– Writers from across the globe have come together to use their positive words to help people stay connected –
– Short Moving Stories (SMS) created to be shared with loved ones around the world –
Poets, authors and writers from around the world have come together to create a series of messages to help spread love and optimism in challenging times, ahead of Valentine’s Day.
Poets from Europe, a children’s author from India, an outdoor positive enthusiast from Russia and a Happiness Coach from South America have joined forces to curate fifteen original, and iconic, positive stories of love, friendship, community, work, hope and family. The stories were commissioned on behalf of Nokia phones, and have been created and designed to be shared with loved ones as Short Moving Stories – short, text-able messages of hope and inspiration.
A Short Moving Story (SMS) on community and friendship from George the Poet in Europe:
My community is my thinking space, my breathing space,
I could never fully leave this place. To
All of the children – especially you.
We’re connected by spirit; my lyrics won’t ever leave you. Just the thought of missing out on everyone’s lives makes me
Cherish every sunset, and every sunrise
It comes after a year in which people worldwide have learnt to slow down and find new ways to stay in touch and connect with their lives and loved ones through their phones.
The stories are all available to read, download or share for free at Nokia.com/phones and form part of an effort to spread hope and positivity.
Stephen Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer at Nokia phones said: “We take pride in creating Nokia phones that are trusted, secure and built to last because it gives our customers peace of mind, which allows them to go off and enjoy the more positive things in life. If the last year has shown us anything it’s the importance of positivity. Following nearly a year of isolation and vulnerability one thing that stood out to us is the power of people’s collective voices to spread positivity in a time of need, which is also at the core of our business and ties back to our Finnish roots – Finland has consecutively won the title of being the happiest country in the world. So we are championing positive voices from around the world to spread uplifting messages, and help support each other as we come through the other side of global lockdowns.”
UK-based spoken-word artist George the Poet, who kicked off the global coverage of Harry and Meghan’s wedding with a love poem in 2018, is leading the artists and has been curating the messages. He said: “Sometimes a few words can make all the difference. We’ve all experienced how some days can feel flat and endless, especially as we can’t see our friends and family. Like the new Nokia 5.4, I hope that my poems help you stay connected and in touch with your loved ones, until we can all be together again.”
The Panel of Positivity includes:
- Multi-award winning George the Poet, an author, rapper, spoken word performer who opened the Royal wedding with a poem about Union in 2018
- James McInerney (UK) whose Poetry Project first put positive messages across the London Underground network in 2018
- India’s best and most-read author, Ruskin Bond, winner of Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020 always tries to strike a positive note when writing for children
- George Kagwe (Kenya) is a content creator and comedian from Nairobi
- Alina Balashova (Russia) – Snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast who believes in no bad days, and keeping active to stay positive
- Juan Pablo Gaviria (Bogotá, Colombia) an author, influencer, conferencist and coach who defines himself as a Happiness Manager
The Short Moving Stories are part of a wider ongoing initiative to recognise Nokia phones as trusted, secure and built to last. The idea taps into its roots as Nokia phones were developed in Finland – the happiest country in the world – in a bid to spread joy and positivity across the world.
Short Moving Stories from the Global Panel of Positivity:
|Author||Location||Subject Matter||Short Moving Stories (SMS)|
|George the Poet||UK||Community & Friendship||My community is my thinking space, my breathing space, I could never fully leave this place. To All of the children – especially you. We’re connected by spirit; my lyrics won’t ever leave you. Just the thought of missing out on everyone’s lives makes me Cherish every sunset, and every sunrise|
|Love||Love is a full-time job. It doesn’t start at nine and finish at five. It will either spark your fire or diminish your drive. There are no days off. There are no ways of making sure it pays off. When you give your soul, You become a sole trader. And when you think with your heart That’s a no-brainer.|
|Work||You shouldn’t have to compromise yourself for your salary. You shouldn’t have to jeopardise your health or your sanity. You have the right to be a blessing not a burden, find Purpose in service, help out with your family. Being unemployed doesn’t make you null-and-void. It’s just a season. You deserve work you believe in.|
|Hope||We’ll last longer, no less forever, if we Use this time to progress together. The Future holds unexposed danger but no stress Humanity is no stranger to progress. As we’ve proven: where collaboration occurs Progress follows fast.|
|Family||My family and friends, you give me Clarity and sense. I feel you over long distances. I learn so much from our differences. I worry about becoming a stranger. I hate knowing that you could run into danger. I think about the little ones coming of age. I think about the grown ups succumbing to change. Even when I’m not near to you You know me, I’m here for you.|
|James McInerney||UK||Love||Life might keep me moving, but you are the only rhythm that my heart always beats to, regardless of where I roam. I could travel the world a thousand times over and yet the only destination that could ever hold me is you.|
|Work||We might not be physically together right now, but we are still connected, regardless of distance. The connection we share, is mirrored in the sun and the stars as they shine that little bit brighter and for that little bit longer, offering hope in abundance until we meet again.|
|Hope||You will have dark days; they will cling to you in an attempt to smother your light. Fight back. Shine bright.|
|Family||I want you to know that you are loved. Even on the days when the whole world seems distant, what matters is that you understand that you still matter.|
|Friendship||Always be kind to everyone that you meet and remember that flowers bloom when the sun shines. They open up because they trust its warmth, people do too.|
|Ruskin Bond||India||Family||There is something to be said for writing by hand, and for the hand that holds the pen. I find it far more difficult to share my body and soul with a typewriter or computer. When I was a child, learning to write my first words and join them together, my father would place his hand on mine and guide it along the page. His hand is still there, I feel it now, even as I write. May loving , long gone hands touch yours dear reader. We are not alone.|
|Alina Balashova||Russia||Hope||The whole secret of happiness is that there is no secret. J ust do what makes you happy to be alive.|
|Juan Pablo Gaviria||Colombia||Hope||The best antidote to anything in life is gratitude.|
|George Kagwe||Kenya||Hope||We’ve navigated through the storm Settling into this new norm Even if we struggle through it all One thing’s for sure, we will never fall.|