Each month at PRI's The Works, we each share our thoughts on something new (or just new to us) that we find inspirational, thought-provoking, or just plain cool.
|I am so inspired by a special family that goes to our elementary school. Wil is the main focus of this ABC news story, but the whole family is inspiring in their strength and the fact that they never give up. We’ve known them since they first started riding the bus with our daughter Sophie in kindergarten, and it’s been a joy to see how far Wil has come in a short amount of time. Any time you feel like complaining, check out this video for a dose of “Wil-power.”|
|I’m inspired by the incredible blog, Letter of Note. Every time I stop by to read a post, I’m immediately drawn into a dozen more real correspondences, both historical and modern. Some are funny, some heartfelt and sad. It’s like getting to peek through tiny windows into others’ lives. A few personal favorites include a 21-year late fan club membership letter, a poorly reviewed 18th century poet’s response to his critic, and a freed slave’s letter to his former master.|
|If “a picture speaks a thousand words,” then animals hold the dictionary to life. I’m inspired by a photo of a homeless man and his dog. The 57-year-old homeless man became ill with lung cancer and was taken into hospice. He had lived in his car with his dog. The dog went into a local animal shelter. The man’s dying wish was to see his beloved dog one more time. The dog’s new owners and the hospice volunteers made it happen. Three days later, he died at peace after the heartwarming reunion. I’m inspired by the power of animals. What they can offer us is vast in learning about compassion, endurance, and humanity. These photos and video need no words. The images portray it all with complete honesty.|
|I am inspired by CoWerks which offers office and event space with a built-in community to help start-up businesses or new ideas to grow. (Check out these photos.) Lease-free space includes Internet and free utilities without any additional fees. They allow you to “grab your laptop, drop in, and you’re up and running!” Starting April 23, CoWerks will facilitate an iPhone/iPad/iOS development group for which I personally can’t wait to attend!|
|I'm inspired by the commercial from Chipotle entitled Back to the Start. The commercial is similar to a short film done in stop-motion animation that “depicts the life of a farmer as he slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the errors of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future.” Even better, it features a Coldplay cover song by none other than Willie Nelson. At least 70% of the proceeds from the sale of this song will benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. Check out the video, and find out more on Chipotle and its other food initiatives.|
|It is not the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, but it’s where Fritz (dachshound) Duffie (Westie) companion and I were on a brisk Sunday afternoon in late winter. It’s the Harlem Valley Rail Trail in Dutchess County, New York. The path hosts a wonderful mix of walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and of course, all varieties of dogs out to take their owners for a stroll. About a mile from the Millerton, NY, entrance is a little farmyard by a creek that cuts through the hillside, complete with big fat ducks, and even bigger (way bigger) Highland Scottish cattle.|
|I am working more small breaks into my day for stretching and relaxation. Stress builds, so if you can alleviate smaller instances of stress as they happen, you won’t end up in a knot at the end of your workday. A great way to do this is through Kripalu’s Yoga Breaks. They’re available on their site, and also on their YouTube channel. If you’re anything like me, it helps to create some sort of reminder on your computer (alarm, message, email, etc.) so you’ll remember.
Image courtesy of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.