News usually depresses me. Dealing with business transactions sometimes elevates my blood pressure. I have to practice Zen breathing whenever I have to wait for … practically just about everything these days.
When I feel down, a few of the sites I visit or listen to for a boost of energy, sanity, and a few good laughs, are: www.brainpickings.org, TED Talks, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (a hilarious NPR news quiz show), www.stumbleupon.com, or music radio stations. Recently, Washington Post added a weekly “Optimist” news collection, and I find at least one worthy story every other week. A few weeks ago, the story/video on “Recycled Orchestra/Landfill Harmonic” touched me enormously; it’s a lovely story for the holiday season. There is such joy, beauty, innovation, creativity … and life, packed in a video clip less than four-minutes long. Please make sure you read the postscript.
Did you feel some sensation coursing through your body and soul when the young man struck the chords on his cello? If so, please share this video with as many people as your social media will reach.
If you travel for the holidays, be safe. Wherever you are for the holidays, enjoy your time with your beloved ones. And have a wonderful New Year.
I will resume in this space Jan. 4, 2015. Till then,
Painting by Elena Yang. Courtesy photo
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Editor’s note: Dr. Yang has a PhD in Management from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. She taught at Wharton for a number of years, and consulted for small groups and small organizations and on cross-cultural issues. Her professional worldview comprises three pillars: 1. All organizations are social systems in which elements are inter-related. 2. To improve organizations, the focus should be on the positive dimensions on which to build. This philosophical foundation is Appreciative Inquiry. 3. Yang subscribes to the methodological perspective that she is part of the instrument from which to gain quality data from respondents, and with which to compare and contrast with others’ realities.