There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
~ Denis Waitley
Being human is given. But keeping our humanity is a choice. It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about US. It’s about serving others and finding ourselves along the way. It’s about stepping back before we charge forward with whatever comes next —taking a momentary breath to stop, reset, and focus on how we can experience a more positively connected universe. Historians will look back on this pause and this pivot with a critical perspective.
Success for humanity will be linked to whether we were able to be more empathetic, more effective communicators and more willing collaborators. How we choose to operate and cooperate.
Success will be measured by whether we have done significantly more good and a whole lot less harm to the world we depend on and each other. Perhaps it all begins and ends by reclaiming our humanity?
Permission Granted | Notice Given
The world didn’t give you permission to be here—but you didn’t ask for permission, either. Some of us are still asking for permission when we should just be giving the world notice. Notice that we are at a crossroads of a whole new chapter for humanity. A marker in history where the opportunity exists to come together and reimagine how to to build a better future. An opportunity to be a part of creating a brighter future for those who follow, where the connected human experience is well-balanced between the best of humanity combined with the power of technology and science to transform how we live for the better.
It’s Time for More
We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity; more than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
Right now, it feels like a moment in history where choices made will have a ripple effect for generations to come. Whether you’re a partner, friend, parent, leader, teacher, politician, or a combination thereof, we are called to show up and do more good to help fuel a better version of the world we live in. At the same time, we need to ask for more from each person in our lives and in our relationships to make the world spin more smoothly. We need more from everyone who leads and is in a position of influence. Understand that it’s not about you, it’s about caring for the people you serve and more responsibly stewarding the precious resources in our care.
More Accountability Personal accountability is taking ownership and embracing the belief that you are fully responsible for the consequences resulting from your choices, behaviors, and actions. It’s a mindset and an expression of integrity. Accountability is not a one-time, sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing.
More Action Act now, and act as if what you are doing makes a difference – because it does. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” –St. Francis of Assisi.
More Activism A connected, purpose-driven community on a mission focused on positive change, no matter the issue, has proven time and time again that when passionate people work together they bring back the light where darkness temporarily has taken hold, and together they bend the arc of history back toward the good.
More Appreciation The good news is that we have complete control over our appreciation. No budget limitations or excuses here – there are literally thousands of ways to demonstrate our appreciation at little or no cost. Find ways that are natural and comfortable for you to demonstrate your appreciation since your authenticity is the key.
More Authenticity To be authentic, we must cultivate the courage to be imperfect —and vulnerable. We must believe that we are worthy of love and acceptance, just as we are. We must be open, honest, and direct in the here-and-now.
More Citizenship As citizens, history just doesn’t happen to us, we make history together. Our shared values guide our actions and our choices, and they in turn shape our character, which in turn shapes history. It’s time to dust off our founding principles and celebrate, elevate or refresh them. Imagine if we all use the power of our voice by voting and the value of our time volunteering devoted to a cause for good.
More Commitment What dream or goal have you not committed to wholeheartedly? Whether it’s to write a book, start a blog, become an entrepreneur or travel, now is the time to start thinking about how to make this goal a priority in your life and truly commit to making it happen. Try this: Take a moment now to […]
More Compassion As we are bombarded with the sensationalism of every slight eventuality, the spew of pontificating pundits, and the celebration of violence as entertainment, we must show and demonstrate more care and concern for the suffering and misfortunes of those who are impacted by crisis. True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.
More Connection Somehow we’ve come to equate success with not needing anyone. Many of us are willing to extend a helping hand, but we’re very reluctant to reach out for help when we need it ourselves. It’s as if we’ve divided the world into “those who offer help” and “those who need help.” The truth is that we are both. We need like-minded people around us who are also trying to honor our values. Connection and community give us the support to face challenges.
More Courage As humans, we make meaning out of our experiences by telling stories to ourselves about how the world operates. But here’s the important part: Those stories might not be objectively true. They are more like your personal lens on life, coloring your experiences just as if you were wearing sunglasses. Your stories have everything to do with how you see yourself and the world—whether you’re a victim or a survivor, whether an experience is dangerous or an opportunity, and whether you have the capacity to develop more courage or you are “just not very brave.”
More Curiosity The impulse to seek new information and experiences and explore novel possibilities is a basic human attribute. When our curiosity is triggered, we think more deeply and rationally about decisions and come up with more creative solutions. Curiosity encourages members of a group to put themselves in one another’s shoes and take an interest in one another’s ideas rather than focus only on their own perspective. By asking questions and genuinely listening to the responses, we cultivate trust and closer relationships. Let’s approach the unknown by replacing judgment with inquisitiveness.
More Dignity Everyone is born with it. Dignity is our inherent value and worth as human beings. Our shared desire for dignity transcends all of our differences, putting our common human identity above all else. The glue that holds all of our relationships together is the mutual recognition of the desire to be seen, heard, listened to, and treated fairly; to be recognized, understood, and to feel safe in the world. Dignity has the potential to change the world, but only if we spread its profound message — that we are born invaluable, priceless, and irreplaceable.