to the December Newsletter
I, Issue I. December, 2003
Happiness Comes to Arizona
Performance: Jodi's Story
the Heart of Living Organization
Performance: Jodi's Story
Kay Gooding, whom I've worked with since June, was nominated for
the Paul L. Singer award. This award is given to individuals who
put forth their time and volunteer efforts to make the community
and in this case the world a better place to live. Jodi was nominated
for making over 250 "Jodi Blankies". She started crocheting blankets
in the summer of 1999 and she has yet to stop!
all started when Jodi was attending a church meeting were they discussed
the suffering of women and children. The organization showed a film
of women giving birth with no medical supplies, no sheets, no blankets
- newborn babies were being wrapped in newspaper or burlap sacks
to be kept warm. They were presented to their mothers in the equivalent
of meat wrappings. Jodi's heart broke. Instantly she recognized
a talent that she had that she could deploy to help in this situation.
mother had taught her to crochet at age twelve. She decided to crochet
baby blankets and send them to the women and children in the village
pictured in the video. That very day Jodi went to Wal-mart and purchased
Red Heart Brand yarn. Yarn of many colors. And, lots of white yarn
to use as her "signature trim".
first year Jodi made 20 blankets. Today Jodi has Jodi Blankets all
over the world. They are in Russia, Pakistan, Iraq, Mexico, Africa
and some even stayed in USA and went to New Jersey when a children's
hospital burned down.
2003 Jodi made 75 blankets, while working full-time and raising
her three young daughters alone. Jodi says "I love making Jodi Blankets,
this gives me great joy. And, I love helping the different communities
around the world. I will make Jodi Blankets until I can crochet
donate Red Heart yarn to Jodi Blankies contact Jodi at 928.773.1940
Jodi's story highlights her "signature strengths", the universal
virtues, the core characteristics endorsed by almost all religious
and philosophical traditions that capture the notion of good character.
Top Five Signature Strengths
Love of learning
Citizenship, teamwork, and loyalty
Appreciation of beauty and excellence
Honesty, authenticity, and genuineness
Hope, optimism, and future-mindedness
AH Pearl From The Story
E. Seligman says "I do not believe that you should devote overly
much effort to correcting your weaknesses. Rather I believe the
highest success in living and the deepest emotional satisfaction
comes from building and using your signature strengths."