It’s chilly today, and raining off and on so I dedicated a bit of my day to attempting to get caught up reading all the wonderful blogs I follow. As usual when I fall behind what I return to is an overwhelming number of stories that remind me of the good in the world. This week, I’ve selected four of my favorite inspirational stories to share with you, those stories that make you smile knowing there is much good in human nature.
Did you know Henry Ford built a town in Georgia? We all know how he built his assembly line in Detroit but it turns out he had a much more generous heart than most know. Ford built a home for a former slave living in abject poverty and paid for her care until her death. He paid for medical needs and college education for a polio stricken child of one of his employees. Cynthia tells the story much better than I ever could. Just think what kind of world we would live in if all those with more wealth than they need looked to their community to find ways to make life better.
A recent issue of Yes! Magazine contained an article on the healing powers of gardening. It highlighted the immune-boosting properties as well as lessening depression. I have read about the farm that welcomes our veterans who are dealing with PTSD and now this article on the difference permaculture can have on ex-convicts and gang members.
Joy shared her friend, Michael’s, trip to Cambodia and Thailand. It’s a beautiful photographic tour of these countries, but you will never guess how he came by the funds to travel the world, it came from the most unlike source I could ever imagine.
Today we hear of free-range children but before that children were just trusted to run and play as well as work with tools. Emma shares how growing up with trust and freedom affected who she is today.