This week Awesome Stories brings you gratitude, compassion, and environmental stewardship.
This is one of the most touching stories I’ve seen recently, especially as it highlights a very personal and powerful example of using communication consciously and compassionately as I promote so often on my blog. Sarah Silverman recently received a very harsh and ugly comment on her twitter feed. As a comedian known for her sharp wit and words, it’s amazing how she chose to respond. Sarah responded with compassionate and sympathetic tweets that started a whole conversation that the man says helped change his life. She recognized the pain under his rage and choose empathy as the way forward. She wrote “All I know is this rage — and even if you could kill him— it’s punishing yourself. And you don’t deserve punishment. You deserve support.” Then she used her network to help find the man support which he accepted and is now tweeting about how grateful and supported he feels!
A Legacy of Stewardship
I’ve always admired North Face and Patagonia for their environmentally conscious values in doing business. But I didn’t realize they shared a common history and how much Douglas Thompkins and his wife Chris have done to shape the future of eco-conscious business and stewardship on a grand scale. They created the largest conservation efforts ever in South America and the level of care and detail in their conservation plans are amazing. His passion for nature led him to high standards like the bodacious goal of giving half the land back to nature! They set a profound example of what can be done with inspired leadership and conservation. Thank you Doug and Chris!
There are so many benefits and ways to practice gratitude. Here are two approaches that I like. The first is to think of at least one specific thing you can feel grateful for right before bed so that you go to sleep with a sense of gratitude and comfort. The second is to use a jar to collect gratitude. The idea is to find things you’re grateful for and write them down on slips of paper to put them in the jar. Then periodically go back and reread them to remind yourself of the blessings and reinforce the feelings. This article explores how gratitude can contribute to peace and connection. When we acknowledge the benefit we’ve received from others and tell them, we help them feel appreciated and reminded that they matter. This also helps us recognize the value of others and motivates us to give back, creating ripples of gratitude and good deeds in the world.
I’m very grateful for each of you who takes the time to visit, read, like, comment, and connect on my blog. You constantly remind me of the beauty of blogging as a way to connect with people from around the world. Thank You!!!
May we acknowledge the beauty and benefits of our interconnection.