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Society's Problem With Patience

Overnight success stories

Media feeds us the idea of the overnight success stories that make it seem that in just a few weeks or months, someone could become a billionaire or a superstar.

They fail to highlight the years of toil, luck and hard work, and the entire background that led to the success, just reporting the end result.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

In the movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the children's TV host Mister Rogers was on a mission to teach children that they mattered, that they could manage their difficult emotions and that they should treat others and themselves with kindness and compassion.

The authentic kindness of Rogers transformed people around him, ultimately leading to forgiveness in those he interacted with.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Social connection makes hope possible. This is the message in the film based on the life of 13-year-old William Kamkwamba. The story plays off in Malawi during a famine caused by a series of natural disasters.

William's family cannot afford for him to continue with school, and William is forbidden to return. But William sneaks back into school and gets permission to continue using the school's library. He develops strong ties with his science teacher, librarian, family, friends, and fellow villagers.

He ultimately discovers how wind energy can bring water to his village and save them from perishing.

The Farewell

The Farewell is about a first-generation Chinese immigrant, Billi. She wants to visit her dying grandmother, Nai-Nai, in China, to say goodbye.

Nai-Nai is unaware of the seriousness of her illness while the family believes it is kinder to keep her illness a secret and make her happy. Conflict ensues as Billi wants to tell Nai-Nai the truth. This is a tale of how people express love differently and the quiet wisdom and positive outlook of Nai-Nai.

Crafts
Crafts

Handicrafts such as crochet, knitting, and embroidery—traditionally practiced by women and by the elderly—carry passive associations.

Counting the movements of hooks and needles, row after row, requires patience, focus, and persistence. This, combined with the mental health benefits of crafting, is needed to weather a disaster that's defined by waiting.

Crafts during difficult times
  • In Ireland, during the famine of the 1840s, crochet schools were established to train impoverished farming families to make lace for export that grew into an art form.
  • During World War I, French peasant women cross-stitched military scenes that were sold to raise funds.
  • After the war, shell-shocked soldiers were prescribed embroidery therapy.
  • In London, people sheltering from the blitz were encouraged to pass the time by knitting.
Make something

Many have turned to yarn crafts as a form of stress relief.

You can learn too. To crochet, or knit, or cross-stitch is to make something and to make sense of it, creating something lasting out of solitude.

Sesame Street
Sesame Street

Before Sesame Street, music wasn't even considered as a means to teach children. But Sesame Street changed that and proved that kids are very receptive to a grammar lesson contained in a song.

Musical stars

Big-name stars lined up to make guest appearances. Stevie Wonder and Grover; Loretta Lynn and the Count; Smokey Robinson and a marauding letter U. "Sesame Street" also showcased Afro-Caribbean rhythms, operatic powerhouses, Latin beats, Broadway showstoppers, and bebop.

Now, after 4,526 episodes, the legacy is evident: It impacted the music world as much as it shaped TV history, inspiring fans and generations of artists.

The goal

The aim of "Sesame Street" was to build school preparedness and narrow the educational gap between lower- and upper-income children.

They used pedagogy advice from a Harvard professor. Research also showed children were more receptive when they watched with caregivers, so celebrities were introduced.