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This week's quotes came from:
Napoleon Hill, whose book Think and Grow Rich has averaged sales of more than 1.25 million copies per year since its publication in 1937;
Arthur Schopenhauer, whose hairdo delights me far more than his words ever could because he's like a balding Wolverine (see below);
Retired 4-star General Colin Powell, who has undoubtedly made mistakes. He's also (twice) received the Presidential Medal of Freedom; as well as the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. Also, his middle name is Luther, which is pretty awesome. In his interview with Claire Howorth, he said;
Don Miguel Ruiz with Janet Mills, and their incredibly helpful book The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.
There was a lot of joyful news to report this week! For example:
Somebody planted a seed...and, then another seed...:
These tree-planting drones are firing ‘seed missiles’ into the ground. Less than a year later, they’re already 20 inches tall. 10 drones can plant 400,000 trees in a day — enough to combat climate change.
All of this is the brainchild of Worldview International Foundation Secretary General and Founder, Dr. Arne Fjortoft, who says:
Today, we live in a global village. It is threatened by climate change. Our vision and commitment to this challenge will determine living conditions for our children, grandchildren and future generations. This is the most fundamental challenge in human history. We have to act quickly with effective solutions. Restoring lost mangrove forests is a practical, meaningful contribution to strengthening nature’s own methods for balancing the climate, tested over thousands of years. Planting miracle mangrove trees is more than a vision, it is a celebration for life on earth. Believing in a livable future is more than a dream, it is a commitment to our global village.
For more information about how mangrove trees, specifically, are so beneficial in this work; or, to donate and contribute, check out: https://wif.foundation/.
Big JoyAt6 shoutout to subscriber Andrew from Davidson, NC. I've been lucky enough to know Drew since 1997, when we sat with our Moms for freshman orientation at the University of Kentucky. When he sent this to me on Saturday it made my day, and I surely do hope that it makes yours, too. Thanks Andrew!!
And...there was a reunion at an airport:
Together again! The heartwarming moment a long-distance couple with Down syndrome were reunited after their moms arranged a meeting for the duo who fell in love at a conference.
Couple Nick Doyle and Gabi Angelini fell in love when they both attended the National Down Syndrome Society's national conference in AprilThey started a long-distance relationship as Nick, 30, lives in Canton, Ohio, and Gabi, 21, lives in Raleigh, North CarolinaTheir moms organized a secret surprise for them to meet up recentlyLisa Doyle, Nick's mom, captured the moment when they reunited at the airport The couple plans to meet up again next week while they keep navigating their long-distance relationship In case you haven't seen the 1-minute video, I highly recommend it!
And...somebody's boiler blew:
A plumber [James Anderson] fixed the boiler of a 91-year-old terminally ill woman. He billed her $0.
The bill, initially shared on Facebook by the woman's daughter, Christine Rowlands, was accompanied by the message: 'No charge for this lady under any circumstances. We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible.'
Anderson insists that she will have "free plumbing for life."
But this isn't a first act of kindness for Anderson. Since turning his plumbing business into a community project for vulnerable people, he says he's helped and assisted thousands of people.
That's 2,389 people since March 2017 to be precise, he told CNN.
He says he was inspired to set up his company, DEPHER, after he saw another elderly man being "manipulated" by another engineer in the area.
"It got me thinking about other elderly and vulnerable people — we need to do something more to help the people who need it most," Anderson said in a phone interview.
I've long-since retired from matchmaking, but methinks Mýa and James Anderson would be buddies!
And...Kids are pretty awesome:
Thoughtful Ruby Kate [Chitsey] is one of the inspirational young winners of this year's Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, an award that celebrates young people from across North America who've had a positive impact on people, their communities and the environment. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 young leaders from ages 8 to 18. Fifteen top winners each receive $10,000 to support their service work or higher education.
Ruby Kate founded Three Wishes for Ruby's Residents to support seniors living in nursing homes across the U.S. Ruby Kate visits residents, asking, "If you could have any three things in the world, what would they be?" She then tries to fulfill their wishes, which are typically everyday items like fresh fruit, better toothpaste or shoes that fit.
"I feel valued for doing what matters to me — being kind — and am so glad the world took my voice seriously," Ruby Kate says. "Mostly, I'm grateful that I've changed the world for the elderly I know."
More inspiring winners:
Charlie Abrams, 15, and Jeremy Clark, 14, of Oregon, who co-founded Affected Generation, a youth-led nonprofit working to fight climate change, help implement effective climate policy, and create environmental films.
Anna Du, 13, of Massachusetts, who invented a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that detects microplastics on the ocean floor. She also wrote a children's book, "Microplastics and Me," and has raised more than $7,000 to distribute the book free to libraries in high-need communities.
Garyk Brixi, 18, of Maryland, who developed better life-saving relief food for starving children in developing countries. He's teaming with an NGO to begin producing his food in Malawi.
Katherine McPhie, 17, and Milan Narula, 16, of California, who co-founded Open Sesame Coding for Kids and have taught computer coding skills to more than 100 children living in homeless and domestic violence shelters.
Will, 14, and Matthew Gladstone, 11, of Massachusetts, who co-founded the Blue Feet Foundation to help save the blue-footed booby. They have sold more than 10,000 pairs of bright blue socks to raise more than $80,000 to fund research to study the bird's decline in the Galapagos Islands.
To read more about this year's winners and all they've accomplished, visit the Barron Prize website.
And...last, but not least...you can still 'misdial' a phone number with a smart phone:
Text message sent to wrong number by one digit leads to unexpected act of kindness.
[Abby] Fink says that text was meant for family friends [the Jakemans] dealing with a crisis. The family friend's 4-year-old son, Noah [Jakeman], was fighting to stay alive after suffering a seizure that sent vomit into his lungs last week.
"Hey brother Jakeman, this is sister Fink, we are bringing you dinner tomorrow I was wondering what time would be a good time to bring it over," said Abby Fink, reading from a text message sent over the weekend.
"The response I got back was, 'Oh what are you bringing me, I don't like seafood,'" said Fink, who says she immediately realized her error.
On the other end of that text was a man named Bill, having a little fun with Fink.
Bill realized Fink had sent the text to the wrong person, but when she told him the intended target, Bill's response was unexpected.
"Then it was immediately, 'How can I help?' and I was like, 'Well, just pray for Noah,' and he was like, 'Well I don't really pray, but I can help with donations, food, etc.,'" said Fink.
As you can imagine, Fink was stunned.
Bill told Fink that as a single father, it was a teachable moment for his son, and it's "just what people do."
"I'm thinking to myself, no that's not what people do because it's hard to find good people, good genuine people who want to serve and help others," said Fink.
Since then, Bill has rallied friends on Facebook to send gifts and cards to Noah. Bill even contacted a local charity who now wants to lend a hand too.
Noah's parents spoke to ABC15 by phone about the heartwarming and unexpected support.
"We were just really touched and in awe that a perfect stranger, that all he knew was that a little boy was in the ICU and he just wanted to jump into action," said Alex Jakeman, Noah's mom.
Noah is finally out of the ICU but remains at Phoenix Children's Hospital as a lengthy recovery begins.
As for Bill, he plans to drop off a gift and meet the young boy in person next week.
"I told Bill, 'I don't know if you believe in God or not, but I believe you were sent here to help this family.' I told him he was an angel," said Fink.
If you would like to donate to help Noah's family, click here.
Footage from ABC15 is linked here.