Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Good People Project II or how I ended up without a pie

May -July 2013 (128 of 135)

If you have read my previous post, you know what the "Good People Project" is. If not, you are still about to meet one person who made my Thanksgiving possible this year!

Unfortunate things happen usually at the most unfortunate time. However, when you have the support and good will of good people, everything is possible! Today, around noon one of my braces' brackets broke. 1.5" of wire was sticking in my mouth aggravating my cheek. Last time this happened, it hurt like hell and swelled up. In other words, not the best thing to happen to you when :

a) tomorrow is Thanksgiving
b) your orthodontist is out of town
c) the doctor who covers for him closed for the week ( to be fair I eventually got in touch with him, but that was way after the issue was resolved, and the panic that I will spend my time till Monday dealing with this, subsided)

I admit, I was seriously freaking out to the point that I decided to cut the wire myself ( big mistake, did I mention?). When that didn't help I remembered that if there is anyone who can save me in this situation it is my regular dentist. I called, almost in tears, and all they had to say was come right over. And that after one other orthodontist ( not mine or the substitute) turned me down because I am "not his patient".

You know...it's Thanksgiving and I think this is a wonderful time to share something like this.
We are so much in a hurry to "do it all", so much in a hurry to "wrap it up", so much in a hurry to "make it worth our time"...that some of us are missing the point of it all.

The cutting of the wire sticking in my mouth took exactly 2 minutes. The gratitude I have for this dentist will last forever. The truth is that sometimes things that cost us NOTHING and will barely take of our time are the most valuable, human and good things to do. Going the extra mile is all it takes to make the world a better place for everyone.

Did my dentist contribute to world peace today? No, probably not. But he sure made my day, not to mention my family's day, since I won't be crabby and I will cook up a storm tomorrow. That is why I started the Good People Project, because of small gestures, things that sometimes you would miss or miss the opportunity to do, but that mean a lot to someone somewhere.

That is how change happens, when every human being genuinely cares. Not because they have to, they are paid to or they are scared to, but because they just DO. 

I am thankful that I had the opportunity on Thanksgiving to give my thanks by giving my Thanksgiving pie to someone who did the good, human thing everyone hopes to get for Thanksgiving. He gave me the gift of good will.
Thank you, Dr. Levine for being there for me, and not for the first time at that.


Friday, November 15, 2013

The Good People Project

May -July 2013 (89 of 135)
Recently I've been debating with myself if I should post about positive experiences that I had with this or that during the week. On one hand, I don't want anyone to think that I am trying to advertise a brand, product or a person, when I am not( if you've been following me for a while, you know I always disclose that), but on the other hand I think we all need a piece of something positive in our life, and I'm thinking, why not this?

Recently, whenever I log into my FB account  all I can see is news on who killed someone, who is being incarcerated, how the healthcare sucks, gas prices are high, people are starving, demonstrations end up in blood baths, mass shootings...should I go on? And that's before I even get to my friends' timelines.

So, is it so strange that every single time I see someone do something nice or make me smile, or just plainly being awesome...well, I feel compelled to share. I WANT to share, to show people that they matter that what they do doesn't go unnoticed and to make them smile the way they made me smile. Yes, I go the extra mile when my server at Red Lobster was extra nice and talk to her/his manager, I fill out positive review forms in my dentist's office, I call my deli guy's supervisor to tell him how my cheese was sliced and each piece was separated with a piece of paper, so I don't have to use 10 pieces at once when they stick together, I contact public relations at Ellis hospital to tell them how their staff made a traumatic experience bearable, just because they cared, and on, and on ...And you know what...people notice. Not because it's me, not because I personally care, but because someone somewhere noticed how they went the extra mile in their work. So, why shouldn't I go the extra mile and share with as many people as possible? There is so much bad and ugly in our everyday life that we need these little rays of sunshine.


So, I decided to start " The Good People Project"( TGPP) and I'm inviting you to participate and share with me things, people or situations that made you believe people are good, well meaning, charismatic creatures, who live to share love and help one another. You can post a comment on there any time and I will give the person who you "nominate" for TGPP on my Facebook account, so more and more people can see them. Well, I would rather you don't nominate your own grandma, but you know what...if she is the kind of awesome that makes life better for people around her- do. And don't forget to send me a picture, so I can show how the coolest grandma looks like.

 Today I would like to say a long, long overdue shout out to James O'Connor from " Fleet Feet" for helping me choose the best running shoes I've had in my life. It happened a year ago, but I've  been feeling bad that I never really wrote about it, and he is one of the people who I don't personally know, but made an extreme impression on me with being knowledgeable, well meaning and friendly person.

Let's share the goodness- YOUR TURN!


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