A cafe in Queensland created the ‘pay with a Post-it’ system last May and it’s still going! ❤️ Thank you for setting a great example on how to be humans, Bean N Loaf! We all should do this more often. You’re an inspiration. From the Bean n Loaf Instagram post: Hey Fam🙌We are not sure if you have noticed it today but we have introduced “Pay With A PostIt” at Bean N Loaf. Life has been difficult for many of us out there lately and we wanted to provide this platform for those who want to pay for a coffee or two for those having hard time. Thanks to those wonderful humans who already paid for a few today, we are sure the ones using it would most definitely appreciate it. It’s another little thing we do to keep our wonderful community together. Thank youRudra & Team @beannloaf
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. – Dalai Lama
How many times have you left a restaurant with a to-go box, only to toss it in the trash a few days later? In Kochi, India, you can share your leftovers with the homeless population by leaving it in an outdoor fridge! Minu Pauline, restaurant owner of Pappadavada, came up with this solution to help the less fortunate folks in her city: She covers the cost of the fridge and electricity while she, along with the community, do their part to donate excess food that they are going to throw out anyway. I just love this. When I first arrived in the United States, one of the first things I noticed were the large portions, so there is always an abundance of wasted food. I know some companies are already donating their unsold goods to food banks, but, as Minu shows, you don’t have to be a giant corporation to make a difference in people’s lives. What an inspiration! Source: BetterIndia.com
When an elderly lady noticed a young man struggling to tie his tie in a subway, she asked her husband to help and teach him. Her husband then taught him how, step by step, and even asked the young man to demo it back to show that he can now do it himself. It’s a simple story from last year that stuck with me. Perhaps it’s the photo of these two generations interacting or it’s the simple act of taking the time to help a random stranger that resonates with me. Either way, I had to share today. :) Source: Redd Thomas, Facebook
This is one of my favorite videos from last year. It shows a whole town in Turkey learning sign language so they can surprise Muharrem, their deaf neighbor. Seeing his face light up when he slowly realized that he was able to communicate with everyone that morning, makes me smile so much. Though this video was created as part of a company’s promotion, it does not take away from the fact that the neighborhood took the time to participate and learn for this event. To me, this is also a sign of hope: Hope for raised awareness of the barriers many people have to overcome in order to live “normally.” Hope for more technology that can bring us closer as a human race. And finally, hope for people to realize the tremendous impact that a simple kind gesture can bring to a person’s life.
Happy New Year! Here is something to think about as we start the year…
“Life got really good,” Ategeka laughed. “They bought me a bicycle and gave me three meals a day, which is a luxury, by the way.” Talk about perspective. It’s a bit of a challenge to summarize Christopher Ategeka’s amazing life story in a few words, but I honestly feel that I have to share this with everyone I know right now. Christopher is an orphan in Uganda who lost his mother and father to AIDS at the age of seven. With his love of learning burning in him, he attempted to go to school through a charity and was denied due to lack of funds. When he was 12 however, an American couple, Michael and Martha Helm, offered to sponsor him through a church-based NGO and orphanage Y.E.S. Uganda. His drive and discipline impressed the couple, who continued to offer him the chance to live with them in California so he can continue his education. But the story does not end there. Christopher then proceeded to graduate with a masters degree in UC Berkeley and has since founded a non-profit organization, Rides for Lives. His group’s …
As we unwind from the manic deal-hunting and shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I’d like to take a moment to share what I think is the best way to kickoff the holiday season: Giving Tuesday.
Although I’m not at retirement age yet, I sometimes wonder what I would do when I am not able to work anymore. How would the days look like to begin with? If I’m blessed with good health enough to live up to my 90s and jetpacks aren’t around yet, would I read books? Continue blogging? Spoil my grandchildren? Do old-people dances with my husband to “pop classics” such as Katy Perry (jk!)? Maybe all of the above. What didn’t cross my mind immediately is what Lillian Webber is doing now: She is making a dress each day for a child in Africa. In the past two years, Lillian has made more than 840 dresses for less fortunate kids — she even personalizes each one so that the recipient can call it her own. The frocks are sent overseas through the nonprofit organization, Little Dresses for Africa, who then delivers these pretty blessings to orphanages, schools, and churches. Lillian’s goal is to make 1000 dresses by May 6th, which will be her 100th birthday. What will she do after that thousandth dress? “When I get to that …
This video is bursting with excitement and smiles, you’d think the kids won a trip to Disneyland… but the children are orphans from Cape Town, South Africa and they are simply excited. To say that they do not have much is an understatement, yet they really are just THAT happy to see a friend/volunteer whom they’ve missed in the past six months. Captured from a first person’s point of view via GoPro, it is hard not to smile back at the lovely faces. Read about Intsikelelo’s story. Really impressive, you guys. I am so inspired by your kindness, motivation, optimism, and heart.