June is coming in just two weeks, and with it, a brand new and very special Kind Hearted Challenge. The reason I am telling you about it ahead of time, is that it will take a little bit of preparation, if you choose to accept the challenge.
June’s edition is special because, for one thing, it doesn’t come from me. It was inspired by a challenge Derek Aucoin (who is very well known here in Québec) invites the audience to join, in his conferences.
Mr Derek Aucoin
Derek used to be a professional baseball player (he played with the Montréal Expos, and was part of the New York Mets’ organization for some time) and now works as a tv and radio host.
I discovered Mr Aucoin when I worked evenings and weekends. I used to listen to him on the radio, even if his show was an open-line about sports. I didn’t really mind the subjects discussed, but I loved his attitude and his relationship with his audience.
I remember one particular day (I think it was around Christmas time, if my memory’s good) when he let the sport-oriented conversation suddenly shift into a chain of people asking for simple things they wished they could offer to someone they loved, and people calling the radio station to offer these gifts to total strangers… It was so heart-warming that I listened closely to the whole show with teary eyes.
Unfortunately, Derek has been diagnosed with brain cancer last year. Which resulted in him leaving his radio show for a while. But regardless the tough times he has to go through because of the disease, he still claims to be the luckiest man in the world. In times when most of us would concentrate on ourselves, he works on inspiring people to be grateful.
Needless to say that the man’s positivity is contagious, and that’s why I decided to borrow his challenge, hoping you’ll tag along… I’ve slightly changed the rules to make it a little bit easier to do (I don’t have Mr Aucoin’s influence, and I think I would have been playing alone if I had posted the original challenge, hehehe). I do believe that if you join in, and complete this challenge, it will bring you as much happiness as the kindness you will spread around.
I am aware that it is the toughest Kind Hearted Challenge so far… But I really hope that at least one of you Lovelies will participate.
And now… The most important thing! (drum roll!!) Your June Kind Hearted Challenge will be the following:
Everyday of June, pick one person and email/text them, or give them a short call to give them thanks for something you are grateful for! I am working on getting an email adress, so we can send Mr Aucoin a ”thank you” note on June 30th, and show him that his will to spread kindness and gratitude is having an effect all around the planet.
As usual, I’d like to thank Candace, who inspired me this challenge in part, with the lovely cards she sent me, a while back. The image above is a detail of one of them, and makes me smile every time I look at it. If you don’t know Candace, you can visit her blog, Revenge of Eve.