Blog hopping earlier today I came across these two videos which I think are fantastic. The first is a gazillion authors and illustrators sharing their enthusiasm for life and encouraging youth not to give up...it gets better. What a great message. Life is hard, for everyone. But add the hormones and the uncertainty and the identity crises and the small world (ie middle school or high school) that these kids have to face every day and everything is compounded at least a hundred times. Things really do feel like the end of the world sometimes. And if you've got someone telling you that you're no good (or worse) it won't take too long before you start to believe it unless you've got ten someone elses telling you that you're not. So here they are. Listen to them. They are wise and know what they are talking about!
The next one comes from TED (a non-profit organization devoted to spreading worthwhile ideas specifically in the areas of Technology, Entertainment and Design) and is all about the power of a smile. I dare you to smile without feeling better. You just can't do it. And if you're smiling the odds are the people you come in contact with are going to feel a bit better too. There's some interesting stuff here. (I can't figure out how to embed it so...) Click over and take a listen.
So, your task for today (should you choose to accept it) is to simply smile and hopefully in doing so you will help lift someone around you and give them the courage to hang on a little longer because 'this too shall pass' and it will get better!
Thanks to Fuse 8 for the links!