Happy Sunday and Happy Solstice, dear friends. I think life is playing a trick on me. The hare has finally learned what the tortoise’s life is like!
I am sure many of you have felt that time is literally speeding up. Every week, Sunday seems to come faster and faster, and we can’t even comprehend where the time went. We get involved in projects and find we are missing vast amounts of linear time.
This aspect of the current energies has been around for about a year, and most have adjusted to it. Suddenly for me, while the days seem to go by just as fast, the moments are now expanding vastly. I can sit and pet my cat for a few minutes of shear joy, and it seems like an hour. I can walk in the garden, visiting flowers and watching the bees buzz for what seems like eons, and it is literally a minute passed in linear time.
Is it that I am focusing more in joy in the present moment and those moments expand fully, while the time needed to get things done passes unnoticed? Our perception of time as a linear and static thing, is certainly coming up for re-evaluation! While every moment is precious, it seems as if the moments spent enjoying life are blooming more fully than those spent doing tasks that are not so enjoyable.
So, I embrace this new concept of time, and drinking fully of each moment as joyfully as possible. Try it out for yourself and see what comes up for you!
Hawaii looks at converting old city buses as portable housing for homeless.
Architecture firm, Group 70 International, is in the process of re-purposing 70 high-mileage city buses for use as homeless shelters in Hawaii. Hawaii currently has the highest homeless population in the United States, and this innovative and cost effective option will assist many in need.
The buses will be stripped of their interiors and remodeled using recycled and donated materials. They will also be portable, so they can be moved to areas where they are needed. The project will include sleeping areas, shower facilities and recreation rooms.
While this effort is only a bridge to providing appropriate housing and support for all beings, it is wonderful to see creative individuals, thinking outside the box in an effort to offer tangible support for those who are struggling.
What happens when you build a preschool in a nursing home? Magic!
The Intergenerational Learning Center is a unique preschool. What makes it so unique is the fact that it was built, intentionally, inside an assisted-care nursing facility in Seattle, Washington. The 400 elderly residents participate in daily activities with the children in the preschool, and the initial results have been extremely positive for both generations.
The permanent residents are given the honorable title of elders, and the young folks are nurtured by and learn amazing lessons from these beings. In a time when ageism is prevalent in many societies and extended families are not the norm, it is so important for the young to be around those who have deep wisdom and experience. It is also such a joy for older folk to feel invigorated and needed by their interaction with young beings.
I hope that this model will expand far and wide, and create a wonderful renaissance in the way generations interact and learn from each other.
An interesting look at gender identity through the eyes of children.
Most folks are aware that Bruce Jenner, former Olympic Decathlon champion, has just recently publicly gender transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner. There is much in the main stream media about this transition, which Jenner says has been a secret desire since he was a small child.
I believe that all beings should have the opportunity to decide for themselves how to truly honor their own self, but many are in an upheaval about this very public declaration of self.
I would like to bring to your attention this extremely poignant video that asked a group of young children a number of questions about pictures they were shown, and then expanded into a discussion of honoring self. It is heartening to hear their very candid and lovely responses. It gives us a glimpse into the hearts and thoughts of the young ones incarnating at this time.
A young boy thinks he lost his stuffed tiger, but it only went on its own adventure.
This is a beautiful story! A young boy was flying to Texas with his mom from Florida, when he realized he left his stuffed tiger at the terminal. This was not any stuffed tiger, as his grandmother handmade the Hobbes doll especially for him.
When they touched down, his mom called the Tampa airport, in the hopes that the tiger had been located. Not only had he been located, he was given his very own adventure at the airport. What unfolded, through the kindness of strangers for a child none of them even knew, shows us how love can work on all hearts to make beautiful things happen!
Kindness is never wasted.
Enjoy this short student video from Toronto, CA, where college kids shared thanks with those who made their university a better place, along with other small acts of kindness. The smiles on everyone’s faces show that no matter how small a gift one gives, it is always appreciated!
That’s the good news for today. Have a spectacular day. See you all next Sunday as we explore more good news together.
Be Well. Be Joy. Be Love!