Friday, December 20, 2013

The "My Friend Mike" Project

Not everyone is lucky enough to have someone in their life like my friend Mike. (I'm not fully convinced that he's not just an angel in human form.) Whenever I need a pick-me-up, he seems to magically know and will text me or a package will just happen to arrive. His random acts of kindness extend well beyond his social circle as I know he inspires me to do things for others too. I can only hope to improve the lives of others the way he consistently improves mine. Just knowing he exists in this world gives me hope... faith in humanity. So, not everyone may be lucky enough to have a friend like Mike today, but if we all start trying to be that friend then maybe we can change that.

This post is my effort to do something in his name to improve the world like he does every day. So, do something nice for someone. It could be someone you know who's been having a rough time. It could be a random stranger: a smile and a genuine "how are you?". It could be someone you haven't talked to in awhile. It could be paying for someone's groceries or coffee. You never know the impact of the smallest gesture or its grandest reach.

So, this holiday season and going into the new year will you make a commitment to better the lives of the people around you? Post in the comments what you do, have done, or plan to do! Post pictures, write descriptions, maybe what someone has done for you, whatever floats your boat. Then share this post and see how much good we can do in the world!

All my love and blessings and a big thank you to my friend, Mike.


  1. and may you have a Christ-filled Christmas & joyful New Year

    just passing by..

  2. I aim to be present and aware, to be keen to be kind, to help not necessarily when asked, but when I would want help were I to place myself in the shoes of another.

    I also commit myself to work more and more to the goal of living life by the following words hoping not only to touch and infuence others by the deeds and words individually procribed, but also to be an example of a 'true gentleman', "who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe":

    "The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe."

    - John Walter Wayland