This week Awesome Stories brings you work for the homeless, living your dreams, hi-tech farming, and not taking offense.
The world’s largest vertical farm just opened in Newark, New Jersey with plans to change the way we grow our food. AeroFarms hi-tech approach to farming grows about 70 times more food per acre than traditional methods. The crops are grown indoors in a refurbished factory using LED lights, stacked trays of seedlings, minimal water, no chemicals and lots of computers to automate all the systems. It sounds both inspiring and a little unsettling to think the crops will be grown with no soil or sunlight. I wonder if the crops grown this way will have the same nutrients and subtle qualities that science might not understand. And yet, I’m all for progress and farming that uses less land, water and chemicals. What do you think?
Work for the Homeless
Richard Berry, the Mayor of Albuquerque, created a program called “A Better Way” that might just help eliminate homelessness and panhandling. After spending time talking to homeless people around the city, he realized that most homeless people actually want to work, but just don’t know what to do. He decided to bring the work to them. A city van drives around the city, picking up homeless people and offering them day work to help beautify the city. People are paid $9 hour, given lunch, and even a place to stay if they need it. In its first year, The Better Way program has given out 932 jobs clearing 69,601 pounds of litter and weeds around the city. And now, leaders from around the country are asking for help setting up similar programs in their cities.
Living your Dreams
According to Barbara Sher, isolation, not attitude, is the killer of dreams. I love her reminder that we don’t need a positive attitude, just people to help us. Barbara suggests that we find out what we love, know our limits and get help overcoming them. She suggests having idea parties or success teams to explore what we love, our perceived limits, people who help us see beyond our viewpoint and the willingness to try new things. In the group, we share both our dreams and our obstacles. People love to help and can bring their experience, contacts and resources to our aid. Maybe it’s time to start a success team!
Not Being Offended
The fine art of not being offended is one of the skills for being a practical mystic. – Shemi Prinzivalli
This article is a great reminder to not take things personally. The author, Shemsi Prinzivalli, suggests that not being offended by what people say and do might be the magic door to happiness and a life of contentment. She reminds us that we all live life through our own filter of beliefs, feelings, thoughts and experiences.This means that what others say and do has very little to do with us. Getting offended is simply a miscommunication, and acting-out comes from suffering. If we don’t allow ourselves to be offended, it allows space for real empathy and connection to grow.
May we practice not being offended, bringing more peace and compassion to the world.