and reading the New Yorker (which has the best cartoons). I find my eclectic reading habits lead me to the most amazing stories and philosophies by some pretty incredible people. With the new year having arrived, I've decided my one resolution would be to follow the idea behind a quote I recently stumbled upon by the legendary basketball player and coach, John Wooden:
"You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
I'd like to create as many perfect days as possible by doing things for people who cannot repay me.
I recently heard a news story about a restaurant in Madrid called Robin Hood. The concept is each meal purchased provides a meal to the homeless, inside the restaurant and served by wait staff. There are two seatings per night of fifty homeless people each. I was taken by those who dined there, talking about how knowing their meal provided a meal to someone in need, made the meal that much more special. And I was brought to tears when several of the homeless said that being given a meal with nice cutlery on a clean table by professional waitstaff gave them dignity and companionship they very rarely felt throughout their day. The beauty lies in the fact that the business owner, Father Angel Garcia Rodriguez, and paying patrons will never be repaid for their generosity and act of kindness. But they do it anyway, because a perfect day happens when you do something for someone who can never repay you.
I've always believed the good we do comes back threefold and that it has a ripple effect reaching far beyond ourselves and the small circles we exist within. Our goal at August & Scout is to be a part of the community and to be a concientious participant in doing good. Not just from the ingredients we use and products we make, but in how we give back to the community who supports and surrounds us. Our first project for 2017 will be the Community Give Back. A program for all of our customers to join in allowing them to determine a community orgnaization that will receive a donation of up to $500 from August & Scout. We've broken it down to four categories: Health, Community, Art, Education. So when you are handed a playing card after your puchase, place it in the box under the category you would like to see receive this month's donation. All donations will be made in the name of "The Customers of August & Scout." and posted on our chalkboard wall. And perhaps, without even truly noticing, our perfect days will be frequent because of the good we can accomplish together. As Maya Angelou once wrote, we can "Be a rainbow in someone's cloud."
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy 2017 full of perfect days and rainbows.
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