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Pilot Inspires Compton Kids To Fly

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May 31, 2015

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Pilot Inspires Compton Kids To Fly

The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.

– J,M. Barrie –

Pilot Inspires Compton Kids To Fly

Robyn Petgrave is teaching kids to reach for the sky — literally. Troubled by the large percentage of Compton children falling victim to gang violence and drugs, Robyn created Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum. The aeronautical program, designed for youth to learn flying, inspires its participants, and teaches responsibility. To participate, kids must maintain a good grade point average, stay out of trouble, and have a positive attitude. Robyn’s goal is to promote discipline and accountability that will assist each child on his or her future journey at school, in the workplace, and in the community. { read more }

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Lily Yeh & Barefoot Artists

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Lily Yeh & Barefoot Artists

I do not want art for a few anymore than education for a few or freedom for a few.

– William Morris –

Lily Yeh & Barefoot Artists

Lily Yeh launched Barefoot Artists “to spark transformation, healing and social change in places plagued by poverty, crime and despair.” Since its launch, the group started by Yeh has carried out projects and workshops in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas. In this brief article, Yeh describes her journey as an artist and her calling to “bring colors” and beauty to communities plagued by dearth of hope and resources. { read more }

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Take a moment today to add some beauty and color where you don’t otherwise see any — whether it’s taking time to write a poem, creating a flower arrangement, or adding an extra flourish in a handwritten note you pen for someone. For inspiration, take a look at the Barefoot Artists’ website here. { more }

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It’s About Your Stance Not Circumstance

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May 29, 2015

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It's About Your Stance Not Circumstance

Hurt people hurt people; healed people heal people.

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It’s About Your Stance Not Circumstance

“Jacques Verduin can speak with deep understanding about being worthy of our suffering. In 1997, he founded the Insight Prison Project, an innovative in-prison rehabilitative program in the notorious San Quentin prison, and later in 2011 the Insight-Out Program. There he works with violent offenders, listening to their stories, hearing what lies beneath their crimes. Through mindfulness training and deep trauma healing, his incarcerated clients transform their lives by learning to care for themselves, then in turn by becoming change agents in their community, be it their neighborhoods or the prison system itself.” { read more }

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May 28, 2015
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There are those among us who have the passion and the dedication to face-up to awesome challenges that, when overcome, make the world a better, more beautiful place. This film is a portrait of one such man, one such passion, and one such beauty. Follow flamenco guitarist Juan Ramírez and the spark that burns within him to ignite the fiery rhythms and smoldering melodies of Spanish flamenco. "Flamenco is a hard music, because it comes from the gut," says Ramírez. "I have a responsibility to share what I have lived."
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I Wish My Teacher Had Known…

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May 28, 2015

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I Wish My Teacher Had Known...

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

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I Wish My Teacher Had Known…

Elementary teacher Kyle Schwartz recently came up with an activity for her third-grade class in a school where 92 percent of kids qualify for free or reduced lunch. She handed out notecards and asked them to finish this sentence: “I wish my teacher knew…” The results, which went viral, will tear at your heart. { read more }

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This week ask yourself what you would like others to know about you. Write it down and share it with someone.

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Everybody Is Good At Something: Meeting VR Ferose

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May 27, 2015

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Everybody Is Good At Something: Meeting VR Ferose

Everybody 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.

– Anonymous –

Everybody Is Good At Something: Meeting VR Ferose

V. R. Ferose was a rising star at SAP in Bangalore when he first found out that his son Vivaan was on the Autism spectrum. He locked himself in his bathroom and cried for a half hour. His friend, on the other hand, congratulated him: “A lot of people struggle to find a purpose, but you’re lucky that you purpose has found you.” Indeed, Ferose and his wife found their purpose. “My wife…decided to dedicate her life to Vivaan and help him grow…I decided to try to create a world that could engage more Vivaans.” Ferose convinced his Fortune 500 company to hire four autistic employees and influenced more than 20 organizations to start hiring autistic employees. He became vocal about the need to see everyone’s gifts, writing a Forbes article that received a lot of attention. He had tears in his eyes when he learned that SAP announced that 1% of his hires would be people on the autism spectrum. Read on to learn more about this man who is proving to the the world that everybody is good at something. { read more }

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Kindness Weekly: Happy Memorial Day

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The Role of Empathy in Entrepreneurship

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The Role of Empathy in Entrepreneurship

The only real voyage consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes; in seeing the universe through the eyes of another, one hundred others–in seeing the hundred universes that each of them sees.

– Marcel Proust –

The Role of Empathy in Entrepreneurship

“What does empathy look like in action, and how can you incorporate [it] into your business model?” Ashoka, a non-profit organization that looks to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve complex social problems, posed this very radical question. In response, three social enterprises from around the world shared their stories on how they build empathy and compassion. Their methods range from teaching young children in urban schools to cultivate emotional competence, and teaching empathetic financing in banks to teens and young adults, to harnessing our creative abilities to transform the world. { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Eulogy Versus Resume Virtues

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Eulogy Versus Resume Virtues
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tow1.jpgAbout once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them looking after other people and as they do so their laugh is musical and their manner is infused with gratitude. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all.

When I meet such a person it brightens my whole day. But I confess I often have a sadder thought: It occurs to me that I’ve achieved a decent level of career success, but I have not achieved that. I have not achieved that generosity of spirit, or that depth of character.

A few years ago I realized that I wanted to be a bit more like those people. I realized that if I wanted to do that I was going to have to work harder to save my own soul. I was going to have to have the sort of moral adventures that produce that kind of goodness. I was going to have to be better at balancing my life.

It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful. Were you capable of deep love?

We all know that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé ones. But our culture and our educational systems spend more time teaching the skills and strategies you need for career success than the qualities you need to radiate that sort of inner light. Many of us are clearer on how to build an external career than on how to build inner character.

But if you live for external achievement, years pass and the deepest parts of you go unexplored and unstructured. You lack a moral vocabulary. It is easy to slip into a self-satisfied moral mediocrity. You grade yourself on a forgiving curve. You figure as long as you are not obviously hurting anybody and people seem to like you, you must be O.K. But you live with an unconscious boredom, separated from the deepest meaning of life and the highest moral joys. Gradually, a humiliating gap opens between your actual self and your desired self, between you and those incandescent souls you sometimes meet.

About the Author: David Brooks is a columnist from NY Times. The above excerpt is from his article The Moral Bucket List.

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Jagdish P Dave wrote: David Brooks talks about me and many friends I know deeply.People may not remember me for what I did or said. They remember me and will remember me by how I made them feel, how I got connected …
sheetal wrote: Rightly said Eulogy virtues are only spoken at the time of funeral. The hard truth of the world is that resume virtues are the ones that are celebrated. Sometimes it has been noticed that even spirit…
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Turning To Gift To Cure His Cancer & Society

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Turning To Gift To Cure His Cancer & Society

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.

– H. Jackson Brown, Jr. –

Turning To Gift To Cure His Cancer & Society

Faced with the harsh reality of being diagnosed with stomach cancer, Brice Royer took a leap of faith and became voluntarily unemployed and turned his focus towards living in a ‘gift economy’. With his belief that the gift economy “is an important way to reduce social stress and isolation…which leads to healing,” Royer’s story has caught the attention of many. Read more about his remarkable journey in this thought-provoking interview. { read more }

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