Has anyone else noticed the fun little tweak to the design around here? I will be the first to say it is not super obvious and I have not finished yet, but I am rather proud of myself for it. I did it myself and as someone who used to be good at building websites back in the day of GeoCities, but then got lost that makes me feel accomplished. With that being said, has anyone else watched The Kindness Diaries? There is a new season up and I Have to say once again I ended up crying at least once in every single episode. For those reading who don’t know what The Kindness Diaries are, allow me to introduce you. First you need to meet the man behind the Kindness Diaries, here he is Mr. Leon Logothetis.
I could summarize his biography, but I think the one he had put up on Goodreads himself, says things better then I could about this inspirational fellow. So here it is:
The Kindness Man
The days of living and working behind his ‘slab of wood’ (or desk to the layman) are well and truly over. His new passion: Finding ways for your inner rebel (that voice that tells you, you are worth so much more than you think) to come out and play.
The inner rebel tells you that your life is yours. And anything you dream of is possible. Anything. And that the fuel for all this delicious potential is simple: Kindness and harnessing the power of human connection.
Leon has visited more than 90 countries and traveled to every continent. He is the host of the TV series Amazing Adventures Of A Nobody, which is broadcast across the world by National Geographic International and, over the course of three seasons, sees Leon cross America, the United Kingdom and Europe on just 5 dollars, 5 pounds, and 5 euros a day, respectively.
TV & Traveling…
He recently returned from filming his new TV show The Kind Way Around, in which he circumnavigated the globe on his vintage yellow motorbike Kindness One, giving life changing gifts along the way to unsuspecting good Samaritans. All of this whilst relying on the kindness of strangers.
Leon is no stranger to adventure. He teamed up with First Book® & drove a car from London to Mongolia raising money to buy 10,000 books for underprivileged children in America. He also drove a vintage London taxi across America, giving free cab rides to the needy and working with Classwish to bring hope back to the schools of America.
Leon has documented his travels for numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, Good, Psychology Today, and The New York Times.
His book, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, is in stores now. His new book The Kindness Diaries, published by Readers Digest, will hit bookshelves in December 2014 and chronicles Leon’s circumnavigation of the globe on kindness.
So what is there to do?
I have always been a person who has believed in kindness. I have long strove to get that message out and try to make sure more and more people work towards kindness. Ask just about anyone who has known me for a long period of time and they will tell you just that. That is why for me the current state of the United States has been just down right depressing. I know it bothers others as well, but it just seems instead of the world getting kinder and finding kindness it finds more hate and anger.
It was a particular low day for me when I stumbled upon the Kindness Diaries on Netflix. I saw it was a book so of course before I could watch the series I had to read the book. Long ago on my blog The Purple Booker (formerly Fire & Ice) I commited to reading books first then watching the TV show or Movie. I devoured the book and then happily jumped in and devoured the series as well. Once I finished both I felt a bit sad when I was done with them.
Another breath of kindness
So imagine how happy I was when I saw a second series had been done! Kindness 2 was even better then Kindness 1 because this Gypsy loves a VW bug. The message however is the same. The feelings the same. Leon is traveling along, meeting people and living off of kindness. When a story touches him deeply he then gives a big surprise kindness himself. This to me is such an amazing thing. And watching Leon as he struggles at times and the joy he finds in other times is wonderful. Its a very real look at the way things work today but for me the best part of both series is the pure thing that even when things seem dark and full of nothing but worry there is still kindness in the world.
That is really the purpose of my post today here on Purple Gypsy. A reminder. That no matter how dark the world is, there is still kindness. All we have to do is look for it. Or better yet be the ones who bring kindness into the world. Whether it is a big gesture or a small one, it doesn’t matter kindness is what matters. Kindness. All of us can be kind. So wherever we go in the world, whatever travels or even if we only travel in books, let us spread one important message. Be kind to one another.