This week Awesome Stories brings you kindness, dancing, pain, water and love.
This week, I’d like to share an inspiring story about a teacher and her kindness project. Camelia was inspired to start a project with her ESL students to see if kindness might be grown and cultivated in her school. Starting with the seed of inspiration, watered with kindness, and rooted in compassionate action, her students are growing brightly like beautiful sunflowers in the garden. Her students are thriving, while teachers and parents are being inspired to bring more kindness into their worlds. Read more about their beautiful project called Kindness – A Life Project at Du Coteau High School.
Pain as Compost
The universe has been reminding me to embrace my dark feelings and challenges. I’ve been feeling pain, anger overwhelm about my situation. Thankfully, I found this post by Kim about unblocking the dark feelings to free her creativity. It helped me realize that it would help to embrace and write about my dark feelings. Then I found this video called Don’t Give Up. May we find ways to embrace all our feelings, limits and human frailty. They may be the keys to our ultimate beauty! 😛
Laura Dekker is a great example of following your passions. Hers is sailing, growing up around sailing her whole life. I admire her courage, clarity and commitment ( all three can be challenging for me). Not for Laura. She was determined to be the youngest person to sail around the world solo. Laura even had to fight the Dutch courts to receive permission for her trip, deemed risky and even delusional by some. But her determination prevailed. In 2012, Laura set out in a small sail boat called Guppy to sail around the world. Again, she did it her way, with no follow boats and many stops along the way to enjoy her travel adventure. Her story has been made into a documentary called “Maidentrip”. And yes, Laura completed her trip and became the youngest person, at 16, to sail around the world. I hope to see the film.
SupaMan is Fly
I decided to let my wild out this week with this video by Naive-American Christian Parrish Takes the Gun. Like his name, SupaMan’s music is a wild, creative mashup of styles and talents. What do you think?
Put a Shine on It
This is a great story and reminder that when we put our love into something, we are transformed. An inmate named Birdman was asked to do manual labor for a violation that he didn’t actually commit. He started with resistance and anger, but gradually put so much care into the job that he transformed not only his anger, but the whole situation. I’ve always enjoyed cleaning and feel like I’m cleaning my energy while I clean the house, car, bathroom, etc. Put a shine on and see what happens. 🙂
Check out these cool nature-inspired towers that collect water from the atmosphere. I love how they use simple design and mimicry to create a better solution for the problem of clean water for many people in undeveloped areas. These first water towers were designed by Italian Arturo Vittori for villages in remote Ethiopia. They cost about $550 each and Arturo is looking for financial backers to build more.
What floats your boat? Any stories you care to share?