The one things all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you are going, and above all, being grateful.

We may think it's our strengths that help people connect with us but, Brene Brown helps us see how it's our vulnerabilities, our human side which forms connections with others. Sometimes, I think of the vulnerability she talks about as being emotionally transparent. However you think about it, I hope you find her words encouraging and thought provoking.

Shawn Achor at Ted on the Happiness Advantage, notice the 5 steps for 21 days to reorient your thinking, that he provides at the end of his talk.

"When you now your why, your what has more impact because you are walking into or toward your purpose."- Michael Jr.

  • What three words that capture your why?

  • In what ways could you bring your 'why' to your 'what'?




Diébédo Francis Kéré knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture... He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbors reap the benefit of his education.


I enjoyed this wonderful and inspiring conversation with Mark Nepo and Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday. (click link for full episodes) They talk about his poetry, journey, healing and spiritual teachings.