In 2008 a woman in a hospital waiting room collapsed and died after it took staff 45 minutes to come to her aid.

A TV show wanted to know What Would You Do? if you saw someone who’d passed out on the street. Initially, they send in a stunt woman dressed in a business suit who collapses on the street. It takes people an average of 6 seconds to come to her aid, but when they exchange the woman for a male actor dressed as a homeless man, it’s a very different story.  read more →

A stark reminder that children are always watching and what a huge influence we have on their attitude and behaviour. Make your words and actions positive!

A commercial by NAPCAN.

The Cab Ride.
There was a time in my life twenty years ago when I was driving a cab for a living. It was a cowboy’s life, a gamblers life, a life for someone who wanted no boss, constant movement, and the thrill of a dice roll every time a new passenger got into the cab.

What I didn’t count on when I took the job was that it was also a ministry. Because I drove the night shift, the car became a rolling confessional. Passengers would climb in, sit behind me in total darkness and anonymity, and tell me of their lives. read more →

He was in the first third grade class I taught at Saint Mary’s School in Morris, Minnesota. All 34 of my students were dear to me, but Mark Eklund was one in a million. Very neat in appearance, but had that happy-to-be-alive attitude that made even his occasional mischievousness delightful. Mark talked incessantly. I had to remind him again and again that talking without permission was not acceptable.

What impressed me so much though, was his sincere response every time I had to correct him for misbehaving – “Thank you for correcting me, Sister!” I didn’t know what to make of it at first, but before long I became accustomed to hearing it many times a day. read more →

1An inspiring video from The Journey of Purpose to encourage us to seek passion in life and live fully, appreciating the life that we have been given.

Featuring: Randy Pausch, Steve Jobs, Will Smith, Stuart Scott

Daddy.
There’s nothing more precious than the bond between a father and his little girl. I found this absolutely gorgeous video on The Breast Cancer Site. It’s one of those beautiful, feel good moments that will put a smile on your face for hours. Imagine having such a beautiful memory captured on film!

willUstand believes bystanders can make a difference and that when someone stands for another, they gift hope. Our mission is to spread this message of unity through music.

Stand the Anthem was inspired and is sung by Vermont thirteen-year-old, Charleigh Gere. After experiencing bullying in sixth grade, she and her family wanted to find a way to encourage youth to be the “one voice unafraid” to stand for others. The ideas for Stand were brought to life by her talented aunt, singer/songwriter Lahni Schultz of Bonita Springs, Florida. The song’s message to youth is simple… STAND because all people are worth standing for.

Charleigh wanted vicims to see lots of people taking a stand against bullying, not just one, so she invited the world to participate in her music video. She kicked off the project with a promotional video and then released a daily video clip throughout October (National Bullying Prevention Month) to inspire creativity and participation. Her older brother, Justin Gere, joins her in a duet rendition of Stand in the music video.

Jacob Cramer is a compassionate teen who has always been inspired to help others. Concerned about the loneliness of many aging people, he recruited his eighth grade classmates at Ballard Brady Middle School to write personal letters which he delivered to the elderly.

After an enthusiastic response, he started an organization in 2013 called Love for the Elderly, a card and letter collection service where people are able to send notes of love to someone who needs to know they are not forgotten and that people care. read more →

1We live in a world where differences are all around us. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in these differences, especially when we see them in the people that surround us everyday. MattyB believes that everyone deserves the same thing: love. It’s not always popular to love someone and embrace their differences, especially when others make fun of them. But being a leader means standing up for what you believe in and choosing to do the right thing… even when it’s not always popular.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty pickle jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. read more →

This video by Conscious Discipline appropriately explains bullying as one of the most misunderstood crises of our time. It takes us on an eye opening journey from infancy, highlighting a variety of circumstances within a child’s life that contribute to a bully or victim life-path. Explaining how the bully and victim’s fate can be rerouted through connection, understanding and love, it’s a video all parents and educators should take the time to watch.

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with
our own fragilities.