Who Lives and Who Dies: Contemplating the unfortunate decision in humanitarianism
When a pandemic strikes, people are rapidly dying, and there are too few resources to save everyone; how do you choose who should live and who should die? Perhaps you save the youngest or the sickest. Maybe you just put all the names in a hat and pick at random. Above all, who should make these decisions? Contemplate which principles are most important in guiding decisions about how to allocate scarce healthcare resources during a crisis.
Dealing with Death: Best practices for communicating with a person who is grieving
As an organization, we have supporters from all walks of life and have seen many incredible promises made and kept after the death of a loved one, including our founder. A death is often one of the strongest origins for a promise. The next time someone you know and love is grieving this information will help prepare you on the grieving process, how one grieves, things to avoid saying, a transformative process that may occur after someone grieves a person’s death, and contemplating one’s own inevitable last breath.
Being Nice: Brainstorming for acts of kindness
Being nice is the right thing to do. It may sound elementary, but often in life we meet people who are simply not nice, maybe even our own family members or coworkers. There are many good people in this world and there is power in modeling the way. Learn how, by simply being nice, you can keep your promises and help others too.
Life Simplification: Making room for what matters most
In today's culture, we are always being told to buy more, do more, want more. We buy these items and schedule these commitments, but rarely stop and think, "Is this truly what we want to spend our time on?" When you simplify your life, you are able to focus on your goals and the things that are most meaningful to you. Whether it means de-cluttering your closet, giving up a bad habit or reevaluating your calendar, life simplification can make a big difference in reaching your goals.
Character Education: Contemplating the most important values to teach the next generation
You do not have to dig deep to find stories of bullying or school violence and why good character is important. Character education is as old as education itself. Throughout history, all over the world, education has had two goals: to help young people become smart, and to help them become good. But is character something that can be learned or do genetics play a much larger role? What does it actually take to become a person of good character? Delve into the current state of character education, what it actually is, and why there is still much about it up for debate.
Code of Honor: Utilizing time and space to know yourself
Some research suggests we make 35,000 decisions per day. Sounds incredibly high, right? Well, we make 226.7 decisions each day on just food choices according to researchers at Cornell University. The more responsibility we have, the greater number of choices we are faced with, and each choice carries certain consequences – both good and bad. This ability to choose can be liberating or perhaps lead to self-destruction. What if you had a tool that helped guide your decision making and behavior? Learn tactical steps to help create a code of honor that can help you make and keep your promises to yourself and others.
Point of No Return: How to See a Broken Promise Before It Happens
You can see a broken promise coming before it happens. You just have to calculate it's Point of No Return. This video discusses how to adjust plans when things look like they are going south.
The Power of Checklists: The Incredible Impact of the Obvious Tool
Death rates from heart surgery decreased by 40% with a simple piece of paper. The human heart is the most complex organ, so how have the numbers decreased so dramatically? Atul Gawande, author of Checklist Manifesto, believes it’s because of a simple tool: The Checklist. Surgeons are discovering what airline pilots learned decades ago: The human brain can’t remember everything, so it’s best to focus on the complicated challenges and leave the simple reminders to a cheat sheet. A well planned checklist can help you keep your promises.
The Stress of Promise Keeping: Five Tips to Manage Stress
The more promises you make, the more work you need to do. The more you become a person of honor, the more stressed you will be because promises are hard to keep. Here are five tips for stress management that will help you make and keep your promises.
How to Handle Broken Promises: An unfortunate inevitability
Breaking promises and lying are not only philosophically similar, they are biologically similar. What do you do after you break a promise? Or perhaps after someone breaks a promise to you? No one has a perfect batting average on promise keeping, but it is incredibly important to remain accountable for your actions and reactions. Learn six steps to handle broken promises.
History of New Year's Resolutions: Have you ever made a New Year's Resolution?
Have you been unsuccessful at keeping your resolutions? You are not alone. Social Scientists have been investigating how successful Americans have been with their New Year’s resolutions since 1972. Learn the history of resolutions and what you can do to get better at making and keeping your promises.
Because I said I would: Columbus Chapter - Build-a-Bike for Local Foster Children
On Saturday April 29th, over 20 _because I said I would_ volunteers came together to assemble brand new bikes. One for each child in the Caring for Kids Adoption & Foster Care Agency.
Because I said I would: Cleveland Chapter - Spreading Hope One Tie at a Time
On Saturday May 6th, The Cleveland Chapter of _because I said I would_ teamed up to make fleece tie-blankets for newborns struggling with Opioid and heroin dependency.
Because I said I would: Local Chapters
http://chapters.becauseisaidiwould.com Because I said I would is an international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Our Chapters seek to end suffering, establish peace and build happiness through local volunteer projects. As we help build a stronger community, our members also look to improve as individuals through our personal promises and thought-provoking learning opportunities. We currently have chapters in the following cities: http://Cleveland.becauseisaidiwould.com http://Columbus.becauseisaidiwould.com http://Akron.becauseisaidiwould.com http://Denver.becauseisaidiwould.com http://LongIsland.becauseisaidiwould.com
How to Get Better with Word Choice: Bad Word Choice Means Bad Promises
Always. Never. Every time. Anytime. No matter what. Do we really mean what we say? Promise statements should be much more literal than they often are. People who are good with their promises are often very good with their word choice. How can we get better at meaning what we say? Watch this new video called “Bad Word Choice Means Bad Promises” and learn more about how to sharpen your language. Tell us what you think and share this video with those who might benefit from it! This Learning Topic was shared first through our local #becauseisaidiwould chapters for adults, but is a great resource for character education in schools. See more Learning Topic videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE2TdQrX4cm6H2ezpa5rEaZB_FdocbaHH