My picks this week all fall into “the bright side of life”. Because, why not? Lovely stuff is to be found most everywhere. If we look for it.
One. Out to Pasture – a little bit of the countryside in your home every day courtesy rugs by Alexandra Kehayoglou.. And they’re made from recycled bits and bobs, to boot. Green and green.
Two. Hip Hop Seniors: how one young woman made the world of difference to a group of people, who made the world different for her in return. Meet Billie Jordan and the Hip Operation Crew (average age … 80). The definition of ‘because they can’.
Three. Elephants love eating crops. Elephants don’t like bees. Put those two facts together and you get a Beehive Fence. Plus a sustainable harvest of “Elephant-Friendly Honey”. A genius idea all round. See how it all works here. Meet the crew here. No sting in this tale.
Four. Our beautiful laundrette. Orange Sky Laundry helps homeless people in Australia’s cities to feel good and clean and fresh. They park up next to food trucks and soup kitchens so that their customers (it’s free!) can eat and socialise at the same time. Respect, recognition and a crisp clean shirt. That’s what makes the world go a-round.
Five. And lastly… Maya Angelou. Because she is always smart.
“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”