STORIES OF BEAUTY! Paint your world beautiful …

You know, everywhere I look there are #StoriesOfBeauty … people committed to #MakeTheWorldBetter … Everywhere. This week PEREIRA QUERENDONA and Khuyay and some of the city’s best urban artists are painting the world a better place with huge murals.
At the end of October, they’ll be doing an activity with children, so that our kids can get involved and participate in this world building.
This reminds me of the StoryPeople Quote: One day, I decided to help wherever I could, & it was almost like magic because I was exactly what the world needed everywhere I went.
#PereiraFromTheHip

Stories of Beauty: Dedicating Poems

If you could send a poem to anyone in the world, who would you send it to?
And, really, is that outdated?
Have you forgotten so quickly that we’re talking about #StoriesOfBeauty?

It’s the most beautiful thing. The Cabina Literaria goes to book events and fairs all over the country, giving people the chance to choose a poem and call someone they love. What a phenomenal way to #MakeTheWorldBetter. The girls got to dedicate poems to their grandmas. (Yep. They do international poem dedications as well!)

So, I’m asking, who would you send a poem to? Who would you want to remind they are loved? Who do you want to reconnect with?
Share peace. Share poems. Connect to someone you love, to someone you haven’t spoken to for a long time, to someone who needs a lift.

Challenge of the day: Call someone you haven’t talked to in a long time. Or send someone a note. Just check in and say, “Hey. You were on my mind.”

On that note, I’m going to share a snippet of a poem with you. (Yes, YOU!)
From THANKS, ROBERT FROST by David Ray:

Thanks, Robert Frost

Do you have hope for the future?
someone asked Robert Frost, toward the end.
Yes, and even for the past, he replied,
that it will turn out to have been all right
for what it was, something we can accept,
mistakes made by the selves we had to be,
not able to be, perhaps, what we wished,
or what looking back half the time it seems
we could so easily have been, or ought…

Stories of Beauty

Every single day, I have the privilege of meeting and working with people who make this world a better place. So, I am officially embarking on a new campaign to share #StoriesOfBeauty. Everything from the smallest act of kindness to huge regional, even nation-wide campaigns, that give hope and love to the world, will be posted here on these pages. Good people, great people, are working to chip away at hate, crack open doors of possibility, and #MakeTheWorldBetter … 

What story would you tell if you could photograph of your life?
 
These beautiful kids had their first photography exhibition last week in La Cuadra Talleres Abiertos … It was called LA IMAGEN COMO LENGUAJE (Image as language). It was an international effort because the event was supported by the Ministerio de Cultura, the U.S. Department of State, the Fundación Crearte, the Colombo Americano Pereira – Cartago. Juan Cristóbal Cobo came to give 6 hours of workshops. Then, on top of that, the community lent cameras and smart phones to 20 kids to take home and use to take photos of their lives, their context. Perfect strangers who don’t even know these kids. And these kids shared the narrative of their lives, which took so much courage and introspection. They trusted us with their stories.
 
#ColombiaFromTheHip

Live the Book – A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

I became a pen-pal to a girl in Israel and young man in Palestine. It breaks my heart to see how helpless they feel, and how the violence has impacted their lives in such crippling and terrifying ways. And they both, so much, want peace. They have hope, though, so I guess I must have it, too. I hope to meet up with them in a few years in Italy.

 

 

#LiveTheBook #WhereWillYouGoToday

Live The Book – Touching the Void

Over the past two days I was the first to summit the Siula Grande (in Peru) from the West side, crushed my tibia into my knee joint, got caught in a blizzard, fell 150 feet into a crevasse, hiked out, and crawled my way back to base camp with frostbite while going snow blind, suffering from dehydration, almost dying of ketosis (not to mention hypothermia, dehydration …), using the last ounce of my energy to call out for my climbing partner. I’m down now. I’m okay. Not to worry. I’m okay.
I’m freaking exhausted.


#LiveTheBook #WhereWillYouGoToday

Colombia from the Hip … The “Recolectores”

Walking downtown the other day, I met the most phenomenal delivery man. He takes this crazy-heavy wooden cart around town to make deliveries for people. I’m not talking pizza and Chinese food … I’m talking furniture, helping people move offices … you name it, he’ll carry it. Basically, the cart itself is heavier than anything I can budge.
And he was so happy to let me take pictures and show off his colorful cart, painted like a Chiva with “Jesus is my savior. God. Faith.” and similar signs everywhere.
I’m amazed at what a hard job this is. To get up and carry hundreds of pounds every day. I’m constantly in wonder by the drive of  people to make their lives better, to drag a cart around town hoping for work, not knowing, from day to day, if there will be work.
There’s definitely a huge element of faith in that.
And I feel fortunate to have celebrated his work with him for a moment. It’s humbling.

I think about Alicia Keys’  HOLY WAR. Maybe if we all took a moment to share and celebrate one another’s work and life challenges, we could bridge the hate and divide.

“What if sex was holy and war was obscene
And it wasn’t twisted, what a wonderful dream
Living for love, unafraid of the end
Forgiveness is the only real revenge

Oh, so we can heal each other and fill each other
We can break these walls between each other
Baby, blow by blow and brick by brick
Keep yourself open, yourself open”

#ColombiaFromTheHip #HolyDeliveryTruckBatMan !!

 

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