Archive for the ‘Introspection’ Category
Doniece Sandoval repurposes transportation buses into showers & toilets on wheels, and through her organization Lava Mae, she provides mobile showers and other services to San Francisco’s homeless. Doniece demonstrates what she calls ‘Radical Hospitality’, explaining that “the way that you serve people is as important as the service itself.” I couldn’t agree more, and I’m inspired by the kindness and respect with which Doniece and her team care for their community.
We are proud to award Doniece with the #KINDPeople grand prize to enable her to continue her important work.
“Know what’s important to you and protect it at all costs.”
- SEAL living with Jesse Itzler in Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet.
You can learn everything you need to know about the “alt-right” by looking at the man who popularized its name. Credit goes to Richard Spencer, head of the white supremacist National Policy Institute (NPI), and one of the country’s leading contemporary advocates of ideological racism.
The weekend before Thanksgiving, Spencer keynoted an NPI conference in Washington, D.C. Over the course of his speech, he approvingly quoted Nazi propaganda, said that the United States is meant to be a “white country,” and suggested that many political commentators are “soulless golem” controlled by Jewish media interests.
That, in a nutshell, is the face of the so-called alt-right. As Spencer himself has said, the core of alt-right ideology is the preservation of “white identity.”
For fellow parents: I highly recommend Code.org. They don’t just teach coding and make it accessible to all, but they also impart values and skills that can help kids succeed, like this video that teaches kids to be persistent when things get complicated. I really admire their work.
I just finished reading Wonder by RJ Palacio with my son, and we were both enormously touched by the story of Auggie. Towards the end of the book, the author highlights how kindness requires courage and is not, as commonly misunderstood, a weakness. Rather, kindness is a trait that requires enormous strength. I am sharing some quotes below that spoke to us:
“Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”
“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
“If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary – the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.”
“We carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness.”
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
- Oscar Wilde
A man died…
When he realized it, he saw God coming closer with a suitcase in his hand.
Dialog between God and Dead Man:
God: *Alright son, it’s time to go*
Man: So soon? I had a lot of plans…
God: *I am sorry but, it’s time to go*
Man: What do you have in that suitcase?
God: *Your belongings*
Man: My belongings? You mean my things… Clothes… money…