#959 Catch the hope habit

Blossoming cherry tree

“Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ~ Rumi A lot of people share my appreciation for the quote from Rumi. It appears all over the Web,…


#956 A path from despair to hope

Light at the end of the tunnel

Flip Wilson used to make me laugh when one of his characters would exclaim, “The devil made me do it!” What he played for laughs is not far from the truth for a lot of people. The metaphorical devil may…


#944 Sharing the wealth

Mahatma Gandhi with Vinoba Bhave

In a world where the richest 85 people have amassed assets equivalent to 3.5 billion of the poorest (half the world’s population), we could use another Vinayak Bhave. Given the diminutive name, Vinoba, by his mentor and friend, Mahatma Gandhi,…


#935 A gentle guide to mindfulness

Maitri Libellule

Mindfulness does not come easily to my chattery brain. So I am fascinated by my friend Maitri Libellule’s journey of 365 Days of Mindfulness. She writes about it with depth and grace and a healthy dose of humour. The other…


#925 Wildlife as teachers

Sloth at Wildlife Associates

Bears, crocodiles, mountain goats and owls are among the teachers at Wildlife Associates in Half Moon Bay, California. Steve Karlin founded the sanctuary in 1980, with the vision of helping humans “to better perceive their relationship with the living world.”…


#906 Brené Brown lightens our loads

Brené Brown delivering TED talk on vulnerability

With less than 100 postings to go to reach my goal of 1001 hope-FULL reasons for optimism, I’m going through the thousands (literally) of possibilities in my files and trying to decide which simply must be included. That is not…

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