102 years of wisdom: Calgary man shares his story through ‘kindness-gram’

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WATCH ABOVE: A Calgary man with more than a century of priceless life experience is sharing his wisdom during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Lauren Pullen reports, it's all part of an initiative to spread a little kindness – Oct 9, 2020

Already 102 years long and still unfolding, we could all learn a thing or two from Dan Enslen’s life story.

He’s lived through the Great Depression, fought with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War and overcome previous pandemics — he was born during the outbreak of the Spanish Flu.

So when the Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society reached out to him to share a few inspiring words as part of a city-wide kindness campaign, he didn’t hesitate.

The society started the free “kindness-gram” initiative in the spring to spread some smiles and uplift people during the pandemic. Some 300 people have sent out special messages to family, friends, front-line workers and seniors.

“A kindness-gram is a simple way to send a thank-you to someone,” said Jessica White with the Calgary Seniors’ Resource Centre.

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“We want to celebrate the kindness we see in our neighbourhood. We want people to feel empowered to recognize that and celebrate it themselves.”

Anyone can send a kindness-gram by writing a simple message online.

Then, once you press “submit,” comes something making the note even more special — a personal touch.

“I was writing them all out by hand, so I got to see all the kind words that came in,” White said with a huge smile. “It’s really special to see all those kind words in such a hard time.”

With more than a century of priceless wisdom, Enslen has his own insight as the world is still full of uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“I’m not sure for how long, but I’ve been here for 102 years. We always managed to get over disasters and tragedies,” Enslen said.

If you would like to send a kindness-gram, click here.

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