from around the world
My positive changes started just over a couple of years ago when I embarked on my complete lifestyle change and became Vegan. Best decision of my life! Learning the impact it has on the environment, lives of animals, and improving my health, it's been a real eye opener. Second to that I have become more aware of waste... plastics! Oh my gosh, as soon as I became more aware, I saw it everywhere. If I see bottles laying around on my travels I pick them up and find the recycling bin. I also encouraged my sister to purchase a filter jug and water bottle when I saw the amounts of plastic water bottles she was consuming. She made the change 🙂 Also a big thing for me which I do is taking the time to speak to people, offering a helping hand where I can and being kind....always. It's a rippling effect, when someone does something kind, the feeling you have is amazing and it inspires you, ripples through you and you pass on that good feel to others. It's the small things that make the huge difference, someone could be having such a bad day and that one act of kindness can just turn their day around. It's positive communication... just asking the cashier at the supermarket or taxi driver taking you to your destination, how is their day going, what are their plans for the holidays, wishing them a good day.... striking up a positive conversation could really make a difference to someone. If you hear or see someone struggling, offer them helping hand. I saw and heard a elderly lady in the supermarket struggling to read what was on the can of food and I just said "is there anyway I can help you?" She was so surprised I offered, which surprised me lol. So I said 'shall we do our shopping together, I like having the company anyway" so we did 🙂 Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give 🙂
Today, I found out about a group creating nests and pouches for orphaned and injured animals in Australia. There's a hub in the UK that you can send all finished projects to, which are sent onto needy charities in Australia. The local group is called "UK Crafters for Australia Animal Rescue effort". Personally, I'm going to crochet some of the very high need items and send them onto the UK hub to help out. You can knit, sew, or crochet your contributions.
I've spent my lifetime working in the field of domestic violence. As a teenager who witnessed my mom being physically abused, I made a vow to help other teens and young adults realize that they are not to blame for the abuse. And that they can learn how to make healthy choices and live a violence free life with a healthy partner. I love what I do and though the wheels turn slow....they definitely turn. Don't give up! Find your passion...your calling....and you will change someone's world.
Well I've always been a positive person but I started my journey to a full positive change at the end of 2017. I became vegan and started helping in my community by giving back more and helping/feeding the homeless. I also spread positivity throughout everywhere I go. I've always said that "you never know what someone is going through" someone could be having the worst day of their life and a simple compliment or a small positive chat can lighten and change someone whole day around. I remind myself to always give care and love to everyone and to beautiful mother earth but I feel like I could do more in 2020, I am not sure how or where to begin. I just know I want better for this world and the people in it and I want to help make that change. First I just gotta stop doubting myself about my ability to make a real difference in this world.
This isn't about MY waves, but I would like to shed light on some wonderful humans who started the wave BIG TIME! A tsunami of kindness if you will. My older sister and her family live a very difficult life, financially, because my sister is unable to work due to health issues and they have three kids. Not to get into too many details, and rather get to the point of the story, my brother-in-law had a brutal car accident a little over a week ago that left them without a car as it was totalled. They live in a village on a hilltop and the nearest town is miles away, so they need a car to survive but couldn't afford a new one, obviously. My sister helps out a lot, saves animals and helps other people in need, even though she doesn't have much and a woman by the name of Maja that she previously helped out organised a whole project to help them out. A lovely couple GAVE them their car for free when they could've easily sold it because it's a good car, and the people came together and bought them two car trunks full of groceries, a few months worth AND firewood to get them through the winter. Just thought it was a lovely example of 'kindness breeds kindness', and I am typing this through tears, and a newly found hope into humanity. I don't know if this will be posted or not, doesn't even matter, just wanted to share this incredible story of kind, amazing people coming together and making a significant change, even though I've previously submitted a little thing, but this was worth telling you about. Truly starting the wave.
The environmental crisis is, in my opinion, the result of a spiritual, cultural crisis. Because we have lost the notion of community, support and kindness, we have learned to lean on only ourselves and not care about who we hurt in the process. Therefore, I decided to fight against loneliness the best way I know how: with culture. As an art history student and a public library worker, I truly believe that art and culture is a wonderful way not only to bring people together, but also to reconnect with our roots as a community. I started to volunteer at the library to bring books to those who can't physically go themselves. While I am with them, I ask about their day, what they thought of the previous book. Did it bring back some memories? Tell me about them! I ask if they need someone to shovel the snow in their driveway or if they need anything at the grocery store, while I am at it. I learn something from each and every person I visit. It's not much, but it is my wave. What surprised me the most is how much I, myself, gain from it too. I am learning how to be comfortable around new people but mostly, I learn new stories that helps me build mine.
Every year I book a humanitarian trip to a different country in an effort to help local communities. This past year I was given the opportunity to visit Brazil, and bring relief as well as supplies to villagers effected by the Amazonian Wild fires. Myself as well as a few other Earpers are looking to get a large group to start making these trips together. More information to come! Thank you for creating such a unique platform, and letting us share how we cultivate kindness! Congrats on the Rebirth of START THE WAVE!
I've always loved working in my community. Building houses for the homeless, down in Mexico, and fighting in the streets for climate justice, gives me such life. I have always felt a calling towards helping our planet and all of its inhabitants. And as of last year (on my fifteenth birthday) I've decided to embrace that calling, and make it my life's mission to help those in need. And in finding Start the Wave, I no longer feel alone. I have found an embarrassing community of the most loving and supportive people. And I couldn't be more happy to be apart of it. You all have the most beautiful souls I have ever seen. I honestly believe that we can change the world for the better. I wish you all the best of luck on your journeys.
For Christmas this year (2019) instead of buying my younger cousin new legos I am going to gift her my old legos that I have no use for. So that it can go to a better home. Though a small thing. The idea of gifting something that was once mine means so much to my younger cousin.
It's probably the usual things, I've become a vegan and have disposable single use plastic from my life and that of my family and friends. But the most important thing I have learned and i am learning right now is on my bagpacking tour through Asia. I have learned so much about myself and learned new things, observed other perspectives and got to know really great people. So it happened that I and a few people started a spontaneous cleanup on a few beaches in India, we are still friends and are still in contact. But that is exactly what shows that you are not alone no matter what you do, even if you sometimes believe it.
I have always been someone who enjoys helping others & over the last couple of years have been more involved in volunteering, including volunteer work in Thailand with rescued elephants (going again in February), volunteer work in Cambodia in a local community &, closer to home, litter picking, beach clean ups & dog walking for the sick & elderly. I would love to do more but unfortunately I have to work full time. Personally, I've seen a change in my habits & way of thinking. I've reduced the amount of plastic I use & this year I have decided to considerably reduce the amount of meat I eat. I'm sharing things via social media to try & make people more aware of things they can do to help & I have had some success. "From little acorns mighty oaks grow" I would like to say that Start The Wave/Dominique you are a true inspiration for young & old (like myself!). Together we can make this world a better place.
I'm not changing the world on a regular base, but I'm a volunteer at the "German Red Cross" and I'm proud of the work we are doing. I don't know how the Red Cross is working in other countries, but I think we are important and we are changing sometimes the world of some people. In Germany we are part of the civil protection. That means we have different divisions like the paramedics or a support unit. Each group has different tasks, i.e. the support unit takes care of uninjured people (up to 500 people). In case of need we will build tends (normally we find a school or the like for shelter) and provide food and water. We have on-call service and from time to time we are called and have to support (normally) the fire brigade, for example we run a place for people, who can't be at their home at that moment. (i.e. while bomb disposal-in Germany we have that quite often). It isn't often that we are alerted and we practice to stay "ready for action". We also provide first-aid service at different events for exercise purpose as well as because it is an important part of our work and always fun (Normally we don't have to help, but we meet and can talk). Also some of our paramedics are working in the emergency service. One memorable operation for our support unit has been last year. In October 2019 we had an evacuation of a dorm caused by careless use of chemical substances and nobody (even the experts) knew the type. The operation started at 6 pm and after a few hours we got called and took care of the people concerned. After some time it was clear, that the operation will take some more time and we had to organize a place where they could stay for a little bit longer. So we brought them to the common room of the "Red Cross"- retirement home, where we had access to the kitchen. So we could give them a late supper and they could relax a little bit. At 1 am the fire department called us to tell us, that the people couldn't come back for the night and we put some camp beds up and those, who wanted to sleep, could rest a little bit. I think at that night we changed at least the situation, if not the world, for those people. They didn't know if they could ever go back in their homes. But we provided shelter, food and water and they knew that there are people who care about their current life and situation and who are willing to help them. That operation wasn't normal and it's been a touching night. Normally our operations are planned, i.e. when we have to help with the evacuation of people caused by a bomb disposal, we have a standard operation procedure and it is easy. It is normally not at night and the people can go back home for sleeping. They are coming to fully prepared premises and can leave after a few hours. That operation was different. We didn't know if or when they could go back (They went back home on the following day at 12 am, the operation lasted more than 18 hours.) and it wasn't planned or prepared. We had to improvise and the people concerned helped, that isn't expected or normal but really appreciated. I can't explain it but it has been a special operation, it's been a long night for everyone, people concerned and volunteers alike, and we all supported each other. For those moments I love my hobby. It's always different and often really funny. I can help people and maybe change their life or situation. It's nothing like standing up for the climate and nature, but in some few moments we change the world for individuals. I think we provide some important services and are a meaningful part of the humanitarian aid and civil protection. We always need help and are glad for new members. If you are interested just search for a red cross nearby, inform yourself about their work and contact them. I'm also glad to hear different stories about the Red Cross work in different parts of the world.