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Our Struggle and Possibility

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives. --Armistead Maupin Like everyone, I am deeply ...

Just A Glimpse

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The deeper world is always there, knowable and reachable. It is we who by turns miss it and stumble into it.

Knocked Off Our Horse

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Saul of Tarsus was an intransigent Roman citizen, zealous in his persecution of early Christians in the first century. At the height of his fervor, Sa...

Striving Just To Be

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

My wife, Susan, is a potter. When she was first learning to center clay on the potter's wheel, it was very difficult. This is a threshold all potters ...

Asking For Our Turn

Mark Nepo | Posted 08.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Karen's father never listened to her. When her college friend, Iris, came home for Thanksgiving to meet her family, Karen's father began to drift away...

Create Your Own Story

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 07.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Samie Al-Achrafi

We are all living a personal story. If you don't love your story, it's likely that the next chapter will repeat more of the same. The story you can l...

Touching the Water

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I'm excited to share my new book, The One Life We're Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, which will be published July 19. Retrieving t...

The End of Caregiving

Marian L. Knapp | Posted 07.19.2016 | Fifty
Marian L. Knapp

This article was originally published on I sat down today and figured out that I was a caregiver of older loved-ones for varying...

How to Leave Your Job on Good Terms (And Why You Should)

Mimi Zheng | Posted 07.12.2016 | Business
Mimi Zheng

My hands were sweating as I fumbled around in my backpack. It was like the beginning of a bad breakup scene. He was smiling and trying to keep things casual, yet very curious as to why I'd asked him to coffee. I showed him my letter. A goodbye letter to the company because I was worried I'd forget everything I'd wanted to say without it.

What Is Most Important

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 07.12.2016 | Impact
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

The past few days I was honestly just numb to what is happening in our world. Hate, racism, terror, violence. This morning it got me thinking about a ...

Two Kinds of Work

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

There are two fundamental kinds of work. First, the work necessary to survive: to be fed and clothed, the work of inner and outer hygiene, the work of...

Reflections from Harvard Kennedy School

Ishani Desai | Posted 07.07.2016 | Education
Ishani Desai

Three years ago, I made the decision to apply to Harvard Kennedy School. My decision to apply was not very surprising. While I wasn't sure which schoo...

How Can You Follow Your Passion If You Don't Know What It Is?

Mimi Zheng | Posted 07.11.2016 | Business
Mimi Zheng

Over the past 10 years, I had been hopping from thing to thing, trying to see what I liked and didn't like. Each time, I gathered more skills and built more professional relationships. But nothing ever seemed like it was the absolute perfect fit. The one thing I could see myself doing forever.

When We Set Out

Mark Nepo | Posted 07.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

My father has been with me since his death, speaking to me through the things he did, the things he built, the things he loved. So when someone recent...

Father-Daughter Bonds

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Conclusion: The parenting role of the father to his daughter may be one of the most difficult and significant of human relationships.

What You'll Find In The Opposite Direction

Gina Soleil | Posted 06.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Gina Soleil

What are we doing? What would happen if we all stopped digging, catching up or wanting what we didn't have? What would happen if we chose to face the opposite direction -- to see everything we already have, everything we already are, as desirable and enough?

The Apology I Still Fantasize About Giving

Pat Blumenthal | Posted 06.28.2016 | Fifty
Pat Blumenthal

I've always been fascinated with apologies. Both giving them and receiving them. And in looking back at how they've punctuated my life, I'd like to share this story. It's a story about regret, shame, the American educational system, disrespect, and the importance of self-advocacy.

Meeting Life

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

When we can still ourselves, our heart will sink -- of its own weight -- below the noise of the world, the advice of others, and even our own expectat...

Whose Voices Do I Empower To Influence My Mind?

Barbara A. Bernard | Posted 06.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara A. Bernard

Invite people into your consciousness who give you words of encouragement, whose advice you value, or who live a life that you admire--people who are also on a journey of self-discovery.

The Power Of Holding

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

A rheumatologist at a workshop at the Cleveland Clinic spoke of a twenty-one-year-old woman she was treating who was dying of cancer. The medical team...

Everyone Has A Gift

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Each person is born with a gift. Our call is to find it and care for it. The ultimate purpose of the gift is to exercise the heart into inhabiting its...

Preparing For Death Without Brooding At Age 92

Harry Mark Petrakis | Posted 06.09.2016 | Fifty
Harry Mark Petrakis

At my present age of 92, the afflictions of aging assail me like the onslaught of an army bent on my destruction. Each week seems to bring a new, unwelcome impairment. My chest rents space to a pacemaker, and I have several stents in my arteries.

Shaped by Life

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Shaped by Life My dear father, Morris Nepo, died three years ago at the age of ninety-three. He was at his strongest and happiest when working with w...

Quiet: How a Ritual of Silence Helps Me Lead

Mark S. Casady | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Mark S. Casady

In business, a fast-paced, cut-to-the-chase, get-it-done approach is a natural state of being. Contemplation and reflection in the performance-driven ...

20 Questions to ask Before Leaping to Entrepreneur

Jennifer Maynard | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Jennifer Maynard

Being an entrepreneur is not easy. Saying bye-bye to your corporate job is not easy. So if you are seriously considering taking the leap here are so...