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Work on my own, Free Lance Author

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Do you think you have done something in your life to improve this world? If so. Could you explain?

Many people complain that this world (or life) is hostile. But...Have we examined our own behavior? Actually, do we contribute to make a better world?


Closing Statement from paco lopez

Once listened the whole contributions. I would say that we all, indeed are doing something for getting a better world, conciously or unconsciously, working in it or passively. I think it is very important to have the attitude or, say, the right fuel. But... How do you get the fuel? I would say: by appreciating the whole what you have: your health, your livelihood, your family, your job, even small details like that you have water to wash up or light in your home; many people in war or refugee camps not even have that. So I think:
If I see a beggar I will try to help.
If I see a sick person I will try to comfort.
If I see a sad person I will try to encourage.
If I see a war I will try to stop it.
I do not wanna make this post larger, so. I want to thank again ( I do not regret to say that there is the word most used for me in this conversation) Thanks TED, Thanks to all of you pen mates to attend and participate in this conversation. And especially Thanks God for inspiring me to be in this place, in this moment and with this post.

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  • Feb 1 2014: There is mounting evidence that leaving a record of our experiences makes families, along with other groups, work more effectively.“The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative,” wrote Bruce Feiler in a New York Times article.

    Personal historians believe that the story of every person, family, community and organization is valuable and should be recorded and shared. We help people develop and share their stories of resilience, compassion, and lessons learned. By doing so, we improve this world.

    My personal role has been to help grow the Association of Personal Historians, (www.personalhistorians.org), a trade association that provides professional development for the world's personal historians. I currently serve as the organization's president (2012-2015) and have spent an additional 6 or so years in other board positions.

    I am a freelance writer who makes approximately 1/2 my living as a personal historian, coaching individuals in the art and craft of writing about their lives. Compared to the other half of my work, writing for businesses, I feel that my work as a personal historian allows me to feel that I am personally and professionally involved in improving this world.

    Never doubt the power of story to move the human heart.
    • Feb 1 2014: Sarah,

      Indeed 'the power of story to move the human heart'... the vital role stories told have ways of transforming the world... and thus the importance of telling good stories... through and with witch to improve.
    • Feb 1 2014: Many thanks Sarah. I agree with you and with Bruce Feiler´s article. I would say that the stories on family sagas are of great interes, even narrated in both films and books have shown a great acceptance usually because they are stories of overcoming both individually and collectively and the best of all, these stories tell us how the objectives were achieved (or not achieved) but always lessosn of pure humanity.

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