THIS WEEK: CELEBRATE CHANGE

Change is inevitable. That doesn’t mean we necessarily like it, however it does suggest that we should, because it isn’t going anywhere. But why don’t we like change? Is it because we are creatures of habit? Is it because it conjures feelings of loss? Or […]

THIS WEEK: WELCOME FEEDBACK

We love to judge. We love to react. Now that everyone has a platform, via social media, we have the capability to post comments and reactions with virtually zero accountability and a ton of vitriol. It’s as if our culture has become addicted to scouring […]

THIS WEEK: EMBRACE DIFFERENCES

We spend so much of our lives trying to fit in and yearning for a sense of belonging. It started when we were children. Maybe we wanted to be one of the “cool kids.” Maybe we were worried what people would think about the color […]

THIS MONTH: MONDAY GETS ACCEPTING

The idea of accepting something or someone is so simple, yet complex. There is something about it rooted in the understanding that we don’t all need to be the same, nor should we try or want to; but we can still accept each other. This is a beautiful start, but it still falls short, because it can’t be without a moral compass and a belief in objective truth. Just look at the political divide, the racial divide, the pandemic divide. One person believes the sky is blue, while the other person says it’s orange. Who’s right?

THIS WEEK: MAKE A NEW FRIEND

What does it mean to truly be a friend? Or, said differently, how would you define what a friend really is? We live in an interesting time where we are more connected than ever before through technology, yet we feel less connection and community in […]

THIS WEEK: CONQUER A FEAR

For most of us, fears are a normal part of being alive. In some cases, our fears are falsely created in our heads and the acronym “False Evidence Appearing Real” is the perfect way to understand and overcome them. However, in other cases, our fears […]

THIS WEEK:
SAY I’M SORRY

Why are the two words “I’m sorry,” often considered the most challenging combination of words for us to mutter? Is it because we care so deeply for other people that we feel just that bad when we hurt or disappoint them and we can’t face […]

THIS WEEK: BE UPSTANDING

We try to do the right thing. We try to be kind. We try to be honest. We try to be good… and do good. We try to be honorable. But when the moment presents itself, how do we respond? When we see litter on […]

THIS WEEK:
FIND YOUR VOICE

You have a voice unlike anyone else on this planet. Your knowledge, understanding, and experiences help you form your beliefs and values, and therefore your voice. As we get older, our voice changes and evolves. We also become more aware of the voices around us, […]

THIS MONTH: MONDAY GETS COURAGEOUS

We shot and released this video September 1, 2018, as part of our monthly theme:  Monday Gets Brave.  Today, August 2020, we are starting the monthly theme of Monday Gets Courageous. In the wake of everything happening in our world today, we thought this video nails it.  These brave men have a message that we ALL need to hear.

The year 2020 has asked a lot of us. We have had to process so much change and uncertainty. We have had to get creative and find new ways to make things work. We have suffered loss. Whether or not we knew one of the over 150,000 people who have lost their life to COVID-19, we have all felt it deeply. We have had to face century old systems that don’t work for everyone the same, and come to terms with our own personal, as well as systemic, biases. And we are about to head right into the eye of another storm—the 2020 Presidential Election. Of course there have been glimmers of hope and joy and celebration, but there is no question that life hasn’t been the same this year. However, in all of the chaos and confusion, let’s not lose sight of the fact that we have all been asked to step up to the challenge to make things better… and most of us have accepted the mission. We have worn our masks, we have kept our distance, and we have found new ways to work from home and support online learning for our children. We have taken a knee and joined the movement in order to make it clear that, yes, Black lives do matter to us. But there is still work to be done. The “we” needs to be bigger. It needs to include more people. So, this month, let’s lean even harder on the thing that has driven us so far. It’s called courage. You have shown it all year. Now let’s take it to the next level. Being courageous matters.