Extreme Kindness

Extreme Kindness

30,000 feet whenever

I just ate the anti-breakfast. A sugar-thick strawberry smoothie made crimson courtesy of red-dye number 38. And two egg-bacon-croissant-grease thingys wrapped in wax paper. If I left the paper on they might have gone down easier.

We are leaving Orlando and yesterday was brilliant. We teamed up with SAS (a global software company) and visited the Altamonte Boys and Girls Club. The young kids coming into the facility after school legions of kindergarten small fry looked exhausted but we had them Coca Cola-hyper within 20 minutes. Some of the activities included making wind chimes out of sticks, plastic lids and jingle bells and banner painting. But the big hit was a kindness scavenger hunt. On their hunt to achieve oneness with do-goodism, the kids had to start their own kindness petition, write down a goal that was to be placed into a time capsule and compliment someone.

When it was over, about a hundred kids and forty adults gathered around the time capsule and dropped it in the ground. Two hundred frantic little hands had it covered in 45 seconds. The odd kid, in a moment of over zealous capsule covering passion, fell into the hole and Erik and to quickly yank them out.

All told, a blissful day. But the kids probably weren’t as pumped as the SAS folks who made the day possible. There were some tears on the bus as we headed back to the office, recounting stories and passing on kudos to all.

Sitting in my Alaska Airlines seat at 30,000 feet, as I tap this out, everything is bright and shiny. Always is. Have you ever had that plunging sadness that seems to follow the plane when it returns to earth? No more fluffy clouds, no more infinite possibility, no more perspective?

There’s a trick I know. May you all attain the super-sunny inner-state that volunteering always seems to bestow on those willing to fly its friendly skies. A little Finley Quaye in your inner ear helps, too.

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  1. Caitlin Harrison Says:
    April 9th, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    Hey Val

    While avoiding writing my final paper of the year, I decided to look for websites discussing Sombrio and dream of being there instead of in front of my computer. I came across one article written a while ago… a 21 year-old Val Litwin was quoted! This made me realise I hadn’t seen you in a while, so now I am checking out your revised website.

    Do you ever get up to Sombrio anymore? I’ll hope to see you there sometime soon :) All the best to you and the crew.

    Caitlin

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