Friday, 4 April 2014

Vol 19: Lovely shades of diversity



Hello, my dear fellow positivity seeker. Do you feel ready to soak into a tub of lovely developments? If yes, then please splash in…

News from the public domain


The Kindness Boomerang
If any video has garnered more than 12 million views on YouTube, chances are that it’s worth watching. And this Kindness Boomerang video certainly is worth watching. In fact, the concept espoused in this video – positivity begets positivity – is at the heart of our Positivity Weekly newsletter.
Muslims celebrate Ugadi at Kadapa temple
For the past 300 years, countless Muslims have offered Ugadi (New year) prayers at the Hindu temple of Lord Venkateswara in Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh). An interesting legend is behind this phenomenon. But what’s truly heartening is that rigid divisions melt away in the right contexts. This two-year-old Times of India article makes for happy reading..
Life becomes worth living with a hug
In 1995, Brielle and Kyrie Jackson were born 12 weeks premature. And to concisely tell what happened  next, let us read a paragraph from this Telegram article:
“One baby was not expected to live,” reads the narrative. “A hospital nurse fought to put them in the same incubator. The stronger baby wrapped her arm around her sister, and her touch allowed the struggling baby's heart to stabilize and her temperature to return to normal.”
The picture of the infants in a hug is worth, not a thousand, but a million words. The twins are 19 years old now and seem just as connected.
If you’d rather watch something than read an article, here’s a link to a video.
Born with wings
Apparently human beings are born with metaphorical wings. And if they aren’t clipped, they soar far and high. Last week, we covered a story on Malala Yousafzai. This time, let us show you a TED talk delivered by her father Ziauddin Yousafzai.
Like daughter, like father?

From my personal diary


Today, FAiTH, the organization I co-founded to combat Child Sex Abuse, conducted its first workshop for special children. Today’s audience consisted of 5 autistic children studying in Sense Kaleidoscope.
From the very outset, it became clear that this would be the biggest challenge till date. These children, although gifted in their own ways, think in unpredictable ways. So we had to brainstorm the content of our workshop and consult the best of experts to ensure that nothing said would be misinterpreted.
On top of that, we had to innovate and find ways to engage our special audience. So we combined strong visuals with enthusiastic enactment of every thought.
The journey of educating these children on this important topic has begun. We will implement more workshops to ensure that the message has sunk in.
Right now, those of us who were fortunate to have participated in this workshop feel light and so supremely positive. We returned to our homes humbled and thoughtful. A new sense of purpose has permeated our beings.
Wonder who taught whom today.

In conclusion


So until next time, may we request you to smile more than you frown? Take care.
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