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Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:00 am

‘The Kindness Diaries’ helps restore hope in humanity

LIFESTYLES EDITOR
Kali Bradford

 

What if you could travel around the world to see historic spots such as the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids of Egypt?

Without even giving it a second thought, I’m sure you’d be asking, “When do we leave?”

Now, what if I told you that in order to travel across the world, you had to do so by traveling via a motorcycle and only by the kindness of strangers — no money, but having to depend on complete strangers to help you accrue food, gas and shelter.

You’ve probably already put your bags back under the bed or in the closet.

In today’s world you might make it out of town on the kindness of your neighbors, but certainly not around the world.

But what if you could?

Well, according to global adventurer Leon Logothetis, people can.

He’s proven it through a television series called “The Kindness Diaries.”

I came across it not too long ago on Netflix and figured something that was based on documenting the kindness of others couldn’t be that bad.

Logothetis’ adventure begins in California. Before we embark on his journey, here’s a little background on the English-born adventurer, motivational speaker and philanthropist.

Logothetis began as a successful broker in London. However financially successful he was in his career, Logothetis said he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He then made the decision to give it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie “The Motorcycle Diaries.”

With just a back pack and a vintage 1970s motorcycle, he traveled all across the U.S., Europe and Asia with no money, food, gas or lodging – all of these things he had to receive from the kindness of strangers or go without.

While there were plenty of times Logothetis found himself sleeping in the sidecar of his bright yellow vintage motorcycle, he also received a plethora of kindnesses.

And, in turn, he gave back in a big, big way – as strangers showed him kindness, little did they know that it would result in a life-changing gift

Leon Logothetis embarked on a worldwide journey on a 1970s vintage motorcycle depending entirely on the kindness of strangers. The adventure was documented in a Netflix documentary now streaming.

in return.

From a homeless man from Pittsburgh who shared his blankets and food with Logothetis, or the doctor who would give free eye surgeries to a poor rural community in Vietnam, Logothetis found a way to give back to those who truly helped him and showed him kindness and generosity.

While it restored Logothetis’ hope in humanity, I have to say it restored mine, as well. While I know it probably didn’t hurt that Logothetis had a camera crew with him and I’m sure he told some of the strangers about his project, he does find himself in some situations where none of that mattered and it was truly someone’s kindness that helped him out.

These days the last thing the world today seems is kind.

Watch any news network, scroll social media or just listen while walking down the street and kindness seem like a long-lost artifact — Something almost from another time.

However, this documentary showed me that it’s still there even though sometimes you have to look hard for it.

“The Kindness Diaries” is currently streaming on Netflix. You can also check out Logothetis and his mission of kindness online at http://www.leonlogothetis.com.

Kali Bradford may be reached by email at tnlifest@lcs.net.


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