Every day Scrolls of Hope has the honor of meeting many inspiring people of goodwill. Each going unnoticed because of their unassuming nature despite their extensive acts of kindness. With little or no expectations of anything in return, they carry out their lives in an everlasting state of love for humankind. These are individuals Scrolls of Hope recognizes for their life-changing effect on the world. Thank you to the silent heroes affecting our lives every day. The following article is authored by Stephanie Anne Allen.
A Homeless man gives His Heart to the Heartbroken
It was early Saturday morning when Shane Drossard came to the rescue of a struggling soul from the Mississippi River.
It was about 2 a.m when Shane Drossard was woken up by a huge splash, like something hard hitting the water.
“I’m screaming, ‘I’m coming, I’m coming, help’s coming,’” Drossard said.
Lowering himself over a steel and concrete wall, he grabbed the woman. Shortly after the woman’s strength gave up and she let go. Drossard jumped into the water after her.
“She says finally, ‘I’m going to go, I didn’t want to be here anymore anyway,” Stated Drossard
He kept telling the woman that she is beautiful and has a full life ahead of her. As Drossard was trying to hold onto her against the current, she was trying to give up.
The Hennepin County water patrol and law enforcement officers pulled onto the scene in response to a 911 call from a passerby.
Shane Drossard is a hero as he gave all he had, to help another in desperate need.
Uplifting Society one Step at a Time
The strength of any civilization is in direct proportion to the average well-being of ALL its citizens. If we were to envision the quality of existence of all humanity as a ladder, each rung could represent the condition of existence. Those existing at the top of the ladder would have a reasonably good life. The lower levels would depict individuals living with problematic or troubled complexities.
Lifting every person one step up on the ladder would change the spirit of the planet. To do this, we need to assist our fellow citizens who are struggling at the lower rungs of the ladder. Some of these individuals always had life trouble. Others previously towards the top of the ladder found themselves on the lower levels due to an unfortunate circumstance.
The Power of Love
When individuals feel disempowered by illness, loss or displacement, it is difficult for them to express themselves. All too often, these individuals may adhere their willpower to those who seem to have authority. This surrender causes them to lose themselves more and more until entirely dependent on others. With a little encouragement and compassion, many of these people could easily find themselves again and feel stronger. A show of kindness may even help heal illness, injury or help someone find faith and hope.
This sensitivity is especially vital at life’s end, or when a person is terminally ill. Compassion plays a significant role in letting one know they have made a difference in life. Being remembered and cared for helps individuals feel loved. Showing kindness to family members in their time of need gives extra support in handling the loss of a loved one.
Giving the Voiceless a Voice
Alyse Tobler-Price (MCAP) is not a stranger when it comes to empowering others. She has dedicated her entire career to giving a voice back to all she counsels. Being overwhelmed by the number of individuals that need tending, led to an easy and unique solution. She devised the SEMPI Social Communication Model that teaches individuals to listen and communicate reciprocally with each other on a much deeper level, in under 20 minutes. This allows individuals who feel lonely, isolated or unheard, to voice their often unspoken needs, and work toward understanding what is truly going on for them internally, which in turn promotes healing and personal empowerment. Once community members have learned the SEMPI model, they can then ‘pay it forward’ to help the next person find their voice, so they too can work toward feeling less lonely, isolated or unheard! Without hesitation, Alyse has given the SEMPI Social Communication Model free of charge to her community. Now she is sharing it throughout the world.
Learn more about SEMPI at the Goodwill Dispatch Reporter
Sharing a New Communication Model
Scrolls of Hope has adopted the new SEMPI Social Communication Model that teaches people how to feel heard, validated and understood by anyone who learns the model. By sharing it with affiliates, organizations can encourage their carers to learn how to deeply listen to those in their care. Genuinely hearing individuals experiencing difficult life challenges, enables a caregiver to advocate for what is needed by patients or displaced persons if they cannot do this for themselves. Being listened to empowers individuals to express their unmet needs easily, leading to self-empowerment through finding their voice. The SEMPI Social Communication Model removes the feelings of anguish previously experienced if people were not feeling heard. This connection gives everyone a deeper form of communication to build upon while promoting empathy, deeper listening skills, and the understanding of other’s perspectives apart from their own. Disempowered community members also start to feel more included, less lonely, and more loved.
Changing the World One Scroll at a Time
Dave and Wendy Williams, the founders of Scrolls of Hope, are reaching out to those making a change. Meeting and networking with altruistic individuals such as Alyse gives rise to the possibility of sharing stories about individuals at the forefront of social change. The purpose is to unite people of goodwill through the Good Scrolls Gazette. This new platform gives room to post and spread stories of hope and triumphs that will raise awareness.
Scrolls of Hope is a new idea that allows individuals to send messages of hope to people in less than favorable situations.
The Good Scrolls Gazette and Scrolls of Hope will continue to expand its network and adopt ideas that promote the betterment of all. This will be the place where stories of personal triumph, acts of silent heroes, and uplifting stories of social change will be shared. Coupled with local communities and global involvement, together we all can help everyone move one step up the Ladder of Well-being. To paraphrase a great man, Neil Armstrong, this will be one small step for humankind and one giant leap for humanity.
Scrolls of Hope would love to hear from you. Share your story, good news or upcoming events in the Good Scrolls Gazette.
Every day we have the honor of meeting many inspiring people of goodwill. Each going unnoticed because of their unassuming nature despite their extensive acts of kindness. With little or no expectations of anything in return, they carry out their lives in an everlasting state of love for humankind. These are individuals Scrolls of Hope recognizes for their life-changing effect on the world. Thank you to the silent heroes affecting our lives every day.
Anita Wladichuk, The Ghostly Owl
Anita is a unique individual with an inspiring story. Faced with many challenges throughout her life, she accomplished many successes despite her past hardships. Completing her education in 2002, after a pause to raise her children, Anita earned three bachelors degrees. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Psychology, and also B.Ed in Education. By 2005, Anita authored a very successful book, ‘Anastasia and the Ghostly Owl,’ depicting a unique approach to self-discovery and overcoming childhood abuse and neglect.
Anita was enjoying a very successful career as an author and educator until November 2006. Tragedy struck, during a wind storm. A nearby awning came loose and hit Anita in the forehead causing extensive damage to her head, eyes, ear, and spine. Anita’s was diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury, also known as TBI. Often TBI is misunderstood throughout the medical field because this condition can be mild with little or no effect on a person’s life. In Anita’s case and many more throughout the world, TBI is incapacitating and mistaken for other unrelated medical conditions. Rehabilitation can span for many years if not the rest of their lives. Many inflicted with TBI become homeless or rely solely on others for support. Even with the severity of her injuries, this was not the case for Anita Wladichuk.
Taking Charge of Her Life
Unable to go back to work or do much else, Anita did not take her condition laying down. As with everything she did, she needed to take back charge of her life. With the help of a good friend and her loving son, Anita was able to stay in her home while healing. During her ten year recovery, she found solace in caring for others. As a gifted artist, Anita began painting wooden toys for children in need. Each toy she painted was donated to bring joy to many kids who had very little. When Anita wasn’t painting children’s toys, she often volunteered at the local food bank and helped care for seniors.
As of 2016, Anita is on the mend, and back to sharing her beautiful book ‘Anastasia and the Ghostly Owl.’ This book is full of hope to help inspire those who have been mistreated or neglected during their life. She intends to reach as many broken souls as possible uplifting them from their despair and heartache. This noteworthy cause is indicative of Anita’s character, always caring for others while independently facing her challenges. The byproduct of her continually giving to others has had the most substantial effect in aiding in her physical recovery and mending her wounded spirit.
Scrolls of Hope celebrates Anita’s story. Her care for others and compassion mirrors that of how we all should be. She uses her past experiences, full of heartbreak and loss and turns them into her superpowers giving hope to all she touches.
Despite the challenges life gives us, there is never a good enough reason to give up. There is always something that can be done to overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles placed in our path. Many are dealt a difficult hand. They can easily be lifted up with care and compassion. The kindness given to others is the same kindness that will always flow back strengthening resolve and opening up personal self-discovery and growth.
Scrolls of Hope is always looking for people of goodwill. They are out there making a diffence every day. As we continue our search we hope to bring additional stories of personal triumph and altruism.
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Let your music sing from the heart
In memory of her grandfather, Danielle a talented Christian contemporary artist is supporting the Alzheimer’s Association in bringing an end to this debilitating disease. She is raising awareness by participating in the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Danielle will be participating in Asheville, North Carolina, Saturday, September 15, 2018. Scrolls of Hope is supporting Danielle’s desire to help make a change and to bring about awareness.
Danielle’s deep understanding of Alzheimer’s stems from the last six years of her grandfather’s life. She and her family watched him slowly change due to this cruel disease. During his entire time with Alzheimer’s, Danielle was the only person her grandfather consistently recognized. He never forgot her name once. After a fall that caused a severe head injury, Danielle was afraid her grandfather would not remember who she was before returning to see him. However, as she went to his bedside and said “Pepere,” he immediately replied, “Danielle you’re here.” This would be the last time Danielle and her grandfather spoke.
The melody of the spirit
Our lives are a personal symphony of beautiful moments that make up our song. Although the memories are still there, many stricken with Alzheimer’s lose the use of their cognitive skills long before they are finished living out their lives. Danielle is acutely aware of this having suffered the loss of a loved one who helped build her foundation.
Lyrics of Inspiration for Danielle’s song “Forget” inspired by her grandfather.
Music has the magical effect of bringing back the beautiful memories that reflect the impact others have had on our lives. Using both the memory of her grandfather and God-given talent, Danielle has found the inspiration for her song ‘Forget’ and the strength to bring awareness to the world. When listening to Danielle’s music, you can feel the compassion and love that is rooted in her heart.
Join Scrolls of Hope as we follow Danielle’s lead in bringing hope to those who feel lost. Even after we have moved on, our song still plays in the hearts of our loved ones with the continued inspiration of love.
Follow the link, ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s‘ and help bring a greater awareness through unity. Let’s walk together in remembrance of all who have suffered so others will not have to in the future.
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Ripples of Effect
When an opportunity to show kindness presents itself, choose it. A wise woman once said “If you toss a pebble of kindness into a puddle the ripples of kindness will flow back to you. Throw a pebble of animosity & be ready for the tidal wave.
Smile and make eye contact with everyone that you meet. End every transaction and meeting with a sincere thank you and have a really great day. Most importantly, mean it.
2. See Only Good
There is good in everyone. See the good in everyone and everything. Practice by paying compliments to five people a day.
3. Put Others First
Let others go first. Everyone is so rushed that they often miss the needs of others. Practice your considerations they often slow down and let other proceed your needs.
4. Feed The World
You can’t rightly go out and feed the entire world but, you can start a flow toward such a task. The next time you see someone begging or on the streets, instead of handing them money or passing them by, buy an extra sandwich or meal and give it to them.
5. Befriend The Lonely
Sit next to someone who is less popular or alone instead of your regular crowd. Get to know that person and find something you have in common. Pull them into the gang. Say “hi” every time you see each other.
6. Pay A Compliment
Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it. For example, upon entering the Magic Kingdom, one of the security guards said to each child dressed as a princess ‘Excuse me, Princess, can I have your autograph.’
7. Be Kind To Yourself
Remember yourself. As we hustle and bustle of our busy days we forget about the person we really count on the most “yourself”. Every day write 3 to 5 things for which you’re grateful about yourself. Give praise for your accomplishments. Instead of beating yourself up for errors, write down how you can improve. Do this every night. Research has shown that this will increases your happiness and self-confidence.
Cubs Fans Help Elderly Man With Cancer Enjoy Playoff Game: ‘I just love this!’
Chicago Cubs fans aren’t just die-hard enthusiasts – they are also compassionate spectators as well. Lauren Hinkston Hintzsche and her husband were at the playoff game between the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs yesterday when they witnessed a heartwarming exchange between the people sitting next to them.
What do you do when you have lost everything you have built in your life? You give to those that have lost more.
By Rebecca Everett | For NJ.com
The shelter Joseph Badame built and his accumulation of supplies — enough so that 100 people could live there — was Badame’s life’s work. He and his wife built the place, with its subterranean living area and lead-lined bomb shelter, along with outbuildings. For forty years, they filled them with everything they’d need, from coal furnaces and kerosene refrigerators to barrels of food and other supplies.
Mr. Badame lost his wife in 2019 and now he’s losing it all now, after the bank foreclosed on his property. “I’m losing this house,” he said, looking at the building from his driveway Monday. It’s a blow to a man who is still heartbroken over losing his wife. “This will never be a survival dwelling for Phyliss or myself.” But, he admits, his passion for creating the perfect shelter has diminished since his wife’s death, and there are few family members and friends left to worry about saving.
Badame decided that instead of selling the food at the sale, he would ship it all to Puerto Rico. It will feed people who desperately need it, even if it’s not the people they originally intended. “I’ve lost everything. My wife, my house, everything,” he said. “The last thing I was going to lose is the food. It was going to be trashed.”
Finding his purpose in getting the food and supplies to Puerto Rico has lifted his spirits. But on top of that, he also found a kind of adopted family. He moved the RV he’s living in into the yard of Barber and Martinez-Barber.
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Oftentimes with the hustle and bustle of daily life, common courtesy and civility can be forgotten. It’s easy to get caught up in our many responsibilities and feel we just don’t have the time to help others or stop and make a kind gesture.
When was the last time you helped someone without expecting anything in return?
I wish I could say I did this more often and not just because it’s the right thing to do. Research shows that committing acts of kindness is one intentional activity that can have a major influence on our level of happiness.
Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky reveals a plethora of information on how we can live a happier life in her wonderful book ‘The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want’. According to her research, one way to boost positive emotions and well-being is to commit random acts of kindness.
Committing acts of kindness offers many benefits such as:
- Giving us positive self-regard and feeling better about our own good nature
- Providing more positive social interactions and chances to make friends
- Relieving distress about other peoples’ misfortunes
- Leading to a greater likelihood people will help us in return
- Helping us see the world as a more generous and caring place
There are also a few keys to consider in getting the most out of your acts of kindness:
- The greater the variety of kind acts the better – Committing a wide variety of kind acts has a greater impact than doing the same thing over and over again.
- Commit more acts of kindness in a shorter period – Respondents in studies show higher rates of happiness by committing more acts of kindness in a shorter period of time as opposed to spreading them out across numerous days.
- Do something you wouldn’t normally do – Showing kindness in a way you wouldn’t usually do is an important factor. Think of ways to show kindness that isn’t a natural part of your daily life or normal responsibilities.
There are countless ways to show you care, such as letting someone go ahead of you in line, doing chores that you normally don’t do, or helping a stranger in need.
Consider all the ways you can offer kindness to others and begin making a list that you can begin to apply in your daily life. You can also check out ‘31 Days of Kindness: A Manifesto for Making Kindness a Daily Habit’ which is an initiative for the month of March from the personal development site ‘The Bridgemaker’. There are over 132 ideas for showing kindness to others.
Kindness is about being considerate and thoughtful of others, and it’s also about living intentionally to incorporate caring and kindness into the community and the world we live in. Start displaying more kindness today. Not just for others, but for your own good.
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