Change, growth and our many lives

We go through so many seeming deaths and lives in one lifetime. A change of location, a change of career, a loss, a new perspective can catalyze the cycle of death and rebirth again. Some of my old selves are so far removed from me that they are the same me and yet quite distinct…
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My story and your story

On a plane in takeoff, one notices how small my story and your story are. An entire workplace will resemble nothing more than a cube of sugar, a row of well planned streets will look like assembled Monopoly houses and all the streetlights become nothing more than fireflies. All hundred of you on the plane become nothing more than…
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Watching over our humanness

I have been reflecting on a few things lately. A documentary I watched the documentary “I am not your negro”  featuring the work of James Baldwin recently. I highly recommend it as a timely, critical perspective on America. It covers issues of race and civil rights clearly, but on an even deeper level it is an…
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The right time to lead

  …never feels like it. The people are not yet organized. The systems are not set up. It has not yet been done yet. People are not yet ready for it. You don’t feel ready for it. The issue is not being given enough funding. People are not yet taking enough initiative or thinking big…
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The end of the world

    I have caught myself latching onto questions with an unreasonably existential scope at times when I am afraid. Sometimes I am sure that my extrapolation is based on data but rather it is based on anecdotes, or fear. When I consider the possibility of failure I may see it as apocalyptic despite having…
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Committing to 2017

  Happy New Year! Last year was one of my really good years. 2016 felt like the culmination of a lot of hard work, self discovery, personal growth, failure and learning. I created my happiness on purpose which also involved prioritizing sharing experiences with many loved ones and I learned to trust in my resilience when I faced…
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Strategic thinking inspires thoughtful action

Thinking strategically is a very powerful skill. This long range, critical level of brain function is also one of our more developed faculties as humans. It is somewhat like a game, or plotting an equation, where you are trying to understand the variables and moves that will lead to a chosen end point. The more…
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There is a way to be good again

  If you have watched the movie, the Kite Runner, you may remember this line. Long after watching the movie I think of the line. There is a way to be good again. It is one of those narratives that runs deep in our humanity, told and retold in different media.  It is a narrative…
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It is hard until it is easy

    One day you learn to trust yourself  Or how to style your hair Or to be clear about your needs You learn to write To tell which is your right hand and which is your left To speak a language To go after a dream To love someone To change your style To…
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Making a society : doing the work

  I don’t know if there is a part of the world that was untouched by the results of the U.S. elections. My friends and family in Nigeria, the U.K., Canada, passionately followed it, maybe more than me. I want to try to find a way to reflect on this by taking a step back…
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