The late author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. Because of its simple yet powerful message, it became one of the most famous commencement speeches of all time. This short film captures his message: that during the difficult and wearying times of adulthood, it is compassion that will sustain you. COMPASSION. Remaining aware of others, instead of focusing only on yourself, will help you rise above the mundane and live a more conscious, empathetic life.
Our imagination is one of the most interesting elements of the human experience. But our natural ability to conjure up creative stories and original thoughts is somewhat of a mystery to most of us. Thankfully, neuroscientist Andrey Vyshedskiy is here to guide us through a journey inside the brain that illustrates the fascinating way that our imaginations function.
Four-year-old Claire Ryann definitely inherited her dad’s music talent. Along with him, she sings Toy Story’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” and her pretty, sincere voice is utterly captivating. I love the connection between Dad and daughter as they share music and affection in this sweet video.
This one really hit home for me, but the link to embed it didn’t work. So here it is: https://youtu.be/jD8tjhVO1Tc
As babies, we’re taught to categorize and sort. But when we grow older, why do we continue to classify and place everyday people in boxes? Our constant judging and categorization is often based on our assumptions — and not about what’s actually real. This beautiful and touching video from Denmark shows us that even though we may look and identify differently, inside we have much more in common with others than we think.
Mr. Bussey is known for being the coolest teacher on the block, and it’s probably because he goes out of his way to make his students know they’re special. In the beginning of the year he started teaching the third-graders to shake hands, and now, every single student has his or her own secret handshake with him. Mr. Bussey’s impressive memory helps him keep track of every single snap, slap, and shake … and most “routines” end with a hug. How’s that for being an Awesome teacher?
Voice artist Brian Hull has delighted people in his online voiceover videos for years, but recently he took his impersonations straight to Disneyland. Using the voices of Tigger, Pooh Bear, Goofy and more, he walked right up to the Disney characters and brought his voices to life in front of them. As you’ll see, everyone was amazed — though Donald Duck was especially blown away.
This is one for the history books: Katherine Beattie has become the first woman to do a wheelchair backflip. Watch Katherine push the boundaries of sports by skateboarding and motocrossing in a special wheelchair for athletes. But conquering the skate park isn’t enough — she also decided to do a backflip. We see Katherine fall countless times, but she never lets them deter her. Her calm fearlessness is inspiring to behold and is…
Listen to Katherina’s story and be amazed.
“If you’re not falling, you’re not learning.”