You Make A Difference
1 out of 3 Americans have low self esteem
1 out of 3 teens are bullied each year
30% of kids in America drop out of high school
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year old.
Teen suicide has risen 400% in the last 30 years.
How can we make a difference?
Mary Robinson Reynolds. M.S. is the author numerous books and the producer of the internet videos MakeADifferenceMovie.com and the Acknowledgement Movie.com which have been viewed over ten million time. Mary is a creative activist and she makes a difference.
Mary spent her early professional years as a k-8 teacher and then as a k-12 counselor. She had tremendous and measurable academic success with kids that had been written off by the system. She developed “attitudinal” energy techniques to empower students and their parents to effectively bridge communications and leadership within the educational system.
Over the years she parlayed her phenomenal success with at risk kids into Continuing Education Courses for Portland State University on how to be energetically effective educators. She was also an active network marketing business builder in The People’s Network (TPN) – a Positive Television company. Known as “The Success Channel,” it was one of the most revolutionary concepts ever introduced to the television industry. “In 2006 I discovered online movies as a medium for inspirational storytelling that touches the heart and inspires the spirit,” she says. “Today is the perfect time for telling everyone you know about the power of meaningful gestures.” In 2007, Mary Robinson Reynolds, Make A Difference flash movie maker, was introduced to Helice “Sparky” Bridges by one of her own subscribers, and the two women joined their intentions to make the world a better place. Mary and Heart Productions & Publishing then created the acknowledgementmovie.com. version of this powerful and heart grabbing story, which makes me cry every time I watch it. the acknowledgment
Mary says it is critical to the world, our communities and families that we acknowledge three people everyday. She has put forth a challenge that for 30 days you touch someone; it can be a pat on the back, a verbal acknowledgement or a virtual hug. When she was in grad school she was going through a very rough time, looking for love in all the wrong places, struggling with school and her counselor gave her this assignment. She said it was challenging and painful in the beginning but then it changed her life. She says when we do this, it transforms your own life and your circle of influence. When we grow and celebrate each others dreams, goals and accomplishments people will step into their greatness and their authentic self. It ignites new conversations. It changes work cultures.
Who you are does make a difference.What you do can change the world. Personally I have created blessing or appreciation cards. I once went to a conference and we all rushed to the food court for lunch. People were hungry and testy. The poor cashier was overwhelmed. I gave her a card that said you are magnificent. She smiled, held it up for everyone and said I am magnificent at the top of her lungs. She changed and she changed the people in the room. Everyone just relaxed and smiled. Who are you going to acknowledge today?
If you go to website http://thewinningadventure.com/freeresources.php you will also find appreciation cards you can create yourself.