More Love (Understanding) Imagine a world where more people chose understanding and truth rather than reaction and conflict. But ultimately imagining it is not enough; it’s a good start, but we need to act. We need to live and engage in life from our hearts. Understanding creates a mental shift enabling us to replace reactive emotions and disconnection with compassion and connection. Understanding at its deepest level is just like love—an unconditional understanding of another’s humanness. We don’t have to know their story, but we can appreciate they’re going through the human experience, just like us.
More Mattering As humans, connection is the key to our contentment, happiness, sense of value, sense of belonging. Without it we’re floundering; chasing the next source of approval or self-worth or self-gratification. With a thoughtful note, a quick call, or a simple email you can tell someone near or far that they matter. As the saying goes, it’s the little things that mean the most. It’s a simple sentiment with the power to encourage, uplift, and vanquish loneliness.
More Observation (with Detachment) Detachment is the basis of our ability to be positive and affectionate with others while we interact with them. The inner art of detached observation is the ability to separate ourselves from our own thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and behavior. On the external level, the art of detached observation is the art of being witness to the scenes that take place around us. While we detach ourselves and observe how the game of life develops, without being active participants, we are able to see the “big picture” with greater clarity.
More Perseverance It’s about being determined to keep on going in the face of setbacks and challenges. It is that inner drive that keeps you in the game when everything else says it’s time to quit. Perseverance is the staying power to follow through and exert effort until the end to achieve your goals, dreams, and vision. You may not know for sure when you’ll get there or what you will discover along the way, but perseverance will ensure you keep going long enough to find out.
More Purpose True purpose is about recognizing your own gifts and using them to contribute to the world —whether those gifts are playing beautiful music for others to enjoy, helping friends solve problems, or simply bringing more joy into the lives of those around you. Genuine purpose points to the end of a self-absorbed, self-serving relationship to life. The equation for purpose is G + P + V = P. (gifts + passions + values = purpose)
More Reasoning Reasoning is our capacity to consciously make sense of things by applying logic and adapting based on new or existing information, and it is considered to be a distinguishing ability possessed by humans. Surrounded by so much information and misinformation, we need to apply critical thinking to rationally separate fact from fiction. Along the way, let us find the right balance between thinking and feeling.
More Respect Ask yourself, “How am I showing up today, and do I like who I am and what I’m modeling as my core values and behaviors? Eliminating active disrespect—such as rude, insulting, or devaluing words or behaviors—doesn’t create respect. Respect is an action: we show respect, we act respectfully, we speak with respect. The absence of disrespect doesn’t have the same positive impact in resolving disagreement, conflict, or tension as does the presence of respect.
More Sanity Recognize that almost all humans aren’t perfectly rational all the time, nor motivated to change the world nor themselves for the better. Focus on what’s in your control. While changing the world may not be in your control, you can certainly control how you act, how you react, how you operate, and how you cooperate. Maintain your sanity by accepting reality, taking positive steps every single day, maintaining realistic expectations. And always be grateful for progress, no matter what.
More Service How often do we think, “What will I accomplish today?” or “What will the day bring for me?”, nothing at all wrong with these questions. But what if we woke up every morning and instead said, “How may I serve today?” What would open up for us, and others, if we commit to making things happen around this intention?
More Sustainability Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The concept of sustainability is composed of three pillars: economic, environmental, and social—also known informally as profits, planet, and people. Let’s Walk. Let’s Plant. Let’s Recycle. Let’s unplug devices. Let’s compost. Let’s donate. Let’s advocate for the environment. Let’s eat local. Let’s borrow or fix. Let’s lower our thermostat. Let’s buy products with less packaging. Let’s simply do more with less.
More Trust Trustworthiness has two components–doing the right things and doing things right. It’s the foundation of respect. Tell the truth, be open and thoughtful, and have the courage to do the right thing even when it’s not easy.
More Uprooting of Racism & Inequality At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. Let’s focus on all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.
More Virtue By definition, virtue is the moral excellence of a person. Morally excellent people have a character made-up of virtues valued as good. They do the right thing, and don’t bend to impulses, urges, or desires, but act according to values and principles. Virtues need to be cultivated to become more prevalent in life.
More Voices Many of us are familiar with the African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child.” The truth is, it “takes a village” to achieve just about any meaningful change in our world—from fighting disease to uniting for peace. And not simply a village of like-minded people who already understand and embrace our quest for humanity, but fresh voices bringing new ideas, contrarian opinions. In our highly fragmented world, we know that the most effective change-makers inspire participation at a broader and deeper level.
More Vulnerability The best part of being human is being able to connect with other humans. We’re hardwired for it. We live in tribes and families, work in groups, love as couples, and thrive in friendships. Vulnerability is an openness to experiences, people, and uncertainty. Question your beliefs. Challenge whether or not they’re still working for you. What could happen if you open up, take a chance, let yourself be vulnerable? Vulnerability is the driving force of connection. It’s brave. It’s tender. It’s impossible to connect without it.
What More Can We Do?
Help us help you build the foundation for a better version of humanity. Of course, we can change the world by simply embracing the “butterfly effect”. The butterfly effect is the notion that a small change can make much bigger changes happen; one small incident can have a big impact on the future. … The term butterfly effect comes from an analogy where a butterfly flaps its wings in Tokyo and a tornado occurs in Tennessee.
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