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Restaurant Owner Catches Robber Red-Handed And Offers Him A Job

By | compassion, Food for thought, humility, inspiring, kindness, stories, uplifting news

The owner of a restaurant in Georgia decided to practice humility rather than fury at a suspected burglar.

He offered the burglar a job

Security camera footage at a Diablo’s Southwest Grill in Georgia caught a man bursting into the restaurant and stealing what he could gather. But in a surprising twist, the owner wasn’t upset.

“Our burritos are such a smash hit we’ve got people breaking in at 4am for their fix,” wrote owner Carl Wallace in a Facebook post. “So if ya see our door looking hurricane fabulous at Wheeler Rd this is why.”

Wallace continued, offering compassion to the suspect. “To the would-be robber who is clearly struggling with life decisions or having money issues… please swing by for a job application. There are better opportunities out there than this path you’ve chosen.”

Wallace then offered his personal cell phone number and assured the burglar that police wouldn’t be called.

“Let’s sit down and talk about how we could help you and fix the road you’re on.”

Customers loved it

The post has received more than 4,500 reactions and an outpouring support from the public as well as customers.

“I saw a Facebook page on Connect Augusta, and I thought it was probably one of the best things that I had ever read,” customer Cher Best told WRDW. “So as a result of what I read and the compassion, that was part of that Facebook post, I wanted to support the business.”

A Facebook comment from Liz Bellmer read: “I know what I’m having for lunch….as a small business owner who recently had to close my doors because of loss of revenue due to COVID, I appreciate your civility and your way of seeing this. We need more people like you who try to put a positive spin on crappy situations. Positivity should always win.”

Turning the other cheek

Wallace said the burglar didn’t steal much — just some cash from the register. But the risk he took was extremely high.

“They’re risking so much every time they do this: to the business owner, to themselves, or what could happen if the police show up during the process of the break-in,” he told WRDW.

The break-in was on Easter weekend, and Wallace added that was one of the reasons that he and his team decided to be compassionate.

“Instead of having the normal response of being angry, we decided to reach out, and say this is a bad career path that you’re on, and we’re willing to offer you a job if you’re willing to change what you’re doing in life.”

Carl Wallace

Doing the right thing

Is one man’s compassion going to fix the systemic problems that led this burglar to want to rob a burrito restaurant — no. But it does have the capability to change the trajectory of a life, and at the end of the day, that’s all anyone can really hope for.

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Daniel Radcliffe Opens Up About How He Turned to Drinking to Deal With Harry Potter Fame – And What It Has Since Taught Him About Compassion

By | compassion, Food for thought, Harry Potter, Inspiring Stories

It seems that being famous and successful is something we all strive for, but constantly being in the public eye can take its toll – especially if you aren’t ready for what that fame entails.

Daniel Radcliffe got very famous, very fast, when he starred in Harry Potter, and in a recent episode of the podcast Off Camera with Sam Jones, he shared knowing he was always being “watched” was very hard on him. He coped by drinking.

“The quickest way to forget about the fact that you were being watched was to get very drunk,” he said. “Then as you get very drunk, you become aware, ‘Oh, people are watching more now because now I’m getting very drunk, so I should probably drink more to ignore that more.’ It can affect your psyche.”

He said it was a lot of pressure to always be “on” and be Daniel Radcliffe, the “famous person.”

“Part of the thing is the expectation that you should just be delighted all the time,” he said. “You have a great job, you’re wealthy, you don’t have a right to not be excited about the thing all the time. I think that’s a pressure as well. You suddenly start to feel, ‘Man, if I am just feeling some human emotion of sadness, does that mean I’m doing this wrong?’”

Eventually he made some friends that understood what he was going through and that helped, and he ended up quitting drinking altogether. “Ultimately it was just my own decision. I woke up one morning after a night, going, ‘This is probably not good.’”

“There is no blueprint for starting young and working stuff out. That’s why whenever people are having a go at Justin Bieber drag racing cars or whatever, I’m always like, ‘Yeah, but you never know. Stuff could be super crazy for him right now.’”

Maybe we should all learn that we never know what someone is going through until we’ve also gone through it and to stop judging others so much. We never how it feels to live a life that other person is living, and that includes famous people — who’s struggles, though in the public eye, are just as real as any of our’s.


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Woman Loses 55 Pounds to Donate Her Kidney to Her Father, Blows Us Away With Her Selflessness

By | compassion, family, Food for thought, goals, health and wellness, Inspirational Stories, Inspiring Stories, weight loss

In August 2016, Dawn Muhammad’s father was diagnosed with stage four kidney failure.

Her dad, Lucious Daniels, began receiving dialysis treatment twice a week and his name was added to a 5-year-long kidney transplant waiting list. The procedure was his only chance of survival.

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Muhammad was devastated but determined to do everything in her power to help save her dad’s life. Soon after the diagnosis, she found out that her blood type was compatible with her dad’s, but that her BMI (Body mass index) was too elevated for her to be able to donate her kidney.

Driven by love

She was not a suitable candidate, and while the news came as painful blow, she wasn’t backing down and never lost sight of her goal.

“I looked at myself in the mirror and I said, ‘Let’s try this, let’s try this, let’s really try and commit to it,” Muhammad told “Good Morning America”. “We told my father, ‘This isn’t the end, this can’t be the end.’”

She decided to lose weight in order to give her dad a second chance at life.

Without telling Daniels about her plan, the wife and mother of two embarked on a 16-month long weight loss journey.

In December that same year, she hired a personal trainer and began making changes to her diet, which included cutting out sugar altogether.

A life-saving commitment

Her efforts paid off and Muhammad lost 55 pounds. She was now eligible to be a match for her father’s transplant and in April 2018, she broke the news to him.

“”I said, ‘Dad … can I tell you a secret? I have been losing this weight not just for me, but for you!’” she remembered. “‘This weight loss has been for you, I need you to give me that paperwork, I need to be that donor for you.’”

Last July, she got the phone call that she’d been praying for and worked hard towards: she was a perfect match.

The surgeries are scheduled for August 30 and Muhammad couldn’t be more proud. She encourages other potential organ donors to practice compassion and follow suit.

“”Just do it,” she said. “It’s a selfless act. It’s an act of love, not an act of sacrifice…I was blessed enough to help my father and I’m praying that someone else can do the same for their loved one.””


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Ryan Reynolds Comforts Fan After Girlfriend Breaks Up with Him on His Birthday

By | Celebrities, compassion, Food for thought, Inspiring Stories, kindness, relationships, ryan reynolds
TOKYO, JAPAN – MAY 29: Ryan Reynolds poses for a selfie with a fan as he attends the ‘Deadpool 2’ Tokyo Premiere at the Roppongi Hills on May 29, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

We already know that Ryan Reynolds is a pretty special human being. From his deeply personal confessions on dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety to his down-to-earth take on fame and the value of real-life experiences, the Hollywood superstar offers up one life-lesson after the other.

However, the Deadpool star took things one step further recently, comforting one fan through his break-up. Twitter user Josiah Thieman reached out to the actor on social media, telling him the story of how his girlfriend broke up with him because of… well Deadpool himself.

If you haven’t seen the second installment of the blockbuster yet, don’t worry, we won’t spoil anything. But just to give some context, Wilson aka Deadpool, deals with some pretty messed-up relationship issues in the movie, so of course at one point Deadpool turns to the camera and tells women to break up with their boyfriends.

As it turns out, Thieman’s girlfriend took that piece of commentary to heart, breaking up with him, something Thieman did not expect. But Reynolds was there for the rescue, apologizing to the newly-single Thieman. Even better, Reynolds asked him if they are “Still friends?”, starting a bromance for the ages.

Reynolds’ outreach made a world of difference to Thieman, telling MensHealth.com he had no expectations of Reynolds  noticing his tweet: “Him even responding to my tweet made my day.”

But Reynolds’ acknowledgement of his pain and apology for an event that in the end had nothing to do with Hollywood star helped lift his spirits to no end. “Him saying sorry and then jokingly asking ‘Still friends?’ made my heart warm and gave me some hope,” he told the same source.

Of course, Josiah Thieman was more than happy to accept Reynolds’ words of comfort and online offer of friendship.

The heartwarming exchange led to an outpouring of support towards Thieman from the Twitterverse, something that will surely help him mend his broken heart. After all, reaching out to others, whether friends or strangers, can have life-changing and sometimes even life-saving effects. As for Reynolds, the A-lister proved yet again how strong one small, random act of kindness can be.


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Want to Change Your Life? All You Have to Do Is This One Small Thing

By | compassion, Food for thought, Inspiring Stories, Motivation

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The Dalai Lama once said, “One of the secrets of inner peace is the practice of compassion.”

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You have likely been taught about the importance of being compassionate since childhood. Most of us have. But for some, compassion isn’t something they feel they owe others. Why give out something you never got? Why step in to help instead of letting them “just deal with it” on their own?


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No one explains the “why” better than David Flood. David is a father and motivational speaker from Top Youth Speakers, an organization filled with people dedicated to inspiring and educating today’s youth on topics ranging from bullying and mental health to leadership and development.

One of the powerful arguments Flood gives is simply that being compassionate is a life-changing attitude. Not only for you, but also for the person receiving it. It’s one of those rare situations where everybody wins. It doesn’t have to be a huge show of kindness. Even the smallest act can change someone’s world. It could be a smile, a simple compliment, or reaching out to someone who’s lonely.

David shares the one moment that made him change his perspective

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After a rough childhood of his own, David Flood was invited to speak at the school of his eldest son, Justin, who is 17 years old and has autism.

He begins his speech with the story of when Justin was in middle school. Every day, David would ask him who he ate lunch. And every day, without fail, his son would reply, “I ate alone.”

Not only was his son’s response heartbreaking, but it also brought back old feelings from when David was 13 and asked his father who he was going to eat Thanksgiving dinner with, since he had been thrown out of the house due to his alcoholism. His father replied, “I’ll probably just go and eat at the diner, alone.”

In both cases, David asked himself: Why does anybody have to eat alone?  

Reach out and make a difference

The point of David’s story isn’t to make you or anyone feel sorry for his son or his father. The real message is to nudge that familiar feeling of loneliness you may have also experienced at some point in your life. To push you to remember how it felt and recognize when someone near you is lonely and needs to be reached out to.

Don’t you wish someone had come over and made you feel included at that party or during those lonely lunches at work? Now you have the chance to be that person to others. Invite that estranged person to go out somewhere, go talk to the awkward guest who arrived alone. Be that special person you wish you had when you needed them.

David ends his speech by saying, “Watch how your life changes when you care more about others than you care about yourself.”

So make time today to make the world a little brighter for someone. Be kind, be caring, be a better example for everyone around you. You’ll be surprised at how much better your own life becomes.

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3 Ways to Find Value in Every Moment of Your Daily Life

By | compassion, Food for thought, happiness, kindness, live in the present, meaning, mindfulness, self-awareness, Self-Improvement

Sometimes, daily life is so chaotic that an entire day passes without us ever remembering what we did that day.

Okay, maybe it happens a little more than sometimes.

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The thing is, you know this isn’t how you want to live. But it’s difficult to navigate everything you need to do while still managing to find a sense of value and meaning in each day.

If that sounds like you, it’s time to look very hard at your approach to living, including what your priorities are and whether you’re following your heart.

But it’s also about how you live in each moment. You’ll see very quickly that you can find great value throughout your life with a few small changes.

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.

– Charles Darwin

Amid the chaos of everyday life, there is a silver lining. And it’s this silver lining that allows you to find value in every moment of your life– if you’re willing to make a little effort.

Some days will be easier than others. That will always stay the same. However, no matter what’s happening in your life, this ability to realize a sense of meaning and value in each moment is and will always be available to you.

So, how do you do it? To find value in every moment, you need to become acquainted with your “superpowers.” I call them superpowers because, while they’re not overt or flashy, they have the ability to transform you from the inside out and help those around you at the same time. Really, there aren’t many things in the world as powerful as these three principles.

1. Be present

Your first power to find meaning and value throughout daily life is presence.

Presence is a gift which is always available to you. By becoming present to what’s going on within and around you, you can find value in several different ways, from uncovering a piece of your inner dialogue to finding peace and joy in the sights, sounds, and tastes of life by tuning in to a particular sense.

Presence also allows us to give ourselves fully to those we love, offering comfort and support when they need it the most. Sometimes, all our loved ones want is for us to be there for them without saying a word. The ability to be fully present in the moment and to focus in on what’s in front of us allows us to do just that.

2. Act with kindness

Kindness is another power you can tap into at any moment to find value and meaning in daily life.

Sure, a big part of that is the impact that a little kindness can have on the world. Especially today, where hate has become more prominent and there seems to be little kindness to go around, a simple act of selflessness can transform someone in a very lasting and permanent way.

However, in addition to that, and contrary to popular belief, kindness doesn’t just help others– it actually makes you happier and might just make you more successful as well.

Whether it’s simply holding the door open for someone, paying for someone’s meal, or donating your time or money to a good cause, both small and big acts of kindness act like ripples in a pond– they remind others that good people still exist in the world, encouraging them to act with more kindness in their own life.

So, take a minute from time to time and dish out a little kindness. You’ll not only help someone else, you’ll also make yourself happier and remind yourself of the true value of every hour life.

3. Act with compassion and empathyvolunteering-loving-kindness

Kindness works like a bridge. Through action, we can connect with others and let them know that we’re there for them. However, there is a still deeper level of connection that allows us to further help those around us– including ourselves– and that’s compassion and empathy.

Compassion and empathy seem, at first, to be somewhat interchangeable words. However, there is a key difference in the way I’m using them here. Empathy is the ability to feel and understand what others are experiencing emotionally. Clearly, it’s super important.

However, compassion is much more proactive. Compassion isn’t just something you feel, it’s something which is expressed through action. It’s a kind of compulsion to connect born from a deep understanding of the other person’s pain, which is why empathy is so closely connected to it.

Compassion can be expressed through the desire to help someone heal or simply being there to listen to another without judgment. However you express it, with compassion you’re giving both yourself and others a wonderful gift: the gift of deep, meaningful connection and healing. And, like presence and kindness, compassion is available to you in every moment.

But compassion isn’t always easy. However, if you seek to find value and meaning in every moment of life, there are few experiences as powerful as connecting deeply with another human being over their struggles and challenges.

Each of the powers above is available to you in every moment. And each allows you to not only create meaning and value for others, but also to do so for yourself.

And, when you connect with others in a deep and meaningful way, you experience a feeling greater than any accomplishment or recreational activity can ever bring you. The kind of feeling that makes a lasting impression on the rest of your life: true happiness.


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