Tonight I attended an open house at Nancy Campbell Collegiate Institute in London Ontario. My brother Aaron is employed there as a teacher and often sings their praises of how well they treat their students and how well the students treat each other. I found a comfortable seat and sat back with my brother and his daughters to watch some of the most talented young people perform before our eyes. I was amazed by the talent they demonstrated.
More importantly though I was so taken back by the kindness and generosity of these students. When we arrived we were greeted immediately and throughout the night many of the students stopped by to introduce themselves and to check in to see if they could help me with anything. Later in the evening the principal of the school, Gordon Naylor spoke about and shared the core values expected of the students at their school and it was very clear to me that each of these students demonstrated these core values.
Mr. Naylor also spoke of service that each student participates in and the impact it has. I could feel the pride in both the parents and students alike and realized how powerful being of service to others is. And it was there, in their coffee house, that I decided for day twenty-four I would make it my personal goal to be of more service to others as well.
After Jonah Wynn passed away, I created a website in her memory and I pledged to myself that as long as I live I will do conscious acts of kindness for others and would do these in Jonah’s memory. With the kindness I pass along a card to the receiver in the hopes they too will pass the kindness forward. This has aided me tremendously in moving forward in my healing as like the students the service I have done for others not only impacts the receiver but reaches me in a way I had not expected. If Booker T. Washington was correct, when he said, “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” then I hope that in being of service to others I will find the happiness he and Mr. Naylor speak of.
Day Twenty-four: Be of service to others.