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
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
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
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
Great things are done by a series of small things, brought together. ~Vincent Van Gogh Oh, friends. It doesn't happen often, but on occasion life gets in the way. The best laid plans are often thwarted by a six-year-old, and time slips by like sand through my fingertips sometimes. So today's anecdote will be a short … Continue reading The Benefits of Being Small
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 *Followers may recognize that portions of today's post were first published January 2, 2018. For the many newcomers, welcome - we look forward to finding … Continue reading What is the meaning of your life?
This is the story of a little girl who inspired millions. Last week, a man was having a horrible, terrible, no-good-very-bad morning. He boarded his regular commuter train, slumped down at his usual spot, and looked out the window. Soon enough, he noticed a little girl holding some paper shopping bags get onto the train. … Continue reading How One Little Girl Brightened A Million Days