This week Awesome Stories brings you magic gardens, grace, cosmic perspective, beauty, mastery and love.
This is a wonderful story of a teacher who nurtured her vision to create a place of learning and community in what was once a barren school lot. When asked why she wanted to work at Oakland School, Mary Schriner answered “because your school looks like a prison yard and I’d like to change that.” I love the way she inspired and guided her students to become leaders in the school’s gardening efforts. Six years later, her program has become a model for ecoliteracy and creative learning, helping to transform both the food and teaching programs in the Oakland area.
Grace Under Pressure
Anne Lamott is a gifted writer with a talent for wise and poignant reflections on life.This article on grace nudged me to explore her latest book called Small Victories. Her reflections help us find grace in the midst of challenge as we live our messy and fragile lives. Here is one of the many poignant quotes in the book. This one is from a young woman who is dying of cancer.
I have what everyone wants, but no one would be willing to pay. “What do you have?”
The two most important things, …loving myself, and not being afraid of dying.
Pale Blue Dot
Here is a great video from the Sagan Series. When we step back to take the grand cosmic perspective, it helps to see the beauty and grandeur of life. A bigger perspective also shows the futility of wars, tyrants and fighting for a moment of glory on our tiny home in the vast universe of galaxies! Maybe this should be required viewing for all world leaders. XD
Mastery Through Action
In building on my commitment to action for 2015, here is a helpful article on using consistency to stop procrastination. James Clear writes about the power of consistent action to build the habit of accomplishment, which over time will build the mastery and results we want. His article is based on the life of Jerry Steinfeld, one of the most successful comedians, writers and actors of our generation. Jerry’s tip for comic success is to write jokes every day. James extrapolates that advice to suggest we need consistent action with tasks that are meaningful, yet simple enough to accomplish. To mastery through action!
I find these photos of trees to be breathtaking. Such beauty and majesty is captured by photographer Beth Moon. She obviously has great passion and patience. Beth Moon has been photographing the world’s oldest trees for 14 years to create a book that honors their ancient beauty. Visit and enjoy her beautiful portfolio.
Champion for Love
In overcoming his own pain, Marc Mero has become a tireless champion for empowering kids to make better choices. He has dedicated himself to helping kids understand the power of choice by creating a non-profit called Champion for Choices. Mark openly shares the impact of his good and bad choices, to show kids a better way to live based on love and empowerment. Watch this touching video that will likely bring tears.