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This Inspiring Entrepreneur’s Plan To Help End Hunger

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Celebrity comedian Ellen DeGeneres has undoubtedly become one of the most well-known and respected individuals in Hollywood, due in large part to the success of her talk show ‘The Ellen DeGeneras Show.’ On her show, Ellen has built the reputation for luring in the most prominent special guests, for pulling some of the funniest pranks and for giving away some of the best giveaways -especially around the Christmas season.

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However, Ellen is also known for using her show -and the average 3.9 million viewers that it pulls in daily -to also build awareness and help out special causes and individuals that are brought to her attention. This was the case for Mason Wartman, the owner of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, a small pizzeria located in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

As a former worker on Wall Street, Mason stepped away from the world of finance to become the owner of a pizza shop that offers delicious pizza slices at the very low price of $1.00. At that price, Mason’s shop quickly became an affordable food option for the city’s homeless, something that Mason was more than happy to accommodate. Already providing a great option for those in need, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza took its service to the community to the next level after the offer of one particular customer. Check it out:

Pay It Forward

The concept behind ‘paying it forward’ is certainly not new, however, a public restaurant that openly accepts and encourages it certainly is. Hopefully through the exposure that Rosa’s Fresh Pizza receives through this segment, other businesses will find themselves inspired to also create a simple system to help the less fortunate in their community.

As individuals we can always do our part, whether the establishment we are eating at has a sanctioned system in place or not. An easy way to do this is to add something to your order. Once you finish eating, simply give the additional food to a homeless person. The amount you spend is completely within your control and it guarantees you that the assistance you are providing them is going towards nourishment.

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The next level up, which is something that a late friend of mine was famous for, is to ask a homeless individual what they would like to eat or drink (within reason of course) from the restaurant you are planning to go into. This gives them the option to choose what they get to eat, a luxury many of them may be long removed from experiencing and will surely appreciate.

The Importance Of Equal Treatment

In October of last year, we as a team packed up some lunches and hit the streets of Downtown Toronto to feed the less fortunate. In addition to handing out the food, we also took the time to communicate with many of them and were surprised to hear them all present one core issue -which happens to fall inline with one presented by Mason on Ellen:

As difficult as it is to come across food and shelter, nothing is more challenging than the lack of respect and genuine communication that we as a society give to the less fortunate.

Think about it. We walk past them often doing everything we can to avoid eye contact. When we help them we often do it as quickly and passively as possible out of fear. And we choose to judge and make assumptions about them, rather than ever take the time to actually get to know who they are.

Rosa’s Fresh Pizza helps to shatter this behaviour by offering a neutral space where everyone can receive the food and service they deserve -regardless of their financial situation. This to me is truly inspiring and I hope that it inspires many other companies to follow suit in offering this new standard in equitable service.

To see more from when we fed the homeless in Downtown Toronto click HERE.

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Woody Harrelson Shares A Powerful Video: ‘Thoughts From Within’ He Calls It

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  • The Facts:

    Woody Harrelson shares some spoken word with a deep message.

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    How do you view our current world? Does it truly resonate with you? Is it something you want to support? If you could put your energy into a world of thriving abundance, would you? Then why so much energy into the way things are?

I sit here today having been reminded of a Woody Harrelson video after watching a movie he acted in. I recalled the first time I saw this video. It was one of the first realizations I had, about 9 years ago, that many celebrities also go through life with trials and tribulations of the average person. Perhaps not in all ways, but certainly in many. This is an obvious thought of course, but sometimes not all that common.

When I saw this video, I remember thinking, wow, I love what he is sharing, and coming from his place of influence this truly has a powerful message. This is an awesome video made by Woody Harrelson sharing some powerful thoughts from within.

In the video Woddy lays out a spoken word masterpiece that touches on all of the main aspects of our current society. If you truly take the time to listen, there is much to reflect on. And of course, there is an inspiring side of it all too.

This one is a bit of a throw back, but it’s a good one. Enjoy it!

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Josh Radnor From How I Met Your Mother Just Started A Conscious Band with Ben Lee

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You might be here because you are a fan of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting “Catch My Disease” in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee—who now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.

In this very first episode of Uplifted Life’s new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, meditation, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones, but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two amazing human beings.

There is a rumor circulating that they are a religious born again band because they don’t shy away from using words like word God in their lyrics. The truth is that they do not subscribe to any particular label and are simply fascinated by life’s bigger questions. In our 30-minute conversation with them, we found them to be incredibly grounded, intelligent and wise individuals who simply strive to get back to the basics of what really matters in life and care about becoming the best and most compassionate version of themselves. It was awesome to chat with two public figures who choose to use their influence to spread a positive and conscious message through their art!

Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our culture’s materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our lives—from our relationships to the way we do business.

Like Uplifted Life for more uplifting content and stay tuned for more episodes!

Hope you enjoy the conversation and make sure to share it to inspire others!

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Ben Lee’s Website: www.ben-lee.com
Josh Radnor’s Museletters: joshradnor.instapage.com
Like Radnor & Lee on Facebook: fb.com/radnorandlee
Listen to Radnor & Lee on Itunes and Spotify

 

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The Oldest Song In The World – A Sumerian Hymn Written 3500 Years Ago (Listen)

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Music is a very special gift that people from all around the world, from various cultures and from every socio-economic class, enjoy. Human beings have been creating and listening to music for thousands of years, it is almost an essential part of our being.

Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, it can lift us out of a bad mood and put a smile on our face, give us the energy and encouragement we need to get that workout done and more. We connect over music, we make music together, we meditate and zone out to music, and we even ‘trip out’ to music. What would our lives be like without music? Most likely Rather dull , and it seems as though  the ancients felt the same way.

Below is a video of a hymn that is said to have been written thousands of years ago, it may even be the oldest song in the world. This version is played using computerized tones, but if you can, imagine it being played on stringed instruments. Either way, it still has a joyous and almost comical feel to it, check it out.

Is this something you could jam to? Or at least is this something you could imagine your greatest ancestors rocking out to? Regardless of how you feel about the song, it’s pretty awesome that we actually have the equivalent to sheet music that was turned into a potential soundtrack for the ancient times. Essentially, this gives us the ability to glimpse into the past, an opportunity we may not have otherwise received. Sometimes what is put into words isn’t as powerful to our senses as actually hearing the same song that our ancestors may have listened to.

Here’s A Little History

In 1972, after 15 years of research, Professor of Assyriology from the University of California, Anne Kilner, was able to transcribe one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. The music was inscribed on clay tablets that contained signs of the “Hurrian” language. These tablets had been excavated in the early 1950’s from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit – now known as Ras Sharma. One of the tablets contained both words and music and has now come to be known as the oldest preserved music notation in the world.

Kilmer was able to transcribe this piece of music into a modern music notation, other people have also attempted to transcribe this music and the interpretations tend to differ a little bit. The tablets date back to around 1400 B.C. The music is a hymn to the moon God’s wife, Nikal. The tablets also happened to contain instructions for a singer as well as a harpist and how to properly tune the harp.

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