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Make someone smile today!

As I was checking some of the other “ultra” loggers’ sites….ultra as in someone who runs-a-lot, not as in conservative…I happened on one posted by Dean Karnazes ( )that rang loud and true.  Dean by the way is on a mission to get the whole world running, which of course I support whole heartedly.  Anyway, Dean has decided to make at least one person a day, smile. He has devised a plan of taking a fist full of $1 bills with him on his training runs and randomly placing one here and there under the wiper blade of parked cars.  Then, as he continues his run he imagines the smile on the face of the driver when they return to their car. 

This reminded me of a little experiment I performed while running those 5,240 miles I ran in the year 2000 as I completed my goal of 200 marathon distances in one year.  At least 70% of those daily marathons were executed by me running solo on the streets of some city’s marathon course……on a normal day…..when the streets weren’t closed for the race, and as people were going about their daily business.  As you may imagine, I had a lot of free time on my hands, yes, I was running, but for me it was just another day at the office.  My experiment was to make it a point to greet everyone I met with a smile and a “Good morning.”  It was amazing how many faces “lit up” with a smile….and a pleasant reply.  What a great feeling…..for both of us.

As you may recall in my Thanksgiving blog, (the 3 of you who read it), I challenged my readers to “commit a random act of kindness,” but what I forgot to do is request that you report on the results.

So again, I challenge you to do something nice for someone……just ‘cause you can, and let me know how it goes. 

If Dean and I and you do enough of this “feel good” stuff, who knows, the world may begin to look brighter.  Give it a shot.

Jerry Dunn