I really had a great week last week doing random stuff for people. I bought a pool for the twins of some friends of mine.
I bought a small lunch for an elderly lady who couldn’t walk to well.
I bought coffee for a woman who sat next to me who was so sweet. She is caucasian and I thought it was just so cool that she was interested in sharing some of her story with me.
In general I felt “connected” to the people around me in a very good way.
i pray this will be a lifelong focus. it is something that i knew i was pretty good at anyway, but it was fun to focus on it for a while. 12 entries is a good start. absolutely worth it. you cannot out-give God/The universe. it always comes back in abundance.
i gave jorge my nikon coolpix that i just bought in feb! he was traveling with those disposables. i knew about 2 weeks before we parted that i would do this when we headed our separate ways. not so random, but totally heartfelt. plus i got to buy the new nikon coolpix 6!
i got into guanajuato, mx about 4am this morning. there was another non mexican looking woman so i asked if she was cabbing into town. she said her bro was coming to get her but that she didn’t see him. we ended up sharing a cab and it turns out she’s a 30 year old art student from spain! she looked maybe 25! great conversation. we dropped her off first and i told her to enjoy the city and gave her some site recommendations. i told her i’d pick up the tab for both of us. i got the european double kiss on the cheek. so startling! and a see you around.
I contributed to KC’s fundraising campaign for Aids Walk New York. I followed through on the promise I made and it feels good. It is only money and not even much of that, but i hope it goes to help someone in need or to find a cure.
Had dinner tonite with Layla from Argentina. We just met yesterday and I was worried that she and I would not have much to talk about but it ended up that we stayed at the restaurant for almost 2.5 hours. We have alot in common and had a great conversation about travel, politics, race and life in general. I paid for dinner and thanked her for her company. It was truly my pleasure.
I bought a Mexican woman who helped me understand the whole corn on the cob from a street vendor thing a piece of the tasty treat! They eat corn on the cobb with either mayo or some type of cream, salt, and chile powder!
helped another single mom traveling with LOADS of luggage and the cutest baby. i could tell she was ssooooo tired and hungry (pregnant again already!) and trying to hold it together. i bought her some snacks and water to help her through. played with the baby who was so cute i wanted to kidnap him!
-bought a woman’s breakfast this a.m. she was cool.
-helped a guy from Honduras get on the right bus since he knew no english i used a little spanish!
-helped a mom w/ 2 kids by watching their stuff while she took them to the bathroom and i carried one of their bags!
“Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look on the sunny side of everything. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone you meet a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and to noble for anger.”
~Christian D. Larsen (also recognized as The Optimist Creed)
1.I met this philipino couple and they were so cool. I helped them navigate Chicago, get some stuff done and shared a cab, they bought ME lunch at Giordano’s! The best was the conversation and the hugs they gave me when we parted!
2. I met another couple and we just got to jibber-jabbing and I found out they were both widely traveled, she was fluent in spanish, he had lived in Asia for 3 years. We exchanged info and I got a picture and more parting hugs. They bought me drinks at Pat’s Irish bar in Denver!
3. I shared a cab with a young guy looking at MSU’s law school. I was getting out first, but paid the whole fare for both of us and tipped the driver well. It felt good to pass along the love I got the last couple of days from others.