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Dec
13

MISSION: Cozy Kindness

I got an email from Affiliated Agent MMMMMMM (love the name she picked) just a couple of days ago, and she’s already delivered.

Mission Accomplished.

DATE:
Wednesday, 12 December 2012

OPERATIVE:
Affiliated Agent MMMMMMMM

LOCATION:
bus stop
Arcadia, CA

TIME:
4 p.m.

 gloves and tea

note

note and gift

gift at bus stop

gift received

Secret Agent L

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Apr
15

MISSION: RAK at a Dog-Friendly Place

I. LOVE. DOGS.

I love them more than shoes and handbags. I love them more than chocolate. I love them more than, well, almost anything, really. And Affiliated Agent A, who completed this mission, is a super-duper dog-lover, just like me. This one came right from her heart, for sure!

I. LOVE. DOGS.

And I LOVE this mission.

DATE:
Saturday, 14 April 2012

OPERATIVE:
Affiliated Agent A

LOCATION:
San Francisco, CA

TIME:
6:05 p.m.

The location of the drop off was at a dog-friendly place, so what better way to share the love of dogs than to give a gift about a dog!

book cover

We attended a work-in-progress documentary screening called Guarding Dogs. When we entered the building, we did not realize that the entire lobby area was on camera. This was going to be a challenge at best.

secret agent l note and card

Almost everyone at the screening brought their dog and it was an enclosed area open to all. So this was not a good spot either for a drop because someone would surely see. What to do?

secret agent l note clpose-up

It was decided that the best place to drop off the book would be in the bathroom. Not the most original place but it’s the easiest place to not be seen. Our hope is that whoever found the book enjoys it and spreads the love of dogs.

oogy book in restroom

Secret Agent L

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Jan
17

MISSION: Nine-year-old Niceness

Nothing excites me more than when children decide to participate in the Secret Agent L Project as Affiliated Agents.

I. Love. It.

Nine-year-old Affiliated Agent C of Santa Rosa, California, is no exception. He completed the mission, took the pictures, and wrote up his narrative, all on his own. I’m so proud of him and honored to have him on board.

DATE:
29 November 2011

OPERATIVE:
Affiliated Agent C

LOCATED:
local neighborhood

TIME:
not indicated

He states, in his own words via email:

here are pictures of my mission i told you about

again in the photo of my letter i have bad riting. also it is a toy because nexdoor they do have a child so ya,

from SecretAgentC

Way to go, Affiliated Agent C! Thank you so much for choosing kindness! I can’t wait to see what your next mission is! And tell the grown-ups in your life how proud I am of you!

Secret Agent L

Secret Agent L says, "Be Kind. No Exceptions."

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Nov
21

MISSION: RAK at the Nursery

We’re starting to get the yucky late-fall weather here in Pittsburgh: rainy days, grey skies, chilly temperatures. But Affiliated Agent A’s mission from sunny California definitely helps to brighten up our corner of the world! I love this mission! (See also: I WANT TO GO TO THERE.)

DATE:
Wednesday, 2 November 2011

OPERATIVE:
Affiliated Agent A

LOCATION:
Alden Lane Nursery
Livermore, CA

TIME:
4:05 p.m.

I love my hometown and the people in it. So it is always wonderful to do a SAL mission here! My mission was at our local nursery. This place is like a slice of heaven in my own backyard. It’s like going to private park. They even let you bring your dog here!

 


I purchased a wind chime about a year ago and decided today would be a nice day to do a mission. What better place to leave it than at a garden nursery. I love to do missions that might inspire people. The wind chime has the word “believe” cut out into the middle of a butterfly. What better way to inspire someone than with the promise of hope.

The nursery encourages people to come in and take pictures. So it was not a problem to bring my camera. There were not many people at the nursery in the afternoon so it was actually pretty easy to make the drop. I decided to leave it on a bench that was close the exit. I hope that whoever found it will be inspired to “believe” because if you do, anything could happen!

 

Secret Agent L

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May
3

MISSION: Bruno’s Bus Transit Mission

Affiliated Agent Bruno just might be getting a promotion to Senior Affiliated Agent soon. This guy’s got some great missions. So creative and thoughtful. I feel blessed to have him as part of the Secret Agent L team.

His latest mission? Well, it has his name written all over it.

DATE:
Wednesday, 6 April 2011

OPERATIVE:
Affiliated Agent Bruno

LOCATION:
Bus Stop at 30th and Lincoln in North Park
San Diego, CA

TIME:
2:30 p.m.

Made a quick card using MS Publisher finding some cool, colorful pictures of a bus while on lunch at work. :) Had some leftover bus tokens laying about and taped them to the inside of the card with an appropriate message.

I left this one at a colorful bus stop near an electric box in the neighborhood near where I work, just before the end day rush for students and people working in the neighborhood. Two bus tokens are basically good for 2 fares in the city, which should get most anyone to wherever they are going on their way home this afternoon.

This one felt really good to do and only took a few minutes to throw together. :)

With Love,
Affiliated Agent Bruno

Secret Agent L

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Apr
25

MISSION: Triple Threat

YOU GUYS.

I LOVE this mission. Seriously. Talk about creative and thoughtful. Affiliated Agent Bruno hit this one out of the park!

DATE:
Sunday, 18 April 2011

OPERATIVE:
Affiliated Agent Bruno

LOCATION:
Rare Hare Studio
North Park
San Diego, CA

TIME:
10:30 a.m.

Curiouser and Curiouser…

So this one required a bit more planning, and measures to make it kid friendly… first, got together an appropriate book title for children and registered the book on Book Crossing. If you are not familiar with the website, you should definitely check it out for ideas on random acts of kindness, and it’s super fun! Register a book there, leave it out in the wild, and then track it’s travels all around the world later.

Next, I took a rockin’ piece of kid created art from Secret Agent MC here in San Diego. I absolutely adore her and the workshops she does to continually encourage kids on the value of art, play, empowerment and creativity. Check out her super juicy blog!
Wrapped it all up with a $5 bill and a card from Secret Agent L and dropped it at one of the coolest art studios in San Diego, The Rare Hare. This place is a studio for kids to create and play all day long, making wonderful art projects out of recycled materials and learning the values of reusing and repurposing what most people would call trash into beautiful works of art.

Here was the tricky part though… convincing the studio instructor of my intent for random acts of kindness and not weirdo acts of adult strangers. :) Showed her the contents of the package, including the note, told her all about Secret Agent L, and asked if she would please leave it someplace conspicuous around the studio for one of the kids to find. Her eyes lit up immediately at the prospect of being in on the Secret Agent Mission and I knew she was in.

Can’t wait to see these kids get involved, they are awesome!

Secret Agent L

Secret Agent L says, "Be Kind. No Exceptions."

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Apr
12

MISSION: Farmer’s Market Mission

I’m not gonna lie: I love it when the guys get involved in the Secret Agent L Project. It just confirms that both women AND men can (and should!) extend kindness throughout their days.  Many thanks to Affiliated Agent Bruno for stepping up and joining the ranks!

DATE:
Sunday, 3 April 2011

OPERATIVE:
Affiliated Agent Bruno

LOCATION:
Henry’s Farmers Market
San Diego, California

TIME:
7:00 p.m.

So, I am sure that I will have many more creative endeavors in the future, but this one was just my first… and I have to say it felt GREAT! :)

Prepared for this first mission by cleaning out an old stationery drawer in my bookshelf, where I found some rub on transfers and blank cards, along with some affirmation cards I had picked up from the Self Realization Institute in Encenitas. The cards have sayings written by Paramahansa Yogananda and the one I chose was a quote about Cheerfulness. I filled out the card and inserted a $5 gift card from Lestat’s Cafe in nearby Normal Heights. Wrapped it all up and kept it with me all day until I found a good place to drop it off.

While out doing some grocery shopping at a local and very crowded market with long lines and a full parking lot, I decided to place it simply against a light post right in the parking lot to brighten the end of someone’s shopping day and weekend.

Affiliated Agent Bruno just emailed me another mission, so keep an eye out–I’ll be posting it soon! Thanks, Affiliated Agent Bruno! SO glad to have you aboard!

Secret Agent L

Secret Agent L says, "Be Kind. No Exceptions."

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Apr
11

MISSION: You Are Unrepeatable

Last week I had three speaking engagements in approximately 24 hours. I was one busy secret agent!  I had the opportunity to speak to middle school and high school students, members of the Western PA Multiple Sclerosis Society, and members of AARP. It was delightful!

One of the things I stressed in my talks was that each person in the room is unrepeatable. Yes, unrepeatable. What a powerful concept! So when I opened up my inbox and saw Affiliated Agent J’s mission, I knew it was perfect for today.

DATE:
Thursday, 16 March 2011

OPERATIVE:
Affiliated Agent J

LOCATION:
bus stop
University Heights
San Diego, California

TIME:
6:00 p.m.

Laura! First mission DOWN! WOO HOOO!!

I completed this mission in University Heights, in San Diego, CA. I bought the Starbucks card awhile ago to use for a mission, but I hadn’t taken the time to prepare for one. I figured I’d know when I “needed” to do the mission. The week I did it, I was feeling more stressed than usual, and I thought about all of the people who don’t have the support system I have. BINGO! I decided it was time to cheer up someone else. I pulled this card out of my card file, because its positive quote was perfect for my mission.

I was driving down a busy street on March 16th at around 6:00 p.m. to pick up a friend and saw this bench at a small bus stop with no one sitting on it. Perfect. I took a few snapshots and took off. Loved it. I’ll be back!

Thanks so much, Affiliated Agent J, for reminding us that we are each unrepeatable!

Secret Agent L

Secret Agent L says, "Be Kind. No Exceptions."

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Apr
5

MISSION: Eight is Enough–or not!

I receive many emails from individuals who live in and around Los Angeles, and they consistently say that the city is in desperate need of kindness.  Affiliated Agent Y decided to take it upon herself to do eight acts of kindness–she knows how much the city needs them!

DATE:
Thursday, 17 March 2011

OPERATIVE:
Affiliated Agent Y

LOCATION:
various
Los Angeles, CA

TIME:
throughout the day

Today was the day. :)

I placed 8 different “treats” in areas around Los Angeles with your biz card & the following poem:

HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY!

I wish you the following:

May there always be work for your hands to do;

May your purse always hold a coin or two;

May the sun always shine on your windowpane;

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;

May the hand of a friend always be near you;

May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

NOW, PAY IT FORWARD…PUT A SMILE ON SOMEONE ELSE’S FACE TODAY!

I hope each of these made the person who found them happy.

Attached are photos.

Thanks for the idea!

Secret Agent L

Secret Agent L says, "Be Kind. No Exceptions."

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Mar
5

MISSION: Spreading Love in Livermore

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, yes.  But love–shown to all our fellow human beings–never goes out of date.  This lovely mission came into my inbox just a couple days before I took my sabbatical.  Now that I’m back, I want to share the love.

Even in March.

DATE:
Monday, 14 February 2011

OPERATIVE:
Affiliated Agent A

LOCATIONS:
bus stop, downtown, Starbucks
Livermore, California

TIME:
between 5:25 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Affiliated Agent A and Sidekick B wanted to do something on Valentine’s Day for some of our fellow citizens and let someone know that they were “loved” today and always.

We filled four bags each containing a small notebook with two pencils and a pencil sharpener. The bags were covered with Valentine’s stickers and a card.

This was the first mission for Sidekick B. Sidekick B decided where two of the drop off locations would be. Sidekick B was very afraid about getting caught. It was amusing, since Sidekick B stayed in the car and told Affiliated Agent A were to place the bags.

One drop off location was downtown. There is always a lot of foot-traffic at night, so we figured this would be a good place to watch and see if someone picked up the bag. There must have been about 30 people that walked by the package either looking at it or just not noticing at all. It seemed that the children noticed the packages immediately, but the parents kept going and calling the children to go with them. We had a wonderful time trying to figure out who might find it. On Valentine’s Day, the city allows horse carriage rides that go through downtown. It was “oh so nice” to see this as we waited. It was starting to get dark and still no takers. We had to drop off two more bags so off we went.

Sidekick B wanted a cup coffee so we stopped at Starbucks. Affiliated Agent A left a bag in the restroom and Sidekick B left a bag on a table just outside the entrance. We waited in the car while sipping our drinks to see if anyone noticed the package outside. No one did, so we decided it was time to go home.

I hope that there was a little more love spread throughout our home town and everywhere yesterday.

I’m sure there was, Affiliated Agent A (and Sidekick B!). Thank YOU for choosing to spread it.

 

 

Secret Agent L

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