Archives for February 2013

5 Audacious Agreements that Empower

Unlike written or verbal contracts we make to provide a service or product, sometimes we make agreements with ourselves and other people that we are not even aware we made. And, when our expectations fall short of our desired outcome, we become angry, disillusioned, frustrated and confused. For example, you may live with an unspoken agreement that conflict is to be avoided at all cost by not speaking up when there is a disagreement or difference of opinion. You may soon discover that avoiding conflict never gets anything resolved – just shoved under the proverbial rug. Instead of going with the flow and operating from agreements that limit, define and get in the way of being your true self, here are 5 audacious agreements that empower … [Read more...]

Show More Generosity on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is most often thought of as a time to show your love and affection to the people closest to you by bestowing them with flowers, chocolates, romantic dinners, notes and cards. I recently discovered this excerpt from a blog post about another unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day: Barely three days before Valentine’s Day last year, Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer for Acumen Fund, decided to convert his month-long “Generosity Experiment” into a global Generosity Day. The idea was simple: to reclaim Valentine’s Day from the clutches of commercialization and turn it into a day of “sharing love with everyone.” I had never heard of this idea before but I think it’s a novel answer to the over … [Read more...]

A Dream Deferred

Black history month is celebrated in February to bring attention to some of the world's greatest African American poets, writers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. As we pay tribute to these talented artists, I want to share with you one of my favorite poems by Langston Hughes. His poem, "Harlem" (also known as A Dream Deferred) was the title of a  play, A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry and debuted on Broadway in 1959.  A Dream Deferred is a short poem but it's filled with deep introspection and thoughtful questions.    If you're not familiar with the poem, I'll share it here: What happens to a dream deferred?       Does it dry up       like a raisin in the sun?       Or fester like a sore—       And then … [Read more...]