Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Free Hugs

I opened the The Star on Monday (yes, it has taken me 3 days to find the time to write this post) and on the front page of the Greater Toronto section is a picture of a young woman with a sign that reads FREE HUGS embracing another young woman. The woman with the sign, her brother and a few friends stood at one of Toronto's busiest intersections and hugged strangers! The really cool thing about this is the perspective with which the article is written. It is laudatory. And even the people on the street were positive and receptive. In fact this is a quote from the article, "I kind of felt it would be awkward. But it's not awkward at all, it's so natural. I think people just want a connection and it's so easy to do this." The title of the article is: Bettering the world one hug at a time.

Want proof of this need for a connection? If you search free hugs on Youtube you find 60 videos that feature the free hug campaign in cities and countries around the world! The Paris video is particularly good, but that shouldn't be surprising considering that Paris is the City of Love.

This confirms for me, the power and the potential of the dakband project. The latent need and the desire that we all have to be recognized, affirmed, and connected to best in each other is so apparent that I feel like we can't get the bands into the world fast enough!

It also confirms for me that we need a Dakband video on Youtube!!

"No kind action ever stops with itself....The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves." Amelia Mary Earhart

I couldn't agree more!!

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