Inspiration Information — Year in Review

by aaron on December 31, 2010

“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year.  It is that we should have a new soul”  –G.K. Chesterton

Every day 353,000 people are born.  Every day 146,000 people die.  This past year, 52 million cars were produced, 285 million computers sold.  Globally we cut down 240 square acres of virgin forest (an area the size of Tokyo) each day.   There are more than 1 billion malnourished people in the world and equal 1 billion who are obese.  Children are starving.  On the scale of global hardship and human suffering, 2010 has seemed a particularly difficult year.  We’ve experienced a worldwide economic recession.  A devastating earthquake that ravaged countless lives in Haiti.  Another massive quake in Chile.  Flash floods in Pakistan.  Crippling volcano eruptions in Iceland and Indonesia.  The worst oil spill in environmental history.

It’s pretty easy to focus on the negative.  Everywhere you look, every news article you read seems to emphasis the harsh and terrifying brutality of life on earth.

And yet

Every day there are thousands of people falling in love, celebrating the birth of their first or fifth child, rejoicing in the inspiring life of a recently deceased beloved.  There are people replanting the forests, feeding the homeless, pulling survivors from the rubble.  For every disaster, every act of destruction and suffering, there are equal acts of kindness and compassion.  It’s Newton’s third law of Motion, the basics that form both physics and karma: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

On this note, we have featured 34 stories of inspiration this year, all highlighting incredible individuals who are fighting to balance the positivity scale through little everyday acts that are causing big ripples of change.  As we look forward into 2011 as a year full of promise, hope and opportunity to make our own positive imprint on the world, we though it important to reflect back on those  stories that have moved and affected us the most.  (Click the links to be taken to the full stories.)

First there were the incredibly altruistic acts of emergency relief workers diving headfirst to lend support in Haiti.  People like Todd Shea, Ben Skinner and Tad Agoglia.  Not to mention the United Nations raising a record $10 billion in reconstruction aid.

Around Valentine’s Day, we explored the inexplicable beauty of human experience through the inspiring true love story of Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan.

The man with the world’s biggest heart this year must be Narayanan Krishnan who has devoted his life to caring for the homeless untouchables in India.

We also had a crop of amazingly talented individuals overcoming the adversity of missing limbs.  Like Pro Surfer Bethany Hamilton and motivational speaker Nick Vujicic.

The story of Kevin Hines surviving his suicide jump of the golden gate bridge showed the power of miracles in raising hope out of darkness.

But perhaps our most inspiring stories have been those of the younger generation.  There seems to be a wave of children who are dreaming impossible dreams and then breathing those dreams into reality.  Teenagers like Jordan Romero who at 13 became the youngest person to summit Mt. Everest.  Or Zach Bonner who at 12 walked across the entire country in order to raise awareness and money for homeless children.

Looking back like this, it’s easy to see that 2010 was actually a year overflowing with inspiration and positive change.  And I am left filled with limitless hope that 2011 will only tip the scales all the way over in favor of kindness, beauty and compassion.

And  this overwhelmingly inspiring year wouldn’t be complete without a groovy soulful performance from my personal favorites, Mr B and the PS22 chorus.
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Happy New Year!

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