We rise by lifting others. ~Robert Fitzgerald Please find your own unique way to speak out, act up, or just make a difference. Though it may not always seem it, the courage of immigrants is in all our DNA. Now’s the time to put it to good use. ~Penzys Spices Last week I got an … Continue reading Being Good is Good.
*Image courtesy of Plant-It-Forward If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. ~Thomas Edison A few years back, Teresa O'Donnell, a Houston resident and corporate executive who had co-founded a successful software company, was charged with finding a way for her company to invest in "community wellbeing." "Community … Continue reading Planting It Forward
It always seems impossible until it's done. ~Nelson Mandela Note: Spring break has sprung! Some of you may recall this post, which was originally published on December 12, 2017; its message of perseverance and dedication felt especially relevant this week. I hope it reminds you just how much your daily contributions matter. I see the work … Continue reading Moving Mountains, One Shovelful at a Time
If you have any heart, or care about anyone or anything, you need to be an advocate for change. ~Christine Yared (14-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School) Do you remember tornado drills? If you're from the midwest, you probably do. You probably remember having to stop pasting macaroni or stringing beads so that … Continue reading This is Not A Drill
What is to give light must endure burning. ~Viktor Frankl The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ~Pablo Picasso During WWII, a promising young jewish psychotherapist named Viktor Frankl was given an opportunity to escape the Nazis. He had obtained a passport - a … Continue reading How the Resistance is Giving Us Meaning
It always seems impossible until it's done. ~Nelson Mandela One day, an ordinary man named Dashrath Manjhi stood in front of a 300 foot mountain- a barrier of rock that separated him and his people from healthcare, education, and jobs. He picked up a simple chisel, and a hammer, and a shovel. And he went … Continue reading Moving Mountains, One Shovelful at a Time
This iconic image of Tank Man was captured by Jeff Widener for AP One person can make a difference, and everyone should try. ~John F. Kennedy On a summer day in 1989, a man became world famous. We still don’t know who he is. In the summer of 1989, pro-democracy protestors occupied Tiananmen Square in … Continue reading Everyday People Make the Best Revolutionaries
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams You never know when you're someone else's inspiration. In 1963, a group of women protested (in the rain) in front of the Kennedy White House. They were there on behalf of Women Strike … Continue reading Be the Inspiration