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We Need More Civility and Kindness in Our World

Posted by Thomas on October 15, 2011

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I volunteer with a youth group called Leaders of Tomorrow. Our program year kick off is coming up. I mail out announcement letters to surrounding schools addressed to principals and counselors.

So I’m in the post office today folding and stuffing envelopes (after doing my mail-merge this morning). I am making a conscious effort to be more civil in my life, kinder, friendlier because I believe our world needs more of that positive energy. Some days I’m executing this effort like a champion sailing team leading the pack at a regatta; other days my introvert-self is driving.

Today, the sailing team captain was steering my ship so at the post office I said “hi” or “good morning” to nearly everyone within 3 feet.

Ms. Doris walks in and says “Oh, taking care of business I see”.

I respond “No, just sending off a mailer for the youth organization I volunteer with”.

That small, civil, kind, friendly exchange led to a 15 minute conversation. Ms. Doris has a passion for children and is concerned about their futures—she’s a school teacher.

I explained that Leaders of Tomorrow works with high school students that need a little extra motivation to become their best selves. That LOT exposes young people to business and industry leaders, enhances their public speaking skills, helps guide them as they prepare for college; we’ve conducted various workshops from anger management to etiquette to financial literacy. I’m glad to be connected with LOT.

When Ms. Doris learned I was mailing off over fifty letters she paid for the mailing.

Ms. Doris you are a benefit to our world! I’m glad we met today. Thank you for your kindness. May you keep impacting children’s lives and continue encouraging others that are doing the same.

Our world needs more civility and kindness. Let it start with you. Imagine…!


(See program year kick-off announcement here)


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Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes

Posted by Thomas on October 11, 2011

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A Rites of passage is a journey. Our boys learn mostly from watching and emulating us. We, the caring adults in their lives, must embody the same principles we seek to implant in them. Volunteering is a rites of passage lesson that is better observed than discussed. I seek to do more volunteering. If you don’t volunteer already start. You have no excuse especially as we approach the holiday season. Get out of yourself and help someone else.

If you live in Miami-Dade or Broward County and have a child between the 9th – 12th grades check out the Leaders of Tomorrow program I volunteer with. Our new program year kicks off soon.

If your son or daughter would benefit from a direct approach to mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami is an awesome program. I have a friend that is a VP within the organization and they are constantly looking for more adult volunteers to be Bigs.

In honor of my grandmother Annie Milledge, she passed away June 15, 2011; I am participating in the Step Out – Walk to Stop Diabetes walk-a-thon on November 5, 2011. My granny lived with the disease for decades.

You can support my walk. Visit my page and make a donation from your heart. Your donation will honor your friend or love one that also battled diabetes. Thanks in advance to those that donate.

Walk to Stop Diabetes
Fundraising walk-a-thon Nov 5 2011

If we want our sons to develop a heart of volunteerism they must first see it in us. Whether or not you support the Step Out – Walk to Stop Diabetes walk-a-thon or volunteer as a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters do something to give back regularly. You become a better person for it. You train your son in giving back and our world is filled with lots more love and positive energy.




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