Giving Thanks

Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.
— Bob Kerrey

We’re headed back to Maryland tomorrow to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday and visit him in the hospital.  He’s still recovering from double pneumonia and we can’t wait to see him and the rest of the family. I’m also looking forward to escaping the 90+ degree weather.  I’m totally envious of those feeling the nip in the air that suggests Autumn is near.  But, I know that when winter comes around, and we’re experiencing beautiful weather while others are scraping ice from their windshields, I’ll be thanking my lucky stars for living here.  As my father says “ya gotta take the good with the bad.” 

Since I won’t be able to teach my Beginner’s Flow Yoga class tomorrow, I had to get someone to sub for me.  Being a yoga teacher is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. The bonds that are formed with people are so genuine and intimate that when you have to miss a class, you feel like you are letting someone down.  So, naturally when you are not able to teach, you want someone who will connect and give your class the best experience possible. Luckily for me, there are a bunch of instructors at Green Monkey to choose from but there is one in particular that is my go-to choice.  Her name is Valentina and she is a newly minted yoga instructor with the sweetest personality.  She’s committed to her craft and works toward being the best version of herself every day. 

For this Wednesday’s Random Act of Kindness, I decided to write Valentina a ‘Thank You’ note and give her one of my favorite yoga books.  I love gifting books from my collection.  What better act of kindness than to give someone something that has had a positive impact on your life? 

OM the moment for your soul this week and find something you can give away from one of your collections.  Attach a card telling the person what they mean to you and how you hope they may benefit from the gift. It's a great way to connect and share a special moment.

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