In last night's "Lizard 101" class, we talked about Play.
Silly play, play that is not productive, play for the joy of it, playing because we feel safe enough to be playing.
What happens at this Norwegian cross walk is such a great illustration. Strangers invite strangers to play. Thus delighting other strangers. Whom in turn may are very likely to want to play some more.
Lightening up the world's mood, at very little cost, and with no expectation other than doing just that.
I think it's brilliant (and why it would be illegal baffles my mind - although I don't really want to give it much energy.)
(and big thanks to my friend Marcia for introducing me to this bit of joy)
If you are reading this in your email, here is the less than two minutes video.
When this little bit of unpleasantry happened, a couple of weeks ago, my Lizard took its sweet time recuperating.
I had been on my second "artist's date," (I am doing the Julia Cameron's Artist's Way, right now) and
it had taken me some effort to get out of work mode and go play on a Friday afternoon.
Then this. (link takes you to Elephant Journal, where this article lives)
Wishing you an unapologetically great day.
I had the tremendous honor to communicate with Nipun Mehta, founder of KarmaTube and ServiceSpace, a couple of years ago, after Service Space interviewed me. Both organizations are awe inspiring. The amount of good their staff of volunteers puts out into the world (virtual and "real) every day is humbling and deeply inspiring.
Nipun's babies also include Karma Kitchen, DailyGood, KindSpring, KarmaTube, and more. Just knowing about ONE of these projects can fill your heart as well as transform your life, if you choose to get a little closer.
ALL volunteer- run. Seriously.
Super dedicated and effective volunteers, all over the world.
Nipun built that.
And let me tell you, they walk their talk: a few summers ago, a couple of girlfriends and I headed down to Portland for the weekend to do a Sprinkling, and were invited to stay at one of their magic-makers' home. Let me just repeat: they walk their talk.
So, yes, I am a big fan of Nipun.
Today, I want to share him with you, through his TEDx talk. Here, Nipun talks about the three Stages of Generosity: Give, Receive, and Dance!
I think you'll like it.