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9. Be Inspired

Dr. Bernie S. Siegel New World Library ePub

Inspiration is the greatest gift because it opens your life to many new possibilities. Each day becomes more meaningful and your life is enhanced when your actions are guided by what inspires you. The following exercises will help you discover what generates enthusiasm in your life.

I encourage you to undertake both the possible and the impossible. True inspiration overrides all fears. When you are inspired, you enter a trance state and can accomplish things that you may never have felt capable of doing.

Where do you find this type of inspiration? Look deep into your soul and ask yourself: “What is the purpose of being alive and living on this planet?” Your soul’s response will tell you. You can also look for inspiration in various myths and parables, but it is most often found when you share your unique loving acts with others.

When your heart speaks to you about what you need to do to sustain life on this planet, listen to it, make a difference, and be an inspiration for generations to come. Be inspired by people like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Christopher Reeve, Albert Schweitzer, Helen Keller, and many others. Now go and add your name to the list and make me proud of you. Bring your enthusiasm for life with you everywhere you go, and it will be contagious.

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This Sentence is False

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

It’s mid-afternoon. We’re on the pooldeck at my work table. Maya is napping belly-up in one of the poolside loungers. Maggie spends afternoons with friends at the public pool or in other activities. I’ve already had a heck of a day and was just getting settled back into my comfort zone when Lisa sauntered along and seated herself with such a strained casualness that the effort of not wincing makes me wince. I read the same sentence five times before realizing there’s no point. I maintain my working demeanor for a few more minutes while I enjoy her discomfort. She holds it in for a minute longer than I would have guessed she could........

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David C. Korten Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Britain was forced not to give, grant, concede, or release our independence, but to acknowledge it, in terms as clear as our language afforded, and under seal and under oath.1

John Adams

The American colonies were products of imperial expansion, and they replicated the imperial social structures of plutocracy and theocracy of the European nations that created them. From the beginning, however, there were also important counterforces at work that fostered a rebellious spirit, favored religious pluralism, and prepared the way for a people to walk away from their king, discover their common identity, and form a new nation bathed in the rhetoric of liberty and justice for all.

There were early exceptions to the narrow and brutal Calvinist and Episcopalian sectarianism. Some settlers, particularly the Quakers, came to North America with a truly democratic consciousness tolerant of religious diversity, at least within the boundaries of the Protestant faith, and a concern for the rights of all.

William Penn, who founded Pennsylvania, was a Quaker who had spent time in prison in England for his religious beliefs. Penn populated the lands granted to him by royal charter by appealing to religious dissenters from across Europe with the promise of land and religious liberty. He attracted Quakers and Baptists from England, Huguenots from France, and Pietist and Reformed groups out of favor with Lutheran or Catholic princes in Germany. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which were both predominantly Quaker, welcomed all persons of Protestant faith, but excluded atheists and non-Christians—a category that by their reckoning included Catholics.

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Two Voice and Identity: Who You Gonna Be While You Do What You Do?

Barbara McAfee Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub



Who you gonna be while
you do what you do?

How you gonna show up
while you’re passing through?

Barbara McAfee, from the
song “Who You Gonna Be
While You Do What You Do?”1


The word “personality” is derived from the Latin per sonare, which means “to sound through.” This phrase refers to a type of theatrical mask that was designed to amplify the sound of an actor’s voice. This etymological link between sound and identity is an apt one: our voices are a direct reflection of who we think we are—and sometimes who we wish we weren’t.

Your ego’s job is to maintain a prescribed identity for you. It tells you, “You are this kind of person, not that kind.” It defines the boundaries between what’s “you” and “not you”—a very useful distinction. I like to think of the ego as a kind of psychological immune system: it identifies anything that runs counter to the story you tell about yourself and kills it off. If we constructed this ego in a reasonable and purposeful way, it would serve us quite well. The problem is, the stories we tell ourselves about who we are get cobbled together out of a random mishmash of personal history, unconscious fear, other people’s expectations, and cultural conditioning. Many of the stories aren’t the least bit true—and can even sabotage our deepest beliefs, values, and intentions.

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5 We Are Hardwired to Cooperate and Share

Sarah van Gelder Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Eric Michael Johnson

A century ago, industrialists like Andrew Carnegie believed that Darwin’s theories justified an economy of vicious competition and inequality. They left us with an ideological legacy that says the corporate economy, in which wealth concentrates in the hands of a few, produces the best for humanity. This was always a distortion of Darwin’s ideas. His 1871 book, The Descent of Man, argued that the human species had succeeded because of traits like sharing and compassion. “Those communities,” he wrote, “which included the greatest number of the most sympathetic members would flourish best, and rear the greatest number of offspring.”21 Darwin was no economist, but wealth-sharing and cooperation have always looked more consistent with his observations about human survival than the elitism and hierarchy that dominates contemporary corporate life.

Nearly 150 years later, modern science has verified Darwin’s early insights with direct implications for how we do business in our society. New peer-reviewed research by Michael Tomasello, an American psychologist and co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has synthesized three decades of research to develop a comprehensive evolutionary theory of human cooperation. What can we learn about sharing as a result?

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