This is the 100th week of Awesome Stories!
They were initially called Good News, but I changed the name to be more inclusive. Thanks for your continued support and readership! I hope these stories inspire you to live richer, fuller lives, especially as we move into the holidays and new year. This week Awesome Stories brings you kindness, real leadership, inspired singing, empowered land use, innovation and magic photos.
This video brings me to tears every time. I love the video for showing how much simple acts of kindness can impact us and spread waves of good throughout our day or community. Please consider starting your own kindness boomerang!
Boston is home to a number of innovative approaches to creating a local food economy. We have started on a similar path here in Fayetteville Arkansas with various food sharing programs. Residents of Boston’s poorest neighborhoods decided to grow their own food instead of looking to big business to solve the lack of access. What started as simply garden lots has grown into a growing network of food enterprises; with many growers, greenhouses, distribution channels, restaurants, composting and waste management. All from a few concerned citizens who wanted better access to fresh foods. Awesome!
Real Leadership for Change
This story sent chills down my spine. Wayne Mueller writes about what it takes to create real change. His story is about Walter Murray’s friend Marcus who had the presence and conviction to embody his values in a tough situation. Wayne believes real change will only come from people who seek, find and nourish the best of who they are. By living from this deep connection, they in turn inspire and change others. For me, it’s a tale of struggle, courage and presence. See what chords strike you.
I’ve always been touched by this song and love finding new versions to enjoy. Sometimes I even sing along. 🙂 Maybe it will inspire you too!
Bright Lights in India
This story is about a group of young men who decided to use their talents to help their country. After enjoying material success, they felt called to serve the large population in India without access to grid energy. Gyanesh Pandey and Ratnesh Yadavt set out to create cost and energy efficient power for the rural population in Bihar, India. They found ways to use rice husks in a gasifier to create local, small scale power units. Their main innovation is the creative use and integration of current technologies to be more efficient. They’ve also added side businesses that help them be more profitable and helpful to their customers. Husk Power has created 84 gasification units helping over 200,000 people so far. Here are other groups working to address the 1.4 Billion people worldwide without access to grid energy.
I hope these stories bring some magic, smiles and love to your heart.
Happy Holidays! 🙂