This week Awesome Stories brings you the Venus Project, compassion, Random Acts of Flowers, and healing our democracy.
The Venue Project is a bold project to redesign the culture of our world in a sustainable way that elevates the quality of life for humans while protecting the planet. The cornerstone of this dramatic shift is to make our planetary resources the common heritage of all people to be shared equally. Then apply technology in a positive way for the greatest benefit to people and planet. Jacque Fresco’s plan won an award for City Design & Community from the NOVUS summit in conjunction with the United Nations. He has also created a model village in Venus Florida as a testing grounds. Jacque believes that money has created an artificial stratification of people and culture that contributes to most of the world’s problems. I agree and would love to see money replaced by a resource based economy that benefits all people equally. What do you think about a resource economy and Jacque’s plan?
Be Kind to Yourself
This article shows the many benefits of being kind to yourself. What I really like is the idea that compassion is more important than attitude or self-esteem. Our pop culture puts too much emphasis on positive thinking, when in reality, compassion is more important to our long-term health and happiness. “People who are higher in self-compassion show greater emotional stability, are more resilient, have a more optimistic perspective, and report greater life satisfaction.” Compassion helps us deal with the challenges of life, including aging and disease. And the best news; compassion is a teachable skill. 🙂
Larsen Jay learned about the healing power of flowers firsthand. While recovering in the hospital from a traumatic fall, he was overwhelmed with support and flowers. Larsen realized that many people didn’t have flowers or support so he had the idea to start sharing the flowers. This experience led him to start Random Acts of Flowers where extra flowers are collected and repurposed (from weddings, memorials, events and more) to people in need. In addition to the flowers, patients receive support from the volunteers. They now deliver about 7,000 bouquets a month and are expanding to cities around the country. I would love to deliver flowers and kindness. Maybe I’ll explore how to start this here. 🙂
Healing Our Democracy
I love this article and much of the teaching from Parker Palmer. In this article, he makes the case that our democracy needs more looking within, not looking to politicians and systems to heal our country. By looking within and getting in touch with our hearts, we find ways to integrate the inner and outer, laying the groundwork to reach out to others in compassion. Specifically, Parker offers five habits for healing our democracy including unity consciousness, valuing others, embracing paradox, personal agency, and community.
May your week be filled with flowers, compassion, healing, and innovation.