Thank you for your comments on my last Memo. For the whole week following I have been reflecting on those who go beyond average. The above average people that help to heal the world, teach us through their efforts and work tirelessly to help.
Here is what I found.
The Leather-Clad Guardians is a biker gang that is dedicated to aiding child-abuse victims. They use their intimidating image to help kids feel as though they are “leveling the playing field” against their abusers. They even go to court with the children to testify if needed and take up the first row of seats so the children only have to look at them and feel safe.
Rob Scheer, the creator of Comfort Cases, has donated over 25,000 backpacks with essential items to foster children since 2013. Once foster children reach the age of 18, they are often carrying around garbage bags with the few things that belong to them. Rob was shocked that the Foster System had not changed since he was in it and immediately took action to help those children in need. This is a case of the wounded becoming the healer. From difficulty to beyond average.
Ryan Griffen, a Barber at The Fuller Cut, is helping kids face their fears, one haircut at a time. The Fuller Cut gives kids $2 off their haircut if they read a book out loud to the Barbers during their appointment. Reading out loud has helped kids get over certain phobias as well as getting them more comfortable with learning and focusing on positive stories they can relate to. Fostering beyond average in others.
Lastly, while travelling back from a weekend in New York City, this dedication was above my seat. What a way to end a week of reflecting on the good in our world.
You don’t have to dedicate your life and career. A smile is enough. You can make someone’s day just by your kind, affirming Presence. The world is crying out for more understanding, patience and goodness. In these times that’s enough to be above average.
Remember, you can’t give away what you don’t have for yourself. Rise above mass culture, the communal narrative and societal norms..and then give it away!
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