Is This the Story You Are Telling Yourself?

Singular view of a story, Perspective
Have you ever considered how we formulate ideas of people? Whether race, culture, or religion, we are each presented with information about a group of people. From that viewpoint our entire perspective is then created and often times cemented. Despite not always having a complete 360-degree view, we make vast assumptions, create personal truths, and assign entire populations...
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Do I Really Have to Ask?

Making a difference, Get out and act!
We’ve all been there. The place when you really need or want something so badly and yet your partner (friend, sibling, parent, boss, co-worker) just isn’t getting it. They aren’t stepping up to the plate and doing what you need them to do. And you think to yourself, DO I REALLY HAVE TO ASK YOU TO DO THIS FOR ME? You should know that I need/want this--shouldn’t you? But wh...
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How to Make New Friends and Meet New People

Meeting new friends, getting to know new people
In a recent study about social connections, most people reported having only two or three people in which they felt close enough to share personal details about their life. That number dropped from decades ago, where the average was closer to four or five, and experts see that number dropping even more in the future. It’s no wonder 3.5 MILLION people are searching online for “...
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Could Your Life Change By Doing Just This One Thing?

I’ve had these instances lately where I’ve realized that life really does happen in the moments. They are silly moments, not moments of greatness, or impact, but just times of random connection. Like being at a 4-way-stop sign and both myself and the other driver trying to wave the other one to go first—and then both of us chuckling at ourselves for wanting the other to go. ...
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A Taste of Comfort Food from Around the World

The yummy noodle dish Chyung (from Myanmar) fixed for me yesterday to help my "achoo's"
This week I’ve been nursing a head cold that seemed to get passed around our house faster than I could grab a tissue to wipe my nose. Yesterday, despite my stuffiness, I still ventured out to see my refugee friend to help her with English since I haven’t seen her for a while. After we finished up our work together, she insisted I stay for some food. She went into the kitc...
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The Ultimate Loss Within Our Communities

Mother embracing and soothes depressed daughter
Today is the 32nd anniversary of my father’s suicide. I was exactly one month away from turning five, my younger brother only two, and my sister almost eight. Even thirty years later, it’s hard to know exactly why my father chose to leave this planet and his life, but he did. Suicide is the ultimate loss within our communities, because it’s a cry for help heard too late. We i...
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MLK Day – The Dream is Still Alive

It’s hard to believe it’s been 47 years since the days when Martin Luther King, Jr. marched the streets to bring about equality for the African-American community. While his words and deeds came a decade before my time, his impact is legendary, even on the younger generations that never witnessed the devastating racist segregation that occurred during his time. “I have a dream...
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What All of Humanity Wants

Children sitting on a food card in Bangkok, Thailand.
It's hard to believe that it's been two years since we were on the streets of Bangkok where we walked through Chinatown. It was here that a Thai woman who I spoke with said to me, "What all the world wants is peace." I agree with the wise woman I met that day. Peace is what everybody wants. As soon as the words left her lips, I knew it was a moment I'd remember forever. Here...
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Sitting in the Seat of Judgment

White chair in an empty room
I was sitting in my first class seat coming back from travels in Sioux Falls. I had the pleasure of getting upgraded due to my recent status on the airline. I've walked past the first class passengers many times, sometimes questioning and curious "who these people were" sitting up here--where the service is constant and the bathroom is private! I sat down in my seat of 1D, w...
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We Have Much to Learn From People Around the World

Diverse Faces
For as far back as I can remember, I've been intrigued by cultural differences. Everything from what people believe to how we behave in public is influenced by our culture. I volunteer regularly with refugees from Burma, and they encourage us to just walk in the house, don't knock, roam around the house as we need--even help ourselves to stuff in the kitchen. For an American...
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