AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Denver woman walking to her car came upon the unimaginable: A crying eight-month-old baby dangling off a balcony three stories above a cement sidewalk, hanging on by one hand. “I thought someone was on the other side of the railing holding on to her,” Mary Bussey said. But it was the girl’s tiny fist clinging to the railing… (Rocky Mountain News – Submitted by Fred)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore(Editor’s Note) Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers. In that spirit comes the second article in a series about cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude by Harry Tucker. Last week he discussed the notion that giving comes before getting (the G, in GRATITUDE). Today we explore the R in GRATITUDE: Responsibility — for ourselves, those around us and our environment. Harry tells a moving personal story (featured on GNN last July) confirming the benefits of being responsible to that still, small voice in our head (or heart) that sometimes asks us to talk to a stranger, or to stop our car and help someone on the road.People routinely tell their children that if they don’t take care of a toy, they are showing their ingratitude for it. By the same token, we have a moral and ethical obligation to help others be the best they can be, provided they actually want or need the help. (If they don’t want or need the help, we have an equal responsibility to give them the space they need to explore their world in their own way.)Just as we have a responsibility to others, we demonstrate gratitude by being responsible towards ourselves. Our minds and our bodies are living miracles. Not taking care of our physical body or nurturing our mind is not being grateful for the wonderful gifts we have been given. Responsibility as a means of showing gratitude is never more clearly reflected than in our attitude towards our environment. If we are truly grateful for the beautiful world that we live in, why do we continue to abuse it and pollute it? We need to show gratitude for such a paradise by being responsible as a steward.To illustrate the concept of living responsibly, consider what happened to me in 2005, an event confirming that when we listen to our inner instincts to help others in need, the result is always a benefit to us but also can be a miracle for another.BUTTING INWe often don’t show the necessary responsibility toward another because we think we may be butting in or intruding upon someone’s life, or we’re afraid we might look silly or stupid. Sometimes we need to take action, even if we don’t know why at the moment.In the summer of that year, I was embroiled in a large international fraud trial in New York Supreme Court. As key witness for the prosecution, I alternated between being perceived as everyone’s best friend and everyone’s worst enemy. I had death threats against myself and my family and I had been offered the most incredible bribes.One day I was driving up through Topsail, Newfoundland when I received a call on my cell phone from one of the parties in the case. I wanted to concentrate on the call, so I pulled over next to a beach. For the hour that I was on the call, I could not believe how life was so complicated and that I had allowed myself to get caught up in such a mess.KEEP YOUR THIRD EYE OPENDuring that hour, I kept noticing a lady in a red car to my left who was crying profusely, with her head in her hands. When I was finished with the call and wondering what could make my day darker, I started my truck and drove away. When I drove about 150 feet or so, I had a feeling that something wasn’t right, so I turned around and went back to the red car.I walked over to the driver’s side and tapped on the glass. Now you can imagine someone 6 foot 3 with dark glasses on, approaching you in a remote area. The lady opened the window about an inch and I asked her if she was ok. She indicated that she was fine. I told her that from where I stood, she did not appear to be fine at all.I butted in, and told her that however dark life appeared to her at that moment, it was in fact filled with love for her and that if she could see that, she would find her way out of the darkness. She thanked me and I walked away.DON’T ARGUE WITH YOUR STILL, SMALL VOICE As I got back to my truck, I thought “Nope, that’s still not good enough”. I turned around, went back and gave her my name and phone number on a piece of paper. I told her to call anytime and that there were lots of people out there who could help her find the light that she needed. She thanked me again and I left.A week later, almost to the hour, I was driving past the same spot and realized that my cell phone wasn’t on. I turned it on and it promptly told me that I had a message. I pulled over and listened to the message, a message so profound that I couldn’t speak. I silently passed the phone to my partner so she could listen to it. It was a message left at 1:20 AM that morning.It was clear from the message made by the mysterious lady I had met a week earlier, that while I had been wondering why my life was so complicated, Lynn, as the caller identified herself, was contemplating why life was worth living at all. It appeared that my spontaneous act had interrupted plans of despair. In her message she indicated that my act of compassion and kindness — a simple decision to speak to her — would stay with her forever. (I suspect that she’ll pass this compassion and kindness on to others).When my day is difficult I replay her message to help put my day back into perspective. My act of going over to speak to her had caused her to rethink her actions, to change her perception of the world and to see the beauty in Life. In return, her act of calling me to thank me caused me to change my perception of my world, putting my court case in much clearer perspective. When you change how you look at things, the things you look at change.Showing responsibility for another created such gratitude in me. When you have a chance to exercise responsibility to yourself and others, take it. You may not know until days, months or years down the road what a positive impact you had. (You may never know.) But when your instinct tells you that you need to act, trust it and listen to it. You never know how big an impact it might produce in someone’s life.Next week, in the 3rd segment of this series, we explore the A in GRATITUDE, creating a discerning ATTITUDE. Take care and be well. Harry TuckerAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreI’m sure you have a bright idea hidden somewhere in the back of your mind that you know would be a success. But, for some reason, you’re just not doing it. Maybe your mindset is blocking your action. Remember that a correct and positive attitude in whatever you do will make things easier, and even enjoyable. Why not make 2008 the year you achieve your goal and bring that idea to life using these tips?An idea takes time to form in your head and is always at work while you are busy sitting. Utilizing a bit of positive thinking can help you begin to realize your dreams even if you’re just sitting on your favorite couch. Thinking big is indeed the entrepreneurial way and that is what makes many small businesses prosperous.1. Commit to yourself, as well as those you love, to create powerfully a life you can love. Instead of reacting, commit to creating from your heart and soul, out of love rather than fear. Your dream can always be there, but a dream will still be a dream without motion. You might be amazed as the transformation begins.2. Take passionate action toward living your life by design. Talk is cheap. Action = deposits in the bank of a passionately authentic future. Without it, passion is void. This is a perfect example of where dreams are made of where you start by tinkering with your mind, then with your hands. And if the idea weakens, you can always go back to it later until you finish it.3. Recognize and embrace the thought that each moment is perfect — regardless of its outcome. Every time you hit on something that may appear too extreme, why not give it a shot and see if it will work. You will be surprised to see there are other ways to get the task done in time. If you are not pleased with the outcome, decide to use that moment to learn from and make the appropriate shift. Think of it as failing forward.4. Dwell completely in a place of gratitude. Learn to use what you have at your disposal and make use of it in the most constructive way. Slipping into neediness will become less of a habit when you repeatedly shift toward gratitude and away from poverty consciousness.5. Use a Passion Formula: Recognize/Reevaluate/Restore in place of the Shoulda/Woulda/Coulda. The former is based in increased knowledge and abundance while the latter focuses on scarcity and lack. As you face people or tasks that may seem harder than scaling Mount Everest, allow yourself to realize that the task is just as important as giving out orders to your staff. You would rather be richly passionate!6. Keep humor at the forefront of thought, laughing at and with yourself when possible. You may find yourself quite entertaining when you loosen up! Life has so much to offer — don’t allow yourself to mope around in self pity. Humor is very attractive, very passionate: life-giving.7. Believe that you are the architect of your destiny. No one can take your passionate future from you except for you! Create your life authentically.As long as there’s still breath in your body, there is no end to how much you can accomplish in a lifetime. The concept of thinking big is all about enjoying your work, which would lead to celebrate a discovery that is born within your hands. Watch everything flow into place with perfect, passionate precision.__________________________________________________C.S. Pothitt is the President of the Women’s Business Gallery, a website dedicated to helping women build their entrepreneurial and small businesses. She has more than 15 years in marketing communications, public relations, writing and editing, as well as more than eight years online experience. If you enjoyed this article, please visit www.womens-business-gallery.com for more.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA monarch butterfly with injured wing has been mended by a New York couple in time to complete its famed migration south, “thanks to some tiny cardboard splints, a bit of contact cement and a trucker from Alabama”. (Read the full AP story on MSNBC) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCheating, lying and stealing among American students are all less prevalent nowadays, according to a new report.The 2012 “Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth” suggests that young people’s morals have improved in recent years. The survey, conducted every two years by the Los Angeles-based Josephson Institute of Ethics, found that 51 percent of students in 2012 admitted they cheated on an exam in the past year, which is down from 59 percent in 2010.” (READ the story from NBC News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHere at Good News Network, World Kindness Day is one of our favorite days of the year. It’s an occasion where everyone can go out of their way to show compassion to friends, family – even strangers.That’s why we compiled a list of ideas for you to try on World Kindness Day to spread a little joy.1. Bring in a Treat to Local Firefighters or Senior HomesCommunity makes the world go round, and it doesn’t matter how old you are. Whether you’re a 103-year-old woman volunteering to serve coffee or a companionable young person just hanging out, old folks homes are a prime target if you are looking to do a good deed. Local firehouses are also a great place. Just bring in flowers or bran muffins to make everyone feel good.2. Giving Out HugsWho doesn’t love a good hug? You can devote your day to hugging strangers, or look to your friends and family to see who may need one. Either way, it’s a warm gesture that can brighten someone’s day, including yours.3. Pay Attention To Less Appreciated SpacesThere are plenty of little ways to brighten up your community. Maybe you can tidy up that trash on your walk to work; or perhaps pull some weeds at the park or elderly neighbor’s yard; or you can give a little love to your local cemetery.4. Take Care Of Someone SickThere’s nothing like a warm bowl of soup when you’re suffering from a cold. See if your coworker with the bad cough could use some hot tea with honey, or just leave someone a ‘Get Well Soon’ note.5. Use Your Skills To Help Someone ElseAre you a nanny? Give a struggling family an hour or two of free babysitting. Are you a landscaper? Try doing a bit of work for your neighbor. Are you a dentist? Maybe you can help with someone’s smile. Whatever your craft may be, there’s always someone out there in need of an expert.6. Sit With Someone Who’s LonelyNo one likes being lonely, so take a seat with someone who is dining alone at a restaurant. Head over to a nursing home and have a chat with the elders, or head over to your local animal shelter to play with some neglected puppies.7. Write Someone A NoteYou can sign up to write anonymous love letters to those who need a pick-me-up. Or, you can type a letter or email to a friend you have neglected to keep in your world. Sit down with some pen and paper, or a keyboard, and let your kind words flow!8. Do Something For The HomelessHomeless folks probably need kindness the most. Whether it’s buying them a sandwich, slipping them a few bucks, or just keeping them company, show them some love today.9. Don’t Forget Those Closest To YouCook your spouse or roommate a surprise dinner, or welcome them home at the front door with such warm enthusiasm, they’ll wonder what they did to deserve it. Take your inspiration from this guy, who welcomed his wife home from the airport with a trumpet serenade.10. Mow Someone’s Lawn Or Rake Their LeavesIf you enjoy mowing the lawn, use your positive attitude for a neighbor. If you don’t like raking leaves, it makes the kindness all the more significant when you toil for 30 minutes on someone else’s yard. Try knocking on a stranger’s door and see if their yard could use some love.11. Pull Into a Drive-thru to Pay for Someone’s OrderUsing a classic anonymous trick for restoring a stranger’s faith in humanity, pull into a drive-thru and pay for the person behind you. You don’t even have to buy anything for yourself–just tell the worker it’s World Kindness Day. You might even start a chain reaction of drivers covering the bill for the car behind, like this one.12. Tip SomeoneWorking in food or retail can be one of the most stressful gigs on the planet. Extend your kindness to your cabbie with a theme park ticket, or give your pizza driver a hefty tip… a REALLY hefty tip. If you want to get extra creative, pay a gratuity to someone who doesn’t normally receive any appreciation like the garbage haulers or your postal worker.For dozens of more ideas for acts of kindness, check out this Random Acts of Kindness Generator sent in by Shari’s Berries, or see a list at Brad Aronson’s blog.Inspire Your Friends… Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSome years back, people got the idea to grow their mustaches in November to celebrate Cancer Awareness Month – and that’s exactly what I’m doing in honor of my firefighting friends who have cancer.According to the Movember Foundation for Cancer Awareness, the rules are pretty simple: no mustache-beard combos such as Van Dykes and other stuff, just traditional mustaches of any kind (pencil, walrus, brush, etc).I just had started growing my Movember mustache again – been doing it since 2015 – and this year did a yoga dance for a kind of serious fun. (The song is: La Dah, but TheCreatoR)We should do everything we can to increase awareness of how to prevent and detect cancer and its many manifestations.(WATCH the video below)Grow Some Positivity: Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis small town in Ireland is taking “love thy neighbor” to a whole new level.Melanie and Jeremy Zanni first settled down in Co. Galway after they migrated from France to the west of Ireland ten years ago.Upon falling in love with a cozy thatched cottage in Fartown, Glenamaddy, the couple started working as bakers for the local restaurants. But due to an accidental chimney fire last month, the Zannis suddenly found themselves without a home last month when they woke up early one morning to find that their thatched roof had caught on fire. Within hours, their cottage had burned to the ground.RELATED: Dying 86-Year-old Bought 14 Years Worth of Christmas Gifts for His 2-Year-old NeighborNot only that, the French couple did not have house insurance because they had been denied coverage due to the cottage’s thatched roof.As firefighters got the blaze under control, however, local politician Michael Fitzmaurice approached the distraught family and promised to rally the community into getting them a new home.Over the course of the following three weeks, Fitzmaurice led a team of volunteer tradesmen, apprentices, and retired carpenters in building a new house from scratch. The determined community members worked around the clock until they were finally able to unveil the Zanni family’s brand new home last week.Needless to say, the family was overwhelmed by the community-driven effort.“The neighbors are not just neighbors – they’re superheroes,” Jeremy told RTE in the interview below.Fitzmaurice, on the other hand, says that the laborers were just happy to help a neighbor in need.“The lads weren’t doing it for the pictures and the stories, they were doing it to help,” Fitzmaurice told The Sun. “There’s a lot of talk about rural Ireland and how they deal with people from different nationalities, but this will show you what these people have done… to help people that were in distress.”WATCH: Every Night for the Last 10 Years, Community Has Made Sure That Woman in Wheelchair Gets to BedJeremy told The Sun that he and his wife now plan on using their new home to throw the “biggest party that Fartown has ever seen” as a means of thanking everyone for their kindness.“It restored my faith in humanity big time. It’s incredible. Five minutes on site and you understand how crazy the whole thing is,” he added.“Something is looking out for us. I’m not religious or superstitious or spiritual but I’m starting to be after what is happening; there is a higher force at stake.”(WATCH the news coverage below) – Photo by The Fartown PhoenixBuild Up Some Positivity By Sharing The Inspiring Story With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Notre Dame students like to have fun. Tonight, they get the chance to prove it – for free. An evening of campus-wide frivolity and entertainment, Irishenanigans will take place beginning at 8 p.m. The Student Activities Office (SAO) organized the event, coordinating a variety of unusual entertainment opportunities to encourage students to explore campus and interact with peers. David Mattingly, program associate for SAO, said a wide range of events is to take place on campus, mostly between LaFortune Student Center and Stepan Center. All of the activities are free to students. “We have a comedy troupe coming from New York to perform at Washington Hall at 9 p.m., and Stepan Center will have an event [inspired by NBC’s] American Gladiators, complete with Nerf guns and inflatable obstacles,” Mattingly said. “Expect glow-in-the-dark laser tag at Stepan too, with a fire-juggling show at 10:30 p.m.” Free food is also part of the festivities. Mattingly said a cupcake truck parked near North Quad will hand out 1,200 gourmet cupcakes, with a smoothie distribution stationed nearby. A trivia game in The Huddle at midnight will offer “quarter dogs” as prizes, and elephant ears will be available near Stepan Center. Mattingly hopes the events will draw out both new and returning students to get better acquainted with campus and each other. “We want students to go to Washington Hall, and then to Stepan and then LaFortune,” Mattingly said. “We want them to understand that campus is fun, and that it’s exciting to be coming back here for the year.” In planning the event, Mattingly said SAO tried to orchestrate something that would appeal to everyone, so his office organized a vast array events and activities. Students looking for a workout can try their hands at Blitz Ball and Laser Tag in Stepan Center, or at the hourly games of Capture the Flag on the RecSports fields. Students seeking a more relaxing time can listen to live music played by the pop/rock band South Jordan, or catch a game of glow-in-the-dark corn hole. Mattingly said he hoped the variety of activities will draw a variety of students who might not typically interact. “The event is really just a social tool, a way to meet people,” Mattingly said. “You can do the cool exciting stuff or the more relaxing activities. There’s something for everyone.
Can Notre Dame women have it all? Panelists Muffet McGraw, Susan Pratt-Rosato and Dr. Mary O’Callaghan addressed this question for this year’s first installment of the Professors for Lunch series. The panel discussion, titled “Can Notre Dame Women Have it All? Career, Family, and the Pursuit of Post-graduation Happiness,” brought the three women to the South Dining Hall’s Oak Room on Friday at noon. The audience was filled with members of the Notre Dame community, especially young women, eager to hear about the opinions and life experiences of the panelists. O’Callaghan, a Notre Dame alumna, stay-at-home mother and activist for children with disabilities, began the discussion. She said she was glad to be part of this discussion. “I’m really grateful to be part of this discussion, and it’s great that we have this conversation here because we can move beyond the rhetoric and think about how we view our vocations,” O’Callaghan said. She said it was important someone tell female students at Notre Dame that some of them will want to be stay-at-home mothers. “There’s a big emphasis on career success for Notre Dame graduates, but we do you a disservice if we don’t also tell you some of you will feel a strong pull to stay at home with your children,” she said. O’Callaghan and her husband had their first child while they were both in graduate school and shared the child-care duties. She said she was drawn to the idea of staying at home. “I felt being a mother really resonated with me on a deep level. It was simply my personal response to having this baby in front of me,” she said. O’Callaghan said she decided to finish her degree before becoming a stay-at-home mother after a friend advised her that people would more readily listen to what she had to say down the road, if she completed her education. She said this advice has paid off in her efforts as co-founder of InForming Life, a non-profit organization that offers support to parents whose child receives a pre-natal diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome. O’Callaghan also said there is a misconception that she and other well-educated stay-at-home moms are wasting their education. “Universities aren’t glorified vocational schools, and education is about more than career preparation,” she said. “Most of the stay-at-home mothers I know have found creative ways to use their education.” Pratt-Rosato, a Notre Dame Political Science professor, said that she initially found the question “Can Notre Dame women have it all?” somewhat offensive. She said she needed to know what “all” means because it is impossible to truly have everything one wants. “Can we have it all? Obviously no. We’re not Hermione Granger. Dumbledore didn’t give us a time turner so we can be a Fortune 500 CEO and then go home and breastfeed,” she said. She said, rather than trying to “have it all,” women should seek the balance in their lives that is right for them. “Life is about balance, and balance isn’t going to be the same for all of us,” she said. Pratt-Rosato said what bothers her most is the sense of guilt among both mothers who remain in the work force and mothers who stay at home. “That is the part that angers me, that we have to feel guilty about making a choice,” she said. “Recognize that life is going to present you with choices and see them as opportunities. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and know there’s no wrong choice.” She said women’s reactions to this question are bound to change over a lifetime. “What you want now in your 20’s is going to change in your 30’s, in your 40’s, in your 50’s and in your 60’s,” Pratt-Rosato said. Pratt-Rosato also echoed O’Callaghan’s opposition to the idea of stay-at-home mothers wasting an education. She said it is worth getting an education for its own sake. “Education can be an end in itself, it doesn’t have to be a means to something else,” she said. Pratt-Rosato said young women should not lose sight of the fact having the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom is a “luxury” and many American women don’t have that option. Muffet McGraw, Irish women’s basketball head coach, said in addition to choosing between the home and the workplace at the individual level, there should be an effort to change how we view the question on a societal level. “When you make your choice you have to make sure it’s a choice you’re making and not one you’re backing into,” she said. “The more confident you are when you make your choice the better you feel about it.” McGraw said in her case stereotypes about men and women have never fit her. “Women are supposed to be warm, sensitive and caring, but I’ve never been like that. Men are supposed to be ambitious, driven and confident and I’ve always been all those things,” she said. She said women need to challenge these stereotypes and need to make a greater effort to project confidence. “We just don’t sell ourselves. Believe in yourself, know what you can do and then tell people you can do it,” McGraw said. The Professors for Lunch panel series is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Tocqueville Program.