Archive for the ‘Service’ Category

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. –Unknown

June 2, 2010

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. –Unknown

From the age of 6, Susan Lieu was a powerhouse, answering the phone and removing customers’ nail polish at her family’s Bay Area nail salon. When she was 12, her world came crashing down when her mother, who had survived a harrowing escape from Vietnam years earlier, died unexpectedly of surgical complications. The experience took much from Lieu, but gave her something that sustains her to this day. After her mother’s seemingly senseless death, Lieu said, “I was determined to have a purpose.” Since then, the Oakland, CA resident has earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, supported sustainable farming methods in Vietnam, worked with an AIDS project in an African refugee camp, and started a successful chocolate business. All in the span of a quarter-century! [ more ]

Submitted by: Diane Nilan

Be The Change:
Today, make the decision to try something you’ve always wanted to try.

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Slow Money: Bringing Money Down to Earth

May 3, 2010

As we know, money is energy. We often hear this in spiritual prosperity classes in regard to “getting” money. But what effect does the flow of how we spend our money have on our overall well-being? Are the shifts taking place supporting us becoming more aware of where we spend our money? Woody Tasch has done some interesting work in this area. What are your thoughts on this?

Good News of the Day:
Woody Tasch has thought a lot about money: what it does, how it moves, and how to connect people who have it with people who need it. He even helped found a field of investing with the rather surprising name “community development venture capital.” But he found that even socially responsible investing couldn’t do much to fix an economy that focused too much on extraction and consumption and too little on preservation and restoration. In 2008, Tasch wrote Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered. Soon after, he founded the Slow Money Alliance, an NGO devoted to the principles of slowing money down, reconnecting it to the Earth, and respecting carrying capacity, the commons, sense of place, and nonviolence. Tasch calls it the transition from “Making A Killi! ng” to “Making a Living.” [ more ]

Be The Change:
Shop at a local farmers market to help economic growth and development in your own community. [ more ]

Born to Help

April 12, 2010

If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day. –Alex Noble

Fact of the Day:
What is the essence of human nature? Flawed, say many theologians. Vicious and addicted to warfare, wrote Hobbes. Selfish and in need of considerable improvement, think many parents. But biologists are beginning to form a generally sunnier view of humankind. The somewhat surprising answer at which some biologists have arrived is that babies are innately sociable and helpful to others. This New York Times article offers more details on their findings and also explores suggested parenting systems that best leverage this inborn impulse. [ more ]

Be The Change:
Reinforce our instinctual desire to help others by doing one random act of kindness a day.