The Thank You Experiment-Day 17.


June 5, 2004.

Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

We all got together at a friends house in anticipation of celebrating the Calgary Flames winning the Stanley Cup. There was a good crowd there.

One of the people there was let’s call it… excited, for this game. He was eagerly into each game cheering at times way too loud for each game. This game was no different.

There was a guy who was a little newer to our group. He moved from Kamloops to Calgary. He was quiet. And at the very least, he was certainly unsure what to make of the guy that was yelling at the TV. He also might have been wondering why he couldn’t just sit down and watch the game as opposed to moving around.

Well, it turned out, the loud guy and the quiet guy became friends.

I’m not sure that the quiet guy really understood the loud guy in the beginning. However, once they talked they got along. The loud guy noticed some neat things about the quiet guy.

It wasn’t that the quiet guy was as much quiet as he was thoughtful. In one on one conversations, he talked about deep stuff. He understood his errors and was willing to work on them.

He also is loyal to his friends and family. He sticks with his friends and stands beside them.

He listens to both sides or people’s perspective.

He really is gentle and well liked. 

His name is Brent. And he really is a good man.

Thank you for taking the time to understand that loud guy.

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The Thank You Experiment-Day 16


Many years ago, I went to church service in Calgary called Tehillah Monday. Just to clarify, this was “Tequilah Monday” which it was often confused, or called  at the time.

 

The service had a somewhat typical, but at times untypical format depending on the week. Generally speaking, the issue of ending on time, or anytime really wasn’t  an overall concern for the service. People were ok with that.

 

However,  in the midst of the spontaneous,came some consistency.

 

Usually the night would end with music. The music would play and then die down until all you could hear s the sound of various voices in conversation. But then, there was a moment, somewhat unexpected that you would suddenly hear this.

 

“Ping”

 

It would catch people’s attention. But not in a way that would interrupt the sounds of  your conversation. But in a way that blended in with the conversation.

 

As time went on, people noticed the music more and paid attention to it. Some would stop and listen, others would enjoy it an converse more. 

 

The piano player was never boastful about it when he played. He just played. He was quiet, but will talk.

 

Eventually I talked to him, and still do.

 

As I have come to know, he can talk about many things. Some of his favourite topics include health and diet, faith, music and more.

 

In the midst of a conversation, you might be impressed with his knowledge on stuff, but as I have known him I noted something else.  Probably because he has been my friend for about 15 years.

 

He cares about you. He really does. Not in a passing way, but in a way that impacts you. And not in a way that lets you sit in your sh$$$, but helps you get out of it.

 

Of all the qualities he has, that is likely his most understated one. But, the one that I have appreciated the most. Thanks Cam

 

 

This is Day 16 of the Thank You Challenge I am doing for my birthday month. For the others, please scroll to the right of the page to read more.

 

There are other bloggers that have decided to be involved with this. They are.

 

The Dulock Diaries. http://thedulockdiaries.blogspot.ca/

 

And Natural Urban Mom http://www.naturalurbanmamas.com/

 

Thank You.

Agree or Disagree: Equal Pay for Equal Work


It is somewhat strange too me that in 2012, we still bring this up.

Last night during the Presidential debate, there was a discussion about women in the workforce.

It was interesting to listen to some of the focus groups on MSNBC and CNN. While the general feedback from the focus group was that Romney was strong on the economy, he did not do well in women issues. It even came across from women who would vote for Romney.

As Chris Matthews from MSNBC asked, it is interesting that Romney never answered that question. Granted, Matthews is a Obama supporter.

So I ask you, what do you think? Is this a fair expectation. Not only for women, but for the overall work force?

The Thank You Experiment-Day 15


It’s a little story but it’s a good story.

I’m heading up somewhere on the bus today. The bus driver was a little late, which can be frustrating.

The Bus Driver came and asked everyone to sit down. He wasn’t worried about passes, fares etc. He knew he was late.

We arrive at the bus stop. I hear something very rare. This is either, I always miss it or it never happens.

“Thank You”

“Thank You”

“Thank You”

“Thank You”

“Thank You

“Thank You”

“Thank You”

“Thank You”

8 Thank You’s to the bus driver. It’s sounded a little like a song with an extra beat between each one.

Being a Bus Driver is a tough job. You have a specific schedule and you are dealing with many different people. You are also somewhat controlled by the system given to them. Yet they have to keep their composure.

So today, I’m thankful for the Bus Drivers. They do a great job with little notice.

This is Day 15 of the Thank You experiment I am doing for my birthday month. Feel free to look on the right for the other posts. There are two bloggers who have joined me in this. 

They are.

The Dulock Diaries. http://thedulockdiaries.blogspot.ca/

Natural Urban Mamma. http://www.naturalurbanmamas.com/

Thank You.

The Thank You Experiment-Day 14


I’ve seen many weddings.

In observing the bride and the groom, there seems to be a solid combination of nerves, joy and confidence. Wondering what has happened or is about to happen in the future.

This one he seemed to know right away. He was sure he made one of the best decisions of his life.

We had a bond that is branched because we have the same name. And when we speak, we do our best to acknowledge our name, because it’s a great name.

I can’t remember exactly when we met, but it seemed our lives intersected many times without knowing it. The church world in Calgary is a small world. It also has a little bit of a small town feel, where everyone will eventually know everyone.

When we truly bonded was when we were involved with leading a small group in Axis. It was then, he was interesting to watch.

He was well respected in the community. It was because he was, and still is, kind, a good listener, concerned and passionate about the things that were important. He chooses his friends wisely and it carry’s on through all of his life decisions.

He is a man that has traveled much and made friends everywhere he goes. It was quite evident when I had the honour at being at his wedding last year. 

It’s good to see when  good decisions lead to good things. He and his wife had their first child this year. Even as I read the posts, I can feel the peace he is in right now.

So, Kev. It’s Kev. This is a thank you Kev for being a friend all these years. Kev,thanks for laughing at my jokes and listening. You are a good friend, but more importantly a good man. Thanks Kev.

From Kev

This is Day 14 of the Thank You Experiment. You can read the rest of the posts as you scroll through the blog.

There are two other bloggers that have taken up the challenge as well. They are.

The Dulock Diaries. http://thedulockdiaries.blogspot.ca/2012/10/thanksgiving-challenge-13-all-in-days.html.

Natural Urban Mama. http://www.naturalurbanmamas.com

Thank You.