Kindness Is Never What You Put On a Checklist

What’s up world? Its your boy Peekay. I have been blogging and thought about daily checklists. You know the usual ones which you write down all assignments that need to be done, household chores, errands to run, and free time. But the one thing that I never put on a checklist is being kind! Because that way the kindness is more natural. A lot of people ask me why the hell I am me and why I love being kind? FUCK YEAH I’M GLAD THAT YOU ASKED. I’m kind, because it feels great and I am empowered by being positive :). For example, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I hold the door at Goodpaster between 1:10 and 1:20 and on Tuesday and Thursday between 11:50 and High Noon, because I love chatting with people and making people’s days. I love chatting with folks and then through exchanging high-fives, hugs, or cookies, I make people’s days and we diffuse tension! I also pretend to be a flight-attendant or train operator by saying “ALL ABOARD THE GOODPASTER EXPRESS. PLEASE BOARD AT ONCE OR RISK LOSING YOUR RESERVATION” and everyone laughs or I pretend to be Ed Hochuli or Gene Steratore. I say way to be awesome guys and yell FIRST DOWN BALTIMORE to all Ravens fans and we like let’s go come on Joe!!! Then folks are laughing and I encourage folks to keep being awesome! Also its a fuckin’ awesome way to keep up with the ebb and flow of SMCM! Then I feel empower and skip around campus. Today some dude offered me a cookie for holding the door and I felt even more empowered. I later powered the act forward by sharing cookies and sent random compliments to friends via Facebook or e-mail! Also it cheers me up on a bad day!

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Also I have seen kindness lead to serendipity and make life worth living. A day is great when a nice act keeps empowering people. Serendipity leads to new discoveries. One day when I was down, I started rewatching Winnie the Pooh and soon enough I was laughing my nuts off and found something to be positive. I started writing one day when I couldn’t sleep and was assigned to blog for my FOM class. So you never know what great thing is around here! FUCK YEAH!!! If you schedule kindness it will lose its fun and be more of a chore! Let your kindness flow unabated :)

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Carpe Diem and YO YO YOLO

Meteorologist Peekay Than

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Trip Down Memory Lane

What’s up world? Its your boy Peekay! As the beginning of my senior year in college is right around the corner, I want to reconnect with my freshman year and how I felt coming into college. So dawned the morning I moved into college. My heart was racing with excitement as my dad drove my stuff over. To have to privilege of chasing my dreams in a beautiful location was the best gift ever from my parents. I was thinking that I would rule the world, fresh off the confidence of completing the IB Magnet Program! As I drove in and I heard all the loud cheers and honks from the OLs, I felt really welcome and my heart raced just to be here. As I unpacked into a small dorm room, it really hit me how this was a chance for a new start. I had a place and was living away from home with some new folks. Excitement rushed through me as I had more independence, but some worries were in the back of my head on academics and the encroaching real world. Many questions rose regarding how will I seek help and who will I sit with at lunch? Ending up they were no big deal and I made it through just find. And sophomore year I started blogging and spreaded my joy some more. And here we are today sharing my optimism for the world!

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I just finished my first week of senior year. I have got to tell you with my new plans and keeping everything under control, I can make senior year the best year ever :). Check out my study blog http://voldermort1993.wordpress.com/ (Sweet Studying) for any tips. What I recommend is no FB or other distractions while studying and study in blocks of an hour. Then get work done earlier, so in the evenings you want to relax. Also be honest with yourself about what you will get done. That way, you will be able to get work done and still have some free time. Also always have a goal of being optimistic and help someone out. That will empower you and make life so much better.

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Well let’s make this the best academic year ever!

Carpe Diem and YO YO YOLO

Meteorologist Peekay Than :)

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I Listen to Everyone Aaron/I Never Knew That

What’s up world? Its your boy Peekay! The title is based off of what I heard in Sound FX of Super Bowl XLV between Referee Walt Anderson and Super Bowl MVP QB Aaron Rodgers. Walt was telling Aaron why he listened to all players and I agree with him. In general, I believe that listening can help so many problems and kudos to you Walt for listening to all players!!!! Even if a call goes against my Ravens, after calming down, I usually think its fair. Hope to see you officiating in Baltimore this season! As I was saying, I believe through listening to everyone we can really make a positive difference. Every morning working at the Campus Store/Daily Grind, I strive to listen to customers to offer positive advice and to remember there orders. Just the other day, I cheered some people who came off a bad morning. Just by listening to their problems and cheering them up with inspirational quotes and saying that I thank them for being them, really went a long way. They came back a few days later to thank me for cheering them up and listening. In fact listening will help break barriers. On the Metro, I talked to different people and cheered them up. By listening to their stories and respecting them, they listened to my advice!!! I even cheered up a police officer by thanking him for keeping us safe. One of the best things I enjoy in life is meeting new folks. Whether it be on the train, at college, on the bus, in the neighborhood, at the restaurant, or anywhere in person, I meet someone awesome all the time! So listen and be yourself. There are plenty of awesome people out there.

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Also I make it a goal to learn something new everyday. Learning doesn’t have to be so damn hard folks!!! In fact learning can be fun! Call me a minority, a nerd, or crazy, but I always enjoyed the first day of school. A chance to start fresh and learn new things. That way I can find better ways to make a positive difference in the world. That helps one keep moving down the river of life. So folks with some positive connections to life, learning ain’t so bad.

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Listen and then you will learn from others! And Walt keep doing what you do!

Carpe Diem and YO YO YOLO

Meteorologist Peekay Than

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The Trail and Park of Freedom

What’s up world? It’s your boy Peekay. I just came back for a 5-day trip in Boston, where I was born. I have got to tell you that I feel closer to American history! I walked the Freedom Trail, threw tea into the harbor, went to Fenway Park, and went to 2 different states Massachusetts and New Hampshire! No matter where I go, I usually find one thing uplifting about each place. I really read about how much sacrifice that everyone went through to get to this great nation! So I recommend that you all take some time this summer to see history. You appreciate different areas. On this trip, I saw where Paul Revere started his famous “The regulars are coming” march and the Boston Tea Party ship, I thought about how many great ideas start. And how leaders such as Samuel Adams and Paul Revere really took initiative to rally the troops and show the Red Coats that they are for real and started this great nation!!! Also how one decision can really make a difference in the world!!! Just like the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth in 1918 leading to the Curse of the Bambino and they got Curt Shilling and determined to knock the Yankees out on the way to winning the 2004 World Series and ending the curse! I saw many great places here, but there are a few places that stick out. Those places are Fenway Park, Freedom Trail, the Greenway, and Ward Reservation, because of their deeper meaning.

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Fenway Park, not just because the Red Sox play there, but because of all the history and passion there! My Red Sox came back from the brink of elimination in the 2004 American League Championship to beat the Yankees and break the Curse and set unprecedented records to win a World Series and into a perennial competitor. When walking in, I could feel the passion and energy of gameday that vibrates through me and brightens my day. Also I can feel excitement for a new game and a new season! Despite all mistakes and everything, all players overcome adversity to become champions or become famous. That is why I watch sports so much. Also represents where you can learn from the past and better yourself. You can let things either own you, define you, or better you! Such as my seminar class freshman year only propelled me to better my writing skills!

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Freedom Trail is another place I always visit in Boston, because I always appreciate and live in the moments that help build this nation and all our unalienable rights! From Paul Revere’s house to the Battle of Bunker Hill, naval history, and the graveyards freedom always ring. With these memories and initiative, I feel inspired to better myself. Since my goal is to better myself and help others out, my drive is only enhanced or augmented. And I am started to chart my trail far in life. I believe life is a trail and no matter where we go, we can choose to lead to better, worse, or no change! So let’s trail to optimism. We all have a chance to be something positive.

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The Greenway, because it is a wonderful strip of parks and unique plants in the city and nature helps me calm and return to my optimism drive! When I was in Boston, I meditated and ate ice cream in the Greenway. My mind could clear the rush of the city and I felt clear. Nature helps me think straight and makes me work faster and more refreshed. Also I felt glad that we allow some health and an oasis in a busy city. So in every city, I spend a few hours in a park or in Baltimore Federal Hill and I can reflect clearer. On a larger scale, this means that there is optimism everywhere.

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Finally Ward Reservation, because of the bird’s eye view of things! Not just because of the nature. The Reservation is about 25 miles northwest of Boston and I can see country and the city! The dichotomy there shows the differences in the world and how we can all be awesome and really help each other out! We are unique and don’t be ashamed of your differences!!!

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There are so many deeper meanings in the world. If you look around anywhere, you can learn anything. There is more to any place than just another town.

Carpe Diem and YO YO YOLO

Meteorologist Peekay Than

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Powerful Pride

What’s up world? Its your boy Peekay. I have been thinking about how to make the most mundane task marvelous. It is called pride. Pride is proud or deep pleasure of something. Long story short, take pride in your work. That way you will want to enhance your progress along with spread optimism around the world. Take work this morning at the Daily Grind. Most people say oh shit its Monday Morning and just groan through the day. But I enjoy work, because I take pride in my job. From cleaning, to restocking lids, to ringing up customers, I enjoy every part of my job, because I see it as a purpose to be a positive avenue into the community and I feel proud of the smiles I spread. From the optimism, everyone else is happy and more friends come to cheer you up. Sometimes I have friends who come over to make my day. Well, I am glad you come by to say hi to me. I always enjoy your company!!! From there, I see customers who are down come by to see me and then leave with smiles. That empowers me and then I spread it on with my life. With pride, you enjoy life and help others. Its starts with you and then you keep going. So take pride my friends!!!

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It never fails to warm my heart when I help become positive. I keep thinking back to Julius West Middle School where I became positive, started taking pride, and really left a positive legacy there. Just the other day, I e-mailed Mr. Davidson, an administrator at JW who was a major key in me becoming a positive person. I thanked him for all he did for me and helping me becoming a teacher, he responded with “You will ALWAYS be welcome” at JW, because I spread happiness to all. That meant a lot, because I always await until I can return there. My heart always races when I approach the entrance as I relive the moments that turned me positive. On a bad day, just coming by turns my frown upside down into a smile and I return to life stronger than ever!! And I will be back JW, I don’t know when, but I will be back eventually before everyone I know there retires!!!

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I also want to talk about how pride is a key to turn dreams into reality! With pride, you take passion and then that is your dreams directing your path. With dreams you take it out in pride and then you build on it from there!!! From there, you will help others chase your dreams. Pride is powerful and if used correctly, can turn a whole room and eventually take over the world with optimism. For example, I took pride to make the job fun and turn the store into fun and soon everyone came to work with passion. Also, I turn my grade around along with turning to class more positive and more interactive. We all have power to make things positive, so just use some pride and the results will better yourself more than you can imagine! You can be a superhero by being positive and make a difference.

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Carpe Diem and YO YO YOLO

Meteorologist Peekay Than :)

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There is Optimism in Every Corner.

What’s up world? Its your boy Peekay. I have been writing a play, so I haven’t been spending too much time blogging. Well Fourth of July has come and gone and I want to give a loud shout out and thanks to those who defend our freedom!!! With that in mind, I want to talk about how it never fails to amaze me how much optimism is everywhere. At work, on the train station, at school, at the waterfront, NFL officiating, or just anywhere there is optimism. For example, when I get up for work, I enjoy helping customers out. Just seeing them and cheering them up with some optimism and offering to clean the mugs they bring for coffee to enhance their beverage enjoyment. By offering to go above and beyond, the job is more fun as more people appreciate you more and you are more encouraged to do better and from there you are empowered to help others. Then my day is made and I continue my work to make other people’s days. It is a positive feedback of optimism. If you think you can, you will. Just like I brought We all have different definitions of happiness. My personal definition of happiness is when you walk around positively, you are satisfied and when your actions or what you see arouses positive emotions that encourage you to keep going. And just around every corner there is happiness. Just keep smiling and doing nice things and happiness will find you.

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With any big project in life, there will be ups and downs and optimism around every corner and at the end with true effort. Just take the Big Dig in Boston, a $22 billion project burying I-93 under the city, building a new Zakim Bridge, wrecking the elevated freeway, and putting a park. It was a great project that led to positive remarks, but let’s talk about persistence. With the construction, there were costs overruns, funding issues, lawsuits, faulty materials, and resident complaints. Despite the fact, there were engineering prescedents set along with decreased traffic time, gentrification, more beauty to Boston, property values increased along with a drop of 12% in air pollution. Also along the way, a larger sense of community, along with excellent team work, and a better downtown and better economics. Fred Salvuchi made the Big Dig come true through persistence and helped make Boston a better city. Just like, I pulled my grade up to an “A” from a “D” in Psychology. Also I became positive and got through frustration to fix the Campus Store laptops/laptop bundles through one step at a time and finding resources to fix coding issues. Anything is possible with the mind and with some changes, you can turn almost anything positive,.

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There is optimism everywhere. With an open mind and positive thinking you can find it and better your life.

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Carpe Diem and YO YO YOLO

Meteorologist Peekay Than

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It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way

What’s up world? Its your boy Peekay. What a Terrific Top Thursday it has been my friends. Got lots of work done at my job and also cheered other people up. While surfing my News Feed on Facebook and seeing people complain, I thought about how a positive attitude can turn things around. As people, I believe everything starts in the mind! Then we turn into tangible actions that manifests themselves around other people. We have control, but we need to declare it and keep it going. I enjoy work, because I can help customers along with make a difference in their days, while helping the managers, and make money for my Boston trip, while using this an avenue to carry out my keystone value of inspiring others. I can tell you that always helps bring a smile to your face. With that, we all have a purpose here :). FUCK YEAH LET’S DO IT!!! So before you complain next, think how important you are for the job. Here is a loud thank you for everyone who does what they do!!!! You all help us out one way or another. You all inspire me!!!!

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Another way to be positive is take pride and personal ownership in what you do. That way Just the other day, I read about how Nordstorm’s has great customer service through passion and taking pride. Through each sales associate working in their location as entrepreneurs and using creativity, one is able to invest and create strong relationships, while enjoying their jobs and helping the store out by using creativity and pride. The same is true in everything that you do. The effort will be more original and will incorporate more intrinsic motivation, which is the best motivation. Such motivation for me is making a difference and help people get going. Also being driven by passion. Through that, I have turned regular tasks into something fun, such as submitting a big paper or taking an exam. Most people think, oh shit we have an exam. I think oh sweet another chance to really prove myself.

Carpe Diem and YO YO YOLO

Meteorologist Peekay Than

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