‘If you are not a reader, you have only one life. But if you are a reader, you have a million lives.’ Rakel believes that one life is not enough. The span of years and hours and seconds that makes up her life, do not give her the time to experience all that she would like to. But the power of a good story opens the door to endless travel and adventure. Rakel Helmsdal is a writer, a puppeteer and an artist. Journey into her world!
This year’s story is about the power of a gift. And how that gift inspired, changed and influenced the course of a little boy’s life. That little boy just happens to be Elton John. The film begins in present day and works backwards chronologically through Elton’s life right until the moment on Christmas morning when he received the special gift that changed his life.
Your Song Lyrics
It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside
I’m not one of those who can easily hide
I don’t have much money but boy if I did
I’d buy a big house where we both could live
If I was a sculptor, but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a traveling show
I know it’s not much but it’s the best I can do
My gift is my song and this one’s for you
And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world
For centuries, the greatest thinkers have suggested the same thing: Happiness is found in helping others. There is no greater gift than that of giving of one’s time and energy to help others, without expecting anything in return. “What you receive is just wonderful. You don’t receive it in money. Just the pleasure of seeing their faces.” – Peggy
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In life, you will realize there is a role for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you, some will love you and some will teach you. But the ones who are truly important are the ones that bring out the best in you. They are the rare and amazing people who remind you why it’s worth it. -Buddha
“Connect with people. Listen to them. By engaging with someone one-to-one, you have a fundamentally more rich experience.” – Anton Crone.
These days, people seem to think that engagement is shouting at each other across Facebook. But that’s not it. The way you engage, the language you use, your body language – that’s all being missed. We need to make time for those real connections.
Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :
• And it just says
• Life isn’t meant to be easy, it’s meant to be life
• I was going through a hard time
• I started photographing mainly people
• A lot of ancient traditional cultures
• Contemporary cultures
• Connecting with people
• Engaging with them
• Opposing views
• A more rich experience
• How would you call it
• It becomes a complete confession
• Develop a relationship with them
• For weeks at a time
• Engaging with people face to face
• Body language
• To learn about where they’re at
• We are all equal
• Having people around you
• Doing what you love