2015 Windup: Uplifting Stories!

     2015 is coming to an end. It’s hard to believe an entire year has gone by, already! And what a year it has been. The world has seen hope and tragedy, acceptance and fear. From the nation legalizing same sex marriage, to the tragic attacks on Paris and then to nearly 200 of our world nations banding together and creating the first global pact to combat climate change, it has been a roller coaster ride for our dear planet and it’s inhabitants! But, as 2015 comes to an end, it’s sad to me that so many of the news networks out there have completed their roundup of the year with news of violence, destruction and sadness. Of course, we acknowledge that these tragic events occurred. But me, I think it’s important to truly focus on and remember the good. The goofy. The things that warm us and bring us closer together. And with that, here are a few moments, events and videos of 2015 that remind us of the bright and beautiful lives we share!

#PORTEOUVERTE


It is too easy to recall the devastation that occurred so recently in Paris. The fear, the lives lost. But the spark of kindness that exists in humanity was ignited during this tragedy, too. As people were urged to get off of the streets, this now famous hashtag began hitting Twitter, along with the addresses of local Parisians. #Porteouverte (open door) allowed those stranded and frightened on the streets of Paris to be welcomed into the homes of locals for safety and comfort, showing the depth of love and generosity we can find in humankind.  

FRAT HOUSE KINDNESS


Just a few weeks ago a news report came out about a UCLA Fraternity House. Sigma Alpha Epsilon faced the window of one special little girl named Lexi Brown. Lexi was recently placed at Mattell Children’s Hospital UCLA for cancer treatment. Lexi and her mother, in order to pass the time one day, posted a note on her window asking for a pizza delivery. The boys across the way fulfilled her request in person, beginning a beautiful friendship and a very special holiday. Check out a Christmas gift to Lexi from the fraternity brothers in the video above.

LGBT RIGHTS


Beginning in the early 1970s, the movement to obtain civil marriage rights for same sex couples was put into motion. After decades of trials, heartache and determination our fellow American’s wishes finally came true. On June 26th, 2015, same sex marriage became legal in The United States.


MAN ON THE MOON CHRISTMAS VIDEO


During the holidays, we can always look forward to heartwarming videos full of love and joy. This is one of my favourites.

ARETHA FRANKLIN


Ok, I’ve got to add some music in here, somewhere. And as a fan of a vast array of music, from jazz to pop to country (Garth Brooks’ World Tour performance in San Diego this year was UNREAL!) it is difficult to decide what my favourites are from time to time. But right now, this Kennedy Centre Honors performance for Carol King, by Aretha Franklin, is to die for. If you’re short on time, start the video halfway through. But you must watch from about 2:55 onward. At 73 years old, this woman inspires, uplifts and brings down the house. We should all be so lucky to have this bright spark of life at her age!

THE PARIS AGREEMENT

In December, 195 countries meeting at the Paris Climate Conference adopted the world’s first ever agreement adopted to address climate change. The governments agreed to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees celsius by 2100. Trillions of dollars are also being encouraged to be spent on adapting and developing programs and infrastructure to deal with climate change moving forward. 

As we look back on 2015 and take stock of the year that has passed, count your blessings and ring in the new year with those you hold near and dear. Here’s hoping these little moments are just a drop in the ocean of the bright 2016 we all have ahead of us!

Happy New Year!

Warmly,
Ashley




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