This week Awesome Stories bring you walking for love, the tip of time, soul food, and Earth Day.
Walking for Love
Matt Hopwood has spent years walking around the United Kingdom, collecting love stories from people he meets along the way. It started with Matt wanting to create more meaning in his life and build a base of connection and activism. After a personal revelation, he had the idea to walk around meeting people and providing them a safe space to share their stories. Matt believes (and I would agree) that love is the foundation for connection and social justice and built by sharing stories in a safe environment. This sharing of stories builds compassion, understanding, and connections across typical divides like age, race, religion, etc. This project has gone on for 7 years, during which time Matt has both shared and collected hundreds of love stories. Those stories have been crafted into a website and book called A Human Love Story to continue building connections and growing the project.
Most of us know the benefits of spending time in nature. If not, here is an article about How Nature Makes Us Healthier. Besides boosting happiness, time in nature has been shown to improve physical, mental, and emotional well being. Nature helps us reduce stress and feel connected to something bigger than ourselves. For me, time in nature is soul soothing and feels like coming home. I know my hiking and camping trips in National Parks were life-changing. Those treks gave me a new level of appreciation for the beauty, grandeur, vibrancy, and inter-connection of nature. During this Earth Day weekend, I plan to spend some time in nature, appreciating her many precious gifts. I believe the more we love and appreciate nature, the more benefits we receive. She has been very generous with me. Thank you Mother Earth.
The Tip of Time
Everybody alive today exists at the tip of time’s arrow, at the pinnacle of Being, the highest summit of evolution. ~ Nicos Hadjicostis
In this heartfelt article, Nicos Hadjicostis reminds us of our privileged place in evolution. We as humans are at the tip of time and evolution. No matter where or when we stand, we are literally at the leading edge of time. Today, we are more advanced with more power, knowledge, and technology than any other generation, with the opportunity to bless or curse the earth for decades. Nicos has a much more optimistic perspective; that simply being at the tip of time will bring awe, responsibility, and gratitude. I see too many signs of a human world in disarray, neglect, and despair. I hope that we collectively embrace the responsibility, power, and gratitude that he speaks to in time to restore beauty and balance to the world.
May your week be full of love, beauty, and nature. Happy Earth Day!