This week Awesome Stories brings you compassionate teaching, passionate service, inspired architecture, and inspired writing.
We have a brief opportunity to do the one thing – the RIGHT thing – to change the course of their life in a positive way. ~ Rob Miller
Rob Miller, a teacher in Oklahoma wrote this touching story about the responsibility as teachers to treat the children in our care as ours. In other words, to accept responsibility for their care and education as if they belonged to us. He calls for us to dig deep, offering kindness and compassion to all kids, especially the difficult ones. Rob calls this approach hugging a porcupine. Read this touching story from Rob about teaching a difficult student who turned his life around, and the passionate call to be better teachers.
Goutham Kumar left the corporate world to follow his passion for service. Gotham started an NGO called Serve Needy to ensure that no one in his city will go hungry. He and his volunteers work to distribute leftover food from businesses to the needy citizens of Hyderabad, India. But feeding the hungry is just 1 of 14 projects that Goutham is involved with! He also works to rehabilitate the homeless, serve cancer patients, provide personal care, smiles, love and blankets, plus they’ve recently added emergency ambulance services. Clearly, Goutham has a passion for service!
Inspired writing is like talking, an expression of one’s inner state of being. ~ Scott Barry Kauffman
As you may know, I aspire to inspire my readers with poetry, photos, and stories of human potential. I don’t know that I’ve reached the levels of inspired writing yet, but it’s good to know that good writing has the potential to impact and inspire others. According to research, the more the writers were inspired while writing, the more the control group of readers rated the poems as insightful, pleasant, original, and sublime! Inspired writing also tends to bring out awe and chills in the readers. I have that feeling occasionally reader other blogs or mystic poetry like Rumi’s. Another finding is that inspired writing (or other art), comes from our deepest inner truth and often resonates deeply with others.
Marc Kushner offers a passionate view of the future of architecture. Marc believes architecture is not about the building codes and structures as much as it is about the feelings evoked by a building. Marc wants to help ensure innovative new designs are driven by the public, instead of driven by the architects and builders. Social media and the speed of digital communication is what is driving this exciting trend in architecture. Watch his TED Talk (the last 5″ are the best) for a light-hearted view of what architecture could become with more feedback and innovation.
The Bahá’í Temple of Santiago, Chile, inspires me with its flowing lines, translucent materials and intention to be inclusive for people of all faiths. The project involved the collaboration of hundreds of people, computer modeling, custom glass, steel, and stone to create nine interwoven veils that frame an open worship space. The temple was designed by Siamak Hariri to be a sacred space and has won several awards for innovation. What do you think?
May your week be full of inspiration, compassion, and service. Blessings, Brad