gift economy, service

The Path of Service

The path of service seems to be calling.  My mother’s health continues to decline and I want to help her. I’ve offered to move back to the Northern Virginia and help her take care of the house, daily living, yard work, etc. The challenge for me is how to support myself in a very expense…

Bahá’í Temple, Awesome Stories

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This week Awesome Stories brings you compassionate teaching, passionate service, inspired architecture, and inspired writing. Hugging Porcupines We have a brief opportunity to do the one thing – the RIGHT thing – to change the course of their life in a positive way. ~ Rob Miller Rob Miller, a teacher in Oklahoma wrote this touching…

kinder teaching, Awesome Stories

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This week Awesome Stories brings you healthy habits, passion, blessings, and kinder teaching. Healthy Habits Alex Korb, a UCLA neuroscientist, offers us four healthy habits that can create more happiness in our lives. Alex suggests that we use these habits daily to create a cycle of well-being in our lives by boosting our brain chemistry.…

giving, joy, service

Awesome Stories- A Season of Giving

This week Awesome Stories brings you a collection of ideas to inspire a season of giving. Human beings are wired to care and give and it’s probably our best route to happiness.~ Dacher Keltner This is the time of year that reminds us of the power of giving. The funny part is that I know…

priorities, values,

Lessons from a Pickle Jar

Here are some great lessons from a pickle jar! Some of you may be familiar with this video or its message. Basically, the video reminds us to start with the important things first. It shows us in a simple and visual way how to prioritize our lives. Brian Tracy calls this “Eat the Frog!” In…

Lasqueti Island, Awesome Stories

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This week Awesome Stories brings you off-grid living, brotherly love, hybrid solar, loving schools and healing with horses. The Secrets of Lasqueti Island I would love to live somewhere like Lasqueti Island. The island is home to a thriving counter-culture community that chooses to live off-grid. All the residents of Lasqueti live with no grid power…

friendship, connection, meaning

The Gift of Connection

Connection can open up new vistas, feelings and spaces for love. This post is dedicated to my friends, online and off. Thank you to my friends and readers for caring enough to connect. Friendship is such an ordinary, yet profound experience. I realized after talking with my friend Dave that I felt much better than before…

The Happiness Trap

Chasing Happiness Away?

As a culture, we seem to be obsessed with chasing happiness. Happiness has become our national and cultural icon (myself included!) Happy faces, inspiring stories, “Good News” lol, and the push for happiness follow us everywhere we go, in person and online. Sometimes, what we chase is elusive. Like a Zen koan, we might need to relax and allow…

happiness, balance, flow, feeling good

Find Your Happy Zone

I’ve noticed that I am happiest when I have a moderate pace and level of activity. I call this my Happy Zone. When I’m too busy, I often feel stress, headaches or pressure from too much to do with not much time. This is a mind game, where we worry about the future, instead of…