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Kindness that costs

Michael Lloyd-White, CEO of World Kindness USA, explores the definition of kindness in his upcoming TEDx talk, and it got me thinking. Lloyd-White dismisses the acts of kindness we might perform for friends and loved ones because they don’t push us out of our comfort zone. Instead, he challenges us to find the time and […]

Follow the leader

Follow the leader!

My son’s friends laugh when I say please or thank you to Siri or Google Home. Most of the time I laugh too. I know it’s ridiculous but I’m from the generation where please and thank you are as automatic as a sliding door, so it still surprises me when they’re missing from daily interactions. […]

Get out there

Get out there!

Steve Jobs was famous for his black and white comments and this one is no different. While I don’t entirely agree with him, I think he’s got a valid point. Job’s assertion that we just need diverse experiences to feed our inner muse piqued my interest for a number of reasons – the main one […]

Holy how?

Holy how?

This week, Mike Radparvar of holstee.com referenced the following quote from the film, Waking Life, which really resonated with me: “This moment, it’s holy. But we walk around like it’s not holy.” It’s easy to be conscious of a sacred moment when it’s blowing our hair back with its beauty or its joy or its […]

Build that resilience

Build that resilience!

Sitting at the airport recently, I had conversation with a venture capitalist who had experienced a significant financial setback and was struggling to rebuild both his business and his self-esteem. As we got talking it became evident that not only was he silently berating himself for his mistakes, he also felt the judgement of his […]

Pain as a Gift

Pain as a Gift

The truth of quote from Alain De Botton resonates deeply with me. While none of us ever seek to be hurt, often the legacy of deep, personal pain is an increased sensitivity which makes us so much more appreciative of the beauty around us. I know after my sister’s death I thought I’d feel whole […]