Good Friday

Good Friday…

I love this post in the Harvard Business Review:  Why Is it So Hard to Be Kind?  Bill Taylor tells a story about what makes business great.

Every so often, you have a small experience in business that teaches big lessons about what really separates winners from losers. I had one of those experiences a few weeks ago, and I think the story is worth telling, not because it is so exciting or dramatic, but because it is so true to how the world really works — and because it underscores how those of us who think about business often make things more complicated than they are.

But if you read beyond the customer service aspect of the article, you quickly see how it can be applied to life.

Why is it that a quick, witty response often escapes our lips before a kinder, more considered one?

Good Friday…

girl hugging dog

There’s nothing like the unconditional love of a dog to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.  I have only known the love of a dog for a few short years, but am a complete – maybe even over-the-top – dog person now.  In the blink of an eye, my car turned into a dogmobile.  My refrigerator is never without fresh, roasted chicken (Dylan’s favorite).  I earned elite status at La Quinta hotels.  Sigh.  But I love it.

This story was written in 2008 by Janine Allen – before we found Dylan.  It is sweet, and oh, so true…

I rescued a human

See the original article:
Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog’s professional dog trainer. Janine’s passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability. Copyright 2014 Rescue Me Dog;
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Good Friday…

Give Yourself a Pep Talk

Today, choose the road less traveled… the road that leads to Awesome.  Just the kind of pep talk that most of us need.  From an upbeat ‘Kid President’ who will inspire you more that you want to admit.

An article on Today News provides a little insight into this kid who thinks “boring” is our downfall.   (more…)

Good Friday…

If you’re like me, Groupon is one of many eager emails that begs for your attention in your inbox each morning.  I’ve participated in one or two good deals, but more typically take a quick look and then hit “delete”.

Thanks to TechCrunch’s The Weekly Good, I learned that Groupon has a program called “Grassroots“.  Their mission is to make it easy for people to do good in their communities.   You can read TechCrunch’s interview with Groupon’s Head of Social Innovation, Patty Huber Morrissey and see it explained in a video here.

Nice to see Groupon using their reach in a positive way, increasing awareness for good causes.  The campaigns they support vary widely.  Anyone can submit one, and if enough people support it (the “tipping point”), the cause receives 100% of the money collected.  Groupon even pays the credit card transaction fees.   Most of the campaigns are asking for $15-20 donations.  If the project doesn’t reach the tipping point, the supporters credit cards are not charged.

Pretty cool.  They state that over 1200 campaigns have raised $4,4 Million from almost 200,000 supporters nationwide.

Here’s an example of one of a recent campaign that raised money to provide a home for Bison in the Grasslands of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

Groupon Grassroots

So, next time you skim through that Groupon email, take an extra moment to check out the grassroots projects as well.  Or download their free App.  They are often supporting projects right in your own community!



Good Friday…

Tony Tolbert “gets” paying it forward. He could write the book on how to pay it forward. I’m not talking about paying the toll of the person behind you, picking up a stranger’s check at the cafe, or paying off an unnamed person’s layaway before Christmas (although I think those are pretty awesome acts of kindness).

This man has a spirit of giving that far surpasses that. It’s something that he was raised with. As an entertainment lawyer in L.A., his father frequently invited people in need to live in their spare bedroom. It was a typical scene as Tony was growing up.

So it seemed perfectly logical to Tony to help a family living in a local shelter… by loaning them his house for a year. They were unknown to him, but will most certainly be forever grateful to him.

In the story aired on CBS This Morning, Tony talks about how his father taught kindness and generosity by living it. It shaped his straightforward perspective: “Kindness creates Kindness. Generosity creates Generosity. Love creates Love”

His story on Daily Good will make you rethink your definition of “Generosity”, and may just inspire you to create a little of your own!

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