actions can have an exponential effect and it is the exact grassroots way that One Million Acts Of Kindness grows, one teacher telling all her students, one mom telling her family, one person telling all his or her friends and so on.
Thank you to both of these women for their keen interest.
The Kindness Bus was parked across the street from an antique Packard with the likeness of Humphrey Bogart in the driver’s seat. Bogart, meet Bogart!

OMG It’s the ING Miami Marathon

Sunday, January 27th, 2013
1-27-13Unknowingly, The Kindness Bus was parked overnight on the course of the ING Miami Marathon. Having a captive audience of 25,000 marathoners run past was a great way to get the word out to the greater Miami community. The serious front runners cruised by with no time to spare and just took note. Many of the remainder of the group took out their iPhones or cameras and snapped photos as I cheered them on, some even took a break to pose with me.
Hector and Virginia had nothing but kind words to share.
Reuben who has 2 daughters in elementary schools in Miami was all about getting my message into their schools.
Hundreds of conversations happened because of the marathon. There couldn’t have been a better way to start the day for One Million Acts Of Kindness.

A Friendly Challenge

Saturday, January 26th, 2013
In my talks to students, I say the following:

“Every one of you can be the kindest person in the world, you can all be tied for 1st place.”

I watch the audience, to see the reaction. The comment is usually met with fascination and you can almost see the wheels turning, in these young minds. It is an offer of a friendly challenge, quite possibly the most important challenge one can have.
I decided to write this blog after receiving the following, a most wonderful Facebook post from a mother of two of the girls in the audience:
“After your visit to Veteran’s Memorial Elementary school Friday, my daughters came home full of ideas on how they wanted to be kind to others. Thank you for being an inspiration to so many children. With your positive message spread to our whole school I am sure we will see kindness spread through our school and community. Good luck on your journey!”

Veterans Memorial Elementary School

Friday, January 25th, 2013
1-25-13Bogart and I had another incredible visit to a school today. Veterans Memorial Elementary School is doing everything right when it comes to teaching children. This is one very special learning environment. They are even taking part in One Million Acts Of Kindness Week by creating a Kindness Tree that will bloom leaves of kindness with over 1,000 leaves by week’s end.
Tech teacher, Destiny Miner was instrumental in making our visit happen at this school. She saw things through to the end of my visit, making sure all details were met.
My visit started with a visit to the in-school Morning News on WVME. This student-run show was a great way to reach all 800 students and teachers.
Bogart and I were able to give 2 presentations and a tour of The Kindness Bus to the entire student body. There were also several parents in the crowd which helped to inspire me during my presentation.
Thank you to everyone at Veterans Memorial Elementary School.
A big tip of the hat to Sandy from Chicago and Linda from Naples who showed a big interest in One Million Acts Of Kindness late last night.
A very well written article was written by
Natalie Strom of the Coastal Breeze News on Marco Island, the link is below.