Teachers inspire the smallest hearts to grow big enough to change the world. Whether you have children in school now or you’re a grown-up who wants to send a thank-you gift to an influential teacher from your past, this short inspirational video is a great way to share a message of gratitude with, and for, educators.
Elisabeth Kirkby, 93, has just about done it all. She was a soap star in the 1970’s hit TV show, Number 96. She then became a member of Parliament for the Democrats and received the Order of Australia medal. Today she’s become the country’s oldest PhD.
What an inspiration!
Do you remember in the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” how George Bailey wished for, and then was granted, the opportunity to see what life would be like in his town if he had never been born? He got to see how the lives of people he had known turned out without any interaction with, or knowledge of, him. Have you ever thought about what it would be like if you were one of those people–but in your present life? Who are the people who have made a big difference in your life? What would your life be like today had you never meet them?
And how about on the flip-side, what impact have you had on the lives of others? Hard to tell, isn’t it? I think a lot of people tend to underestimate the impact they have on others–especially the positive impact.
Thanks to the folks at “Funders and Founders,” we can get a peek at this impact. Here is an infographic they created that attempts to count the number of people whose lives may be different because of us.
HERE is the link to their original article.
Enjoy …and why not
give start something today!
infographic credit: Funders and Founders
The Holstee Manifesto
You can read the story of the Holstee Manifesto HERE. We thank them for their vision, commitment, and inspiration.
Enjoy …and give something today!
85-Year-Old Graduates From College—And Finds A Job
The employment market being what it is for newly minted college graduates, Willadene Zedan would stand out at Saturday’s commencement at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, if only for the fact that she’ll begin the job of her dreams just four days later: Accompanying a local doctor on house calls to the homebound elderly.
But Zedan, at the age of 85, is already the reluctant celebrity of Marian’s class of 2013. She’s proof that it’s never too late to do the things you didn’t get to do in the prime of life and that “lifelong learning” is more than hackneyed happy-talk.
In the days leading up to graduation, with exams and papers behind her, Zedan did not head for the beach with a six-pack to celebrate as other undergraduates might. Rather she toiled in the kitchen of the home she shares with one of her daughters, Elizabeth Zedan, a minister, and her son-in-law, Thomas Richardson, chairman of Marian’s chemistry department.
With five children, 15 grandchildren (one a nursing student at Marian, despite having four children of her own) and 26 great-grandchildren assembling for the big event, Zedan was preparing a banquet. “If I demanded the whole bunch of them show up, it’s the least I can do,” she says. “Some way to insist on a family reunion, isn’t it?”…
Click HERE to read the rest of this inspirational story.
The author of this story is Jane Gross who is a contributor to “nextavenue, where grown-ups keep growing” by PBS.
I love stories about people who just keep going and keep growing. Congrats to you, Willadene Zedan.
Here’s the link to the interesting story.
photo credit: Jeff Forman/News-Herald
The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.