Inspired By The Ellen Show – An Army of Kindness

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    Like many of you, every time I watch the Ellen Show, my heart is joyful to see a family in need receive a new car, or financial support or whatever goFullSizeRender (15)odness Ellen finds she can give to someone else.

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    A month or so ago, I found myself standing in front of the television, jumping up and down with tears as Ellen gave away a car to a family who had a child who needed medical support hundreds of miles away each week.  I heard myself say, ‘God, help me to one day be able to do that for others.’

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    The next day, I met a man named David, who was a hired painter, painting doors in my condo complex.  I began to talk to him and learned he had a child with special needs (also named David), and he was a single dad who worked hard to take care of him.  Despite living a difficult life, he talked about how grateful he was – to have a flexible job as a painter so that he could take his son to the hospital and treatments, and he talked about how wonderful his son is…  He could have chose to complain but instead, he just talked about how much he was grateful for…

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    His gratitude touched my heart and I knew I had been called to action.  I asked for an opportunity to impact someone else, and here he was – right in front of me, painting my door!  I realized that while I can’t provide the types of prizes that Ellen does, I have the ability to have an impact someone’s life, even if it is small.

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    FullSizeRender (16)So… it started with just providing some groceries for them for the week.  Then, I told Lonney, my acroyoga partner and cherished friend, about David and he offered to help me and we provided them a Thanksgiving meal.  Then, I shared the story of David with my yoga studio, and during our annual Day of Giving, we raised over $1000 that the members asked to donate to the Davids so that they could have groceries and gifts for Christmas and beyond.    (The members had originally picked another charity to donate to, but we had such a big turnout of generosity, the members agreed we could take some of the money and gifts raised and give to the Davids – without me even asking!!  We still had an abundant amount to give to the original charity as well!)

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    I invited The Davids over, and Lonney came over as well, and we had ‘Christmas’ for David.  To watch little David open gift after gift with joy and excitement – was amazing.  David opened outfits, coats, blankets, a dog stuffed animal(he named Charlie after my pup!) and other gifts… when I handed Big David the final gift, which was a significant amount  gift cards for groceries and other needful items, David put his head into his hands for a minute.  He looked up and said, ‘I don’t know what to say, but thank you.’

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    Lonney and I smiled and said ‘that is what life is about – being good to each other and helping each other along the way – we all have journeys – and what makes the difference isn’t hoping for a smooth journey – but moreso, having people there for you, to help you as you navigate your way.’  We asked for him to pay forward however he can – through time, energy, kindness or however he can find to have his impact.

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    He told us that he finds great joy in helping others and he promised to take our gifts and take IMG_7590care of little David with them and he will teach Little David how to pay forward.

    That night, I got a text from David.  He said, ‘You made 2015 unforgettable for me… words alone cannot express my gratitude. May every second of your days and nights be full of blessings… you deserve the world’.

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    And I sat and smiled for a minute and thought, ‘David, I already have the world. I’ve got a group of people, an Army of Kindness if you will, that when I tell them about someone in need – they show up and march to victory.  And they show up in masses.  Of course, we all dream of having a life of abundance of success, wealth and whatever else modern society deems important, but I if I had to choose, I’d choose to be surrounded by Army of Kindness.  When you have people by your side, who you know will always be there, help, support and love you and the things important to you – you have the world.

     

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