Sharing these stories from Care2 Cause bloggers has inspired me. Their posts were all testaments to the human spirit. Faced with adversity, the people in these stories stood tall, reminding us the world needs the contributions every one of us can make.
Day 1 we revisited a clever talking-animal video by Andrew Grantham, who uses his talents to create popular, short films that raise funds for the Nova Scotia SPCA. We were reminded that Muslim-Americans are the most optimistic religious group in America, in spite of discrimination and stereotyping. And we went back to Jocelyn Lam, the fifth grader who donated all of her savings, some $300, to try to save teachers from lay-offs.
Day 2 reminded us of the power the Care2 community has to influence policy, in this case the crucial donation that kick-started a New Hampshire trail project. Another story celebrated Max Hamburger, a Swedish burger restaurant that encourages customers to eat less meat. The third offered a chance to remember the Solar Sisters, an amazing, low-tech, high-impact project bringing light and hope to rural Africa.
Day 3 started with a post from Occupy Wall Street, where the young protestors showed ingenuity and creativity. The second story reminded us there is an increasing body of research that shows the tremendous power of self-compassion. The third took us again to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to three incredible women.
So here we are at Day 4 and the last four stories, from the last four Care2 Causes topics. They are four of my favorites, though I confess I have felt that about the first nine as well.
May 2012 bring us many more stories to lift our hearts, spur us to action and remind us never to lose hope.
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