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Perpetual Good

Perpetual Good

By KENNETH D. HOPKINS

How does it feel when you hear a story about something good happening? Does it do more than just tug at your heartstrings? Does it make you want to tell your own story? To find some good to do yourself? Look at how often a simple story or video gets rebroadcast, and you will agree that people thrive and rely on knowing that good things are happening. The problem is that we don't hear enough about all the good things that are going on. This journey will be to uncover good things that are happening, and not only giving the ability to rebroadcast what others are doing, but spur us to our own good
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Living a Life of Gratitude - Audio Only
Living a Life of Gratitude - Audio Only
It is very easy to allow the hardships of life to take over and make us believe that there is nothing to be thankful for. However, by taking the step to pursue gratitude, our eyes will be opened to all of the things we have to be thankful for. In this episode, we look at people who have made the choice to not only start being grateful, but who are living a life of gratitude . Theme Music: Wild and Windy by BledJon, featuring Linnea Locsin Additional Audio: Soaring Above the Waves, by Rolikmusic
22:14
November 23, 2022
Living a Life of Gratitude
Living a Life of Gratitude
It is very easy to allow the hardships of life to take over and make us believe that there is nothing to be thankful for. However, by taking the step to pursue gratitude, our eyes will be opened to all of the things we have to be thankful for.  In this episode, we look at people who have made the choice to not only start being grateful, but who are living a life of gratitude .  Theme Music: Wild and Windy by BledJon, featuring Linnea Locsin Additional Audio: Soaring Above the Waves, by Rolikmusic;
22:14
November 23, 2022
The Other Side of the Heroic - Real Stories of Real People
The Other Side of the Heroic - Real Stories of Real People
Are you like me when you see a member of the armed services, you go out of your way to thank them for their service? It only takes a second - you can do it and be on your way, letting the soldiers - our heroes -  know our appreciation for their sacrifice. It's easy to do... sometimes too easy. Have you considered what appreciation looks like to the soldier? Heroes occupy a special place in our lives, but sometimes we forget that those we put on a pedestal are, like us, human. This week, we will hear a little different perspective from some soldiers on being appreciated and elevated, as well as from a doctor attempting to treat victims of a war torn region, as we attempt to get behind the hero's cape, connecting the real people behind the uniform. Theme Music: Wild and Windy by BledJon, featuring Linnea Locsin Additional Audio:  Soaring Above the Waves, by Rolikmusic; Hard to Express, by BledJon
23:52
November 10, 2022
Building Lasting Community – The Story of Sunnyhills – Part 2
Building Lasting Community – The Story of Sunnyhills – Part 2
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” This quote by Coretta Scott King accurately sums up the spirit and action of those people who not only believed that different races could live together in unity, they created their community around that ideal. Years after the community of Sunnyhills, the first planned racially-integrated community in the United States, was formed, people are still being influenced by the love, unity and courage of people who, in the fact of a divided country, decided to take action and demonstrate what true community is like. This week, I continue my conversation with Donnie Eiland, Executive Producer of “54“, a documentary on the founding of the Milpitas, California community of Sunnyhills, and about what makes this community so special. Link to the documentary, "54": https://tinyurl.com/SUNNYHILLS54 Theme Music: Wild and Windy by BledJon, featuring Linnea Locsin Additional Audio: Soaring Above the Waves, by Rolikmusic
26:19
November 04, 2022
Building Lasting Community – The Story of Sunnyhills
Building Lasting Community – The Story of Sunnyhills
American history from the 1950's and 1960's is full of images of civil rights conflicts, and as many marches for equality as there were, there were an equal number of protests against fair and equal treatment of citizens of African descent. One notable story involves a little girl, Ruby Bridges who by entering William Frantz Elementary School set off a series of angry protests and the withdrawal of every white student from the school by parents who believed that black and white people should remain separate. Yet years before Ruby made her historic walk to the school, the community of Sunnyhills in Milpitas California was being formed as the first planned racially-integrated community in the United States. Sunnyhills was not mandated by the government, but by the people who lived and worked there, and serves as an example of what can happen when people decide to take action and do things different. This week, I have the privilege of speaking with Donnie Eiland, Executive Producer of "54", a documentary on the founding of the Sunnyhills community, and about what makes this community so special. Theme Music: Wild and Windy by BledJon, featuring Linnea Locsin Additional Audio: Soaring Above the Waves, by Rolikmusic Link to Documentary "54" 
33:10
October 28, 2022
The Good of Taking Action
The Good of Taking Action
Our phones are wonderful, because they can tell us how much time we spend ingesting information. News and social media provide us with so much content, we can't keep up, and it can be a full time job taking in and regurgitating the content and opinions that we receive on a daily basis. The unfortunate result of this is that many important stories get buried under the rubble, forgotten because 10 other stories have taken their place. This week, we are going to focus on people who, instead of sitting back, taking in information and watching the revolution, stood up and took action to make their world and their community better. Theme Music: Wild and Windy by BledJon, featuring Linnea Locsin Additional Audio: Soaring Above the Waves, by Rolikmusic
23:24
October 21, 2022
The Good of Starting Over, Part 2 with Victoria Pinkins
The Good of Starting Over, Part 2 with Victoria Pinkins
If starting over was easy, everyone would do it all the time. What we find, however is that taking the step to start over is hard... very hard, and it is wrought with fear, doubt, and many times a desire to just stay where we are, even though we know there is better waiting for us. There are some keys for us to make the Start Over successful, and much of it has to do with our perception of the Start Over and what it can bring. This week I continue my conversation with Victoria Pinkins, host of The Tea with V podcast about her decision to leave it all behind, move to a new state and begin again, in part 2 of The Good of Starting Over Theme Music: Wild and Windy by BledJon, featuring Linnea Locsin Additional Audio: Soaring Above the Waves, by Rolikmusic
25:43
October 14, 2022
The Good of Starting Over
The Good of Starting Over
As a society, we are constantly pushed to move ahead, to achieve, to always make progress. But what happens when, whether by choice or by force, you are faced with starting over? This week I speak to Victoria Pinkins, host of The Tea with V podcast about her decision to leave it all behind, move to a new state and begin again, in part 1 of The Good of Starting Over Theme Music: Wild and Windy by BledJon, featuring Linnea Locsin Additional Audio: Soaring Above the Waves, by Rolikmusic Steve Harvey Speech by MotivationalHub
26:24
October 07, 2022
The Good of Good Improv
The Good of Good Improv
Live performances are the epitome of a jazz musician's work. When everything is flowing and the audience is responding, there is so much satisfaction and fulfillment for the musician. But you also run the risk of something unexpected. Such is the story as told by Herbie Hancock, while playing live with Miles Davis. Herbie made, to him, the error of all errors that could have ruined the song being played, but as it turned out, learned a valuable lesson in perspective and opportunity, from none other than Miles Davis himself.  We take Herbie's lesson and apply it to our lives to help us find good in even the worst of situations.
23:32
September 30, 2022
Our Good - The Gifts We Have Within, Part 2
Our Good - The Gifts We Have Within, Part 2
In this episode, I continue my conversation with Yendis Thomas who has been doing a series on Instagram and Facebook on the gifts we have inside, how we can discover them and use them to benefit those around us.  Theme Music Wild and Windy  by BledJon, featuring Linnea Locsin Additional Audio: Strawberry Sands  by Elijah Ray
32:22
July 08, 2021
Our Good - The Gifts We Have Within, Part 1
Our Good - The Gifts We Have Within, Part 1
In this episode, I speak with Yendis Thomas who to most people is an excellent barber and businessman, but underneath is filled with gifts and talents meant to benefit his community. Yendis talks about how he discovered his unique gift mix, and how we can go about not only discovering our gifts, but how to engage them within our lives. Theme Music: Wild and Windy by BledJon, featuring Linnea Locsin Additional Audio: Strawberry Sands, by Elijah Ray
27:18
July 02, 2021
The Good of Celebration - A Father's Day Podcast
The Good of Celebration - A Father's Day Podcast
In this episode, we celebrate Father's day, and unpack the good that comes from celebrating the people in our lives. All the more special when the good reveals itself in the midst of the heartbreak of loss. For those who are without your fathers or are separated from your fathers this Father's day, I pray that you have the comfort of good memories, good lessons, and others around you that can be with you in this season Theme Music: Wild and Windy by BledJon, featuring Linnea Locsin
16:23
June 19, 2021
Unlikely History Makers
Unlikely History Makers
What do a letter-writing school age girl, the father of a toddler with Downs Syndrome, a WWI soldier on the front lines, and a civil rights icon have in common? They all made history for some very unusually normal things. In this episode, we are going to look at people who became famous for things that we do, or could do every day: writing letters, sitting on a bus, playing soccer, or just showing love to a child. Special thanks to Nate Frazier, Stephen Green and Stephen Carter who continually show me what doing good looks like and provided the inspiration for this episode.  Stories in this episode: Rosa Parks and the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott WWI Christmas Truce Luca and Alba Trapanese - the story of her adoption A letter to an officer by Emma Jablonski Theme Music: Wild and Windy by BledJon, featuring Linnea Locsin Additional Transition Music Strawberry Sands by Elijah Ray and Smooth Baseline by Zagi2 (provided by Freesound.org)
23:24
February 26, 2021
Episode 11: The Good of Mental Health and Wealth, Part II
Episode 11: The Good of Mental Health and Wealth, Part II
In this episode, I continue my conversation with Anthony Ware, founder of Aware Catalysts and Founder Mental Wealth. Anthony expounds on the tools he uses and helps under-estimated entrepreneurs and founders use to ensure that they stay mentally healthy. This is so important for those who are building the financial backbone of the country, but it is not only important for them:  maintaining good mental health is vital for all of us, and the ability to invest in oneself , in what Anthony calls, "Mental Wealth Deposits" is key to being able to navigate the various societal pressures we encounter daily. You can find Anthony online as follows: Twitter:  @theanthonyware Instagram: @theanthonyware LinkedIn: AnthonyWare Foundermentalwealth.com Theme music: Wild & Windy, by BledJon – https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ltysRaurVa4adslDIW6qV
40:47
December 11, 2020
Episode 10: The Good of Mental Health and Wealth, with Anthony Ware - Part 1
Episode 10: The Good of Mental Health and Wealth, with Anthony Ware - Part 1
This episode features Anthony Ware, founder of Aware Catalysts and Founder Mental Wealth who has been focusing his efforts on helping under represented entrepreneurs and founders focus on one area that gets overlooked in the creation and building of a business: their own mental health. While Anthony's focus is on founders, his information and lessons are applicable for everyone. Maintaining good mental health is vital, and the ability to invest in oneself , in what Anthony calls, "Mental Wealth Deposits" is key to being able to navigate the various societal pressures we encounter daily. You can find Anthony online at: Twitter:  @theanthonyware Instagram: @theanthonyware LinkedIn: AnthonyWare Foundermentalwealth.com
33:29
December 04, 2020
Episode 9: Champions of Good Part 2
Episode 9: Champions of Good Part 2
This episode is part 2 of a conversation with Vince McCastle, founder of Urban Champions, an organization designed to turn disengaged and ineligible athletes into student athletes, and to help them to succeed in areas other than sports. Credits: Theme music: Wild & Windy, by BledJon – https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ltysRaurVa4adslDIW6qV Transition Music: Strawberry Sands, by Elijah Ray
31:36
October 29, 2020
Episode 8: Champions of Good - Part 1
Episode 8: Champions of Good - Part 1
Champions are not born. They are forged in the intensity of deep trusting relationships and lives of sacrifice, and upon the shoulders of those who have gone before and paved the way. Last week we saw the benefit of paying it forward - this week we look at those who paid it all to bring others to the forefront and make them succeed.  This episode is part 1 of a conversation with Vince McCastle, founder of Urban Champions, an organization designed to turn disengaged and ineligible athletes into student athletes, and to help them to succeed in areas other than sports.  Credits: Theme music: Wild & Windy, by BledJon – https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ltysRaurVa4adslDIW6qV  Transition Music: Strawberry Sands, by Elijah Ray
24:27
October 22, 2020
Episode 7: The Good of Paying It Forward
Episode 7: The Good of Paying It Forward
Life is full of unexpected things: Flat tires, washing machine goes on the fritz, a diagnosis that changes your outlook on your future. But what if the unexpected is a welcome surprise? The person ahead of you paid for your lunch, or you find a bag of groceries on your doorstep with a note that says, “just because”? What if, as you are standing in line, trying to figure out what to put back, the person behind you says “put it on my card”? These are definitely unexpected, but guess what? They happen all the time, and they are easy to do. Paying it forward has so many benefits outside of how it makes the giver feel. Often it leads to a series of selfless acts that benefit not one but many. In this episode, we look at the traditions of doing for others at Bethune-Cookman University with Ja’Liyah Durham and Javian Jones, Taylor Thomas, an 8 year old giving hope and value to critically ill children, and the giving hearts of Chadwick Boseman and Denzel Washington, and how one selfless act can lead to a number of people being positively affected over many generations. Credits: Theme music: Wild & Windy, by BledJon – https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ltysRaurVa4adslDIW6qV Transition Music: Strawberry Sands, by Elijah Ray
24:20
October 09, 2020
Episode 6: The Good of Community - Part 2
Episode 6: The Good of Community - Part 2
Show up... Listen... Pay attention... Use what you have... Being a person who helps build community is not hard. It may take time, resources and presence, but there is not a complicated formula to help. It just takes being willing and  taking the step to get out and get involved. Nate Frazier, founder of SwellPDX and CoBa.fm discusses not only how he has gotten involved, but how he leveraged his community of friends, entrepreneurs, founders and others to bring needed change and benefit to Portland and beyond.  Credits:  Theme music: Wild & Windy, by BledJon – https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ltysRaurVa4adslDIW6qV Additional sounds: Smooth Baseline, by Zagi2, provided by Freesound.org In Community, by Sailing to Windward, provided by PoemHunter.com a kids book about racism, by Jelani Memory
37:43
September 27, 2020
Episode 5: The Good of Community - Part 1
Episode 5: The Good of Community - Part 1
At no time in human history is the following phrase more apropos: No man is an island. - John Donne, 17th century English poet It may take a special person to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps and make a name for themselves, but those people rarely make great superheroes. Real superheroes are always focused outward, on those in their community, and do whatever they can to make the community better. This week, we focus on stories of good, of people who are doing just that, and you get to hear part 1 of my conversation with Nate Frazier, founder of SwellPDX, founder of CoBa.fm and CoBaCares. He will tell you though, he is just a guy who loves people and loves to share. That is what community is all about. Credits Abby the Superhero, c/o Black Culture News - https://www.instagram.com/tv/CE4X8ZhqFCe/ Robert Paylor's Journey - https://www.robertpaylor.com/ Counting by 7's, Holly Goldberg Sloan - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15937108-counting-by-7s Hospital Security Guard Spreads Joy, c/o CNN - https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/07/us/former-marine-security-guard-cheers-medical-workers-covid-19/index.html Theme music: Wild & Windy, by BledJon - https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ltysRaurVa4adslDIW6qV Additional sounds: Smooth Baseline, by Zagi2, provided by Freesound.org
34:35
September 19, 2020
Episode 4: The Struggle for Good
Episode 4: The Struggle for Good
It would seem to be an easy thing to talk about the good things that are happening, but many times, it is a struggle. Facing the complexities of a world in conflict, it is very easy to be dragged into negative thinking and fear, and think that it is worthless to pursue good. Good, however has to be a choice - it is the tough sacrificial choice, and the one that must be made if we are to see any change in our communities.  I start this episode with the epic poem, Still I Rise by none other than Maya Angelou, broadcast May 28 2014 on NPR radio. I think it so encapsulates the challenge and struggle that we must take. Knock me down, hate me, talk about me, kill me with your words, and yet I will rise, with Good.  Credits: Theme music: Wild & Windy by BledJon Still I Rise - Maya Angelou
17:13
September 05, 2020
Episode 3: Celebrating Good
Episode 3: Celebrating Good
In this episode, we look at a number of stories of people who apply their passions to the situations they are experiencing, and by doing so are able to do good for their family, friends and their community. If you are wanting to do something but are not sure what or how, start with the basics: what is in your heart, and what do you love to do.  The stories show us that it doesn't take much, as long as it's done with a lot of heart.  I hope you are inspired by the stories of good, not just for what the individuals are doing, but that you are inspired to reach out and do good for your own community.  Credits: Celebration - Kool & The Gang Antony Cauvin story - published by The Independent Drexell & Honeybees Restaurant - https://www.drexellandhoneybees.com/ Willie Ray's Q Shack - https://willieraysqshack.com/ Kits Cubed - https://www.kitscubed.com/ Theme music by BledJon - https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ltysRaurVa4adslDIW6qV Background sounds - https://freesound.org/
16:40
August 28, 2020
Episode 2: Defining Good
Episode 2: Defining Good
Put 5 people in a room and ask them to define anything, and you are likely to get 5 different answers to the question. Defining the concept of Good is no different, but there are some things that can be considered when you are defining good, especially because good may not always look "good"... at least initially.  In this episode, we will tackle good vs. great, "feel good" good, and pursuing goals.  The journey for good continues.  "How Do You Define Good", by Rabbi Aryeh Weinstein  “Wall of Moms", by Guardian News  Theme Music: "Wild & Windy", by BledJon 
20:26
August 20, 2020
Intro - Getting Started with Perpetual Good
Intro - Getting Started with Perpetual Good
When all that seems to be published is gloom and doom and bad news, hearing something good can be a breath of fresh air. But if it stays as just something we hear, it can last just as long as that breath. I have seen evidence of more good in the community and the world, much of it happening without fanfare or camera coverage. I felt it was time to not only share these stories, but to see how we can perpetuate it... use existing good to prompt us to do even more. This is the beginning of a journey to uncover that good, and challenge us to do more. 
19:09
August 09, 2020