Toronto Power Walkers and Random Acts of Kindness

Though I was huddled (most of the way) between various walkers, I must say that I did not enjoy the fog as we walked through the graveyard. Rain, snow, lightning, throw in some thunderstorms and there is not a whimper from me. Block my visibility and the whimpering , whining can (if not controlled) reach far beyond what ever is blocking my visibility and (a bit exaggerated) to the heavens beyond.

Unknown to disgruntled me, Saturday, November 13th 2010 was World Kindness Day. I have read that there were 18 countries who celebrated World Kindness Day (Canada being one of them) and the non-profit organization at the centre of it all promotes acts of kindness. So I thought I would, for the purpose of this blog entry, note all the kindnesses that occurred during our walk together on World Kindness Day.

  1. We waited beyond our start time for a member to show up
  2. Fiona researched and verbally walked us through an updated route that would allow us individually to reach our goals
  3. Sue, Diane, Lee, Laurel, Barb DL, Susan S, Deb, Carol, Martha and myself (in various groupings) looped to make sure Tara, Denise, Klara, and Fiona were visible to us (given the fog) and stopped looping when we felt that they were safe.
  4. Sue, kindly volunteering to be the contact person for Habitat for Humanity, reminded a few of us that the cheques were to be written to the Habitat for Humanity (no cash please) – a group of us will be ‘kindly’ providing our services on the 27th of November 2010. Sue (kindly) is also our contact person for the November 30th 2010 gathering at Harbord House so email her at regarding your intent regarding your attendance
  5. The group allowed me to huddle between various members and listened to my constant whimpering – not once was I told to shut up
  6. Our conversations were marked with kind suggestions, praise and very supportive
  7. We commented with interest and kindness about those members who were not available
  8. I noticed a woman bringing flowers to a grave (her image was surrounded in fog)
  9. I noticed cars slowing down for us
  10. I noticed people greeting us along the way

What strikes me is that what I observed within our group and outside our group are random acts of kindness that most of us engage in whether the conditions are foggy or not . They thread humanity together. So the world (or at least 18 countries) marks a day to celebrate what most of us engage in on a daily basis. I for one welcome the celebration because I think it is within most of our lived experience that it is random acts of kindness along the marathon of life that keep us walking the distance. Walk on,walk on.

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