cygnoir

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This coin is being handed off to our favorite neighbor on her fiftieth birthday, a small token to show our appreciation and recognition of the depth of her compassion and kindness. It had been a hell of a last year for her, and the new decade – both hers and the world's – will surely provide a new opportunity to grow forward and upward with the wisdom and sagacity of half a lifetime behind her. Because she provides so much luft to everyone around her, may the transfer of this coin generate a gentle breeze to return that momentum.

One year ago today, my coworker and friend celebrated a milestone in her life. She continues to inspire me with her strength and bravery. We can fly!

My first coin is going to an old friend who spent a short time working for me while he undertook his undergraduate divinity studies in a different state. Now a full-fledged pastor, he works tirelessly to advocate for those whose voices are suppressed – and I mean he works *tirelessly*. I don't have many spiritual beliefs, but one of the things I most respect about this coin's next owner is that his interpretation of "God" is so far beyond what is traditionally presented to us. He promulgates a progressive, selfless love and respect for humans, animals, and Earth that surely represents what religion was created for: living with kindness, generosity, and integrity. I hope this coin passes through his hands and takes along with it some of those qualities.

I was given this butterfly coin by a dear friend. I love butterflies so it was a great gift. Once I read more about the coin I realized I had to pass this on to another person and do an act of kindness. My first thought I don't want to give it way. Second thought what act of kindness can I do for another? So I thought and prayed about this. This morning I knew who was to get the butterfly coin. I have a very special family who's son/brother died on January 14th two years ago. I wanted to give them this butterfly coin to let them know I was thinking and praying for them.

I received this coin, along with four others, from my wife and best friend, a paradigm of thoughtfulness and generosity. She bought dozens to give out to folks and I was honored to start off with a handful. Can't wait to send this coin on its way to the next bearer and see what ground it breaks (or mends) along the road!

I received this coin, along with four others, from my wife and best friend, a paradigm of thoughtfulness and generosity. She bought dozens to give out to folks and I was honored to start off with a handful. Can't wait to send this coin on its way to the next bearer and see what ground it breaks (or mends) along the road!

I received this coin, along with four others, from my wife and best friend, a paradigm of thoughtfulness and generosity. She bought dozens to give out to folks and I was honored to start off with a handful. Can't wait to send this coin on its way to the next bearer and see what ground it breaks (or mends) along the road!

I received this coin, along with four others, from my wife and best friend, a paradigm of thoughtfulness and generosity. She bought dozens to give out to folks and I was honored to start off with a handful. Can't wait to send this coin on its way to the next bearer and see what ground it breaks (or mends) along the road!

I received this coin, along with four others, from my wife and best friend, a paradigm of thoughtfulness and generosity. She bought dozens to give out to folks and I was honored to start off with a handful. Can't wait to send this coin on its way to the next bearer and see what ground it breaks (or mends) along the road!

I am giving this to my dear friend Jan, who has shown me such generosity and kindness in the short time that we have known each other. She loves butterflies, and I hope this small token makes her smile!

I am keeping this coin with me for a very special occasion!

On the last day of 2018 I gave this coin and four others to my wonderful husband, the kindest person I have ever known. I look forward to reading about its journey!

On the last day of 2018 I gave this coin and four others to my wonderful husband, the kindest person I have ever known. I look forward to reading about its journey!

On the last day of 2018 I gave this coin and four others to my wonderful husband, the kindest person I have ever known. I look forward to reading about its journey!

On the last day of 2018 I gave this coin and four others to my wonderful husband, the kindest person I have ever known. I look forward to reading about its journey!

On the last day of 2018 I gave this coin and four others to my wonderful husband, the kindest person I have ever known. I look forward to reading about its journey!

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