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.

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And, really, is that outdated?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!)

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.