This heartwarming story goes beyond prison reform, prisoner rehabilitation, or even giving back to society; it demonstrates the value of making meaningful art and how it can build and/or change communities. http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/prison-inmates-learned-to-quilt-and-now-make-foster-kid-gifts/
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/native-american-tribe-in-maine-gets-back-sacred-island/ There are some unceded lands all over the world. If some of these lands are up for sale by private landowners, isn't it our responsibility to try and buy them back for the indigenous peoples of our countries? Surely if 130 acres can go for $500k in Maine USA, then we can start raising … Continue reading A little good news — Reconciliation with a contemporary twist
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/europe-will-open-its-doors-to-vaccinated-american-tourists-this-summer/ I've been staying possible with considering all my blessings and focusing on being grateful for what I have, what I've gained, and what I've learned. But... Knowing that things are starting to open again makes me feel even better. I don't know if I'll be travelling this year, but it's nice to know it … Continue reading A little good news — there’s light at the end of the COVID tunnel
I feel this is the perfect closing image for 2020. Pandemics and insane politics threatened our world and Mother Nature showed her strength and forgiveness by rapidly repairing our follies. The scientist in me knows she always will and she will do it with extreme beauty and unexpected grace, just like this little blue flower. … Continue reading Revisiting Some Unpublished Photos of 2020 – Strength Of Blue
Is it ungrateful to ask for what you want? Wow, did I ever grab a loaded question and the answers aren't what I expected... Google it and you get some lovely lady not-so-subtly selling her services to increase traffic to your business. This is followed by many definitions of "ingratitude". Perhaps I'm being ungrateful for … Continue reading Day 20 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?
When you aren't feeling particularly grateful, but don't want to give into complaining... try acknowledging someone with a simple THANK YOU. Thank you to my regular followers. Everyday, when I see your names pop up, I feel grateful to have you as part of my life-long learning journey. Here's a partial list of the amazing … Continue reading Day 19 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?
I had a funny series of interactions yesterday... all relatable back to gratitude. Imagine the scenario where I thank someone for complimenting me and they thank me for inspiring them, then ai thank them for allowing me to inspire3 them, and the back an forth complements just kept going... it was a gratitude tennis match, … Continue reading Day 18 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?
Maybe it isn't only about gratitude... Maybe it is about acceptance too. I don't even know what I want to ask right now. I woke thanking the sun for shining through my window and that positive vibe remains around me. I wrote my morning journal and found that my ever-growing and changing list of To … Continue reading Day 17 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?
A great big thank you to an inspiring blogger colleague of ours here on WordPress: Maylynno. Over the years I have come to trust her feedback and deeply appreciate how she lovingly manages to challenges me to think deeper. She graciously and eloquently shared her answer to my question as follows... "I really appreciate the … Continue reading Day 16 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?
Um, what next? Reciprocation and/or Paying Forward? The answer, according to this article published by The Community Roundtable is community. If the event that stimulates gratitude is either external or internal, we can show our gratitude by giving something back or sharing the joy forward. Both of these nurture community. Well, at least with those … Continue reading Day 15 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?