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Memories of Manon…

Memories of Manon…

To my absolute delight, Manon came to Vancouver

For those of you who do not recognize the name, Manon was one of my very first viewers. We have kept in touch over the years and this year I finally got to give her a hug!

Her amazing smile brightened every moment I spent with her

Manon was everything I had thought she would be and then more. She was so elegant, gracious and thoughtful. She touched my heart and soul.

Perhaps one of the most endearing memories I have of her visit is the way, each time I thanked her for something, this melodious “you’re welcome” would come singing back at me. It was just so darn charming and I will hear it each time I say “thank you” to anyone. It will stay with me for the rest of my life. It also reminded me of the value of such a small response.

I heard about the fact that her local friend had been unable to do some of the sightseeing that Manon had hoped to do so I made a plan to make few things happen for her. We spent one day here in my area of White Rock and then headed into Vancouver to take in some local sights and then Manon took me on a foodie tour of my own city! I am so glad she did.

An incredible pork belly tempura egg at TUCs Craft Kitchen

If you would like to see more of her visit, and some of the sights I took her to see, you will find the playlist here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD5qHqxL7Gc&list=PL5vqmdK8t5s–mKrsxAHf6v4z9UgGdUV7

I would not be honest if I didn’t tell you I will truly miss Manon, her smile and everything she brings to this world. I cried when I met her and I didn’t want to cry when we parted. I worked hard to put us both into our “rational” brains before we went our separate ways. She left me a truly magical note that I couldn’t read until I got home because I didn’t want to drive in tears.

As the tears streamed down my face reading the card I was overcome with the joy and gratitude that she came Vancouver and that I got to be part of her real world, even for a moment. As I closed the thank you card I fought to smile, nod my head and say…

“… you’re welcome”

33. The continued power of small guestures of kindness

I continue to be amazed at the power of doing small acts of kindness for people. This week, for example, I walked through our reception at work and a client dropped his case for his reading glasses. Without thinking, I bent down and picked it up and returned it to him. He was on his cell phone but the look in his eyes told me he appreciated what I had done. I smiled and nodded (to show him I understood) and walked away.

Two days later, he was back in reception and I happen to walk through. He reacted immediately. Insisting that I sit next to him. I smiled and sat down. He then spent 15 minutes thanking me for what I had done. I was stunned. It was such a small thing and yet, obviously, it had made a huge impact on him. I am still not sure why but he told me not only how much he appreciated what I had done but also spoke of my soul and how it was obvious that I cared deeply about people. To be honest, I was a little stunned at the depth of his thanks. He went on to tell me that had brought a friend in with him and that he wanted him to meet me. I politely shook hands with the friend and then the proceeded to explain that I was the one who had picked up the case for his glasses. The second man, who did not speak English well, smiled and nodded and made sure I knew that he understood who I was. I went back to my office and sat down and smiled. Such a small act of kindness and yet such a huge impact on a man who I had thought was more intent on his cell phone call than the glass case. So take the opportunity to do little acts of kindness for people. Not for the expectation of thanks but just because it is good for YOUR soul. It feels good. In a way, it is a selfish act because you will gain more than you give!

It is Week 11 of this journey and we hit 17,000 views today, We picked up two thousand views in a very short time. I am not sure what I did to create that but it tells me that we are doing something right here We have already passed my personal goals for December (!!). I just don’t understand the medium well enough yet but I do know that I need to keep doing what I think is needed and keep plugging away at my huge learning curve. There are days when I feel the pressure of working all day and then coming home and starting my “second job”. Every now and then I get a comment from a viewer that touches my heart and I know it is worth the time spent. Or I hear from a viewer that they found our channel, accidently, and just love what we are doing. The number of people who have thanked me for the time spent also touches my heart. In hope that our viewers know how much I appreciate all they have done to share what we are doing. How will I ever be able to thank Benji and Judy for all they did to encourage me to take the risk? I feel like I have new purpose in life and that the journey has only just begun. A simple act on my part and such a huge reward. Thank  you.

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