This week Awesome Stories brings you human books, children at play, love at work, and special athletes.
This article really resonates with me. I’ve often wondered whether kids are being pushed too hard to excel at school, grades, and sports. According to Luis Fernando Llosa, children are being robbed of their childhoods. His article explores the growing body of evidence showing that the early push to excel is creating kids who don’t know how to relax, connect socially, or make creative choices. All they know how to do is what they’re told by parents, teachers, and coaches. Plus, watching the lifestyles of friends and family members, I feel a great sadness that we don’t seem to allow kids to simply be or play. Most of their time is structured with either achievement-oriented activity or TV, video games, and phones.
The Human Library
I love this project that started in Denmark to help challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. Very cleverly, the organizers have created a positive framework for dialogue on challenging topics like being transgender, refugee, homeless or some other misunderstood group. The Human Library arranges to have a group of volunteers from marginalized groups act as human books at a library or public event. Library patrons “check out” different books (people who want to be better understood) for a two-way dialogue. The intention is to create better dialogue and understanding between all people!
“Shakti Leadership is not about using people for your objectives, but about serving them and being a good steward of their lives.”
I love this article on integrating love at work. Authors Nilima Bhat and Raj Sisodian discuss how to establish love and caring in the workplace, based on their book, Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Energy in Business. I know I’ve yearned to work for a company that truly cared about its people and demonstrated it with their actions. I’ve just started working at the local Whole Foods Market, one of the companies referenced in this article. One of their 8 core values is supporting team member excellence and happiness, along with others like offering high-quality foods, environmental stewardship, and nourishing customers. I’ll let you know how well they demonstrate their values. 🙂
Aaron Fotheringham is one of a growing number of people with disabilities who demonstrate that we don’t have to be limited by our challenges. Aaron was born with Spina Bifida, resulting in numerous surgeries and no use of his legs. And yet, he has never let that keep him from doing the things he enjoys. His early fascination with skateboarding led him to try similar tricks in his wheelchair. His passion and dedication have led to a paid career at a WCMX Athlete and holder of several world records! His goal is to change the way people (both disabled and not) view their challenges. Way to go Aaron!
Aaron makes it hard to use my challenges as excuses for not pursuing my dreams. Shall we rise and shine?