If that isn't a story of hope, community, and love...well then I don't know what is. Happy Holidays!
Sunday, December 20, 2015
If that isn't a story of hope, community, and love...well then I don't know what is. Happy Holidays!
Friday, December 18, 2015
She took a photo every day for a year, and it changed her life. Now, she's spreading the power of gratitude to others. (via 365 Grateful the documentary)
Posted by Upworthy on martes, 8 de diciembre de 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
This guy Skyped his parents while skydiving! Via Hostelworld
Posted by The LAD Bible on jueves, 17 de diciembre de 2015
This is not being posted for the awe factor but for this guy's parents whose reactions are just hilarious! Need a laugh or a smile? How would YOUR parents react? Spread the joy!
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Elephants have big hearts (literally).
This Elephant Calf Stuck in the Mud Symbolizes All of Our Stru...
This elephant calf stuck in the mud symbolizes all of our struggleshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SauNUEw_OU
Posted by storyful on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015
A local barber took time out of his day Wednesday to help out RCSD students ahead of Picture Day!Read the story here: http://bit.ly/1O8w7sz
Posted by 13 WHAM ABC on miércoles, 28 de octubre de 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
“I won’t give you the gift of hating you” – Antoine Leiris’ powerful tribute to his wife, who died in the Bataclan during the #ParisAttacks bbc.in/1NbYE0q
Posted by BBC News on miércoles, 18 de noviembre de 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
I read a really good post from the perspective of a man named Eric, who spent nearly ten years trying to work his way out of poverty. It's his take on some of the main issues that contribute to being poor (in the U.S.) and how the situation might compare for people who are not poor. There are moments when I can just imagine some people who "have" saying "this is stupid, why didn't you just...*insert easy fix here*" but I really appreciate that he put all if it out there and then some, taking time to respond to those and other questions and comments in the commentary section which is usually riddled with not nice people. On this occasion, however, it seemed like a lot of people could relate not only to Eric's life but to his compassion. People commented, openly admitting their non-impoverished lives, and yet still were able to recognize and support Eric's theories and shoot down some people who just don't seem to get it even when they outwardly state some of the major flaws in their "comparable" situations.
Poverty is a compound issue because any issue that may be small for the "average" person is that much more expensive in dollars, in time, and in energy, based on the fact that it is generally not the only issue they have. I urge you to take a look at this, even if you already think you "get it" and even MORE so if you "get that people are lazy and are good at making excuses. (*note sarcasm)" A lot of poor people are too busy to make excuses. So do yourself a favor; Read the article, gain some new perspective, recognize what it's like to see or face all of these obstacles at once.
I was able to look at this list and relate to so many points, and I'm a college-educated middle class adult. I can only imagine what my life would be like if I didn't have people who supported me financially when I needed it in the past, or who didn't offer me shelter when I didn't have any money for rent, or who didn't encourage me and even take their own time to help me search for job opportunities when I was having a hard time encouraging myself and finding time to be able to work AND search for a better option. I can't remember what it was like to take care of my apartment alone, to make every meal on my own, and I can't remember a time when I didn't feel that I had a safety net in case something were to go wrong. I am so lucky...a lot of us are and I'm not sure that we all take the time or even think to realize it.
So this is a "thank you." Thank you to everyone who has ever helped me. Thank you to everyone who has ever taught me or showed me what it is to help others. Thank you to my husband for not making me do it all alone anymore. Thank you to Eric for writing about poverty from first-hand experience from "the other side" now that you've "made it out." Thank you to the people in the comment section for understanding, for recognizing that a split second can change an entire reality for people or that poverty can be your challenge from birth with generations of it built up.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
What happens when this girl gets bullied in public?... Watch to see & remember to #StandUP against bullying. #NationalBullyingPreventionMonthPosted by UPtv on viernes, 23 de octubre de 2015
Saturday, October 24, 2015
his story is not only to Jews. nor is it only to non-Jews...it really is to humanity...
We are fallible.
We are not perfect.
We are proud and arrogant and closed-minded sometimes because
we are human.
BUT, MORE IMPORTANTLY...
we want peace,
we want to be able to live
and to continue living
and we want that for others, as well.
We are not interested in making targets of others.
We are people that want to remember where we came from
and be supported
wherever it is that we are going.
We are interested in other cultures
and we do not take issue with their differences
if it means that we all can continue living.
This is not to say that there is not bad in the world;
if you are killing people
for whatever reason,
we are not supporting you.
Because it goes against our humanity
and everything that comes with it:
the desire to live,
to marry or not,
to have families or diverse friends,
and to exist.
If you rob someone's existence,
you are not respecting humanity.
And humanity is what we have in common
and humanity is how we can save the world from it's troubles
because humanity is nature;
it is us in our most natural state.
It is giving and kind and free and happy and it is LOVE.
If we love one another,
if we love the world and the natural beauty
that come from letting things be
and exist and to grow as they are
and not what we want them to be,
then we are exercising our humanity.
You may not like how we says all of this...
you may not like his reason for making the video in the first place...
but I can imagine there have been many moments
where you were at your wits end,
wondering how things were going to get better
when things were happening that were outside of your realm of understanding or seeming control. You didn't see the logic.
You were searching for the humanity.
This is it.
Understanding that we're all the same
and we are different
and that's ok.
Upholding all of the good in the world
that allows people to live
and to be free
Humanity is love.
Is it in you?
My name is Eitan Chitayat. And #IMTHATJEWThis has been simmering with me for a while.And I’ve been wondering when would be the right time to let it out.The time is now. Last year, after the Charlie Hebdo massacre went down in France, radical Islamic terrorists entered a kosher supermarket and gunned down innocent Jewish shoppers who were just out to buy some groceries. They were killed because they were Jewish – no other reason. The world remained largely silent. And look at anti-Semitism now. It’s 2015 and it’s everywhere you look. In the streets. In the media. In the classroom. It’s practically en vogue. Is this really what we’ve come to? Lest any Jew forgets – because of all the violence directed at us, the hatred, the incitement to harm and kill, the vile words, the missiles, the rockets, the knives, the rocks, the deafening silence of the world that we all feel right now – we should be proud of our heritage, accomplishments and spirit. Just like anyone else on this planet. And we shouldn’t be shy about it. Rise up, speak up and keep your chins up. We'll get through this because we love life and we're strong and smart and funny and beautiful and talented and resilient and educated and hard-working and positive and so much more. We’re okay. In fact, we’re more than okay. We rock. And here's a little reminder.Love and peace to all.#IMTHATJEW --------------------------------------------- Bob Dylan- Elena Kagan- Richard Dreyfuss- Jack Black- Alan Greenspan- Drake- Ed Koch- Gabriel Macht- Golda Meir- Randy Savage- Moses- Billy Crystal- Lou Charloff- Asaf Goren- Ben Gurion- Mark Spitz- Jeremy Piven- Yael Arad- Michael Bloomberg- Sergey Brin- Larry Page- Howard Stern- Sheryl Sandberg- Shia Labeouf- Mark Zuckerberg- Bar Rafaeli- Rachel Weisz- Peter Sellers- Alicia Silverstone- Billy Joel- Adam Levine- Roman Abramovich- Abba Eban- Manuel Valls- Steven Spielberg- Jesus Christ Superstar- Bernie Madoff- Adam Goldberg- Joan Rivers- Paul Newman- Judge Judy- Menachem Begin- Yitzhak Rabin- Sammy Davis Jr.- Amar’e Stoudemire- Ben Stiller- Jeff Goldblum- Larry King- Sacha Baron Cohen- Arthur Miller- Albert Einstein- Sigmund Freud- Ruth Westheimer- Monica Lewinsky- Francois Englert- Carl Sagan- Ilan Ramon- Paul Rudd- Jonah Hill- Seth Rogan- Andy Samberg- Mel Brooks- Jerry Seinfeld- Bill Maher- Larry David- Scarlet Johansson- Gal Gadot- Natalie Portman- Carrie Fisher- Haim Topol- Joseph Gordon-Levitt- Amy Winehouse- Ed Milliband- Bernie Sanders- Matisyahu- Stephen Fry- Sara Hurwitz- Leonard Cohen- Leonard Nimoy- William Shattner- Daniel Pearl- Pope Francis- Dalai Lama- Sarah Silverman- Madeleine Albright- Mark Knopfler- Yoni Netanyahu- Yitzhak Rabin- Families of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel- Gene Simmons- Yuri Foreman- Liev Schreiber- Eli Weisel- Shimon Peres- Coen Brothers - Harvey Weinstein- Beastie Boys- Simon and Garfunkel- Rina Wertheim- Lucian Freud- Ralph Lauren- Nigella Lawson- Adam Sandler- Woody Allen- Harrison Ford- Lenny Kravitz- Madonna - Dustin Hoffman- Benjamin Millepied- Kirk and Michael Douglas- Jon Stewart- Gene Wilder- Pink - Winston Churchill - Franklin Roosevelt- Martin Luther King Jr.- Jim Henson- Bill and Melinda Gates- John Lennon----------------------Special thanks to Dana, Adam, Uri, Hed, Ari, Dina, Shelley, Avi.***The use of these media materials is protected by the Fair Use Clause of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, which allows for the rebroadcast of copyrighted materials for the purpose of commentary, criticism and education.***
Posted by Words by Eitan Chitayat on jueves, 15 de octubre de 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
¿Qué hubieran hecho ustedes?Who would dare to tell another person that their life is valueless? We need to be better at people-ing.
Posted by Benshorts on martes, 18 de agosto de 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
"People always say there's no such thing as goodness or decency in the world anymore.
Earlier tonight when my family was driving home, a car in front of us was t-boned by a man who ran a red-light. The car skidded all the way up to the sidewalk.
Immediately our whole family jumped out of the car and ran to see if the people in the wrecked car were okay. While we did that, a gentleman from nearby who witnessed the crash sprinted over to help as well. The 3 people in the car were, thankfully, not injured severely, but were in shock and very hysterical. While my mother and the other man talked to the victims to keep them calm, a woman came over and called 911, and her husband helped my brother and I clear the wreckage off the road. The paramedics showed up and helped the people to safety and took them to the hospital. While what happened was frightening and disturbing to see, the way those other people acted was amazing.
They acted calmly and graciously and went out of their way to help the people in the accident when they could have gone about their business.
Yeah, there is a lot of bad in the world, but that situation reminded me that there damn well still is good as well. Sorry for the essay status, but I wanted to share that, because those people made my day."
33 Questions White People Have For White People WATCH MORE: http://bit.ly/1P4zIYB
Posted by BuzzFeed Video on Viernes, 16 de octubre de 2015
Buzzfeed always seems to know how to give us just the right amount of laughter to go along with the seriousness of the situation at hand. Love this quick video of just a few questions that "white people have for white people."
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Los ’47 segundos de sabiduría’ de José Mujica sobre el verdade...
Los ’47 segundos de sabiduría’ de José Mujica sobre el verdadero precio de las cosasLo llamaban “el presidente más pobre del mundo”, aunque siempre ha insistido en que no se trata de pobreza, sino de sobriedad. El ahora expresidente uruguayo lo explica en un vídeo titulado 47 segundos de sabiduría de José Mujica. La publicación, subida por el usuario de Facebook Gumbi Ortiz, ha alcanzado los 2,5 millones de reproducciones y más de 95.000 compartidos en 4 días.Inventamos una montaña de consumo superfluo, y hay que tirar y vivir comprando y tirando. Y lo que estamos gastando es tiempo de vida, porque cuando yo compro algo, o tú, no lo compras con plata, lo compras con el tiempo de vida que tuviste que gastar para tener esa plata. Pero con esta diferencia: la única cosa que no se puede comprar es la vida. La vida se gasta. Y es miserable gastar la vida para perder libertad.Leer más: http://noticiaaldia.com/2015/09/los-47-segundos-de-sabiduria-de-jose-mujica-sobre-el-verdadero-precio-de-las-cosas/
Posted by noticiaaldia on Viernes, 18 de septiembre de 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
#VídeoUn hombre construye una casa en miniatura para que una mujer sin hogar no duerma en el lodo La construcción de una pequeña casa con ruedas a una mujer sin hogar se convierte en el inicio de una ambiciosa iniciativa: harto de ver a su vecina sin hogar durmiendo en un barrizal, un residente de Los Ángeles le fabricó una vivienda desplazable. Ahora quiere repetir la experiencia alzando muchas más.Posted by Viva Nicaragua - Canal Trece on Martes, 5 de mayo de 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
Why I Refuse to Let Technology Control Me.
Posted by Prince Ea on Lunes, 29 de septiembre de 2014
Update:10/10/15...this actually happened to me today: the very day after I posted this video. Out for a 5 mile run and my phone/music/run-tracker just bit the dust without warning. But I remembered this video...and I smiled at everyone I passed, the same way I always do, and I focused in on my breathing a little more and I listened to the beat of my own footsteps instead of the music, and it was music...it was my own. I didn't need someone else to keep my pace, I have my own. I already knew the distance, and I could check the clock when I got home to see how long it took. I think I ran faster than usual, but I don't know and I don't care. I think I'll go unplugged again tomorrow.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
I've often wondered about this when people tell me I have to do something:
...are we utilizing the correct vocabulary? Do I really HAVE to or would you just prefer that I do?
While this is a latent question that only really surfaces when I hear someone ask "can I go to the bathroom" and my inner-English-teacher silently shouts "MAY YOU," I was blindsided by an article I clicked on accidentally earlier which discusses the difference between "should" and "must" (hence the title of this post).
I have more and more often questioned the things I am told (verbally or otherwise) that I SHOULD do. There are conflicting messages, of course: societal pressures of what is "normal," my parents being my cheerleaders and telling me to "go for the gold" and "be whatever I want to be," and at the same time hoping that I choose something that works in society and that doesn't make me a stranger to it.
I think I'm torn. I want the "should" because supposedly I should...right? But the Must is the ever-constant tugging at me, making me defiant in the face of hoity-toity-ness and greed and hatred and evil and being unkind. Even as I write, though, I don't necessarily believe that society or culture say that we should be THOSE things...so why do I feel so rebellious against them? Maybe society says nothing at all about those things and to say anything at all is to be rebellious and to yield (FINALLY!) to our inner "Must."
I find myself hating "the nine to five"...I don't think I know a single human being who says they LOVE the nine to five. What does this all MEAN? That we all KNOW that we must not do it, but that we SHOULD? Who said so? Clearly no one I've ever spoken to about it. Do you? Do your friends or family? Does anyone think we SHOULD do the nine to five? If not, then how did it become the "should" that our inner "must" is rebelling against and why is it so hard to break free of?
One of my favorite parts of this article is where the author pulls a quote from the book she bases it on:
...Just TRY and tell me that those words don't stir up the "Must" in you, anxious to explode into being, existence, life...just TRY to tell me you don't relate with every fiber as you read the words about your inner self. I doubt that you can (I know that I can't) and yet it is quite likely that you are someone that is doing something you should...most of the time. My hope for you, though, is that your should begins to meld with your must in such a way that your "must" DRIVES your "should."
I must travel the world because my inner self believes that is what I should do in order to fulfill my purpose and life on this planet for the brief time I am here! Fulfilling our purpose is something society tells us we should do...this is a good combination of should and must that you can justify...
I must use my skills and passions to help others because it is the thing that MOST makes me feel alive and I should do it because it is good for society and for others. "Must" is for me...the reason others give for my must-actions, in this case, is the "should."
People struggle. We ALL struggle. Life is hard. We overdo ourselves. Something else outdoes us. We get down on ourselves (and sometimes others do too). We have moments, though. We have moments of brilliance and hope and excitement and belief that even though life is tough, WE ARE TOUGHER.
I once heard that 30 seconds of courage is all you need...I think that applies here, too. 30 seconds of courage, of belief, of "I can do this" that get you from the couch to your feet, from the "I can't" to the "I will" from the "I'm not" to the "I can be!"
This video gets me every time. I think it reminds me that we have a limited time. We shouldn't take "no" for an answer when it comes to our health and our lives...we should find the answers, we should find the support, we should find encouragement to make ourselves better people and we shouldn't stop until we're doing what we hoped we might someday be capable of.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Jeremy Buck featuring Circusman Alexis
Coolest thing I've seen in awhile. This guy's got mad skills... check it out."Turn my Ship Around" by Jeremy Buck, featuring Circusman Alexis.
Posted by Art with Mrs G on Sábado, 26 de septiembre de 2015
This made me happy. I don't know if it was the music or the theme, the message or the freedom he exudes when he's spinning around and taking control of each twist...it's liberating to watch. I hope it turns your ship in a positive direction today :)
I read an uplifting post about women who were beaten for selling goods in their towns where this was considered acceptable only for men. After being beaten, and finding that her husband had done nothing to defend her honor or life during her hospital stay, she decided along with some other women to start a village FOR women and led BY women. While disturbing to note that men had gone so far as to blockade the entry to the female-only towns and even to beat the women in front of tourists who give them their livelihood through visits and the buying of traditional jewelry and crafts, it is incredibly invigorating to hear that the women persevered, bought land where blockades had occurred, and have continued to fight for their rights to life free of violence and oppression, both as women and as human beings.
While destroying traditional patriarchal norms of their people, they are creating new traditions that accept women of all ages and their children. They accept male visitors who are invited in but they are not allowed to stay. Other similar communities are cropping up nearby, with different rules and regulations and hierarchies, but all with the same goal in mind: to change the world for women, to make it a better place where they have voices and power over themselves.
You can check out the full story and some gorgeous images of these world-changing women by clicking here.
This group of people came up with an ingenious solution to mend the broken food system across the U.S. borderlands. (See more at http://u.pw/1ISvwTz)Posted by Upworthy on Viernes, 21 de agosto de 2015
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Nothing like getting super creative with your instrument!!
You will be TOTALLY amazed at this video!!Posted by Brandon Williams on Sábado, 12 de abril de 2014
Monday, September 28, 2015
Cuanta verdad !!!Posted by Jose Acosta on Viernes, 20 de febrero de 2015
More than a moving story: a true life lesson.Thank you Francine. #WhatMakesUsHUMANPosted by HUMAN on Viernes, 25 de septiembre de 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
She stripped down to nothing but her underwear in the middle of a busy marketplace & you'll never believe the response she got: http://on.hln.tv/8KxVpS The Daily SharePosted by HLN on Miércoles, 9 de septiembre de 2015
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
WATCH: Johnny Depp — sorry, *Captain* Jack Sparrow — wanted to take a break from filming to surprise children in the hospital; what "an amazing man to brighten up so many kids' day." http://cbsn.ws/1UF0qYTPosted by CBS News on Jueves, 9 de julio de 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Colbert: synonym for "funny, hilarious, comic" for some and I'm sure a few choice names for those who either think like his character on the Colbert report or who dislike his mocking of them with his satire. This Colbert is just a character, though. It doesn't matter if he agrees or not with what his character portrays or doesn't because, like all of us, before his character, he is actually (gasp) a human being, with a history and a struggle that no one knows about (unless they do...but even knowing part of the struggle that another person faces will never truly allow you to know the full truth of his or her suffering, or even, on the slip side, of his or her joy).
So before you see "Colbert" and decide if you're going to love or hate the recent article on him in GQ magazine (and before you judge the magazine that published the article), promise yourself that as a human being you owe it to yourself to ponder the world through a different perspective once in a while. Promise yourself you'll read the whole thing (because it's long). I promise that if you don't get anything out of the article, I won't mind if you stop reading my blog; because it probably means that either you didn't remove your judgement before reading as you promised or...you're a "bot."
Now, take some time, or bookmark for later, the most recent Colbert report....with no lights, camera, action...just life, focus, positivity, and awe at the beauty of the world.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Read this story and remember: everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about...be kind.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Would you dance? Its people like this that make me smile. Well done to him for spreading the positivity. Couldn't see this happen on the underground though! xxPosted by KATIE PRICE on Lunes, 23 de febrero de 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Promote opportunities instead of instilling fear and catalyzing problems. When you focus only on the problems, you ARE the problem. Look for solutions. Look for the good in people and in situations. I am not saying that we should ignore problems - ignoring them does not make them disappear - but it is possible and necessary to SEE the problem but to FOCUS on the solution.
Thanks for sharing A.T.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Start your own domino effect today...even if you don't think anyone's watching. You don't need a reason to do something nice, but you'll never know the impact of those "little things" and how you might inspire someone else to "pay it forward." Who knew that from a 2010 Liberty Mutual Commercial we could find so much depth. Pretty awesome.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Alice Barker danced in countless shows in her younger years. She's bedridden now at the ripe old age of 102 years and she still has a smile that can light up a room and a memory for every scene that she is shown. What a beautiful short that catches the silver screen memory, the reaction, and Alice's own recollection of those days!
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015
As she says, culture doesn't make people...people make culture. Let's create the culture we want to live in and to be known for.
Friday, April 10, 2015
A crisis can be a real blessing to any person, to any nation.
For all crises bring progress.
Creativity is born from anguish, just like the day is born form the dark night.
It’s in crisis that inventiveness is born, as well as discoveries made and big strategies.
He who overcomes crisis, overcomes himself, without getting overcome.
He who blames his failure to a crisis neglects his own talent and is more interested in
problems than in solutions.
Incompetence is the true crisis.
The greatest inconvenience of people and nations is the laziness with which they
attempt to find the solutions to their problems.
There’s no challenge without a crisis. Without challenges, life becomes a routine, a
There’s no merit without crisis. It’s in the crisis where we can show the very best in us.
Without a crisis, any wind becomes a tender touch.
To speak about a crisis is to promote it. Not to speak about it is to exalt conformism.
Let us work hard instead.
Let us stop, once and for all, the menacing crisis that represents the tragedy of not being willing to overcome it.”
Thursday, April 9, 2015
"People often ask me- what do you even teach at preschool?
Teaching them how to be little independent people
eager to do things on their own,
how to love each other,
how to try,
how to be ok with failing,
how to manage emotions,
how to be resilient
how to practice healthy habits,
how to stay positive,
to embrace their interests,
how to be appreciative,
teaching them to love to learn.
I could go on forever.
A neat friend of mine once corrected me when I said that I 'had to work today', he said 'no, you get to work today.' I am just reflecting on how grateful I am to have a job I love and feel passionate about (even if the pay is not what I wish it could be). I get to teach ( and learn from) awesome children everyday!