This week Awesome Stories brings you kindness, Landspeak, dreamscapes, heart-centered living and gratitude.
This is a wonderful story of kindness shared and multiplied. When Liz Woodward decided to pay for the meal of two firefighters to acknowledge all they do for the community, she never expected anything in return. The two fireman were very touched by Liz’s note and kindness. Tim Young and Paul Hullings posted their appreciation on social media to encourage folks to visit the diner where Liz worked. Then Tim and Paul found out that Liz’s father was a quadriplegic and Liz was trying to raise money for a wheelchair accessible van. They got back on social media and asked people to support Liz and her father. Within days, they had raised $70,000, well beyond the $17,000 goal.
Do You Speak Nature?
This article is both inspiring and disturbing. As a culture, we are moving further from nature in both our language and actions. Being a nature nut, I sometimes forget that most people don’t appreciate nature as I do. Many words for nature are being dropped from dictionaries each year, while new ones are being added to reflect our growing cultural orientation with the technical and virtual worlds. As Robert MacFarlane reminds us, words have power and rich cultural words for nature (Landspeak) can evoke our imaginations and deeper relationship with nature. Rich words like Blinter, meaning “the radiance of winter stars on a clear night.” I’m putting Robert’s new book, Landmark, on my reading list!
Talk about dedication to her art! Korean artist, JeeYoung Lee, spends months creating fantastical dreamscapes in her tiny studio. The sets are a labor of love when most would choose to use digital creations. She spends weeks or even months creating the scenes to photograph. Lee’s photographs are an attempt to share artistic reflections on her life and Korean fables. I find her images both whimsical and haunting. Enjoy!
Heart Centered Living
I appreciate the author’s aspiration to live a more compassionate and engaged life in service of solving world problems like hunger. Like Kentaro Toyama, I aspire to live a more heart-centered life. And like Kentaro, I fall short. Read his interesting reflections on making difficult decisions in the face of so many world problems and how much we can take on personally. I also appreciate his humility in acknowledging that he hasn’t gotten as far as he’d like, but the willingness to keep improving. As Kentaro stated, ultimately, it’s not about technological solutions, but how much we align our hearts, minds and will with helping others.
I’ve written about gratitude many times and sometimes even remember to practice! There is no doubt that I feel better when I practice gratitude and put my energy toward finding things that I like, appreciate and value. So why don’t I practice more? I don’t really know, but here are four good strategies to practice gratitude. I think I’ll practice #3 with more savoring. What is your favorite gratitude practice?
May we find more to savor and appreciate in our lives. blessings, Brad