This week Awesome Stories brings you purposeful music, natural beauty, good neighbors, and the Dinosaur Princess.
Music for a Cause
This is a fun and inspiring story about a young man who found his calling by following his passions. Luc’s passions were unleashed at age six when he had a taste for big dreams, collaboration, and community building with a school art project. Later, he found a passion for theater and film-making. When Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, he felt he had to do something and took a leave of absence to volunteer. Once there, he realized that music was missing, so he started playing music at the shelters. This led to Luc creating a band called Luc and the Lovingtons to combine music and service. They are currently working on their third album and a world tour, promoting peace, joy, and love with music to awaken hearts.
Aaliya Sultana Babi is called the “Dinosaur Princess” by the locals of Balasinor, India. She grew up as a real life princess in her family’s palace. In her teens, Aaliya was fascinated by the dinosaur eggs and fossils discovered at a local site. Over time, the site became Balasinor Fossil Park, one of the largest and most important dinosaur sites in India, largely due to the passion and preservation efforts of Aaliya and her family. Currently, she alternates her time between touring and protecting the park and running the family’s Heritage Hotel for visitors to the park.
Photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have spent 30 years studying, photographing, and preserving the ancient cultures and tribes of Africa. This Bored Panda article, highlights the beauty and grace of the Dinka tribe in Sudan. The Dinka tribe are nomads who live simply on the savannahs of Africa, tending ox and grains depending on the season. The National Geographic video below highlights the history and beauty of body painting in Africa; considered one of the oldest art forms in Africa. What fascinates me are the variation of colors, designs, and reasons (usually a celebration of life) for painting their bodies.
I love this story about neighborly love. Pastor Steve Stone faced his fear of the unknown Muslim community moving across the street from his church. Pastor Steve and Heartsong Church opened their hearts and church to their new Muslim neighbors. Gradually, the two communities grew in their capacity to love and practice compassion as they’ve shared meals, blood drives, and many community events. In their words, their world got bigger and we became better people. Kudos. This is what being a good neighbor looks like to me!
May your week be full of compassion, hidden jewels, and joyful music. blessings, Brad