Your Soul Food for the Week of Giving Tuesday 2020: Finding Hope and Healing to Meet This Moment & Extending Our Gratitude Well Beyond Thanksgiving

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:
Finding Hope and Healing to Meet This Moment &
Extending Our Gratitude Well Beyond Thanksgiving

Finding Hope and Healing: A Community Conversation to Meet This Moment
with Dr. Ken Druck & Neville Billimoria
Monday Dec 7th from 4-5:15pm Pacific Time (via Zoom)
*** To reserve your spot as spaces are limited, please sign up ASAP:

As we navigate the holidays and begin turning the page on 2020, unprecedented losses, changes and stresses of the pandemic, presidential election, and economy have taken their toll. The pressures, responsibilities and challenges of meeting this moment are tremendous. The search for newfound strength, faith, understanding and resilience is before us, our families and nation.  

Join Dr. Ken Druck and Neville Billimoria for a vibrant community conversation on finding hope and healing that will include:

* Taking personal inventory: What’s happening and how is it affecting us?
* Supporting ourselves and one another: Listening for understanding, clarity and care
* Making peace: Creating a Safe Space for Diverse Opinions
   * Finding the Common Ground on which to Heal and Move Forward

Please join us, add your viewpoint and help our community create the resources for constructive change as we aspire to becoming our better selves in 202
Note: If you are dialing in, please log in first on your computer, then join the audio using the participant ID designated to you so you can participate in the breakout rooms.

Space will be limited due to zoom so join early!

Dr. Ken Druck is an expert on hope, healing and courageous living who has been featured on Oprah, CNN, FOX and PBS as well as in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. His work over the past four decades has focused on transforming adversity into opportunity and healing after loss. Dr. Ken is the recipient of the “Distinguished Contribution to Psychology” award and the author of several best-selling books including:  “The Real Rules of Life”, “Courageous Aging”, and “Raising an Aging Parent”.

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Neville Billimoria is Senior Vice President & Chief Advocacy Officer at Mission Federal Credit Union, a $4.5B financial services and a 2020 Top Workplaces organization. He serves on several nonprofit and foundation boards, founded the Chamber of Purpose San Diego, is a teacher of martial arts at UC San Diego, as well as a community and purpose-driven leader based in San Diego CA.

To Join This Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 951 8358 8555
Passcode: 360923

To Register:

Unleashing Generosity:

  Gratitude is Conscientious Objection with Scott S
When life isn’t going your way. 

When you feel stuck and trapped. 

When your plans, expectations, and dreams are far away.

When you’re feeling lost, upside down, and overwhelmed.

When you’re shut down and just can’t work yourself out of it. 

When you miss normal life and going outside and being with people and doing what you want to do…and refuse to call this ‘the new normal’. 

We turn to gratitude. We don’t wait for the feelings to come, it’s a choice. A deliberate objection to the reality we find ourselves in, a refusal to be overcome by sorrow or sadness.

We do it because it’s right. We do it because it’s good. We do it because it works. Gratitude spurs hope. It brings light into darkness. It turns everything right side up. Gratitude is the path back to reality; back to life. 

For parents and teachers and people who care about kids, we practice gratitude because we know the young folks in our lives learn from us how to live well.     

Giving Thanks May Make Your Brain More Altruistic:

Neuroscience is revealing a fascinating link between gratitude and generosity…

Gratitude can make your brain more charitable, generous, and altruistic – Vox

Double Your Impact by Supporting Our Matching Grant Holiday Giving Campaign:
Our $30,000 Matching Grant Campaign is in Full Swing in support of our Fellow San Diegans through :

  • The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank
  • San Diego Rescue Mission
  • The Salvation Army San Diego County
    We will match dollar for dollar up to the first $30,000 here:

Thank You, Democracy’s First Responders!

To the staff of the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, the region’s poll workers and USPS workers, we thank you. Because of you, more than one million San Diegans cast their ballots safely and securely with trust and confidence that every vote counted. Your combined work, under unprecedented circumstances and at great personal risk, makes you “San Diego’s Election Heroes.” We are grateful for your service as stewards of election integrity and our democracy.

Memeable Dogs (For A Feel Good Moment):

Thanks this week go to all you altruistic souls, including Scott S, Larry H, Bob C,  that both take care of yourselves and help take care of each other!


“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder”
Gilbert K. Chesterton

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