A Trip of Gratitude & CARE

by Al Smith


After a crazy November, and incredibly successful guest blog series, (Thanks again everyone) I decided to drive down to my hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  So glad I did.  What a great trip.  I left real early on a cold Friday morning.  I contacted Bill Dorman the day before, out of the blue to see if he might want to meet for lunch.  He said sure. It was a little off my path, but as some of you know, Bill is quite worth it. Ha.  We had a great time and he even bought my lunch.  What a guy.  It was really good to meet him in real life.  Squeezed in as much as we could and he was back to work and I was back on the road.  By talking with him and his great guest blog post here, Bill definitely CARE’s.   

Saturday night, I had the pleasure of attending the “Big Mama – Team of  Life” 10th anniversary party/fundraiser.   An incredible event that collects $10 toys for needy children at Christmas time.  (You can still contribute) This event was hosted and started by two dear friends of mine.  Dr. Elizabeth King  and John Weaver.  John and I go back 40 years.  Wow.  He is a very kind and generous man and his beautiful wife, Elizabeth, has a huge heart.  Such selfless and giving people.  They definitely CARE.  More on Dr. King and her radio show later.

Also at the event I had the pleasure of meeting Debra and Sharon with the Zoo Health Club at Ft.Lauderdale Beach.  Both incredible ladies. Sharon is an ex fighter and teaches classes at the gym.  Her husband Aaron, who also works at the gym, gave me some great stretching tips to help me with a nagging leg/hip problem.  Really nice people who CARE.

Sunday was a jazz brunch on the riverfront with friends. Football watching and a nice Italian dinner with Maria, a long time friend who is beautiful inside and out. Her family is too.  I usually have the pleasure of staying with them.  Her husband Fred, aka Rico, is hilarious.  They have two great kids, and they all CARE.  Oh yeah, the pool and Tiki Hut don’t hurt either.  Recorded my first video under the Tiki Hut.  Video will appear here soon.

Speaking of Rico, he, Roy Boy and J.O. took me golfing Tuesday.  Wow.  Not good.  Had not played in awhile and it showed.  But it didn’t matter.  As usual, we all had fun.  These guys are all from New York and the verbal abuse is relentless. (In a good way) Too funny.  Oh yeah, the three of them are also firefighters/paramedics.  They make a difference every day.  They definitely CARE.

On Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to have lunch with a future superstar in the life coaching field.  Beatriz Alemar is a young lady that is full of energy and passion to help others.  I guess being 25 helps.  I met B at an event in Atlanta, this past September.  Not only is she adorable, she lights up a room with her smile and enthusiasm for life.  She is on a quest to help other young people find their true path to success.  Make sure you follow her and check her out.  She CARE’s.

Thursday, I was a guest on Dr. Elizabeth King’s radio show. (pic) It does help to know good, nice people, with their own radio show.  She interviewed me about The CARE Movement.  It was a lot of fun.  The link to interview is here.  I would love to have a radio or a tv show, about CARE.  Anyway, her other guest was Dr. Kimberly Frangione, the founder of “The Gratitude Token Project.”  Go figure.  So cool.  Tokens for “thank you” and “pay it forward.”  Love it.  Kimberly is awesome.  Both of these women, really CARE.


Friday was my last night, so I went and hung out with three of my best (long time) friends.  Gary, (35 year friend) who was kind enough to let me stay at his house the entire week.  What a great week.  Thanks again, Gary.  Bubba, who I have known for almost 40 years and J C, who has been a great friend (28 years) and past roommate.  I lived with J C, through one of the roughest stretches in my life.  He was always there.  Thanks to all three of these guys, for being life long friends.  They don’t always say it, but I know they CARE. 

A long drive back on Saturday to reflect on all the blessings in my life, the gratitude I feel and the truly wonderful people I have met along the way.  What a week full of CARE.  Wow.


So, who do YOU Care about ? Who Care’s about you ?  Or what do you Care about ?  Please share your thoughts.  It’s important to recognize and appreciate people who encourage and support you.  They don’t have to be on line, on twitter or even facebook.  Especially this time of year.  Just tell them Thanks.

Don’t wait until the funeral to send flowers.  Let them know. Tell them. NOW.

I appreciate you so much for all your continued support.  I know YOU CARE.  Thanks.



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Kaarina Dillabough December 14, 2011 at 9:05 am

Well, Al, that’s a power-packed trip you had! Recording your first vlog, being a radio show guest, meeting up with old friends, attending events…all showing that you CARE, and that people CARE about you:)

I know how much the work you’re doing means to you, and now we need to see you on the speaking circuit, writing an e-book, getting into companies that need to instil CARE into the workplace. And because I CARE, I’m going to start thinking about events and businesses up here in the Great White North that would be possible venues for you to share your message. And I’ll throw the gauntlet down and ask others to do the same. Where can we suggest that Al make connections and inroads to spreading his message? I’m sure Al would be delighted to develop his list of possible events, companies or organizations to spread CARE.

And I like to think I tell the people I care about, in actions and in words, how much they mean to me, at every opportunity. It doesn’t have to be something big…sometimes a simple smile, a listening ear, a little “inconvenience” in order to convenience them is all it takes. Cheers! Kaarina
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Al Smith December 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Thank you so much Kaarina. You are the best. I really appreciate your continued support and encouragement. And the great PR campaign. Yes, i am looking forward to speaking to many groups and companies in the new year. The CARE Movement is gaining momentum and we want to keep it going by caring and sharing with as many people as possible. Thanks again and stay warm up there in Canada.

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Bill Dorman December 14, 2011 at 9:45 am

A busy week indeed; I just wish our picture taker would have said ‘cheese’ or something so I would have known when to suck in my gut.

It was certainly a pleasure to meet you in real life and yes, next time we will spend at least 4 hours together on the golf course. That was pretty cruel to meet for lunch at a golf course and not play, huh?

Busy day today, but wanted to stop by and defend myself if anyone was bashing our photo. I will come back and check out these links.

Thanks for sharing and thanks for including my big fat head in your post.
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Al Smith December 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Hey Bill. What a pleasure to meet you in person as well. We definitely have to play golf next time. The photo shop attempt failed, as you can tell. ha. Take care man and thanks again for everything.

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Cindy December 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

wow you’ve had a busy week, it must been very interesting and useful. I’m looking forward to check your interview online.
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Al Smith December 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Thanks for stopping by Cindy. Appreciate the kind words. hope to have the link for interview up soon. Take care.

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Ken Wert December 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm

It was a pleasure to read about your trip and all the people who fill your life, Al.

Life is just so much sweeter when it’s filled with people you love and who love you. I get lots of my loving at church. We are close-knit community of people who visit each other, have activities, and share an important part of our lives together as we all struggle to live lives committed to a path higher than ourselves. It is in that shared commitment that things that differentiate us, that separate us, that divide us disappear or fade into the background of irrelevancy.

Thanks for sharing all these lovely people with us, Al!
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Al Smith December 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Thanks for your comment Ken. Appreciate you stopping by. I am going to read your latest post now. Love your site. We are indeed, “Meant To be Happy”

Thanks again & take CARE.

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Craig McBreen December 15, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Hey Al,

When you went to lunch with Bill did you order the lobster? ;) I can’t criticize the picture, because you are both older than me, but have a lot more hair.

This was some trip and it was great reading your from the road report and so very cool that you were on a radio show with Dr. King. That must have been a hoot.

I’m very interested to see how the speaking goes for you too. I imagine that first event will be recorded and you’ll post it right here? Anyway, I look forward to reading more and hearing about you spreading the word about CARE.
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Al Smith December 17, 2011 at 8:18 am

Thanks Craig. The lunch with Bill was great. Thank goodness we both have hair. Not sure how those heads would look bald. Especially his. Ha ! Loved doing the interview too. Actually thinking of doing a radio show, myself. what do you think ? “An Hour of CARE.” Just a thought. Really looking forward to the speaking opportunities that will be coming in 2012. We have to continue to CARE and share the message with as many people as possible. Thanks again Craig, for your support and encouragement. Your writing and blog is real good. You have a gift. Big things to come for you, my friend. Take CARE.

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Craig McBreen December 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Hey Al, Nice speaking with you today and thanks for the kind words, man. I like your ideas and think you’ll do extremely well once you hit that speaking circuit!
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Barbara Klein December 16, 2011 at 6:28 am

Wow, Al, and you call this a break? Wonder what a normal working week looks like!

What did you and Bill have for lunch, lobster like Craig (what’s the hairy issue: is it not about content?) said? Ever since that tweet spree I have wanted to know, that much for sleepless nights.

And I look forward to listening to the recording of that radio show.

Thanks for sharing and caring, you are great!
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Al Smith December 17, 2011 at 8:22 am

Thanks Barbara. Hope all is well in Switzerland. Bill had a burger and I had a sandwich for lunch. The radio interview link is up. http://www.ihchealthfusion.com/ihc_media.html

Take CARE and thanks again for all you do. Big Hug.

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Kim Davies December 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Wow! I’m really happy that you had a great trip to Florida, Al and to think that you met the Doorman himself and got treated to lunch. :) What you did in that week was more than what most people can do in six months or maybe a year. Now, that is what I call a successful CARE-filled trip. Again, so happy for you. :)

As for myself, I am very fortunate that I had people CAREing for me since I got problems with pregnancy, not just those who guested and said they’d guest post in my blog and took up the slack of the posting but also those who sent their love, care, concern, blessings even when I was not around much. They (and you) didn’t have to do that for me, but they did and I am very thankful.

Hope I can help in some way for your CARE movement. If there is anything I can do, just let me know.

Enjoy the holidays! :)
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John Sherry December 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

Al, you are taking love on the road and being a Messiah for the magnificent, spreading the good word for us to be good to each other. Makes me feel all tingly because that’s what I believe in – we can all love, support, encourage, care, and respect each other and you are a loving flag bearer. What a great guy you really are – I admire you!

**SERIOUS POINT NOW** – If you ever want to come to the UK we can set off in a car and travel round the country sharing the care ethic and leading by example and spirit. I’m in if you are! Inspiration for a nation. Who knows, others might join us and we’d have a Care Convoy!!!
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Melody | Deliberate Receiving December 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Wow Al. Sounds like you had a fantabulous time connecting with all those amazing people. Florida seems like a pretty cool place. :) You should definitely have your own Radio show! I think you could inspire a lot of people by showing them that it’s ok and easy to CARE.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and New Year with tons of squishy hugs and leather jackets. :)

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Justin Mazza December 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Hi Al,
I have some friends who live in Ft Lauderdale in the winter because it is too cold here in Maryland during the winter months.

We have toys for tots program here and there are always drop off stations set up all over the place. I even saw one set up on the side of the Highway. No kidding.

My son and I go out and donate toys and we also donate food to Churches to feed the hungry.
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Sophia December 21, 2011 at 8:16 am

That a good job, I hope we could watch the interview video at once. I always think that is a great experience that shares our life with others and our friends, so I really would like to enjoy your great job.
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Anna December 21, 2011 at 8:39 am

People you love give sense to your life. And everyone who has such friends or family should be happy for the opportunity these people to be part of his life:)
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Cindy January 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Wow you should have had a really good time! You got busy all the time during the holiday blogging-break?
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You must have had a great time. I really love Florida. I had been there only once, fur a quick holiday with my son, but I was totally amazed. It was the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.
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