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The first time she has seen a 20$ bill

So I take out my pink-white striped wallet and pay for her hot chocolate, my matcha latte with almond milk and two deeelicious macarons, using a 20$ bill, green and friendly as the country it belongs to (god praise Canada).

Here is what she says.

“Can I see it? That’s the first time I see one.”

“You mean, that’s the first time ever you see a 20$ bill?”

“I’ve seen nana using 5$ and 10$ bills before, but never a 20$ one.”

After that we changed the coins her nana gave her and the 5$ she got from her grandpa to her first own 10$ bill! You should have seen that smile…

I recently started volunteering with an organization in Vancouver where we as volunteers – I love how they call it – coach vulnerable kids for the game of life.

Every week, me and her spend some quality time together. We go iceskating, to the aquarium, or like on that day, play a board game or cards in a cozy cafe.

In moments like this, I realize – how much of a difference I can make just by taking out this adorable girl to places she hasn’t been before and showing her the world.

These few hours we spend together might mean a small thing for us in our busy-minded life, but they mean the world to kids like her…

Originally I started volunteering because I was seeking for compensation to my 9-to-5 office job and – of course – giving something back to the society.

Definetly a win-win for both of us, I thought. I love all the activities we get to do together.

But it’s way more than that. I didn’t expect how much I could learn from a 8-year old girl.

Not only that this smarty-pants corrects my english grammar mistakes, she makes me climb on trees, draw pictures of Helen, the dolphin in the aquarium, spend 2 hours watching and feeding fishes and play hide and seek in a fancy shopping mall.

Kids like her teach us what some of us might have forgotten in our fast-paced world – to stop to think, enjoy the moment and smile.

With this being said I just want to remind us all that there are so many opportunities to give something back to our society just by spending some quality time with another person – no matter the age or background.

Let’s not forget about the power of time and attention, we can make a big difference in somebodys life.

And in the end, we realize how much we earn in return.

Pina


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Imagine life’s a video game

An advice of a father how to manage struggle in school

Think of school like a video game. Every time you fight a battle you gain XP (that’s experience, for the non-gamers) . So even if you loose, you still move forward. How you choose to react determines the impact that it has on you. And remember, it can’t get any worse.

The challenges you are facing this year will help you in the future, because you are learning to be resilient.

From the article “Life’s not fair, and other important lessons” of “The Star”, a Newspaper of beautiful Vancouver

 

When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind

These are pretty little pieces of a wonderful movie called

‘WONDER’ by R.J. Palacio

Big big recommendation from my side, enjoy the following heartwarming words of beauty

(This will taste a lot better after you watched it yourself and became friends with all the nice people)

But don’t worry, u don’t have to eat the whole cake at a time 😀

 

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“It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.”

“When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.”

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“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”

“The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you.”

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“I didn’t destroy a Death Star or anything like that, but I did just get through the fifth grade. And that’s not easy, even if you’re not me.”

“I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.”

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“A fresh start gives us the chance to reflect on the past, weigh the things we’ve done, and apply what we’ve learned from those things to the future. If we don’t examine the past, we don’t learn from it.”

“You don’t need your eyes to love, right? You just feel it inside you. That’s how it is in heaven. It’s just love, and no one forgets who they love.”

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“But I really believe, and Daddy really believes, that there are more good people on this earth than bad people, and the good people watch out for each other and take care of each other.”

“We carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness.”

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“Learning who you are is what you are here to do.”

“The best way to measure how much you’ve grown isn’t by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average — though those things are important, to be sure. It’s what you’ve done with your time, how you’ve chosen to spend your days, and whom you’ve touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.”

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“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”

“Auggie can’t change the way he looks, but we can change the way we see.”

All rights and thanks to Sadie Trombetta. I hope she forgives me for stealing all the pictures and the quotes from https://www.bustle.com/p/can-you-ever-forgive-me-is-the-one-movie-every-woman-needs-to-see-this-october-12023785

but I was just too lazy to reinvent the wheel and she did a great job!

Everybody’s different – the same kind of different as me

Denver“I used to spend a lotta time worryin that I was different from other people, even from other homeless folks. Then, after I met Miss Debbie and Mr. Ron, I worried that I was so different from them that we wasn’t ever gon’ have no kind a’ future. But I found out everybody’s different – the same kind of different as me. We’re all just regular folks walkin down the road God done set in front of us. The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or somethin in between, this earth ain’t no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless – just workin our way toward home.”
Denver Moore 

Same kind of different as me