guerrilla goodness: in honor of…

June 10, 2011

It was Jorge’s birthday at the end of May, I felt like we needed to honor his awesomeness in the world…with a kindness mission. So here he is:

He may be the most chill guy you have ever met, he’s kind, easy on the eyes, a deeply caring papa and friend AND he always wears sunglasses and always has gum- a minty fresh, Obama sort of cool dude.

I thought it would be fun to share this small thing about him with the world in the name of random kindness.

So I got a Costco box o’ gum and asked the neighborhood boys if they wanted to help.

At first they looked at me like I may be just a little bit crazy, we talked about perceptions of kindness, some of our skepticism, brainstormed on what would give our project credibility, take down some walls in our community…how kindness changes things.  I was so blown away to watch minds open and change, how quickly everyone invested in the idea, what good ideas we came up with and how fun it was.

In the end, they decided to take the gum and leave the packs in public places (bus stops, benches, parks,school) but I think they ended up Ding Dong Ditching in the neighborhood.
So here is your kindness challenge for the week:
1. Pick one person you love, think about what reminds you of them.

2. Leave one (or several) of their special thing, thought or idea in a public place for someone else to find. (could be a box of oreos, or a saying written on a card, or even just a picture)
We wrote on our gum:
Please take this pack of gum in honor of Jorge Salgado as an act of kindness! (because Jorge is rad in every way!)
You can also leave the address to let people know the intention behind the goodness and introduce the idea of kindness as a way of life!

3. Your loved person will be thought of by a total stranger and the kindness magic moves on.

Let us know if you decide to honor someone to share ideas and tell us about the people you love! You can also upload your pictures to the GG Flickr Pool!

7 Responses to “guerrilla goodness: in honor of…”

  1. Miriam Says:

    EVERY time I read your blog I feel hope! Thanks! I love this idea, too. I let you know when I get a chance to try it out.

  2. Gayle Says:

    We change the world by what we teach the children. And
    we are all changing the course of the future as mothers and fathers do.

    Jorge… I know only of you, but here’s what I imagine those who know you well would say…

    “Your birthday, as my own is dear to me.
    But yours gives more.
    For mine did only lend me to the world.
    Yours gave to me a friend.”

    And there are four children who have noticed that you live by example.

  3. Happy Birthday, Jorge. You do sound rad in every way and how great that some kindness gum is out there circulating.

  4. jag Says:

    Reading your blog makes my heart swell… Thank you!

  5. dylanc05 Says:

    I decided to donate 60 signed copies of one of my books to the Peter Paul Development Center in the East End to pass along some reading kindness in my father’s name (with a sticker inside indicating the purpose of the donation). He pretty much always had a book in his hands whenever he was sitting still, and he modeled the lifelong learning I could receive from a love of books.

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