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On 30 January 2015 - 5:00pm

Want a easy way to change your life? Follow Paul Mark Sutherland’s advice from his New Year’s Resolution.

A New Year Note From Me To Myself

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Once a day, be kind to someone you have never been kind to before.

Once a week, help someone you have never helped before.

Once a month, learn something you had no interest in knowing before.

Once a year, become someone you have never been before.

—Paul Mark Sutherland  ...more

On 28 January 2015 - 5:05pm

girls-380617_640The word to ‘converse’ has morphed to mean using words or talking.

But what it meant at inception was to “turn towards one another.”

First, it was designed to delve more deeply into a truth of some sort.  To learn more, explore, care.  It was also to find commonalities amongst people.

Yet even more importantly, it means we turn to one another with our full attention. With care, with sincere interest, even a “them-only” focus.  To converse, then, is actually one of the greatest signs of respect we can provide someone.

Who will you “turn towards” today?

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On 27 January 2015 - 5:44pm

children-602967_640In the 1890s, people didn’t live very long. The average age from the late 1880s was, in fact, in the 40s.  So orphanages became a way for these young children whose parents died to have a home.  Currently there are 143 million orphans across the world.

We normally think of orphanages as a forlorn location, and perhaps an evil place.  Especially in developing nations, it can be the case. But it’s not necessarily true.  Richard McKenzie, quoted in a New York Times article, grew up in an orphanage which gave ...more

On 26 January 2015 - 5:00pm

children-playing-329234_640“Friends” and “Sex and the City” – have been eclipsed by novels about young women abandoning the bright lights and fast track for simpler lives, smaller towns, and more homespun fellas. Even daydreams, this seems to show, can be downsized.”

– John Yemma, Editor of the Christian Science Monitor

Should you downsize your dreams?

At first, this might sound deflating.  A big sigh goes out of you as you think of all the big goals you pursue, perhaps to no avail!

Yet what are our dreams? They are hope for happiness.

Happiness, however, is not always in the big ...more

On 23 January 2015 - 7:06pm

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“All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.”–Thomas Paine

It might be a family relationship, or a challenging business deal.  Perhaps you are an entrepreneur starting out and the hill goes up, up up — and up. 

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But the challenge is not isolated and dreary. It holds opportunity! What can you learn, how can you grow? How can ...more

On 23 January 2015 - 5:05pm

holi-594333_640In India, when we meet and greet and we say “Namaste”, which means: I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides, I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.

-Ram Dass

Come down from your energy high, your doerism, your list. Your take-care-of -the-top-priorities-at-work, and get-done-with-all-your email focus.  Don’t go to the drycleaners or grocery store.  Stop cleaning your home, pushing yourself on your career, helping your kids (for a moment), trying to have kids, networking, volunteering, or ...more

On 22 January 2015 - 5:05pm

wild-flowers-571940_1280“Stop and smell the flowers” is a good starting point.  But why not stay with the flower?

Have you ever really looked at what makes up the flower? Its petals, the stamen, the actual layout and folding over of different petals… it’s quite remarkable.

Appreciate the wisdom behind its creation.

Its unfolding process as it blooms…

And its journey of growth.

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On 21 January 2015 - 5:05pm

Paul_Gauguin_027“I shut my eyes in order to see.”

– Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was an artist who was renowned for his Post Impressionism painting in the 19th century.  He was an innovator in the use of bold colors.  At the same time, he also brought out the meaning of each subject.  He balanced authenticity with innovation.

What we can learn from Paul Gauguin:  Let’s ‘see’ differently. Don’t use your eyes.  Instead, use “meaning” to see.

What’s meaningful to you? Be bold in recognizing it.  You’ll see an amazing painting of goodness, kindness and abundance all around you, if you will just see.

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was ...more

On 20 January 2015 - 5:00pm

rsz_johnathan-pearson-e1404855791431-1080x675Jonathan Pearson is a millennial determined to leave the world in better shape, and the co-creator of MillenialLeader.com, an online community for young leaders. And here’s what he’s got to say about the people in our lives. Who we are to them, and how we can help. And who they are to us. Read on for a most essential blogpost true to that, below. Thank you, Jonathan!

Jonathan focuses on three types of people: The Encourager, the Realist and the Critic. Which one are you? Which one do you want to be? You will be one, or more, whether you like it or not, as our comments affect people ...more

On 19 January 2015 - 5:00pm

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“Maybe Too Soon for You, But Not For Me” – Frances Blaisdell

That’s how my Oma signed a letter to me, right before I came home from Duke for the holidays. Finals were wrapping up, and she had sent me a note of encouragement. It’s attached with a beautiful cursive unique to my Oma! Since you probably can’t read it, here are some excerpts:

As always, Oma had positive news, joy and wisdom. There was some issue I was working on and she related:

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