Creating More Paths for Success: How Being Hopeful Makes it More Likely That You’re Going to Be Okay (And How You Can Become More Hopeful)

Once you choose hope, anything is possible. ~Christopher Reeve I dwell in possibility. ~Emily Dickenson Listen to the must'nts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn't, the impossible, the won't. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me ... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. ~Shel Silverstein. Well here we … Continue reading Creating More Paths for Success: How Being Hopeful Makes it More Likely That You’re Going to Be Okay (And How You Can Become More Hopeful)

Feeling Lonely? You’re Not Alone. Fifteen Ideas to Build Your Network

Friendship is a sheltering tree. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge As you've probably gathered, this month is devoted to taking care of ourselves and each other. From unpacking the elusive concept of "self-care" to talking about why you should laugh as often as possible, this month is dedicated to making all of us stronger, healthier, happier activists. … Continue reading Feeling Lonely? You’re Not Alone. Fifteen Ideas to Build Your Network

Seven Ways To Use Humor – and Why You Should

“If you aren’t having fun, you aren’t doing it right.” ~Prof. Greg Scott “To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.” ~Charlie Chaplin As you may have guessed, here at Small Deeds Done, February is all about taking stock of where we are and what we need to … Continue reading Seven Ways To Use Humor – and Why You Should

How to Not Be a Self-Care Failure

People who work hard often work too hard. . . . May we learn to honor the hammock, the siesta, the nap and the pause in all its forms. ~Alice Walker If you get tired, learn to rest. Not to quit. ~Banksy Ahhh, "self-care." It's all the rage, isn't it? It seems to be the … Continue reading How to Not Be a Self-Care Failure

Homeboy Industries: Lessons of What Extravagant Tenderness Can Do

You could bury your head in the sand, or you could roll up your sleeves. ~Father Greg Boyle, founder, Homeboy Industries You know, I may not be able to carry what you're carrying, but we can carry you. ~Father Greg Boyle, founder, Homeboy Industries Greg Boyle, a newly-minted Jesuit priest, arrived in Boyle Heights in … Continue reading Homeboy Industries: Lessons of What Extravagant Tenderness Can Do

Why the Women’s March is a Beautiful Mess

Embrace the glorious mess that you are. ~Elizabeth Gilbert It occurred to me as I stood, watching shivering participants in this year's St. Louis Women's March. In some ways, the Women's March is emblematic of the Democratic party and the progressive movement. It's well-intentioned. It's equity-minded. It's a little over-the-top. And it's a complete messy … Continue reading Why the Women’s March is a Beautiful Mess

How Regular Americans are Taking Control

We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say, 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes. ~Fred Rogers The government can do all sorts of terrible … Continue reading How Regular Americans are Taking Control