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Photo by Harry J. Burgess, Pixabay.  Quote contributed by Rajni Gohil. Thank you both.

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” -Helen Keller

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“Because of great love, one is courageous.”
Lao Tzu

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Photo “Baltic Sea” by Vait McRight, Pixabay

Full quote from Kim Morrow interview:

“It turns out that a lot of this, a lot of the things we were doing before, a lot of the ways we’ve been living in this culture as Americans, have not been so great anyway. This is an opportunity for us to throw those out, throw out the ways of being that don’t serve our wholeheartedness, that don’t serve our health and the health of the world we live in, to throw out those ways that don’t serve our ability to form communities and to care for each other first. So there’s just some really interesting potential, I think, in the midst of this crisis.”  -Kim Morrow, Sep 14, 2019: Climate Change, Community and Personal Resilience, and the Journey of Motherhood

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“Find your pack.  Love them hard.”  –Nicole Huguenin

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Photo by Free-Photos, Pixabay.  Quote via Rajni Gohil. Thank you both.

“Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.”

Swami Vivekananda

 

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“Everyone’s fighting some kind of battle. And I continue to believe, despite moments of doubt, we all have equal access to Vastly Infinite Possibilities.”

-E in “Good Enough,” Born In Providence.

 

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“Find your pack.  Love them hard.”  –Nicole Huguenin

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Oak Trees

This quote in today’s Gem is from Nipun’s interview in 2014 on Awakin.org.  If you listen to about one-fourth of the way into the call, Nipun tells a story as told to him about Hurricane Katrina and the oak trees that survived.  They were able to hold on, even the face of that massive storm, because they held onto each other by their roots.  Their roots went deep into the earth and connected there.  Because they held on tight to each other, they survived together.  I created this painting after hearing this story from Nipun personally during our group Laddership call. This is now our @under1000skies Twitter profile photo:

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Co-Creators

I met Nipun Mehta about four years ago when I signed up to be a volunteer (or as Nipun says, a “co-creator”) on ServiceSpace.org.  I was terrified to be in a new group of people, even online.  Nipun is the same with me as he is with every person he encounters — compassionate, kind and a master listener.   For that first year, especially, Nipun mentored me through emails and answered the many questions I had about service and the gift economy.  Nipun believed in me and liked my writing.  He was patient and totally compassionate about my shyness and fears.  We met face-to-face, in a way, on a video conference call with others in our “Laddership Group.”  To have the high regard of this incredible human being, to get kind notes whenever he was able to write or in an area to respond awakened something in me.  Because it wasn’t just Nipun’s kindness that was changing me.  Everyone I encountered on ServiceSpace.org is exactly like this.  This is why I say on our Twitter page that my teachers and mentors are on ServiceSpace.  In the past ten years especially, I have met some amazing and beautiful people who are now my soulkin.  I’ve written about my fitness-team friends often, but they are among those I’m thinking about too and the beginning of my journey into the light I believe began there.  I learned so much, and when I began to see myself through the eyes of people I admired, I started taking steps away from this lifetime of self-loathing.  The more time I spent in the company of these noble friends, the more light I was able to see in myself and in the way ahead.  Nipun and many others have been the Colonel Pickerings in my life:

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What Love Awakens

It is not unimaginable that revolutionary change makers such as Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave and our modern heroes like Nipun Mehta, or any other whom has walked a path of love and devotion for mankind, could awaken something within us.  What awakens, is the call for us to recognize our own innate goodness. The inspiration we feel by these great ones, acts as an open invitation for us to move in a spirit of love, faith and compassion.

Where Do We Find Gandhi Today?

 

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Gems 4.67 John Olander First Light In Memoriam

One of our most generous contributing artists, John Olander — aka Johnny O. —  created this beautiful poem to read during Homeless Memorial Day service last year in Denver.  John has had to say goodbye to many friends every year due to the hardships of life on the street.

Compared to the general population, people who experience homelessness are at greater risk of infectious and chronic illness, poor mental health, and substance abuse. They are also more often victims of violence, prior to and once homelessness. Homeless persons also have a mortality rate four to nine times higher than those who are not homeless. With an estimated 40 million Americans living in poverty, 19 million experiencing housing insecurity, and 28 million without health insurance, the risk of homelessness and poor health is a concern for 1 out of 8 Americans.

In January 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), coordinated by the local HUD-funded continuum of care (CoC) programs, conducted the Point-in-Time (PIT) survey to identify and estimate the United States’ sheltered and unsheltered homeless. According to the report…553,742 people in the United States experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017. This number translated to a U.S. homeless rate of 17/10,000, where 33 percent of those homeless were families with children, and within those families, 59% were children under 18 years of age.

https://www.cdc.gov/features/homelessness/index.html

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21 MAY 2018 – IMPORTANT UPDATE:

I promised to send artist packs to Sheltering Grace in GA, Shower Up Nashville, my friend MJR in Santa Cruz (our first Volunteer Biographer client); our friend JohnnyO in Denver for his writer’s group; Michelle (Chilis on Wheels) – our next Spotlight Saturday; and Nicole Huguien, friend and founder of Dream Together, (fka Wild Dream Walks) in Hawaii. Each artist pack costs about $25 and includes a disposable camera, waterproof notebook, pens, scarf (or baseball cap in summer), lip balm and chewing gum as well as a waterproof pouch to hold everything.  We got several out since we started and so far we did get one film back which will be developed soon.  To publish Elanthian Love Songs, we purchased a limited copyright for the use of Steph Law’s beautiful paintings.  This was a loan which was repaid recently as a gift from a generous donor MDD. =) (Thank you!♥)  That means that 100 percent of the profits from now on — that means every dollar now since it’s a digital book — go to into these artist packs, shipping and developing the photos.  Very happy to announce that today.  ^_^  In the meantime, I hope to find a place to purchase the cameras and develop the film in bulk more cheaply. The reason I’m plugging Elanthian Love Songs again tonight is because I really want to make good on this promise to get artist packs these beautiful people and friends who serve the homeless folks in our community every day.

Thanks for reading.

♥. Niki Flow

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Tell Us a Story

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The theme for February and ongoing throughout 2018 is “storytelling.”  We are always looking for your story, poetry, photo and art submissions.  Here’s the Submission Guidelines post from earlier this month:  Tell Us a Story.

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JohnnyO of Denver and Nicole Huguenin, (Dream Together) one of our most generous contributing photographers.

Big shout out to JohnnyO in Denver who has some amazing stories to tell (coming soon).  Johnny was recently featured in Channel 9 KUSA Denver News reading one of his poems, Climb Again.  When I spoke to John on Tuesday, he told me some wonderful news. He has secured a venue in Denver for two different Gallery shows which will feature the art and writings from under1000skies. One show will be in March and and the other in June.  These venues are quite expensive and exclusive but Johnny was able to get the venues pro bono!  This is amazing news.  Johnny has been passionate about helping spread the word about under1000skies since he learned about us a couple of years ago.  As more information becomes available, we’ll share it here with you.  Kudos to Johnny O and deep bows of gratitude for your enthusiasm, kindness and creative vision.

 

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Poem “The Wow In Now” by Johnny O.  Photo “Verdant” by Niki Flow.

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