your daily rock : show compassion

Compassion, like love, is unconditional. Otherwise, it’s not compassion, is it? Showing compassion for people who argue with you, who spout awful things on Facebook, who hurt you–that’s the real work. Showing compassion for people who agree with you, who post beautiful things on Facebook, and who would never hurt you is easy. Show compassion, unconditionally. Love,       (These beautifully painted rocks are created by Kim Mailhot, aka The Rock...

your daily rock : stay grounded

Get barefoot. Go stand in the grass for a few minutes today.  Don’t underestimate the power of nature to ground you. Love,       (These beautifully painted rocks are created by Kim Mailhot, aka The Rock...

your daily rock : be delighted

As kids, we are wildly delighted by CARDBOARD BOXES! LADYBUGS! CAMERAS! TRAINS! LIGHT SWITCHES! As adults, we hide our delight. Today, allow yourself to be delighted by everything you see. You will feel lighter and happier, I promise. Love,       (These beautifully painted rocks are created by Kim Mailhot, aka The Rock...

because I, too, have a dream.

I am reposting this on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Because I, too, have a dream.  I have found as I’ve made my way into adulthood in this life of mine, that I share his dream. And I have dreams of my own. I have a dream that we won’t fool ourselves into thinking Dr. King’s dream has been realized. I have a dream that one day we will stand in lines all night long to find solutions to child abuse and child hunger, just like we stand in lines all night to buy iPads, and Harry Potter books, and tickets to the next Star Wars movie. I have a dream that one day we will show up by the thousands in small towns across this nation and this world to show support for dismantling racism, just as we’ve shown up with incredible energy to win the right for a Google Fiber network to be put in our town. I have a dream that we won’t abdicate our personal responsibility to the power of the internet and technology and that signing online petitions won’t take the place of other, needed action. I have a dream that what happened to James Byrd and Matthew Shepard and Lawrence King will never happen to anyone else. I have a dream that we will never see human beings as abstractions or “whats” but always as “whos,” people who are as fully textured as we are, whether they are the CEO or the homeless person in Pack Square. I have a dream that we will wake...

your daily rock : find courage

I wonder if we really find courage. Or if we had it all along, and it was just dormant or hidden or inaccessible. I think we’re born with an amazing courageousness. And we let it get small and hidden by comparing ourselves with others, absorbing the stories that other people tell us about us, and expecting way too little of ourselves. “Find” implies it’s somewhere out there. It’s not. It’s in here. What courageous step can you take today? Love,     p.s. I loved my recent conversation with some of the speakers at my upcoming Design Your Life Camp about courage, creativity, and community: Courage is required for creativity; creativity flourishes in community; community helps us find our courage. Tickets for Camp are available at a reduced rate until 8/31!   (These beautifully painted rocks are created by Kim Mailhot, aka The Rock...