Friday, May 26, 2017
Inspiration

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We have seen countless examples of dreams which just wither with time - about dreams which die before we can even begin. But this tribute video for Robin Williams speaks about getting to dream and to stop from worrying. It seeks to awaken us from a deep slumber of staying down after falling and not finding courage to take another step. In his words at 0.48, he succinctly stated: "Make your life spectacular!".

 

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We have seen how Robin Williams has touched the lives of many. His genius outlives him. And in the end, getting a life that would outlive us becomes all that truly matters. He has fulfilled the many "Whys?" in his life and has lived it fully well. Rest in peace Mr. Williams. You have indeed lived a spectacular life! Our hearts go with you in your journey in the after life.

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You probably won’t believe the strength of dozens of willing bodies here. Passengers and staff at Stirling station near Perth, Western Australia showed that there is indeed strength in unity in an attempt to save a man named Andy who was trapped between the platform and the train. Andy slipped and his left leg wedged in the gap. What saved him was the quick thinking of immediately alerting the driver to stop the train from moving.

Their first attempt was to move on the other side of the train in an effort to shift the weight and free Andy but it just didn't work. The staff then urged the passengers to help Andy by pushing against the wall of the train and tilt it a little. With the mighty power of the people, the commuters gathered enough force to move the train so the foot could be freed.

There is indeed a lesson to learn here. We are continuously given warnings about the space between the train and its platform. Signs are also conspicuously posted reminding us to watch out as we step on or step off. The problem we usually have is that we are busy with the many distractions and forget the importance of safety while commuting. The simplest mistake can cost us a limb or worse, our life.

I hope this will become a wake up call for everyone. Andy has just given his message thanking his fellow commuters for the help they have given him. Some may have arrived at their work late but they have help Andy walk away from the scene free from harm. This is such an inspiration and I hope we all learn from the obvious lesson it seeks to convey.

Do you have something to add here? I would love to hear you in the comments.

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Last month, the first Canadian Restaurant, Signs, which is mostly staffed with deaf waiters and waitresses, opened its doors for diners from all walks of life. Located on Yonge and Wellesley intersection in Downtown Toronto, they are mostly staffed by deaf servers. This means that your order will now fall on deaf ears, only it will be served right next to you in no time. Diners will have to make the order using sign language on the menu or on the big images on the walls. But they were there not just for what’s going to be on the plate but to support this laudable initiative of the restaurant management.

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The owner Anjan Manikumar, although not deaf, knows sign language and this attempt to capacitate one of the most vulnerable sectors of the society is, hands down, worth praising. They have once been forfeited with the chance and hope to work in a business like this but they now can. The deaf community has really seen inspiration in this rare opportunity to show their potential. It will enable them to finally find a place where they will be more at ease with the only language they know.

In an interview with CBC, one server at Signs, Mehdi Safavi, expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to work in an environment where deaf people are respected. This is indeed an inspiration of the global deaf communities to learn their officially-recognized American Sign Language. Now, these people will have more reason to go to school and avail with the special education offered in many public educational institutions across the globe.

SIGNS is, hands down, one of the most uniquely themed restaurant in the world. They are inviting everyone to come for the experience and at the same time, stay there for the high quality contemporary menu that they offer. It is also a great place for the deaf community to see and share their joys and experiences. The InsideBoxMag wishes to be there one day to experience the hospitality of our deaf brothers and sisters. We hope that you will share this news by clicking any or all of the buttons below.

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Meet Shandy Shook, a real homeless man. Youtuber Joseph Costello had a bright idea of bringing Sandy to the street and have him beg for money. This time, Sandy will have to look his best and has to wear a business suit while begging. Joseph made this social experiment to see how people see two different perspectives of begging. This time, the businessman-looking beggar received much compared to the second part where he is not wearing a nicer suit.

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In our previous post, we have drawn an observation about an invisible barrier which separates “us” from “them”. This is something which the humanity should realize. By simply looking at the video, we can safely conclude that those who have less are the ones who give more. It can be seen that those who think they earn less than businessman-looking Sandy are more than willing to give. On the contrary, those who see him in his messy look are almost always avoiding him. They do not even dare to look at him straight in his eyes. This only strengthens the argument about the invisible barrier I am referring about.

On a personal note, I would rather say that those who choose not to give cannot also be faulted. This time, we really can’t say who among those who seek help have pure intentions or not. We hesitate because we couldn't confidently assume that the money we give will be used in a good way. As with the rest, I prefer to give them something other than money. Also we can’t specifically say that reaching out to them will be safer for us. But this doesn’t mean that we should stop caring. To borrow from the words of Desiderata, “No less than the trees and the stars, you [they] have the right to be here.”

What blew me most was what happened at 2:11 when an itinerant proposed to empty is pockets for Sandy. It is simply mind blowing. He did not hesitate for a second to offer his help. This only shows that there are many homeless people who have pure hearts. Fate may have not favored them but that doesn’t even mean that they are socially inadequate. And lastly, should you wish to help Sandy, you can send him a wholehearted donation on this link: http://www.gofundme.com/cd60bc . Thanks and God bless!