Paris: Stories of Courage & Humanity

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 11.22.04 AMIn the wake of the tragedy in Paris there have been many stories that insight fear and hate.  Over the past week my goal has been to share a different perspective. I asked others to help me cast a light on people who showed courage and demonstrated the best that we as humans have to offer. The good news is that the stories have abounded. Often times people ask me if sharing positive news means ignoring the negative and I believe these stories show that it is possible to be informed yet to shift the perspective towards the hopeful.

Here are some of the stories we have uncovered this week: Continue reading

Unexpected Courage

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Courage can take many shapes and forms.  For me it did not take too much courage to go down class 5 rapids on the Nile River, it also did not take a lot of courage to record a song with Rwandan musicians or to start up conversations with people that I had never met.  Instead what took the most courage for me in the last couple of weeks was going to the bathroom! Continue reading

Inspirational Monday: Love Cafe – Cafe Converso

  Well after spending the whole day trying to upload the Inspirational Monday I can relate to Thomas Edison when he said “ I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.”  I found it hard today to keep pressing on but I believe that this story is so important and I want to others to see how doing something so simple like smiling or being welcoming can make the world a better place.  After doing this all day though, I am very excited to leave the hostel and go in search of something with lots of chocolate! Andres and Diana, the owners of Cafe Converso, declared themselves my first friends in Bogota and they may never know how much that meant to me.  They helped me to feel welcome and loved when I was wondering if I was doing the right thing. I will be forever grateful to them for helping me to remember why I am doing this and for reminding me of what I know to be true – there are good people everywhere, we just have to be brave enough to seek them out! Today is family day back home.  My mom prayed for me before I left that I would find family everywhere I went and I believe I have found it here in Colombia.