This week Awesome Stories brings you the poetry of seas, feeding our dreams, creative schools, native bees and empathy.
The Poetry of Seas
This is a beautiful BBC video that touches my heart and reminds me that I have a passion for the ocean. Maybe it’s time to make a short bucket list of those things that really matter to me. I hope this video moves you too.
A friend of mine is doing good work with helping people understand the ways that they hide and keep from shining their light and moving forward with their dreams. Christi Daniels gave a talk at Unity recently, making a public commitment to stop hiding, and start sharing her gifts with the world. She helps those of us who are fearful, vulnerable, introverted, sensitive and cultural creatives find ways to get support, nourish our imaginal selves, and feed our dreams. I tend to hide in confusion, collecting more information and not making decisions. Would you like to join us in finding ways to act on your dreams?
I know personally how much space, light and nature can affect my mental and emotional states. I’m delighted that this knowledge is being used to design schools and education. This school in Japan offers students a much livelier space to learn and play, mixing the indoors with the outdoors. One of the wonderful features is a central courtyard designed to collect rainwater and be a place for kids to play in the puddles! The courtyard is also used for eating, ice skating and other games. The whole school is designed to be flexible, happy and connected to nature. Playtime!
The Truth about Bees
I learned a lot about bees in this article, discovering that we’re worrying about the wrong bees. Most surprising is that only about 14% of our crops are pollinated by honeybees. The 3999 native bee species are who pollinate the vast majority of our crops! It’s nice that honeybees are raising awareness of pesticides and the impact on bee health, but we need to pay more attention to the health of our native bees. Their numbers are way down, and more important to our food production and survival. Protect native bees!
I Wish My Teacher Had Known
This is a great project started by Kyle Schwartz to help her understand and empathize with her students. Kyle, an elementary teacher in Denver, had the idea to ask her students to finish the statement “I wish my teacher had known“. The answers were poignant and heart opening. The idea has gone viral as a wonderful way to encourage empathy. The author of the article, Lindsey Weedston, used it to better understand her friends and the challenges they faced in school. She makes a good point that our schools could do a lot better at offering alternative ways to address poverty, disability and illness in our education. May we learn the beauty of empathy to help cross the bridges of ignorance and judgment.
How has empathy touched your life?
Would you care to share something you wish your teachers, friends or parents had known?