My personal mission is to help people find their inner strengths, so they can step out and bring their best selves to a world in desperate need. And this is work I do for myself as well.
Like many people, I’m deeply concerned about the state of our world. The divisiveness and tribalism, the chaos and the sense that things are spinning out of control. It’s hitting us on so many levels — personal, interpersonal, societal, even global. And our world has gotten so complex that our leaders and traditional institutions can only do so much.
Making a difference (without burning out)
What I’d love to see is more of us as individuals stepping up our game in response. And if you’re thinking you’re already stretched too thin to do anything more, please hear me out. I’m not saying we each need to go out there and Do More, or be more of an activist. What if each of us does whatever we do with more groundedness, kindness, integrity, and a sense of responsibility? We collectively could make a big difference.
I recently read a parable of two people who planted apple trees in their yards. The first person planted the tree next to her house. She was thinking of the delicious fruit she will have for herself one day. The other planted it away from her house and closer to the street. She was thinking that passersby could pick and enjoy the fruit for themselves. Both put in the same amount of effort, but the impact the second person had on her community was far greater. It was the quality of her intentions that made the difference.
The work I do is about fostering stronger people who care about the good of their communities. And do so intelligently and sustainably. That means taking care of those immediately around us, including ourselves. It’s sort of like the phrase “Think globally, act locally”. We take action within our familiar circles, knowing that what we do, as part of an interconnected community, DOES make a difference. And to restate Gandhi’s famous phrase, we could ask — how can we be the change we wish to see in the world?
Mindfulness is at the heart of it all
Mindfulness is at the heart of everything I do. By that I mean awareness of and taking responsibility for ourselves (our habits and patterns, both good and no-so-good). And thinking about the impact we have on others (again, both good and not-so-good). It also means working toward being honest, kind, and respectful toward everyone we interact with — including ourselves.
Whatever you choose to do, let’s work together to bring your best self to it. Whether it’s working for social justice, being a corporate middle manager, or raising a strong family. I try to bring my best to everything I do. And it would be my honor to work with you.