7 Things You Can Learn From Nelson Mandela’s Life
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For 27 years Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for his belief in a free and just society. When he was released in 1990 – he led the charge for a multi-racial democracy and a country where the freedoms of one are the freedoms of all. He became South Africa’s first black president and a world leader in peace and social change.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
“I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.”
“Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.”
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”
“Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.”
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.”
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”
“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”
“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”
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Once when she won the lottery jackpot, though she didn’t know she won. And again when lottery officials used technology to track her down to tell her she is a multimillionaire.
The 55-year-old Hamilton, Ontario, woman almost didn’t believe it when lottery officials showed up at her doorstep, trying to convince her that she had bought a winning ticket more than a year ago.
“We weren’t sure we wanted to let them in the house, because we weren’t sure who they were,” Jones said at a news conference this week announcing her prize.
Unclaimed lottery prizes usually stay that way. Some don’t see lottery officials as the kind of people who would go out of their way to track down a winner.
But a unique set of circumstances — you might even call it luck — brought the lottery to Jones’ door.
The $50 million jackpot winner (about $46.7 million U.S.) was drawn November 30, 2012. For more than a year, people claiming to the be winner came forward.
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The world’s most realistic finger painting.
Using only a finger, an iPad Air and the app Procreate, artist Kyle Lambert has painted a photorealistic portrait of actor Morgan Freeman.
At TED2012, filmmaker Karen Bass shares some of the astonishing nature footage she’s shot for the BBC and National Geographic — including brand-new, previously unseen footage of the tube-lipped nectar bat, who feeds in a rather unusual way …
Karen Bass has traveled the world to explore and capture footage from every environment across the Earth.
HASTINGS, Minn. – It started about 16 years ago. Rindy Gahnz was living in Chicago at the time and was on a 30-mile drive from the office where she worked to her sales territory.
“I was having a bad day,” she recalled.
She had to go through a toll along her way, and as she paid her own toll, she decided on a whim to pay the toll for the car behind her. And then everything changed.
“It made me feel like a gazillion dollars,” she said. “I wasn’t crabby anymore.”
The car behind her was driven by a woman with a little boy. They followed her, honking the horn and waving and saying “thank you” over and over.
“I just started crying,” Gahnz said. “It was the neatest way to kick off … my holiday season.”
Since that year, Gahnz started making her random act of kindness a regular event. Every year on Dec. 1, she gives the gift of kindness to strangers.
Gahnz is a Hastings native who now lives in Woodbury. Her friends and family got involved early on as they heard about Gahnz’s efforts to make even just a small difference in someone else’s life. Then some of her co-workers joined the movement. Now, with social media, she’s seeing more and more people around the United States and even in other countries signing up for “Random Act of Kindness Day.”
She set up an event page on Facebook, where people could digitally sign up to participate and invite others to do the same. The invitation has spread to more than 10,000 people. More than 1,300 have committed to do a random act of kindness this Sunday.
The day has been a big hit with families as well.
Gahnz has friends who participate by being Salvation Army bell-ringers as a family. Another family was featured on KARE 11-TV in the Twin Cities because their children gave their own presents away to Toys for Tots.
Doing random acts of kindness starts a ripple effect of goodwill, Gahnz said.
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Funny cat photos and videos have become an online fascination in the last few years and have even created “superstars” like Grumpy Cat and Nyan Cat. One is a real-life miserable-looking moggy who has more than 2.5 million Facebook fans; the other is an animated kitten whose rather unimaginative journey across a screen has been viewed more than 100 million times.
Now, one app developer thinks it can tap in to this trend and use cute cat photos to improve people’s memory function when learning languages.
Memrise analysed data to see what helped their members retain information. The company discovered an interesting link between the funny photos and people being able to recall phrases. The team studied the results of memory tests to work out which photos worked best.
“We wanted to know what kinds of visual mnemonics were most effective at helping people to learn fast,” says Ben Whately, chief operating officer at Memrise.
“The pattern began to emerge that pictures of cats always featured disproportionately among the most effective,” he says.
‘Weapons of mass cuteness’
Using this research, the company developed CatAcademy, an app that shows photos of cats in humorous poses and displays a corresponding phrase in Spanish.
The company cites research from Japan, which describes the relationship between cuteness and improved cognitive function, to explain why this method is so successful.
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EDDY Lee spent last week hugging strangers and buying milkshakes, slurpees, coffees and frozen yoghurts for people he just met.
The Waitara entrepreneur was spreading the love, and he hopes the spirit of generosity will become contagious.
But Mr Lee’s tour of the city was about more than good karma.
The 35-year-old was promoting his soon-to-be-charity oneHug, which encourages businesses to get on board and customers to do good things for one another.
If the idea really takes off, which Mr Lee suspects it will, customers across Sydney could be receiving free coffees on a regular basis.
“Basically, you’ll go into a cafe and order your coffee, but it will already have been paid for by somebody else,” Mr Lee explained.
“The barista will hand you a card that says, ‘This is a random act of kindness from oneHug. Please pay it forward.’
“It’s about doing something good for somebody, no matter how big or small.
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Students from Olympic View Elementary in North Seattle talk about what they’re thankful for and give us their best guess about how you cook a turkey.
But wait until you hear how the little girl’s memory is living on through random acts of kindness happening all over the country, all in time for what would have been little Marra Frehiwot Olsson’s 3rd birthday. And this all happened in the course of one week.
There are no words when you lose a child. As the day that would have been little Marra Frehiwot Olssen’s third birthday approached, mom Amy and dad Sten created a Facebook campaign to pay it forward.
Amy says this of the idea, “It’s helped us get through this tough time of her birthday. She would have done amazing things with her life but even in her death she’s still doing amazing things.”
The Olssen’s posted a picture of a certificate on their Facebook page and asked people to keep Marra’s memory alive by paying it forward, committing a random act of kindness, then giving the receiver this certificate. On it, is the web address to the Facebook page, and a plea for people to share their story. It took off.
People paid for the person behind them at the convenience store. Some paid for the toll of the car behind them. Others volunteered. There were hundreds of responses, flooding the Facebook page. Amy says she’s heard from people all over the country and even the world, “Alaska, Washington, Utah, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, Chicago, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Germany, England, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan.”
Read more and watch the video at http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/284185/189/Toddlers-memory-lives-on-through-random-acts-of-kindness-
Picture of the certificate above is from OlssonAdoptionJourney Facebook page.