Poetry Friday: Cleo Wade’s TED talk

The lovely Carol is hosting at Beyond Literacy Link!

I try to watch one TED talk every week. They usually blow my mind. This week I listened to someone who may be well known in more trendy/younger/fashionable/knowledgeable circles. But she is new to me, and the poem she delivered is riveting in its hopefulness. (I also caught a form of my OLW!)

Please view the entire video of Cleo Wade. Or read the transcript.

Her poem begins:

The world will say to you, “Be a better person.” Do not be afraid to say, “Yes.” Start by being a better listener. Start by being better at walking down the street. See people. Say, “Hello.” Ask how they are doing and listen to what they say. Start by being a better friend, a better parent, a better child to your parents; a better sibling, a better lover, a better partner. Start by being a better neighbor. Meet someone you do not know, and get to know them.



Author: Keri

11 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Cleo Wade’s TED talk

  1. Keri, this is such a gift! THANK YOU! And go you, with your TED talk a week… what a way to enrich and inspire. xo

  2. I love watching TED talks, too. Such insight and inspiration. I haven’t seen this one, but I’m going to watch it. Thanks!

  3. Yes. My being better people, at home, at school, at work, on the street, we can make the world a better place, bit by bit by bit.

  4. I have a collection of Ted Talks that I use whenever I teach and conduct PD workshops, I shall definitely add this to the list. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Keri, this post is full of inspired self-care talk. I love this line from your post: “But she is new to me, and the poem she delivered is riveting in its hopefulness.” That lured me into the Ted Talk. First, I read the transcript, then, this morning I listened. What a great way to open the day.

  6. Keri, this post is filled with inspired self-care talk. Thank you for sharing this amazing Ted Talk. You lured me into first reading the transcript then, listening this morning. What a great way to open my day. I am ready to start my day now. We are connected, Keri, in thoughts and future deeds.

  7. I am inspired to get back to the TED-a-Week challenge. I’m like Carol V. I was so hooked by the transcript that I had to click in and hear her voice. Fabulous message.

  8. Thanks for sharing this, Keri. It’s well worth taking to heart. And goodonya for keeping up with TED talks. No doubt they keep you inspired!

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