In his August 20 Facebook post, Ian Somerhalder shares a ‘mind-blowing’ article written by his wife Nikki Reed for Elle.com. He says ‘It’s what I want to spend the rest of my life doing-finding solutions to old and dangerous problems’. He has spent many years in his ‘Vampire Diaries’ chair thinking about his character Damon’s life, his own and the planet… He has met many people of varying ages who ‘inspire’ him and those around them are some of the most impactful moments and relationships he’s ever known. Nikki Reed inspires him to DO and BE more so our world can be a better place.
Nikki is now working in Georgia and, being a passionate animal lover, has become involved with animal shelters there and has seen things that should never have been done to these helpless creatures. One always thinks of ways to punish these offenders but Nikki has a different ideal ‘What if instead of criticizing people for the things they’re doing wrong we inspire them to do better.’
What lead her to this train of thought is the Humane Society is currently supporting a shelter in Louisiana that is run by prison inmates. ‘The Humane Society gave this shelter the tools and the insight it needed to function. The shelter then gave the inmates the insight they needed to find purpose-to do better.’ and it worked.
What if we took this new way of thinking and expanded it to how we treat people. What about bullies-‘What if we look at the bullies of the world and instead of calling them out, we make it our mission to help them find out what makes them feel purposeful?..’ Nikki thinks that by ‘highlighting the good in people, by teaching them personal skills, by building their character, and in turn their confidence, we can genuinely change lives.’
‘So let’s start changing our approach altogether The lack of compassion we find in kids that are obsessed with violent video games or who threaten their peers online have one thing in common-their interactions aren’t rooted in anything real You can’t see, touch or smell anything through a screen’ you aren’t truly communicating with anyone.’ This tends to have a numbing affect and after a while they don’t see how their actions affect the planet..
If everyone saw the positive not the negative in people ‘what a wonderful world it would be.
Nikki wants to know what makes you ‘feel good about yourself,…can you dance ,write,sing,run, swim, recite poetry, play the piano., She wants people to email her directly for a chance to be mentioned in the next edition of her column.
Thanks to http://facebook.com/iansomerhalder and http://tinyurl.com/omj40yj for the information. Please read.