You don’t have to look hard to find it…there really is goodness all around us, surrounding us, just waiting to be discovered. So, we went gathering. Our hope is that your weekend will be filled with courage, faith, hope, a little bit of laughter, and a whole bunch of love. YAY! It’s Friday! Let the goodness begin…
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• Did you see this on actress Mayim Bialik’s Facebook page this week?
Mayim is a former child actress currently starring in the show The Big Bang Theory. She consistently shows great courage expressing her beliefs and faith in the media. We love that she identified with Noelle’s courage and shared it with her followers. Such a great example of multiplying goodness!
• This print from Lindsay Letters is so sweet and beautiful. And we love the words to this hymn.
• We can’t get Francesca Battistelli’s single, Write Your Story out of our heads. It’s the perfect song to sing to yourself as a reminder that God has a plan for your life. Her whole CD is just outstanding. You’ll love it.
• Are you familiar with Humans of New York? Photographer Brandon Stanton started photographing people he met on the streets of New York in 2010, and started collecting quotes and short stories from the subjects he was photographing and including those alongside the photos. The photos on his website and Instagram feed are raw and beautiful – especially when combined with the words of the subjects. It’s such a hopeful, beautiful project. His recent photos from a trip to Iran have been particularly compelling.
• Whenever we hear the word hope, this song from Mercy River pops into our heads immediately. The music video is a collaboration they did with a children’s hospital, and it makes us smile and cry all at the same time.
• We featured a video from Kid President in a post a couple weeks ago, but he’s just kicked off a great project called “Socktober” that we think fits right in with what we are doing here at Multiply Goodness. Watch this with your kids, laugh along and see if you are inspired to help.
• One more video, because it makes us laugh and inspires us. Especially when we watch it with kids. (I *might* burst into a fit of laughter at 1:26 every time I see this.)
• Here’s a random acts of goodness story that we just loved. These local firemen performed such a loving act of service for a family. You’ll want to read this article, we promise. (And it just makes us that much more excited for our random acts of goodness project coming in December!)
• Finally, we can’t think of anything more loving than helping someone see themselves for who they really are. We came across this video from an all female, Austin-based band called The Mrs. and loved the way they chose to reach out to women in the Austin community and show them how much they are valued and loved. You really need to take a minute and watch it. And we’re pretty confident you’re going to cry at some point. (And if you want to see how they pulled this off, you’ll love this behind the scenes video as well.)
We’re so grateful for your support and encouragement and willingness to share the good that you are doing in your communities. Our hearts absolutely soared when we got this email from Ann S. this week:
Sometimes the people who look like they have it all together really are the ones who could benefit from a bit of service. Two examples from this week: A good friend who is a doctor and really doesn’t want for much broke a few ribs while riding mountain biking with his son. We took over a small dinner and tried to make sure he had what he needed. It wasn’t much but the joy and the surprise on his face as we served him was priceless. The other example was about the inviting an empty nester couple over for dinner. It was again a simple act but so welcomed. They loved the craziness of our home and invited over to their home this last week. I hope it will become a more frequent exchange!
Don’t you love that? We hope you’ll feel inspired to multiply goodness this weekend, and when you do, we hope you’ll share your experiences with us.