Pick Me Ups

A friendly picker upper for the perfect stranger.

Optical Delusion – Albert Einstein July 28, 2010

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A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

– Albert Einstein


Charity and Volunteerism July 18, 2010

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Location: Silverstar Blvd Plaza


Dear Perfect Stranger,

“Lots of people think they are charitable if they give away their old clothes and things they don’t want. It isn’t charity to give away things you want to get rid of and it isn’t a sacrifice to do things you don’t mind doing.” – Mrytle Reed, author

This quote has got me thinking about the way people approach volunteering and the non-profit sector especially in light of new social media and the ability to ‘click’ for a cause. Should people be reaching some sort of threshold of commitment and/or understanding before endorsing an idea or cause? Have social networking users created another meaningless activity out of joining groups and supporting causes using tools like facebook?

Let’s extend this issue to the world outside of social networks. Many people have good intentions when it comes to the non-profit sector but lack an understanding and/or commitment to the task. Especially in the younger, adolescent, student generation, notions of volunteerism and donation have become the norm. Peer pressure to donate money to a cause runs high in lecture halls as jars are passed around by friends. Everyone believes their cause is the most important so it becomes impossible not to dig into your pockets for some change.

Student or adolescent caring and volunteering is also telling of the passive role that we take when it comes to involvement in the non-profit sector. Consider the most common roles that adolescents take in volunteering. Usually, this involves anything from setting up and manning booths to helping organize small-scale fundraising and awareness events. Undoubtedly, these are all necessary roles for any successful group or event but, one must also note the lack of engagement of the larger population. This lack of engagement has implications for the sustainability of the projects being presented. In my opinion, these non-committal roles that adolescent student volunteers are often engaged in actually hinders the development of leadership skills and other character building opportunities that are offered by participating more actively. That isn’t to say I won’t be going back to playing those same non-committal roles, just that I hope to participate more actively. What do you think?


Your friendly picker upper 🙂


Tips for Success July 17, 2010

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Location: Malvern Medical Center


Dear Perfect Stranger,

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

Analyst Richard St. John conducted over 500 interviews of people that we consider to be successful. He asked them for tips on how to be successful and was able to narrow it down to eight simple words.

  1. Passion – do it for love not money
  2. Work – nothing worthwhile comes easily
  3. Good – get good at something, practice!
  4. Focus – focus yourself on one thing
  5. Push – push yourself mentally and physically
  6. Serve – serve others something of value
  7. Ideas – make connections, be original
  8. Persist – persist through failure and conflicts

So now you know the keys to success but the real question is what is success? Is it being a millionaire? Well if it is, you might not need all of these tips. I think real success is personal success not monetary success. Real success is sharing with people what you have, respecting others, investing in ideas, kindness and children’s futures. People like this should be admired. They move the world, metaphorically. Maybe Richard St. John’s tips to success will help create those world moving people. Will you be one of them?


Your friendly picker upper


Value – Halford. E. Luccock July 14, 2010

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Many years ago Rudyard Kipling gave an address at McGill University in Montreal. He said one striking thing which deserves to be remembered. Warning the students against an over-concern for money, or position, or glory, he said: “Some day you will meet a man who cares for none of these things. Then you will know how poor you are.”

-Halford E. Luccock