I'm joining Service Space because ... I am incredibly grateful and excited to have the opportunity to serve with inspirational souls.
A good day to me is when ... I laugh out loud joyfully with another person
My hero in life is ...My son
My favorite book is ...Love Poems from God
One thing I'm grateful for is ... A sense of humour
May 18, 2020, 3 comments, 10 smiles It has been such a privilege to learn from the many stories and insights that surface in our Laddership Circles each week. A profound image that a member of our circle shared yesterday: I was the receiver of a micro moment of kindness with major ripples in my early twenties… I was at a point in my life when I was extremely low and, while I don’t think I would have acted on it, thoughts of ending my life had started to creep in. It was a dark time and I didn’t see a way out of the darkness. I was working in the front office of a government office and barely holding it together. My boss came back from her lunch break and brought me a cookie with a big smile. It touched my heart on a day when any shred of kindness or love meant I was able to get through that day. I do not even remember if I ate the cookie, that wasn’t the point. It was like someone lit a candle in a super dark room and it was enough light that now 20 years later I still remember it so clearly. It made me reflect that we never, ever know what impact an act of kindness will have. The small details seems to be so vital to aliveness in every sense.
May 02, 2020, 1 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. I have run out of adjectives for the world's current situation (the word 'unprecedented' must be exhausted from over use) so it was a delight to find inspiration from our Laddership ecosystem and a lens on lockdown as a creative constraint.
Mar 29, 2020, 2 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. The world has changed and as we all rise to face great challenges together, this month we have some wisdom from our ecosystem about hope and about possibility in adversity. We are also calling on all laddership alums to share your journeys and insights as we enter our 5th year of circles!
Mar 25, 2020, 1 comments, 3 smiles We are all living, together, through the unfolding of unimaginable change. Chaos wakes up our need for connection and community. This pandemic has shown us in a very tangible way how profoundly connected we all are, and how interdependent we all are. These connections are visible and invisible, there are physical networks and non physical networks and it is the non-physical network – our innernet that we will rely on in these days. It is through our innernet that our thoughts and emotions move. We can communicate fear or love, despair or hope, selfishness or compassion through this network. And in this great pause, these strange days when our world has become quiet, when our busyness has stopped, when the rollercoaster of planes, trains, shopping and socializing, moving and buying is silent, we can reach out to each other with our tenderness and compassion, with our words of kindness and support ... Read Full Story
Mar 11, 2020, 3 smiles Has been a joy to be a witness to the intentions and journeys behind various applications for an upcoming Laddership Circle! An excerpt: Radical generosity feels like an act of kindness so out of the ordinary that you can hardly breathe and you lose your words when you see it or experience it. I feel like it comes from a place either deep within where we are all connected at the Soul level. [...] My husband and I, along with our 3 kiddos, started practicing what I would call more intentional generosity a few years ago around the holidays. The goal was/is to turn Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving marked with hectic consumerism) into RAK Friday, encouraging friends and family to participate in radical acts of kindness and soulful generosity all day. It has turned into our favorite day of the year. The most inspiring part of this day is when you ... Read Full Story
Dec 01, 2019, 4 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. This month, in a departure from our usual form, we are looking at some Laddership alums' projects, and it is a truly inspiring selection of service values in action.
Oct 27, 2019, 2 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. This month, two very different stories demonstrate how generosity itself manifests in many forms and situations, the art is for it to take root in the first place, then it bears fruit wherever it can.
Sep 29, 2019, 1 comments, 10 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. I just finished my second experience of anchoring a Laddership Circle and it confirmed to me that this cannot really be called service. The inspiration, grace and magic that is received as a volunteer cannot be expressed adequately in words... but we are going to try! [more]
Jul 26, 2019, 1 comments, 16 smiles Overheard in our Laddership Circle that started this week ... "The intentions with which people come to a Laddership circle always amazes and humbles me. Just in our first week, I felt so honored to see the organizing principles that drew each person to the circle and how genuinely people shared deeply personal stories. A young man from France wrote about not seeing his dad after the age of 12. A couple from Austria rawly reflected on facing uncertainty after letting go of a a 2-year labor-of-love. A Chinese entrepreneur spoke about how severe depression became her turning point. In the era of sensational news, soundbytes and shallow interactions, I'm moved by the power of the ancient "technology" of a circle -- and how people are showing up with such raw sincerity."
Jul 08, 2019, 5 smiles This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. As we enter the seventh month of 2019, we take this moment to pause and reflect on the beauty of small. David Bullón Patton brings us the power of noticing the small things, and Meghna Banker brings us the power of doing the small things.