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October 10, 2014

ICYMI — 12

John headshot Oct2013It’s that time again — Friday — the day I post a series of links to interesting things I found while looking around on the internets. Today was an historic day with the winner(s) of the Nobel Peace Prize being announced. It’s also World Mental Health Awareness Day. I also just came from a funeral honoring a wonderful man who was a kind of mentor to me years and years ago. So, perhaps I’m a bit pensive today, but here are the links for the week:

Malala Yousafzai become the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize today. She is 17. If there’s any kind of lesson just sitting right on the surface of this story, it’s got to be that our teenagers are far more capable of accomplishing big things than we often think they are. In a press conference this morning, she thanked her father “for not clipping my wings and for letting me fly.” If you haven’t read her book yet, you really should.

Kevin Breel is a successful stand up comic, full of confidence and creativity…on stage. But, secretly, he struggles with depression. Watch his brave TED talk here. By the way, Kevin was 19 when this was filmed. Another teenager doing big things to change the world.

John Pavlovitz is quickly becoming one of my favorite bloggers. Perhaps it is because, as I mentioned, I attended a funeral for a beautiful man this morning, but this post really struck a chord with me. John says, “Eulogies are really wonderful things, they’re just really poorly timed.” Don’t wait for someone to die. Show them the contents of your heart now, while they can still hear you.

Finally, have you seen the BBC’s music video for “God Only Knows” — perhaps the greatest ballad ever written? An 80-piece orchestra and 27 amazing artists (including original song writer Brian Wilson — a creative genius who has struggled with mental health issues for decades) remake the classic Beach Boys song for charity.

Enjoy your weekend, everybody!


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