January 15, 2020 – The Importance of Virtue
I believe that human beings are good, by nature, and that the role of education is to help children refine their inherent “goodness.” In doing that, and by providing a safe, loving, respectful environment for children to grow, we need not require academics and other subjects in school. In the right environment, those things truly valued in a culture will be naturally acquired by children as they grow.
January 1, 2020 – Peace on Earth, 2030
I am of the mind that every time I choose a peaceful response over a violent one, even in my self-talk, I am acting globally by setting off a chain of peace that impacts everything. So in me being more peaceful, I will help create a reality that makes it easier for others to be more peaceful.
December 15, 2019 – There are People in the Country Besides Politicians
I need to focus on seeing the positive and not getting overwhelmed by the negative. It means I need to contribute to positive things taking place, and point out to others the positive things I see.
December 1, 2019 – Recognizing Our Common Humanity
I found this to be really good advice and I encourage you to try it. Honestly, it’s not hard to look at someone and see that they want the same things you do. To make it easier, focus on just one thing that you can easily assume you both want, something like happiness or health.
November 15, 2019 – Tap Into Your Resonance
If you are ever feeling out of sorts, alone or untouched, try telling the story of something that has touched you.
November 1, 2019 – May I Be Filled With Friendliness
Imagine everyone on your bus, in your school, around your city all expressing friendliness to themselves and each other. That’s a pretty great place to live.
October 15, 2019 – The Secret to Slowing Down Your Negative Reactions
We need to practice slowing down our reactions to events that impact us, even those on a national or international level. As we practice doing this, it gets easier. The better we get at it, interestingly enough, the fewer events there are that trigger us.
October 1, 2019 – Focusing Our Attention on the Profound
Disciplined, I learn to see the difference between the distracting and the divine, between the pointless and the profound. In time, I find that I’ve come to internally filter out the things that distract me, which allows me to gently focus on the divine and the profound.
September 15, 2019 – Kindness is Out There Just Waiting to be Found
So I think one of our roles in life is to anonymously plant “pennies,” surprises for people to find without them knowing we planted them.
September 1, 2019 – How to Appreciate the Mundane Tasks in Our Lives
We all have repetitious tasks that may seem tedious, even boring to do, so much so that we might complete them on auto-pilot. But these are often the tasks that need to get to done to ensure the bigger projects get done.
August 15, 2019 – Just What is a Flaw, Anyway?
Are flaws there to teach me humility, to remind me that I’m not perfect and should therefore not expect perfection in others? Is it to provide me something to work on, to grow from, to better myself, knowing I will never be able to “fix” everything? Seen this way, then they are not flaws at all but an important part of who I am.
August 1, 2019 – Ask For What You Want
The lesson here is to be bold, to ask for what you want. The answer often is yes. When you don’t ask, the answer is always no.