The trash tag challenge has gone viral, encouraging people to clean up littered areas of their local communities, sharing their efforts on social media in ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos.
1.3 billion tonnes of household waste is generated per year and only 258 -368 million tons of it ends up in the 50 largest dumpsites, and million tons of it ends up in the ocean, 80% of which comes from mainland waste. Well, the new hashtag trashtag wants everyone to chip in to chip away at this trash problem. People are challenged to take a before photo of an area that is in need of intense trash clean-up, followed by an after photo of the beautified area.
The hashtag blew up on social media after a reddit user posted a screenshot of someone who had completed the challenge, with the caption: “Here is a new #challenge for all you bored teens. Take a photo of an area that needs some cleaning or maintenance then take a photo after you have done something about it, and post it here.”
In this great episode I speak with the current Ms Miami International, Gabriela Chang about her journey to this point. She is an inspirational character and has recently become a supporter and spokesperson of many children’s organisations.
In this wide ranging interview she speaks about some of the hardships that she has been through which have give her a perspective in which to relate to some of the young people she is now working with.
Gabriela has so much to give, and her passion and enthusiasm comes across in this video. Please be sure to follow her journey on her website and social media profiles.
Time is our most important and most precious commodity. Its the one thing that you can never get back. We should ask ourselves on a daily basis; whats important to me, where do my priorities lie, what am I going to make time for?
Mahatma Gandhi said; ‘our action expresses priority’. What we act out and make time for is a clear sign of whats important to us. If we are constantly saying that we will do something, but never get round to doing it, then it is clearly not as important as we think it is!
Even the development of our language has formed a metaphor in describing our relationship with time. How do we SPEND TIME? To spend time as we would spend our money. Its important to spend it wisely and not throw it away.
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We are wired as human beings to connect with the world around us. To connect with nature, to connect with others, and to connect with ourselves.
It is in our nature to feel empathy and compassion for the pain and suffering of others. Nothing could be clearer at this time of great suffering across the globe. We see people suffering and in need, and subconsciously a thought arises: ‘something must be done!’
In great times of need, our love and compassion for our friends and families extends and reaches out to all sentient beings.
If we could increase the time that our love for humanity would extend to every living being, taking it beyond natural disasters and into every waking moment. Think how much more light there would be in the world.
Every moment there is a choice. To include or to exclude. To open or to close. To be selfless or to be selfish. Let’s make the right choice. All the time.
Follwing on from my Random acts of Kindness post, I came across an organisation that embodies random acts of kindness and labels its members RAKTIVISTS.
What is a raktivist?
‘RAKtivist’ is short for ‘Random Acts of Kindness activist’. Think of RAKtivists like kindness ambassadors—and, like all ambassadors, they’re a part of an active, global community.
RAKtivists are everywhere. The student who stops to hold the door open for a teacher with her hands full? They’re a RAKtivist. The commuter who offers their bus seat to an elderly passenger? They’re a RAKtivist too. The parking attendant who leaves a note on someone’s car, complimenting their parking skills? You guessed it. RAKtivist.
Anyone who believes kindness can change the world, who reminds everyone around them how much love there is in the world, who inspires hope and generosity with their actions as much as their words—they’re a RAKtivist.
I have become more interested in the Dalai Lama recently, for is this man not the spiritual ambassador of compassion and kindness? Just read the opening chapter to his autobiography and will likely share any stories I think you may like in the coming weeks.
All this happening together, beginning the Dalai Lamas autobiography and receiving an email from RAK informing me that I am officially a raktivist has a sense of synchronicity about it. I will embrace this moment and try and live up to my newest title: RAKTIVIST.
A recommendation from their email states: “Imagine what the world would be like if thousands of people became RAKtivists and EVERYONE committed just one act of kindness every month. That is why we need your help. This will start a world movement.”
Just one act every month! Surely we can do better than that.