The Kindness Podcast Episode 24: The Magic of Kindness

Taffy. That’s what my brain feels like every time I spend any time with James David.

James is an illusionist, and he’s a good one. I’ve seen seven-foot college basketball players scream like 2nd graders after James has made a card appear in a hat across the room or left an imprint on one of their fingers.

It’s wild.

My brain can’t wrap itself around the tricks happening and neither can anyone else’s. We find ourselves wondering if this magic thing is actually real.

Like all awesome things, they become more awesome when we share them with others.

That’s why James combines his talent for trickery with his love of sports by offering team-building and emotional intelligence training. He’s worked with teams like the Portland Trailblazers, UCLA Bruins and the Ohio University Bobcats. 😉

Here’s what he has to say about what he does:

“Whether I am on stage performing levitation or am on the street challenging people’s reality; I demonstrate and teach everyone how to make magical moments for people in their own life.

My brand of ‘Meaningful Magic’ utilizes the principles of servant leadership to inspire, inform, and motivate audience members to reconnect with people; to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others.” 

Check out this video (and others on youtube by typing in James David Simple Acts of Magic):

And then listen to Episode 24 of The Kindness Podcast on itunes, google play or NPR, where James talks more about the magic of kindness and gives us a tip for increasing our own emotional intelligence with what he calls the “What’s up?” moment.

Keep an eye on his website,, for information on the upcoming release of his new book on emotional intelligence.

And finally, may we always remember the real magic in life is in the power of one act of kindness to reroute a bad day.

Get into the garbage can

I was about 11 when I started wearing makeup. Full on, entire lid covered, bright blue metallic eye shadow. My girlfriend and I wore it day and night for three weeks before our jazz dance teacher told us we couldn’t come back to class until we had agreed to a costume change.

After that, I was big into wearing anything I could find in my older sister’s closet. She was off to college, so I figured everything left in her bedroom was fair game. I would cram my size 8 feet into her size 6 shoes just because they had a glamorous two inch heel.

Man I so wanted to grow up.

So here I am, with a drawer full of makeup (yes, I still own blue eye shadow though I never sport it), a closet full of heels (which I take every possible measure to avoid wearing) and most people would agree I’m all grown up — which is the problem.

Somewhere in my continual effort to mature, I was successful. Too successful.

I became an adult who forgot how to let loose like a kid.

Are you with me? Did you drink the adult kool-aid too?

I was reminded of the flat out fun of being playful and creative and kid-ish last night at Lowe’s.

Yep, Lowe’s.

I needed to buy a new garbage can and I’ve been putting it off for weeks because it sounds hard. And boring. And expensive. And adult-y.

Besides, it’s like 4 miles from my house and there are 150,000 potholes between my door and Lowe’s. I have to mentally gird my loins for that kind of dodgeball.

Alas, last night I found myself with two teenage girls in the car and 35 minutes to blow before I dropped them off. So what better way to do a terrible task than with two kids moaning about how terrible it is?

Only they didn’t moan at all about how terrible it was. Instead they did this.

One girl got in the garbage can to test it’s durability and the other rolled her around the store, right up to the checkout where we scared the bejeepers out of the clerk and all the other customers.

It was epic.

I was 13 again. Only without the acne, drama and Guess jeans.

I thought I’d share that little story with you on the off chance that you’re feeling a little too grown up for your own good. Maybe today as you go about your business you’ll find a moment or two to break free— jump into a garbage can and giggle.

The Kindness Podcast Episode 23: Jewelry with a Purpose

We can stare at the major issues in this world — hunger, poverty, violence — and feel like we’re looking into a black hole. Then that terrible question pops into our heads, the one that threatens to derail us from doing good and paralyzes us into doing nothing at all.

How could anything I do make a difference? 

Krysten Case fights off that mentality as she fights human sex trafficking with her own personal mantra: one drop in the bucket. She continues to add one drop of love, one drop of kindness, one drop of support to those who have been victimized and she’s doing it one piece of jewelry at a time.

Krysten makes beautiful jewelry by hand and sells it on Etsy. She then gives the money to Freedom a la Cart, an organization out of Columbus, Ohio that gives survivors practical job training and a safe place to heal. Krysten says for her, it’s not about the money, it’s about the conversations that are started when someone says, “Oh I like your necklace!”

Krysten shares her passion for the cause in Episode 23 of The Kindness Podcast and reminds us that each drop in the bucket does indeed make a difference.

You can listen now on Stitcher or wherever you find your favorite podcasts.