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Random Acts of Kindness, Inc.

Ever hear of a corporation that has #Kindness as its corporate strategy? (Tweet this!)

Our mission is Random Acts of Kindness.alohaicon

Our product is Random Acts of Kindness.

Even our marketing plan relies on Random Acts of Kindness.

Introducing Aloha Pin, LLC.

I started posting some teaser trailer posts about this venture a few months ago. We wanted to launch this company as a non-profit initially, but as it turns out, it is much more expensive to start a non-profit than a corporation. So instead of a non-profit company like I had mentioned in previous blog posts, think of us as a “charity fund raising organization.”

Here’s our big idea. Also our simple idea: We sell these fashionable little lapel pins with our Aloha Pin logo and our website on the front. The pin is not for you to keep. The pin is for you to give away.

Whenever you perform a good deed, help out a stranger, perform a random act of kindness – you give them your Aloha Pin and tell them to check out the website.

AlohaPin.org

Every pin has a tracking number on the back of it. By typing in the pin code, you can see the stories and history that have followed your pin. You can leave your own story, of how the pin came into your hands and how you passed it on to someone new. You can continue to follow your pin and see how every random act of kindness leads to another and another.

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  • “Why the pins?”

The pin is a reminder. A reminder that someone did a kindness to you. It’s human psychology that if someone gives something to you, you want to give something back. It’s how the Moonies collected millions of dollars from people in airports by handing them a flower first which most people threw away then asking for donations. We’re using psychological jujitsu to make you into a better person.

  • “Why the numbers?”

The number is a chain. And you are a link. The number anchors your single random act of kindness into part of a much longer chain. If the person that gives you the pin is a stranger, you may never get the opportunity to repay their kindness. But by passing the Aloha on to someone else, you are keeping that act of kindness alive and allowing it to spread. It’s a ripple of kindness.

  • “Why the website?”

The website is a light. It shines a light on the ripple effect of Random Acts of Kindness. You never know how one act of kindness can affect not just the recipient, but also someone else that they come across. You never know how you may affect the life of someone that you’ll never meet.

  • “Did you get the idea for this from that movie?”

….. No.

I mean…. What movie?

  • “Think you’ll make tons of money off of this corporation?”

Only if we sell ten million pins, but probably not. I guess we’ll just have to settle for making the world a better place.

  • “So what can I do to help?”

Please share this post on every single social networking site you are a part of. Scroll down. See all those buttons? Post, tweet, shout out, email. In fact you should sign up for some new social networks just to tell people about Aloha Pin. You can even tell someone about it if you see them face to face if some of you still do that. If you are a computer programmer, you should create a new social networking site so that you can tell more people about us. Actually we could use your help with the website, we are still tweaking the whole pin tracking part which is kind of essential to the concept.

  • “But why the pins?”

Are you serious? I just answered that.

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Any other questions? Please post in comments.

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Why I’ve Never Eaten At Restaurant X

There is a particular restaurant on Monsarrat avenue in Honolulu that I’ve never eaten at. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, it has gotten excellent reviews, but I still have not eaten there. I have no ill will towards the owners, the employees, the menu. The place is not infested with rodents or ghosts that I know of. “So why haven’t you ever eaten there?” I hear you cry.

Because whenever I am in that neighborhood, which is not that frequently, I eat at this other restaurant down the street:

ImageThis little hole in the wall is the infamous South Shore Grill. I know the owner, Bruce. I have brought many friends there who have become regulars, who have in turn introduced other people to South Shore cuisine. Yes they have good food, yes I am acquainted with the owner (I wouldn’t say we are friends), but what really accounts for my absolute devotion to eating at South Shore Grill as opposed to Restaurant X (as well as many other fine eating establishments nearby)?

Because. One day about 5 or 6 years ago, Bruce stopped to help my mom change a tire on the highway.

Because I want to live in a world where a random act of kindness is repaid back to you. (do you?)

Because I’d like to think that every single person reading this would want to support a business that is owned by a man who would take time out of his busy schedule to help a lady change a tire. (And if you think that you are busy, try opening a restaurant).

And I hope every single person who reads this, shares it. And every person who hears of South Shore Grill, whether they live on Oahu or are just visiting, stops by for lunch.

Next week I’ll be expounding on random acts of kindness and the launch of our new business that has kindness as a commodity.


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Feed the Good Wolf: Kindness

givingIt costs nothing to be kind, but a simple act of kindness can impact someone for the rest of their life. A compassionate smile from a loved one, a word of admiration from a stranger, a nod of acknowledgment from a superior can bolster the fearful and weary.

You never know when someone is on the verge of quitting, on the edge of despair, or are moments away from suicide. Sometimes a single kind word or a heartfelt compliment will pull them back from the darkness. Acts of random kindness are all it takes to make our world as close to heaven as it can get.

When you love someone, you treat them kindly. But also recognize that by being kind to someone, you expand your capacity to love. The two go together, but one doesn’t always precede the other.

Have you ever performed a good deed, a favor, a random act of kindness to some stranger for no particular reason? Didn’t you feel good about that later? That’s because at the core of human nature is the desire to do good. To be men and women of character. To serve others rather than to be served. As the law of sowing and reaping takes over, all your kindness will be returned to you multiplied many times over. Routinely performing kind acts, turns into a habit of kindness, which in turn develops into a kind soul.

Anytime you can give another person’s spirits a lift, or imbue him with more life and energy, you are performing a small miracle.

“Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.” Dale Carnegie.

Generously dispense words of kindness. People treasure them more than physical wealth. By being kind to others not only do we feed our own good wolf, we also provide food for the good wolf within those others.