Pick Me Ups

A friendly picker upper for the perfect stranger.

Road to Success June 28, 2010

Filed under: Cards,Quotes — neepaparikh @ 9:08 pm
Tags: , ,

Location: Kitchen store

Note:

Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you doing today? I hope that you are doing well and if not, I hope this note serves as a little pick-me-up during your day.

Getting to a successful place in your work, social or love life is no simple task. Sometimes its complex and there are many factors that deter us from reaching success. Think about it. If reaching success was simple, everyone or almost everyone would be successful. Luckily or unluckily for us, not all of us have reached points in our lives where we believe we’re successful.

I love how David Jones put it, “The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called failure, a loop called confusion, speed bumps called friends, red lights called enemies, and caution lights called family. You will have flats called jobs but if you have a spare called determination, an engine called perseverance, and insurance called faith, you will make it to a place called success.”

So don’t give up on success! Put in the hard work and you’ll get there some day!

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper 🙂

Advertisements
 

Education and Creativity June 18, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 5:49 pm
Tags: , ,

Location: Coin drain

Note:

Dear Perfect Stranger,

I hope that you are doing well and if not, I hope this note serves as a pick-me-up during your day.

I’d like to tell you a little bit about my views on education and creativity. I’m sure you can agree that children possess some pretty extraordinary capabilities. Some children that we see on TV or read about have extraordinary dedication and have found a talent. But really, all kids have exceptional talents. They’re just squandered and squished at a young age. Creativity is as important in our education system as is say, literacy. You see, kids will take a chance. If they don’t know, they’ll guess. Kids aren’t afraid of being wrong. Not that being wrong makes something creative, no. What I mean is that if you don’t accept that you might be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. By the time we become adults, we’ve lost the ability to try things out without worry. We end up becoming scared of being wrong. We run everything from education to governments to companies like this. Mistakes are stigmatized. Our current education systems run with the belief that mistakes are the worst thing you can make. The problem here is that we are teaching children to let go of their creative capacities. We’re allowing children to grow out of their creativity, their originality and innovation. What do you think?

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper.

 

Caring June 15, 2010

Filed under: Cards,Quotes — neepaparikh @ 4:25 pm
Tags: , , ,

Location: Toronto Zoo Education Branch

Note:

Dear Perfect Stranger,

I hope this note finds you in a good place and that it serves as a little pick-me-up during your day.

Let’s think back to prehistoric times. With so many large and majestic creatures roaming the land, its hard to see how humans and their ancestors survived. We are not fast creatures. We don’t camouflage well. We don’t have offensive mechanisms such as claws or poison. So how did we avoid being eaten?Anthropologists suggest that it is the complex relationships humans built with each other that allowed us to survive. The communication and level of caring we showed each other allowed us to outsmart and avoid our predators and move up the food chain. So in a way, the need to work together and care for each other is inherent in all human beings. We are inherently good.

If this is true, shouldn’t we all be caring for each other now? Many of us do but too many of us don’t. As inherently good people, as a species that is built on relationships, it is our job, our social responsibility to help others and to help make our world a better place. There is no need for big gestures as we have often found that it’s the little things that count. An old Arab proverb says, “If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart.” Do what you can to help others afterall, its part of being human.

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper

 

Self-Discovery June 6, 2010

Filed under: Cards,Quotes — neepaparikh @ 10:16 pm
Tags: , ,

Location: Toronto Zoo

Note:

Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you today? I hope that you are doing well and if not, I hope this note serves as a little pick-me-up during your day.

I’m not sure if I feel happy or sad for people who think they’ve got it all figured out. I mean people who think they know themselves perfectly. People who feel as if they know exactly what they want out of life and the steps they must take to get there. I feel like that makes life boring. To me, it’s almost as if life’s journey is a journey about self-discovery. Getting to know yourself and the world around you. That should be the goal. Maybe you’ll never get to know yourself completely because we humans are so complex, but an attempt should be made. Mistakes and obstacles are all part of the journey that to me makes life so worthwhile.

It seems that Italian actress Sophia Loren had a similar view of life. She said, “After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” Have a good day.

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper 🙂

 

Gross National Happiness June 5, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 10:05 pm
Tags: , , ,

Location: Toronto Zoo

Note:

Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you today? I hope you’re doing well and if not, I hope this note serves as a little pick-me-up during your day.

I was browsing the Toronto Star a couple of days ago and I came across a rather intriguing article about the small, secluded country of Bhutan and its education system. Seems to me they’ve got education right. A king of Bhutan in 1999 unveiled a plan, called the Four Pillars of Happiness, which promised to measure the small country’s GNH (gross national happiness). It placed emphasis on environmentalism, national culture, good governance and economic development.

Recently, the four pillars have been infused into Bhutan’s education systems. It’s being encouraged to bring gross national happiness into the curriculum including into courses like math and science. What is really created is more of a focus on community and well-being. The article tells of meditation being introduced for a few minutes at the beginning and end of each school day. Parents have been asked to stop driving their kids to school and the kids actually seem to like it. Also, to continue focusing on environmentalism, students have adopted streams and are involved in clean-ups every few weeks.

Seems to me like more of this small country, nestled between India and Nepal’s ideas need to be adopted in North America. Have a good day!

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper 🙂