Share the love! (Thanks for the picture, Janelle!)
Jason's birthday is this Sunday, September 9th. He would normally be planning his own birthday celebration, which he liked to call Christmas in September, and inviting all of his friends and blog readers to join in the festivities at his home.
This year, there have been quite a few people who had the same idea of how to celebrate Jason's birthday: to perform some act of service for someone in his memory. Things like paying for an extra ice cream cone for a stranger, posting uplifting quotes in public places, donating books to a school library, writing a note to someone to express your love and admiration, or paying for the order of the person behind you in the drive-through.
Jason's friend Emily created a website in honor of this day. It's called Project Z and it's a way for us to share with each other the ways we've chosen to remember our friend.
Here's what Emily had to say about it:
The idea is to just keep in mind Jason's spirit of giving, and his frequent random acts of kindness. For his birthday weekend, we want people to spread Jason's love around and try to keep him in mind while doing as many of these little (or big!) things as possible. If anyone wants to, we can share them on the blog or share reactions, our impressions, thoughts regarding Jason and the way he influenced all of us. I put a map on the blog because I know Jason had friends and family worldwide that could participate and I thought it would be fun to see where people are performing these services.
I also contacted Maceys and explained a bit about Jason. The manager seemed excited and told me they could definitely do what I asked them (to provide as many free cones as possible with whatever amount I was able to send in) and tell the people it was in memory of someone special. I thought that would be a fun thing to do, since Jason really delighted in doing it.
Are you in? Click over to Project Z if you'd like to read more about it or to let everyone know how you've chosen to celebrate Jason's birthday this week. I'm choosing to participate because I miss my friend and want to honor his memory, but also because doing kind things for others helps my heart to heal.