Recent studies regarding happiness show that people who have jobs -- something one does for money -- are not very happy; similarly, I've found that those are the type of people who often eat lunch at their desks.
Being authentic means trusting your gut and moving ahead. It means that many times, your questions will be more important than your answers. On a personal level, it's where deeper truths are discovered.
We are living at a time when the LGBT rights movement is making incredible strides, but whether we really have a "community" is highly debatable. I wonder how we can tell the younger generation that it gets better and not prepare them for the stones that will come from their "community."
In sum, there's a lot of psychology behind why Community fans love their meta, self-aware show. It thus seems only fitting that the fans should be (and most likely already are to some degree) self-aware about where their own love is coming from.
When we set aside the quality time and claim the psychic space for ceremony, when we assume the authority to do so, we are able to transform our perceptions, our perspectives, our experiences, and in the process, our reality.
When unresolved conflicts emerge in the team environment, they are intentionally overlooked and disregarded. The more this is done, however, the more these negatives influences and motivation drainers grow and emerge, sapping the life right out of the team.
When I saw the news this week out of Cleveland about the women who'd been held captive since they were kidnapped as teenagers, I asked myself the questions that we all asked as the details came out. Most of the questions started with How?
Talking about the realities of abuse, especially child abuse is critical to helping to stop it. In the director's commentary to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky says we stop abuse by talking about it in bringing out into the light. Chbosky's work helps us start that conversation.
I see so clearly now how a sense of community is perhaps what we now need more than ever, as more of our time is spent plugged into some technological device or other and the world seems more unstable than ever.