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I'm joining Service Space because ... I feel inspired

A good day to me is when ... I feel connected

My hero in life is ...many

My favorite book is ...many

One thing I'm grateful for is ... my family


Ripples Of The White Envelope

Dec 25, 2020, 1 comments, 6 smiles I recently came across this account of a woman and her family's White Envelope tradition at Christmas: It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas. Oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it – overspending and the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma – the gifts given in desperation because you couldn't think of anything else. [...] Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was on the wrestling team at the school he attended. Shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church. [...] As the match began, I was alarmed to see that the other team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet designed to protect a wrestler's ears. It was a luxury the ragtag team obviously could not afford. Well, ... Read Full Story

The White Envelope

Dec 07, 2020, 16 comments, 15 smiles [A moving story I just read to my kids.] "It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas. Oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it – overspending and the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma – the gifts given in desperation because you couldn't think of anything else. Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way. Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was on the wrestling team at the school he ... Read Full Story

Poem By Hafiz: Cast All Your Votes For Dancing

Nov 03, 2020, 2 comments, 8 smiles In a book of daily poems by 14th century Persian poet, Hafiz, I found today's (and yesterday's) poem inspiring, and the title fitting for today. May we cast all our votes for dancing today and squeeze drops of sun from our prayers, work and music...and from the most insignificant. CAST ALL YOUR VOTES FOR DANCING I know the voice of depression still calls to you. I know those habits that can ruin your life still send their invitations. But you are with the Friend now and look so much stronger. You can stay that way and even bloom! Keep squeezing drops of the Sun from your prayers and work and music and from your companions' beautiful laughter. Keep squeezing drops of the Sun from the sacred hands and glance of your Beloved and, my dear, from the most insignificant movements of your own holy body. Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins that may buy you just a moment of pleasure but then drag you for ... Read Full Story

Beyond Like-Minded, We're Like-Hearted

Apr 08, 2020, 7 smiles [Last week, a bunch of us circled in a global conversation: "What Would Love Do?" Below are are some highlights, including audio and video recordings!] Last week, about hundred of us circled up for an insightful conversation on "What Would Love Do?" in this global pandemic. It was a real array of so many rich insights across timezones -- from UK to Central America; France to Romania to Germany; New York to California to India and beyond! After a few highlights from our preceding call, Jane presenced the challenge and possibilities of time: "How do we maintain a full heart, an energetic heart, during what might be a long period of adjustment to the new conditions of this pandemic? Collectively, our interconnection and our interdependence are now in plain sight. What new systems and ideas are emerging as part of this adjustment?" In an opening panel, various "love warriors" across the globe ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Our Recent Laddership Circle

Sep 22, 2019, 3 comments, 14 smiles Earlier this month, seventeen of us concluded a Laddership Circle. There were so many highlights. Over the 6 week journey together, it was inspiring to see how the simple organizing principle of an intent to design for inner transformation can convene "love warriors" across six countries to deeply practice "being the change" in our communities, while holding questions and paradoxes of leading with love across a wide spectrum of topics. Here's a few soundbyte nuggets of some of the collective wisdom that emerged, in no particular order: On Motivations: A community builder in our circle asked: "How do I shift from building something to feed my own ego, to being a vessel for the community’s values and needs to flow through?" Another week, an artist genuinely observed: "I'm still sorting out my own web of intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivations. I supposed we all carry a mix of it." Reflecting on the deluge of ... Read Full Story

Scene From A Mentor's Life

Jul 23, 2019, 2 comments, 10 smiles In a recent Laddership Circle, I was reminded of a teacher and mentor of mine from the time I lived in New York. He was one of the best corporate lawyers in New York City, but he was also an incredible champion of all in hardship and a seer of truths! Below is a scene from his life I remember often: Here he is at the law office. Uncharacteristically, he’s leaving at noon. It’s December 23rd, and an important deal closes the morning of the 24th. By late afternoon the heat is on; the client’s lawyers want to know where he is and the junior partners are making excuses since they don’t know. At 8 pm he returns, brushes past them and works through the night. The deal closes on time. Years later it was discovered he had left to buy and deliver gifts to sick kids at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Did You Know ... [About Audrey!]

May 29, 2019, 3 comments, 19 smiles Last month, I finished my Laddership Circle with 17 others from around the globe. Julia, from Austria was one of them, and she mentioned all the goodness emerging, so I went to visit from Germany. Naturally, we all had one major topic in common: Audrey! It is her graceful holding of Laddership Circle that transformed so many of our lives, including ours. Fortunately for me, Julia sent me this smuggled copy of tidbits below, and I've been feasting on it ever since! I loved the story of the walk from  Santa Clara to Berkeley, the simplicity of it, and the courage. And wow! the decade-long sacred pause. I really enjoyed her interview on Laddership; much to learn from that. It's easy to imagine Audrey's beautiful beaming smile in front of my eyes! Here it is the Aweeedreeee inspiration for all of you to enjoy as well ...    Did you know that Audrey went on a mini walking pilgrimage? What most ... Read Full Story