Saturday, March 3, 2012

Day 63: Went to a Film Festival



To be honest, when we unexpectedly had to come to Montana after learning of my father-in-law's passing, I wasn't really thinking about 366 Random Acts. It couldn't have been further from my mind. At one point on Wednesday, my wife mentioned to me how proud her father was of what I was doing, and I knew then that I couldn't skip a day no matter the circumstances.

Hamilton, Montana obviously isn't as large as Chicago, so I feared there wouldn't be anything for me to do for my random acts (outside of caring for my family, etc.). Then I realized that having that mindset went against everything I have preached on this blog. It doesn't matter who you are or where you are, acts of kindness are always something easy to do. So I jumped on my computer and started searching for things to do locally here in Montana. It took all of 4 seconds for me to find something that doubled as a way to temporarily get away from sadness and perform a charitable random act. This evening, for my random act, I will be attending the Radical Reels Film Tour at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center. The film festival is a fundraising event for B.E.A.R (Bitterroot Ecological Awareness Resources). B.E.A.R's mission is "to inspire area youth to connect to their own potential, their community, and the landscape through experiential [learning] and outdoor adventure programs." It gives youth of the area a chance to tap in to their leadership ability while teaching them ways to overcome obstacles that may come up in life. We are looking forward to returning to normalcy, even for a couple of hours.

14 comments:

  1. I'm glad you didn't skip today's random act. Thank you for that.

    'It gives youth of the area a chance to tap in to their leadership ability while teaching them ways to overcome obstacles that may come up in life'

    The program sounds like a great way to help teens and youth - Good job.

    Please know that there are people all over the world who've been inspired by what you're doing and are praying for you and your family. God bless and take care. :)

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  2. Like they say ... the show must go on ... It is heartening to see that you found your courage back. You are a great inspiration. Thank you for keeping the 366RandomActs mission going strong as ever.
    Regards,
    Ruby

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  3. I love your message about how kindness is always easy to do. No matter what our circumstances are, we can always lift someone else up, and nothing can take that away from us. Thank you for inspiring so many people. :)

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  4. What an inspiring idea; just thinking about your family puts a huge smile on my face.
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  5. I can't even imagine how hard it was to still follow-through in light of your family's loss. You are really terrific. And inspiring...thanks.

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  6. Love your blog and what it stands for. There is a quote that says "If we are too busy to help others, then we are too busy". I think what you have just proven is that not a single one of us has an excuse not to serve each other. Thank you for that example.

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. It must be a very difficult time for your family.

    Kudos to you on continuing your journey during these difficult days in honor of your father-in-law. What a beautiful way to honor his memory.

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  8. wow, loved the film clip; thanks for sharing. what an incredible new paradigm: to look at any event, even the loss of a loved one, as an opportunity to give. I can see why you made Blog of Note, and I look forward to seeing more of your site. thanks!

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  9. Sorry for the loss of your father-in-law and kudos to you for maintaining your commitment integrity. The world could benefit from more people like you!!

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  10. You are an inspiration to many. Keep the faith, and we will be praying that God watches over you and your family.

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  11. We make excuses using time as the reason, but kindness can be as easy a smile or a touch and takes so little for us to give.

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  12. I love what you are doing. I think that it is never easy getting over the loss of a loved one but participating in a random act of kindness aids in the healing process. As we grieve the loss of one, we celebrate life through enriching it. My condolences to your family. Best wishes.

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  13. Firstly, I'm so sorry for your loss. Its never easy to lose a loved one.
    Second, what a creative idea! I like the creativity and the fact that you didn't give up you mission. And its a really great cause! Good for you!

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