This story is about more than mere kindness; it's about the essence and the power that compassion offers all humanity.
Many of us cry every time we watch this movie. Perhaps it's because we wish we'd had someone in our lives who had shown us that compassion. Or maybe it reminds us of all the special people who have made a difference in our lives, and we cry with gratitude.
For most people, the problem with being compassionate is that we fear if we offer it we'll somehow be condoning and encouraging hurtful behavior. Yet, in a story like Teddy's, we can see right away how a life can be changed for the better, with changes lasting the span of a lifetime.
The real power of compassion is choosing it in the midst of difficult situations involving behaviors that we find upsetting and entirely off-putting. How can one be expected to be compassionate in the midst of fear.
How indeed? And yet this is what this story is all about. While it is fictional, it is most possible. From…
We’ve cracked open the door. Should we creep, step or burst through?
Something pretty great has happened. Because hundreds of organisations and thousands of people like you around the world signed the petition to end the World Bank's destructive Doing Business rankings, a crack has appeared in their armour.
I delivered the Joint Statement - along with some fresh soil representing the millions of small-hold farmers around the world who have been displaced by these policies - to the doors of the Bank itself in Washington DC. After initially being refused, I was met by some of the key officials. They were very polite, said a couple of extraordinary things – like the fact that they don't think it is their job to change the economic system that drives inequality, they just implement the Business Rankings country by country - but agreed to meet farmers groups to hear more.
Talking is essential but not enough. We were clear with them: we will help them listen to our partners but we are…
The last couple of weeks have been pretty much the same as ever with numerous people reporting all sorts of strange and unusual things happening to them. Chief amongst them were electrical, technical, and mechanical appliances and vehicles which ceased working or simply went bust. Running a close second came aches, pains, unexplainable illnesses, and of course sleeplessness, lethargy, disorientation and feeling like a stranger in an alien world. Let’s face it; this all part of the “changes” and will not go away until the change has been fully implemented. The world over, people have been rising up, protesting, and taking up petitions against GMO crops, chemicals in and on our foodstuffs, animal cruelty, working class poor being subjected to 3Rd world (and worse) living and working conditions, and the infiltration by large corporations corrupting governments and sporting organisations. Very shortly – it is happening right now – we will see an increase in tragic man-made and natural event…