More to the Story…

Childs rendering of my heart.

A Child’s rendering of his heart….and mine… <3

I Will Be A Hummingbird.

When I last saw one of my smart, loving, mommy friends…one of those grandmothers they speak of who rise up to save the world…she spoke of a video that’s inspired her:

 

“I love this story…I live this story,” she said, “But it bothers me because they never finish it.”

“What do you mean?”

“Well, the humming bird! She goes and gives it her best, no matter how overwhelming it all is, and that’s good, and THEN…

Once she explains herself, and is seen walking this talk, her friend is inspired!

And then another! And another! And then they inspire folks in turn…

By the time the elephants get involved, already soaked by all the little birds plus everyone else…

Something wonderful has happened.

Something wonderful has been saved.

Even more has been created.”


“Yeah…”


We start talking about this video that’s about a dancing man and a whole lot more that another fiercely beautiful, passionate, intelligent friend once showed me:

 

I will be a Hummingbird…

I will be a Hummingbird’s Friend.

May we find good things to lead and follow

Good songs to sing and dance.

Of truth and love, transcending wisdom…

Grateful to all who uplift and inspire.

Namaste.

Synchronicity Picks: The Heath Brothers

We’ve got to be honest, we haven’t had the heart to crack open “Upstream” yet, mostly because it’s all about solving problems before they get out of hand and we happened to receive it just as we felt the current situation had already been left to get out of hand… Grateful to all who are working together honestly and earnestly to get things under control!

Meanwhile, the book on the right “Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard” remains among our favorites. It’s filled with wonderful, evidence based, real-life examples of folks who identified what was working and did more or that.

It gets to a basic concept Kate learned a long time ago when she was a Psychology Major at SUNY Stony Brook: If you want to get animals to behave certain ways, the thing that works is Positive Reinforcement.

“Catch ’em being good!” as Professor Daniel O’Leary probably still says.

We were struck by the use of this at the Guide Dog Foundation not too long ago, too. As long as they were behaving, the dogs could have praise lavished. If they weren’t they simply got ignored. It was the quietest kennel filled with the happiest dogs we’d ever visited!

Still, this book takes that concept and goes a little bit beyond, adding a major focus on something those who teach sales often hit upon: No matter how cool we think we are, humans are essentially emotional beings. Our rational mind is like a rider on elephant of feelings. Any attempt by that rider to drive, or another to lead him had best take that into consideration…

The Heath Brothers do, and they do it well. The book is well worth reading and re-reading, especially by any who want to make a healthier, more sustainable world!!

Have You Seen the Rainbows?

A child's drawing of a rainbow

Just a little ray of hope to brighten the lives of the child in all of us. It started with a Facebook group called “Rainbows over Nassau and Suffolk Counties”. and, we think, also a call to chalk up neighborhood driveways that we first heard about from our beloved Lois Howes. of the Friends of Freeport.

It involves sticking rainbows in your window, coloring your driveway, posting pictures. Our dear Firefly Beth Atkinson has been hiding rainbow rocks on her walk for the curious children of Northport to find….

It’s a small thing that means a lot. Be a part of it, will you? It can be a rainbow, it can be an act of service. The world needs all the love and support it can get….