The Daily Kindness Digest #550

 

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“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” ~John C. Maxwell

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Reach out to someone today you may have overlooked. A colleague, student, family member, the security guard in your building and give them a heartfelt compliment. Positions don’t determine impact. There’s a positive lesson to learn from everyone.

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Today I am insightful. I see through the cracks and water seeds of greatness within people that others may have lost sight of.

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Local barman goes above and beyond to help find a lost wallet and help a criminal.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #549

 

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“A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own.” ~Beth Revis

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Offer to become a mentor or simply reach out to someone seeking advice and help them navigate through a hardship.

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Today I am master of my trade. I take ownership of my skills and what makes me who I am so that I can more readily share those skills with others.

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The Daily Kindness Digest #548

 

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“Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage. You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through.” ~Jarod Kintz

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Think of an act of kindness that you’ve been thinking of engaging in, but never got around to. Today is the DAY! Make it happen – no fears!

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Today I am fearless. I engage with the world in kindness not because I have to but because I want to.

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America’s Got Talent winner Grace Vanderwaal surprises fans with an intimate show.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #547

 

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“Show me the man you honor and I will know what kind of man you are.” ~Thomas John Carlisle

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Send a handwritten, heartfelt letter to someone who has inspired you to become a better version of yourself. Don’t know the person personally? Let Google guide you to find a way to get your note their way. If there’s a will, there’s a way!

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Today I let go of the fear of sharing the love that resides in my heart, mind, and soul.

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Student explains why he chose to give up his title as homecoming king to a fellow classmate.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #546

 

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“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” ~Peter F. Drucker

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Encourage someone you know to take a leap of faith on themselves. Whether it be a business decision, a relationship or a personal goal – commit to keeping them accountable and inspire them to make it happen!

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Today I have faith in the seemingly impossible. Nothing can limit me except for my own imagination of what is possible.

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Popular vlogger sends a company-wide email about kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #545

 

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“When you put together deep knowledge about a subject that intensely matters to you, charisma happens. You gain courage to share your passion, and when you do that, folks follow.” ~Jerry Porras

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Stand up for something positive that you believe in. Remember, standing up for something doesn’t mean putting something else down.

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Today I see myself in everyone whether I agree or disagree with their stance.

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New York firefighter honors Florida victims with acts of kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #544

 

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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward

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Pick up the phone, hop in your car or send a video message to someone in your life that you are super grateful for. You may know it and you may think they know it, but it’s time to share that gratitude wholeheartedly.

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Today I am appreciative of every moment, every person and every aspect of my life that has led me to where I am today.

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After an incredible act of kindness, a waitress is given a $16k scholarship.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #543

 

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“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~Ayn Rand

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Be bold and courageous. Engage in an act of kindness that’s out of your comfort zone. Talking to a stranger, visiting a local hospital, or something as simple as holding the door for someone. Kindness is unstoppable; be the one to light the flame.

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Today I am bold. I am courageous. I am unstoppable and I’m not afraid to shout it from the rooftops!

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Man saves a baby from a fiery crash.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #542

 

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“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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Today when making choices ask yourself, “Am I choosing to do what’s right or what’s easy?”

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Today I deal in integrity whether someone is looking or not.

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A woman gets help from an unexpected place and it spurs her into action.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #541

 

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“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” ~Margaret Thatcher

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Be mindful of the words you choose to use today when engaging with people. Gossip may be a sneaky temptress, but you are strong enough to outsmart it. Think of the heartache you will save yourself.

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Today I combine strength and kindness to embody the best version of myself.

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Man rescues deer caught on his fence.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #540

 

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“Do it or not. There is no try.” ~Yoda

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Resolve to mend a relationship that is on the rocks. A lifetime of friendship may be hanging in the balance.

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Today I am resolute. I don’t make excuses, I create opportunities.

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Woman shares her experience with rickshaw driver’s act of kindness making the internet smile.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #539

 

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“Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it.” ~J. Petit Senn

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Make plans to surprise coworkers with breakfast on Monday morning. There’s no better way to kick-start the week then with an act of kindness everyone can enjoy!

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Today I am EXCITED! Life is full of possibilities!

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An internet scam turns into an unlikely friendship and kindness chain.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #538

 

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“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” ~John E. Southard

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Write a letter to someone who has made a difference in your life letting them know how much you appreciate them.

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Today I am HAPPY! Happiness is a state of mind, and I choose to find things in my life to smile about!

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Photo of firefighter performing a simple act of kindness goes viral.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #537

 

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“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” ~Albert Schweitzer

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If you see trash on the street, pick it up! Showing kindness to our planet benefits us all.

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Today I can do ANYTHING! Anything and everything is possible when I believe!

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Denver Broncos spread kindness at a local children’s hospital.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #536

 

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“Don’t blow off another’s candle for it won’t make yours shine brighter.” ~Jaachynma N.E. Agu

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While shopping, take a minute to put something back that’s out of place. Not only will it help employees in the stores, it will help improve the experience of other shoppers as well!

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Today I feel cool, calm and collected. I can handle anything that comes my way!

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Two YouTubers collaborate by surprising college kids with clean apartments.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #535

 

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“Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it.” ~Tom Hopkins

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Give someone a genuine compliment today. Make it personal! Tell them something you truly appreciate or love about them. It feels amazing when we help others recognize their value!

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Today I work on seeing only the POSITIVE! I will block out all negative thinking; focusing on possibilities and not barriers.

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The Kindness Flash #25

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This month’s theme: RELATIONSHIPS – Our Greatest Treasures!

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Everyday Kindness: An Incredible Relationship Built In 365 Days

Too often, when the word “relationship” is used it takes on a romantic connotation but we all must remember that some of the best relationships are with those that we experience life with such as family, friends and co-workers.

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Reflections on Relationships: by Orly Wahba

It’s no coincidence that immediately following last month’s theme of courage we move into the theme of relationships. Relationships are all about being courageous enough to be vulnerable, to let someone in and to be willing to be honest and engage in dialogue even at times when it can be uncomfortable. While we often think of relationships as our connection with someone else, I have found that to begin to even discuss relationships we must start closer to home. Read More >>


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Fourteen Proven Ways to Improve Human Relations by Gaurav Akrani

Ever wondered what you could do to actively foster better communication and pave way to better relations in your life? In this article, Gaurav Akrani takes you through 14 ways from working on yourself first, to being open to listening to others to simple ways like just smiling.


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“If you want a relationship that looks and feels like the most amazing thing on Earth, you need to treat it like it is the most amazing thing on Earth.”
~ Unknown

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Just like anything that grows, relationships need to be nurtured. They are not static but dynamic and constantly changing as the people involved grow. Think of the top five relationships in your life. Ask yourself how you tend to them. Think of a few ways you can actively nourish your relationships­—calls, emails, monthly visits and brunches, travelling with people you love, throwing a party for someone, a text to let someone know that you are thinking of them. Come up with a plan to incorporate some of these into your everyday schedule and watch as the magic unfolds!

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Name a relationship in your life that has been a constant. How have you been able to maintain it? SHARE.

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In this touching and sweet animated music video, we are taken on a journey that encapsulates the essence of building relationships. Some of the most powerful and beautiful relationships are unexpected, throw us for a loop, push us to the limits, take us on a rollercoaster of emotions, make us question, make us give up and then somehow infuse us with the strength to keep at it. Relationships are not about perfection, they’re about being courageous to “dance in the dark” – to be vulnerable and to jump even though you may not know what the outcome will be.
 

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Building relationships that matter and last aren’t found in larger than life gestures, but simple kind and loving gestures that we do time and time again.
 

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101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think by Brianna Wiest

A powerful collection of essays that focus on the simple things we can change in our lives that will transform the way we live it. From the relationship we have with ourselves, our thoughts, our actions, to the little things we can do to maintain and build healthy relationships with the people in our lives.


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Reflections on Relationships

by Orly Wahba

It’s no coincidence that immediately following last month’s theme of courage we move into the theme of relationships. Relationships are all about being courageous enough to be vulnerable, to let someone in and to be willing to be honest and engage in dialogue even at times when it can be uncomfortable. While we often think of relationships as our connection with someone else, I have found that to begin to even discuss relationships we must start closer to home.

As many of you know, just one week ago I took the courageous plung and moved away from my home, everything I know, my family to live in Jerusalem for the year.

I can say that in less than a week I have seen a complete shift in one of the most important relationships we can nurture – the relationship with ourselves. Being on my own for the first time has provided me with the opportunity to get to know things about myself that I never knew before. I thought I knew myself pretty well and it’s been a pleasant surprise to learn something new with each passing day; a strength and determination I never tapped into before. The more we nurture the relationship we have with ourselves, the more likely we will be prepared to nurture other relationships that come into our lives.

For me, this move was about many things but one of the main things was to focus on building a life. It was about moving onto the next chapter of my life and building a long lasting relationship with one person who I hope to start a family with. I don’t know whether I will find him here or not, but that’s not the point. I’ve come to see that by simply fostering the relationship I have with myself, giving myself the time to breathe, to enjoy life and the simple moments – I can more readily allow others things to enter my life that may not have had the chance to enter before.

Yes, I’m a workaholic, but that’s only because I don’t see what I do as work. I can honestly say I NEVER worked a day in my life! The things I’ve always chosen to do with my time have been things that are so purposeful and that I am extremely passionate about. So it’s natural that I want to continuously give to those passions with no regard for time or my own personal space.

I haven’t even been in Jerusalem for a week and already I have been out and about at night meeting people, engaging in fun activities more times than I have taken a night off in NY for months upon months. The strange thing is that my productivity has only increased. It’s when we give to ourselves just a bit that we are at our strongest and when we are at our strongest – WOW what we can accomplish! Plus the best part of it all is that when we breathe and allow ourselves to simply live in moments without an agenda or plan – magic ensues. If we aim to control every aspect of our lives we limit the possibilities of the extraordinary from emerging. Relationships are not about control; they are about letting go of the control, trusting more, having faith more and following your heart more than your mind.

So to all of you out there – take the time for you. Nurture your relationship with yourself. Love you. Treat yourself well. Your best self will thank you for it and as a result you just may find that the relationships you’ve been seeking out in your life will magically find you. Here’s to letting go and trusting the process. Wishing us all an exciting adventure ahead. One filled with love, laughter, joy, happiness, wonder, excitement, passion, purpose and the most amazing sense of serenity. Thank you for being a part of my journey…

In the words of my all time favorite Billy Joel song, “Slow down you crazy child…you better cool it off before you burn it out. You got so much to do and only so many hours in a day…When will you realize Vienna waits for you…”

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An Incredible Relationship Built In 365 Days

Too often, when the word “relationship” is used it takes on a romantic connotation but we all must remember that some of the best relationships are with those that we experience life with such as family, friends and co-workers. I want to share a relationship of mine with you today that encompasses a person that is my partner in business, an adopted member of my family and one of my best friends in this wonderful world. I am also writing this on our exact one year “Frienderversary.” This is the story of Jason Hattrick and Orly Wahba…the Life Vest Inside dynamic duo!

IT HAS TO START SOMEWHERE. Our relationship literally started in a Google search on March 30, 2017. I was researching for a speaking engagement I was doing around the theme of kindness and my personal initiative the “Hattrick Effect” when the Life Vest Inside web address appeared before my eyes. After a little research, I determined the organization was amazing but emailed simply to request a donation of “Catching Kindness Cards”…Yes! Free stuff! So with a single click at 9:52am I got my free cards and a whole lot more that was about to reveal itself.

THE MEETING. It was on the morning of May 9, 2017 where Orly had our first phone conversation. As I sat in front of the school where I work, she was able to fill me on this huge and amazing project she was working on and I was intrigued! This is where the work began as I learned about her Kindness Boomerang Tour and how it was going to pass through my city. Something resonated with me about her personal drive, purpose of her tour and mission of her organization. So much so I replied with, “We just met but I am confident we will be Kindness Conspirators in the near future. Our paths crossed for a purpose.” Who knew how accurate that statement would become.

LIFE VEST INSIDE MY LIFE. I quickly picked up momentum with reckless abandon. I knew that this was right and purposeful and jumped in with both feet. I immediately began working with Orly on bringing her cross-country tour to my city. I also began implementing the Daily Kind into our school’s morning announcements, became an LVI Kindness Ambassador and a Dance for Kindness group leader. Then however, on September 6, 2017 I sent Orly a message inspired to do more, “I want to find a project to do with you. It just feels right. Let’s think of something. When your here or from across the country we can impact the world.”

MORE THAN A COLLEAGUE. In every relationship there is always that moment that you default to when you think about your first meeting. Up to this point we had only seen each other via video conferencing and phone calls but now 7 months since our first connection we were going to meet face-to-face. As I wait for JetBlue Flight 1205 from JFK, I noticed that I was physically shaking with anticipation and excitement. It was evident that something amazing and beyond comprehension was about to happen. Then Orly rounded the corner when our eyes locked and jaws dropped because we are actually standing in front of each other. Then following a huge hug a new level of friendship ensued.

Well, by the time the Kindness Boomerang Tour had come through my city Orly and I had solidified our working relationship and were looking ahead. We had surprised her with a motorcade to my school, a surprise Dance for Kindness, we visited schools, a children’s hospital, spent time with those suffering with homelessness all the way down to free hugs at the mall. Then Orly raised our relationship to yet another level when she asked me to help her do a school presentation and infuse me into the program. I was humbled, flattered and so grateful. In that moment a photo was taken and I hold dear to me as it shows me presenting to room full of students with Orly in the front row being my number one fan and me wearing my LVI t-shirt proudly. It was truly a sign of things to come.

Like most people we all have issues with trust or commitment due to a myriad of instances throughout our lives. Well were not immune to these either but through our work we had built a foundation and respect and were in a good place to explore even further, what we could do as a team for Life Vest Inside.

MOVING INTO LVI LIKE A COP ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE. The reality stands that I was fully committed to Life Vest Inside long before Orly began her tour but the tour definitely taught me that I had so much more to give and now I had a friend who helped me to reveal it. Since the tour I have taken many different roles in the organization along with the ones listed above including:

  • Dance for Kindness Group Leader
  • Kindness Ambassador
  • Co-writer of the Daily Kind
  • Co-writer of the Kindness Flash
  • Life Vest Inside Spokesperson
  • Inspiring Kindness Representative (Law Enforcement Initiative)
  • Kindness Kickoff – Social Media Live Show Assistant
  • Kindness Flash with Jason & Orly – Social Media Live Show Co-Host
  • Now I am beyond honored to be Life Vest Inside’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) working side-by-side with Orly to extend the reach of LVI’s mission of empowering the world to live a life of kindness.

ISRAEL & OUR FRIENDERVERSARY. When you get comfortable and then find yourself in a major change, it has the potential to throw you off your game. Thankfully, the relationship of Orly and Jason as progressed in perfect harmony from the beginning. As colleagues, we learned about each other from work habits, strengths weaknesses and all the way to meeting each other’s families. Due to this, a friendship was created naturally on mutual respect and common interests and goals. Then over time we have built such a strong relationship you would have thought we had known each other our entire lives by the way we mess with each other like mischievous siblings. However, this incredible working relationship coupled with a magnificent friendship was built by design preparing us for our next big step.

On March 26, 2017 Orly made a huge dream of hers become a reality. Since she was a child she always had a heart for Israel. On this day she actually made her dream a reality and moved there. Aside from the understandably excruciating transition of her family, I now had to say goodbye to someone that had become so close to me. In all honesty, the transition does get easier with each passing day but difficult regardless.

We continue our work every day to honor all those that believe in the work of Life Vest Inside and support us so faithfully. Our relationship as friend I feel may even getting stronger as you learn pretty quickly who you can lean on when no one is there. To know that you have someone to confide in, to strengthen you when down and to celebrate with when up. As I stated at the beginning of this that I have known Orly for exactly one year and today, we celebrate our “Frienderversary.” This is the story of Jason Hattrick and Orly Wahba…may the next chapter be greater than the first!

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– Edited by Jason Hattrick

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The Daily Kindness Digest #534

 

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“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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Let the person behind you in line go ahead of you today. They will appreciate the gesture and you just may inspire them to do the same for someone else!

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Today I recognize that HAPPINESS is a choice. And I will make a point to choose it at every moment!

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Customers get told their groceries are free.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #533

 

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“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” ~Greg Anderson

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Tell someone you deeply care about that you love them today! We often forget how powerful those 3 little words can be.

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Today as I love myself, I allow others to love me as well.

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After an officer loses his life, a woman honors him by sharing a story of his incredible kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #532

 

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“What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” ~Robert Schuller

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Help someone with their homework or other project today.  A small amount of your time may be just what they need to succeed!

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Today I am ENERGETIC! I will put hard work and effort into everything I do with a smile on my face!

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Young girl donates her hair to help a family deal with the loss of their child.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #531

 

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“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” ~Pablo Picasso

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Hold the door for the person behind you. It’s a simple gesture that makes a big impact. Taking that extra minute to show kindness to another may inspire them to do the same.

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Today I am FREE! I make my own decisions and decide how my life is going to go.

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A teen restaurant worker saves the life of a customer who collapses.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #530

 

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“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” ~John D. Rockefeller

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Open your heart and mind to the world! It can be scary to try something new, but it often leads to something amazing. So take that leap and give it a chance! Join Life Vest Inside each week for our Kindness Challenge by visiting www.lifevestinside.com/unify.

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Today I hit the ground running! Now is the time to start, not tomorrow or the next day!

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Local group spends the day performing acts of kindness around their town.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #529

 

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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” ~Wendy Mass

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Call up a friend and do a random check-in. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our own lives, but we can all use a listening ear every now and again.

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Today I am proactive, not reactive. I take initiative and make the first move.

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This waitress was shown that her kindness, in the face of rudeness, was worth it.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #528

 

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“Be happy… Not because everything is good, but because you can see the good in everything.” ~Unknown

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Practice the art of empathy. Begin by taking the time to see yourself in others. Placing ourselves in the point of view of another helps ward away judgements and allows us to connect in an entirely different way.

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Today I am compassionate. I acknowledge the good present in everything and everyone, including myself.

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A cashier helps foster mom buy the formula she needs.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #527

 

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“A second chance doesn’t mean anything if you haven’t learned from your first mistake.” ~Zig Ziglar

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Bring along a healthy snack as you head on your way today. An opportunity will undoubtedly present itself to share your treat with another.

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Today, I am worthy! I am worthy of love, worthy of affection and worthy of a life filled with abundance.

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Gladys Knight recalls how a simple act of kindness has stuck with her throughout the years.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #526

 

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“Kindness isn’t simply how you act, it’s the way in which you see the world and the wonderful people in it.” ~Orly Wahba

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Greet the person standing next to you right now, or the next person you meet with a heartfelt “Good morning!” It’s extraordinary how a simple greeting can positively impact the trajectory of someone’s day.

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Today I am the master of my feelings and I choose JOY!

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To pay homage to their city, 100 people perform flashmob orchestra.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #525

 

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“Anyone can come into your life and say how much they love you. It takes someone really special to stay in your life and show how much they love you.” ~John Spence

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Acknowledge someone in your life who has stood the test of time and has been there for you through the good times and the bad. A phone call, a surprise visit, a heartfelt letter, or a meaningful gift are all great ways to let someone know that you see how much they’ve seen you!.

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Today I exude love. Love of self, love of others, love of this amazing unpredictable thing we call life.

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Special needs school takes field trip for classmates adoption hearing.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #524

 

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“You need to understand that life isn’t what you are given, it’s what you create, what you conquer and what you aim to achieve.” ~Unknown

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Today, begin to set the plans in motion for a kindness activity in your school, workplace, home or community center. Organize a canned food drive, community clean-up event, or clothing drive. Be creative. Think outside the box.

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Today I believe I can achieve and succeed in everything I do.

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US businessman sees 400 soldiers at an Ireland airport and decides to purchase them all a hot meal.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #522

 

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“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Every person has experienced the feeling of being alone. Loneliness can be felt physically as well as emotionally. Offer your companionship. Helping another feel less alone can help us feel more connected as well.

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Today, I live in the present. I don’t allow the mistakes of the past hinder the greater achievements awaiting in the here and now.

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Police officer’s kind act goes viral after he helps a man prepare for a job interview.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #523

 

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“What we think, we become.” ~Buddha

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Pledge to do ONE thing today to make a complete stranger smile. Be creative! Hold a door open, tell a joke, even laugh out loud!

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Today I am confident. Instead of comparing myself to others, I rejoice in who I am, flaws and all!

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Airline employee finds a cancer patient’s lost luggage and gains a new friend for life.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #521

 

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“True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.” ~Charles Caleb Colton

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Give someone you may have judged too quickly a second chance. After all, where would the world be without second chances?

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Today I am empathetic. I feel deeply and see myself in everyone.

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A community gets together to help a 75-year-old man fix his roof.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #520

 

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“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” ~Mother Teresa

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Pay a visit to one of your grandparents or an older mentor in your life. Can’t think of someone? Perhaps stop by a local nursing home. Spend some time connecting.

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Today I am grateful for the simple things that surprisingly make me feel great!

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Little boy who lost his mother has a mission to make others smile.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #519

 

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“I can’t promise to fix all your problems, but I can promise you won’t have to face them alone.” ~Unknown

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Help a fellow student, colleague, or friend navigate through a passion project, idea or obstacle they may be facing. You don’t need to know the answers to help someone find their solution.

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Today I am grounded. Being balanced allows me to more accurately shoot for the stars.

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Two young kids celebrate Valentine’s Day with acts of kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #518

 

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“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” ~Winnie the Pooh

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Have a fun unplanned phone call with someone in your life, past or present, who reminds you of the simple things in life that make you happy. Stop thinking. Pick up the phone and the rest will figure itself out.

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Today I disconnect to reconnect to a part of myself I have lost sight of.

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Stranger forks over hundreds of dollars to help man’s baby get a seat on an airplane.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #517

 

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“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” ~James Matthew Barrie

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Offer advice to someone in your life in need of a bit of guidance. Remember to listen as much as you speak. The best advice is often given by those who allow someone to navigate their way to the answer they know in their heart to be true.

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Today I radiate beauty, warmth and love. My inner light shines bright and I keep it from the world no longer.

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After a terrible snowstorm in Montreal community members show what kindness is all about.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #516

 

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“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Commit to making that phone call today or answering that email. The one you’ve been putting off for far too long. Whether it’s to reconnect, apologize, forgive, or simply get back to someone waiting on a response.

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Today I dare to conceive what I can achieve if only I believe.

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Strangers from all over the country flock to Florida to offer acts of kindness.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #515

 

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“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” ~Amit Ray

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Take in the beauty that surrounds you. Wake up with the sunrise, enjoy the sunset, go for a walk in a park or connect with nature in some way.

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Today I embody beauty; in heart, mind and the way I see the world.

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Girl surprised stepdad with adoption papers.

The Kindness Flash #24

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This month’s theme: COURAGE – the strength to choose what’s right over what’s easy.

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Everyday Kindness: Mark’s Mission Of Love

When Mark reached out to the employees at his office with a chance to spread some love, he had no idea about how massive his little mission would become! Read on to find out about his incredible story.

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Reflections on Courage: by Orly Wahba

Thinking about this month’s theme of courage, the quote of the month hits close to home for me. Courage can mean a great many things. From strength of heart, to perseverance, to taking a leap of faith, to following your heart even when you’re afraid, to venturing into uncharted territory – and leaving the familiar. Read More >>


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Inspiring Kindness in Full Swing This has been an amazing month for Life Vest Inside and I am so excited to share with you a few exciting moments from Vancouver, Washington coming at you from our very own, Jason Hattrick – COO of Life Vest Inside. Our Inspiring Kindness initiative is in full swing. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office continues to spread kindness as if they were on a high speed chase.
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Oregon Brewery Running Series The Oregon Brewery Running Series has gone above and beyond by adopting Life Vest Inside as one of their local non-profits. 10% of their proceeds from each 5K race are donated to Life Vest Inside. Read More >>



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Courage: It’s the Secret to Getting Everything You Want in Life by Preston Eli

Courage could be the only thing holding you back, or pushing you forward. In this article, Preston Eli describes his struggles with courage as a child, and how he learnt to face his worst fears so that he could build courage by negating the fear factor in his experiences.


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“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ William Faulkner

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Is there a cause, an idea, or a vision you believe in with all your heart but you’ve never had the courage to share your thoughts? We’ve all been there. Be courageous. Take the time this month to give voice to what you believe. Whether you make a voice recording, video recording, write a journal entry – do something. You may decide to share it publicly or you may decide to keep it for yourself. Simply voicing your thoughts, builds a sense of courage to pursue the things we may at times label as impossible.

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Have you ever exercised courage by taking a stand when others simply couldn’t or wouldn’t? SHARE your experience.

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Why do you think this picture represents COURAGE? SHARE your thoughts!
 

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Courage isn’t simply about getting out there and doing something crazy, it’s about being brave enough to simply be YOU! This uplifting song and video speaks to the beauty found within each of us when we have the courage to “say what you wanna say.”
 

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All Becca Schofield wanted was for her community to help celebrate her last round of radiation treatment by committing an act of kindness. Her courage to choose kindness in the face of adversity didn’t simply help her wish come true but launched a kindness movement!
 

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How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*T 14 Habits That Are Holding You Back from Happiness

How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*T 14 Habits That Are Holding You Back from Happiness

Andrea Owen believes that happiness is a choice, one you make every single day. Her choice to turn her life around took a great deal of courage and in her second book she equips readers with the courage to do the same by pinpointing our self-destructive habits and crystallizing what’s behind these invisible, undermining habits. With each chapter, she kicks your gear out of autopilot and empowers you to create a happier, more fulfilling life. Check out our recent Facebook LIVE interview with Andrea for some great insights.


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Inspiring Kindness Update

The Oregon Brewery Running Series has gone above and beyond by adopting Life Vest Inside as one of their local non-profits. 10% of their proceeds from each 5K race are donated to Life Vest Inside. The OBRS encourages people to be active, build community, have fun, and chooses to give back to those that can help fuel the fire of kindness. I was able to connect with a ton of great people and share Life Vest Inside with them and how they can be part of our world. A very special thank you to Drew Klinsing and Nathan Freeburg for partnering with LVI, supporting us financially, and for helping to make the world a kinder place.

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Inspiring Kindness Update

This has been an amazing month for Life Vest Inside and I am so excited to share with you a few exciting moments from Vancouver, Washington coming at you from our very own, Jason Hattrick – COO of Life Vest Inside.

Our Inspiring Kindness initiative is in full swing. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office continues to spread kindness as if they were on a high speed chase. In fact, I was introduced to a wonderful young lady through a Facebook post that was sent to me from one of our deputies. Here is the actual post:

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It was not the fact that she had collected over 80 blankets that got my attention but it was where her heart was. She is a living example of humility and grace that we want all of our children to grow up and emulate. That put my wheels in motion to plan a “Kindness Sting” to surprise and honor Missica. Myself and Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies Bain, Boyse and McCarthy showed up ready to go. We were also joined by another LVI partner Sabrina Mendez, Regional Manager of Dutch Bros. Coffee as she loves the idea of giving back to our community and wanted to honor Missica as well. With Principal Ed Little’s permission, we planned on just showing up at their school’s moring chapel where all students and staff begin their morning as a captive audience but…

Just two minutes before we were going to make our grand entrance our deputies got an urgent call, had to leave campus and engage in a pursuit and unfortunately were unable to present Missica with her citation. I bring this up for a specific reason. Our law enforcement officers do so much for our communities that are not part of their job description to create wonderful relationships with the citizens of every community. With a grateful heart, I am honored to know men and women, that when duty calls, place themselves between danger and us. I give a heartfelt “Thank you” to all law enforcement officers out there for your courage and choosing to stand for others.

Sabrina and myself did go to chapel and surprised Missica in front of her peers, teachers and parents with a well deserved Kindness Citation and a wonderful gift basket from Dutch Bros. It only takes one to start a movement and Missica is one of those people. Congratulations to Missica! inspiring-kindness-8

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Mark’s Mission Of Love

When Mark first began distributing You Matter cards, he had no idea how big the movement would turn out to be!

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, Mark felt helpless. He wanted to do something to lift the spirits of those around him. When he came across the concept of ‘You Matter’ cards, he knew he had found a way to reach out and share the message of faith, strength and love.

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He handed one of these cards to a cashier at Target who responded telling him, “You don’t know how much I needed this today.”

This encouraged him to take this further. He emailed the employees at his company explaining the concept, and asking if anyone would like to join him on his mission.

“I was wondering if you might be interested in helping me distribute cards to people in your corner of the world that might need a little encouragement. Nothing would make me happier than finishing off my stock and having to buy more,” he wrote.

To his surprise, he got requests for over a 1000 cards! Many employees even ordered their own to add in their christmas cards and gift packages.

Mark continues to spread the light in his corner of the world, knowing full well how easy it can be to make a difference with a simple card.

– Edited by Soumya John

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Reflections on Courage

by Orly Wahba

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~William Faulkner

Thinking about this month’s theme of courage, the quote of the month hits close to home for me. Courage can mean a great many things. From strength of heart, to perseverance, to taking a leap of faith, to following your heart even when you’re afraid, to venturing into uncharted territory – and leaving the familiar.

Change has never been something I love. There is a sense of comfort and security in the familiar; a warmth and homey feeling to it. But change, when you allow it to, can bring with it adventure and new beginnings. Seven years ago I took a leap of faith, probably one of the biggest in my life to date. I decided to leave a job I loved; truth be told it was more than just a job – it was a calling. I’ve always loved kids and having the opportunity to come to school each day and not simply educate, but inspire, empower and motivate my students to be the best they can be, to see themselves the way I saw them — that was the greatest gift of all. Those 7 years teaching were amongst the most transformative of my life. They set me on a path, they helped me tap into a strength that I never knew I had. I was only planning to take one year off to see what would happen if I threw myself into a dream I had; a dream to start an organization that would infuse this world with kindness like it had never seen before. A dream to shift the way people saw one another, by helping us begin to shift the way we see ourselves. I didn’t know it would turn into a 7 year journey to date and going strong. I remember how anxious I was. I didn’t know what would be. Could I possibly make something of this dream of mine? Would I impact change? Would I fail? Was I just kidding myself? It took all the courage I had and a whole lotta faith to jump in with both feet, willing to let the pieces fall as they may.

I still miss teaching every single day. The joy of connecting to your students, helping them navigate through the rough patches that come about as they discover who they are and what’s important to them. But I must say that taking that leap of faith, having the courage to bet on myself even though everything and everyone around me thought I was nuts – has proved to be an amazing life changing choice. The impact, the lives touched, the worlds changed over these past 7 years is incredible. I’ll never truly know, as we all won’t, the extent of the positive change our actions have. However, I am thankful every day to have been chosen to serve this organization, Life Vest Inside, from a place of such pure and deep love for people. Without COURAGE I wouldn’t be who I am and this organization would have remained just another dream propped up on a pedestal.

7 years has passed and I’m now faced with another choice. Another opportunity to be courageous and see where the pieces may fall. This past summer I had a chance to spend a month in Israel. I’ve spent many summers there growing up and those experiences are amongst some of the greatest memories of my life. Something inside of me began to speak, calling me to make a move. I’m a huge family person; my family means the absolute world to me and I’m lucky enough to live in such close proximity to all of them here in Brooklyn, NY. So when the thought of moving away popped into my mind, I don’t think anyone thought I would actually listen to it – I don’t think I thought I would listen to it, to be honest.

After a lot of back and forth and emotions running wild, I finally made the decision to move to Israel for the year to test it out and see what it’s like. I’ve been finding myself walking around my house late at night with flashbacks of all the good times that happened in this home, the home I grew up in. I’ve always had a close attachment to my home, especially after finally moving back in 6 years after we had a fire my sophomore year of high school. My home has always been my safety net, my haven – the place that carries the essence of my childhood.

At the end of this month, the month of COURAGE, yet another 7 years from my last big courageous leap – I’m taking yet another one and heading to Israel. If I said I wasn’t nervous – I would be lying. There are loads of emotions flying about. I choose to see this as an adventure and what a great place to begin an adventure.

As William Faulkner so wonderfully writes, “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” And so I’m setting sail, on yet again another exciting adventure. I look forward to what’s to come and how I can bring Life Vest Inside’s message of kindness, connectivity and respect to the region as well as the personal growth I will likely experience.

To those of you out there fearful of the unknown, fearful of failure let me remind you of the words of C. JoyBell C., “Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”

Here’s to a courageous start for us all! May the pieces fall as they may…

 

The Daily Kindness Digest #514

 

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“If you are losing your leisure, look out; You may be losing your soul.” ~Logan Pearsall Smith

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Treat yourself to such much needed YOU time by revisiting a hobby you may have lost sight of.

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Today I am brave. I love myself enough to know I deserve a life of joy.

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To mend relations between the football team, band members organize a special surprise.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #513

 

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“The great difference between voyages rests not in ships but in the people you meet on them.” ~Amelia Burr

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Don’t stick to the status quo. Invite someone who is sitting alone to sit with you during your lunch break. Today’s act is this week’s Kindness Challenge. Snap a pic with your new lunch buddy and post it up! Join the challenge at lifevestinside.com/unify.

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Today I dare to be courageous and bold.

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College students are given free Subway gift cards.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #512

 

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“I guess sometimes the greatest memories are made in the most unlikely of places, further proof that spontaneity is more rewarding than a meticulously planned life.” ~J.A. Redmerski, The Edge of Always

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Dare to venture off your scheduled plan. Allow yourself to be open to an experience even if it doesn’t coincide with your regularly scheduled program.

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Today I reflect on the trials and obstacles I have overcome and call into play my STRENGTH and RESILIENCE.

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High school football team honors cheerleader recently diagnosed with leukemia.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #511

 

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“A man is great by deeds, not by birth.” ~Chanakya

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Thank a servicemember for their service to your country.

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Today I am ready to WOW! I will go out in the world and dazzle!

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Navy sailors surprise 98-year-old WWII vet with a song performed right in front of his home.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #510

 

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“Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” ~John Ray

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Smile at everyone you meet today! Sometimes words are not needed to show appreciation.

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Today I exude happiness in everything I do and every action I take.

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Johnny Depp visits children’s hospital dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow bringing smiles to adults and children alike.
 

The Daily Kindness Digest #509

 

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“The energy created by a seemingly small act of kindness can ignite the fuel in a soul that will help get both of you through the day.” ~Unknown

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Share your umbrella with someone who is stuck in the rain.

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Today I SMILE, realizing that there is a lot to be thankful for.

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Stranger protects young girl during armed robbery.