This week Awesome Stories brings you cave digging, volunteering, a child prodigy, smiles and compassion.
Cave Digging Art
Ra Paulette has a passion for digging caves. What we find inside are elaborate works of art that take years to complete. Watch the video for a look at this awesome work. I find them beautiful and would love to visit, though I can’t help but wonder about the environmental impact of digging such large caves. Due to a recent documentary, Ra is becoming known and actually selling the caves! Enjoy!
Organizing All Hands
After being deeply touched by the disaster from the tsunami that ravaged southeast Asia in 2004, David Campbell decided to see if he could help. What started as a simple desire to help, led to a trip, then months of volunteering and eventually grew into a new passion for service. David thought he would be a solo volunteer, but his management skills were put to good use, as he became the one organizing the volunteers. He repeated the process after hurricane Katrina, and eventually started his own group called All Hands Volunteers with the simple mission to offer sustainable disaster relief that helps communities rebuild while empowering volunteers. Beyond helping 45,000 families in 45 projects around the world, the volunteers are often transformed too, finding new career paths aligned with service.
Child Prodigy on Piano
There seems to be an explosion of young children with great artistic talent, some of whom I’ve featured in my Awesome Stories. Today I’m sharing a video of Cheryl playing Mozart’s Fur Elise. Besides playing a beautiful rendition, she is a cute and composed 5 year old. Wow!
The story of Gitanjali Babbar and her work in the brothels of Dehli, India is amazing. Her courage, compassion and dedication touched me deeply. What started as health research has become a burning passion. Gitanjali started a non-profit that is transforming the brothels of Dehli into centers for learning and community, creating safe spaces for the women and children to come alive. Read her inspiring story and how deeply she is committed to helping these women.
Smiles to Brighten Your Day
This is a lovely reminder to let your smile or kindness brighten the day for others. Kristi Jojedlicki writes about a man who routinely took the time to smile, ask questions and demonstrate real caring for her. ‘James’ met her one day when it was raining with no apparent concern for getting wet. When Kristi asked what he was doing standing in the rain, he said “making sure your day got off to a good start!” If we’re lucky, we have one or more people like James to brighten our days. If not, consider being the one who brightens the day for others with your kindness and smiles. 🙂