Masks and social distancing are an expression of kindness and care. We can have a flourishing economy with masks and distance-consciousness in place. The idea that we can’t does not take our into consideration our capacity for kindness and production each taking place at the same time. Remember, under the shelter of each other, people survive.
Coffee, Tea or Happiness?July 20, 2019
We sometimes forget that happiness or anger or sadness or joy is a by-product of what we are serving ourselves and what we are served by others. What and who are you serving?
Why Wrestle with Doing What is Right?January 27, 2019
Take two minutes to learn from a champion high school wrestler who is an example to the world.
When the Best You and the Best Me Show Up We All BenefitNovember 1, 2018
A question I often ask my kids is “Who benefits from what you just did?” I say lets ask the same question of this ad. Who benefits? Compare this ad below to the one just released by Donald Trump. When the best of us stand up, we all benefit. This ad encouraging Canadians to be and do more is a beautiful reminder of what we each can do. This is what #bethegood is all about.
Nature of HealingOctober 30, 2018
Whether the healing power of rivers, mountains, oceans, or forests, the healing nature of nature is undeniable. Find time to wander and wonder outside, in order to heal yourself and ourselves.
When someone expands their circle of compassion, we consider this to be invaluable and newsworthy. Hooray Cafe salutes the positive changemakers, those who see a void and then lift others by filling that emptiness. Watch this video about Ash Perrin and The Flying Seagull Project and you will be changed.
Is Your Image of You Our Image of You? We See Your BeautyOctober 15, 2018
See yourself as we do. We see you as beautiful inside and out. Let your beauty reign.
It’s No Wonder: We All Share the Same SoulSeptember 30, 2018
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.
How Finland Created the Best Educational System in the WorldSeptember 5, 2018
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.
Get it Together: Up and Up Live by ColdplayAugust 23, 2018
“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.