! from hearts to hands: 2014
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." ~ Leo Buscaglia

October 3, 2014

friday food for thought

Don't wait for other to call YOU. Be the first to reach out with LOVE.

We all have friends who wait for us to call them, and this is fine as long as it doesn't become us doing ALL the calling. Often it is to make them feel better about themselves, but also sometimes it doesn't matter how many times we call it's just never enough for them. There comes a point when we can choose to just leave things lie and see what happens.

All relationships should be based on mutual giving and receiving.If we have to chase someone to keep them in our lives, then maybe it's time to let go as we are not respecting our own value.

September 26, 2014

friday food for thought

Why do we brag about being busy?

The objective should be to have more time to spend doing what you love with the people you love.

What's your definition of success?

August 8, 2014

friday food for thought

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. ~John Holmes

April 11, 2014

friday food for thought

Isn't this a beautiful reminder that we should strive to get out more? Why not take a chance on saying 'hi' to a neighbor or someone you cross paths with as you're moving through your day.

March 20, 2014

acts of kindness: waiter for the homeless

A group of homeless people in California were shocked to see not just a man giving them food on the street, but doing so dressed in a waiter's uniform and carrying a serving tray.

The surprise came courtesy of DJ Sennett, a 21-year-old musician and YouTube star normally known for hidden camera pranks such as drinking a blue sports drink from a Windex bottle.

Sennett said he was inspired by the charitable videos he's seen on YouTube - stunts like handing out $100 to strangers - to do something new, but wanted his video to have a twist.

"I wanted to be creative with it," said Sennett.

The inspiration for Sennett's turn as a waiter came as the Los Angeles resident was passing homeless people on the street on his way home from a gig playing music at a bar one night and realized his bar uniform made him look like a waiter.

"It sparked an idea," he said. "A friend and I went to a local grocery store and bought a bunch of pre-made food and drove around delivering it over a span of three days."

Sennett approached each person - he estimates he fed around 16 people in total - as if they had placed the order in a restaurant and he was simply delivering their food.

"They were shocked and trying to figure out if I got the wrong person," Sennett said of the reactions he got. "Then they figured out what I was doing and they were so grateful and I could tell they were so happy."

A friend of Sennett's captured the good deeds on camera and Sennett posted the video on Tuesday to his YouTube page, where it has already received more than 100,000 views.

Sennett said he hopes the people who watch the video will be inspired to do good deeds, as the experience has also inspired him to change his prankster ways.

"When I started the channel in high school it was just kind of messing around doing stupid stuff, but it's turned into something now where I realize I have an audience and I have a voice with it," Sennett said. "This one has led me to realize I can do something more with it than just be silly on camera."
"It's inspired me to come up with creative things that are not only funny to people but that have a message behind them," he said.

Of the roughly 16 people Sennett interacted with for this video, he said the comments of one homeless man will stay with him forever.

"He was saying something along the lines of, 'I used to eat like this,' and, 'This made my day,'" Sennett recalled. "It was kind of surreal so we sat and talked for a while."
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