This week Awesome Stories brings you helping hands, wonder, free food, building peace and cool music.
Ready Willing & Able is the brainchild of George McDonald. He started The Doe Fund after being touched by the plight of the homeless and how they were treated in New York City. For years, George had been feeding the homeless downtown, but he often had to fight the bureaucracy as well as the cultural norm to ignore them. He realized many of them were willing and able to work and simply wanted an opportunity, not a handout. The Doe Fund offers residency programs where people are offered room and board while working to rebuild their life and skills. They also have non-residency programs with counseling, training and veteran support. The underlying theme is offering people a chance to rebuild their life. It’s a touching story how George and his wife Harriet met, and later married, in large part due to their shared passion to help the homeless.
Rick Hanson reminds us that life is a miracle with so many opportunities to be amazed and full of wonder. Wonder has the ability to open our hearts, relieve stress and lift us above the daily drudgery. Rick states “Perhaps most deeply, being amazed brings you into a relationship with the inherent truth, mysteries and overwhelming gifts of existence.” Sometimes I fall into this wide open state when watching children play, stars twinkling or flowers blooming. What helps you fall into wonder and amazement? Here is a poem I wrote about awe called Starry Nights.
What a wonderful idea. A Belgium charity has installed and stocked two public fridges filled with food to help feed the needy. The fridges are open and available to people to take free food 24/7.
Seeds of Peace
Eva Armour helps build peace, one person at a time. She is a coordinator with the service group called Seeds of Peace. They bring together teens from conflict regions to inspire and equip them with the relationships, understanding, and skills to advance peace. She has been doing this work for over 14 years and admits that change is slow, but critical to helping individuals transform to build the framework for future peacekeeping efforts. I love how they bring together teens for open and honest dialog to build understanding and connection. Often the teens become friends and even consider themselves “family” after they go through the process together. To peace!
Native American Music
This group promotes the best of Native American music in order to spread wisdom, spirit and brotherly love. Their music and videos routinely stir my soul. I find the music, costume, dance and photography in this one are beautiful and mesmerizing. This video portrays the shifting nature of form as reflected in the creative way it was filmed. What do you think?