By Gloria Bares, Author of A Bionic Woman, her book of memoirs On many Saturday mornings I sit with my grandmother, Mimi, on the porch outside her flat in Los Angeles, California, enjoying our favorite breakfast: fresh raspberries I call “garnets” dolloped with whipped cream and just a little cereal on top.   This is…

By Laura A. Roser Early this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing a variety of business leaders. But I wasn’t interested in learning how they succeed in business. Instead, I asked them about how they find meaning, what kind of a difference they are making in the world, and what they would like their impact…

By Greg Doepke We continue to face many social and environmental problems in our local communities. These problems may, in varying degrees, include challenges of housing, jobs, poverty, healthcare, pollution, land management, waste disposal, and many others. In recent decades, multiple strategies were tried to solve these problems, but the problems persist. An increasing number of nonprofit 501c(3)s have struggled to address and…

By Greg McKeown The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. —Lin Yutang The basic value proposition of Essentialism is only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter. What about…

By Phil Cubeta Hitting Your Legacy Home Run As we get a little older, certain questions resonate in a new way. Where is home for me? Can I go home again? As far as I have gone, did I ever leave? What did I inherit and what must I pass on? To what traditions was…

By Lynette M. Smith We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. —Dakota proverb  After a food-poisoning incident made it clear that my then–95-year-old father-in-law could no longer live alone, my husband and I helped him move in with us. Over the next year, in Dad’s various day trips to his home, he would…

By Natalie P. Wagner “Let the beauty we love be what we do.” —Rumi In my mid 20’s, I worked what seemed to be a “good job” in the corporate world. It started great. I enjoyed my team, was developing my skills, and was proud of the money I earned. Together, these experiences gave meaning…

By Peter W. Johnson Jr. “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” —Khalil Gibran Imagine getting up at dawn and, after a delicious breakfast buffet that includes tropical fruits exotic enough to tantalize even the most jaded palate, climbing to an aerial walkway…

By Daniel Slone Replacing the unending pursuit of happiness with the quest for a meaningful life In college, Emily Esfahani Smith embarked on a search for happiness. Since everyone insisted that the path to happiness is success, that was the road her quest took. Yet contrary to what our culture told her, she did not find…

By Jamie Yuenger I never expected to become a confessor. When I founded StoryKeep in 2010, I was focused on the craft of storytelling itself—on pacing, narrative arcs, and the like. After all, my dream was to make documentary films and legacy books for families that were studio-quality. But having worked with over 80 families, I’ve come…

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