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These Shoes Will Grow and Surely Change the Lives of Many Children

These Shoes Will Grow and Surely Change the Lives of Many Children

There are two kinds of people.

Those who can select a reality for themselves and those who have little choice.

For the second group, the joy of receiving a new pair of shoe—usually their only pair—feels just like when a new Game of Thrones episode hits the screens. Your heart beats, followed by the magic of the episode and then there’s the wait for the next one.

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Except for these kids, there’s no next episode.

Many children in developing countries do not have the luxury of getting a new pair of shoes when the current ones become small. As their tender toes eventually find a way to breathe, things usually boil down to one choice.

Be bare feet again, or decide which scrap material would hurt their toes less.

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Is that a tear in your eye? Please don’t cry. Because help has come.

The Shoe That Grows

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    The Shoe That Grows – by Kenton Lee

    Quick facts:

    • Invented by Kenton Lee of Because International
    • Inspired by the struggles of a little Kenyan girl, whose shoes were too small for her feet
    • Comes in 2 sizes: Small & Large
    • Can be expanded up to 5 sizes
    • Can fit a child for at least last 5 years

    They say creativity is combination. And creativity plus compassion is practical compassion. Although you might think Kenton fixed the problem, what he did was giving you and me the opportunity to be part of the solution.

    By reading this post till here you did the first step. By visiting their page, you would have done the second.

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    The Shoe That Grows was partially developed in the U.S and is made of very simple materials: Compressed leather, rubber, snaps and a touch of kindness. It is also easily transportable and resistant to wear.

    Safe to say, poverty just got a little more hacked.

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        Last Updated on May 15, 2019

        How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

        How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

        As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

        “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

        When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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        Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

        We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

        But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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        So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

        It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

        1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

        Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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        2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

        This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

        You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

        3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

        This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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        4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

        How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

        So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

        If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

        And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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