Finding the Good Inside (Especially When It’s Hard)

Coming off a hot, sometimes angry summer - and following an election season that could be charitably described as "testy" - it's a good time to ponder compassion and empathy and how we can maximize both in ourselves and the world around us. True, there are some things people will never agree on.  But even the knottiest problems are easier to address when the opposing sides are respectful and kind to each other. And, at the individual level, how much better would your day be if you were able to deflect the world's slights, from the aggressive driver who nearly clipped you or the cashier who was rude to you, all the way to the co-worker who stole credit for your work or the bully who made your son afraid to go back to school? True, some slights (like those last two) can't be ignored, but when your reaction is…

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Election Day is Here

After what seems like an endless election cycle, today is the day.  By the end of the day, we will know who the next POTUS is going to be.  The primaries, debates, speeches, and ads have all led up to this day.  In the next few days, the seemingly endless political posts on social media from friends once again will give way to pictures of kids, puppies, and vacation photos.  The seemingly chaotic election cycle is nearing an end.  If you didn't participate in early voting, the only thing left to do is GET OUT AND VOTE. Voting is important.  It is our duty.  It is our voice.  Over the course of our history, many voices were not heard.  Today, all adult American citizen has the opportunity to have their voice heard.  That wasn't always the case.  You can learn more about the history of voting and the efforts to…

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