Around 11:11 on 11/11/17 at The DOJO Diana and I were discussing kindness and whether or not it fits within the concept of Darwinism. I asked her if she thought kindness fits within the survival of the fittest model. She thought so and based upon my values and beliefs agree as well. I believe we are inherently good people when we are brought into this world and somewhere along the journey sometimes, life serves up a sturdy BOLO and causes us to go a bit off path. Unfortunately, some never find their way back.
At the same time across the lot, bicyclists rip around a safety course just as a lady sits down to enjoy her coffee. Just as I was getting ready to head out the trailer, the same lady appeared in the window, tears jumping out of her eyes like they were escaping a pain from within. “I’ll come around” I said. I give her a hug and we sit down.
She introduced as Suzi, reminding me her and I chatted briefly during our grand opening. She apologized and shared she was struggling emotionally a bit. She was happy to see the bike safety course on the lot because she was struck by a car while riding her bike and suffered a long term spinal injury. But what the tears were running from had to do with people she saw outside The Dojo. She saw a few people she thought wanted to come in and order, but maybe didn’t have the means to do so. She asked if we had a cup people could put money in for others who might find themselves in the same position. I answered that up unto that point we did not and said “but thanks to you, we are starting one today. What should we call it?” She wanted it to be called Kindness Cup. And to that end, that’s how Suzi’s Kindness Cup was born. THANK YOU SUZI for taking the lead in inspiring people to be kind. I think it’s little things like this that make a world of difference and places kindness as a strong trait within the survival of the fittest model.
And TOGETHER in the spirit of COMMUNITY, the funds from Suzi’s cup will be used to help the homeless that visit The Dojo; not only with the free coffee we normally give, but we will offer a bite to eat, give a shirt, beanie, or something sweet…