This week Awesome Stories celebrates fathers with Dad life, inspired leadership, Minka, prison reform and finding our gifts.
Here’s a fun video to kick off our celebration of father’s around the globe. Thanks for all you do. Sometimes it’s being a role model, reading a bedtime story, paying the bills, providing a home, or just being yourself. Thank you to fathers everywhere.
This is very inspiring and heart-warming for me. Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler created a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from hiring employees, vacations, work/ life balance and more. His model looks for and rewards the wisdom of workers. He also helped set up a similar model for a couple of schools. Students and employees are encouraged to explore their passions and find their own wisdom. What if companies, schools and governments were run like this? What a beautiful world it would be! Read more about how to run a company with almost no rules.
Davina Pardo created this engaging documentary about two men who restored a 250-year-old farmhouse in Japan. It is a touching story and reflection on friendship, tradition, memory and home. I found myself very pulled into the story, pace, music and cinematography. I hope it touches you as well.
More Prison Reform
Here is another inspiring story about prison reform. Brian Bergman discovered a passion for teaching yoga to prison inmates in South Africa. He co-founded, SevaUnite, to teach yoga and serve the prison population. It was a long process to get the prisons to allow his group to teach yoga inside the prisons, but now they have found both supporters and success. Yoga gives the inmates tools to deal with negative emotions, habits, and behaviors to enhance their well-being. Their Prison Freedom Project has now spread to staff and inmates at other prisons around South Africa. Brian has a vision for the government to back the programs as a simple and cost-effective way to help inmates and reduce crime.
This is a very heart-warming story about V. R. Ferose, and his mantra that Everyone is Good at Something. He discovered a passion for championing those with different abilities. Already an inspired leader as a manager, he found his real passion and purpose after the birth of his son Vivaan, who was diagnosed with autism. His search to understand Autism led to becoming a champion for differently abled people. He pioneered a radical commitment from his employer, SAP, to hire 1% of their staff as people with Autism. I love the premise of this article that we all have gifts to offer. How wonderful if we organized our world to look for and creatively use those gifts!
What gifts has your father given you?
Even those of us with less than ideal childhoods can find something good in our fathers. My father was mostly absent in our lives due to shift work, poor social skills and drinking. And still he fathered me, coached my little league team, provided food and shelter, and seeded my passion for photography. Finding forgiveness and compassion for my father has opened many doors in my heart and life. I am grateful for learning to express my feelings and communicate from my heart.
Happy Father’s Day!