“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” ― Toni Morrison, Beloved After the election in 2016, Ellen DeGeneres shared a thought that keeps replaying in my mind as I observe current affairs, “…we all love our country, we just have different ideas about what’s best for it, which is part of what makes America great. And I believe we can all come together because if you take away the labels, you … Read More beyond labels
“Forming your worldview by relying on the media would be like forming your view about me by looking only at a picture of my foot.” ― Hans Rosling When I was running for political office, the weight of the world liked to hang out on my shoulders…following the headlines and listening to the stories of tragedy and hardship that take priority in the political landscape, I … Read More vision of hope
A tidal wave begins with just a ripple. The Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung said, “what you resist persists and grows in size.” This reminds me of the frenzy on social media around all the issues we face today…the volume just seems to escalate and get worse. People are empowered to call each other words that would never be spoken face to face. Isn’t it … Read More creating the tidal wave of change
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” -Viktor Frankl One thing is for sure, we are all uniquely created. Right down to our fingerprints, we are stamped with our own identity. Every single one of us is influenced by nature and nurture: our physical and mental makeup as well as our spiritual and social nature. When you think of all the variables that go into a life, it is … Read More is there space for all?
It seems we always have the choice: to remain a builder of fences or to enter the stream that ignores all fences. -Mark Nepo Running for U.S. Congress, I witnessed how we as a nation are divided and saw the direct effects this is taking on our relationships and communities. We are in a world where the truth is often hard to find, and our differences are creating divisions in ways many of us have never experienced. The headlines we read are in … Read More the heart of the matter