Sunday, December 30, 2012

Day 365: Got The World To Sing A Song

366 Random Acts of Kindness was an idea that started out on the couch inside of a tiny little place in Chicago.  I expected this blog, which was used just so I could document my acts for Isla, to be followed by friends and family.  Due to the power of social media, it has grown to be read by hundreds of thousands of people in 129 countries around the world.  I don't say this to pat myself on the back because I don't think that it really has anything to do with me.  I think the reason it has grown is because of the need for positivity all around the globe.  The 24 hour news cycle is a constant reminder of all the wrong happening in the world, and this blog (and others like it) is a reminder that all is not bad out there.  

Not too far back, I put out a call to the 366 Random Acts community all around the world.  I needed their help with an act.  I gave them instructions on what to do, but I didn't tell them exactly what it would be for.  Well now, they, and everyone else get to see because today, for my random act of kindness, I got the world to sing a song together and it is dedicated to everyone around the globe.  These videos are more specifically dedicated to John Bascom, Miles Austrevich, the lives needlessly cut short in Newtown, Aurora, Chicago, Syria and anywhere else, and to anyone that has gone through struggles this year.  A lack of computer editing skills and a fear of copyright lawyers kept me from editing it all together, but here is the 366 Random Acts community singing "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles.

P.S. If you would like to add your own version, just let me know at

Chicago, Illinois, USA
My Family At Christmas
Hollywood, California, USA
Stokesly, North Yorkshire, England
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
 Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand
West Seneca, New York, USA
Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
Seattle, Washington, USA
Rome, Italy
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Tuscany, Italy


  1. Awesome! I can't believe you are on day 365. This year has gone by so fast. Thank you for your truly inspiring life this year. All the blessings in the world to you and your family. Cheers!

    1. Awesome is an overused word, but what you have done and how you have inspired others, well, Dr. M got it right. Awesome, truly awesome.

  2. Very very well done. I live in Dubai and it's a shame I only discovered your blog today thanks to another blog I follow and if I had found it sooner you could've been sure that I would've sang it as well :)

  3. I can't believe the year is coming to an end.
    And you're right, we did need something like this to remember all the good out there as well.
    So, thank you. Every time I felt disheartened by something I heard on the news or something around me I seem to have read one of your posts and automatically felt better.
    Hope to see a lot more 365/366 random act blogs out in this new year. I'm sure people will want to keep it going. I know I'll try to do my bit. :)

  4. Awesome concept. An inspiration to all. Well done!

  5. I'm looking forward with both anticipation and dread for the 366th post - anticipation because I'm sure you've planned it for a long time, and dread because what am I going to do for inspiration starting on the first????


  6. i think he'd make a great book. kind of like neil's book of awesome.

    could you all have a look at my new blog, much appreciated :)

  8. Just amazing. I watched every single video and it made me teary. I wish I had found your blog earlier last year!

  9. Great job! This is amazing and was an amazing project! I hope even though the year is almost over, that you can keep doing it!

  10. This is a really great way to make people smile. I've always been a fan of random acts of kindness, and I really like what you're doing here. Keep up the great work!