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The world is full of negative news stories, that’s why the On a Positive Note podcast looks to what’s right with the world first and then uses that knowledge to make what’s wrong with the world better a little bit better (or maybe even irrelevant). In this inaugural episode we begin this series on a positive note by sharing four positive news stories from around the world, along with a penny whistle solo. Enjoy!
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00:38 A story about a New Hampshire woman who delivers hand written letters to service men and women overseas.
00:53 A story about a police department in Illinois that donates abandoned bicycles to children in need.
01:00 A story about a Denny’s waitress in Texas who received a car as a tip so she doesn’t have to walk 14 miles to work.
01:16 A story about a young woman who turned her grief into a 3-year cross-country mission of hope.
01:39 A story about a school in Ireland that replaced homework with acts of kindness.
01:51 A review of what this podcast is is about, why it’s important, and what to expect from this series.
03:04 A discussion on resolutions.
05:24 A rendition of Auld Lang Syne performed on a penny whistle.
Jonas Cain is the Facilitator of Fascination & Purveyor of Positivity of Hashtag Positivity, a social entrepreneurship that supports emerging leaders and their influencers to develop resilience to overcome life's challenges.
Well hello, and welcome to One a Positive Note!
My name is Jonas Cain, and I’m so excited to embark on this journey with all of you—sharing positive notes from from my life, from your life, from our communities, and truly from around the world.
The world is so full of negative narratives, that the goal of this podcast is to make it a place where we can look to what’s right with the world first, and then, empowered with that confidence, work on making what’s wrong with the world better, or maybe even make it irrelevant.
There’s a story from New Hampshire of a woman named Laura Landerman-Garber who has collected over 160,000 handwritten holiday cards to send to deployed military troops who won’t be with family this year.
Then there’s the story from Round Lake IL, where their Police Department is donating abandoned bicycles to those in need.
There’s the story from Galveston, TX, where Arianna Edward, a Denny’s waitress who no longer has to walk 14 miles to and from work everyday, because a couple of patrons pithed in to buy her a car.
Then there’s the story from North Fork, NY, where Mary Latham who turned the grief over losing her mother to cancer into a trip to 50 states across the US, visiting 154 homes over the course of 3 years and 43,000 miles to collect stories of kindness and goodness towards others.
And lastly, there’s a primary school in County Cork, Ireland, that’s doing away with homework for the entire month of December, and, instead, replacing it with acts of kindness.
The world is filled with things that are wrong, but, on a positive note, there are plenty of things that are right, and if we look to the success that others are having—with kindness, goodness, generosity towards others—we’ll be empowered with the confidence that we can make what’s wrong with the world a little bit better, and maybe even irrelevant.
Moving forward this podcast will continue to share positive news stories, as well as interview guests who are making a positive impact in our communities, and along the way we’ll encourage you, and me, and all of us, to consider how we can apply these positive ideas to our own lives for the betterment of ourselves, for those we influence, and for our communities as a whole.
This podcast has been a long time coming, I’ve been writing and speaking, and teaching on this topic for quite some time, and I truly see this medium of a podcast as an effective and efficient way to communicate this message with a larger reach. So, I truly hope that this episode, and future episodes, find you, and inspire you to make a positive difference in your corner of the world.
And for now, I’m going to leave you with the audio from an upcoming episode of my video series called Magic Words. I’ve been doing that series for three years now, where every week, for the past three years, I share principles, in the form what I call Magic Words, that when applied consistently to our lives over time, can producing personal and professional growth.
And since we are coming up on the time of year when people tend to resolve to make positive changes to their lives, this audio that I’m going to leave you with discussed the Magic Word Resolution.
It’s my hope that by genuinely listening to this word, and in your own way applying what it suggests, it will leave you on a positive note.
Until next time, my name is Jonas Cain. Stay Positive!
So get this: There are three frogs sitting on a log. One day one of the frogs decides to jump off the log and
swim in the water. The question becomes, how many frogs are left on the log? The obvious answer of course is two, because if there's three and then one decides to jump off that would leave two, however there are still three frogs in the log. How could this be? Well you see, the frog that decided to swim in the water only decided to swim in the water, but never actually jumped into action. This New Year's whether, you're making a resolution or not, I have four questions for you: What do you want to do? What can you do? What must you do? And more importantly, what will you do? Until next time, my name is Jonas Cain. Stay Positive!
Jonas Cain is a Learning Experience Designer and Facilitator of Fascination for Hashtag Positivity, a social entrepreneurship providing social emotional knowledge, skills, and resources to help emerging leaders and their influencers experience greater clarity, confidence, courage, and joy in their life, work, and relationships.