Dare To C.A.R.E. – A Challenge

by Al Smith

First of all, I want to say thank you to all of you, who have been supporting The CARE Movement, since the website went live on August 6th.  I really appreciate it. 

 However, it is time to take it to the next level.  So here is what we are going to do.  I am issuing a challenge to everyone who reads this.  Dare to CARE (and Share).  Please share this with others.  The website, the message, the challenge. Let’s do this. Yeah, that’s right, it’s a dare people.  With all the negativity going on in the world, it is time for a call to action.

 This means all businesses, homes, schools, churches, teams, clubs, groups, etc. Everybody!

 “When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge”  -  Tuli Kupferberg

 Ok.  Here is the challenge.  Have an attitude of gratitude that we even get to do this.  I challenge each and every one of us to practice any and all of the CARE principles.  Communicate better, Appreciate more, Respect others and Encourage everyone to do the same.  Bring a positive attitude to work and have one at home, too.  Smile at people and watch (most) them smile back.  Be Optimistic, have Enthusiasm and always think of someone else before yourself.

 Here’s an idea; Just be NICE to people.  Say please and thank you.  Something important, that we don’t often think of; Let go of all resentments. And Forgive. Yourself, too. This is so critical to freeing yourself up and finding true happiness.  Forgiveness is letting go of all hopes for a better past. More on this another time.

 A 31 Day Challenge – October

 The challenge will officially start on October 1st and the initial phase will be for the entire month of October.  31 days.  I do not want to confuse anyone with John Falchetto’s awesome Expat 30 Challenge. 

 We have a little over a week to practice and get prepared.  Remember, challenge your company, home, school, church and everyone you know.  Your co-workers, family members, students, teachers, teammates, etc.  And tell them to do the same.  Do not co-sign any negativity, pessimism or gossip. Caroline Leon wrote a great piece on this.  Remember, Positive Attitude Solutions.  PASs it on people!

 If this seems like it is too much for you and you don’t know if you can, or you are not good at verbalizing your feelings, how about letting someone merge in traffic in front of you? Or, hold the door for someone?  Just a couple of ideas.  And for you parents and bosses, use the fabulous quote from Ken Blanchard; “Catch Them Doing Something Right.” And acknowledge them.

 I would like to acknowledge John Sherry for suggesting Dare to CARE.  You rock, John.

 Ok.  There you go. Don’t forget to forward this to everyone you know, RT, post on facebook.  Get it out there and share the CARE challenge to the world!  Also, very important; Share your Dare to CARE ideas and story with us.  Did you try it?  Who did you share it with?  What happened?  Just as importantly; What would you do? Suggestions for Dare to Care? T-Shirts?

 If you are new here, please check out the rest of the site, past blogs, quotes, services, etc.

 I would love to hear your story (and your suggestions) We need to hear it.  The world needs to hear it.  Don’t make excuses.  Make a difference.  It’s time for Positive Change.

 “Be the change you want to see in the world”  -  Ghandi

It takes only one person to ignite a spark, raise a voice, shine a light, give hope, smile, listen or say thank you, congratulations, awesome job.  It takes caring.   Let’s make a conscious effort to be part of positive change, of the solution. We can make a difference, one day at a time, one person at a time, one company, one home, one school, one church, city, state, nation – one world. 

Thank you.

Big Hug, 

 Al

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Ameena Falchetto September 23, 2011 at 8:14 am

Great!!! I’m in! This is will make me keep my challenge on the Expat 30 going!
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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 8:50 am

Thanks Ameena. If anyone, is up for two, back-to-back challenges, it is you. Just look out for bees and wasps. ha ! Take CARE.

Al

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Kaarina Dillabough September 23, 2011 at 10:10 am

Ditto what Ameena said: with you all the way. Cheers! Kaarina
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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 8:51 am

Thanks Kaarina. I was counting on you. You are a consistent source of encouragement and support. I know you CARE. Now tell all your friends !

Yeah, Baby !

Al

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Jk Allen September 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

I love what you’ve promoted here. We (all of us) have the power to help another person by showing that we care. I can’t tell you how many “grumpy at life” folks I’ve met and who’ve been cured by someone’s simple display of CARE.

We’re powerful beings if we choose to be. And hopefully we’re willing to use that power to to help others. I know I am!

Thanks for this excellent post Al. You’re a wonderful example of what many of us need to be spending our time doing more; CARING.

I’m totally up for the challenge!

PEACE
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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 8:54 am

Thanks so much for the kind words and inspiration. How old are you ? I hope to be as mature and thoughtful as you when I grow up. Ha ! Seriously. JK, you have helped me so much, I can not begin to thank you enough. You inspire me and many others to great heights. So grateful for you, my friend.

Continue to CARE and Share.

Al

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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 8:59 am

Thanks Jk. You are wise beyond your years, my friend. Incredible. Seriously, I want to be like you when I grow up. Ha. It’s never too late, right ? You have helped me so much. Thanks for believing and inspiring, not only me, but countless others.

You are the Humble Hustler. A great example to follow. Much gratitude.

Al

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Betsy Cross September 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

Fun! I’m in, too!
Thanks Al!

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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 8:59 am

Thanks Betsy. Appreciate the support. And yes, you are AWESOME !

Al

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Elena Patrice September 23, 2011 at 11:27 am

Whoo hoo! Loooove this! I’m in and passing along. You’re rock solid Al! :)

Much kindness,

Elena
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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 9:01 am

Thanks Elena. Not sure about the rock solid. Some would say their are some cracks. Ha ! Really appreciate the support. Let’s keep it going. Woo Hoo !

Al

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Lori Gosselin September 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

The next level eh! I’ll work on it Al!
Great idea! I’ll go tweet it now!
Lori
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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 9:08 am

Thats right Lori. The next level. The CARE Movement and this challenge, needs to be shared with everyone we know. I can not thank you enough for all your continued support. So between you and Kaarina, I expect this to be HUGE in Canada, very soon. TV, Radio, you know, nothing to big. Ha ! Luv Ya.

Al

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Deeone September 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Al!
Man, great post! I just wanted to stop in and tell you that I love this idea. Count me in! Let’s do this. We here in Atlanta need to do a whole lot of it. Spreading the love man! Awesomeness! :)
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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

Thanks Deeone. Just read your post. Love it. Every city needs to do this (in my humble opinion) Maybe we can talk soon about doing something here in Atlanta ?
Let me know. Appreciate the support and continued success with your blog.

Take CARE.

Al

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Bill Dorman September 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I’m all in my friend and I don’t need to practice (ok, maybe with car merging thing…..), but I do want to be a ‘change agent’. Yes, I did have two posts talking about the shift from ‘niceness’, but it was really just asking why?

I already practice this around the office, home and friends. The last thing I want to be is a downer Donnie; we are all smart people, we see what is going on around us. Most of it is out of our control anyway so why not work on the things we can control and be better at it, huh?

I want it to be real; when people see me I want them to feel it is genuine and not some artificially generated happy face moment. The more you do it, the more you believe it…..

Thanks for sharing, count me in…….
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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 9:21 am

Thanks Bill. Work on the things we can control. Love it. Like, our attitudes and our behavior ? Sounds good to me. really appreciate your support and encouragement. You have helped this rookie out a lot.

It is all about changing our habits and practice, practice, practice. Like you said, the more you do it, the more you believe it. Absolutely. Dare to CARE !

Keep on Caring and Sharing.

Al

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Jack @ TheJackB September 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I came here for inspiration and instead you gave me work. Damn Al, you and your wacky football conference just make me lose my hair. ;)

Ok, I am in.
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Bill Dorman September 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm

No kidding; Al needs to remember all I’m good at is showing up. If work is involved I might come up lame or something………….
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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

Just keep on showing up. You can’t help but CARE, Bill.

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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 9:23 am

Thanks Jack. I think its the sorry Pac 10 (or 12) thats making you lose your hair. Ha !
So glad you are in. California needs some love and some Caring. Appreciate you, man.

Al

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Elizabeth Thomas September 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

With you all the way, Al. It’s so amazing what simply flashing a genuine smile at someone can accomplish. When we smile, even if we’re feeling low, we actually cheer ourselves up, too!

Let’s do this thing.
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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 9:27 am

Thanks Elizabeth. I know you have been super busy. Really appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment.. Yes, a simple smile can make all the difference. And you have a great one ! Thanks again for all your support and help.

Continue to CARE and Share.

Al

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Claudia September 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Oh my goodness Al…. this is so awesome. Count me in. Of COURSE it should be intuitive that we C.A.R.E. but, sadly, we need to be reminded. I think this dare is wonderful and everyone should be encouraged to participate. Thank you for recognizing the importance of gratitude and lighting a fire under our collective behinds to embrace the concept of gratitude. I am grateful to have met you!
Thank you!
Claudia
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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 9:29 am

Thanks for the wonderful comment Claudia. So glad I met you, as well. really appreciate the support. Gratitude is an awesome thing. Let’s keep it going.

Al

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Barbara Klein September 24, 2011 at 2:51 am

Great idea, Al, thanks and I am in. It takes so little to show you care and are caring.

Just when I thought I could go on a holiday but suddenly you give me this idea (you really lit a fire under my behind as well!): throughout October I will post about the caring I give and receive under the title “Dare to Care – A Challenge for Life” with a link referring to your site (do I have your permission to do so?).

So many smart and powerful people out there – might be that some of you will take up that idea?

Thanks, Al, I am grateful for having met you and given this chance to be more aware of a positive attitude.

Have a wonderful weekend, Barbara
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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

Thanks Barbara. Emailed you back. I am so grateful for your support and encouragement. Your comment and email made me smile from ear to ear. Wow ! Some people are actually getting this. Thank You ! So Much. Look forward to connecting with you further.

Take CARE.

Al

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Caroline Leon September 25, 2011 at 5:20 am

Al, this is such a great idea and I absolutely welcome the challenge! Thanks so much for the mention :)
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Al Smith September 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

Thank you, Caroline. appreciate all your support and RT this morning. Your 5 tips for dealing with negativity should be read by everyone. Great stuff. Look forward to more great writing from you and connecting further.

Continued success.

Al

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John Sherry September 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

Hey Al, sorry bud at being late to the party!!

No thanks required my friend for daring to care because I wouldn’t have thought of it unless you were doing this magical life affirming work. You dare and are changing us all.

You’re appreciated man…major time!!
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Al Smith September 27, 2011 at 10:46 am

You are too kind, John. So glad to hear from you. Know you have been crazy busy. The new sports site looks awesome. Congrats again on all your success. I really feel this challenge can and will get the ball rolling. We need to CARE and share with as many people as possible. Thanks again for all you do and your continued support and encouragement. It means a lot.

Al

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Frank September 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Al,

That is one heck of a challenge that has potential to change the world.

This is something I have got to be a part of. When the world starts to live, think and act this way, we will see some amazing things happen. I am glad that you with the inspiration of John were able to come up with this challenge. I’m off to CARE.
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Al Smith October 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Hey Frank. Thanks so much for your comment. Sorry it took so long for me to reply. Its been a crazy week to say the least. appreciate all your great writing and the fact that you do, indeed, CARE. Thanks again.

Al

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Craig McBreen October 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Hey Al,

I’m in, Sir! Not a fan of negativity, pessimism or gossip. Okay, I may have a lightly snarky attitude sometimes, but I do treat people with respect.

I’m all smiles lately. The other day this guy was in line behind me at the grocery store, looking kind of angry and frustrated that I was in front of him with just a few items. He was in a hurry. Looked angry and he gave me that look. I just said, “please go in front of me” He hemmed and hawed like it was a big deal, finally did it and all of the sudden was Mr. talkative. Maybe he went from PO’d to fairly happy and his blood pressure went down a bit. Whatever I can do to help :)

Regarding merging, I have no choice, people just go anyway, so I gave up the fight :)

Thanks, Mr. Al.
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Al Smith October 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Awesome Craig. Sometimes, thats all it takes to turn someones day around. That, my friend, is practicing the CARE message and taking on the Dare to CARE challenge.
Thank you.

Al
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Jeremy Brown October 7, 2011 at 4:13 am

This is great Al and your right, this world needs some positive vibes in it.

It’s not difficult to care. In fact, it’s easy. If only the world understood how easy it was (one can dream).

As with the rest of these fine people, I’m in! Let the movement begin!

Stay motivated Al!
~Jeremy
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Al Smith October 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Thanks for accepting and joining the challenge, Jeremy. You are right, it is easy to CARE. when we practice and share this message, more people will understand that it is easy and it is the way we should be. thanks again so much for your support.

Continued success, my friend.

Al
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Adrienne October 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

This will be an easy challenge for me Al! I do all of this anyway!

I love what you are doing here though. Great job with spreading the word and you have some awesome bloggers here ready to help you with that and take the challenge too.

Appreciate you putting this together.

~Adrienne
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Al Smith October 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

Thank Adrienne. Appreciate your support and all you do to help others share their mesage. Yes, I do have some awesome bloggers helping me out. I am truly grateful for all the help and support we are receiving. Thanks again and continue caring and sharing.

Take CARE.

Al

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Jimmy October 13, 2011 at 5:50 am

Hi,

I am late but I am still in. Anyway, I have been trying CARE for a while. I will help spread the word.

BTW, I have a challenge going on too. To spread these two clips to as many people as possible. If possible get the view rate on these two videos to more than 10000 by the end of the year. Can you help spread the love? Here’s the link http://mylifearchitects.com/hope-and-dreams-fulfilled-two-inspiring-stories-that-will-make-you-cry/

Cheers
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Al Smith October 21, 2011 at 9:40 am

Thanks Jimmy. Appreciate the support. I will share the video links too.

Al

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J.D. Meier October 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

> “When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge”
What a great quote. I’m a patterns and practices guy, so I especially like the prophetic twang of it.

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Al Smith October 21, 2011 at 9:38 am

Sorry getting back so late, JD. I love that quote. To me, it says how powerful, positive change can be. Thanks for stopping by.

Al

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Amber-Lee Dibble October 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Al ~ I just found this! I’m late (typical!) but I’m in! I love it. I’ve learned so much since being online, met so many people. Thank you for this.
Amber-Lee
P.S. Please, if you have a moment, check out my link today, we need all the help we can get and I think this is right up the right staircase!
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