Your Soul Food for Friday Sept 30, ’22: Self Care Isn’t Selfish!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

I Am Feeling Overwhelmed:

I’m feeling overwhelmed!  We all hear that a lot.  I think we can see it too in our children, our peers, our friends when they get short with us or push us away.

So what can we do about it?  Here are 5 tips I got from an article that you can share with them or use yourself.

Everyone at one time or another, or many times, will feel overwhelmed. It’s natural.  It’s the way your mind tells you that you have too much going on and you need to slow down.  So let’s not fight it next time – let’s do something about it!

  1. List what is overwhelming you.  Sometimes you realize after writing the things overwhelming you down – hey! I can do this.  Sometimes that list is really long.  But you know what you’ve just done.  You put them down so now you can prioritize and start knocking those items off that list in an orderly, less chaotic manner. You may notice some things you can’t control on that list.  Know what you get to do with those? Take them off the list!  Cross those right off. And there may be things that others can help you with – let’s see what to do with those a little later in this list.
  2. Realize it’s a breakdown of thoughts, not life. I love this sentence from Braden Thompson, “When you feel overwhelmed, your life isn’t falling apart – your thoughts are.” Remember being overwhelmed isn’t a stated of being – it’s a FEELING.  We all have the ability to control our feelings. 
  3. Things can turn around quickly. Do you find yourself often feeling overwhelmed on Mondays and Tuesdays?  That’s when the week begins.  That feeling may dissipate as you work on things throughout the week.  So track when you start to have those feelings – does it always seem to be on the same day of the week?  Either way, don’t wallow in inaction, start doing and seeing the small progress chip away not only at that list you have to do, but also those feelings of being overwhelmed.
  4. You’ve felt this way before. It ended before, and it will end again.Just remember that.
  5. Your problems may not be as bad as you think.  Remember when you were in school and finals were so overwhelming (maybe that was just me?)!  Looking back now – what’s the worst that could have happened?  You have that perspective now. It’s wasn’t the end of the world issue I made it to be.  In fact – if only those were the problems I was facing now! Try to put things in perspective.  Still doesn’t help? Help out at a food shelter, or reach out to others who wish that they had your problems.  That really helps.  Furthermore, acts of kindness make this world a better place, help others, and help you feel better too!

Everyone feels overwhelmed at one point or another.  You are not alone. Remember – you control those feelings and what you do about them. 

You Don’t Have to Quit Your Job to Find More Meaning in Life:

Before giving notice, and going on a vision quest, consider this. Fulfillment doesn’t require big change. In fact, you can find more meaning even in a joy you don’t love.

You Don’t Have to Quit Your Job to Find More Meaning in Life – HBS Working Knowledge

Daily ‘breath training’ can work as well as medicine to reduce high blood pressure
Research finds five to 10 minutes daily of a type of strength training for muscles used in breathing can help anyone reduce or prevent high blood pressure. The training can also help elite athletes.

High blood pressure is significantly lowered with breath training : Shots – Health News : NPR

Support Hunger Awareness Month!

Help A Food Insufficient Child on a Path to Success with Food 4 Kids Backpack Program

Can you spare $7?

Help a child on a path to success with Food 4 Kids Backpack Program |

Facial Illusions That Will Make Your Head Spin!

Mimi Choi is a professional illusion-makeup artist in Vancouver, Canada, who has gone viral for her optical-illusion looks on her face and body. Choi has collaborated with stars like Ezra Miller for their 2019 Met Gala makeup, Shay Mitchell, and Jeff Goldblum. Choi paints directly on her face and adjusts as she goes rather than sketching out an idea ahead of time. The process takes an average of four to five hours to complete, and some looks have taken over eight hours. The key to creating the most realistic illusion is lighting, background, and camera and face angles. Her goal is to create expressive art that shocks her audience.

How Mimi Choi’s Facial Illusions Come Together – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Angelica G-W and Chris B for your contributions and to You for reading this far!

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Your Soul Food for the week of Sept 23, 2022: The Autumnal Equinox, World Gratitude Day, World Rhino Day & What Kind of Artist Are YOU?

Happy Soul Food Friday!

“The meaning of your life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”- Pablo Picasso

This week:

  • The Autumnal Equinox with Billy S
  • “The Earth is Now Our Only Shareholder. Instead Of Going Public You Could Say We’re Going Purpose”
  • Celebrate World Gratitude Day!
  • Gratitude to Roger Federer for Leaving A Legacy of Class!
  • Baby Southern White Rhino at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Gets a Name: Neville
  • Which Type of Artist Are You?
    • People or Craft? Accomplishment or Accompaniment?

The Autumnal Equinox with Billy S:

Aloha Friends,

The Autumnal Equinox is Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 6:03 pm PDT.

It marks the start of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Equinox reminds us about the passage of time, the motion of the Earth, and the changing of the seasons.

Translated literally, equinox means “equal night”.

On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world, about twelve hours of each. This is because the sun is positioned above the equator.

On this day, the Sun rises directly in the East, and sets directly in the West.

At the moment of the Autumnal Equinox the Sun crosses the equator from north to south.

After the Autumnal equinox, the days become shorter and the air cooler.

Wishing you a special day, symbolic of balance in our life and with the environment.

Stay in tune with nature and wellness!

“The Earth is Now Our Only Shareholder. Instead Of Going Public You Could Say We’re Going Purpose”

Chouinard announces he is giving away all his shares in Patagonia to a trust that will use future profits to “help fight” the climate crisis.

Yvon Chouinard – the ‘existential dirtbag’ who founded and gifted Patagonia | Business | The Guardian

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence

and making sure that impact lasts in your absence”

Celebrate World Gratitude Day!

Here’s How You Can Celebrate World Gratitude Day at Your Workplace |

Gratitude to Roger Federer for Leaving A Legacy of Class!

Speaking at His First Press Conference Since Announcing His Retirement, the Swiss Legend Opened Up on the Range of Emotions He’s Felt Over the Past Weeks:

Watch: Federer on bittersweet emotions in retiring, dream Laver Cup pairing with Nadal and more (

Baby Southern White Rhino at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Gets a Name: Neville

Just in time for World Rhino Day…

Baby southern white rhino at San Diego Zoo Safari Park |

If you are local-

Which Type of Artist Are You?

People or Craft? Accomplishment or Accompaniment?

“Technical knowledge is not enough.

One must transcend technical knowledge until the art becomes an artless art, flowing from the subconscious”

– D Suzuki (Zen Master)

Greetings Live Music Lovers & Kindred Spirits!

I have been extremely blessed and jazzed to play live music all over the world, from busking on the streets of Europe with a single musician, to jamming at the beach resorts of Florida, to jumping in at the paladares in Cuba, or bars and restaurants in Hawaii, to music halls and concert gigs and charity events right here in Southern California.

In my experience there are two types of artists (including musicians of course).

The first are all about cultivating their technical chops.

The pride themselves on their well-honed skills and excellence, but with that bias comes a sharp inner critic and voice of judgement.

They focus on the craft over the people.

Their debrief is all about what was missing, and what they could have done better in their pursuit of technical excellence.

They privilege virtuosity, and take pride in their accomplishment.

The second group are all about creating an experience and disappearing in the flow of the art.

They take pride when they surrender themselves to the moment, listen well to each other, and transport their audience to another dimension.

Their focus is on people over craft.

Their debrief is all about what resonated, where magic happened, and how to repeat that flow experience in service of their audience.

They privilege virtuousness in service of the art, and take pride in accompaniment.

Same effort.

Different experience and outcome…

Here are two live music experiences that focus on the latter (which as you have probably figured out, is my jam!) and if you have been out to any of the shows know exactly what I am talking about:

Saturday Sept 24th Drivin’ The Bus is at the Carlsbad Landings (outdoors) from 6 to 9pm

2192 McClellan, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Righteous Classic Jam band playing all the crowd favs

All ages welcomed!

Carlsbad Landings (

Thursday Sept 29th Strange Crew at Duck Foot Brewing Company in Mira Mesa (indoors) from 7 to 10p

8920 Kenamar Drive, Suite 210, San Diego CA

San Diego-based tribute/dedication band playing the music of Eric Clapton’s entire career

All ages and dogs welcomed!

(20+) Strange Crew | Facebook

Break up your week.

Crack open your heart.

Get out and connect…

Hope to see you there!

Thanks this week go to Bob C, Sarah G, Jeri C, Judy R, and the DTB and Strange Crew bands for sharing the unbounded joy of music!

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“Ars longa, vita brevis”

Art is Long, Life is Short

So Live Well Today!

Soul Food for Friday Sept 16 2022: Antidotes for America’s Rich Death Trap, Moving Pictures, and The Paths to Peace

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Antidotes for America’s Rich Death Trap, Moving Pictures, and The Paths to Peace

America Is a Rich Death Trap.

It’s not just the pandemic. For citizens of a wealthy country, Americans of every age, at every income level, are unusually likely to die, from guns, drugs, cars, and disease.

America Is a Rich Death Trap – The Atlantic


A Stanford Neuroscientist Says This Simple Breathing Exercise Is Like a Kill Switch for Stress
A dead simple breathing exercise can help you short circuit stress, according to Stanford’s Andrew Huberman.

A Stanford Neuroscientist Says This Simple Breathing Exercise Is Like a Kill Switch for Stress |

A Harvard Biologist Says This is the Worst Myth About Exercise He Most Wants to Debunk
Believing this myth can drastically impact how many healthy and productive years you get to run your business.

A Harvard Biologist Says This is the Worst Myth About Exercise He Most Wants to Debunk |

Character Not Just Winning At All Costs!

Casper Ruud admission stuns fans during US Open men’s final (

Fall reNEWal and Moving with Grace:

Renewal – Move with Grace by Mary Hendra

Spectacular Images Revealed In Weather Photography Competition:

Dramatic lightning strikes, extreme climate events, icy spectacles and sublime sun scenes are among the stunning images shortlisted for the Weather Photographer of the Year 2022 competition.

Weather Photographer of the Year 2022 shortlisted images revealed | CNN Travel

If you are local-

Why We Fight:

The Joan Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice is hosting acclaimed expert and peace builder Chris Blattman to discuss his new book, Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace.  Why We Fight shows that war is hard and peace is easier than most people think. The problem is that we only pay attention to the conflicts that happen. In these challenging times, both internationally and domestically, Blattman’s insights are of critical importance for all those who want to bridge divides and keep social and political peace.

The Event  is Thursday, September 22 at 6:30pm in the Peace & Justice Theater at USD. Please   Register for the event. 

September is San Diego Hunger Awareness Month!

In support, Mission Fed is partnering with the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank for the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. This program provides food packages to chronically hungry elementary school students for the weekend when free school meals are unavailable.

Did you know that when children participate in programs that provide them with food for a weekend, children experience increased self-esteem, improved behavior at school, better academic performance, and increased interest in their classes and other school activities? Currently, 67 San Diego County elementary schools are enrolled in the Food 4 Kids program which feeds 3,300 students each week at schools throughout San Diego County.

  • The ask is for a donation of $7 which provides a food-filled backpack to a local child for the weekend.
  • Anyone can donate: we encourage everyone to contribute.
  • If you are interested there are several options to donate:

On behalf of Mission Fed, thank you for helping raise awareness and donations for this important cause. Together we can make a difference in the fight against child hunger.

Thanks this week go to Louis L, Mary H, Chris B, Carl L and the Mission Fed Team for this week’s submissions!

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“Fear is the darkroom where negatives develop” – Usman B. Asif

Your Soul Food for Sept 9 ’22: Make A Wish & Make It Come True!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

  • Mission Fed Supports Make A Wish Kids with the Help of The Padres
  • This National Suicide Prevention Week, Learn the Signs Someone’s at Risk for Suicide
  • Why Tween Girls Especially Are Struggling So Much
  • Cause Conference ’22 September 15th – Making San Diego Better
  • DogFest 2022 Sept 17th 11am to 4pm – Bring Your Pup
  • Healing the Grieving Heart- Sept 17th 9:30 to 4pm in Del Mar with Dr. Ken Druck
  • Hypnotic Kinetic Sculptures to Blow Your Mind!

Mission Fed Supports Make A Wish Kids with the Help of The San Diego Padres:

This week I was honored to join 11-year-old Make-A-Wish kid Julian to ring the bell at the Padres game on the Labor Day holiday.

Julian, who is battling cancer has a big heart, and tackles everything with a positive attitude. He loves singing, animals, painting, and watching Disney movies.

For his wish, he will be going to New York City for a shopping spree. He is so excited to buy lots of toys and explore the city.

Proud to know you Julian!

Destigmatize Mental Health Challenges and Let’s Help One Another!

This National Suicide Prevention Week, learn the signs someone’s at risk for suicide:
Suicide is a leading cause of death among most age groups.

During National Suicide Prevention Week, know the risk factors and warning signs to be able to intervene.

National Suicide Prevention Week: How to help those at risk – CNN

Why Tween Girls Especially Are Struggling So Much:
Mental health issues are on the rise, but tween girls about ages 10 to 14 appear to be struggling more than in the past, a psychologist says.

Mental health problems have grown, but especially among tween girls – The Washington Post

If you are local-

Cause Conference ’22 September 15th:

Make San Diego a better place to live, work and play

Get inspired about what is possible with this podcast featuring Grant Oliphant, CEO of the Conrad Prebys Foundation, Drew the host of the Spotlight in the Community show, Esha a college sophomore, and yours truly getting real about how we can uplift society when we all come together and do small things often

Northeastern University Sophomore Joins Foundation CEO to Chat About the Importance of Community Engagement (

To register for the Cause Conference on Sept 15 and for more info:

Cause Conference 2022 (

If You Always Do What You’ve Always Done, You Will Always Get What You’ve Always Got!

Join Elly and me at this future proofing session as we stand up new models of system thinking and change that can transform your organization and increase your impact:

DogFest 2022 Sept 17th 11am to 4pm:

Hear from Dan (and his beloved dog Van) about Canine Companions for Independence and the profound impact they have had on his life after a devastating injury at 16 turned his life upside down forever.

I Love Dan & Van!

Canine Companions: Changing Lives Since 1975 | Cloudcast Media

Animal Lover?
Bring your pup to DogFest on Sept 17 at Waterfront Park in San Diego

Healing the Grieving Heart- Sept 17th 9:30 to 4pm in Del Mar:

If you, or someone you care about, is working through a painful loss, please consider joining us for a special day of healing. Led by 

Dr. Ken Druck and John Welshons, two of the world’s leading authorities on healing after loss, the workshop will take place in Del Mar, California where you will learn:

✨How to process the fears, sorrows, guilt, anger and trauma that can accompany loss

✨How to understand the stages, seasons and complexities of grief

✨How to manage unanswerable questions and uncertainties

✨How to meet the spiritual challenges and opportunities that arise in the aftermath of loss 

✨How to honor those we’ve lost with the way we live on (“The Six Honorings”)

✨The restorative benefits of mind-body approaches like meditation and yoga

✨Practical strategies for returning to work, relationships, and our everyday lives

✨The power of self-care, music, nature, exercise and self-compassion in helping us find some measure of peace

✨The “Do’s and Don’ts” of grief support for family, friends and co-workers

Where: by the sea in Del Mar, CA (address will be provided upon registration and deposit)

Register: The workshop will be limited to the first 15 people to register by calling 858-863-7825 and paying the workshop fee

Fee: $175. paid preferably by Venmo, Zelle or a check made out to Druck Enterprises Inc.

Please call us if you have any questions at (858) 863-7825. 

Looking forward to hopefully seeing you soon,

John and Ken

On a lighter note-

Hypnotic Kinetic Sculptures!

Anthony Howe creates the world’s most mesmerizing kinetic sculptures. His wind-powered, curved-metal designs tower up to 25 feet high, and are on display in public spaces around the world. Take a break from reality as you stare at Howe’s artwork and prepare to be transfixed.

These Kinetic Sculptures Hypnotize You – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Julian, Cause Conference leaders and volunteers, Dan & Van, Ken & John, and YOU for reading this far and caring!

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“The purpose of life is not to be happy.  It is to be useful, to be
honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have
lived and lived well.”
 – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your Soul Food for Friday Sept 2 ’22: Being a Force for Good

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Are You A Force for Good?

Business as a Catalyst for Social Impact:

After co-chairing this conference 3 of the last 5 years that it has been in person, and intentionally pivoting from a focus beyond nonprofits to attending to all purpose-driven enterprise regardless of tax status, it is great to see this year’s conference meeting the moment. Join us and become part of a moment that is aspiring to create America’s kindest and most purposeful region with the social sector doing mission-driven work, businesses as a force for good, philanthropy that is evolvings from generosity to justice- as we all model and mentor conscious civic leadership.

Cause Conference Views Business as a Catalyst – San Diego Business Journal (

This year’s Cause Conference is Thursday Sept 15th at USD

Note: In the afternoon I will be facilitating a session along with Elly Brown from the San Diego Food System Alliance titled: Identifying Our Unique Roles in the Long Arc of System Change

To see the complete agenda and to register please visit:

Cause Conference 2022 (

Modeling good corporate citizenship-

Mission Fed-Cloudcast Media Launch “Spotlight on the Community” Partnership:

Listen to this podcast where I am joined by Courtney Pendleton, Mission Fed’s Public Relations and Community Manager to launch the inaugural broadcast at Mission Fed Studios of Drew Schlosberg’s long-running “Spotlight on the Community” Show. It is a cool chat about Mission Fed’s community engagement efforts and why social purpose matters to us and why it might matter to you.

Mission Fed-Cloudcast Media Launch “Spotlight on the Community” Partnership (

Can you invest your Time, Treasure & Talent?
I am honored to share that I have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts San Diego, joining a committed group of volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of girls who work together to build a better world.

 This is as my 14 years of service on the University of California San Diego Alumni Board of Directors comes to a close.

One door closes, and another door opens…

Power Her Promise- A fundraising campaign to empower Girl Scouts:

You have the power to ensure that thousands of girls in our community have opportunities to discover their passions, develop their talents and seek the future of their dreams.

Your donation is more than a charitable contribution—it’s an investment in society.

Power Her Promise (

Self-Care and Play-

Plenty of sleep, healthy meals and exercise are part of your routine. What’s missing?
Daily play activity is a key part of childhood development, but it’s also essential for adults, according to research. CNN spoke with play expert and psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Brown about why incorporating fun in your routine is as important as a good night’s sleep.

Importance of play for kids and adults, according to science – CNN

Animal Love-

Watch a Sea Lion and a Chocolate Lab Race Each Other In an Inter-Species Game of Fetch:

Sea lion joins dog in game of fetch (

The Beagles Are Coming!

San Diego Humane Society have taken in all 100+ beagles and is giving them immediate care. We have foster volunteers at the ready to help care for many of the beagles. Approximately 50 of the beagles will stay with SDHS fosters until adoption. San Diego Humane Society is also working with local shelters and rescue partners, including Rancho Coastal Humane Society and PAWS of Coronado, to place the remainder of the beagles. This is the second airlift that Greater Good Charities has conducted to help safely rehome the beagles being removed from Envigo. The first flight took place on August 20 and transported 146 beagles to Portland, OR.

The Beagles Are Coming! | San Diego Humane Society (

Thanks this week go to Teachers everywhere, Larry K and all the Cause Conference organizers, Drew S and the Mission Fed CR team, Girl Scouts San Diego and the San Diego Humane Society.

Please pay it forward, backward and sideways.

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Your Soul Food for Friday Aug 26 2022: Mastery, Doing the Most Good, Lifesaving Mnemonics and More!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

  • Mindful Musings on Mastery, Communion, and Enlightenment with Eric K
  • 15 Learnings Totally Worth Your Attention
  • How To Do The Most Good With Effective Altruism
  • Lifesaving Mnemonics for You and Your Loved Ones
  • And If You Are LocalI am Playing Live music this weekend with Driving the Bus

Mindful Musings on Mastery, Communion, and Enlightenment with Eric K:

There is an undercurrent felt-sense that flows below the surface, below the familiar transactional consensus experience of day-to-day busyness and productivity.  This current is both enlightening and disturbing. Enlightening because it shows the way, and disturbing because it steers us away from the comfort zone. It tugs at the edges of our consciousness and beckons us to follow it. As far as I can tell, everybody gets tugged by this current, but not everyone is willing to abide by the pull.

It’s a current of Truth. It’s a force that illuminates a deep and multifaceted dimensionality to life, to our lives. And Truth is a vast container that holds all those dimensions. In various traditions it’s called by different names. In corporate speak it’s referred to as potential. In martial arts it’s referred to as mastery. In spiritual traditions it’s referred to as enlightenment. And in religious traditions it’s referred to as communion. 

 By whatever name, and in whatever guise, it has the same effect on people. It pulls those who pay attention to it to explore, to attend, and to connect with this vein of Truth. And as we attend and connect and embody this current, inevitably we are compelled to share, and we call that sharing spirit, teaching. Anyone who responds to the tug of the current of Truth can’t help but want to teach others to attune to the same current. The subjects are infinite, and the styles are varied, yet the impulse to teach can’t be denied.

This is the same current that pulls at those of us who are called to be conscious leaders. Of course there’s an element of stewardship, maturity, responsibility, service to humanity. But essentially, those of us who are inextricably drawn towards it, are seekers after the truth. And for those of us who seek the truth long enough, we realize that there are some consistent truths, and that the master truth is almost impossible to express. That’s why we have the word ineffable – that which can be experienced, but cannot be spoken.

Moreover, those of us who can’t help ourselves but be swept along on this current are called devotees; you are devoted when you cannot not do something. And devotees almost always feel like we’re slightly misfits in the consensus scheme of organized life. So when we find ourselves in the company of others who, like us, are devoted to the Truth but don’t want to leave the socialized construct, we get quite energized. This is our community. 

And this is what I sense is our deep motivation – convening and gathering the truth-seeking misfits that rather than to drop out, want to lead and teach others to tune in. There are those who abide by the Truth and are craving to apply it in the day-to-day grind of business, family, politics, and play. These are conscious leaders, and our community of brotherhood.  


Megaphone Hand, business concept with text Attention Please, vector illustration

15 Learnings Totally Worth Your Attention:

15 Learning that I found really excellent and would take a lifetime to develop without someone packaging them up for us like this:

15 Learnings From a Conversation Between a Neuroscientist & Navy SEAL Officer (

How To Do The Most Good With Effective Altruism:

Effective Altruism and “longtermism” with its creator philosopher William MacAskill on how to do the most good:

Philosopher William MacAskill on how to do the most good | 1A (

Lifesaving Mnemonics for You and Your Loved Ones:

Lifesaving Mnemonics to Know (

If you are local-

Live music this weekend:

I am playing two shows with Driving the Bus a classic jam band playing everything from the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers to Eric Clapton to the Stones, etc.

Friday Aug 25th we are at Coomber Craft Wines on Mission Ave in Oceanside from 5:30 to 9:30pm

Saturday Aug 27th we are at The Holding Company on Newport Ave, in Ocean Beach from 7:30 to 10:30p

Hope to see you there!

Thanks this week go to Eric K, Marlaine C & Driving the Bus

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Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

– Mother Teresa

Your Soul Food for Aug 12-19 2022: It’s Not a Great Resignation- It’s a Great Rethink!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week: Turn “I” to “We” and Illness becomes Wellness!


It’s Not a Great Resignation- It’s a Great Rethink:

I urge you to explore your great re-think (opportunity to reboot) using an evidence-based model of me-search instead of research. If you are rebooting on purpose, do consider:

  • Micro-habits/micro-dosing healthy choices, doing “Small things often”
  • Picking an accountabuddy to keep you on course
  • Recognize that self-care is not selfish. Your wellbeing is important
  • Attend to Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs, with physical and psychological safety at the base, love and belonging in the middle, and significance and purpose at the apex. When we are in reactive brain our operating system is hijacked, we revert to our reptilian brain, and there is no room for the creative brain to emerge. Too much stress when we feel lack of safety, leads to burnout and that affects our mental health and that of our teams.

So… let’s all attend to a deep purpose practice, whatever that means to you, for long term sustainable performance and fulfillment.

It’s not a Great Resignation–it’s a Great Rethink | Fortune

Quiet Quitting: Why Doing the Bare Minimum at Work has Gone Global
The meaninglessness of modern work – and the pandemic – has led many to question their approach to their jobs

Quiet quitting: why doing the bare minimum at work has gone global | Work & careers | The Guardian

The Democratization of Photography on History- The Bigger Picture with Vincent Brown:

To get beyond photographs as the mere transmission of transparent information, we need to step back and see the bigger picture

Can the spectacle of modern politics today be traced back to a photograph of Abraham Lincoln taken during the presidential election in 1860? Host Vincent Brown reveals the specific choices made by Lincoln and renowned portrait photographer Mathew Brady in hopes of casting the candidate as presidential in his iconic 1860 portrait.

Did This Photo Make Lincoln President? | The Bigger Picture with Vincent Brown | PBS – YouTube


Turn I to We and Illness becomes Wellness!

Poet and Activist Naomi Ortiz Talks About Ecojustice and Self Care:

Poet and Activist Naomi Ortiz Talks About Ecojustice and Self Care | The Takeaway | WNYC Studios

Also available on The Takeaway Podcast

The Takeaway : NPR

Try This Soothing ‘4-Segment’ Relaxation Strategy To Banish Sleepless Nights Once and for All
Surprisingly, it starts the moment you wake up.

How Good ‘Sleep Hygiene’ Can Affect a Good Night’s Rest | Well+Good (

Inspiring and Heartwarming-

No Arms, No Legs, No Excuses: Wickenburg (Arizona) football coach Carter Crosland sees no obstacles
Wickenburg assistant football coach Carter Crosland, born without arms and legs, drives himself 30 minutes to practice on his motorized wheelchair.

Arizona football coach, born without arms and legs, sees no obstacles (

Feline Becomes Dog Friend’s Guide Cat After Canine Loses His Vision: ‘Most Beautiful Thing’
Satin the cat started using her meows to direct Blaze after the dog lost his vision in 2020

Feline Becomes Dog Friend’s Guide Cat After Canine Loses His Vision (

Gardener catches cute groundhog eating his vegetables:

This groundhog steals veggies from a garden — and eats them right in front of the gardener’s security camera.

Guy Catches Adorable Groundhog Eating His Veggie Garden | The Dodo Wild Hearts – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Dan D, Manuelita B and Chris B.

Isn’t it time we all reveal our best selves?

Wishing you and yours love, happiness, peace and purpose!



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LOVE is our Soul Purpose”

You Soul Food for Friday Aug 5 2022: Celebrating Human Potential- “Off The Hook”!!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week: Curated Content on Positive Deviants Bending the Curve and Holding Space for Our Better Selves

Strain Your Potential Until It Cries Out For Mercy!

On Social Justice and Speaking Truth to Power Through Art:

Chinese artist Badiucao: Drawing truth to power – 60 Minutes – CBS News

On Human Potential, Pushing Personal Limits and Serious Mind Power:

Alexey Molchanov on diving more than 39 stories deep while holding his breath for four and a half minutes – 60 Minutes – CBS News

Education Guru and Math Master Sir Ken Robinson Reframing the Script for the Power of Authentic Embodied Experience Being as Valuable as the Sciences:

Why dance is just as important as math in school | (

Self-Compassion Makes You a Better Person. Here’s how to practice it.
Science shows that self-compassion isn’t about letting yourself off the hook — in fact, it’s the opposite.

How to practice self-compassion – Vox


The Power of Proximity Changes Adversity Into Connection:

Guy Catches Adorable Groundhog Eating His Veggie Garden | The Dodo Wild Hearts – YouTube

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Your Soul Food for Friday July 29 2022: Self Improvement by the Numbers!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

From dealing with ambient stress through self-care, ingredients for getting things done, books to get unstuck at work, practices to enhance your leadership development, inspiration from an all women rowing team, the most beautiful sights in the US, and funny animal pictures, you should find something here this week to feed your soul!

Feeling Off? It Could Be ‘Ambient’ Stress
It’s everywhere during the pandemic

How Ambient Stress May Be Hurting Your Mental Health | Time

See the 10 most ‘beautiful’ sights in the US, based on more than 450,000 travel reviews
A study of more than 450,000 TripAdvisor reviews identified sights in the U.S. with the most mentions of one adjective: beautiful.

Top 10 most beautiful sights in US found in NYC, Seattle, Boston, DC (

Self-Care is Not Self-Indulgence, It is Self-Preservation:

7 Pillars Of Self-Care.. Self-care is not self-indulgence, it is… | by Jahnvi Mehta | Axis | Jul, 2022 | Medium

‘I’m a Physical Therapist, and These Are the 7 Things I Do Every Day for a Healthy Spine’
It only takes 10 minutes.

7 Spinal Mobility Exercises for a Healthy Spine | Well+Good (

A Neuroscientist Recommends 5 Books to Help You Get Unstuck at Work
Lost your professional mojo? These titles can help.

A Neuroscientist Recommends 5 Books to Help You Get Unstuck at Work |

The 4-ingredient recipe for getting things done
Most of us make to-do lists but often find it hard to check everything off. Behavioral scientist Katy Milkman interviews Ayelet Fishbach, author of “Get It Done,” about finding a framework that can help you get through your weekly to-do lists.

How to finally get through your to-do list – CNN

All-female team breaks world record by rowing from California to Hawaii
The 4 person team rowed over 2,400 nautical miles in the historic feat.

All-female team breaks world record by rowing from California to Hawaii | GMA (

3 Practices To Add To Your Leadership Development Program
Want to future-proof your team? Implementing a Leadership Development program may be your best bet.

3 Practices To Add To Your Leadership Development Program |

Funny animal photos from 2022 Comedy Pet Photography Awards
The Comedy Pet Photography Awards highlight 26 hilarious photos of pets. The contest shared its 2022 photo finalists, and winners will be announced September 15. Notable finalists include surprised-looking cats, playful dogs, and ticklish horses.

Funny Animal Photos From 2022 Comedy Pet Photography Awards (

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Your Soul Food for Friday July 22, ’22: One Day or Day One, You Decide

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Smart Dog Getting Tricked:

When A Dog Gets Tricked – YouTube

Music to Get You in the Mood:

Guantanamera | Playing For Change | Song Around The World – YouTube

This 18,000-year-old shell is ‘oldest wind instrument of its kind’ – hear its haunting sound
The seashell’s music probably hadn’t been heard by humans for more than 17,000 years…

This 18,000-year-old shell is ‘oldest wind instrument of its kind’ – hear its… – Classic FM

Learning Should Be Fun!

This toddler’s happy dance while learning colors is ‘pure joy’
Watch this toddler’s hilarious reaction to learning colors l GMA – YouTube

A Poem to Be a Happier Human by Robin Sharma:

Why chase perfection when your joy loves progress?
Why seek to be liked by the mass when too many within it don’t like themselves?
Why aim to fit in when the game is to be a standout?
Why wish for easier times when it’s the hard ones that make you strong?

To turn trials into triumph.
To make failure into fortune.
To change wounds into wisdom. 
To reform walls into windows.
Such are the things that make humans.

So as the hours of your life advance.
As the months slip away.
As the years become decades.
As the clock ticks each day.

Walk the earth gently.
Care for the planet carefully.
Honor your values ferociously.
Protect your ambitions enthusiastically.
Celebrate your friends passionately.
Hold your family closely.
Guard great health excellently.
And be helpful to many, daily.

Do this.
And a whole lot.

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