Positivity Quest: High Level Humanity

As I have mentioned before, I have been taking positivity into the world and the volunteer project that has consumed most of  my time this year has been in my kids’ high school.  I love kids. They are so awake and honest and their affections or disappointment is real and immediate.  Our group holds more than fifty kids, all of whom I adore.  Many have been close with my kids for many years. Watching kids grow up is an epiphany.

At any rate, for more than 6 months now we have been planning, designing and fundraising to re-landscape an old  ratty courtyard,  last used in the 1950s, into a new Positive Change memorial courtyard.  Someday, it will include a fountain, a walking labyrinth and a glass block wisdom wall.

Creating the new requires dismantling the old. In our case, the dismantling was full of the nastiest and most prickly plant I had ever encountered… Fire thorns make rose thorns look like hangnails; we learned they are full of venom. It’s hard to understand what they would be doing in a school courtyard.  Yet, even this obstacle was overcome with the creativity and ingenuity of people working together.

I began the day with anxiety about how our first day and attempt to clear the space would go and wondered as I often do when things start to take shape, exactly what I was thinking and why. The day’s weather encouraged us; after a week of cold, slushy rain, the sunshine was warm and you could feel the potential of spring coming.

However, not long into the day, we were basking in not only warm sun but community action at its best.  Parents and kids working side by side, cutting and hauling brush. Even when the volunteered chipper didn’t quite have the capacity necessary for the huge amounts of brush we generated, the guys in charge came up with a plan B and we managed to get everything out and hauled away.

It felt heroic actually to complete a big task like that in relatively little time. We did sustain a little fire thorn damage, but nothing lethal. The cleared courtyard was stunning and full of potential. Now everyone is excited for the next work day, which is only moving hundreds of pounds of sod into a new slope.

Meanwhile we have sold out of our first bunch of positivity wrist bands and are awaiting the arrival of the next shipment. We already have hundreds of pre-orders. Amazing to watch positivity multiply itself.  A wonder of opening and a flood of gratitude is all I can report about our first days labor.

Positivity may be the key  to our capacity for high level humanity. We were the top story of the day this week, too…


Elisa F.
Elisa F4 years ago

Way to go Wendy! So inspiring and a beautiful way to raise awareness for positivity.

Kiana S.
Kiana S6 years ago

That's great! Congratulations! It sounds like you're really making a positive difference, not only in the lives of the kids you're working with, but all the lucky ones who come after them and will have the benefit of a lovely courtyard :)

Lydia Price

Such a great job you did! I would like more positive articles like this.

Siti R.
Siti R6 years ago

whatever good we can do in any small way is positive.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson6 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton6 years ago

Uplifting article. Thanks for posting.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks for the post.

Couatl Kin
Michelle Brown6 years ago


Public high schools like what you're talking about need all the help they can get! Please check this out and sign and spread the word if you agree!

Ra Sc
Ra Sc6 years ago

This project sounds great. Although I do question the wrist-bands. I get the whole raising awareness thing, but I really kind of wish causes stopped selling trinkets that serve no other purpose. It just seems wasteful to create them and encourage people to have and make and eventually throw out more useless junk. Maybe next time you could consider t-shirts or something. At least shirts are useful objects that people need some quantity of.

Robin R.
Robin R6 years ago

You motivate me to go out and do something positive too! Thank-you for this!