THIS WEEK: BUILD A BRIDGE

Imagine a world without bridges. What would it be like to get from one place to another? How would things be transported? How would we connect with other people and communities? Bridges permit us to cross great chasms. They connect buildings and walkways, and they […]

THIS WEEK: OPEN A DOOR

Most of us have spent the better part of two years behind walls and closed doors, disconnected from the outside world. Yes, we are starting to re-enter civilization and community, which comes with its fair share of anxieties and excitement; but our world has become […]

THIS WEEK: VALUE TRADITION

Tradition is embedded in every family, every culture, and every relationship. Some traditions have been in place for generations, while others are new. Some we may not necessarily understand or even think about, because they have always been a part of our life; while other […]

THIS WEEK: GIVE GRACE

Not one person on this earth is perfect. Not even one. This means mistakes will be made. It means that people’s feelings will be hurt, because we live in a social construct and impact one another every single day. Because of this, we all need […]

THIS MONTH: MONDAY GETS COMPASSIONATE

Life can be both beautiful and messy. We have all felt and witnessed it before. In these moments we feel our heart, and collective hearts, sing or break. And, we believe that compassion is one of the greatest answers for all of it. Compassion evokes […]

THIS WEEK: EXPRESS LOVE

It’s the topic of nearly every #1 music single. It’s the stuff that makes up many blockbuster films and best-selling novels. And, it’s the thing our heart yearns for more than anything else. It’s love. Arguably the most powerful combination of any four letters in […]

THIS WEEK: LEND A HAND

During a crisis, whether it is a natural disaster, an act of aggression or terror, or even a virus, often times our first inclination is to hunker down and take care of ourselves. This is just something wired in our DNA—the fight to survive and […]

THIS WEEK: LISTEN UP

As complicated as we are as human beings, we are also pretty simple. We all have basic needs—a roof over our head, shoes on our feet, food, water, and safety. In addition to these “survival needs,” we also have “human needs,” or needs of the […]

THIS WEEK: BE PATIENT

Ask a barista at Starbucks what their least favorite part of their job is and, for the most part, they will tell you the same thing. No, it’s not waking up at 4:30 to open. It’s not taking out the garbage or restocking supplies either. […]

THIS MONTH: MONDAY GETS COMPASSIONATE

EMM Friends, Fans, and Loved Ones. For the next few months, we have decided to revisit some monthly themes from the past that we think are super timely right now. We did Monday Gets Compassionate in June 2018, and we need compassion now more than ever.  It’s actually amazing to see how relevant this video is from almost 2 years ago. His words are true today as ever. Thank you for journeying with us and for spreading compassion. You matter.   It’s easy for us to get caught up in our “stuff.” We have things to do, places to go, people to see. And then we have our emotions, which can be overwhelming, to say the least. Before we know it, we have spent most of the day doing things for or thinking about ourselves. This might sound a bit self-centered or selfish, but we choose to see another perspective—a kinder point of view. Maybe we all get a little self-focused not because we don’t care about other people, but because life throws a lot at us and we are all doing our best to stay on top of things each and every day. Does that feel better? We hope so, because it’s true. But now that we have offered some loving grace and compassion, we also want to get real. We are all experiencing a strange and challenging time right now. We are still trying to adjust to this new normal and trying to find our personal way through it. Fair enough, for sure; but we can’t get too self-focused in times like this. We still need to show concern and empathy for others and our world. Let’s spread more love, kindness, and compassion than ever before. It’s the only way we will move through this together and come out better for it in the end. Being compassionate matters.