See yourself as we do. We see you as beautiful inside and out. Let your beauty reign.
Chad Brown, a former war zone soldier who suffered from PTSD, found solace and salvation in a river. His organization today helps fellow soldiers, inner-city kids, and others find peace in a wild place.
These four year-olds are not sisters but they are twins. In their eyes, aren’t we all? In their mind, we are all connected in more ways than ever imaginable. This video tells their story and gives us pause about what connects us all.
What comes to mind when you hear the words ‘Standardized Testing’?
Perhaps an image of children being shuffled down a conveyor belt in a factory, one after the other, perfectly the same. No differences, no unique characteristics or fresh ideas. Simply cardboard cutouts, coming down the line, each with the same nose, the same eyes, the same mouth and sadly, the same minds.
Although a little dramatized, essentially, that is what these ‘Standardized Tests’ are aiming to create in the United States. However, just like Einstein said, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
How on earth can all of these little personalities, quirks, and talents be shoved into one multiple choice test? How can a child who sings like Whitney Houston and another child who dances like Michael Jackson, be scored equally on the same test? Especially considering that one of these children may also excel in reading, and the other in math.
If nothing else, look at the figures. Finland ranks #1, and we are #29. This is about where Finland was until they decided to focus on bettering their students, by offering them a better quality education that focuses on their needs, not tests.
We must allow kids to be kids and encourage them to find and use their unique gifts.
“I would like to encourage people to be kind to each other. There is so much need out there,”says Betty Copeland, newly elected Mayor of Bridgeville, Pennsylania. “I try to listen and that’s all I can do at this point is listen to them and hope maybe there will be some way of bringing people together to discuss their feelings.”
Here is to working towards more grassroots, community-based movements that put listening and kindness first. You can read all about Betty’s win and what she hopes for here.
“You can say it’s mine and clench your fist.
Or see each sunrise as a gift.
We’re gonna get it, get it together
I know we’re gonna get it, get it together somehow.
We’re gonna get it, get it together and flower.”
As you listen to this song, find one thing in your heart you can do today to make a stranger’s life better…bring them, you, and the world up and up.
Imagine if everyone went through their day with an open mind and kind heart. Imagine the world with people and communities that were there at any time to assist, with literally anything that you needed, in that moment.
The below social experiment is essentially a reflection of the very difference between egoism and altruism. It’s the difference between selfish and selfless. Society has become so guarded and fearful that some literally do not even know how to respond to the question that is asked in the video. Many just stare blankly, stunned and in silence, waiting to hear what the catch is.
How do we make the transition from offering a gesture of kindness to offering something meaningful? We must become genuine. In the end, small acts of kindness, delivered from a genuine and selfless heart, are what will make this world a better place.
Do something kind today, and do it with no expectations of anything in return. Do it from a sincere and selfless standpoint, simply to uplift another. In doing so, you very well could change the world, one offering of help at a time.
Spreading kindness and creating a more positive world for us all to live in never gets old. The impact that these types of projects have is inspiring. To see communities across the nation come together, in the name of good conversation, some laughs, and to brighten another’s day, is simply beautiful.
For more information, or how you can become involved, visit the #thekindnessrocksproject site. Learn how you can get started on paying it forward, spreading kindness, and discovering nature and your community, all at the same time! What a great project!
Where do we find love? You never know. Where can you give love? Where you are right now.
After years of deep research, months more studying data, and then applying what they learned, Google discovered that the key to successful teams is having team members who are….
Put another way, Google found that psychological safety–in the form of kind, considerate, and collaborative co-workers–made for the most productive, rewarding, and successful workplaces.
Check out this easy to read article about it!