All of these photos have been sourced from the inspiring Facebook page, “Growing Bolder”. Here’s their mission statement: “We share the real stories of ordinary people who are living extraordinary lives and prove that it’s never too late to discover your purpose and passion; never too late to reinvent yourself, begin a new relationship, start a new business, learn a new skill or make a difference in your community. Our products are hope, inspiration and possibility. Our message is dream, believe and persist.”
[Oh dear – the photos don’t hold. Sorry guys – you’ll have to check them out on Facebook, if you have FB (I don’t). The photos are FABULOUS. All of people in their 80s, 90s and more, doing extraordinary things! Worth looking at.]
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Amazing story of Justus, an 8 year-old orphan who survived by eating scraps in the main garbage dump of Kigali in Rwanda: asked by an American woman in a taxi what he wanted, he said “an education”. He got it. Now he is going to Harvard – and is determined to pay it forward by helping the poor in some way. You can read his moving story here.
My name is Ben Norton. This is my tiny house story. A neighbor of mine was all excited about [the Tiny House] blog and showed me lots of really cool tiny houses that people have built. I was hooked. I just said, “That’s what I’m going to do,” and I just started buying materials as I had money. I don’t think anyone really thought I was serious because I was eleven years old at the time.
So begins Ben’s story of how he built, at age 11-12, a house for himself, 12′ x 20′, with the help of motley friends of all ages. His well-written story is finished at the end of the summer – age 12! And his tiny house is waiting for next summer when he has a break from school and can insert windows and work on the interior.
Warning: This article will probably make you weep.
Three sisters suddenly lost their mother to cancer just before Mother’s Day. They had no money for a funeral, so they set about raising the necessary $10,000 through bake sales etc. They reached $2,000 … and a friend suggested they write goodbye letters to their mum and send them off via helium balloons.
The next day a stranger found the balloons and the notes attached – and you can read the happy ending here!
A son posts a message at Craigslist – Wanted: kidney.
It’s for his mum.
A woman calls that night, offering to be a donor.
Now it looks like this life-saving operation is going to take place – thanks to a stranger making a gift from the heart…