The inspiring sisters Tamara and Reem Albadghdadi are the co-founders of RimaraPak ; a packaging and plastic factory located in Amman, Jordan, and the winners of the #GirlsGoingGlobal international competition. Tamara is a proud Jordanian and loving daughter, wife, and mother of two boys.
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We’ve all heard the saying. You don’t honestly know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes. This saying is a way to teach people to consider others’ struggles and triumphs. When we see life through their eyes, we can understand why they do what they do and how they probably feel about it. It’s all about empathy and compassion.
If you understand another person’s life and their circumstances, you can understand why they do what they do and why they are the person they are. We sometimes think we know what’s best for people. This arrogance is really just ignorance. Unless we understand their circumstances, we shouldn’t tell people what to do. It’s time to learn some humility.
A Kentucky hairstylist posted a photo of her client’s shoes. The stylist Ashley Bolling owns Captivate Salon & Spa. She watched the woman sit down in her chair and then fall asleep. It was strange. She didn’t post the shoe picture because she wanted to mock the tired woman or because she loved the sneaker fashion, it was because of something else. And Ashley recognized it as a moment to share in someone else’s journey through life.
Ashley wrote about how her client is a nurse. She works very hard. And despite her relentless schedule, she found time to come to her salon appointment on time. As she was doing the nurse’s hair, Ashley thought about where her shoes must have been. She was so tired. She couldn’t even stay awake through her beauty routine. It was part of her day that she loved. But as Ashley imagined it all, she started to feel more admiration for the client than she had considered before.
“I wondered how many miles those shoes have walked,” Ashley wrote on Facebook. “I wondered what they’d walked through. Blood? Tears? In & out of the countless rooms of the patients she’s cared for? I wondered how many hours they’ve carried her, and all those like her, while they literally save the lives of those we love and hold the hands of the ones who can no longer fight that fight.”
Her words are powerful and resonated with thousands on social media.
She continued, “But with those shoes propped up in that chair, phone in her lap, I got the chance to take care of her (even if it was just for a few hours), and I felt extremely honored to take care of such a hardworking, inspiring woman (who) I’m so lucky to call my friend.”
While Ashley hoped her message would pay tribute to the nurse she worked for, she also wanted to honor all the unsung heroes within America. All the firefighters, police officers, military personnel, moms, dads, and hairstylists go through life making people’s lives better. But they often don’t get the recognition they deserve. It is nice to hear Ashley’s post was received so well.
Ashley’s friend is just one person who does good for America every day. Do you know someone who deserves more recognition for what they do? Tag them in the comments!
Music has the power to heal. According to the Music Therapy Association of British Colombia, “Music therapy research and clinical practice have proven to be effective with people of all ages and abilities. Whether a person’s challenges are physical, emotional, spiritual or psychological, music therapy can address a person’s needs.” But a professional need not be involved for someone to reap untold benefits from the power of music.
While a licensed music therapist is going to have access to the tools and techniques to get the most healing power out of music, music, by itself, is powerful. Even if someone picks up a guitar and starts singing, the healing power of music can take effect. And it has the power to make people stronger and better.
The toddler at the heart of this story was born with Down syndrome. But for the first two years of his life, Bo never spoke a word. But that all changed when his big sister took out the guitar and started singing along to it. With her music, Bo is able to pick up new words and repeat them back to her. He is learning. And his sister’s musical technique is inspiring to behold.
Bo’s musical connection was discovered by accident. His mom, Amanda Bowman Gray, asked Bo’s big sister Lydia to watch him for a few minutes so she could take a shower. So while Lydia was watching the baby, she decided to play music for him on the guitar. Bo laughed and clapped like he always did. But then he did something that he had never done in his two years on Earth. He sang.
Amanda stepped from the shower and watched in awe as her daughter brought her son out of his shell. Lydia played the guitar and Bo belted out the words to “You Are My Sunshine.” He accompanied his sister in a way they didn’t know was possible for him. And now that they know music is his best learning tool, they teach him many words through music. He learns them better and faster through song – always.
Amanda has since recorded Bo and Lydia during one of their sibling music sessions. And mom watches, her heart swelling with joy, while her son learns new words every day. Bo seems to know he is impressive when he sings. His face brightens. He belts out the words. He smiles.
Mom writes, “Every word he has learned has been through music and singing.”
At two years old, Bo knows about a dozen words. One of his favorites is “happy.”
And while Bo is succeeding with music, his sister Lydia is overjoyed to have such a positive influence on her baby brother. And mom is so glad they can bond through music like they are.
Scroll down to watch the amazing video of this little boy singing with his sister!
We hope Lydia and Bo will continue to sing their duets for years to come. They both have so much fun with it, and mom loves that they’re spending time together. As Bo continues to experience the world through music, he will learn more and become even more confident in his abilities.