Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category


Empathy is an art form

March 15th, 2013

The Empathy Machine

When you think about Sherlock Holmes, chances are it’s not his big, warm heart and his generous nature that come to mind. In fact, you might think of him as a cold fish. Yet in ‘Silver Blaze’, Arthur Conan Doyle’s story of the gallant racehorse who disappeared, Holmes takes an imaginative leap, not only into another human mind, but into the mind of an animal. This perspective-taking, being able to see the world from the point of view of another, is one of the central elements of empathy, and Holmes raised it to the status of an art.

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Top five regrets of the dying

March 7th, 2013

What’s your greatest regret so far, and what will you set out to achieve or change before you die?

A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life?

There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’.

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Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. “When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently,” she says, “common themes surfaced again and again.”

Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Ware:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

“This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.”

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

“Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.”

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

“This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”

What’s your greatest regret so far, and what will you set out to achieve or change before you die?

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Young-ha Kim: Be an artist, right now! (TED)

February 20th, 2013

Reminder

January 23rd, 2013

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Khalil Gibran on children

June 29th, 2012
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Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

June 7th, 2012

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We bought a zoo

May 14th, 2012

I am not sure how it is creative, I just love this film -  an inspiring story

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Read more about the Dartmoor Zoo Park here

 

Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen, NJ

May 3rd, 2012

Our vision here at Soul Kitchen is to serve healthy, delicious, and when possible, organic meals. At the Soul Kitchen you will notice there are no prices on the menu and you might have been seated with someone you don’t know. Customers pay the minimum donation or volunteer in some way to earn a voucher for a meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more about it here

 

Google art project

April 29th, 2012

What is Google Art Project?

Some famous artworks here

 

Soles 4 Soules

April 26th, 2012

Charity single brings together 19 Top Country Music Artists for international shoe charity Soles4Souls. Billy Gilman spearheads historic project to sponsor 500,000 pairs of shoes.

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Nashville, TN ‚ Multi-platinum selling artist and Grammy nominee Billy Gilman, will make his much anticipated return to music with the April 16th release of ‘The Choice,’ a charity single that will benefit Soles4Souls. In addition to Gilman, the song features 18 of country music’s top artists, including Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Josh Turner, and Keith Urban (see entire list of artists above). Through the strong support of CMT and Regal Entertainment Group, the music video associated with the song will get great national exposure with its premier on April 16th.

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