On Friday, March 7th Jenni was unexpectedly diagnosed with a brain tumor. Since her diagnosis, things have moved quickly. She elected to have surgery on Thursday, March 20. It's been an incredibly difficult and challenging time for her, her family, and those that love her.
One thing we know about Jenni is how much she loves to help other people. Her big heart and unending compassion is no secret to those around her. And so, during this difficult time, many people have asked "How can we help Jenni - someone who has helped so many other people - in a way that shows her how much we care?" In true Jenni fashion, she has given us a response in the form of a challenge: in order to do good for her, she requests that you do good for other people.
Stephen Jay Gould once said, "The center of human nature is rooted in ten thousand ordinary acts of kindness that define our days." Jenni told me that, since her diagnosis, she was made keenly aware of the "ten thousand ordinary acts of kindness" that are around her and have been around her every day. The outpouring of love and support she has received has meant a lot to her, and she'd like to continue the cycle of giving and encourage that it spread out into her community and beyond. Thus, this website was created for all of us who want to support Jenni in order to tell her, and each other, all of the many acts of kindness we both receive and give on a daily basis. Jenni is asking that we purposefully do an act of kindness each day and post what it is that we did. She also asks that, when we are recipients of acts of kindness, that we post those as well. She plans on reading the blog each day as she recovers and it is our hope that each one of our small stories might contribute to the well-being of Jenni and our community as a whole.
In order to make this work, we ask that you select a user name that is easily identifiable or to add your name to each of your posts so we know who is posting what. We also encourage you to give suggestions about acts of kindness that others may take part in. For example, if your church is having a bake sale, your child's school is having a fundraiser, or your neighbor's care needs a good washing, let us know and we might be able to help out. Remember, no act of kindness is too small to post here. And perhaps through recognizing all of the love that surrounds each one of us, the positive energy that Jenni gives out to her comunity will be returned ten thousand-fold.