30×30 Complete

The difference active contribution and gratitude became really clear to me after a few days.

I felt gratitude over all sorts of things.

I actively contributed for a single thing: other people. Every single day, without exception, my active contribution was for someone else: making something better for others to enjoy, checking on someone’s welfare, helping, teaching, sharing.

Making the world a better place, one small act at a time.

I had not expected this theme to emerge. I’m so glad I did this 30 Days.

30×7 and 30×30 work well together. Be grateful for what you have, and pay it forward.

30×30 Day 30

Wiping down the sink area at work with my paper towel, leaving it dry and clean for the next person.

I actually picked this up from our CFO. She walks the talk! I respect that so much.

30×30 Day 29

Sorting my compost, recycling, and trash.

Yes, it’s tiny, but so many people don’t bother.

I’ll admit, when I see someone walk up to a trash/recycling/compost trio and just throw everything into a single container, I judge them.

30×30 Day 28

On Tuesday, my taiko classmate was talking about how she was trying to start strength training, but there were no personal trainers available at her gym to show her how to use the equipment.

Today, I spent a couple hours with her going over all the muscle groups, how to use various machines, and what to focus on when doing each exercise.

Time well spent.

30×30 Day 27

There’s a busker who plays the accordion in downtown Burlingame on the weekends. I always enjoy his music and feel he contributes positively to the area. So even though I didn’t have any business to attend to on his side of the street, I made him my business, and crossed to drop some money into his accordion case.

30×30 Day 26

Went for a mountain bike ride after work. I always try to be super friendly to everyone I encounter, because I know that their interactions with other mountain bikers may not always be positive, intentional or not. I want to move that needle in the right direction.

Today’s interactions included doubling back to help a couple hikers looking for their dog, and pausing to talk to and thank a guy out there clearing trash from the trails.

30×30 Day 24

On my drive home on 280 tonight, I passed by a car crashed against the median. “I should call highway patrol,” I thought, followed by, “I’m sure someone else has already called.”

But what if everyone thought that? What’s the harm of a couple duplicate reports?

I called 911.

I didn’t see the interface in detail. I think my phone said something about gathering location.

When the operator answered, she immediately asked if I was calling to report a crash on 280.

I gathered that many people had already called. But instead of feeling like my efforts were a waste, I felt good about the world, because every person who called did what they felt was right, and actively contributed.

Yay, everyone.

30×30 Day 23

Note: This is a next-day re-write, because the original post, while ambiguous and anonymous, was about something I consider sensitive.

After taiko last night, a group of us went out to eat. Afterward, I gave my classmate a ride home. I do this every time we go out to eat, partly because it makes sense given where we live, sometimes so my classmate who doesn’t drive at night can come out with us, and also because it’s a great way to get to know my classmate better.

30×30 Day 22

I took a later train than the one I’d been planning to, knowing full well that the parking lot might have been full by the time we got there, so Aaron and I could carpool.

There were still a few spaces left when we arrived. Huzzah!