Are your children involved in any volunteering projects? If not.....it's never too late.
During Global Youth Service Day, millions of youth around the world organize community service projects to address the needs of their local communities through service, to be recognized for their contributions, and to be a part of a global youth service movement.
I am a kind of "always looking for a rainbow" person, but with too much rain, it's hard to see one. The typhoon Morakot didn't let us enjoy a weekend. We had some broken windows and a lot of water in house, but we are OK. Some parts of Taiwan, were indeed-seriously damaged.
I was hoping the sun will come back....and I will see the rainbow...not yet....
Then, I found this nice story instead which cheered me up.
It doesn't have anything to do with typhoon, but for me, it's a bit like a rainbow-I was looking for.
"When Eric Hagen started Recession Ride Taxi in Essex, Vt., he took more questions than fares.
Everyone wanted to know if the sign reading "Pay What You Want!" on the back of his taxi was for real. It is, and Hagen says he hasn't been shortchanged yet.
He offers pay-what-you-can bottles of water, Gatorade and soda and a free ride after six paid fares. He tells the Burlington Free Press that business has been good.
Most of his transactions are in cash. But he's also gotten a CD from a musician and a $10 supermarket card.
Hagen has been offering his taxi service Thursday through Sunday nights since June. When he's not a taxi driver, the 46-year-old Hagen works full time for the American Red Cross." From Burlington Free Press
If you happen to be in Essex don't forget to try it out. Enjoy the ride.
My last post was about a taxi driver who let customers pay what they wanted.I kept thinking about it and I arrived to a conclusion that this will be difficult to do on a larger scale.Then, I found a story below.
"A couple weeks ago I was standing out on a cold evening in New York City waiting for a cab to come take me to a nightclub.
After about 5 minutes of waiting, I was picked up by a middle-eastern gentleman in his 30's, and he was clearly angry. Swear words left and right about how horrible New Yorkers were. I knew my cab ride would only be about 10 minutes and there was a part of me that wanted to be silent and just move on with my life, but I also wanted to try and connect.
I asked the man what the issue was, and after some beating around the bush, he told me that he had just come from JFK airport without a customer. For those that don't know, this is basically $70 in lost fare, which is a fairly big deal. I tried my best to commiserate and share in his frustration.
Over the course of that cab ride, what started as pure anger slowly shifted to inquiry.
He mentioned that he had read an article a while back which said that the happiest people are the ones that give, so he hoped he'd have more chances to give in his life.
I was really starting to enjoy being in the presence of this introspective man!
We continued talking about why giving is so beneficial both to giver and receiver and different ways to practice it.
As we arrived at my destination, I paid my fare by credit card (with generous tip), but didn't want to stop there.
I pulled out an extra $20 and said:
'sir, since we've been talking about giving this whole time, I wanted to share that feeling of giving with you. I've already paid my fare, but here's an extra little bit. you can keep it if you want, since you're already down $70 from JFK. But, if you want to experience the power of the gift, then tell the next passenger in this cab that their ride is a gift from another and they can share their gratitude in whatever way they wish.'
I thought I was being a pretty cool guy at this point! but that's when the cabbie blew me away.
He turned toward me, tears in his eyes, and he says:
'sir, i have better idea. you give that $20 to a homeless person around here and i will gift the next passenger with free ride myself.'
Wow. This man was literally yelling obscenities to me 10 minutes ago.
I got out of the car and walked around for a bit trying to find someone to get a meal for before heading to my destination.
It was an absolute honor meeting that cabbie and learning the lesson of how everyone is capable of giving and totally flooring another with their generosity."
I am absolutely convinced that "Giving" has many forms and is limitless, once we open our heart to explore its pathways.