Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014- NASA promo video

NASA's contribution to Earth Day. We are the stewards of this earth. Please be mindful. Don't litter. Recycle.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Happiness Is A Choice

I was driving in my car today when the popular Pharrell Williams song "Happy" popped on the radio. I couldn't help smiling as I listened to the lyrics of this simple tune.

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

And the thought popped into my head: happiness is a choice. It's like seeing a glass half full or half empty. You might say, well my life is miserable, where can I find the joy in that? But you can.  I remember shooting a video for the charitable organization CARE, International. We flew to Nicaragua and the first location was in a garbage dump.  People were actually living in a garbage dump. They made their homes in primitive shacks, and the adults spent their days looking for salvageable items they could sell. One would think these people would be miserable, they certainly had every right to be, but they were all joyful. Their young ones laughing and playing in the piles of garbage. Sweet and loving, and grateful we were there to help with their plight.

There's a very humorous article "The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People", which categorizes the ways we self-sabotage, and contribute to a miserable life.  I know people like that.  I choose not to be.

Find the joys in life.
Explore the little things that make you smile.
Count your blessings and be grateful for what you do have.
Watch a funny movie, or anything that makes you laugh.
Listen to uplifting music.
Read a spiritual book.
Surround yourself with happy people.
Refuse to let things get you down.
If a negative thought pops into your head, replace it with something positive.
Help someone who is less fortunate than you.
Dance to some happy music.
Smile. Laugh. Love.

It is a choice.

Pharrell recorded a 24 hour music video of people dancing to "Happy". Check it out, it's fun.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Giving For No Reason - Thai Commercial Shows How It's Done

A lovely Thai insurance company commercial, no less, touts the benefits of giving without expectations of return.  Giving because it feels good, not because we think we will benefit from that giving.  Inevitably we do, though. By giving and selflessly helping others, we actually enrich our own lives.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Duncan The Two-Legged Dog's Romp At The Beach Goes Viral

I love inspirational videos, but they're not always the humankind. This one has gone viral, but in case you missed it, it has to do with Duncan Lou Who, the carefree two-legged boxer pup who lets nothing get in his way.

World famous and inspirational Duncan Lou Who the two legged boxer puppy goes to the beach for the first time, along with Mane ( who was featured in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and The Shake Book ) , Rou, Ducky and Miso. Duncan was born with severely deformed rear legs that had to be removed. He has a wheel chair, but can't stand to use it. So we let him be free and just walk on his two legs. There is some slow motion in this video, but NONE of the video has been sped up, this gives you an idea of how fast Duncan really it. All footage taken with a GoPro Hero 3.
He's up for adoption, it seems.