This week Awesome Stories brings you kindness elves, town spirit, dedication, love, hemp progress, magic words and dancing dads.
I love this idea, and the elves are adorable! And more importantly, Anna (from the Imagination Tree) offers a great way to turn the elf sensation into a creative, caring game to teach kids the value of kindness. She created the idea of kindness elves last year as a way to engage kids and teach them values using positive reinforcement. Anna turns the elf fad on its head by focusing on fun, kindness and positive reinforcement using notes before to encourage and after to reward the behaviors. You can tell that she is a parent and teacher!
I love how this town supported local small business owner Avi Gandhi, who runs a convenience store in Levittown, NY. He is so dedicated to his customers that he works 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, even when his wife was sick. His caring nature has built strong relationships with his customers. When they learned that he might lose the lease on the store, they decided to hold a Cashmob to show him how much they appreciate him. Watch the video for the rest of this touching story.
This is a tough story to read, yet inspiring for this father’s dedication to his daughter. Even while fighting his own cancer, Tom Attwater is focused on raising £500,000 for his daughter’s cancer treatment. Tom’s brain tumour is incurable, but his daughter Kelli, has beaten her cancer twice. Since it’s likely she’ll need more treatment, Tom is focused on raising money for treatment. He has written a touching letter to his daughter, filled with fatherly love and advice.
This spring a farm bill was introduced that defines hemp as an industrial crop, finally making it legal to grow hemp in the US, after nearly 60 years of banishment. Legal, at least from a national standpoint for research. Now states are starting to follow suit with bills that would broaden the scope of growing hemp. The US will need to play catch up with countries like Canada, China and Europe in cultivating hemp for farming and industrial use. As I’ve written many times, hemp has amazing uses from food to building material, medicine, clothing, plastics, paper and soil remediation. Go Hemp!
Three Magic Words
Arun Dada and Mira Ba live their faith in a dramatic way. This story tells how they turned around an antagonistic relationship with the power of kindness and compassion. After buying their home, they were having trouble with a rowdy neighbor. Even after being physically and verbally attacked, Arun offered nothing but kindness to his neighbor. Arun persisted, and approached his neighbor with the idea that they greet each other with “Jai Shree Krishna” whenever they passed one another. The neighbor accepted the offer and they began exchanging this blessing whenever they saw each other. Nine years later, the relationship has blossomed. Jai Shree Krishna is a phrase to praise Lord Krishna, show respect, and witness the divine in each other.
Here’s a short fun video to get your holiday season rolling.
From my heart to yours, Happy Holidays!