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Validation – A short film

Starring T.J Thyne, best known for his work on TV series Bones, this short film depicts a parking attendant who gives people validation – parking and compliments included. People begin to line up to just to hear his validations. There’s not a single person he can’t make smile… that is until he meets a woman who changes everything. Watch this film to find out if he can conquer her heart and bring her to smile.


That moment when someone genuinely compliments you can brighten your whole day. I challenge you to put Validation into practice. Tell those around you how much you appreciate them, how beautiful their smile is and just how important they are to you. Your family, your friends, your teachers, co-workers and peers could all use a little validation. From the bus driver you see each morning to the barista at your coffee shop or the janitor that makes sure the office trash is emptied out each night, the options are endless.

Share your thoughts on the film or your story of validation below!

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“The Optimist”

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. – Harry S. Truman  

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The Optimist

            There is a story of identical twins. One was a hope-filled optimist. “Everything is coming up roses!” he would say. The other was a sad and hopeless pessimist. He thought that Murphy, as in Murphy’s Law. Was an optimist. The worried parents of the boys brought them to the local psychologist.

He suggested to the parents a plan to balance the twins’ personalities. “On their next birthday, put them in separate rooms to open their gifts. Give the pessimist the best toys you can afford, and give the optimist a box of manure.” The parents followed these instructions and carefully observed the results.

When they peeked in on the pessimist, they head him audibly complaining, “I don’t like the color of this computer…I’ll be this calculator will break…I don’t like this game…I know someone who’s got a bigger toy car than this…”

Tiptoeing across the corridor, the parents peeked in and saw their little optimist gleefully throwing the manure up in the air. He was giggling. “You can’t fool me! Where there’s this much manure, there’s gotta be a pony!”


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From More Sower’s Seeds by Brian Cavanaugh