I'm joining Service Space because ... I want to ground my life in love, and this is the perfect community for working on that goal.
A good day to me is when ... I see others practicing kindness and non-judgment. It is a beautiful thing :)
My hero in life is ....
My favorite book is ....
One thing I'm grateful for is ... perspective.
Jul 26, 2014, 2 smiles Thought you upright men and compassionate women might appreciate this letter from author E.B. White to a man who had lost his faith in humanity. Thank you all for keeping the hope alive! :) [Original Piece by Maria Popova] Dear Mr. Nadeau: As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the thing that is left to us, in a bad time. I shall get up Sunday morning and wind the clock, as a contribution to order and steadfastness. Sailors have an expression about the weather: they say, the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society — things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed, sometimes rather suddenly. It is quite obvious that the human race has made a queer mess ... Read Full Story
Jul 24, 2014, 2 comments, 17 smiles It's my mom's birthday, so I called her this morning and asked her how she was planning on spending her special day. She said, "What better way to spend your birthday than in service?" She will be serving at one of the shelters that are caring for the huge influx of immigrants crossing the border (McAllen has been in the news lately for that!). Her intention is to learn more about the situation so she can get Infinite Love more involved. :) Afterward she was planning on inviting three or four of her closest spiritual friends to her house to meditate and then have dinner and talk about spirituality. Word got out and now over twenty ladies are joining the meditation and dinner party! Talk about a great way to spend a birthday: service, meditation, spirituality, and community. :)
Jul 03, 2014, 13 smiles Infinite Love just got an email from a perhaps puzzled lady browsing our website: "Good evening. I was browsing through your website and I just wanted clarification. Does your organization hire employees that get paid or is it strictly volunteers that run it? I know it said something like that on the home page, but I've never heard of an organization that runs strictly on volunteers. I just needed clarification on that." I enjoyed sharing with her the power of an organization that runs on love. :)
Jun 25, 2014, 4 comments, 11 smiles We have so many poets in the ServiceSpace community! I recently discovered a new gem. Dearest Bernie of Canticle Farm has an endless stream of poetry flowing through her, and I felt so blessed to be able to hear some of it during my visit over the past two weeks. She recently started posting her poems online. Below is one of my favorites. Visit her blog for more! A Serious Frivolity Savoring the substance of existence is a serious frivolity. Someone must do it. Someone must love luminous hours when leaves marry light and refuse to stop shining. Someone must speak the sweetness of lilacs or it will be lost beneath smog. Someone must bask in the beauty of blessing because the news knows only brokenness. When you give yourself to a particular place the power and peace of that place give themselves through you. So savoring the substance of existence is a serious frivolity. Someone must do it. Will that someone be you?
Jun 09, 2014, 3 comments, 10 smiles My friend Steve shared this news piece with me about a woman in Missouri who opened "a store with no price tags that helps those in need." I found the part about the man who needed a coat not being able to get one from a store full of coats to be very moving. Feeling grateful for people like the lady in this video who are putting the gift ecology to work. Link to Original Video
May 21, 2014, 7 smiles I decided to gift my students Give and Take this semester, but wasn't able to order the books in time before the last day of class. So, students gave me their mailing addresses and I told them the books will be delivered to them this summer via Amazon. I have many students, so last week I asked one if she would be interested in helping me place the orders, a job that will take many hours, in return for an hourly payment. She agreed last week and I felt relieved to have some help with the task. But this week, she changed her mind! "I don't want you to pay me for placing the orders. You are doing this from your heart, so I am happy to help." What a sweet act of generosity and open-heartedness, especially because she knows how many hours the job will take! Definitely touched.
Apr 02, 2014, 6 comments, 4 smiles At the end of last semester, I gave the business students in my Consumer Behavior class a copy of Infinite Vision with the hopes of planting the seed of the ability to do good while doing business. I am trying to think about which book I can give to my students this semester. Any ideas of books that business students would appreciate? Just to give some context of the class: we just finished talking about finding deeper sources of fulfillment than the fulfillment that comes from acquiring material products, and they will be doing a gratitude journal exercise for 10-14 days. Both concepts of digging deeper and practicing gratitude seemed to resonate with them. The rest of the time we talk about more traditional consumer psychology topics (pricing perceptions, attention, information processing, decision-making, etc.). Would love some suggestions!
Mar 13, 2014, 5 smiles Happened to stumble across this poem about the relationship between sorrow and kindness. It resonated with me and I thought some of you may enjoy it as well. Kindness Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness. How you ride and ride thinking the bus will never stop, the passengers eating maize and chicken will stare out the window forever. Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness, you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho lies dead by the side of the road. You must see how this could be you, how he too was someone who journeyed through the night with plans and the simple breath that kept him alive. Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest ... Read Full Story
Feb 27, 2014, 3 comments, 14 smiles Had lunch with a friend this weekend. While walking to the subway afterward, I reached into my jacket pocket for something and a stack of smile cards I had there spilled out onto the sidewalk. My friend looked curiously at the "smiles" scattered on the ground as we picked them up, so I explained what they were. I gave him one in case he ever wanted to use it and forgot about it. Today, I got the following email: "Hi! Just wanted to tell you that I ended up trying out the smile card the other day—felt inspiringly refreshing to do so! What I didn’t expect was how it made my day—slowed it down and made me think of everyone around me a little differently, more connected, which seems rare in this manic town. That feeling has carried over even a couple days later. I guess it was an agnostic sign for me that the card fell out of your pocket on the street. :) Anyhow, thanks for sharing it with me! Perhaps I should get more of them and continue on." Pretty awesome! :)
Jan 11, 2014, 1 comments, 10 smiles Looks like the kindness bug is spreading through academia as well! A friend recently sent me this link which made me smile. Click the picture below to check out this tumblr page started by academics to document instances of kindness in academia. :)