Awesome Stories 393-Holiday Edition
Welcome back to Awesome Stories. I’ve been feeling the pull to do at least one more collection for the holidays. I can’t promise that I will continue this series as it is very time consuming and I started my new part-time job this week. I’m back doing food demos, this time inside Wal-Mart stores. This marketing company seems more professional and I like my manager. Hopefully, this will be a good match, at least until I decide whether to work a few more years or retire in May. It’s important to keep hope alive, especially during our darkest hours. Many of you have helped keep that hope alive for me during my challenging times. I appreciate the love and support so many of you have given me. Thank you! Then we must add some goals and action into the mix. Maybe together, we can make 2020 a year of thriving or at least turning things around. The world certainly needs our help, hope, love, and action.
Compassionate Intuit Parenting
I’ve not been a parent, so I might be off the mark, but this article really struck a chord.
They never acted in anger toward me, although they were angry with me an awful lot. Jean Briggs
How Intuit parents raise their kids to deal with anger. They don’t scold, yell, or punish a child who acts in anger. They simply ignore it and SHOW with their actions a better way to respond. And they often do this with stories and questions. The Intuit parents are incredibly gentle and nurturing. They operate with the Golden Rule to never yell, shout, or respond to a child in anger. When a child acts out, they view it as a call for help and the parent’s job is to figure out what they need. Again, this strikes me as an incredibly wise and compassionate way to parent. I bet many of us would benefit from this approach even as adults with our friends, family, and co-workers.
Parents who control their own anger are helping their children learn to do the same. Rather than punishment or disciple, traditional Intuit parenting would use stories and questions to guide the child in responding in a better way. Modern research is showing the value of storytelling to impact and even rewrite our brains. Stories that are personal and emotionally compelling have more impact. To learn more about the power of storytelling, read this article by Paul Zak called why your brain loves storytelling.
Good News from Around the World
Here is a fun collection of positive stories from around the world. I like the playful tone of the article and the colorful illustrations. It reminds us that despite the challenges that are highlighted in mainstream news, the world is full of good people doing good things. Much like the reasons I started Awesome Stories, the creators started The Happy Broadcast to remind us that we are progressing on many fronts around the world despite the fear-mongering headlines. May our hearts be merry.
Kids and Their Dogs
I love these photos. Russian photographer Andy Seliverstoff created this delightful collection called Little Kids and Their Big Dogs. The love and genuine connections shine brightly in this gallery of images. Andy takes time to make sure he gets to know his subjects, highlighting their personality and bond. The compelling images tell a story of love shining brightly in photons, no words needed. Enjoy the show!
May we remember to enjoy the season, making time to simply be, love, play, feel gratitude or share some stories!
Happy Holidays! ⛄🌲🎅🎄🎁🎉