Friday, September 11, 2015

Compassion Games Begin, Sam Presti, Inspirational Chapel Speaker for Day One: 9/11/2015 UNITY

A member of the Casady YAC Peace Team made the following introduction: "Many of you will know our speaker today because he is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder. But Sam Presti is also involved with Peace Players International, a global outreach program focused on bringing children and communities together through the game of basketball. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Shooting Touch, an organization that grants graduating college seniors the opportunity to travel the world and use the platform of basketball to help foster education and influence positive social change in third world global communities. And, last April, he was the face of the Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum Oklahoma Standard Challenge, One act of service, One act of Kindness, One act of honor."

Mr. Presti's speech focused on three points

a. "There is a point in your life when all the natural growth that many of you are still experiencing stops,-Mr. Presti referred to  his 5-month old son Nicholas as an example- when nature stops making you bigger, stops making you stronger, stops developing certain skills and then responsibility falls on you.  You will have to be more intentional on how you grow.  What got you to this point is not what is going to get you to the next point in your life.  You have to be more intentional at getting better and learning."

b. The second point: "The concept that confidence is all around you. Close your eyes and think of the most confident people in school.  That person is not as confident as you think.  Confidence is not normal, anxiety is.  The people who you think are so confident, they have the same fears and anxieties that you do.  So, how do you build this concept of confidence? The quality of gratitude.  The more that you are grateful, the more that you give back and the more that you recognize the great things that you have in your life, it builds confidence.  This concept of service, the people and places you help build actually build yourself."

c. The third point:  Recognize your heritage:  The message was do not take for granted what surrounds you, stop and learn your Oklahoma Heritage.  Visit the Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum, Thunder will not be here if it were not for the work done by so many caring people after the Oklahoma City Bombing

     Secret Agent of Compassion
            Mission 001 - Sept 11, 2015

Good Morning Agents!

Or should I say, "Good Morning Ambassadors of Compassion!"

That's right, Agents! This year we, the members of the International Kindness Team, the Secret Agents of Compassion, are stepping up our game to become AMBASSADORS of Compassion.

What's an Ambassador, you say? It's a person who promotes an activity or an idea. And as Ambassadors of Compassion during the Compassion Games, we are charged with promoting care, concern, warmth, and love throughout our lives. Ready to do it?

Your mission today, Ambassadors, should you choose to accept it, is to identify a power-source that provides you with compassionate energy. Is it a spiritual figure like the Dalai Lama or Pope Francis? Is it a particular book or movie? A friend or colleague, or maybe a favorite teacher? Is it a type of action, like meditation, yoga, or running? Whatever you identify as that power-source, use it today to energize yourself to complete an act of care, concern, warmth, or love for someone else.

In short, use your external source of compassionate energy to energize someone else, you being the conduit!

Should your actions or those of any of the International Kindness Team be exposed, it will increase the positive ripple effect of creating more care in the world. Thus, we at IKT HQ request that you report your activities on theCompassion Report Map.

Good luck, Agents... I mean, Ambassadors!

(For agents/ambassadors working with children, I suggest helping them identify people who support them. Show how these people are like the power stations that bring electricity to power important things in their lives, but these people bring the children a different kind of power through care, concern, warmth, and love. For the mission part, see if you can help them understand how to perform an act of kindness for someone they know that is inspired by one of the people that "empower" them.)
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