Where do we find love? You never know. Where can you give love? Where you are right now.
Ashton Eaton is a two-time Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist and world record holder in this event. What you may find in this TED Talk is advice on the perfect way to raise someone like him, to raise and Olympian.
“I never set out to raise an Olympian. I wanted him to experience his interests, without fear. I wanted him to find his greatness.” – Roz Eaton (Ashton Eaton’s Mom)
This is a story of a girl who made a difference and, in doing so, created good news. We believe that each and every one of us has this same capacity. What a different world? Make it so one step at a time. You and I can make a world of difference.
How do you explain privilege simply to those who don't see it? This video demonstrates.
Posted by Woke Folks on Thursday, October 12, 2017
Privilege does exist in today’s society. The question is whether or not you’re going to choose to recognize it, and if so, how do you plan to approach it from this point forward? How can we all come together, and close this gap? How can we strive to give ourselves, and our future generations, a fair race?
Hooray Cafe would like to shine the spotlight on an individual that is making a name for himself, in a big, BIG way!
IN-Q [Question Everything] is a National Poetry Slam Champion and multi-platinum winning songwriter. He is inspirational, knowledgeable, and simply unique in his craft. “Ultimately IN-Q writes to entertain, inspire, and challenge his audiences to look deeper into the human experience and ask questions about themselves, their environment, and the world at large.”
Watching the following video may be all it takes to feel IN-Q’s power. You quickly become captivated and just as intrigued, wanting more. Not only is he an amazing artist, he is also a representation of the bigger picture that we here, at Hooray Cafe have, of bringing forth a vision of working together with hearts and hands by acknowledging differences and becoming better because of them. We long to join and connect communities, all for the greater good.
IN-Q raps about us celebrating our differences and unique qualities–those quirks that make us beautiful–while acknowledging that we are also the same. When unity becomes a priority, on a local and global scale, the possibilities are endless and amazing. You can read all about IN-Q, his accomplishments, and upcoming events by following this link, and supporting some amazing causes that he campaigns for.
“To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person (or pet) you are the world.” – Dr. Seuss
Attention Pet Lovers! On August 19, 2017, ‘Clear The Shelters’ Day will be taking place once again. This nationwide pet adoption initiative is for one day only!! This year, there are more than 700 Animal Shelters/Rescues that will be participating.
It just takes one day, one movement, and a common interest to make a difference! Spread the word and look into the benefits offered! Many shelters will be offering low, and in some cases, NO adoption fees for a full day! If you have been considering adding a furry friend to your family, this is the day to do it!
Last year, this event proved very successful, with roughly 50,000 pets finding their forever and loving homes. Adopting a shelter pet is such a rewarding and fulfilling way to spread love to those that need it most. Remember, sometimes it’s the ones with the whiskers and wet noses that are in need of love just as much as us.
Oh, how incredibly sweet it is to see just how much each pet is in love with their new person. Each one completely ecstatic that they are able to walk out of there, once and for all! Finally, they will get the chance to go ‘home.’
If you’re interested and would like to see if there is a participating shelter near you, simply click on the following link. If you would like to see how you can help, visit Clear The Shelters Main Page.
Love truly does conquer all, as cliche as that may sound.
In this music video love is by far the main concept. The song is a representation that love can quickly become the solution to all of our trials, tribulations, and tests in life that we so easily give up on.
Love keeps us going, and is what gets us out of bed in the morning. Love is why we strive to do better, to long to find good throughout our journey in life.
The pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma) has played a role in presidental elections, insurance fraud and the well being of our lives, as well as the lives of our friends and family, for decades.
As the opioid epidemic continues sweeping the nation as it has for years, it seems that now more than ever concerned eyes are on the pharmaceutical industry. Although made from a humorous standpoint, this ‘Honest Ad’ campaign launched by Cracked about the industry could not be more true. Think about it, if they were able to cure everybody as they have led us all to believe for decades, they would have no business. We would all be well and no longer need them.
This epidemic has become so severe that one state has finally said enough is enough. Ohio recently launched a lawsuit against five of the biggest pharmaceutical manufacturers for personally causing the opioid epidemic. “We believe the evidence will show that these companies got thousands and thousands of Ohioans — our friends, our family members, or co-workers, our kids — addicted to opioid pain medications,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
You can find the full story and more at NBC News. It is definitely a topic that we encourage all to educate themselves on. Millions are suffering in one way or another due to prescription drug use, and it’s time the manufacturers explained themselves.
Life has this amazing way of overwhelming us with things we certainly didn’t expect, let alone ask for. However, life also has a way of rewarding us in ways we never thought possible. Life maintains a beautiful and perfect balance, that not too many acknowledge or understand. The best part? It does this balancing act, all on its own, without any assistance needed from us.
At times, we find ourselves overwhelmed, feeling completely defeated with the cards we are dealt. You know what they say: When it rains it pours and pours and pours, until our souls feel similar to something you might find in Seattle in October.
Sometimes, while caught in this emotional storm we often become confused, not by the circumstances at hand, but the emotions themselves that follow. We often find ourselves asking, “What is this I’m feeling and is this normal?”
Some might spend their morning weeping uncontrollably, in their car on the way to work, trying desperately not to mess up their eyeliner in the process. Any woman knows first hand how devastating it is to cry away a perfect eyeliner day, trust me.
The longer we hang on to the emotions and situation that brought them forth, the more they begin to transform. That is when the confusion and questions of our feelings come into play. Suddenly, the woman that was just sobbing in her car that morning, is now on the interstate blocking off an exit, honking furiously and letting the individual that cut her off know just how she feels.
This is the moment that our sadness transforms into anger, most of the time misguided and focused on the wrong person, for all of the wrong reasons. Now, the woman realizing just how many other cars she has held up feels terrible about it. Deciding to move, with her anger been expelled, she settles into the emotion of guilt. All of these emotions mentioned–sadness, anger, and guilt–are known as surface emotions, feelings that are shown but not the root of the cause.
In reality, all emotions, other than two, are surface emotions, simply just our reactions to what we are truly feeling within. We really have the ability to tap into two true emotions, that stem from our situations in life. The rest are simply reactions. In life, there is fear and there is the opposite of that, which is love.
Fear controls the parts of us that dislike the unknown or not having full control over a situation. Although what surfaces from fear usually seems to have more of a negative effect, that isn’t always the case. It can actually be a sign that your troubles and discomfort are near a head, about to come to an end.
One must always remember that just on the other side of what we fear is true bliss. The ability to look directly at what terrifies us and push through it anyway is something that sets our soul on fire. Conquering our own doubt gives one a sense of empowerment. It allows us to know that we are stronger than we think, and we find this strength when being strong is our only choice.
Then, we have love, which brings forth so many beautiful and uninhibited feelings to the surface. Love causes us to hold on just a bit longer when we hug, allows us to open our hearts just a bit more and smile when we think of somebody in particular. Love contributes to contentment, happiness, joy and liberation.
The below interview with Maya Angelou puts pure and genuine love into words. Often hard to describe, Angelou is somehow able to reflect on her relationship with her mother, and you can literally feel the love and bond that they shared. It falls from every word she speaks and shines so brightly through her smile and her eyes.
She allows us to realize just how powerful, and equally necessary, love is. True love, that is. When genuine, and from our souls, it does not boast, it does no harm, and it does not end. It uplifts us, mind, body, and soul, to peaks we never knew we could reach.
That is love. That is liberation and that is what life is all about. We can only be so blessed to experience this at least once in the time we are given to walk this earth. Always choose love.
This is what we have been saying! There is more good news than bad. More good deeds than violent acts. More kindness than cruelty. More trust than fear. Look beyond mass media to know the world.