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Here is my first video article for this site. Coincidentally, it is a video tutorials on how to create your own video article.
Wow, it’s already been 5 months since I wrote my last post here. What have I been up to and where was I?
Over the past 6 months, I have been busy developing and producing a series of video lessons to help teens and young adults prepare for Successful Independent Living.
As part of this interesting project, I have had the privileged to interview some really passionate people. As you know, I am passionate about what I do and when I meet other people passionate about what they do I am in heaven. Just today, I interviewed one of those passionate person, her name is Nancy F.
Nancy runs an agency that helps kids prepare for successful independent living. Her passion and love for these young people really affected me in a positive way today, her passion is infectious. To hear Nancy talks about “her” kids and how excited she is when they succeed is inspiring. However, what impressed me the most is to hear her talking about when they fail, and how she stick by them through these valleys and never closes the door on them. Like many heroes, she gave all the credit to her staff and their commitment to the young people they work with on a daily basis.
Today I heard so many great stories about our young people that it really encouraged me a lot. Some of these kids have gone through dramatic events in their lives, event that would have crippled many of us. Yet, they overcame! The future belongs to them and I feel great about what they will achieve.
Their stories reinforce my belief that our history is not our destiny.
Are you so passionate about your career, jobs or vocation that the success of your “clients” is “your success”? If you are one of those person that put your client, student or staff first then, you are a hero in my world. I applaud you, continue to spread your passion around and be a service to others. Investing in people’s lives is a worthwhile goal. What you give to others, what success you help others achieve will be your legacy to this world.
May God bless you and your team Nancy F. of Edmonton.
For my part, I will try to write more often.
As I write this post, a few days after the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut where so many lives were cut short, I cannot help but wonder how could this happen. Trying to get past my initial anger toward the young man who did this, I am amazed at how the media is making so many assumptions about his motives and the grief that his family is feeling right now. I am in no way justifying what he did, or minimizing the horrible pain that the victims’ families are suffering.
This generation is growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social and emotional well-being. Violence and intolerance is everywhere, violence and extremism is news and it sells. Have we become unsensitized to the needs of others? Have we watched so many violent movies and played so many first-shooter games that the death of others has no meaning? What life did Adam Lanza have so that it ended in such a horrible way?
I remember a speaker one day say, “broken people break people” as he was talking about his growing up with violence and addiction. As I think about his presentation, his words become a backdrop to the events I refer to earlier, and I ask myself “what was broken about Adam Lanza?” I am not trying to lay blame but rather trying to understand how we can as parents, educators and other professionals prevent other events like this? What can we do?
Could we start by lowering the levels of judgmental and extreme conversation and increasing understanding, compassion and acceptance? I love the expression that says “hate the sin, but love the sinner”. I wish we could set aside dogma and start trying to understand other and be willing to help.
Without getting into a religious debate, please allow this quote from the Bible: “Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness,” (I Corinthians 13:4-7)
Did I miss something in that verse? Let’s leave the judging to God and start on the loving part.
Written by Rusty Wright (this is a repost from an article published last year)
What does Christmas mean to you? Times with family and friends? Perhaps carols, cards, television specials. Maybe hectic shopping, parties, and eating too much.
All these and more are part of North American Christmas. But what about the first Christmas? Why is the original story—the baby in a manger, shepherds, wise men, angels—important, if at all?
May I invite you to consider eight reasons why the original Christmas story matters, even to you? You may not agree with all of them, but perhaps they will stimulate your thinking and maybe even kindle some feelings that resonate with that famous story.