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Opportunity Makers, Embracing Differences, and Creating Something Meaningful.

Opportunity Makers, Embracing Differences, and Creating Something Meaningful.

“We all want to use our talents to create something meaningful with our lives. But how to get started?”

This is a pretty great invitation, and the one that Forbes columnist, Kare Anderson, gave in her TED Talk back in September of 2014.

We are often confronted by moments of connection with people who really challenge our ideas, our values and our points of view. Shutting the door to that connection may be the easiest and most comfortable thing to do, but there are so many incredible opportunities that are lost when we do that.

One of the things that really resonated with me was a particular observation Kare made about people who are the greatest “opportunity makers”:

“They’re not affronted by differences. They’re fascinated by them.”

Kare issued a resonant challenge:

“To re-imagine a world where we use our best talents together more often to accomplish greater things together than we could on our own.”

Click through to watch Kare’s TED Talk to learn more about the ways you can boost your powers as an “Opportunity Maker”.

The Lost Art of Letters

The Lost Art of Letters

My friend Ed Vielmetti has a lovely practice. He sends postcards to friends on a regular basis.

He told me about this when I first met him more than a decade ago at one of Jerry Michalski’s soul-changing retreats.

I thought it was a wonderful way of reviving old fashioned letter writing on a micro-scale.

Today I received one of Ed’s postcards. It was of one of my favorite places on the earth: the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park, Chicago. This is a sacred space for me, where I am constantly reminded of the reverence of community, and the joy of play even into the wee hours of the morning.

I don’t think Ed knew this when he sent me this postcard. It was something he had picked up on one of his day trips to Chicago. The synchronicity was perfect.

Thanks Ed for this beautiful gift. You absolutely made my day. <3

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