I was in Trader Joe's wearing a shirt that says "Black Lives Matter" in large print and a woman told me she liked my shirt. Then a few minutes later we crossed paths again and she gave me a token. The tokens are such a sweet idea! I also want to note, however, that as a white, cis, straight person trying to be an ally in this world, I don't expect to be thanked - or think any of us should expect thanks - for doing a small thing toward addressing the injustices of the systems that benefit me and disadvantage others...but thanks for the token! I will pass it on.
I was raising some awareness for a group of people how they could help the earth instead of being a burden. The earth is created from the same elements as every human being, so imagine the difference of trampling her or being carried by her unconditional love. At the end a participant handed me a token to say thank you!
This morning I saw a woman stop and pick up some garbage--a pizza box and some cups-- from the bike lane as she crossed 1st ave. She was so stylish--it was really something to see her going out of her way to do a nice thing on her way to work. So I pulled over on my bike and dug through my bag for one of your most awesome tikkuntokens--handed it to her--and thanked her for making the world a better place. She was touched by the gesture.
And my son likes to carry tokens.
It helps us both look for the good.
A customer gave me one of these tokens for being patient and welcoming while taking a very large order at a local café I work at, it made my entire week and she told me I could order some of my own so I just placed an order! I can’t wait to help make the world a little bit happier and better :) I love this idea.
I hugged a homeless woman and told her she was beautiful and told her my story.
I put out a calling for donations to help a local homeless encampment that had recently caught fire. I asked for camping equipment, food, warm clothes, and toiletries. I also asked for volunteers to come make bagged lunches and sort thru donations. Around 50 people donated items and 30 showed up at my house early Sunday morning to help. We made lunches and caravanned out. We made over 200 lunches and collected all sorts of tents, sleeping bags, camping stoves, etc as well as blankets, clothes, and jackets. The tenants at the encampment were so happy to see us and everything we collected was taken and used. A gentleman showed up at my house that morning as well and gave us all these tokens. Met some amazing people that day.
A high school student gave me a token for traveling to another city to hear the Honors Ensemble perform a Christmas concert in Bruton Parrish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.
I am a college professor in San Francisco, and at the end of each semester I take a few moments to talk to my students about Life. I try to let them know how much of an honor it has been for me to have them in my class, and how humbled and amazed I am by what they are going to become (most are pre-nursing). I also let them know that while they may fail, those are the greatest teaching moments and not to be shamed by or dismissed. If they have someone that hates on them for reasons like their gender, whom they love, the melanin content of their skin, or that they are percieved different from others to hold their head high and embrace themselves for the amazing humans they are and not let that negativity creep into their psyche. I also tell them to follow their own path and passions, and they will be happier for it rather than trying to compare themselves to others or listen to those that would plan their steps for them. After class, one of my students handed me a Tikkun Token, whixh I had never seen before. It was a great honor to receive this, and I felt humbled by this gesture. Thank you for doing this! We need rhis kind of light in our lives now more than ever.
My son is on the autism spectrum and has been having a really hard time with all the transitions of summer ending and school starting. He had a full on meltdown today in front of a bakery and my wife ended up sitting on the sidewalk with him cradled in her lap as he wailed pitifully. Most people just passed by but one man stopped and quietly asked my wife if he could buy our son a pastry. She had to gracefully decline since our kid was in no place to accept such a gift, but I was so touched by his gesture that I chased him down the street to give him a token. He looked totally confused by it but I hope the message translated. He made the world a better place just by stopping for a few seconds and offering aid to someone in distress. Restored my faith in humanity a little.
I was just dancing next to the lake and really enjoying myself creating movement. Dance for me is a way to connect to the divine and this was a particularly great moment. I guess the woman who gave me this token was impressed and enjoyed my joy. So she gave me a token that said "You just made the world a better place." It brightened my day and til this day (about 1.5 months after) I still carry it with me as a reminder to keep shining my divine light. Even when you think no one is watching.