Archive for the 'Inspiration' Category

Outside of our Comfort Zones

Written on November 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm

“Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”  ~Pablo Picasso

It almost feels a bit clichéd to write “the world is becoming more global”,  but virtually and in person we are interacting on a daily basis with more cultures and perspectives.  We can do this reactively, or we can prepare ourselves more proactively and be open to opportunities that can help affect positive social change.  Some of us have the benefit of having had experiences that stretch us, …


Thanksgiving and EpicThanks

Written on November 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Thursday is Thanksgiving in the U.S.  With Christmas Day and New Years it is one of only three days when almost all commercial and governmental operations are closed.  I especially like Thanksgiving because it is secular and everyone celebrates it.  Thanksgiving has a history  and all kinds of discussion about its origins, but it is similar to the harvest festivalsfound in many cultures.  We have a human need to give thanks for what we have been given.  In the modern U.S. version of Thanksgiving we focus on eating (with turkey as the centerpiece), parades, and (U.S. style) football games, but

What makes someone inspirational?

Written on October 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm

A few times recently I’ve found myself writing these words: “One of the most inspirational voices of our time” about  Kumi Naidoo,  Paul Farmer  and Wangari Maathai.  As I don’t take the use of the adjective “inspirational” lightly, it made me think about what makes me refer to someone as ‘inspirational’?  We obviously all have our own personal answers and I started to think about what values I apply to my use of the word.

  • Walk their talk – It is one thing to give a good speech, it is quite another to lead your life so you are carrying