There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.
The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. read more →
After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, “I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you.”
The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally. That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie. “What’s wrong, are you well?” she asked.
My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news. “I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you,” I responded. “Just the two of us.” She thought about it for a moment, and then said, “I would like that very much.” read more →
In September of 2005, Martha Cothren, a social studies schoolteacher from Arkansas did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with permission of the school superintendent, the principal, and the building supervisor, she took all of the desks out of the classroom. The kids came into first period, they walked in; there were no desks. They obviously looked around and said, “Where’s our desks?” read more →
There are so many wonderful people in our community who go out of their way and even risk their lives for us every single day. Often these people go about their jobs, many of which we wouldn’t want to do mind you, without ever really being thanked for the extraordinary effort they put in.
Here are some fun ways to show them they’re appreciated or to offer support to someone who may need a little encouragement.
Law Enforcement or Fire Fighters
“To This Day” is a poem written by Shane Koyczan to highlight the lasting impact bullying can have. He says that schools and families are in desperate need of tools to help combat bullying and shares his message as a way of inspiring others to stand up and take action. Shane explains that the violence he experienced at school still echos but he found that facing the problem has helped him beyond measure.
Several talented contributors came together to support his efforts in raising awareness by helping create the video that went viral upon its release. It tells the stories of bullied children and explores the torment of people who feel different or alone. Shane encourages people to forget what is said and to take a good look at the beauty they see in the mirror. To believe in themselves and know that they are worthy and know that there is hope of a better tomorrow. read more →
This video had me in tears. It’s the heartwarming story of a man who has the opportunity to pay forward a good deed that touched him when he was a child. So worth a watch, but get your hankie out first. ❤
With thanks to Viddsee
A teacher in New York used the crumpled paper exercise to show her students the last impact that bullying can have. read more →
A TV show wanted to know What Would You Do? if you saw a single mom of four who couldn’t afford for her groceries? So they hid some cameras in a grocery store, sent in some actors to play the mom and the checkout operator, and caught people’s reactions on film.The show also decided to add an extra twist to the plot, to see if people would go the extra mile when someone criticized their offer to help this single parent. Watch the man in line who tries to make the mother feel bad about not being able to pay. read more →
This insightful video from SoulPancake really makes you think! They get a life coach to talk to people on the street and ask them if they’ve ever thought about their success and who helped them get there.
After these people sit and write a letter to the person who has most influenced them during their life, they’re asked to call that person and read them the letter. It’s an emotional and beautiful video that I hope inspires many to do the same.
What would you do if you saw a man sitting in a park crying?
In this experiment, two actors were used to see how people would react. The interesting thing is that one is white, the other is colored. Both men appear to be extremely emotional but it turns out people are three times more willing to help the white man.
What is the reason for this and how can it be explained? Watch to see.
If your grandma was sick and couldn’t afford her medication, you’d hope that someone would help.
An inspiring short film that tells the story of a boy who failed to see the generous and kind person his father really was and what a gift he was to many.