This week Awesome Stories brings you kindness, beauty, gorgeous sunsets, compassion and sustainable homes.
Compassion in Action
Fair warning, this is another tear jerker! This article portrays compassion in a very practical and touching way. Mia Tagano writes about learning to look with our heart, a lesson from her grandmother. She definitely learned the lesson and demonstrated it in a beautiful way, not only for her grandmother at a nursing home, but to her roommate Andrea. Read the article to learn how Mia touched Andrea’s life with her simple compassionate listening and connecting. I’d say Mia learned her lessons well. 🙂
Photo of Mia and her grandmother from DailyGood.com.
I love this post from Glennon of Momestry. She offers an inspiring lesson on what beauty means to her and how she is teaching her daughter to be beautiful from the inside, rather than pretty. I love how she shares all the ways that she fills up with beauty, including a wonderful wrap up with her daughter. As Glennon points out, too many women are taught to be pretty. Let’s be beautiful from the inside with our hearts, rather than chasing pretty appearances.
This article highlights a recent world record for solar cell efficiency at 44.7%. Most solar cells currently used are about 15-20% efficient, meaning of the sunlight that reaches the cell, 15-20% is converted into usable electric energy. Here is a good article about the different types and efficiencies of solar cells. Researchers at The Helmholtz Center Berlin, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Soitec, and CEA-Leti collaborated to develop the world’s most efficient solar cell. They are hoping to reach 50% efficiency, but already this allows solar to be much more effective at generating energy and replacing fossil fuels. Go solar!
Open to Kindness
This video really touched my heart, causing tears for its simple, yet profound act of kindness. Many people post videos about acts of kindness, but this one strikes me as incredibly compassionate and selfless. Thanks to Julie at Ramblings from Jewels for this great find!
More schools are using gardens as a great way to teach children about food, gardening and sustainability. Colorado has led the way in creating school gardens that actually feed their kids through the cafeteria. This helped start a garden-to-cafeteria movement with national conferences. Denver Public Schools worked with Slow Food Denver to create food-safety guidelines that have helped other schools create programs of their own. The trend is rooted in increased demand for local foods, new USDA guidelines that encourage more fruits and veggies and the Hunger-Free Kids Act that targets child obesity. I know Fayetteville has several schools with gardens as well as many community gardens that feed local citizens. In the Colorado programs, the kids are paid for the food by the cafeteria with the money going back to sustain the garden program. More than the money, kids are learning hands-on to grow, appreciate and try new foods.
Here is a spectacular collection of photos from Sydney, Australia. They recently had a sunset so gorgeous that almost everyone stopped to photograph and appreciate. Sounds like a shared moment of grace. Thank you God/ nature! If you love watching sunsets like I do, you’ll enjoy the show. 🙂
Why Green Homes Matter
This is a great article reminding us how and why our homes matter to the environment. Our homes are one of the biggest, most visible creations in our lives. Not to mention, one of the largest purchases we make. “Greening our homes” is a practical and important way that we can support a more sustainable world. I’m delighted to see how fast this niche is growing. Please consider letting your home and lifestyle reflect the need to live in harmony with nature.