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Be Kind

Being Kind: Little stories of depth and kindness.

The Perilous Fight

Looking to the campaign of ‘Black Lives Matter’, Nedra McClyde has created a short narrative the looks to articulate the anxiety a black parent feels for their child, knowing they have to let them out into a world and social situation that is perilous.

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The Power of Art

Eight years ago, the artist Shepard Fairey made the iconic image that captured a period of HOPE in America. Today we are in a very different moment, one that requires new images that reject the hate, fear, and open racism that were normalized during the 2016 presidential campaign. So on Inauguration Day, We the People will flood Washington, DC with NEW symbols of hope.

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Back to Basics of Qindness in Spirituality

At a moment when the world seems to be spinning out of control, religion might feel irrelevant — or like part of the problem. But Rabbi Sharon Brous believes we can reinvent religion to meet the needs of modern life. In this impassioned talk, Brous shares four principles of a revitalized religious practice and offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism and pessimism.

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The Smile Project

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We love this story about the Smile Project that was shared with us from Bored Panda.

Mehmet Genç is a Turkish travel photographer who goes by the name of Rotasiz Seyyah (roughly translated as “nomad without a route”). His pictures are stunning but one project in particular will really put a smile on your face. He calls it “You Are So Beautiful” and the idea is simple. Genç tells the people he meets on his travels that they’re beautiful and then captures their responses on film. And as you can see from the pictures below, his subjects often react in the sweetest of ways.

So in your own little world, when you get the opportunity, be kind, have your own Smile Project, tell someone they are beautiful. You will light up their face and make their day.

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Lyricism: Was Es Ist

A few years ago I attended the wedding of my cousin in Berlin. It was a momentous and unique celebration in many ways. It was the coming together of two cultures, that of my cousin, hailing from West Africa and that of his partner being German. There was the added novelty of them being a same-sex couple.

At the reception, time came when the father of the German groom got up to speak his part. From what I had been told of him he was a quiet thoughtful man, one of few words who had never expressed much of an opinion either way of his son’s sexual orientation or his ultimate decision to marry. Those in the room who knew him waited with baited breath as to what he would say and the rest of us who did not know him felt the sombreness of the room and also held breath.

He stood up. In his native tongue he began with a quiet unwavering voice, “All I have to say are in these few words by Erich Fried, If you would allow me…”

What is it

It is madness

says reason

It is what it is

says love

It is unhappiness

says caution

It is nothing but pain

says fear

It has no future

says insight

It is what it is

says love

It is ridiculous

says pride

It is foolish

says caution

It is impossible

says experience

It is what it is

says love.

I have never been so touched in my life with the potency and gravity of but a few words. Was Es Ist became my favourite poem henceforth.

 

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