This week Awesome Stories brings you forgiveness, art, simplicity, freedom and dancing!
This project of reconciliation in Rwanda is amazing. The story and pictures brought tears to my eyes. I’m delighted to know that these people who have suffered so much are being helped to reconcile their pain and past through this wonderful project. A non-profit called AMI is part of a larger project exploring forgiveness for the people of Rwanda. Read more about Portraits of Reconciliation. Prepare to have your mind and heart opened!
Image source: Pieter Hugo, NY Times
This woman reminds me that following your passions can happen at any age. Watch her stun the judges on Britain’s Got Talent. Great back story in the video of how she gave up her dancing to raise her family and then picked in back up very late in life.
This is a very cool idea to build a hydroelectric sewer that floats the ocean, cleaning up plastic waste while generating electricity. South Korean designer Sung Jin Cho submitted the Seawer Skyscraper in a recent skyscraper contest. I love how it powers itself with wind, sun and seawater, all while cleaning up the immense collections of plastic debris accumulating in the ocean. I hope this gets built soon!
I love how Pamela has turned her art and life into an outlet for service. Since leaving her corporate job to follow her heart, she has developed a passion for not only painting, but using art as a way to help people transform with “The Beautiful Project”. They bring both beauty and bread to people and causes that touch her heart. I love how she uses art to help people freely express and remind us that we are all artists, however that may look in our lives. I took a painting class once with a teacher who had the same gift for helping us express ourselves, free of judgement, simply providing a nurturing atmosphere for us to allow expression. Thank you Dvora and Pamela.
I believe that we must consciously choose simplicity and different ways of living in order to help balance the natural ecosystem and her natural capacity to regenerate. Most experts believe we are consuming resources and polluting beyond the earth’s ability to regenerate. This is part of the climate change phenomena, and probably the most important crisis/ opportunity of our lives. Will we consciously choose to live as a part of the larger ecosystem called earth or continue to treat the planet as a giant buffet to buy, gorge and exploit? I watched a series of TED talks that was depressing in the extent of the damage to the environment and dramatic changes needed. This is why choose to live simply with less consumption and materialism. What do you think? Can we shift in time to restore the earth’s ecosystems?
Some music touches my soul. I also enjoy singing and hearing great voices. Listen to this wonderful acapella rendition of “The Prayer” by Peter and Evynne Hollens.
I love how Sabriye Tenberken and Paul Kronenberg are helping re-frame people’s perception of being blind. They have led hiking expeditions for the blind, created a documentary called Blindsight and now schools for the blind. Part of the mission of their school, Braille Without Borders, is to help people consider blindness in a new way, as simply a difference, but not a limit or handicap. Their current project called Kanthari International, trains disadvantaged children to become social entrepreneurs. They look for kids who have a strong inner drive, the courage to challenge the status quo, and creativity to innovate. Here’s a nice article and video about them if you want to learn more.