What's going on here?
The more I do good, the better I feel about myself. Truly, to benefit others is to benefit yourself. I hope this journal may inspire others who also yearn to do good. So join me on this journey, if you will, and think about the difference you can make in your own life.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Clean up left trash on a train.
Monday, March 30, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Pick up trash in Kitanomaru Park in Tokyo.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Buy beers for a friend in Tokyo.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Help a family of tourists find their way.
Friday, March 27, 2009
While contemplating this view, I was approached by a man on a bicycle attempting to say something to me in tortured English. I eventually figured out he was saying "cherry blossoms" which were blooming at the moment. This led into a conversation--his name was Mr. Y--, and he was a former teacher with an interest in languages. He had no job currently, appeared slightly unbalanced mentally, and apparently spent his time haunting the park on his bicycle. It was fun to talk to him, and when we discovered we both drew for a hobby, he requested a picture of the dome from me. Here is Mr. Y holding the result:
ONE GOOD DEED: Draw a picture for Mr. Y.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Pick up trash at the Sapporo JR station
ONE GOOD DEED: Complete a ritual script to promote the Genocide Prevention Ritual.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Write a ritual script to promote the Genocide Prevention Ritual.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Help serve school lunch for the teachers.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
* Step by step ritual planning guide
* GPR event poster
* 10 Things You Can Do flyer
* Worthy Charities flyer
I'm quite happy with how it turned out. I was also ecstatic to have the GPR plugged this week by authors Brendan Myers and H. Jeremiah Lewis, as well as Erik Dutton (Executive Pagan), and Annyikha (Kallisti: An Apple in Pandemonium).
ONE GOOD DEED: Create an organizer's packet to promote the Genocide Prevention Ritual.
Friday, March 20, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Make a donation to MADD.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Give a transfering vice-principal a parting gift of Minnesota wild rice.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Improve a web site for an interfaith event.
image: Flowers in a Khmer Rouge jail cell, by Alex.ch
Monday, March 16, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Help out a friend who'd lost his home to a fire.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Make a web site to further the Genocide Prevention Ritual charity project.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Be a collection point for PET bottle caps for charity.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I never felt much for graduation ceremonies before Japan. I hated my hometown school and felt no connection to anybody but my small circle of outcast friends. And my university was so gigantic and anonymous that a graduation ceremony felt thoroughly, thoroughly meaningless. When I look back at my whole school career, it's amazing that I can only think of teachers who were jaded, insensitive, neglectful, or mean. Most people I know have at least a few memories of teachers who touched them. Somehow I just don't.
But here in Japan I feel different. Working as a teacher, I have much more emotional investment. I love my students, even when they are naughty or unresponsive. So graduation ceremonies are meaningful for me now. I can't remember one where I didn't tear up at least a little.
I hope my students will remember me better than I remember my teachers.
In any case, everyone got to take home some mochi (rice cakes filled with sweet red bean paste). Back at the office, I took them out and was about to bite into them when I had a better idea.
ONE GOOD DEED: Give away my graduation rice cakes to a coworker.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
War Child International - works to help children caught up in the horrors of war
Iraq Foundation - raises awareness for the suffering of Iraqi people and raises funds which are then given to institutions and organizations in Iraq to aid children, refugees, and widows
ONE GOOD DEED: Raise awareness for charities for children affected by war.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Fix the carpet coming up in a school room.
Monday, March 9, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Help a teacher with his graduation preparation work.
image: photograph by Nathan Wright
Sunday, March 8, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Organize a birthday party for my neighbor, and bring the cake.
Friday, March 6, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Send a letter to Secretary Clinton asking her to make Darfur a top priority.
ONE GOOD DEED: Plant seeds for local events raising awareness about Darfur.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
April has been declared Genocide Prevention Month. Today I started the ball rolling for a faith-based initiative to raise awareness of genocides and atrocities past and current. I hope that I can get several religious groups working together on this project.
ONE GOOD DEED: Start working on a faith-based initiative for Genocide Prevention Month.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Donate to save a veterans transitional house.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Help a person in need of resources for their spiritual path.