We Are the World Blogfest

 

We Are The World Blogfest

       The last Friday of the March marks the start of the “We Are the World Blogfest”, a fledgling operation that we all hope will become a blogging extravaganza of peace and positivity.  WATWB seeks to promote positive news instead of the constant stream of negatives that we’ve become so accustomed to, and to showcase stories of love and light that demonstrate the compassion and resilience of the human spirit.  Hearing these stories helps to increase our hope in our ever darkening world, bring a smile to our faces, boost our sagging immune systems, and remind us what the heck we are here for — to love each other and make each other laugh.  Lighting the candle always dispels the darkness.

        My contribution to the first #WATWB is this story of an irate customer at the Starbucks drive through who realized that her state of mind was not helping the state of the world.  She went back the next day to make things right with the barista, proving that Mom was right and it’s never too late to say sorry.  Oh, and that politeness is the bedrock of a civilized nation.  #bepolite

Read the story here:  Starbucks customer surprises barrister.

And because I adore good news of all kinds, particularly when it involves gifts from the Earth, I’m leaving you with this one about a man who has spent a lifetime collecting some of the world’s most unusual and impressive rocks.  One crystal is as big as a car.  As all parents do, he believes his children should stay together, so he’s on a quest to put the entire collection into a museum.  They aren’t just rocks, you know, but “the foundation of a dream he wants so share with the world.”

Know anyone interested? #rockstars

http://http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rock-stars-crystals-mined-masterpieces/

Thanks to these fabulous hosts for this We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB:

Belinda Witzenhausen, Lynn Hallbrooks, Simon Falk, Sylvia McGrath, and Damyanti Biswas

Want to join the #WATWB?  Click here to sign up.

Just want to check in?  Like the WATWB Facebook page.

p.j.lazos 3.30.17

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18 Responses to We Are the World Blogfest

  1. Inderpreet says:

    I agree it is never too late to say sorry. Good thing she did. And the crystals! I had visited on museum in India for the crystals and they are astoundingly beautiful.

    Thank you so much! Team #WATWB
    *Inderpreet/EloquentArticulation*

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  2. simonfalk28 says:

    Pam, I can’t believe I did the whole ‘like’ thing without leaving a comment. Wish I did. It is a beautiful story. It is especially so for those of us who value the whole experience of community at our regular coffee hangouts. We all probably have stories of cafes. I wrote a poem for one once. May we never to be proud to say sorry or thank you. 👍 Simon’s Still Stanza #WATWB

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    • pjlazos says:

      The coffee hangout is a time-honored tradition. I remember my father meeting his cronies at what was then a newsstand kind of place that also sold coffee. They met there every morning at 6 a.m. before work, intent on solving the world’s problems. He would tell us stories at dinner about this and that person, the political conversations they had, whose kids were doing what, etc. It was so much like sitting around a campfire. It’s not the same for me. I have a 2-hour commute so by the time I get to work, I’m just running in to get my coffee and running off to start work. We’ve lost a bit of connection, I think, with all our running. There is a little coffee shop a mile from where I live and I often meet friends there for coffee or lunch only to emerge hours later. So I guess the tradition is alive and well, just in a different format. Thanks for stopping by, Simon!

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  3. Love this story! A great uplifting story that also shows even when you are a buttinski you can do something about it (and I am, only very occasionally, one…)

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  4. ericlahti says:

    It’s kind of amazing how few people are able to put their egos on hold long enough to say, “I’m sorry.” It’s such a simple thing to do and those two words can have an amazing impact. Great story!

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    • pjlazos says:

      I agree. I was in a meeting yesterday with a woman who I’d just met about doing some (paid) work with our volunteer organization and I found myself “running over” her a little bit about an idea she had that just didn’t seem to fit within our vision. Rather than just let her say her bit — she was, after all, new to the whole thing — I was getting annoyed that she wasn’t seeing it the way I wanted her to see it, total reactionary behavior on my part. I plan on sending her an email to apologize. I don’t even know if she noticed (because I wasn’t over the top or anything), but I noticed that I was not listening with a wide open heart, something I am trying to do always (even with the people who drive me crazy). So I think the Starbucks customer had a positive impact on me!

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  5. Two lovely stories for the price of a visit to your “place”. I’ve worked behind the desk/counter and know people have bad days but I don’t think I’ve seen many (if any) come back and apologize. I love crystals. That is one huge one. Great stories, P.J., thanks for sharing them and for being a part of #WATWB

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    • pjlazos says:

      The customer service part of life is the most difficult. In some way, we are all customer service reps in our dealings with each other. Thanks for hosting #WATWB, Lynn!

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  6. Those wonderful crystals!! and I love the story about ‘sorry.’ It is an important word, and not used often enough these days.

    Damyanti, #WATWB team

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  7. Ken Dowell says:

    Just a simple story about someone admitting their mistake is a welcome change from what we hear on the news.

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    • pjlazos says:

      Oh, how I agree with you, Ken. It used to be that you messed up and you said sorry. Simple as that. Now in this world of alternate facts, no one is ever wrong and no one ever says sorry. I think that the cornerstone of a great civilization is civility — and we’re losing it at an ever quickening pace!

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  8. All of the links xxxxx

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  9. IIH now you know I HAVE to click that link xxx

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