We always think that food is the most important, but how you are treated, before, during and after you eat that food, plays a huge role in how the meal is enjoyed.
The Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation's second-highest civilian honor, recognizes American citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens. Sen. Harris Wofford will be honored along with other recipients at a White House ceremony on Friday, Feb. 15.
As we begin another countdown to looming federal funding reductions, decision makers in Washington are looking for creative ways to avert the impact of potentially devastating cuts.
Political paralysis is nothing; Washington will regain animation based on the sheer force of your arguments. Senator [insert last name here] sure sounds nice, doesn't it?
Chances are good that you've had the experience of being a volunteer of some kind for a worthy non-profit organization -- local, national, or international. I've identified 27 best practices that high performing volunteer organizations abide by.
I think we need to take the time to do much more explaining to our children about why we do things for others. That is what plants the early seeds of service.
Much like the gym, (for me) the hardest part of volunteering is getting there. And yes, the difficulty I speak of includes torturing myself by watchin...
As a person who believes that service comes in all shapes and sizes, I found that the dynamics of January set course to teach what many of us already know.
The fact of the matter is that Millennials are not giving up -- they are, as the late Steve Jobs urged us to do: thinking different, dreaming big, and moving fast.
I was well into my 40's before I started to realize this. I am amazed that these young people are so grounded and insightful at such a young age. Their words are inspiring to me.
Compassionate service is a simple and always accessible path to happiness. It doesn't require years of mediation, practice, or great study. It requires that you open your heart and feel our common humanness, our inextricable interconnectedness, and see the sacredness of each of us.
"Whether you are a CEO or a secretary, self-employed or unemployed, rich or poor, a 20-something or a 60-something, a master at the task or a first-timer, none of those labels matter when you are serving. I like to think of service as a great equalizer."
We often think of leaders as the ones speaking loudly at the front of the room, but true leadership is not loud or about one's self, but about the greater good, about enabling growth and greater independence in the people around us.
So, instead of asking the question, "Can a woman have it all?" we should be asking, "Is there something left to the 'it' when we remove power/money and spouse/babies from the equation?"
The girls played in the yard, but their restlessness and whining was gone. I could tell they felt satisfied -- the way you do when you've done something for someone other than yourself -- and they were made more content by the sunshine and crisp, cold air.
After three years of unofficial collaboration, we are excited to announce a partnership between our projects -- Pathfinders Project at Foundation Beyond Belief, and the Values In Action initiative at the Humanist Community at Harvard.