Pick Me Ups

A friendly picker upper for the perfect stranger.

Fantasy – J.R.R. Tolkein August 10, 2010

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Location: Mall change room

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Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you doing today? Well, I hope. I’d like to share with you a quote about imagination and fantasy which I find inspiring. I hope you will too.

” Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?… If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people as we can!”

– J.R.R. Tolkein

So please attempt to share your ideas and your fantasies. The workings of the mind are always worth sharing.

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper 🙂

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Species Advancement August 8, 2010

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Location: GO Bus seat

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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.

I’m not sure about you but I never really stop and take time to reflect on how far we’ve come as a species. I mean we live in such a different world than when our species first evolved or if you don’t believe in that, a different world than a few hundred years ago. It’s just that our species has progressed (depending on your view) so much that its mind-boggling.

Think about it. Just a hundred years ago or further, few people travelled more than a few hundred kilometers from where they were born. Few people left their countries of birth. Today, one can just hop in a plane and go from one side of the world to another in mere hours. Even when it comes to the number of people one meets in their lifetime, we’re lucky. Hundreds of years ago, chances were you wouldn’t meet more than about a hundred people over your lifetime. Today, we can meet than many people in hours using social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. And we can keep in touch with people all around the world.

So maybe not all of us have all of these luxuries but those of us in the developed world are extremely fortunate. We have come quite far as a species. I suppose congratulations are in order. So congrats humans!

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper

 

Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Dr. Seuss August 7, 2010

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Location: The Snooty Fox

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

– Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go

 

Neighbours August 2, 2010

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Location: Meadowvale at Sheppard E. bus shelter

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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.

What do you think about neighbours. They can be friendly people who sometimes drop by for a quick chat but otherwise keep to themselves or they can be annoying people who rev their motorcycles at 2:00am and don’t keep their lawns cut. I’m sure you’ve experienced both ends of this spectrum. Bur definitely more often that not, these days most people don’t know their neighbours well at all. That’s probably not the greatest thing because social scientists tell us that we rely on these kinds of social networks in times of need. Take for example your home is on fire, who’s going to help you before the firefighters? Your neighbours. Not only that but human interaction tends to make people happy. So getting to know your neighbours is not only good for the individual but also the whole community. So by all means, let’s get to know their stories. Let’s get to know our neighbours. Let’s improve our communities.

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper

 

Charity and Volunteerism July 18, 2010

Filed under: Cards,Quotes — neepaparikh @ 9:53 pm
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Location: Silverstar Blvd Plaza

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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?

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper 🙂

 

Tips for Success July 17, 2010

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Location: Malvern Medical Center

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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?

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper

 

Road to Success June 28, 2010

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Location: Kitchen store

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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 🙂