Exploring the 3G's of Life: Grief, Gratitude and Generosity, with Nichole Christian
November 26, 2011
Hosted by Marianna Cacciatore
Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews Nichole Christian, founder and Chief Believer of The Circle Fund—A Bread for the Journey Partner, in Detroit, Michigan. The Circle Fund works to help promising young children, grades 3 through 8, participate in educational enrichment opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. Nichole is a writer whose most recent work is featured in Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood. Nichole is also the creator of ThinkThis!Designs, a positive apparel company that encourages us to live with Fearless Hope! Nichole and Marianna will be discussing the 3 G’s of life – Grief, Gratitude and Generosity. Both Nichole and Marianna have experienced the phenomenon of grief eventually opening up to gratitude and generosity. Some say grief makes a hole in your heart. Each of us has a choice to make about what to do with that “hole.” We can choose to stay with our anger, regret and fear, which breaks our heart apart, or we can let the loss eventually break our heart open, creating a space to feel gratitude for the blessings in our life. Tune in and be inspired to explore the role of the 3 G’s in your life.
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Today’s news is filled with stories that break our hearts. On Bread for the Journey Radio, you’ll hear stories that help mend it back together. Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things, often small and always meaningful, to make our world a better place. Some, like Marianna, have suffered a tragedy, and, as a result, have created something beautiful to bring others healing. Others are helping women in crisis, making life better for children living in poverty, greening their neighborhood, or any number of creative things that make their community more beautiful, healthy, and connected. These women, men and young people inspire us to think about our own lives, and what we can do to make a difference in the world. Their stories become Bread for our Journey, inspiration and nourishment for a life well lived.
Most would agree Marianna Cacciatore’s life has been one well-lived. Through her work over 25 years with people who are working to bring about a better world, she has a unique vantage point from which to tell the stories we don’t generally hear in the media today. Marianna possesses the rare gift of presence, a deep listening which evokes in people the desire to tell their story.
Having suffered a childhood tragedy that spiraled downward into her teens and young adult years, she eventually turned things around and created a grief center that has brought healing to thousands of people. She recounts the full story in her book, Being There for Someone in Grief. Today, she serves as a Lifetime Emeritus Board Member of Tu Nidito in Tucson, Arizona, the parent agency for the organization she founded in 1988 called Children to Children, a Center for Children and Families in Grief.
Everyday Marianna meets ordinary people doing extraordinary things through her work as Executive Director of Bread for the Journey, a philanthropic organization with 20 locations nationally. Each volunteer-run chapter practices neighborhood philanthropy in their respective communities, helping everyday people bring their community-minded ideas to life. The Bread for the Journey vision is to nurture the seed of generosity in every human heart and Marianna’s life is a living expression of just that. Join her as she ignites the heart of generosity in you.