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.
For decades, farmworkers have been leading a struggle for justice in our food system. Today, a recent string of victories by a farmworker group, together with the steadfast work of other groups, have taken the movement to a whole new level.
The thing that struck me was the number of spectators who returned to the scene, and I keep hearing about more. That man in the cowboy hat, pinching off someone's exposed artery with his bare hands. The woman who ran back to the site to cradle a child.
Everything is context. Take the bus driver off the bus, the waiter out of the restaurant, your child's teacher out of the classroom, and the question when you both meet on the street might be: "I think I know you..."
It regulates agricultural subsidies, food stamps, school lunch programs, rural conservation, and much more. Given the heavy impact this set of laws has on our daily lives, more and more people are asserting the need for public participation in crafting the legislation.
I'm a member of GOOD, the worldwide community of people who give a damn. We are pragmatic idealists working towards individual and collective progress. And today, I am excited to share the first holiday of the GOOD community: on April 27, we celebrate Neighborday all around the world.