The Kindness Flash #58

This month’s theme: APPRECIATION


Happening this Month

World Kindness Day is right around the corner on November 13th! In honor of World Kindness Day Life Vest Inside would love to invite you to take part in our World Kindness Day festivities! Take part in our virtual event on Monday, November 15th, join our global video collaboration and learn this year’s Dance for Kindness dance! Learn more at www.danceforkindness.com


Articles of the Month

Accepting Other People’s Differences – To feel comfortable with people who are different from us means that we must accept ourselves for who we are. Unfortunately, we often put up guards to protect ourselves instead of being open to those differences. Our mistrust of others is really fear, and then acting from that wariness only fuels suspicion back.

Empathy – Accept Others For Who They Are – Acceptance is the ability to see that others have a right to be their own unique persons. That means having a right to their own feelings, thoughts and opinions. When you accept people for who they are, you let go of your desire to change them.


“Acceptance is simply love in practice. When you love, you accept, when you lack love, you judge.”

Abhijit Naskar

“You should never hate anyone, even your worst enemies. Everyone has something good about them. You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that.”

Jeannette Walls

“A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.”

Ken Keyes


Act of Kindness

Take time to get to know other people by really listening to them rather than relying on a quick judgment. Assume the role of an explorer and be fascinated by their unique personal traits, background, culture, schooling, and life experiences. See the differences in others as an expression of their exoticness and beauty.


Question of the Month

How do you show acceptance of individual differences? Share here or in the comments below.


Kindness Media

Photo of the Month

How does this picture represent empowerment? Share your thoughts.

Songs of the Month

This song was a response to the hate and fear generated after the 9/11 attacks. Urging people to love one another, and questioning why so much hate exists in the world, a pertinent reminder that we should extend love to people of all races and religions.

We are all imperfect, and it’s precisely those imperfections that make us who we are, and we have to embrace them because there’s so much beauty in those differences. Life is worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for.

This emotional country ballad from 2014 is a motivational pep talk. It takes the perspective of someone who has been bullied for being different and who made it through.

Videos of the Month

A deaf girl comes across a boy who is paralyzed from the waist-down, but neither of them know about each other’s differences.

Why is it important that children are taught to respect each other’s differences? Mariana Chartier shares with us her experience in searching for respect and the values she has learnt, even if it is only at 9 years of age.

When you look around – your classroom, the playground, or even your family – does everyone look the same? You’re right, they don’t, but if you pay attention you’ll realize we are much more similar than you think.

Books of the Month

BlessBack: Thank Those Who Shaped Your Life – Julie Saffrin – Rather than a general attitude of thankfulness, BlessBack discusses how important it is to actually tell the special people in your life how grateful you are for them. It combines research with practical advice to help you show people how much you appreciate them.

Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey – A.J. Jacobs – After realizing that hundreds of people contribute labor to getting his morning cup of coffee grown, roasted, and transported to him, he set out on a journey to thank every single one of them. His journey teaches him about many things, including how interconnected we all are.

Appreciate: Celebrating People, Inspiring Greatness – David Sturt – Appreciation is everywhere. It’s actually a cornerstone of society existing in every culture on Earth since the beginning of time. Statues are erected of people who impacted our world. Buildings and parks are named after great community leaders. Ceremonies celebrate the achievements of people in nearly every category or endeavor the military, education, and athletics. But, still, we don’t see enough appreciation in the one place where it is needed most: at work.

The Acrobat – Alborozo – A circus acrobat feels unappreciated. He tries to capture the attention of children playing in a park by juggling, balancing and pretending to fall. After being ignored, he feeds the birds and grabs everyone’s attention when he is covered with colourful birds.

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein – Over the course of a boy’s life, he asks a tree to help him and she gives him everything she has. It is only on reflection, as an old man, he feels gratitude and thankfulness towards the tree.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee – Philip C. Stead – Zookeeper, Amos McGee, always found time to visit his good friends in unique and compassionate ways. One day, Amos wakes up with a cold and can’t make it into work. His friends, the tortoise, penguin and owl, return his kindness by visiting him.


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"Orly spoke at our teen leadership conference and she was truly remarkable. She is warm, kind, and has an infectious smile that endears her to the crowd. At the same time, her message is strong, passionate and inspiring. She was extremely relatable to the group and her message was perfect."

Josh Grajower, Director of Education, NCSY | JUMP Conference



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"It was a pleasure working with Orly. From the start she showed real interest in understanding our program needs, organization culture and worked with us to maximize the experience for our participants. She navigated connecting with a diverse group of Jewish high school leaders with warmth and sensitivity.
Our students were left inspired and motivated to grow themselves and impact their Jewish communities with their unique capabilities." ~Devora Simon

JSU Student testimonials:
"I loved listening to Orly speak and engaging with the others in class, I had the opportunity to ask questions and spark amazing conversations with other presidents."

"Very insightful. Took a lot away from it."

"This session was, by far, the most impactful part of the trip. Orly is an amazing speaker and a huge source of inspiration for me. She welcomed everyone’s opinions and guided us to create a goal and work to reach it. I would definitely love to listen to hear speak again!"

JSU Conference | NCSY



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"Orly’s engaging and dynamic talk was the highlight of our leadership conference! Students walked away with real leadership lessons and were inspired by Orly’s own personal life story. We plan to use Orly again and I can’t recommend Orly enough as a keynote speaker!"

Shlomo Mandel, Director of JSU | NCSY Canada



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"Orly's message was at the same time incredibly inspirational and down to earth. The students walked away from her presentation inspired and empowered to be able to create real and lasting change in themselves, their school and their community. Her presentation drew in the students by relating to Orly's own struggles and life experience, everyone in the room was hanging on her every word."

MTA



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"Our students are still raving about Orly’s talk weeks later. She has a knack for evoking passion and emotion out of students and faculty alike. Many of our students have been inspired to take a more active role in helping others after hearing Orly speak. If you are looking to see a more positive change in your organization, I highly recommend bringing in Orly.”

Yeshivah of Flatbush, NY



The Kindness Flash #57

This month’s theme: ACCEPTANCE


Happening this Month

World Kindness Day is right around the corner on November 13th! In honor of World Kindness Day Life Vest Inside would love to invite you to take part in our World Kindness Day festivities! Take part in our virtual event on Monday, November 15th, join our global video collaboration and learn this year’s Dance for Kindness dance! Learn more at www.danceforkindness.com


Articles of the Month

Accepting Other People’s Differences – To feel comfortable with people who are different from us means that we must accept ourselves for who we are. Unfortunately, we often put up guards to protect ourselves instead of being open to those differences. Our mistrust of others is really fear, and then acting from that wariness only fuels suspicion back.

Empathy – Accept Others For Who They Are – Acceptance is the ability to see that others have a right to be their own unique persons. That means having a right to their own feelings, thoughts and opinions. When you accept people for who they are, you let go of your desire to change them.


“Acceptance is simply love in practice. When you love, you accept, when you lack love, you judge.”

Abhijit Naskar

“You should never hate anyone, even your worst enemies. Everyone has something good about them. You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that.”

Jeannette Walls

“A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.”

Ken Keyes


Act of Kindness

Take time to get to know other people by really listening to them rather than relying on a quick judgment. Assume the role of an explorer and be fascinated by their unique personal traits, background, culture, schooling, and life experiences. See the differences in others as an expression of their exoticness and beauty.


Question of the Month

How do you show acceptance of individual differences? Share here or in the comments below.


Kindness Media

Photo of the Month

How does this picture represent empowerment? Share your thoughts.

Songs of the Month

This song was a response to the hate and fear generated after the 9/11 attacks. Urging people to love one another, and questioning why so much hate exists in the world, a pertinent reminder that we should extend love to people of all races and religions.

We are all imperfect, and it’s precisely those imperfections that make us who we are, and we have to embrace them because there’s so much beauty in those differences. Life is worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for.

This emotional country ballad from 2014 is a motivational pep talk. It takes the perspective of someone who has been bullied for being different and who made it through.

Videos of the Month

A deaf girl comes across a boy who is paralyzed from the waist-down, but neither of them know about each other’s differences.

Why is it important that children are taught to respect each other’s differences? Mariana Chartier shares with us her experience in searching for respect and the values she has learnt, even if it is only at 9 years of age.

When you look around – your classroom, the playground, or even your family – does everyone look the same? You’re right, they don’t, but if you pay attention you’ll realize we are much more similar than you think.

Books of the Month

The Gifts of Acceptance: Embracing People And Things as They Are – Daniel A. Miller – offers insights, intentions, and strategies for practicing acceptance of parents, a significant other, children, siblings and extended family, coworkers, friends, and foes; of life’s adversities and the limitations of getting older; and, perhaps toughest of all, of yourself.

The Sun Is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon – It deals with racial/ethnic stereotypes, deportation, the struggle between one’s heritage and being a “typical” American teenager, the list goes on.

Someone: A Story of Acceptance – Jay Ostrowski – A playful story that teaches children (and adults) a valuable lesson about acceptance and connection. This book is a fun tool for teachers, parents, and caregivers to help children navigate social relationships. We can all learn from Someone about the importance of being open to Anybody and Everybody.

We’re Not So Different After All – Lissette Lent – This playful story of love and acceptance features the likeness of Lissette Lent’s own daughter, Maggie Hope, diagnosed with Trisomy 8 Mosaicism syndrome. It is told from the perspective of Maggie’s brother, Noah. He discovers that similarities they share really outweigh all of the sometimes scary and confusing differences.

A Family Is a Family Is a Family – Sara O’Leary – When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all.


The Kindness Flash #56

This month’s theme: ACCEPTANCE


Happening this Month

World Kindness Day is right around the corner on November 13th! In honor of World Kindness Day Life Vest Inside would love to invite you to take part in our World Kindness Day festivities! Take part in our virtual event on Monday, November 15th, join our global video collaboration and learn this year’s Dance for Kindness dance! Learn more at www.danceforkindness.com


Articles of the Month

Accepting Other People’s Differences – To feel comfortable with people who are different from us means that we must accept ourselves for who we are. Unfortunately, we often put up guards to protect ourselves instead of being open to those differences. Our mistrust of others is really fear, and then acting from that wariness only fuels suspicion back.

Empathy – Accept Others For Who They Are – Acceptance is the ability to see that others have a right to be their own unique persons. That means having a right to their own feelings, thoughts and opinions. When you accept people for who they are, you let go of your desire to change them.


“Acceptance is simply love in practice. When you love, you accept, when you lack love, you judge.”

Abhijit Naskar

“You should never hate anyone, even your worst enemies. Everyone has something good about them. You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that.”

Jeannette Walls

“A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.”

Ken Keyes


Act of Kindness

Take time to get to know other people by really listening to them rather than relying on a quick judgment. Assume the role of an explorer and be fascinated by their unique personal traits, background, culture, schooling, and life experiences. See the differences in others as an expression of their exoticness and beauty.


Question of the Month

How do you show acceptance of individual differences? Share here or in the comments below.


Kindness Media

Photo of the Month

How does this picture represent empowerment? Share your thoughts.

Songs of the Month

This song was a response to the hate and fear generated after the 9/11 attacks. Urging people to love one another, and questioning why so much hate exists in the world, a pertinent reminder that we should extend love to people of all races and religions.

We are all imperfect, and it’s precisely those imperfections that make us who we are, and we have to embrace them because there’s so much beauty in those differences. Life is worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for.

This emotional country ballad from 2014 is a motivational pep talk. It takes the perspective of someone who has been bullied for being different and who made it through.

Videos of the Month

A deaf girl comes across a boy who is paralyzed from the waist-down, but neither of them know about each other’s differences.

Why is it important that children are taught to respect each other’s differences? Mariana Chartier shares with us her experience in searching for respect and the values she has learnt, even if it is only at 9 years of age.

When you look around – your classroom, the playground, or even your family – does everyone look the same? You’re right, they don’t, but if you pay attention you’ll realize we are much more similar than you think.

Books of the Month

The Gifts of Acceptance: Embracing People And Things as They Are – Daniel A. Miller – offers insights, intentions, and strategies for practicing acceptance of parents, a significant other, children, siblings and extended family, coworkers, friends, and foes; of life’s adversities and the limitations of getting older; and, perhaps toughest of all, of yourself.

The Sun Is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon – It deals with racial/ethnic stereotypes, deportation, the struggle between one’s heritage and being a “typical” American teenager, the list goes on.

Someone: A Story of Acceptance – Jay Ostrowski – A playful story that teaches children (and adults) a valuable lesson about acceptance and connection. This book is a fun tool for teachers, parents, and caregivers to help children navigate social relationships. We can all learn from Someone about the importance of being open to Anybody and Everybody.

We’re Not So Different After All – Lissette Lent – This playful story of love and acceptance features the likeness of Lissette Lent’s own daughter, Maggie Hope, diagnosed with Trisomy 8 Mosaicism syndrome. It is told from the perspective of Maggie’s brother, Noah. He discovers that similarities they share really outweigh all of the sometimes scary and confusing differences.

A Family Is a Family Is a Family – Sara O’Leary – When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all.