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 We tend to reproach ourselves for staring out of the window. You are supposed to be working, or studying, or ticking off things on your to-do list, or busy yapping away. It can seem almost the definition of wasted time. It seems to produce nothing, to serve no purpose. We equate it with boredom, distraction, futility. The act of cupping your chin in your hands near a pane of glass and letting your eyes drift in the middle distance does not normally enjoy high prestige, it doesn’t count for much in our estimation. We don’t go around saying: ‘I had a great day: the high point was staring out of the window’. But maybe in a better society, that’s just the sort of thing people would say to one another. The point of staring out of a window is, paradoxically, not to find out what is going on outside. It…

The people who had the greatest impact on my life were those who displayed the quality of kindness to me. When I think of kindness, I immediately think of my mother, the kindest person I have ever known. She would often tell me to be kind to people no matter how badly they treat me, but I have to say, though, that I’m a slow learner in this regard. As the day goes by it seems we become more cynical as a people, there’s this growing sense of fear and otherness that seems to have taken over.  I don’t believe that anyone was born unkind, we have the capacity to nurture our sympathy, our powers of compassion, our calmness, and our appetite for forgiveness – all of these can return us to who we always want to be and deep down we already are: kind people.  In theory, we are…

What are you character strengths? Is it social intelligence or perhaps humor? How do you use your strengths to help yourself and others? Character Strengths are the positive parts of your personality that impact how you think, feel and behave and are the keys to you being your best self. When applied effectively, they are beneficial both to you and society as a whole. They are different than your other strengths, such as your unique skills, talents, interests and resources, because character strengths reflect the “real” you — who you are at your core. Why is knowing your Character Strengths so important? Knowing your character strengths isn’t just interesting information. When skillfully applied, character strengths can actually have a significant positive impact on your life. Research shows that using your character strengths can help you: Buffer against, manage and overcome problems Improve your relationships Enhance health and overall well-being

At the very core of my being There is a living and all-powerful force Protecting me from the evil forces Sent to besiege and to destroy my spirit   I have been touched by tarnished hands Yet I’ve remained untouched   I have been seen with unwanted eyes Yet I’ve remained unseen   I have heard the sound of words Which were destructively piercing to the ear Yet I only hear the essence of my beauty being expressed   The tinge of filth has been poured upon me Yet I’ve remained as fresh as a blossoming flower   I have tasted the bitterness of abuse Yet my tongue continues to utter Sweet words of praises To the unyielding…Everlasting…All-Encompassing God within me   This strength prevails because The inner eye sees not like the outer The inner ear hears not like the outer The inner nose smells not like the outer…

Start with Why. Everyone has a Why. Why do you get up in the morning? Why does your organization exist? Your Why is the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you to do what you do. When you think, act and communicate starting with Why, you can inspire others. In this talk, Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers … Great leaders inspire change.