The Compassionate New Yorker: jeffstaple

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On Saturday February 4, 2017, I happened to interrupt my morning routine in an effort to catch up on some Instagram stories. While perusing through my stories, I happened to come across the feed of jeffstaple. As I made time to scroll through Jeff’s stories, I witnessed something that not only caught my attention, but very quickly caught my heart.

At around 1 am that Saturday morning, Jeff happened to observe someone waiting in the frigid cold temperature at a bus stop in his neighborhood in New York City. Thanks to his compassion, empathy, and mindfulness, Jeff decided to help out his fellow companion by calling them a ride to take them wherever they may have needed to go.

Photo via jeffstaple.

Photo via jeffstaple.

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Photo via jeffstaple.

I find this story to be super inspiring as well as a great act of random kindness (please check out kindness.org). As a native New Yorker (I now reside in New Jersey), I often understand why we get bashed for our fast-paced, care-free lifestyle. We see so much happening in our day to day environment that it’s easy to feel as though in order to survive and not be taken advantage of, we must close our eyes and cover our ears to the realities and overstimulating demands of our environment. As a result, we often become numb to the need for compassion and taking care of others.

The reason why I decided to share this story is because I personally believe that we need to see more stories like this in our headlines. Amidst the over saturation of negativity which will often find a way to dominate our timelines and social media feeds, we need to expose ourselves to stories which help to promote positivity and inspire our communities. Regardless of whatever region of the world we may currently live in, we can all make a small choice and take a small action which can help to make a HUGE difference in the life of someone else. Let’s ask ourselves, what will our world look like when compassion becomes contagious? How can we spread a positive social contagion?

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Cultural Curator, and Educator. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.

Embracing Our Strengths: Marie Forleo

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016 we checked out Marie Forleo’s “Q&A Tuesday” on her Marie TV YouTube channel. She addressed the following question from one of the viewers of her show:

“What suggestions do you have for someone who is a kind and positive person yet does not want to be viewed as a liability who is weak and naive?”

Marie’s reply went as follows: “Positivity is a powerful strength. Suppressing who we are is not an option. The future of business is about being more connected to our humanity, not less. This includes our positivity, kindness, enthusiasm, vulnerability, and most importantly our heart.”

Marie goes on to mention, “As human-beings, we need the right conditions to survive and thrive. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It’s vital that we put ourselves in the right eco-system, one that gives us the chance to flex our strengths. When we put ourselves in the right conditions, we blossom. When we put ourselves in the wrong conditions, we wither and die.”

Lastly, “When we know what makes us strong, it’s important that we don’t settle for less. There is no prize for suffering. We must embrace our strength of positivity and be it daily. Our enthusiasm for life is contagious. It also gives other people permission to be kind, positive, enthusiastic leaders too” says Marie.

What we love the most about Marie’s message is that it covers many critical points when it comes to realizing our greatest potential. Embracing our strengths, regardless of how other people may view them is always vital. Not only is embracing our strengths vital to our success, it is also vital to our overall well-being!

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Educator, and Music Publisher. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.