Day 113: Emotional Correctness

Emotional correctness. What the heck is that? I have heard of political correctness but emotional correctness? Do we need another form of correctness? Sally Kohn thinks so and her TED talk "Let's talk emotional correctness" she explains why. Sally kicks off her TED talk by sharing a rather poignant truth for her, the better she does her job the more people hate her. What's her occupation? Sally says her role as "a gay talking head on Fox News" has made her the target for hate mail. Really vile hate mail. One would understand if this made Sally bitter and twisted but she has actually got a pretty profound lesson from it. "We spend so much time talking past each other and not enough time talking through our disagreements, and if we can start to find compassion for one another, then we have a shot at building common ground." How true is that! Sally uses the example that when a person might say they hate immigrants she tries to … [Read more...]

Day 92: “Should you donate differently?” asks Ted speaker Joy Sun?

Day 92- -Should you donate differently-- asks Ted speaker Joy Sun

Ted speaker and veteran aid worker Joy Sun thinks that we should rethink the way we donate money. In her Ted talk “Should you donate differently?” she shares alternative ways to help the poor. Joy Sun, had an epiphany ten years into her work as a veteran aid worker. Rather than help the poor by putting money into projects such as training and school, why not redistribute that money as cold hard cash into the hands of the poor themselves? Until that moment, Joy held two assumptions Poor people are poor in part due to lack of education and make bad choices. The poor need people such as veteran aid workers to help make decisions for them and get them what they need. Condescending? Well yes, but if you think about it, and I hadn’t before just now,  I think that western society is actually really guilty of thinking that we need to be the decision makers for the less fortunate countries. Unconditional Giving Joy now supports … [Read more...]

Day 90: Why lunch ladies are heroes

Day 90- Why lunch ladies are heroes. A post inspired by Ted speaker Jarrett J. Krosoczka

When Jarrett Krosoczka's  first children’s books was published he went to his old elementary school to give a talk to the kids about being an author and illustrator.  On that visit he spotted his old lunch lady, Jeannie and that meeting sparked the evolution  of his comic series Lunch Lady graphic novel series. Jarrett uses his Ted talk “Why lunch ladies are heroes” to share with us why that encounter with his former lunch lady inspired him. When Jarrett bumped into his lunch lady she didn’t recognize him. She thought that he was his uncle. Jarrett was amazed that she could recognize his family. Jeannie filled Jarrett in on her life, she had grandkids and kids. Grandkids? Kids? Jarrett had never thought before of lunch ladies having a life outside of the school grounds. His imagination went into overdrive; what if their was a lunch lady who used fish sticks nunchucks to fight off evil cyborgs? And so the Lunch Lady comic book series … [Read more...]

Day 80: Are you guilty of overusing the word awesome?

Day 80- Are you guilty of overusing the word awesome- compiled by Website Confetti

Have you ever noticed that the word awesome is used quite a bit? Maybe you yourself are an “awesome” word user?  If you are, how many times have you referred to something as awesome today? Be honest, like really honest, have any of the things that you have referred to as awesome actually been awesome? Comedian and Ted speaker Jill Shargaa seems to think that there is a massive overuse of the word and after listening to her hilarious Ted talk “Please, please people. Let’s put the ‘awe’ back in awesome.”   I kind of have to agree with here. Define awesome? There can be no discussion of the the overuse of the word “awesome” without getting into the definition of the actual word. Jill says that Webster’s dictionary definition is  “awesome: as fear mingled with admiration or reverence,a feeling produced by something majestic.”   Do you still think that the last think you called awesome is truly awesome? Is the mundane awesome? Jill … [Read more...]

Day 75: The danger of silence

Day 75- The danger of silence inspired by a Clint Smith Ted talk Website Confetti

Silence is bliss.  That’s something we have been told our entire lives, and sure silence can be a beautiful break from a long day, it can be just what we need to recharge and regain focus, but silence is not always the answer. Ted speaker Clint Smith wants us to be aware of the danger of letting silence run rampant in our lives. Clint kicks off his Ted talk with a very powerful quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” The words that we don’t speak matter, perhaps even more so than the words that we do speak. Clint had a Catholic upbringing and was taught to give up something that he valued each year during Lent. One year Clint gave up his voice and vowed not to speak during Lent. Clint decided that his voice would be the most valuable sacrifice that he could possible offer. Clint says that he didn't realise that he had actually given up his … [Read more...]