Extraordinary, positive changes are happening all around the world and are often overlooked. Come in and get inspired as we showcase the uplifting news stories you might have otherwise missed.

Tending to your garden is said to be good for your soul, but what if you tended to your life as you do your garden? In this piece, writer Alanda Greene discusses the lessons her garden weeds have taught her about paying attention to her inner weeds; those habits, behaviors, and tendencies we all have, and often ignore until they are out of hand. Much like weeds obstruct the fullest potential of a garden, these behaviors can block us from reaching our own potential. However, instead of placing the blame on ourselves for these habits and tendencies, we can use non-loaded terms such as, 'obstacles, hindrances, transformation, and choice,' says Greene, to release the emotional ties to these habits, and instead transform them into positive goals.
Author: clubs@charityfocus.org
Posted: September 20, 2017, 12:30 pm
"I remember writing somewhere that art took me over before life did. I think of myself, and other artists, as the growing edge of a 30,000-year old body of people who made the drawings in the caves, the Pompeii murals, Sumi-e paintings, Rembrandt, Picasso, Grandma Moses. The artists before us were helping to keep the world alive, as working artists are today. We just happen to be occupying the universe at this moment. It's humbling. It gives me courage and pleasure, and some perspective"
Author: clubs@charityfocus.org
Posted: September 19, 2017, 12:30 pm
Two countries in an endless war with each other. Generations of enemies born into hating the opposition. And with no end in sight, Yoav Peck has found a way to harness peace and cultivate unity between two groups of unlikely allies. Co-Executive-Director of the Sulha Peace Project, Yoav says the key is in listening and in working from the heart and not the head. "Each of us has a story. It's important to the Israelis to establish a situation in which not only are they listening to the Palestinians but that the Palestinians are listening to us. And it means listening to the history of our families. Any political future must address the human needs of both sides, We at Sulha stand on the front lines of the struggle to return decency and compassion to our shared land." The following is an edited version of an interview with Yoav.
Author: clubs@charityfocus.org
Posted: September 18, 2017, 12:30 pm
Kristin Pedemonti's simplicity of spirit and open heart illuminates all whom she meets. In talking about her "leap of faith" decision to pursue storytelling full-time, she says: "When you are on a path that is the right one for you whatever that path is this clarity will appear." Kristin speaks from experience. Whether she's blowing bubbles on a subway of tired souls, giving free hugs at a busy intersection, or speaking in schools, libraries, conferences and Awakin Calls, her spirit is a flame that ignites the storyteller in each of us, and builds bridges of kinship.
Author: clubs@charityfocus.org
Posted: September 17, 2017, 12:30 pm
Gothenburg, like all cities, has its pros and cons. Despite problems with segregation and reliance on fossil fuels, Sweden's second city has a lot to offer in terms of collaboration and community, being voted the "world's most sociable city" earlier this year. The nonprofit organization Kollaborativ Ekonomi Goteborg (Collaborative Economy Gothenburg) discusses the 12 ways Gothenburg is encouraging a collaborative community, improving its environmental footprint, teaching valuable life skills, and bringing people together. From programs encouraging visitors and tourists to 'meet the locals' to libraries that loan everything from books to sewing machines, Gothenburg is a great model of what is possible when people from all walks of life work together for the common good.
Author: clubs@charityfocus.org
Posted: September 16, 2017, 12:30 pm
As Mark Massimino shuttled through space to the Hubble Telescope, 350 miles above Earth, our planet looked like "a gigantic, bright blue marble set against the blackness of space...Everything had a clarity and a crispness to it. It was like I was seeing things in their purest form, like I was seeing true color for the first time." Read this riveting excerpt from his book, 'Spaceman'.
Author: clubs@charityfocus.org
Posted: September 15, 2017, 12:30 pm
"When I look at babies, I see how worthy we all are. I see that each individual is an artist, ready to paint something soul-fulfilling on the palette of existence. I see how we start out completely innocent and deserving of love.Then we begin to grow, finding our way in a sometimes challenging world. Navigating lifes difficulties sometimes alters our perception of self-worth." In this short, eloquent piece, writer and minister Bonnie Rose shares personal stories and practices that return us to an awareness of our inherent worthiness.
Author: clubs@charityfocus.org
Posted: September 14, 2017, 12:30 pm
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