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Hey there Positopians,

Mandy and Jonathan Chew here!

We can’t believe we’re already over halfway through 2021! Wow!!

We hope the beauty and sunshine of June has brought to you a warmth and happiness that you all so greatly deserve. As Kellie Elmore once said, “Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.”

We’ve been having fun getting to enjoy the beauty of nature, the beach, and the sunshine during this time!  It's been a nice reminder of how beautiful this world we all share truly is. 

We appreciate you all and can't thank you enough for being our ever-amazing Positopians!  Here's to more positive vibes and good times to come in the future!

- M&J

P.S. - For those of you just joining, welcome to this edition of our monthly newsletter, The Positopian, where every month, we share positive news, fiction, resources, & insights to help you become the best version of yourself! 

"Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path."
~Paulo Coelho

A Little Joy to Start Your Day —

Rhode Island teen buys contents of storage units at auction to return to owners

Written by WJAR staff, Local 12

Sixteen-year-old Shane Jones says he buys abandoned storage units so he can return the items to their owners or families.

"I realized this isn't just something like yard sales where they gave it to me and sold it to me. This is where their stuff was taken because they couldn't pay it," said Jones.

Lego unveils brick prototype made from recycled plastic

Written by Rachel Trent, CNN

The Lego Group is one step closer to reaching its goal of making all its products from sustainable material by 2030.

Positive Stories —

One evening my mother made dinner after a hard day's work. She put a plate of eggs, salad and burnt toast in front of my father ...

I immediately noticed, the burnt toast .... And, I was waiting to see if he was going to complain about it, but my father started to eat them, smiling and asked me how I spent my day at school ...

My mom apologized to my dad for the burnt toast. I will never forget his response to her: "Honey, I love burnt toast!"

Later when I went to bed and my dad came over to say goodnight, I asked him if he really liked the burnt toast?

He hugged me and said, "Your mother has had a difficult day and she is really tired. She went out of her way to prepare this meal for us, why blame her and hurt her.
Burnt toast never hurt anyone; but words can be very painful! "

We have to know how to appreciate what others do for us, even if it's not perfect, because it's the intention to do well that counts, and no one is perfect ...

~Author unknown

“Be noble like the sun; let even those who resent you for shinning benefit from your warmth." ~Matshona Dhliwayo

Virginia boy receives surprise from Pokémon after selling his collection to save his puppy

Written by Jazmine Otey, 10 News

They say a dog is a man’s best friend. An eight-year-old boy from Southwest Virginia proved that to be true after going above and beyond for his puppy.

West London rail worker has saved 29 people from taking their own lives through the 'power of talking'

Written by Neha Gohil, My London

A rail worker at a West London station has saved 29 people from taking their own lives since 2015.

Positive Insights —

"Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal." ~Gayle Forman

"To love someone long-term is to attend a thousand funerals of the people they used to be. The people they’re too exhausted to be any longer. The people they don’t recognize inside themselves anymore. The people they grew out of, the people they never ended up growing into.

We so badly want the people we love to get their spark back when it burns out; to become speedily found when they are lost. But it’s not our job to hold anyone accountable to the people they used to be. It’s our job to travel with them between each version and to honor what emerges along the way. Sometimes it will be an even more luminescent flame. Sometimes it will be a flicker that disappears and temporarily floods the room with a perfect and necessary darkness.”

~Heidi Priebe

The world's most premature baby has celebrated his first birthday after beating 0% odds of surviving

Written by Alaa Elassar, CNN

A baby born weighing less than a pound has beaten the odds and celebrated his first birthday, becoming the most premature baby to survive, according to Guinness World Records.

Woman donates kidney to husband’s ex-wife days after wedding

Written by Lelli Kennedy, The Associated Press

Ten years after their first date, Debby Neal-Strickland put on a cream-colored lace gown and married her longtime sweetheart at their Florida church. Two days later, she put on a hospital gown and donated a kidney to Mylaen Merthe — her new husband’s ex-wife.

“Those people who tried to bury you didn’t know you were a seed.”
~Dinos Christianopoulos

Here's to a safe and happy year as we continue on!
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Always Remember, "Chews" Joy :)
~Mandy & Jonathan Chew
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