Who We Can Be

Who Can We Be as We Look Toward 2024?

Despite the many challenges we continue to face – wars in Ukraine and Gaza, our warming planet, the public health crisis of gun violence, and attacks that threaten to undermine our democracy – I still believe in hope! Hope in Who We Can Be! Rereading one of my favorite…

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“Champions of Nuance and Empathy”

On September 21, I received a thank you note in honor of the International Day of Peace. This note was from a member of the American Friends of the Parents Circle, a Families Forum of Palestinian and Israeli Bereaved Families for Peace*. I had begun monthly donations…

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Growth Mindset

How can embracing a growth mindset help us pursue the vision of a world that “tilts toward freedom, toward peace, toward an international community capable of rising to the challenges of its time?” That vision was articulated by Secretary of State Antony Blinken in his speech at the Johns Hopkins School of…

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Two Mindsets

Carol Dweck, Ph.D. explored the concept of mindset in her powerful 2006 book, Mindset, The New Psychology of Success. Alia Crum, Ph.D., one of Dweck’s colleagues at Stanford, defines mindset as “a mental frame or lens that selectively organizes and encodes information.” I recently…

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Be Here Now

Oliver Burkeman, author of Four Thousand Weeks, Time Management for Mortals, recently wrote a guest essay for the New York Times titled, “Stop Multitasking, No Really – Just Stop It.” Last year I read Four Thousand Weeks, so I was not surprised by Burkeman’s challenge.…

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Being a Contribution

“Being a Contribution” is one of the twelve practices introduced in The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. This book is one of my all-time favorites. I’ve decided I want to reread it every year to maintain the perspectives and the practices they propose. …

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