This week Awesome Stories brings you dancing to freedom, tree communication, remarkable kids, and a legacy of reform.
Dancing to Freedom
This is a remarkable story of perseverance. Refugee Ahmad Joudeh uses dance to create messages of peace. He has persevered beyond what most of us can imagine. Dancing is taboo in his native country of Syria. He was beaten by his own father, locked in rooms, threatened, and ridiculed, and yet he persevered. After a reporter made a documentary about him, the Dutch National Balet reached out to him and helped him immigrate to join their dance company. Today he uses his freedom to share messages of peace, gratitude, and unity with his world-wide family.
As we try to shelter and protect them, we discover that kids are remarkably resilient and that the things that help us to cope are often the very things that make challenges more bearable.
This article gives me hope for the future. Shari Swanson highlights stories of kids who are changing the world. They saw a need and set out to solve it. The kids in this article didn’t let the known, setbacks, or limits keep them from working to help their fellow beings. Unlike adults, kids often bring a fresh perspective, full of hope, possibility, and wide open hearts. May we learn from these remarkable kids.
The Hidden Life of Trees
I’m fascinated by the idea of trees communicating with each other. In his book, The Hidden Life of Trees, forester Peter Wohlleben gives a stunning account of trees hidden behavior. Trees communicate with each other by sending signals through their root systems, but this article takes the story to a whole new level. Trees can sense changes in weather or a leaf being eaten and then send signals that warn other trees. The trees might emit a toxic gas to make their leaves less appealing. Or the beautiful way trees communicate, connect, and support neighboring trees and plants. Additionally, trees can live after death, supported by nutrients from the roots of other trees. Read this fascinating peek into the secret life of trees.
A Legacy of Reform
Anthony Chavez has a legacy of inspiration. Not only is he the grandson of César Chavez who formed the United Farm Workers and led the movement for farmer’s rights. But he spent years working with Brother David Steindl-Rast, a man I admire for his passion and wisdom. Bro David reminds us that wisdom begins with wonder and curiosity comes from caring. It seems the legacy of those two men has touched him deeply and grow deep roots. Anthony spends his time inspiring youth around the country, helping them understand that they too can make a difference. And it doesn’t require a perfect organization or political system, but rather persistent participation. Anthony believes it comes down to having a conversation with people.
I’m inspired by young people like Anthony and the kids in the other story. They give me hope for the future.