On the streets of Indonesia, children often compete, gang against gang, in violent war. Many of them don’t have a home, much less a bed, to call their own. But a new night life is emerging in Indonesia.
Starting at 10 pm until 5 am, many cafes, which have internet access and computers, are hosting street children. They provide a special offer to “spend their time online with a cup of coffee and a piece of bread.” It costs just one dollar.
Instead of becoming involved in crime, or being the victim of one, now children are able to find a safe haven. They can not only protect themselves, but also grow their future. Children are connecting with their peers in other countries…they are practicing new languages…finding new friendships which are caring and nonviolent.
Would that we could find a safe haven for every one of us; one that provides a hot beverage, a morsel of food, protection and the opportunity to connect with others in a kind and caring way. Who ...more
We aren’t in the coffee business, serving people.
We’re in the people business, serving coffee.
–Nabi Saleh, Gloria Jean’s Coffee
You have a product.
You have a service.
You want more people in the world to know about them. That’s understandable.
But the way to increase awareness is to care about that person— not your product.
So if you are serving coffee,
providing a car washing service,
giving a haircut,
or investment advice,
counseling a student on colleges,
giving and executive report to the president of the United States…
Find out who they are… care… ...more
“This is no one’s business, but between me, and God.”
Yep. That’s all it comes down to.
Stop worrying about what someone else thought.
How they would have handled the situation.
Feeling badly about your past.
whatever you are wishing.
Let’s get clear on your boss. That’s God, Love, Truth. Not your manager, not your coworker, not your mom, not your favorite uncle, not your roommate, not your husband, not your best friend.
You answer to the largest power in the world. Trust it, love it, cherish your time with it, and go there for all your answers.
–Sunday, December 26, 1998
Pamela Hawley is ...more
God help me to become a clearer more loving person.
To think of others more; myself less.
To listen more carefully; respond in deeper gentleness.
To have a quiet centering of appreciation in
morning and in night.
To convince myself of joy in darkened dawn’s flittering might
To protect my thought as well as spiritual sight.
To see the good, seek the good, see the good again.
To cherish all identity in my family brother friend.
To enrich my self’s experience in understanding God’s word.
Constantly grateful, amaze, at His beautifully crooned world.
From Pamela’s journal, 1994.
“Smiling is Free”
It’s one of the greatest things.
Don’t forget to do this.
Everyone loves this.
And even if they are having a really really bad day – if you smile at them — they will smile back at you, simply by reflex.
Bring some peace to someone’s troubled heart today. I am leaving work now, and with a smile. Good night!
“The relationship I care about the most — is with God.” -PH
You’re a leader, and we need to be firm today. You are getting distracted by that conversation, that past event, that anger welling up within, that hurt… again.
What is the most important relationship you have on earth?
It’s not your marriage, your boss, your priest, your favorite grandmother, your husband, your wife, your guardian angel, your brother, your beloved mutt dog, the president of your country, your mortgage broker, your best friend, your financial advisor, your attorney, your teacher, your mentor, your spiritual guide… or even your children.
Pure, simple… your #1 relationship is Love, God. Stay ...more
Yaroslav Trofimov wrote a superb article on the complexities facing the Kurds. Can you imagine if you lived on land, but were without a country?
In this case, we are speaking about the Kurds. What a devastating history they have experienced… But there is always hope. Trofimov writes:
Just last week in Turkey, a political party rooted in the struggle for Kurdish rights vaulted over the 10% threshold for parliamentary representation, giving the Kurds their biggest say ever in Turkish politics.
In Iraq, the Kurds repelled an assault by Islamic State and their budding autonomous government in northern Iraq has seize (ed) full control of the disputed northern city of Kirkuk – often dubbed the “Kurdish Jerusalem” because of its historic ...more
In Silicon Valley, we are go-go-go getters. We “go -get” after our businesses, our startup company, our new deal, our new everything! We are “on it!”
And yet… while that productivity is good, leadership and kind caretaking of oneself takes time!
I’ll share. The other night I had a Duke Event (which I love) and a Stanford International Happy Hour, which I also love! And yet, I needed to be quiet…
But my mind said…
You should go!! You could meet more people that will help UniversalGiving! You should take this opportunity. If you don’t you will feel badly.
And part of me, did.
I finally made the decision:
To go home.
And I read. And it was so peaceful, and ...more
One of the most powerful things you can do to recognize someone on your team is to call them and thank them and say “You’re doing a wonderful job today, and I wanted to thank you. That’s it. I just wanted you to know, and for you to take the time to recognize it. Please know how much I appreciate your consistent work and positive attitude.” Do not add on a ‘to do.’ I know that’s tempting as we as CEOs have a lot we want to accomplish! But just let the conversation rest in genuine appreciation. It’s one of the best ways you can thank someone — without agenda.