Your Soul Food for Friday Jan 21 2022: The Power of Story, Poetry, Nature, Puns & Introducing Mentorship 2.0

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

How Do I Want to Show Up- A Story

A Carrot, An Egg, and a Cup of Coffee:

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me, what do you see?” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” the daughter replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity—boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her daughter.

“When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?

Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?”

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hour is darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Here’s my hope for you:  May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to make you happy. The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything—they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Have a wonderful week! 

The Power of Poetry in the Spirit of MLK Week

Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes:

Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes – Poems |

Omicron Is In Retreat. What’s Next?

The Morning: Omicron is in retreat (

Free Covid Tests for Your Family: – Free at-home COVID-19 tests

The Quickest Way To Change How You Feel Is To Change How You Think:

The Quickest Way To Change How You Feel Is To Change How You Think – The Best Brain Possible

Ode to Winter:


Ode To Winter (

45 Puns That Make Me Laugh Uncontrollably No Matter How Many Times I’ve Seen Them
Go on, have some pun!

45 Puns That Make Me Laugh Uncontrollably No Matter How Many Times I’ve Seen Them (

If you are local and an NCPC member…

Introducing Mentoring 2.0:

    As a business professional, your time and efforts are dedicated to the service of others. “Giving back” is your practice, and you often devote more time taking care of others than yourself. Given all that you have on your plate, you can feel depleted and overwhelmed, finding it challenging to operate at peak performance.   Isn’t it time to do something to enhance your life and well-being, which in effect will benefit those you serve?   North County Philanthropy Council (NCPC) believes in the importance of balancing self-care with care for others. That’s why we’re offering Mentorship 2.0, Fostering a Community of Practice, a new model of mentoring that brings together business professionals to guide, motivate and support each other.           Please Join Us Monday, Feb 8, 2022 9:00 to 10:30 am on Zoom for an informational session about Mentorship 2.0, Fostering a Community of Practice         Ken Druck, Ph.D Our information session will feature best-selling author and international expert in mentorship, executive coaching and compassionate self-care, Dr. Ken Druck. Ken will share his thoughts about the magic and power of mentorship, and how we become the best version of ourselves by bringing out the best in others.   ATTEND THE INFO SESSION           What is Mentorship 2.0?   With Mentorship 2.0, you’ll be part of a cohort of 4-7 individuals from our community to brainstorm ideas, identify business resources, develop their networks, explore career opportunities and provide emotional support to each other. Unlike the traditional mentorship model that pairs a more experienced “mentor” with a less experienced “mentee,” Mentorship 2.0, Fostering a Community of Practice, connects leaders at all levels who share a common concern, set of problems or interest in a topic and who come together to fulfill both individual and group goals. It recognizes that our unique experiences are valuable and that collaboration often yields innovative solutions.   As a cohort member, you’ll be making a 4-month commitment to the program (March through June 2022). Your group will be expected to meet at least four times during that period (virtual sessions until it is safe to connect in person). The logistics, where to meet and how often to meet – as well as how to measure success, will be decided by the cohort. A member of NCPC’s Mentorship Committee will serve as your group facilitator, providing conversation prompts and guidance, as needed. The relationships that develop and the benefits derived from the experience are entirely up to you and the other group members.     We hope you’ll take part in the launch of Mentorship 2.0, Fostering a Community of Practice.   REGISTER NOW   Attending on Feb 8 is not a commitment or required, but is strongly encouraged. Please register by Feb 1.     If you are interested in Mentorship 2.0 but unable to attend the information session, contact Sandra Alston at 760.729.6711 or     All the best,   Alex Goodman Chair, NCPC Mentorship Committee     P.S. Do you have friends or co-workers who you feel will benefit from Mentorship 2.0, too? Feel free to forward this invitation to them. Participation in the Feb 8 meeting is limited to 100 people, so don’t delay.        
North County Philanthropy Council | 760-729-6711 | PO Box 1641, Carlsbad, CA 92018    

18th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium- Jan 27th, 2022:

Join us if you can…

18th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium Tickets, Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 8:00 AM | Eventbrite

Thanks this week go to Bob C, Angelica G-W, Manuelita B, Marlaine C, Wayne O, Ken D and the NCPC team.

Please pay it forward with purpose!



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“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.

You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love”

Dr. Martin Luther King

Your Soul Food for 2022: Neologisms, Genesis, Small Joys, Coming Together and Ringing in the New Year with a Smile!

Happy First Soul Food Friday for 2022!


Getting You In The Mood with the 2021 ANNUAL NEOLOGISM CONTEST

Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly contest in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words.

The winners are:

1. Coffee (N.), the person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

3. Abdicate (V.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade (V.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly (Adj.), impotent.

6. Negligent (Adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

7. Lymph (V.), to walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle (N.), olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence (N.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash (N.), a rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle (N.), a humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude (N.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon (N), a Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster (N.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism (N.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent (N.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

This week:

The New Year once started in March—here’s why
For starters, January didn’t exist for the ancient Romans. Here’s how their calendar evolved into our modern system of marking time.

The new year once started in March—here’s why (

Scrap the Big New Year’s Resolutions-Make 6 Simple Changes Instead:

Scrap the Big New Year’s Resolutions. Make 6 Simple Changes Instead. – HBS Working Knowledge

7 Small Joys You Should Make Sure to Add to Your Daily Routine in 2022
One of your top priorities for next year should be your own happiness. These tiny pleasures can help.

7 Small Joys You Should Make Sure to Add to Your Daily Routine in 2022 |

Why You Hate going back to Work after Vacation
Sometimes you feel even more drained after taking a few days off. Here’s what you can do to cope.

How to make going back to work after vacation easier | Popular Science (

Is there a Minimum Exercise Time? New evidence provides a surprising answer
Old requirements for at least 10-minute intervals may be out the door.

Is there a minimum exercise time? New evidence provides a surprising answer (

If We Can’t Come Together on COVID, These Disasters Are Next
From climate change to nukes, the world is showing no signs of the cooperation we need to survive.

If We Can’t Come Together on COVID, These Disasters Are Next (

Land of Confusion- Genesis

My musical selection for this week to lift your spirits!

Genesis – Land Of Confusion (From When in Rome 2007 DVD) – YouTube

So How do we Ring in the New Year with a Smile? L’chaim!

It comes courtesy of the phenomenally talented Lin-Manuel Miranda on the occasion of his own wedding back in 2010. Manuel was already a rising musical star but hadn’t hit the stratosphere of fame that would come years later with his musical Hamilton. For this lover of musical theater, there seemed to be no better song to sing to his bride Vanessa than one inspired by a culture and a time far different from his own. Such is the universality of hope, and music. The joy on the faces of everyone involved is impossible to contain!

To Life: Vanessa’s Wedding Surprise – YouTube

Wishing You:

Thanks this week go to Kurt C for the neologisms and  Ron M for L’chaim!

Let’s make this next journey around the sun count and pay it forward with purpose.

Love All,


LOVE is our Soul Purpose”

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Your Soul Food for Friday December 10, 2021: Stay Centered & Love One Another!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Love Yourselves Over the Holidays-

88% of Americans Feel the Holiday Season is the Most Stressful Time of the Year:

The very season that is supposed to promote relaxation is doing the exact opposite and this has been true even pre-COVID so take care of yourselves!

Jingle Bell Crock: 88% Of Americans Feel The Holiday Season Is Most Stressful Time Of Year – Study Finds

Love Your Teachers-

Teachers Need Our Help in Tough Times Like These, So Let’s Give It to Them:

OPINION: Students benefit when teachers have SEL support for their mental health and well-being (

Love Your Neighbors-

Best College Tradition Ever?

This is a great feel good story from some years ago…

Iowa’s Kinnick Wave Tradition Feature – YouTube

Love Our Furry and Feathered Friends-

Incredible Images Shortlisted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award:

Enjoy the wonders of nature

Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award shortlist | CNN Travel

Thanks this week go to Randy W, Sanya D, Chris B, and all you lovers of humanity

Please pay it forward



“What can you do promote world peace? Go home and love your family” — Mother Teresa

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Your Soul Food for Friday Dec 2, 2021: Wonder is the Beginning of Wisdom!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

The Wonder of Nature-

How is This for a Magical Birthday Present?

Paddle boarder’s encounter with curious whales – BBC News – YouTube

Really? A Cloud Avalanche?
This “cloud avalanche” occurred near the Kapuche Glacier Lake in the mountains of Nepal this year. At that time, a group of travel companions were camping by the lake, and they took the risk of taking pictures of this rare visual feast. The white snow clouds rushed down the valley, unstoppable, instantly swallowing the mountains and hitting the lake surface.

Cloud Avalanche – YouTube

The Wonder of Persistence-

Rita Moreno speaks with Bill Whitaker about the turmoil she went through early in her career, her 1961 portrayal of Anita in “West Side Story”, and her new role in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming adaptation of the Broadway classic:

“Perseverance is my middle name”

Rita Moreno on enduring racism and sexism, the scene that won her an Oscar, and the new “West Side Story” – 60 Minutes – CBS News

The Wonder of the Human Spirit-

Make-A-Wish asks boy with a critical illness what he wants. ‘Feed the homeless,’ he says.
Abraham Olagbegi, 13, asked Make-A-Wish to feed homeless people once a month in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi.

Mississippi teen with rare disorder uses Make-a-Wish to feed homeless (

The wonder of Animals-

Miniature Horse and Great Dane Bond Over Their Similar Size and Spots, and Become Best Friends
Skye the Great Dane and Hot Fudge Sundae the mini horse became friends fast after meeting at their owner’s farm in Texas

Miniature Horse and Great Dane Become Best Friends at Texas Farm |

“And it makes me wonder”…

Thanks this week go to Eric K, Chris B, and all you wonder-filled people that share joy with others.

Please Pay it Forward!



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Your Soul Food for Thanksgiving Week 2021: May Your World Be Full of Both Thanks & Giving!

Happy Soul Food Friday,

This week: May Your World Be Full of Both Thanks & Giving!

Speaking of giving, first, thanks to all of you that supported last week’s campaign for Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.

Together we raised $111,851 in support of these critical issues facing our community.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough”:

Gratitude is simply giving thanks for the people and things in your life. Here are the ways gratitude can benefit you:1

  • Lower your risk of major depression, anxiety, phobias and substance misuse
  • Help you sleep better
  • Lower your stress

Gratitude can transform you in the moment. Simply think of three things you are thankful for. For example, “I’m thankful for coffee and I enjoy a cup each morning. Or, “I’m thankful for the beautiful sunset each day. When we think about things we’re thankful for, it focuses our mind on a comforting thought. The brain responds with pleasant signals throughout the body. When this happens, you can stop stress in its path. That’s something worth giving thanks for too. 

The Surprising Benefits of Gratitude:

When facing as much uncertainty as we have over the last year, resilience comes to mind as an increasingly critical skill. Resilience enables us to remain optimistic amidst disruption and destabilization. But what effect does focusing on the positive have on resilience?

Practice Gratitude to Gain Resilience (

Instead of Asking What Are You Thankful For? This Year, Try This
Every year millions of people sit around holiday tables and say what they are thankful for.

That’s great, but here is a proactive question to make the world a little better.

Don’t Ask “What Are You Thankful For?” Try This Instead |

How to Express Your Gratitude (Without Feeling Awkward)
YOU MAY ALREADY have a regular gratitude practice—mentally savoring sunsets and other everyday wonders, or even journaling about your many blessings. But when it comes to communicating your heartfelt appreciation to others, it can feel, well, kind of awkward. What if they get embarrassed—or they think you’re sucking up? What if you start gushing and come off as insincere?

How I Made Self-Gratitude a Habit (And Stopped Feeling Awkward About It) | Shine (

Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at Work:

Americans are less likely to say “thanks” on the job than anywhere else, which hurts productivity and happiness. That needs to change.

Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at Work (

Champion Gratitude in the Workplace:

Foster civility in the workplace and don’t just engage people but enable them and energize them to create great culture

Champion Gratitude in Workplace! – Marshall Goldsmith

And Last But Certainly Not Least, Be Grateful for our Tiny Blue Planet:

Many moons ago, a NASA space mission was leaving the solar system when, at the request of Carl Sagan, it was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and take a last series of photos of Earth across a great expanse of space. The attached video’s accompanying words spoken by Carl Sagan are even more relevant and moving today.

Carl Sagan – Pale Blue Dot – YouTube


Thanks this week go to Paula M, Bob C, and all of you that practice an attitude of gratitude!

Pay it forward and here is wishing you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season!



“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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Your Soul Food for Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week November 19 2021

Happy Soul Food Friday

This week: Equity is Bottom Up Healing & Self Care is Critical Especially for the Care Givers + Insights from Educators & Some Animal Comedy

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week:

It is Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week across the United States.

Locally, 1 in 3 San Diegans are nutrition insecure.

Here is what we are doing about it, with your help. We made a $25,000 matching grant to help our brothers and sisters most in need.

If you are so inclined, just scan the QR code in the flyer below or use the link to make a donation. No amount is too small…


Here is a news clip that ran on KPBS and ABC News featuring Deacon Jim and Yours Truly:

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week brings local businesses together – YouTube

And an Op/Ed we penned together…

Opinion: We all have a part to play in addressing hunger and homelessness. Here’s what you can do.

For our cherished Caregivers:

Health Care Professionals’ Spirituality and COVID-19

Meaning, Compassion, Relationship

The pandemic has been extraordinarily taxing for health care professionals. Now more than ever they need to take care of themselves.

This fantastic article shares both what they and we can do!

For our beloved Educators:

“I Will Never Do That Again”: Teachers Share Incidents With Students That Caused Them To Change Their Policies
“This realization shook me, and I still think about that student often.”

Teachers Are Sharing Experiences With Students That Compelled Them To Change Their Teaching Policies (

For our animal lovers:

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Winners

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 winners (

Thanks this week go to the Father Joe’s Villages & Mission Fed teams, and to Dr. Bill A. for the exceptional article.

Please pay it forward!



“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire!”–Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Your Soul Food 11/12/21: Preserve and Protect That Which Matters Most!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

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Gratitude to our Veterans!

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”- G.K. Chesterton

This week:

While we invest a great deal of time trying to optimize our inner climate, as the COP26 Climate Change Conference is winding up in Glasgow, Scotland with world leaders from more than 120 countries gathering to respond to our emergent climate catastrophe, this week’s Soul Food is about helping us understand the predicament we have put ourselves in, and our role in navigating the path forward…

If time is short, just read the first article to reframe the issue and the last to have a personal plan of action.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

How attenuated is your survival instinct?



Hidden Brain Reframes the Climate Issue Brilliantly!

We Broke the Planet. Now What?

We’ve grown accustomed to viewing climate change as an enemy we must urgently defeat. But is that the right metaphor for the greatest existential problem of our time? This week, we consider how to reframe the way we think about life on a changing planet. 

Hidden Brain Podcast | Hidden Brain Media

Two Articles that Speak to the Unsustainable Economic Burden of Unsustainable Climate Issues

With $1 billion disasters rising in the US, a FEMA administrator weighs in on Climate Change:

The U.S. has had 18 natural disasters in 2021 costing over $1 billion, and the country is on record to break 2020’s record of 22 disasters.

With $1 billion disasters rising in the U.S., FEMA administrator weighs in on climate change | Here & Now (

Capitalism is killing the planet – it’s time to stop buying into our own destruction:

When faced with an impending or chronic threat, such as climate or ecological breakdown, we seem to go out of our way to compromise our survival. We convince ourselves that it’s not so serious, or even that it isn’t happening. We double down on destruction, swapping our ordinary cars for SUVs, jetting to Oblivia on a long-haul flight, burning it all up in a final frenzy. In the back of our minds, there’s a voice whispering, “If it were really so serious, someone would stop us.” If we attend to these issues at all, we do so in ways that are petty, tokenistic, comically ill-matched to the scale of our predicament. It is impossible to discern, in our response to what we know, the primacy of our survival instinct.

Capitalism is killing the planet – it’s time to stop buying into our own destruction | Climate crisis | The Guardian

What Can We Do?

Solutions to Climate change by sector that can be taken TODAY

Project Drawdown:

Our mission is to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change — as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.

Project Drawdown

Thanks this week go to all preservers and protectors of our tiny blue planet. Special thanks to Dana V and Fab V for sharing Project Drawdown with me.

Please pass it forward for future generations!

Love All,


“We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change – and it has to start today!” – Greta Thunberg

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Your Soul Food for Friday November 5, 2021: A Heartfelt Tribute to Dr. Danny Friedland

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

A Heartfelt Tribute to Dr. Danny Friedland: Living Well From Within

With Danny recording an episode of the Community Spotlight Show with Drew Schlosberg on Purpose-Driven Leadership

This past weekend we lost another great soul- the inestimable Dr. Danny Friedland; physician, healer, teacher, founding chair of the largest integrative health organization in the country, author of “Leading Well from Within”, executive coach, loving spouse and father, and so much more after nearly a year long struggle with brain cancer.

About 11 months ago, Danny and I recorded this impactful interview when he was fully dialed in to making every day count.

About halfway in, you can capture the full expression of wisdom and passion.

Full of gems and wisdom, here are some examples:

  • Your suffering right now might well be your gift to awaken your own self compassion and kindness.
  • Beating up on yourself does not serve you or humanity, but in your own self compassion arises the capacity to serve others around you!
  • We claim our personal transformation only for the purpose of giving it away in the spirit of your own self-actualization.

Danny unpacks his Personal Vow: “I vow to live my life from home, and when I get lost, find my way back and to inspire others to live from their homes too”. This is a powerful example of a direct apprehension of reality and a true embodiment of his wisdom and spirit.

Danny also reminds us that the root of the word health is not just wholeness but also holy.

I hope you enjoy this sacred conversation with a great soul I was blessed to know and learn from!

Hug your loved ones…

A Blessed Holy Conversation with Neville Billimoria, SVP of Mission Federal Credit Union | Day 36 – YouTube

Tribute Video:

Here is a tribute vid we put together for Dr. Danny and his family:

Leading Well From Within:

Here is a link to Danny’s book. Leading Well from Within: A Neuroscience and Mindfulness-Based Framework for Conscious Leadership eBook : Friedland MD, Daniel: Kindle Store

Lastly, Danny would want us to celebrate every day and live fully!

This performance should inspire us to do just that…

Sting performing “Brand New Day” live with Stevie Wonder at his 60th Birthday concert in NYC:

Sting with Stevie Wonder – Brand New Day (Sting 60th Birthday) – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Dr. Danny- gone but not forgotten- his beloved family, and to conscious leaders past, present and future touched by his life work.

Remember leadership is not a position, it’s a decision.

Choose LOVE!

Please pay it forward as you live, love, learn and leave a legacy!



“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.

I awoke and saw that life was service.

I acted and behold, service was joy.”

Rabindranath Tagore

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Your Soul Food for Friday Oct 29 2021: The Birth of Halloween, Legit Leadership & the Wonder of Nature

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

The Birth of Halloween, Legit Leadership & the Wonder of Nature

Inside the Irish ‘hell caves’ where Halloween was born
Go in search of the ancient royal capital that spawned our favorite night of the dead.

Inside the Irish ‘hell caves’ where Halloween was born (

What I Learned From Colin Powell by Marc Benioff
In many ways, we came from completely different worlds. Colin Powell was born in Harlem, raised in the South Bronx and, as a young R.O.T.C. cadet in the late 1950s, endured the injustice of the segregated South. I was born in San Francisco and grew up in the 1970s amid the summer of love, marches for women’s rights, and where neighbors proudly flew rainbow flags. Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell at the 1993 Harvard University Commencement.

What I Learned From Colin Powell | Time

Want a Productive Day? Do this 1 Thing, According to Virgin CEO Richard Branson
Forget to-do lists, apps, mornings routines. If you want to be energized throughout your day, fold in some exercise — it even has some surprise benefits.

Want a Productive Day? Do this 1 Thing, According to Virgin CEO Richard Branson |

A neuroscientist shares the 4 brain-changing benefits of exercise—and how much she does every week
Exercise offers many benefits, including more energy, weight loss and stronger muscles. But we rarely consider the effects it has on our brain. A neuroscientist breaks down how physical activity can improve your focus, memory, learning — and even promote longevity.

A neuroscientist shares the 4 brain-changing benefits of exercise—and how much she does every week (

If You Answer Yes to This 1 Question, Chances Are You’re a Better Leader Than Most People
One question to determine where you stand against the high bar of effective leadership.

If You Answer Yes to This 1 Question, Chances Are You’re a Better Leader Than Most People |

Plus Stunning Photos from NatGeo:

See the winning images from Wildlife Photographer of the Year (

Thanks this week go to authentic leaders everywhere and to the great leader within you!

Please pay it forward



“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.” – Bruce Lee

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Your Soul Food for Friday October 22 2021: Thanks For Nothing

“Time and space are not conditions in which we live, but modes by which we think.”

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

The Zen Awards

Insights Inspired by Albert Einstein:

“I didn’t arrive at my understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe through my rational mind.”

“Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses.

Matter is spirit reduced to point of visibility. There is no matter.”

“Time and space are not conditions in which we live, but modes by which we think.”

Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, determined by the external world.”

“Time does not exist – we invented it. Time is what the clock says. The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

“I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”

“A human being experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

“Our separation from each other is an optical illusion.”

“When something vibrates, the electrons of the entire universe resonate with it. Everything is connected. The greatest tragedy of human existence is the illusion of separateness.”

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

“We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music.”

“When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all.

They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.”

“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which s/he has attained liberation from the self.”

“The ancients knew something, which we seem to have forgotten.”

“The more I learn of physics, the more I am drawn to metaphysics.”

“One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike. We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. It is entirely possible that behind the perception of our senses, worlds are hidden of which we are unaware.”

“I’m not an atheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books.”

“The common idea that I am an atheist is based on a big mistake. Anyone who interprets my scientific theories this way, did not understand them.”

“Everything is determined, every beginning and ending, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”

“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It will transcend a personal God and avoid dogma and theology.”

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”

“Everything is energy and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

“I am happy because I want nothing from anyone. I do not care about money. Decorations, titles or distinctions mean nothing to me. I do not crave praise. I claim credit for nothing. A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”

How to Express Your Gratitude (Without Feeling Awkward)

YOU MAY ALREADY have a regular gratitude practice—mentally savoring sunsets and other everyday wonders, or even journaling about your many blessings. But when it comes to communicating your heartfelt appreciation to others, it can feel, well, kind of awkward. What if they get embarrassed—or they think you’re sucking up? What if you start gushing and come off as insincere?

How I Made Self-Gratitude a Habit (And Stopped Feeling Awkward About It) | Shine (

Joy Harjo on the Inspiration Behind Memoir ‘Poet Warrior’

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo about her poetic memoir.

Joy Harjo on inspiration behind memoir ‘Poet Warrior’ : NPR

International Credit Union Day 2021: “Building financial health for a brighter tomorrow”:

This week on October 21, Mission Fed joined more than 86,000 credit unions from 118 countries to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of International Credit Union Day. This year’s theme is “Building financial health for a brighter tomorrow” and speaks to how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge the financial well-being of credit union members around the globe, and how we as credit unions are helping members rebuild their lives financially.  

ICU Day 2021 is a celebration of the impact we have made—and continue to make for our members. It is also a chance to be thankful for the lives and communities that have been improved by our movement.

In the spirit of this International Credit Union Day, let us look beyond our local community to recognize credit unions and other financial cooperatives for the important role they play in many distressed urban and rural areas worldwide. Many people would not have been able to afford to own homes, start new businesses or attend school without the help of their credit unions. In some areas of the world, people would have no access to financial services at all without their credit unions.

Whether members are affluent or less fortunate, from villages or cities, in communities at peace or in conflict, credit unions are present across cultures and languages, helping members turn hopes and dreams into reality. Here in San Diego, we are working to build a stronger community – one member at a time.

Thank you for joining us to celebrate International Credit Union Day!

Drone Photo Award winners capture a dizzyingly fantastic view of the world
This year’s best pictures include two friends sunbathing on giant shards of ice in Kazakhstan, workers at a red chili factory in Bangladesh and a white mangrove forest in Vietnam.

2021 Drone Photo Award winners capture a dizzyingly fantastic view of the world : Goats and Soda : NPR

Special thanks this week go to Dan C for helping me launch Soul Food Friday more than 13 years ago. Dan is retiring this week.

Thanks also to Marcy M and the Bright Lights, Eric K and the Conscious Leaders for their energy & inspiration and to all my credit union brethren working hard for social justice and equity!

Please pay it forward.



“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”— Albert Einstein: The father of modern physics

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