Day 50

Today I learned that, when gladiators in ancient Rome would ask the audience in the arena if they should slaughter their opponents, the crowds would answer by either pointing their thumbs up or down. It is not historically clear, however, if thumbs up meant to let them live while thumbs down meant to kill, or vice versa.

Today I meditated for 20 minutes.

Today I acted kindly by ordering 50 helium balloons (in celebration of my 50th day!), writing compliments and quotes on them, and handing them out to strangers in downtown Toronto. THANK YOU to my awesome friends for doing this with me! This compassion action was so much fun—full of laughter and energetic interactions. One of many great moments: As we tied the final balloon onto a man’s bicycle, I explained that we were giving out balloons just to spread some joy, and he replied, “It’s working.” Then he biked off down the street, in the snow, with the balloon flying behind him. But perhaps the best moment happened after we had handed out all the balloons and were crossing the street to get lunch: There, passing in front of us on the sidewalk, was a little kid who we had greeted earlier, skipping along next to his mom, holding a balloon. That little guy was so happy.

“Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”

-Leo Tolstoy

Getting ready:


50 days, 50 balloons, 50+ smiles, and 1 very happy kid:

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