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The Hole in the Blanket

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Cass Carlopio
Sleep Expert, Psychologist & Meditation guide
This is an adapted retelling of a Chumash story by elder Paul Perrota.
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Keiko
Working Together
This story is a great reminder of teamwork-that we all need to work together because in the collaborative process, we can always achieve more than by ourselves. It also reminds me to be grateful to be alive and living on this earth. Also, everyone should have the chance to be heard, and great things can come in small packages-like the little hummingbird with the great idea.
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Matthew
Local interest
I chose to listen to this story based on the description. I LIVE in Chumash country on California’s Central Coast! I know much of the local history having worked for several of the local museums! I've even worked FOR the Chumash tribe! I liked the teamwork aspect of the narration!
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Dayna
Journal entry on The Hole one Blanket
By listening to this short story it made me feel that people need to learn how to show more compassion toward one another in this day in age. Everyone walks around stuck in their own little bubble ,some not even lifting their heads from their cell phones as they pass each other by. Even though it was like 3 or 4 minutes it teaches a valuable lesson that people work against one enough instead of for each other. And people could accomplish more if they pulled together.
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Tammy
Hole in blanket story
A beautiful story with so much meaning. We see the importance of all that share this world. Each has a special gift and we need to love and support each other to all thrive on this earth. Good morning grandfather Sun. Good evening grandmother Moon.
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Coral
I felt intrigued.
This story had several important messages woven in to the whole. Take time to feel and show gratitude, don’t forget about helping others when they need it, work together to solve problems, contribute our personal gifts and talents to the whole, don’t let our fear of judgement stop us from doing our part, have faith in yourself like the hummingbird, don’t judge what others can or can not do, don’t give up keep working on your goals, no matter how small or insignificant you feel you still have good ideas that have value and like the hummingbird you can be the catalyst for change and the leader who leads others out of darkness, we are one people even with our differences and what we do effects the whole, give thanks to our creator, live a life of gratitude and love. What a beautiful story!
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Tracy
Working Together
I love the messages contained in this story, particularly the reminder of daily gratitude and mindfulness, as well as the beauty in acknowledging the special gifts that each of us can offer in contribution to the group.
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John
Heal the world
This beautiful story reminds us that we each have a role to play to heal our planet and make it a better place. We should also support each other in these roles. No matter how small you think you are, you will have something to contribute. Even just showing respect and an attitude of gratitude will go a long way.
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Sergei
Special role
Reemphasized the importance of cooperation. Everyone has their own small role. Blanket was a punishment with the purpose of getting them to respectfully cooperate.
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Candy
Wee Starfish...
We shall, we must help another everyday... for everyday it is someone’s lot to help us!
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Alia
A special reminder
This story strung a lot of my heart strings. I was interviewed earlier today and spoke about how this world lacks genuine compassion to all beings of life. We are compassionate and kind to like minded individuals but we need to be compassionate to all beings of life and all people with different views and opinions. In order for this world to be united and in harmony, we must love everyone for their differences. Even if they’re differences cause us hurt, we must appreciate what that hurt teaches us. I’m not saying to associate and hang out with those kinds of people who hurt us but I am saying to open your heart up to give them love and compassion. When the hummingbird in the story pierced the blanket, my heart caught in my throat. It only takes a matter of one person to make a small change that has drastic benefits for everyone on this planet. Be the humming bird: be courageous, be selfless, be brave, be dedicated, kind, gentle, proud, determined. Not only for yourself but for others. We are the human race experiencing life together, so live together.
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Debb
The Hole in the Blanket
Whew! A powerful story-especially in these divided times. It struck a chord deep within. My eyes are still glistening with moisture. There are so many wonderful messages in this Chumash tale, but it all centers on not being too busy to take time to be grateful when you begin and end your day. It’s lengthy in terms of the stories, but definitely worth the listen. The first time I listened as I was going to bed and fell asleep. I am so grateful that I went back and listened to this in its entirety. Thank you for this story, Cassandra!
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Beth
The hole in the blanket
I needed the reminders of what is missing in each day and to start and end my days with gratitude and work together
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Erin
Great story for our busy lives
In this age of social media and the “us vs them” mentality, this story is a great reminder that we are not in this life alone. We have neighbors and loved ones that are being passed by by our “busy” lives and about us not coming together. We are all in this together and we need to come together. My children and I love this story.
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Kayla
Hole in the blanket
This story is perfect for what we are going through now as a society. Too many people are caught up in the differences of others that we no longer appreciate those unique differences that make us who we are.
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Eli
The Hole in the Blanket
This story is even more important now, that our environment is suffering because of our inaction. Fridays for the Future, the Environmental March that is coming up in March 15th, we need to save our plante right now. Maybe polititians won’t do the job, but us, the youth, will be able to stand together
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Hailey
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Chelsea
Te Rā me te Marama
In Māori culture it is of great importance to appreciate Te Rā, the sun, and Marama, the moon. To think of them as grandfather sun and grandmother moon is new to me but is very fitting as Papatūānuku is the Earth Mother and Ranginui is the Sky Father. This has reminded me that I need to appreciate each day and thank each night.
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Walter J
Remembering...
Great story about remembering what’s important: Giving thanks every morning for today. Showing respect for our elders - (grandpa sun & grandma moon) Counting our blessing every night. Celebrating our uniquenesses & Working together for The BOM Not that difficult if you really Think about it! It just taking the time to Think about it... 🌞🌝🍀
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Julie
Appreciation
This story is very relevant to what is going on in the world right now. It is an important reminder that all of us need to appreciate that everyone has something to offer in this world. When we appreciate one another and are able to work together we have the power to build a better future for ourselves as well as the world. It is also a good reminder that all the little things we take for granted because we become too busy in our daily lives to appreciate them can be taken away at any moment. It is important that we count our blessings everyday.