The Dave Game was developed to promote random acts of kindness and general goodwill towards others. Playing is simple. Do something nice (ANYTHING!) for someone else and they have been Daved!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Random Act of kindness Song by HIP HOP SAVES LIVES

I posted a story on, "The Kindness I See in the World", and Chad Harper from NYC contacted me. He works with children in Brooklyn NY, teaching them about song writing. He instructed the children to find an everyday hero on the internet who has written a good story. One of his students found me and before you knew it Chad sent me the song "Random Acts of Kindness" ... enjoy!!!

Random Act of kindness Song by HIP HOP SAVES LIVES

The Kindness I See in the World

Kindness is a simple answer in a sometimes difficult and challenging world. I know that to be true. For a long time now it has been my mission to acknowledge and appreciate all people and to encourage others to do the same.

When my 7 year old grand-daughter, Skylar, and I go out, we have a contest called “Who can make the most people smile. “ It makes for a wonderful glorious day. We will be walking in the supermarket and someone will be walking down the aisle with her head down. Skylar walks up to her and gives her a big smile. I watch her walk down the aisle, turn around and smile at Skylar again or perhaps smile at someone else. Kindness is a chain that pulls us all together. Anything that lifts another person is kindness. Every single act of kindness has a ripple effect.

 In 2002, my dad had a series of strokes and other illness. At that time, I was the facilitator for a large women’s networking organization. One day I asked the ladies if on a personal level they could send their positive energies my dad’s way and maybe go out and do something nice for someone, someone for whom they would not normally think to do something nice. My dad has been doing nice things for all sorts of people for years, from the street crossing guard, to the waitress in a restaurant, to a friend’s mother. That same day, I made cookies for the janitor at the post office. When I gave him the cookies he actually looked a little embarrassed.

“Why, Linda?” he asked. “Because I appreciate you!” I answered. “When I get here at 6am and it is still dark out and it is a little scary, I know you are inside and I feel safe. And when I first moved here and my post office box was always empty, you always cheered me on. And you keep this place spotless.”  That evening his wife called me and said that he was overwhelmed. “No one even knows his name never minds bakes him cookies! What can I do for you?” she asked. “Nothing, just go out and do something nice for someone else.” I answered.

Well, that woman and many other women started practicing kindness on a regular basis. It was wonderful to witness. After that day, I started becoming more and more aware of the kindness in this wonderful world of ours.

In fact, a few weeks later, I was in a drugstore looking at some items when I noticed three people standing on line at the prescription counter. The last person was a young woman with a crying baby. It was obvious the baby was sick. When she got to the head of the line, the pharmacist said he was sorry but they did not have that medication on hand but that they could get it in about 2 hours. One tear just trickled down the young woman’s cheek. Suddenly an older gentleman who was sitting on the side came over and asked if he could be of assistance. The young woman looked up at him bewildered. The man said that he didn’t have much to do and that he had to wait for his prescription, so if she wanted, he could deliver her prescription to her home.

“But I don’t even know you,” she said. “I won’t come in your house,” he replied. “I’ll just leave it by the door and ring the bell."  “But why?” she asked. The man looked at her with kind eyes and said, “I live on a really limited income and my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren all live up north and I rarely get to see them so this would a privilege for me."

With that, people in the store started nodding their heads to the young woman with approval. She mumbled okay, wrote her address on a piece of paper and gave it to the man. The baby stopped crying and the young woman left the store. By that time, I was crying. I walked over to the gentleman, introduced myself and told him how wonderful it was that he was so kind.
Michael was 82 years old. We became friends and had breakfast and lunch a few times.

About three months later, he phoned me to tell me that the young woman had told all of her friends about what he had done by delivering the prescription. They all chipped in and sent him airfare to visit his family. Another wonderful act of kindness and it was the last time Michael saw his family before he died.

When I am having a tough day, I recall this total act of unsolicited kindness and it always brings to me waves of gratitude. We are surrounded by kindness every day. Unfortunately, we get so wrapped in life that we forget to stop and smell the roses, as they say, or witness the acts of kindness that surround us each day. Little acts of kindness and love are the best parts of one’s life.  As the Dalai Lama said, “When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us to develop inner happiness and peace.”

So, got out today and experience the kindness around you. Bathe in it and be kind to others. You may discover that being kind to others is actually being kind to yourself.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Great American Teach-In

What is the Great American Teach-In?

A day to remind ourselves and our students that citizenship means asking questions, finding answers and standing up for what you believe in... and that education must mean that too.

Every classroom, every student, every school... draft a declaration of educational rights.

When it comes to education, what are the truths you hold self evident? Let's make time to talk about these ideas within our learning communities.

Then, let's document these truths, and continue the hard work of making a high quality public education accessible to all who want it.

The Basics:

Classroom Teachers - Plan to have your classes participate in the Great American Teach-In May 10. Use our basic lesson or create your own and share it with the online community of teachers ready to engage their students in conversations of how we can make our schools better places to work and learn.

Students - If your school is taking part in the Great American Teach-In, ask your teacher what you can do to help plan it. If not, suggest they take part. In the meantime, post your story of a positive learning experience at youtube or and tag it teachin11.

School Leaders - Poll your teachers on their interest in participating in the Great American Teach-In. Use our basic lesson across classes or draft your own Teach-In plan. Don’t forget to share whatever you create with the Teach-In community. Invite parents and other community members to join in May 10 and help craft your school’s Declaration of Education.

Parents - Ask your children’s teachers and school leaders if your school will be participating in the Great American Teach-In. If they are, ask how you can help participate and recruit other parents to get involved. If not, suggest they participate and offer to help organize the event.

Community Members - Contact your local schools and ask if they’re planning to take part in the Teach-In. Volunteer to help organize or participate in the schools’ events.

Everyone - Find a local business like a coffee shop or restaurant and host a Teach-In Talk event between May 3 and May 10. Like an open mic, Teach-In Talks are community events that ask participants to share the stories of their positive learning experiences and serve as catalysts to deeper, more involved conversations around how to create more perfect places of learning and working. To search for a Teach-In Talk near you or schedule a Talk, use our Event Creator.

Kids post your random acts of kindness in the comment section (make sure you clicked on the article link from the home page)!!!

Monday, October 8, 2012

A Flat Tire

I don't know what I would have done if a nice man did not help me change my tire. I was stuck on the side of the highway with 2 small crying children. My tire was flat and couldn't get the lug nuts off. Suddenly a wonderful man stopped by changed my tire and gave both my kids lollipops. When I asked him his name, he just said Mike and then left. Thank you Mike. You saved my day.

Julie J.