Sunday Evening Reflection – We Are Not Alone

We are not alone. In the midst of our current unanticipated disruption, humanity has creative ways in which to connect even when there are constraints on our location. Whether it be a wave from across the street, a smile that reaches beyond the two meters of space, a text message, a phone call, or thoseContinue reading “Sunday Evening Reflection – We Are Not Alone”

Leading the Way

We live in times of uncertainty, but of one thing I am certain: We can create compassionate communities wherever we are. I am grateful for my blogging community. We have learned how to forge connections across the globe. Together, we have built a virtual community that supports and encourages, shares knowledge and wisdom, fosters hopeContinue reading “Leading the Way”

A Ship Is Safe

 A ship is safe  in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for.” William G.T. Shedd It is easy to talk about courage when the sun is shining and you are surrounded by a support network that strengthens your resolve.  In fact, courage is often masked by “group think.”  We feel security within community.  AtContinue reading “A Ship Is Safe”

The Man in the Arena

A dialogue on courage would be incomplete without Teddy Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena.”  On April 23, 1910, Teddy Roosevelt gave a speech entitled, “Citizenship in a Republic,” at the Sorbonne, Paris. Thirty-five pages long, the unforgettable passage is found on the seventh page. Many years later, Nelson Mandela gave a copy of thisContinue reading “The Man in the Arena”

Creative Courage

A single feat of daring can alter the whole conception of what is possible.” Graham Greene, The Heart of the Matter The year was 1874.  The art world would witness the first independent presentation of Impressionist art. If only we had a time machine to take us back, we would be in the presence of Cézanne,Continue reading “Creative Courage”

Courage in a Tribe

“There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Traditional societies are generally divided into communities linked by social, economic, religious or blood tied.   We like toContinue reading “Courage in a Tribe”