Do you call soft drinks soda? Pop? Coke? All different names to mean the same things but if you didn’t have a can right in front of you, you might not realize that you all had a commonality. Often times we focus on the differences in our words that even consider what we share and while that is a small example, we are finding more and more need to look for common ground, to listen and to hear than to shut down and divide.
Today our intent is to explore a different perspective. We want to stop seeing others and their differing opinions as wrong first, and instead consider how their actions are motivated. We want to be open and teachable. We want to be bridge builders instead of wall builders. We invite you to be the same. Here are 3 things to help you with your intent: Continue reading
Where are you right now?
Right. This. Minute.
Where you are, for better or for worse, will only be here for a moment. The people walking past. The clocking ticking. The person sitting next to you. The wind blowing. This moment will never be able to be recreated exactly as it is and these moments happen all day every day, but how many do we stop and sit in?
Right. This. Minute.
Just be in the moment.
Our intent? To enjoy the moment we’re in right now. If you need help, here are some wise words from wise people we respect about taking in the moment:
Forever is composed of nows.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final
-Rainer Maria Rilke
Happiness, not in another place but this place…
not for another hour, but this hour.
I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
We’re so excited about the potential of the coming year. We’re standing on the edge picturing all it could turn out to be! It could be the year that we step out in courage. It could be the year that we start working on something amazing. It could be the year we finally find the peace that has been eluding us. That is why we want to choose to live big. Our intent is to lean into the big dreams and plans we have. We’re going to live big!
What does that even mean? We’re not talking living expensively. We’re talking about believing and hoping in a brand new realm.
Here are 3 ways to jumpstart your big dreams! Continue reading
We love our community’s commitment to grow in fearlessness.
The truth is we all face fears and they come in all shapes and sizes.
Not all fears are imagined either. You may be facing a real threat and so you do not need to feel compelled to disqualify your concerns. In fact, that is exactly what we’re talking about today. Our featured intent is about remaining fearless through the shadows, through the fears that are really looming.
You too? Here are 3 resources to help: Continue reading
To be considering forgiveness means you have something to forgive. It means you’ve been hurt, betrayed, upset, done wrong. It is the story of us as people: helping and harming, sometimes in the same breath, and so many of us walk through our days with battle wounds amassed over the years. From strangers. From friends. From family. From our spouses.
Holding on to the anger and sadness has been a heavy burden, so today our intent is to forgive. We understand that forgiveness can be complicated and take a long time. It can feel unfair and it can feel weak, but we hope to change our minds on that. Are you creating an intent to forgive as well? Here are 3 resources that helped us: Continue reading
“We conceive…a sort of gratitude for those inanimated objects, which have been the causes of great or frequent pleasure to us. The sailor, who, as soon as he got ashore, should mend [build] his fire with the plank upon which he had just escaped from a shipwreck, would seem to be guilty of an unnatural action. We should expect that he would rather preserve it with care and affection, as a monument that was, in some measure, dear to him.”
–Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments
I love this passage, but the old-fashioned language may make it difficult to understand Smith’s point: when some object has done us great service, we’re reluctant to get rid of it.
Do you feel this way? I sure do. Continue reading
Today is International Women’s Day and we honor the bravery and courage of lady thought leaders who have done much to affect culture through science, literature, arts, mathematics, design, parenting and beyond: Continue reading
“Love yourself” is simple to say and sometimes the most difficult thing to do.
It means asking ourselves what love is.
It means asking ourselves what we believe our value to be.
It can mean dismantling a lifetime of false or negative beliefs.
Scientists have taught us for hundreds of years about inertia and a physical object’s “resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion”. People are not always unlike that in an emotional or mental sense. Changing direction can be a struggle even when we detect that we’re headed down a road we’ve stopped wanting. It will take force. It will take focus. It will take intent to change, to push yourself to be the best you, to keep pushing when you get tired.
Today we are happy to help with the pushing. We are sharing words of wisdom from brilliant minds who believe that loving yourself is worth the work: Continue reading
There’s a lot of hype around the New Year to make a bold statement or write a list of resolutions for the coming year. We imagine it’s because January 1st is such a clear starting line. You have 365 (366 this year!) to chart progress and you’re in the midst of the whole world launching into new goals and pursuits alongside you.
But changing your life can be daunting.
What if you fail?
What if you forget or lose motivation?
What if it requires more work than originally expected?
The good new is that January 1st isn’t the only day we wake up brand new.
Every 24 hours is an opportunity to do something different, to make a bold choice, to risk.
Everyday is a chance so we’re going to encourage you to go for it.
Whatever that big dream, goal, intent might be, just go for it.
In case you need a little extra support, here are some words from the wise about kicking off a new year: Continue reading
Today might be Friday the 13th but don’t be afraid. It is also World Kindness Day!
It requires no dollar amount. It requires no prep time. It only requires that you notice where you are and who is around you. There is kindness in connecting and in putting action to your words and feelings so we gathered words on kindness from voices of wisdom in history. What is kindness to you?
Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Human kindness has never weakened the stamina
or softened the fiber of a free people.
A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
Wherever there is a human being,
there is an opportunity for a kindness.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca
You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small,
is ever wasted.
To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.