Radafy Ranaivo has led an interesting life. Born in Madagascar in 1974, he played on the national Volleyball team there before joining the French Foreign Legion and eventually immigrating to Canada 20 years ago. When he's not driving a cab in Halifax, the former mixed martial arts fighter is the head trainer at 374 MMA, a gym in Dartmouth.
And for the last year-and-a-half, Ranaivo has been bringing smiles to his fares by presenting them with a brown leather notebook labelled "Book of Love."
As Aly Thomson explains in Metro Halifax, Ranaivo asks each passenger to write something positive in his little book. “With so many terrible things on the news, it’s good to remember the positive things," he told Thomson.
Since starting the journal in December, 2012, he's gotten hundreds of happy messages — poems, advice, illustrations — in variety of languages.
“I have learned to live one day at a time and to live it to the fullest,” said one message, from Roberta.
Eleven-year-old Tatyana offered this wisdom: "There is a little good in bad and a little bad in good."
Ranaivo told Thomson that the journal is his way of spreading love and positivity in his community. “We have to believe in good and give a chance to everyone,” he said.
Finally, we couldn't let a story about writing in books go by without sharing this gem from 1983:
Via Metro Halifax