This week Awesome Stories brings you stars of wonder, better education, safe havens, compassion and getting unstuck.
This post by Steve McCurry reminds us how education can change lives, and maybe even the world using a poignant series of photos and quotes. I have great respect for teachers and appreciate their efforts to teach, touch lives and maybe help create a better world for all. Thank you teachers for the great gifts you provide. May we honor this noble profession.
A Journey of Compassion
This article explores what it means to be compassionate and 5 people who modeled compassion in a grand way that transformed the social and political landscape to change many lives. These five people showed us what we can do when we tap our inner resources of love, empathy and compassion in the name of helping others. I aspire to this kind of impact, and yet it’s important to remember that simple acts of kindness can make a big difference to one person. And if we do this even occasionally, we too are making a grand impact on the world. Give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it!
Our children in particular need a safe haven to grow and flourish. This young man is an inspiration in his work to create a safe haven for street kids in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kapeta Benda Benda makes nightly runs in a mobile van tending to the needs of street children. Having been an orphan who lived on the streets, he knows all too well the perils of that life. He talks to the children, discovering their needs, building trust and offering the services of ORPER, a French organization that provides food, care and shelter to children in Africa. Some of the children stay at the shelters, others simply come for meals, help or resources. They goal is to reunite the children with their families or teach them to be self-sufficient.
Stars of Wonder
Wow, this new video of Andromeda from NASA is amazing! NASA just released the largest photo ever. It’s made up of 411 images taken from the Hubble telescope! In the video, we travel to a 100 million stars on a journey over 40,000 light years. This certainly awakened beauty and wonder for me. Enjoy!
If you’re like me, sometimes we get stuck in our patterns of comfort, fear, analysis and routine. This article by Lu Ann Cahn gives us inspiration and good ideas for getting unstuck. She talks about being stuck after surviving cancer until she received a loving nudge from her daughter, who challenged her to try something new every day for a year and blog about it! Her boldness paid off. In Lu Ann’s words, she took risks, life opened up and new possibilities emerged. We can too. The best is inside us waiting to live boldly!
What are you doing to get unstuck and move in the direction of your dreams and goals?
I’m using my new sales job to practice presence, compassion and conscious choice. May we thrive together in 2015.