Ever given much thought to how we are all connected? Not just as people, but as a planet? Our lives intertwine, that much is quite clear, even if the precise reasons for that fabled Red Thread remain inexplicable. But everything else, our environment, our existence and all that is going on, both around us and... Continue Reading →
Kindness is in the air (and it has a habit of finding those who most need it) . . .
James Robertson is 56. He lives just outside Detroit, in Rochester Hills. He works the 2-10pm shift at a factory, operating a complicated-looking injection-molding machine. From Mondays through to Fridays, he walks to work. Nothing unusual in that, you might think. You'd be mistaken. You see, James' commute requires him to travel 21 miles EVERY... Continue Reading →
Connected? Before you’ve eaten breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world . . .
There's not a great deal in life that inspires us more than reading about Martin Luther King. Yesterday, we spent a little time doing just that. It was Martin Luther King Day, an annual holiday, held to commemorate his birth (in 1929), after all. It'll soon be five decades since Dr King died, in 1968, yet his place in... Continue Reading →
‘It’s just crazy, thinking that someone has that much generosity in their heart . . .’
Chrisi Kemp had endured another bad morning . . . Her five-year-old daughter, sick for several months, was continuing to cause her mom considerable concern. Unpaid medical bills had begun to pile up. Chrisi had resorted to working six-days-a-week, long shifts as a waitress, in order to make ends meet. That the washing machine had broken down just... Continue Reading →
‘We should be better at reaching out to people who have become disconnected from others . . .’
More than one million people kill themselves EVERY YEAR. That's 3,000 deaths a day, or one every 40 seconds. On an annual basis, suicide claims more lives than war and homicide COMBINED. These are statistics that cause us some concern. You might be questioning the motivation for this particular post so let's clear that one... Continue Reading →
Gunter Demnig’s Stolpersteine: forever connected . . .
Here at OM®, we love to learn about inspirational individuals . . . Those on a mission to make a difference. Those doing good deeds and setting an example to others. Those changing lives and reshaping attitudes. Those being creative and putting their artistic talents to good use. For us, Gunter Demnig ticks all the boxes. His... Continue Reading →
Brave. Bold. Resilient. Resourceful. Imaginative. Inspirational.
Young people can be amazing . . . Brave. Bold. Resilient. Resourceful. Imaginative. Inspirational. Take Trisha Prabhu, for instance. Just 13-years-old, Trisha has, like countless teenagers, experienced cyber bullying at first hand. In her case, it centered around her fashion sense (as Trisha explains, 'I was bullied about my wardrobe [and] the things that I chose to wear'), the... Continue Reading →
‘Treat people right and be nice to other people . . .’
Gertrude Weaver is old. VERY old, in fact. She has a 78-year-old granddaughter for one thing. She got married in 1915 for another . . . Gertrude is so old that, having been confirmed as the United States' senior citizen, there's just one other person on Earth who has been around longer. Four months separate Misao... Continue Reading →
Zack’s Shack – an inspiration to us all . . .
'It feels GREAT to give . . .' - Zack Francom. Imagine making a difference. REALLY making a difference. Imagine changing someone's life. For the better. Forever . . . Imagine the impoverished. The desperate. Those struggling just to survive. Imagine someone denied life's basics. Imagine a mother. She is disabled. She is crawling through the dirt,... Continue Reading →
‘Peace, harmony, compassion and understanding . . .’
Long, long ago, in around 1,000 BC, the Queen of Sheba left her kingdom on camelback. She had company, a 750-strong caravan following her along the Frankincense Trail. The Queen's caravan journeyed to Jerusalem, where peace offerings and gifts were made to King Solomon. Her mission complete and friendships formed, she returned to her home.... Continue Reading →