Awesome Stories 352

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!

Gratitude Practices and Benefitsgratitude, Awesome Stories

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. 


41 thoughts on “Awesome Stories 352

  1. Beautiful stories. I admire what Sarah Silverman did. That was high class and has even taught me something about the compassion I can give to trolls. 🙂 That’s also really neat about what North Face does, as well as the third story here with practicing gratitude. Good stuff!

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  3. Wow Brad, what a great Awesome treat this week my friend, I read in full what Sarah Silverman did in showing that man some compassion. Just shows you how ‘The Ripple Effect!’ works my friend 🙂 Gratitude is also a key principle that enables us to value what we have. I have yet to watch the video but I have saved to my To Watch List..:-) Something I will look forward to watching later today..

    Sending mega Hugs my friend, Thank you for always being there in your own love and support of my own posts.. Have a super day 🙂 ❤

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  5. Another great post Brad!! The Compassion article was incredibly moving…actually gave me goose bumps reading through the tweets….wow…wow…can I say wow!! Great example of the power of compassion. Also wanted to comment on gratitude…gratitude is the doorway to peace and joy!!

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  6. Chris says at the end of the clip: “Whoever you are, whatever you’re good at, you get out of bed every morning and do something.” A call to action, indeed.
    As usual, the stories you share are awesome, Brad. Uplifting. I couldn’t read the Washington Post article, but how many times have we wished we could have taken a deep breath and replied to an antagonist with compassion, instead of anger. Good for her!

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  7. Gratitude is not a high-standard moral behaviour, but an internal fruit that’s developed. Amazing video. Honestly, writing the good things is good but also we must be grateful by the bad things since they help us to mature

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