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    That was a great video Yoga! Also, I agree with not watching the news. I don't watch or read anything news related.

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    +1 for not watching the news. You'll still hear about plenty of current events through the outraged people who know none of the facts.
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    Love this thread. Can't believe I just found it.


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    Yoga, what a great thread. First let me say it speaks to your gentle spirit. I don't think I have ever seen you be unkind to anyone.

    As to my inspiring person. Has to be my daughter Jessica. At the age of 9. She and I were driving to the movies. We stopped at a stop sign behind a few cars and couldn't figure out why cars weren't moving. Everyone was honking. Jess spotted an elderly man trying to cross the street in a wheelchair. He was confused. He was the one people were honking at. She jumped out of the car (not saying a word to me) and not only helped him across the street, but helped him find his family. She inspired me then and continues to do so today with the work she does with homeless and abandoned animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markbt View Post
    Stop watching the news. Sounds crazy? I'm serious. There is nothing there that is at all necessary. Cheering yourself up is a lot easier when you aren't constantly consuming depressing lies.
    LOL I stopped reading the newspaper when I was 23! I realised that it made me feel angry, frustrated and trapped. I decided at that point that I wanted to see the beauty in life.

    People are conditioned to think that humans are fundamentally bad (excluding themselves, and maybe Ghandi). That is the depressing lie.

    This isnt about "cheering yourself up". There's nothing to cheer yourself up from if you recognise that there's a huge amount of goodness in the world.

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    So I was working as a fundraiser for Unicef. Not a big fancy businessy type of fundraiser, but I'd work in a team of 10-30 other people and we'd go to the streets of Helsinki (Finland), rain or shine, all year round, and talk to people and ask them if they could sign up to make a monthly donation to Unicef. The sums would start at 6€/month (a little over 8 US$) and go as high as people wanted to, but most people would sign up for a sum between 6 and 12 euros (8-16US$). The money would be deducted directly from their bank account and the bank nor the state would touch it with any additional feels or taxes. It would go straight to Unicef.
    We'd make contact with 200-400 people a day. Maybe 2-4 would sign up for the donation. So as you can imagine we'd talk to all kinds of people. One thing you quickly see though, is that all people want to help, all people had a need to do good, it just took forms that didn't always match what we were looking for.
    Off the top of my head a few people I remember well:

    The guy who couldn't afford to sign up for a monthly donation, but came back with two cups of coffee for me and my friend when we were doing our job outside, in the middle of winter.

    The guy who signed up for 20€/month and said: "I'm not telling you this to brag, but that's one hour's wages for me. I just counted that if I can't give up one hour a month from all the time I have, to help someone who has absolutely nothing, then I didn't deserve that hour to begin with."

    The lady with two friendly dogs who came up to my work mate and I, with a beer can in her hand in the middle of the day. She was obviously a very heavy drinker. Didn't have any teeth left in her mouth. Unemployed. She told us she donates 12€/month and she got her daughter to sign up too because she figured it was kind of a good deal for her since it was 12€ a month less for her to use on alcohol and it was 12€ a month that could mean a completely new life for someone else.

    The guy who was waiting for his date, who signed up for 6€ and when his date showed up he talked her into signing up too.

    The unemployed guy who waived at us that he'll figure out how to make his donation this month too, even though he wasn't employed and could've used the money for himself, but he'd been a monthly donor for so many years, he just didn't want to give it up.

    All the hundreds of immigrants from Laos, Nepal, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, Haiti etc. who came to us and wanted to sign up because Unicef had helped them when they were children, by vaccinating them or getting them basic education and now they wanted to help others in turn.

    And all the people who couldn't sign up because they were already donating tens to hundreds of euros to UNWomen, PLAN International, World Vision, Greenpeace, WWF, KIVA and Amnesty International.
    Nice stories Thanks for sharing.

    Quote Originally Posted by oceangrl View Post
    Yoga, what a great thread. First let me say it speaks to your gentle spirit. I don't think I have ever seen you be unkind to anyone.

    As to my inspiring person. Has to be my daughter Jessica. At the age of 9. She and I were driving to the movies. We stopped at a stop sign behind a few cars and couldn't figure out why cars weren't moving. Everyone was honking. Jess spotted an elderly man trying to cross the street in a wheelchair. He was confused. He was the one people were honking at. She jumped out of the car (not saying a word to me) and not only helped him across the street, but helped him find his family. She inspired me then and continues to do so today with the work she does with homeless and abandoned animals.
    Aw, thank you! I'm touched that you think that

    That's a beautiful story. Kids are amazing. They find it so easy to feel and express love.
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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    Dharma Comics

    I posted some of these comics before, and I've subsequently made contact with the artist to tell her how much I love her work. I love the energy she's spreading. She's a beautiful soul.

    Also, Leonard Cohen. His music isnt everyone's cup of tea, but to me, it's exquisite. He sings about love, life, learning, faith, the soul. His lyrics are poetry, loaded with meaning. In addition, he's a gentleman.

    A cover of one of his songs:

    (the reason I'm posting a cover is because some people are put off by Cohen's voice, but when his songs are covered you can truly hear the beauty. Eg. "Hallelujah")

    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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    Any struggling artists: if you need inspiration, think of JK Rowling. Seven years after graduating from university, Rowling saw herself as "the biggest failure I knew." Her marriage had failed, she was jobless with a dependent child, but she described her failure as liberating:

    Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
    – J. K. Rowling, "The fringe benefits of failure", 2008.

    During this period Rowling was diagnosed with clinical depression, and contemplated suicide. Unable to heat her flat, she sat in cafés nursing an espresso for 2 hours at a time and worked feverishly on the manuscript of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ while her baby daughter slept in a pram.

    The manuscript is said to have been rejected by three British publishers – Penguin, Transworld and HarperCollins. But Bloomsbury Children’s Books did sign her up, reportedly paying £10,000 ($14,300) for the rights to ‘Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone’. The book was published under her initials because her publisher feared that boys would be less likely to read the book if they knew it was written by a woman.

    It was an instant success.


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    This is also a cool story... and if you scroll down to the bottom of the page you'll see 21 short videos demonstrating random acts of kindness The Story Of This Black Teen Who Protected A White Man From An Angry Mob Continues To Inspire
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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    How to do a really awesome thing: figure out something that will benefit people and then set it free on the internet. Guy creates a prototype for a easily home made prosthetic and puts the plans up for free use online:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Markbt View Post
    Stop watching the news. Sounds crazy? I'm serious.
    Haven't watched TV in 12 years.

    Most people aren't aware how much their thinking is influenced by that device.

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    Maybe more uplifting than inspiring, but cool nonetheless

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrainInABody View Post
    How to do a really awesome thing: figure out something that will benefit people and then set it free on the internet. Guy creates a prototype for a easily home made prosthetic and puts the plans up for free use online:

    Love this kindness! Thanks for sharing
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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