Friday, September 26, 2008

Direct from the center ring

My good friend, Ken McArthur is standing in a circus tent today asking 2,000 people to spread a message of hope to teenagers who don't think that life is worth living.
I think it's a great message of hope for anyone and would love to see all of my readers think about spreading it today.
Here's Ken's simple message for for giving hope (and maybe saving someone's life!):
G - Greet and meet: talk to others, smile, say hello, ask someone how they are doing
I - Involve yourself and others: find a cause you can support, volunteer, pledge resources. Get the people around you involved, especially if you see someone beginning to withdraw. Invite them to participate in some activity, to "get out" of their comfort zone
V - Validate others: tell others that they matter - especially family members and friends that you tend to see daily but may take for granted, give genuine complements
E - Empathize: be a listening ear, take time to be fully present, don't try to solve - just acknowledge someone's feeling/hurt
You can find out more about Ken's wonderful project with hisImpact Action Team at:

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