To the People of Toronto Canada;
On the last early morning of May , some 30-40 homeless, street youth, hard luck, hard times and just hungry people between Queen & Bloor on Yonge Street are now in possession of a very special coin; A coin with a real fighting chance to bring about a Happy Change for some of you and for some of them.
These coins bare the names of KINDNESS, GRATITUDE & THANKS and they each have an Official Archive number with their own Nomination to represent not just what these words mean and the human spirit behind them, but the people who also live them.
Those who accepted these coins were advised that the next time someone who they believe is kind or nice to them, to give that person their coin as a means of having something to give back. So many were readily appreciative of the chance to tell you how they really feel about your generosity and kindness that is clearly a timely boon for them.
And yet, I was honestly surprised as to how many people did not want to take the golden foil coins for what they were or for what they could do. I recognize pride in both body form and in the eyes of a person who is down on their luck or going through hard times and sadly, there were so few.
Just because we can’t help them all, doesn’t mean we should stop or give up, it just means we need to find a better way.
Lead Archivist, I
Who did Tom Hanks give praise to when he won a Golden Globe award in 2001 for the movie Cast Away?
I don't know either, I'd have to Google that... and... what do you know...nothing. Maybe somewhere in all of them non related search links I might find the answer, but I doubt I'll investigate deeper than my initial search.
Does this not make you wonder then; would Tom Hanks or any other celebrity give public praise or recognition to others if he or she did not win awards? Is that the incentive we need in order to give respectable public praise to others is to first win a public award?
People like Mr. Hanks could so easily call a press conference saying something like; "Yeah, I'd like to publicly express my eternal gratitude to Mr. Daadadaa and Mrs. Daadadaa, you have added so much empowerment to my life, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Really, I do."
And people (some too many anyways) would readily smile and listen to him. Any star at that stage in their game, could have the same desired effect of public praise about others on a daily basis without ever having to win anything at all and yet so many do wait to do so at their award acceptance speeches. Why I wonder?
Let's leave the stars alone for a minute and get closer to earth. What about those who are giving a Valedictorian speech, or a Bridesmaid / Best Man speech? Do they not as well give public praise at this time towards the Bride and Groom? If the Bride and Groom didn't get married, would they still have anything publicly positive to say about each other at all?
What if, no one got married or the marriage rate suddenly dropped to 25%, would that also mean that we would lose that amount of public praise that follows the reception speeches as well?
What if we dropped the Golden Globes, Emmy’s, Grammy’s etc, would we also lose those public praise mediums too? As an Archivist to Planet’s Choice and humanity, the two questions I have that beg to be asked are;
I do agree with many of you, that we shouldn't be giving out public praise left, right & center either, that would completely devalue the praise and or positive recognition, especially if it comes free or freely without being justly earned.
So my last question I'd like to ask you then, if you could not attend your public awards ceremony tomorrow, who would you give public praise to today?
Lead Archivist, I