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Amy's Reflections

October 29, 2015

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. - Aesop

Rick and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary on October 23rd. Interesting fact, my parents and Rick’s parents were married on October 23, 1965, so we were married on that same day 34 years later. If you quickly did the math in your head you would see that my in-laws celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past Friday. What an amazing accomplishment in this day and age to achieve. As I listen to all of the things they have encountered and worked through in their 50 years together I am inspired by their commitment to each other and to their vows. We had a party on Saturday and Rick prepared a video in honor of their anniversary. We recorded the grandkids sharing memories and sharing lessons learned from Nana and Pa. What a gift to be able to see the impact that these two people have made in the lives of their children and grandchildren.  

Maleigha brought home an assignment this week to write down a random act of kindness that she performed and then return the sheet to school. It is such a simple assignment that my first thought was great easy homework. However, when I paused to reflect about the actual lesson I started to really think about the random acts of kindness from a society perspective. Shouldn’t we all strive to go out of our way and do something nice for others just because. I thought that was basically the definition of Iowa nice right? However, as we go through our daily lives we lose sight of the impact we have on others and forget to just be kind. At any given point in time, someone in our system/family is struggling through a personal issue or simply trying to keep it all together. We should always remember that we have each other to gather strength from and to lean on when needed. One of the most valuable lessons I have learned from my in-laws is to never give up and to support each other through all the ups and downs of life. So, my challenge to you this week is to perform a random act of kindness and make an impact on those around you. 

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. -  Princess Diana


-Amy McDaniel, Belmond CEO



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