“We say, at Girl Scouts, that we seek to build girls of Courage, Confidence and Character. And, indeed, that is what it takes to be a change agent, and help a 101-year-old beloved institution leap into the future. To paraphrase Wayne Gretske, we need to be where the girls are GOING, not where they are or have been. This is Anna's and our Board's vision. Change is tough, change takes courage, and confidence, and it takes character. But Anna has that... and that is where we are going as an organization. Girls of the USA, buckle your seatbelts!
Davia Temin, First Vice Chair of the Board of Girl Scouts of the USA”
LuvH2O on Aug 11, 2013 at 19:34:25
“Buckle our seat belts? We have!! You keep taking more and more from our girls so you can have a ritzy office on 5th Ave. in New York! Our girls work hard and you take that money and spend it on Anna Maria Chavez to have a pretty bathroom in her office? You want to sell our camps for this? You consolidated the offices and now have a pension problem that threatens to close the whole organization down and you want us to petition congress to bail you out of your bad business decisions? Anna Chavez needs to go, along with every other bad decision maker. These girls work hard and you continue to blow through the money. We want our camps!”
Aug 8, 2012 at 11:44:50
“I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this article. Finally, you are naming reality! I don't think we can bear one more fatuous article on work/life balance. We all know it is nigh on impossible...so writing about it is not only a monumental waste of time, it is dangerous because it sets up expectations that will almost never come true. This article gives supremely valuable advice, that is not only realistic, but uncommon and uncommonly helpful. Now I have begun to read everything this author has written, because it is truly valuable. Thanks so much”
NancyPeske on Aug 11, 2012 at 20:38:10
“I feel the same way! It was a helpful validation.
That said, it can be hard to decide on what the priority is. Improving your eating habits? Reaching a particular financial or career goal? Spending time with family that has been neglected due to other priorities?
I think the key is not second guessing yourself. I well remember my husband saying to me once when I was completely overwhelmed, "What do YOU need to do right now?" Was it caring for my dying mother? Self-care? Spending time just enjoying my child? Sleeping? Sometimes, it's hard to know. But I do think when you check in with your inner knowing, the "right" answer comes.”
“Thank you, Matthew, you do get it. When wisdom touches your heart and soul, why would it matter what percentage of the world the teacher represents? Why would any of that matter? What I know is that this man, this being, has the power to touch so many, and yet stay so real. We can try to paste our characterizations on to him, but they don't necessarily fit...as unabashedly authentic and holy a person as I have ever met...and that is one reason why he speaks to so many, I believe.”
“Yes, because, he says, first the future is in the hands of the children...and we must care for them. Secondly, it was Save the Children who have helped Tibetan children in exile. He also has given some money to the Mind and Life Institute, which for almost 30 years has helped promote the interchange of ideas and collaboration between science and spirituality...with potentially important implications for our understanding of ethics and human values. And the remainder will go to funding the ongoing efforts to introduce formal modern science education to monk students in Tibetan monastic universities.”