At any rate, I have a new client, it's her second visit today. I'll call her Ms. C; she just had hip replacement surgery a month ago and is a firm believer in the benefits of massage and chiropractic. Along with helping her heal from the surgery she mentioned to me that she has been having issues with her right shoulder and was thinking she made need surgery on that as well. Now I have been a therapist for approx two years and I have seen a rather consistent pattern on certain things. Without getting too much into anatomical details I'll just state that she had a knot/tension pattern that is common and that I have worked with many times.
By the end of the first session the pain in her shoulder was much decreased, the range of motion increased and when she got up she stated that her pain level in general was much lower. She was thrilled and excited to come back again and she book appts 3 times a week for the next month. Today was her second session and she relayed to me that her shoulder was still relatively pain free but still restricted in motion and her husband had been astonished that one massage had done so much. When I started working on her leg that had had the hip replaced I noticed that the muscles and scar tissue were less dense and tight and much more loose. When I went to work on her shoulder again it was still tender from the work I had done two days before which is common with intensive work.
While we were in session she mentioned she was a writer and I told her about the Honor Bound series and the other books I am writing. Excitement filled the room and she told me that she loved to support people that are fulfilling their dreams and asked me to write down the book titles etc. for her which I did. After the session with me she went to see the Dr. and I set up my room for the next client. I met her in the hall again after she was done with the Dr. and she stopped me and said "You know the walk from your room to his room, I had no pain. You've taken my pain away! You're a miracle worker!"
I was flattered and overwhelmed because she had actual tears of joy in her eyes. She hates taking pain meds and is looking to cut them out as soon as possible. I have had many clients that are astonished or shocked at what massage can do but it's people like these that really make my day.
She mentioned to me again that she was excited to read my stories as she left and I was reminded that I am my biggest fan.
After I finished my last client I went to a used book store called Bookman's that sells sundry and odd other items as well. I was hoping to find a cell phone cover but ended up in the Shamanism section ostensibly doing "research" for my new story. Really, research, I swear. At any rate there was a lady sitting on the ground by the shelves, as you do in a bookstore. I settled on the ground next to her she joked about having a tea party, to which I replied that I had juice and a banana in my purse so we could make that happen. She laughed and I introduced myself and mentioned that I was doing research for my book. She asked what type of books I write, which launched me into a detail filled dissertation of my stories, she stayed attentive and interested the whole time then asked where I sell them. I gave her the titles and that it was Amazon, my Wattpad name and my FB page listing and she stated, "Perfect. I am going to stalk you now because your stories sound interesting and you have such passion about them." I then headed off to another section and she seemed legitimately sad that I was leaving and thanked me for telling her about my works.
Two encounters, two possible sales. Once again, I am my own biggest fan :)
Then I got home, logged into Facebook and watch Misha Collins's video supporting in his roundabout, satirical and one of a kind way Endure 4 Kindness. As you may recall I did GISHWHES this year and it got me thinking about doing random acts to help others and as a result I have started a weekly thing of packing some water, snacks and such into bags and giving them to homeless people in the area along with starting my Guerrilla Good Vibes FB page ( link will take you to the video of me helping out some homeless folks.)
As I read more about what Endure 4 Kindness is I became incredibly motivated to do it. Misha Collins is co-founder of the Random Acts charity who's purpose is to help people commit Random Acts of Kindness. They do function on a broader scale such as helping Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, helping a soldier who has last both legs in Afghanistan build a house that he badly needs and other things as well but perhaps the most unique thing is they fund individual people to commit Random Acts of Kindness through monetary means or just giving them a place to post their own causes.
This is one example, "Certain regions of the U.S. were hit particularly hard this past winter, whether with destructive blizzards, flooding, or drought. In Stillwater, Oklahoma, forecasters predicted a particularly cold season with temperatures dipping into the single digits. Seeing the weather estimates, Oklahoma State student Marianne Weber became worried about the large number of homeless residents camped out at Couch Park near her university.Though both Marianne and friend Lexy had made a habit in the past of delivering hot meals to the community whenever they could, their latest idea required some assistance. So they reached out to Random Acts in November to propose their act idea and, funds in hand, the two busy students headed out to gather supplies. After collecting yarn and fleece to make lined winter hats and cozy scarves, Marianne and Lexy got to work preparing their items."
Random Acts will fund small projects like this up to $500.00. By giving individual people the power to make a difference there is no middle man, no administration fees etc. Just a desire to do good and a way to do it. What Endure 4 Kindness is is a fundraiser for Random Acts and the best thing about it is that everyone who decides to do it comes up with their own unique way to raise funds. One doesn't have to train for a 5k or be at a certain place at a certain time, you come up with how you think you could raise money best and have the most fun doing it and do it. The idea is to have people either pledge money for a certain thing accomplished or just make a flat donation.
Some examples have seen from the forums are. .
"This is great! I love to see unique, inspired ideas! I've heard of several crafting projects, such as marathon knitting hats and sewing mittens! I, myself, am going to be crocheting sock monkey hats for 24 hours to give away to donors and RA supporters."
"Sooo. On the weekend of E4K I’m going to clean up the street of my town. I’m going to make a huge effort. Starting early morning, close to my college (it’s downtown) and going. I’ll not stop till the sun goes down and I’ll tell people the importance of E4K AND try to teach some good manners to mantein the streets clean. I’m going to do this on saturday and will try to envolve my friends to do it with me. I live in Fortaleza, Brazil."
"Some girls who I dragged in to GISHWES we me and myself will be baking for 24 hours, and then taking all of the bread we make to the homeless around our community"
My plan is simple. Writing Binge. I will write as much as I can for 16 hours straight (food and bathroom breaks are allowed :) ) My goal is to raise at least $300.00. People can either pledge a minimum of $2.00 per 1000 words or make a donation of whatever they are comfortable with. I will be updating my Facebook page and Twitter with hourly screenshots of the word count as I go. Here is where you can donate, if you want to pledge I will be taking Facebook Messages, comments or Twitter Messages as confirmations of what you are willing to pledge. After I am done you can donate your amount to the page as well. This will happen on Oct 18-19th. I am really excited to be doing this and I hope that you can support me in whatever way possible, even if it is a FB share or retweet.