The Sunday Paper, March 26: When Life Throws You a Curveball, Do This.

I’ve Been Thinking

 

“I am ready to come out of the woods and to shine a light on what’s already happening around kitchen tables.”

That’s what Hillary Clinton said last Friday night at a St. Patrick’s Day gathering in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Clinton said she was ready to come out of the woods after some time away from the spotlight. (A young woman famously posted a photograph of Mrs. Clinton literally walking in the woods days after the election.)

Mrs. Clinton’s words got me thinking — not just about her time away from the public spotlight — but about anyone’s time away from the busyness and the business of modern life.

Why are so many of us uncomfortable with people who step off the treadmill of daily life? Is it because we are uncomfortable ourselves with taking a break? Is it because we can’t handle loss? Is it because we don’t know how to grieve? Is it because we are too scared to stop ourselves?

What would we think about Mrs. Clinton if she took an extended leave from public life? What would that say about her? What would that say about us?

Going into the woods — metaphorically or literally — after a loss is a brave thing to do. Be it the loss of an election, a job, a spouse, or some other life-altering event.
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Life throws us all curveballs and it takes time and reflection to figure out how to move forward. In fact, some of the most interesting conversations I’ve ever had around my kitchen table have been with people who have, for one reason or another, stepped off the predictable path of life to look inward before moving outward. Some were forced off the path they were on. Others responded to a feeling that their lives just weren’t working the way they felt they should (see best-selling author Tony Schwartz’s new business below).

In fact, pretty much everyone I’ve ever spoken to after they came “out of the woods” came out stronger on the inside and more open on the outside.

That made me think about a powerful conversation I had with my father when he was deep in the woods of battling Alzheimer’s. He didn’t know my name or his own. He wasn’t even talking much anymore. I was visiting with him at the table, talking to him about something that was clearly uninteresting, when he looked me dead in the eye and said, “You know, you have to go internal if you want to go eternal.”

We both stared at one another and I knew that I had just been given some profound advice. In fact, my father said some of the most remarkable things to me while deep in his battle with Alzheimer’s. I will be thinking about him and all the other people I’ve met who have struggled with this disease, or who have cared for those with it (like our Architect of Change of the Week Jim Nantz), as I head to Washington D.C. this week and testify before the Senate Committee on Aging.

Going inward — pausing, reflecting, walking, or meditating — allows one to bring sanity to one’s daily life.

It makes us better people, better professionals, and better leaders. It’s better for our brains and our bodies, as Dr. Joseph Annibali explains below. It’s better for our self-respect, as Gwyneth Paltrow told me this week. It’s better for the creative spirit that lives inside all of us, as artist Meera Lee Patel will show you. And it’s better for helping us find the path that’s best for us, as Angie Johnsey will share with you.

I would argue that taking time “in the woods” makes for better political leaders as well. That brings me to Camp David. Camp David is a presidential retreat house deep in the woods of Maryland. It was designed to give presidents a place to go to rest, reflect, recharge and think about governing. It has hosted peace accords and nonpartisan gatherings. It’s not as fancy as Mar-a-Lago, but it is a lot closer to Washington D.C., and it has a history of bringing people together. Just a thought.

I, for one, look forward to hearing what Mrs. Clinton learned about life and loss from her walks in the woods. Losing an election is never easy for anyone.

I watched my own father struggle after he lost an election, as did others in my family. It takes a long time to make sense of such a personal loss, but history is rich with stories of leaders — from Thoreau to Mandela to Jesus to Ghandi to Pope Francis to Dorothy Day — who went away and came back with a story to share.

Walk into the woods.

In fact, if any of you have done this already, I’d love to hear what you learned from taking a beat. I bet it’s a great kitchen table conversation.

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“Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease and an evil opponent that must be stopped.” — Jim Nantz

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Jim Nantz is a legendary CBS sports commentator whose voice will be heard everywhere during the NCAA Final Four. But Jim is also using his voice in another powerful way: for Alzheimer’s awareness. Jim’s father, Jim Nantz Jr., suffered from the ravages of the disease for 13 years. Witnessing his father’s descent ignited Jim to create the Nantz National Alzheimer Center in Houston, a world-renowned center that treats thousands of patients each year.


READ: HOW JIM CARRIES ON HIS FATHER’S LEGACY

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Jim Nantz with his father, Jim Nantz Jr., who passed away in 2008.



Voices to Put Things in Perspective

 

“Good Judgment Grows Out of Reflection”
— Tony Schwartz

 

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Tony Schwartz wants you to know that the way we’re working isn’t working. “It’s not possible to move from one activity to the next at blinding speed and be reflective at the same time,” he says. The founder of The Energy Project, Tony trains executives to make time for downtime. His advice can help us all be successful.

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READ: THE 3 QUESTIONS TONY ASKS HIMSELF EVERY DAY 


“A Busy Brain Is an Unbalanced Brain”
— Dr. Joseph Annibali

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Is your brain on fire? Psychologist Joseph A. Annibali, M.D., explains the science behind the too-busy brain and how it interferes with attention, concentration, mood, and even the ability to make decisions.

 

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READ: INSIGHTS INTO THE UNBALANCED BRAIN


 

 

I’m No Longer “Fighting Against This Idea of What I Thought I Was Supposed to Be.” — Gwyneth Paltrow

 

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On Thursday, I sat down with Gwyneth Paltrow and Dr. Roberta Brinton for an engaging conversation about women’s brains and bodies. Gwyneth opened up about her journey to better health and shared how her greatest gift of wellness was turning 40.

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WATCH: MARIA AND GWYNETH TALK WOMEN’S HEALTH



“Look Away From What Others Are Doing. 
Let Your Heart Lead You to What’s Right.” — Angie Johnsey

 

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In the third part of our Mind Reboot series, Angie Johnsey shares her advice for how you can stop comparing yourself to others and find the path in life that’s best for you.

 

READ: 3 TIPS TO STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS


 

 

Introspection enables you to find which parts of yourself are really rooted within you, and which ones are vulnerable to being shaken.
— Meera Lee Patel

 

Meera Lee Patel

Meera Lee Patel is a self-taught artist who wants to nurture creativity in you as well. The author of the best-selling book, “Start Where You Are,” Meera uses her work to remind us that to take the time to be mindful and tap into our dreams.

 

Illustration by Meera Lee Patel, for Heather Havrilesky’s How to Be a Person in the World

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A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

 

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The Sunday Paper, March 12: Why It Takes Courage to Care

I’VE BEEN THINKING

Screen Shot 2017-03-12 at 10.38.29 AMThis week, I’ve been thinking a lot about care. The word. The concept. The act of it.

Care was something that was front and center in our political discourse this week. The Republicans put forth their new healthcare proposal (a.k.a. Trumpcare) on Monday and spent the week debating it. Meanwhile, the Democrats (like my cousin Congressman Joe Kennedy III) took to the floor to fight for retaining the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare).

Care was also front and center of my mind on Wednesday, International Women’s Day. I got to thinking about all of the millions of women whose lives are devoted to caregiving — whether that’s because it’s their profession, or simply because it’s who they are and what they do.

I also thought about care on a personal level this week. I had a small surgery on Monday that made me dependent on the care of others. My children cared for me, first and foremost. Then there were the doctors and nurses who I didn’t even know, but who stepped up to care for me and care about me during my time of need.

All of this got me thinking about what care means to me in the most practical of terms. How do I define care? What do I care about personally, professionally and politically? How do I show that I care? How do I know someone cares about me, or will care for me? Can a political leader really make you feel cared for? Can your boss? Should he or she even have to care about you?

I think so. I think care is one of the most valuable and important principles for a healthy family and for a healthy country.

I think this is a good time for all of us to think about what care means to us. Many see care as soft, but it’s anything but. Care is a tough, muscular concept. It takes courage to care. It takes passion to stand up for someone or something that you believe in and care about.

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Illustration by Julie Paschkis

This week, I had the chance to speak with a few Architects of Change who have put care front and center in their lives. I was so moved by their caring and so inspired by their work. Their caring has literally changed lives and they are worthy of being honored here in The Sunday Paper. (I hope you will also be touched by their stories, which you will find below.)

I myself am trying to build a more conscious, caring, compassionate and connected world, and I’m trying to do that while also not caring too much about what others think about me and how I live my life.

We must each balance our own idea of care with the world’s cold sharp judgments that stop the tender-hearted among us from stepping forward. Remember, those who judge you don’t know you, nor do they care about who you really are. If we want to find our passion and our purpose, we have to care about something deeply, and yet not care about what other people say about what we’re doing. So, care for yourself. Care for others. But don’t care too much what others think or say. Get that right and you can change the world.

My mother used to always say to me, “If you have your health, you have everything.” I would add that if you have someone who truly cares for you and about you, then you have something money can never buy. You have the whole wide world.

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In recognition of Women’s History Month, we here at The Sunday Paper want to use this space throughout March to honor incredible women who are using their voices, their hearts and their minds to Move Humanity Forward.

This week, we honor Katie Meyler and Caitlin Crosby as our Architects of Change of the Week. These two young women have made the concept of caring for others their life’s work. I had the chance to meet both this week and was inspired by their incredible courage. Without question, these women have committed themselves to creating a more conscious, caring and compassionate world.

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Katie Meyler went to Liberia for a paid religious internship after college and never looked back. She is the founder of More Than Me Academy, a tuition-free K-6 school that provides education and basic services to the area’s most vulnerable girls. Katie made a commitment to the girls of this war-torn nation after discovering that many were trading sex work for clean water. Ten years later, Katie has devoted her life to improving Liberia’s educational system and has given young women there the chance for a hopeful future. Her dedication to staying even throughout the Ebola crisis earned her the title of 2014 Time Person of the Year.

“Caring is hard. It’s strong. It’s refusing to take no for an answer. It’s making things happen in our world.” — Katie

WATCH: MARIA’S INTERVIEW WITH KATIE MEYLER 

 

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Caitlin Crosby was touring the U.S. as a musician when an old hotel key inspired her to change the world. Caitlin founded the jewelry line The Giving Keys, a “pay it forward company” that employs those transitioning out of homeless and makes necklaces, earrings, bracelets and keychains out of repurposed keys. Each Giving Key is engraved with an inspiring word, and when the wearer encounters someone in need of that message, he or she is encouraged to give it away.
“Really good ideas come from genuinely caring about humans.” — Caitlin

WATCH: MARIA’S INTERVIEW WITH CAITLIN CROSBY



 

KATHERINE’S WOMEN TO WATCH
Two Sisters Motivated By Their Mom’s Cancer Survival

As part of her series “Real Women Doing Real Things,” my daughter Katherine recently interviewed two female entrepreneurs whose business was inspired by their mom, a breast cancer survivor.

Carolyn and Adelene Tan started Sophia Rose Intimatesafter realizing that there were few beautiful bras on the market for women who’ve had mastectomies or reconstructive surgery. They started the Sophia Rose line to create lingerie that caters to all.

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READ: KATHERINE’S INTERVIEW WITH CAROLYN AND ADELENE TAN

If you have suggestions for a young woman Katherine should feature, write to her or tag her on social media using #RWDRT.


 

STORIES TO PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE

 

3 Tips For Conquering Your Biggest Fears

In the second part of our 30-Day Mind Reboot series, Angie Johnsey shares her advice for how to tackle your deepest fears. Overcoming fear was one of my New Year’s resolutions and Angie has been helping me power through them so I can move forward. Angie says that strengthening our beliefs is the key to eliminating worry and uncertainty from our lives.

 

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READ: ANGIE’S TIPS FOR CONQUERING YOUR FEARS

 



 

Why Craving Less Is the Key to Having More

HGTV.com star Erin Loechner was Internet famous before the age of 30, but deep down, she felt like her heart was being left behind. That’s when she and her husband decided to leave the fast-paced life of LA and move to Indiana, where they began to redefine their life by simpler terms.

This Thursday, I’ll sit down with Erin for an Architects of Change conversation about why we should all give ourselves permission to slow down. I invite you to join us in LA or watch on Facebook Live.

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READ: AN EXCERPT FROM ERIN LOECHNER’S “CHASING SLOW”

 



 

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READER’S VOICE: WHAT YOU’VE BEEN THINKING

 

Since so many of you write thoughtful feedback to us each week, we felt it was worthwhile to start sharing your valuable thoughts and ideas with the rest of The Sunday Paper community. Below, you’ll find the reflections of reader Edith Parker. Share your own thoughts with us at info@mariashriver.com and we’ll consider sharing them in the weeks’ ahead.

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IN HONOR OF AN ARTIST I ADMIRE

 

Last week, we introduced you to Barbara Kruger, an artist I deeply admire and a woman who has used the power of words to make statements with her art. Barbara is world-renowned for her work and her style has been copied many times over. We discovered that the image we ran last week was an imitation – not one of her original pieces. We genuinely regret the error. As you know, we live in an age where facts are called into question. That’s why we as journalists must remain committed to getting things right.

So, we want to make it up to you and to Barbara by sharing an image from her immersive installation that asks some of the biggest questions of our time. If you find yourself in Washington D.C., we hope you’ll check out “Belief+Doubt” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

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Barbara Kruger, “Belief+Doubt,” 2012. © Barbara Kruger. Photo: Cathy Carver



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A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

 

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The Sunday Paper: March 5: It’s Time to Break a Few Rules

I’ve Been Thinking

This quote has always been one of my favorites. It’s one that has always made me laugh and think. And since March is Women’s History Month, I’ve been thinking about her words a lot more these past few days.

I’ve been thinking about all of the trailblazing women who got us here, as well as the women who inspire us to keep moving forward. I’ve been thinking about trailblazers like my mother, who was a woman who refused to be put in a box. She was a woman who loved to hang with the boys, wear men’s clothing, smoke cigars and push boundaries.

I grew up with four brothers who were raised to treat me like one of the boys. My mother said it was good for me because I was going out into a man’s world.

I’m grateful for my mother, who charted her own course in every way and gave me the opportunity to do the same. I’m grateful for every woman who pushed before me.

I’m grateful for the women I was able to honor with a Minerva Award during my time as First Lady of California. Some were women who you already know, but others were everyday women doing extraordinary work on the frontlines of humanity. They have all accomplished great things, and their work has inspired countless others to do the same. I encourage you to watch our videos of their inspiring stories.

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The truth is, every woman today stands on the shoulders of someone who pushed before her. My daughters’ generation has opportunities and choices that my generation didn’t. My generation had opportunities and choices that were unimaginable to my mother’s generation.

And so on.

Feminine power is available to every woman because power starts within. You don’t have to act like a guy, talk like a guy, or dress like a guy to be powerful. You have to talk, act, dress, and think like the person that you are.

It’s not a man’s world. It’s our world, and it’s ours to go make better.

So as we head into March, focus your mind on what is, not on what was. Focus your mind and your heart on your mission, your purpose, and your passion.

My friend Angie Johnsey – a healer and mind-reboot specialist – has helped me focus my mind.

When I started this year, I wrote about all of the things I wanted to burn, bury and stop bitching about this year. Now, here we are on the first Sunday of March and I’m embarrassed to admit that my list hasn’t been cleared. Angie has been helping me tackle my resolutions and clear my mind. Her advice has been so helpful that I thought, why not share her perspective with all of you? (You’ll find it below.)

After all, spring is around the corner, so it’s just the right time to make ourselves greater in mind, body and spirit. Then, when we need to use our voices to move humanity forward, we’ll be able to do it from a de-cluttered place. We’ll be able to do it from a place of certainty, calm and confidence.

Now more than ever, if you want to step out or step forward, you better be ready. Confidence is critical. Fear has no place. The judgmental voice has got to go. And you best be clear about your mission. Missions have got to be bigger than you; otherwise, it’s just not worth the arrows that will get thrown your way.

And remember, if you want to make history, you’re going to have to be bold. You’re going to have to be brave. And, you’re going to have to break more than a few rules.

You’re going to need someone like Angie to help you stay focused, someone like my friend Nadine to help keep things in perspective and make you laugh, and a family like the one I have to keep you grounded and feeling loved. You’re also going to need a whole tribe of others – like Betty, Jenny, Barbara, Katrina, Kristen and the women of Seneca Falls – to keep you inspired as you move forward. (I hope you enjoy learning more about all of them below.)


Rule breakers, this month is for you. You better be ready!

P.S. After I wrote this, I read this week’s New York Times Modern Love column. I cried for awhile, then I put myself in a time-out. What in the name of God, Maria, do you have to be been bitching about this year? Again, perspective is everything. This made me recall my mother’s words. Whenever I tried to complain to her about anything, she would say to me: “I don’t want to hear a yip out of you. Get out there and get something done in the world. Go make the world better.” So, in my mother’s words, no more yips out of you or out of me. Let’s just get out there and go make the world better.



 

 

In recognition of Women’s History Month, we here at The Sunday Paper want to use this space throughout the month to honor incredible women who are using their voices, their hearts and their minds to Move Humanity Forward.

This week, we honor Betty LaMarr as our Architect of Change of the Week. Betty is the founder of the EmpowHer Institute, an LA-based organization that is helping marginalized teen girls stay in school so that they can be empowered to seek fulfilling and productive lives.

In a city where an astounding 43% of African American students and 34% of Hispanic students do not graduate high school, Betty is inspiring these young women to work against the odds and turn their adversity into opportunity.

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1. I was once that rebellious 13-year-old girl, living in Compton, CA, with my grandparents and with no idea what my future would hold. Finding myself pregnant at my high school graduation and forced to get married, that was the seed to EmpowHer. By the time I was 19, I was a divorced single mom with a high school diploma and a 2-year-old that I had to raise alone. However, EmpowHer did not come to fruition until I turned my adversity into opportunity and went back to school, graduated college as the first in my family and joined corporate America as another first for my family.

2. I left my corporate job and moved to South Africa for four years. Apartheid had just ended and Nelson Mandela had been elected. I wanted to be part of the hope. Despite the optimism in South Africa, I sensed the helplessness and vulnerability from communities. This insight helped define my new mission back in the states: to make sure that girls like me – the girls living in marginalized communities, the rebellious ones – have the opportunity to make the best of their lives. The result is EmpowHer Institute.

3. By teaching a girl a sense of self-worth and self-confidence, providing a mentor who serves as a caring adult, she improves her chances of not dropping out due to teen pregnancy by 98%! Do not let your circumstances define your destiny. Even if you face obstacles, stay focused on your goal, obstacles are lessons along the way. Persist!

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FEMALE ARTISTS WHOSE WORDS MAKE YOU THINK

 

I’ve always been a big fan of words. The written word. The spoken word. Poetry. Prose. You name it. I like the way words move us. I like the way they make us think, the way they make us feel, and the way they challenge our perceptions.

I’m a huge fan of Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger, two female artists who have famously used words to make not just art, but statements as well. I’m the proud owner of Jenny’s work below, “I Feel You.” I remember so well the first time I saw it. It stopped me in my tracks. And Barbara Kruger. Let’s just say I hope to be an owner of a piece of her art at some point in the future. For now, I’m just a fan.

These women, and so many like them, deserve our attention. They change our landscape emotionally, politically and personally. I hope you enjoy their work.

 

Jenny Holzer has made her name by projecting words and ideas in public spaces. This particular piece is part of a series of three projections she did in San Diego in 2007. See more of Jenny’s work here.

Barbara Kruger is best-known for pairing found photos with assertive statements. Much of her work challenges ideas about politics, identity, and gender, like the piece on femininity above. See more of Barbara’s work here.

*Note: A piece previously published here was incorrectly attributed to Barbara Kruger. We apologize for the error.


 

STORIES TO PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE

 

3 Tips For a Stress-Free State of Mind

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My first goal was to bury the critical voice in my head. Angie developed three steps for how to conquer this negative energy and reduce the mental strain it causes.

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“10 Things I Learned About Life on Oscar Sunday”

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mom, a beautiful writer, and a loyal go-to friend who always makes me smile.

After the big mix-up at the end of the Oscars last Sunday, Nadine sent me these amusing thoughts. Her emails bring me joy on a daily basis. This one, like the others, made me laugh and think.

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SOMETHING TO WATCH

A Close-Up Look at Life on the Brink of Poverty

In honor of Women’s History Month, we thought it was important to remember that women (and the millions of children who depend upon them) are the face of poverty in America.

In 2014, we released The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back, a comprehensive report that uncovered the startling fact that 1 out of every 3 women in America lives below, or on the brink of, the poverty line. Check out some of the report’s most important findings in our “She’s The One” video.

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We also produced the award-winning HBO documentary Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert to drive home the point that there are faces behind these statistics.

At the time, Katrina was a single mom of three living paycheck to paycheck in Chattanooga, TN. Today, she is happily married and about to graduate from college with two degrees. Her dream? To work in film and TV.

“I’m working on my last two classes, I just ordered my cap and gown, and I did it all in two years,” she said. “It’s been hard, but my husband has supported me and we’re doing so good. I’m just so excited and so proud.”

I was so honored to be executive producer of this film and to bring Katrina’s story to light. The film is still available on HBO or for purchase online here.

WATCH: The Trailer for Paycheck to Paycheck

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KATHERINE’S CORNER
A Spotlight on Real Women Doing Real Things

 

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incredible women of her generation who are using their talent, their drive and their creativity to move humanity forward. Katherine calls her series “Real Women Doing Real Things.” In honor of Women’s History Month, we thought it was worth sharing here with you in The Sunday Paper as well.
Katherine’s latest column shined the spotlight on Kristen Turner, a lifestyle blogger and the founder of The Good Girl Almighty. The Good Girl Almighty is an LA-based social club that connects local young women with charitable organizations looking for volunteers. Kristen said that during a period of so much divisiveness, she created The Good Girl Almighty “to reestablish a sisterhood with the purpose of making a difference in the community through volunteering.”

READ: Katherine’s Interview with Kristen Turner

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If you have suggestions for a woman Katherine should feature in “Real Women Doing Real Things,” write to her here or on social media using #RWDRT.


SOMETHING TO REMEMBER
Seneca Falls, 1848: Where the Women’s Movement Began

 

Finally, as we also look ahead to International Women’s Day – a day that calls for equal rights for women around the globe – may we recommend taking a moment to learn more about where the movement for women’s rights began here in America.

The Seneca Falls Convention was the first women’s rights convention in the U.S. Held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, NY, the convention was organized by abolitionists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott and convened over 200 women to “discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of women.” Today, the site is maintained by the National Parks Service and is a tribute to the origin of women’s rights.

READ: “The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions” 
Modeled after the Declaration of Independence, this treatise was read by Stanton and called upon women to organize and petition.

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REFLECTION: YOUR SUNDAY SPACE

 

Each week, we invite you to share with us a picture of your peaceful place. We recognize that Sunday is not like any other day of the week, and as such, we want to get a glimpse into the places where you go to reflect, gain perspective and get centered.

This week, we share reader Josef Geisberger’s Sunday Space, which is across the pond in Munich, Germany. Josef says he likes to spend time with friends on Sundays in Munich’s public park, the Englischer Garten.
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THE SUNDAY PAPER TAGLINE:
YOUR FEEDBACK

We send a big thanks to all of you who voted and wrote in last week to weigh in on the tagline for The Sunday Paper. This is an ongoing process, and it’s one we want to continue to involve you in as we go along.

Our current tagline – “Moving Humanity Forward” – garnered the most votes in our poll, but several of you suggested we drop “humanity” and replace it with “us.” Do others of you agree with that?

Below are some of the ones we have narrowed down. We encourage you to weigh in on these as well and write us with your feedback to info@mariashriver.com.

WHICH OF THESE TAGLINES DO YOU LIKE BEST?

1) Moving Us Forward

2) Moving Humanity Forward

3) A Positive Perspective to Power Us Forward

4) A Paper That Informs, Inspires and Connects Us

5) Strong Voices to Uplift, Unite & Inspire


 

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The Sunday Paper, February 26: Is It Time For a Reset?

I’VE BEEN THINKING

I love this advice from one of the smartest minds on the planet.

You can get out of a black hole, Hawking wrote, but you must look up. Be curious and don’t give up.

Hawking was speaking about the black hole of depression, but this advice can be applied to anyone who feels hopeless and scared, whether that be about their own lives or about the state of our country.

Look up. Be curious. Don’t give into the black hole.

I’ve always been a curious person, but there have been times in my life when I couldn’t see the stars that Hawking talks about. I could only see my feet, and they weren’t moving.

Every day, each of us is faced with the possibility of resetting our lives. Refocusing. Reimagining. Rebooting. Every day, we can decide to change our outlook, our words, our tone, and our attitude. Every day offers us the opportunity to redirect our eyes upward, along with our hopes.

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This week, President Trump will give his first address to a joint session of Congress. It will be his first real moment to address the American people and their representatives and outline his vision and agenda for the days ahead.

Trump’s audience will be one that is divided, but awake. It is made up of some who feel hopeful, and others who feel hopeless.

Many have given up hope that he will ever say anything that will speak to their hearts and their minds. They are in a dark hole. Others are holding their breath and hoping he might surprise them.

This is more than just a potential reset moment for the president. It’s also more than just a reset for the Democrats, who voted on a new party chair on Saturday. This can be a reset moment for all of us, regardless of who we voted for, or whether we voted at all. (By the way, if you are one of those who didn’t vote at all, please reset your opinion about that, as our nation needs all of us to be engaged in its future.)

So going into this week, each of us can decide how we approach the president’s speech by thinking about our own openness and curiosity. As Krista Tippett told me during our recent Architects of Change conversation, we have a choice in life: listen and be surprised, or close ourselves off and have our minds already made up. Each of us must decide whether we choose to dig in, or give up. I’m not counting on the latter, though, because everywhere I look I see engagement. I can feel it.

My brother Timmy wondered to me this week whether the war motivated our parents’ generation to get so involved, since it showed them what it was like to be attacked and to see people lose their lives for their principles.

Perhaps, he said, Trump is like the war for our kids and for others. He has gotten them to think about what they are willing to stand up for and fight for. He has gotten us all to think about our principles, our values, and what we are willing to do and say when we feel attacked.

As the president gets ready to stand up and speak out about what he values — what he is willing to fight for —perhaps it’s a moment for each of us to think about what we are willing to fight for. Will we fight for equal rights? Will we fight for the safety and security of our country? Will we fight for a free press? (Trump’s decision on Friday to block major news outlets from The White House is unfortunately showing us yet again that he doesn’t like the press.)

This is a moment for each of us to think about own principles and about how we would address a divided nation.

Do we have what it takes to unify the union — be it the union in our own homes and in our own lives? Are we willing to be curious about opinions that are different from our own? Are we willing to have conversations that surprise us and make us reset the way we think?

For us to go from divided to united, all of us are going to have to take our eyes off the ground and redirect them to the stars. It’s the only way to get out of a black hole.

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Every week here at The Sunday Paper, we honor individuals who use their voices, their hearts, and their minds to Move Humanity Forward.

This week, we honor Tim Robbins as our Architect of Change of the Week. You may best know Tim as a film director and Academy Award-winning actor who starred in “The Shawshank Redemption,” one of the greatest films of all time. But he is also the artistic director of The Actors’ Gang Prison Project, a program that teaches theater and improv techniques to incarcerated persons so that they can explore their emotions without violence.

On Oscar Sunday, we wanted to shine a light on someone in the arts community who is using his talent, his time and his wisdom to change the lives of others and help prisoners “reset” the way they approach the world.

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1. We give our students a road back to themselves. Prison and whatever led them to prison is not and never is the whole of the person. The work we do reminds them that there is more to them than the single act that has defined them for the past years. There is humanity in everyone and the prison system is simply not built to remind the incarcerated of their humanity.

2. I think it was Fyodor Dostoevsky who said, “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” If we give any credence to this quote, the way we treat people in our prison systems is not a good reflection of our culture. … So much human potential has been locked away and disregarded and at the same time, we have moved further and further away from any commitment to rehabilitation. Our system has lost the belief that incarceration should lead to reformation for the incarcerated.

3. It takes tremendous courage to get in touch with emotions that are suppressed or hidden and come to understand how those emotions are connected to our actions. Only then can we take personal responsibility for our own emotions and work towards transforming ourselves into sentient human beings. If an incarcerated man or women can make those discoveries in a prison environment, then what is preventing me from making those discoveries about myself?

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Click here to learn more about how you can help Tim’s efforts with The Actors’ Gang Prison Project.

TUNE IN: Be sure to also watch The Actors’ Gang’s Facebook Live from California’s Avenal State Prison on Wednesday, March 1. 


 

SOMETHING TO CHECK OUT
A Roadmap to Having Better Conversations

One person who has excellent advice on how we can “reset” the way we engage with one another is Krista Tippett. (You can watch our Architects of Change conversation from this week here.) Through her Civil Conversations Project, she offers an excellent roadmap for us all called Better Conversations: A Starter Guide. Below is an excerpt.

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SOMETHING TO REFLECT UPON
How To Be Happy With Being Alone

My friend Angie Johnsey also does incredible work teaching people how to “reset” their thoughts and their minds. Starting next week, I’ll share with you how she’s helping me work through my New Year’s resolutions, which were all about making positive mental change.

This week, I wanted to share Angie’s excellent perspective on how to be happy with being alone. We all need connection and community, but we also need ways to feel content and at peace when we are by ourselves.

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SOMETHING TO WATCH THIS WEEK
My Favorite Oscar-Nominated Films of 2017

The Oscars are experiencing a reset of their own this year. The Academy has been heavily criticized for the lack of racial diversity in its nominations, but tonight, seven minority actors are nominated, including a record six black actors. That’s certainly something to celebrate.

I look forward to the Oscars and hold a party in my home every year. Below are just a few of the films that I’ll be rooting for tonight.

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Hidden Figures

Nominated for Best Picture, this film tells the incredible true story of three brilliant African-American women who worked at NASA and served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
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Captain Fantastic

Viggo Mortenson is nominated for his role as Ben Cash, a father who raised his six children off the grid and is suddenly forced to enter the “real world,” challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

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Directed by Ava Duvernay and nominated for Best Documentary, this Netflix film takes an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.
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Also nominated for Best Documentary, “Life, Animated” is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.

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This week, we share this lovely photo sent to us from Sister Ann McGovern. Ann ministers at Mercy By the Sea in Madison, CT, and says that she enjoys her Sundays sitting in this spot by the water.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Taglines say a lot about your purpose and passion as a publication. They tell your readers what you are committed to providing them each week.

In light of The Washington Post adding a bold new tagline to its paper this week, we thought we could ask your opinion on ours here at The Sunday Paper.

“Moving Humanity Forward.” Does that resonate with you? Do you have a better idea?

You are part of a growing community of people who are responding to what we are putting out into the universe, so we want you to weigh in here. Which of the taglines below do you like best? Write to us at info@mariashriver.com and let us know.

1) Moving Humanity Forward

2) The Paper of Record For People Who Want to Move Humanity Forward

3) Reflections on the Week That Was. Wisdom for the Week Ahead.

4) Passionate. Purposeful. Powerful. The Perfect Sunday Read.

5) A Paper in Pursuit of the Common Good


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The Sunday Paper, February 19: The President’s Surprising Impact on My Household

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I’VE BEEN THINKING

On this Presidents’ Day weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about our founding fathers, the foundation they built, and yes, the president overseeing that foundation today.

Donald Trump has unleashed something that few other politicians have been able to do. He did something in my own home that I as a parent wasn’t really successful at doing.

But somehow Donald Trump did it.

He got everyone interested in civics, the government, and, yes, the press.

Yes, he did. Today, my kids and their friends are engaged in our democracy in a way that I have never seen. They follow the news like it’s their business. They ask really smart questions about executive orders, about the role of the national security advisor, and about the justice department and how its jurisdiction differs from the FBI. They talk about the new Supreme Court pick and how he might impact the Supreme Court and hence, the laws of our nation. They talk about the ninth circuit and about what’s constitutional and what’s not.

They know the names of the people “in the room,” thanks in large part to their avid consumption of all forms of news media (which, thankfully, is enjoying a record number of subscriptions and ratings).

And speaking of the news, what a week for journalism.

It was an incredible week for those in it, for those defending it, and for those who have invested millions into it, like Jeff Bezos (yes, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos). Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million in 2013 and has invested millions more into its investigative journalism, empowering them to be able to break stories like the one they did this week.

America is so alive that it feels as energized as the Broadway play “Hamilton” (which I saw for the second time last week). People are engaged in our democracy. They are writing and calling their representatives. They are taking to the streets. They are making their voices heard. And perhaps most amazingly, there are record numbers of people jumping into the arena.

A new organization called Run for Something debuted just a few weeks ago to educate, mentor and fund candidates under 35. Already, the organization is seeing a surge in people signing up to run.

Meanwhile, middle and high school teachers across the country are reporting that their students are showing a level of engagement in civics that they haven’t seen in years. Lindsey Beam, a teacher in Greer, S.C., told the NY Times that her students now “know a lot, and they’re proud that they know a lot. What’s on their radar in terms of world events and domestic issues has grown exponentially.”

Believe it or not, civics are hot. The news is hot. Facts are as “in” as a pair of Yeezy sneakers. And politics is way hotter than any reality show on TV. Who would have thought? (I can’t wait to see the ratings for that president’s much-debated news conference.)

So on this Presidents’ Day weekend, I want to thank the founding fathers for building us that strong foundation.

I want to applaud the press for staying on the story and for letting us know “who’s in the room” and what they are saying, even if those people deny what they’re actually saying. The press is not “an enemy of the American people,” as President Trump tweeted on Friday. It is, as founding father Thomas Jefferson once wrote, the very thing that guards our liberty.

I also want to shout out to all those who are showing up, speaking up and letting our elected leaders and the president know what they think, what they care about, and what they are willing to fight for.

So as accusations fly, it’s important to remember that our nation’s strong foundation is indeed intact. The three branches of government work. And we are lucky to live in a country with a free press.

Every president has to find their way of dealing with it.

So before our president decides if he wants to continue bashing it, it might be worth listening to another president who tried that strategy.
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History offers us all lessons for the future. It’s up to each of us to learn from them.

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Every week here at The Sunday Paper, we honor individuals who use their voices, their hearts, and their minds to Move Humanity Forward.

This week, we honor Brandon Stanton as our Architect of Change of the Week. Brandon is the visionary behind the wildly popular digital photo platform Humans of New York. Brandon’s philosophy is that every person has a story and that we need to hear those stories so that we can better understand one another. Through his use of media, Brandon is giving us insight into who we are as human beings, and that is indeed Moving Humanity Forward. While he may not be running for something, he’s definitely doing something.

 

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1.  When I first began Humans of New York, a lot of skeptics asked me: ‘Why would anyone care about the stories of ordinary people?’ Most photography and journalism at the time seemed to focus on people who were famous or successful. I think the success of HONY shows that anyone can be interesting if you really know their story. Interestingly, the stories that I post of famous people tend to get the least engagement. I think the audience really values the randomness and anonymity of the subjects.

2. I try to focus on the person in front of me, and how to best tell their story. Paradoxically, the narrower my focus, the more wide-ranging HONY’s impact has become. But even as I travel more, and the audience becomes more international, I still try to avoid forming a ‘higher narrative’ about the collection of people I’ve interviewed. For me, it’s all about the next person’s story.
3. I’ll give you a recent photo that really moved me. I’m in Argentina right now, and I was taking a coffee break at a Buenos Aires Starbucks. I was about to head back out to work, when I saw a woman sitting alone. I normally only approach people on the street, but something told me to ask her for an interview. I think the power of the story is self-evident. As opposed to being a unique case, it’s representative of what happens to me every day. I’m constantly being amazed by the lives and narratives of randomly chosen people.

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To read this woman’s story and see Brandon’s other work, go to HumansofNewYork.com.



 

SOMETHING TO WATCH THIS WEEK
Films That Show Heroic Journalism in Action

Since the press has been so in the news, we thought it would be worth looking back at some of the biggest stories that the mainstream press broke, even when they were told there was no story to uncover. It’s worth remembering at this time.

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“All The President’s Men” 

Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman play Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, The Washington Post’s intrepid reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal and toppled President Nixon.

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“Spotlight” 

The 2016 Best Picture winner at the Oscars, “Spotlight” follows the tenacious Boston Globe reporters who exposed a decades-long cover-up of child abuse allegations within the Catholic Church.

 

SOMETHING TO LEARN
Sandra Day O’Connor’s Gift to the Next Generation

Ask anyone about Sandra Day O’Connor and they’re likely to recall her as the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court. But since her retirement in 2006, the former associate justice has added a new title to her name: video game creator.

O’Connor is the founder of iCivics, a series of free-to-play video games that teach kids about civics, the U.S. Constitution and how government works. Each year, over 4 million students benefit from O’Connor’s creation, which she says is the most important part of her legacy.

PLAY: Check out the iCivics games with your children at www.icivics.org.

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“The practice of democracy is not passed down through the gene pool. It must be taught and learned anew by each generation of citizens.”
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CITIZENSHIP TEST: COULD YOU PASS?

Every person who wants to become a United States citizen must first pass a civics test as part of their naturalization interview. The civics test quizzes their knowledge of basic facts about U.S. history and government. These are facts any citizen should know, but how many of us would pass this test ourselves? Below are a few sample questions to test your own knowledge. (Answers are at the end.)

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1.) The Constitution;
2.) 27;
3.) Checks and balances, or separation of powers


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The Sunday Paper, February 12: Why Acceptance Is the Path to Finding Peace

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I love the above quote from Mother Teresa – now Saint Teresa – because it speaks to our most basic need to belong. It speaks to what our world needs so much at this moment: peace.

These days, it can feel hard to find peace when every week seems to be going by so fast. Every day races by, and every minute, a new story grabs your attention, only to be replaced by another.

Confirmations. Filibusters. Immigration bans. No bans. Showdowns. Debates. Conflicts of interest. Ethics, judges, and executive orders. Coretta Scott King. Kellyanne Conway. Jeff Sessions. Melissa McCarthy. Missing jerseys. Nordstrom. Oh, and yes, “she persisted.”

And that’s just skimming the surface.

I, for one, want to slow it down. Slow it all down. I want to slow down and take a step back from it all so that I can really think about the pathway to peace in this ever-changing world.

Over the years, I’ve thought a lot about peace and how it’s connected to our sense of belonging and acceptance. I have come to learn that once you can accept yourself  — once you can accept the dark and the light that exists in all of us — you’re on your way to finding peace.

Peace within leads to peace in your home, your community, and your country. On New Year’s Eve, I stood around a fire pit with my kids and stated that acceptance was going to be my theme for the year. Acceptance of myself and of others. Acceptance of what is, without losing my belief and resolve to chart a new way forward when necessary.

I write about belonging and acceptance because I think it is what underlies so much of the divisive debate playing out in our culture. Who belongs and who gets to decides who belongs?

Growing up, my father never let us belong to the country club near our home because he said the club didn’t accept African Americans or Jews. He told us we couldn’t belong to a place that didn’t accept everyone. That has stuck with me my entire life.

America’s story has always been one of acceptance. People left places where they felt they didn’t belong and traveled here to America, where everyone could belong and where everyone could be accepted. I’m a descendant of immigrants, and my children’s father is a first generation immigrant. Our country is made up of so many people who came here looking for a place to belong.

When I watched Airbnb’s Super Bowl commercial called “We Accept,” it made me think about how the need to belong lives in all of us.

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We all want to belong. We all want to be accepted. Recognizing that we share this desire can help us see our shared humanity.

So, as we live in the midst of this never-ending news cycle — one filled with stories about politicians debating who belongs and who is accepted — I encourage us all to slow down. Slow down the news, slow down our conversations, and slow down life so that we can connect more authentically, listen more attentively, and act more civilly and civically towards one another.

Saint Teresa is right. We do belong to each other. Once we accept that truth, we will be on our path to peace.

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Every week at The Sunday Paper, we honor individuals who use their voices, their hearts, and their minds to Move Humanity Forward.

Today, as the music industry gathers for the 59th annual Grammy Awards, we want to honor a man who is using music as a means to foster empathy and acceptance across generations.

Michael Rossato-Bennett, our Architect of Change of the Week, is the director of the documentary “Alive Inside.” It’s an incredible film that chronicles how music can be used to re-awaken the souls of individuals with dementia.

It’s Michael’s mission to reimagine how our society views the elderly and to spark what he calls “an empathy revolution.” He is using music as a tool to create shared experiences between young and old.


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Michael Rossato-Bennett
Filmmaker · Music Visionary · Architect of Change

1. Seeing How Music Affects People With Dementia Changed My Life. It showed me how phenomenally alive the emotional systems of people with Alzheimer’s are. Music conveys meaning that cannot be expressed in words, and for someone who has dementia, it reignites the pathways of emotions, movement, and memories.”

2. “We Have an Empathy Deficit in Our Culture. Young people are being raised through technology and we don’t need each other in the way we used to. Yet I’ve found that when the young connect with the elderly using music, it’s a phenomenal teaching moment. It’s transformative. I invented these headsets that are light, fit on an elder’s head, and are wired so two people can listen at the same time. It’s my dream to have a million kids give a million elders these headsets. It’s cheap and it creates human connection.”

3. “We Should All Share the Soundtrack to Our Lives. My Alive Inside Foundation has an app that lets you write down the soundtrack of your life. Everyone has songs that no one knows they love. Make a playlist and share it with your family, so that if you’re ever cognitively impaired, people will know your music.”

WATCH: The Trailer for Michael’s Film, “Alive Inside”


 

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Faith Leaders Share Their Thoughts on Prayer

 

Many of you responded last week to my message about prayer and how I use it to find peace on a daily basis. Some of you shared your own approach to prayer, while others said they were struggling with exactly “how to pray” in these uncertain times.

My brother Tim was among the voices I heard from. He told me that to him, “prayer is opening yourself to welcoming, relishing, trusting, and even becoming at one with the unconditional love of God.”

Tim wisely suggested that it could be valuable for us to also hear how leaders in the faith community describe prayer. So, we reached out to a few spiritual leaders to get their thoughts on the topic. Below, we share their reflections and advice for how to incorporate prayer into our lives.

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Krista Tippett on Reconsidering the Word Love

Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and National Humanities Medalist Krista Tippett has spent her career examining what it means to be human and the ways in which we connect, find peace and seek faith and humanity with one another.

With Valentine’s Day this Tuesday, we thought it would be worthwhile to share Krista’s insightful perspective on love and how we can more deeply embody it in our lives.

Below, she shares an excerpt from her new book “Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living” with you, the readers of The Sunday Paper.

RECONSIDERING THE WORD LOVE
An Excerpt From Krista Tippett’s Book “Becoming Wise”

Love is the superstar virtue of virtues, and the most watered down word in the English language. I love this weather. I love your dress. And what we’ve done with the word, we’ve done with this thing – this possibility, this essential bond, this act. We’ve made it private, contained it in family, when its audacity is in its potential to cross tribal lines. We’ve fetishized it as romance, when its true measure is a quality of sustained, practical care. We’ve lived it as a feeling, when it is a way of being. It is the elemental experience we all desire and seek, most of our days, to give and receive.

I long to make this word echo differently in hearts and ears – not less complicated, but differently so. The sliver of love’s potential which the Greeks separated out as eros is where we load so much of our desire, center so much of our imagination about delight and despair, define so much of our sense of completion. There is the love the Greeks called philia – the love of friendship. There is the love they called agape – love as embodied compassion, expressions of kindness that might be given to a neighbor or a stranger. The Metta of the root Buddhist Pali tongue, “lovingkindness,” carries the nuance of benevolent, active interest in others known and unknown, and its cultivation begins with compassion towards oneself.

In both Hebrew and Arabic, the word for “compassion” is connected to the word for “womb.” This image is beautiful and challenging in equal measure. Consider its implicit complexity in light of the bloody, miraculous, real world experience of birth, and it tells a frank story of love in its fullness. A merger of pleasure and risk and sacrifice. A dance of alternating vulnerabilities. A wellspring of joy. A challenge to endless learning by mistake. The moment to moment evolution of care.

Excerpted from BECOMING WISE by Krista Tippett. Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright (c) Krista Tippett, 2016.

If you’re in Los Angeles, please join Krista and I next Thursday, February 23, for an Architects of Change coffee and conversation. Get your tickets today.

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 YOUR SUNDAY SPACE

We’ve been encouraging you to share photos of where you spend your Sundays. (Please, keep them coming!) This week, Connie Moore shares this photo of her Sunday space in Wailea, Hawaii.

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The Sunday Paper, February 5: We Are All in This Together

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Every week here at The Sunday Paper, we focus on Moving Humanity Forward. That’s our tagline, but more importantly, it’s our mission and our purpose.

We curate stories and we highlight voices that inform and inspire us to stay positive in the midst of a rapidly changing and turbulent world. We scour the news and always try to find the silver lining in it. (In case you missed it, be sure to read New York Times columnist Nick Kristof’s op-ed about why 2017 may actually be the best year ever. Yes, he did say that.)

The news of the day is rarely simple and/or great, even though so many people want it to be. I find that people want it to be black and white or right and wrong. But it rarely is. One’s take on the news depends so much on what one has experienced in life. You and I can look at the same picture, read the same story, or listen to the same speech, and yet have completely different takes on what is being said or is happening.

This week, President Trump got me thinking about the power of prayer. I’m a big believer in the power of prayer because I’ve seen it work firsthand. In fact, right now I’m a part of a prayer circle for a friend battling cancer and I know it’s effective because she’s still working and being a warrior for social justice.

I pray every morning and every evening to settle myself, to guide myself, to focus myself, to express gratitude and to be in conversation with God. I pray for myself, my children, my friends and yes, those I seek to better understand.

So the other morning, I prayed for Donald Trump and his family. I prayed that he would find some measure of peace. I prayed that he would realize he already has the most powerful job in the world and that what he does with it moving forward impacts millions and millions the world over. It impacts our shared humanity. It can move us forward, or it can move us backward. So while I know we must and should act, prayer has always given me a solid and centered foundation from which to move forward.

Because the truth is that no matter where we are born — or to whom we are born — we are all human beings. We share our humanity. In fact, the Merriam Webster’s definition of humanity makes this pretty clear.

 

 

I am connected to you, and yes, you are connected to me. We share the same planet. We breathe the same air. How I treat me is how I should strive to treat you. What I want for my family is what I should strive to want for your family — regardless of your religion, the color of your skin, your gender, or your political affiliation. I long to drop the labels we use to identify ourselves and that we so often hide behind, as they always seem to take us further from one another, instead of closer to one another.

So as we all heatedly debate the news of the day — as we are all flooded with images of people crying for help and/or offering help — may we stop and remember that we are all in this great big family called the human race together. If you need an example, just read this story about how a Jewish synagogue in Texas opened its doors to a local Muslim congregation after their mosque burned to the ground.

Our future depends on seeing our common humanity and finding ways to elevate it and move it forward towards a better place than it is today. Our very survival depends on one another. Our joy depends on one another. We are not here to destroy one another. We are here to connect with one another and help one another.

As Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.”

We at The Sunday Paper agree. That’s why today’s issue focuses on helping us see that very truth. We can see it in our daily lives, in pictures, in films, or in the power of sports. It’s there for us all to see. All we need to do is open our eyes, our minds and our hearts to it and let it in.

In the meantime, I’m going to keep praying for our president, those who work for him and those who don’t. I’m going to keep praying for all of us and our shared humanity.

It’s there for us to see. All we need to do is open our eyes, our minds and our hearts and let it in.

In the meantime, I’m going to keep praying for our president, those who work for him and those who don’t. I’m going to keep praying for all of us and our shared humanity.

P.S. Archbishop Tutu shared some other powerful words about peace and humanity in an exclusive essay for The Sunday Paper last November. Read it here, then listen to the voices of other Architects of Change in our conversation series archives.

 


 

Every week at The Sunday Paper, we honor individuals who use their voices, their hearts, and their minds to Move Humanity Forward.

This week, we honor Rev. Andy Bales as our Architect of Change of the Week. For more than a decade, Rev. Bales has trekked up and down Los Angeles’ Skid Row to tend to the city’s neediest. And even though he lost his right leg to a staph infection contracted on the streets, Rev. Bales has not let that setback slow down his mission of ending homelessness.

Rev. Bales sees the humanity in everyone and recognizes that we’re all “precious human beings.”

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1.  Why We Should Never Turn Our Backs on The Homeless: “We all have our own kinds of struggles,” Rev. Bales said. “So often we avoid people experiencing homelessness, but there are so many people who are one paycheck away from it. We’ve got to get over our fears and join together and make sure no one ever suffers this devastation.”

2. The One Thing Most People on the Streets Have in Common: “The biggest common denominator is having no attachment to family whatsoever,” Rev. Bales said. “Recreating community is the biggest step toward ending homelessness.”

3.  Why It’s Never Too Late: “I’ve rarely, if ever, seen somebody who was too far gone to have a quality life,” Rev Bales said. “One guy who spent 7 years on crack cocaine is now playing piano for a worship team, and the other day, he spoke before city council. As long as you’re breathing, there’s hope.”

To learn more about Rev. Andy Bales and his organization, United Rescue Mission, go here.

 


 

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The Power of Sports to Bring Us Together

 

In case you think we forgot it’s Super Bowl Sunday… we haven’t. How could we? We recognize the incredible role sports has played in changing our social conscious and uniting a humanity made up of different skin colors, religions, backgrounds and beliefs.

So, before you watch the game (or after), may we recommend that you watch one of these two films — both of which demonstrate how sports can be used to change our minds, open our eyes and help us recognize our common humanity.

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This is a moving feature film about the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their country.

 

 

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Personal bias here: I produced this ESPN’s “30 For 30” about my mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. It is truly an incredible tale of how she used the power of sports to change how the world views people with disabilities.

 

 


 

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“Refugee” Exhibit at the Newseum

 

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In light of all of the recent debate about refugees, there is an incredible exhibit at the Newseum in Washington D.C. that can help us all better understand their stories and their plight.

The exhibit features the work of five internationally acclaimed photographers who traveled across five continents to depict the lives of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world. The exhibit is in Washington D.C. through March 12 and then travels to Houston on May 11 for FotoFest Houston.

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Even if you can’t catch this particular exhibit… may we highly recommend that you visit the Newseum in Washington D.C. the next time you are in our nation’s capital. As our country debates the fourth estate, this museum serves as a place to educate us on what news is and what it isn’t.

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A Sunday Poem

 

We at The Sunday Paper strive to start your Sunday with original and inspiring content. Whenever possible, we call upon poets, artists and thinkers among us to create something special just for you.

This week, our friends at the Los Angeles-based non-profit Get Lit (which uses poetry to increase literacy, empower youth and inspire communities) composed this original poem for The Sunday Paper.

 

“We Rise”
By Monique Mitchell

A butterfly brave enough 

to open her wings

for the world to see

sets off hurricanes 

on the opposite end of the globe. 

Scientists call it chaos. 

Maya cracked the code,

discovered why caged birds sing. 

Dared to believe the song in her heart.

Taught us to rise. 

When hatred seeks to tear us apart,

We rise. 

One brilliant sun rises

on us all.

To my Syrian sister,

my heart knows no refugees-

only family. 

She holds the door open 

shouting, “You are welcome here!”

You are home. 

How dare you play small

in a universe dependent

upon your breath? 

Your inhale inspires earthquakes. 

May this world tremble at the

thought of you.

May you always know

you matter. 

May you create chaos

that reaches us all.

That like our sun, 

teaches us to rise

despite our constant setting.

It is always time for a new day. 

Rosa sat, King dreamed, Gloria spoke, Tupac rose, Lennon imagined, Malala survived. 

We rise. 

We rise. 

We rise! 


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Last week, we asked you to share photos of where you like to spend your Sundays. Sharon Pollock submitted this photo of her Sunday space in Westlake Village, CA.

We want to see your place as well, so send your pictures to info@mariashriver.com.
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The Sunday Paper, January 29: This Is the Time to Stay Focused

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I’VE BEEN THINKING

All eyes are on “La La Land” heading into Oscars season. The film received a stunning 14 nominations, tying it for the all-time record.

“La La Land” is a beautiful, creative and magical movie with an ending that no one I know can agree on. As my friend John said to me the other day, “The end left me confused, but not in a bad way.”

I mention “La La Land” because everyone I seem to talk to feels like they are living in some version of a “La La Land” illusion. But unlike my friend John, they tell me they feel confused … but in a bad way.

I get it. We seem to be living in a world of alternative facts, which in turn makes one question any and all facts. When people want to confuse you — be it in your home, your place of work, the movies or in the world at large — they create alternate realities so convincing that you begin to doubt your own reality and, in turn, you feel like you’re starring in some strange film. You feel like your mind is in “La La Land.”

So, if you do feel like you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, might I suggest you stop and take a reality check.

Yes, there is such a thing as reality. It’s a place where facts are not alternate. Where life is really unfolding. Where people trying to come into our country really are being detained due to their ethnicity or country of origin. Where people do what they say and say what they do.

Now, when I’m in doubt or confused or suffering, I circle back to what I’m certain and clear about. I reach out to certain friends and family members that I know are grounded in truth and will tell me the truth, even if it’s unpleasant.

I go to church. I sit in silence. I breathe. I walk in nature. I read. (See the eight lifestyle choices that the Buddha instructed his followers to practice to alleviate suffering and confusion.) I write and I write and I write. I tune out the noise. I turn off shows where people scream at each other and throw out facts they can’t substantiate. I turn to my meditation practice.

When in doubt, I don’t ask other confused people what’s going on. I ask myself, what do I think is going on? What do I think is real? What do I trust? What do I observe? What do I feel?

I keep my focus there. I also reach out to people who can teach me a thing or two about mental focus and about how to keep my mind where I want to keep my mind, not where someone else wants to take it.

Enter Tom Brady. Yes, I said Tom Brady. This week, Tom Brady also made history (yes, so did Meryl Streep – if I were looking for acting lessons or lessons in courage, I would call her). Tom Brady is on his way to a record-setting 7th Super Bowl. Yes, he’s an incredible athlete, but he’s also an amazing student of mental fitness. Keeping his mind calm, clear and focused is just as important to him as keeping his body in peak physical shape. So, before you tell me you might not be a Patriots fan — actually don’t, cause I am, 😉 — please do yourself a favor and read the answers Tom wrote for you about how he’s learned to keep his mind focused — where it needs to be and not where others might want him to focus.

My fellow Architects of Change, this is a time to stay focused. Stay focused on what you know to be real and true. May we each be brave enough to challenge what is, imagine what can be and Move Humanity Forward. Challenging what is is the best way to make sure you don’t end up living in “La La Land.” Because unless you’re Emma Stone or Ryan Gosling, that’s not where we need to be.Maria Signature

 

 


 

Every week at The Sunday Paper, we want to go to a positive place. That is our mission. Every week, we also want to honor individuals who are using their voices, their hearts, and their minds to Move Humanity Forward.

We call these individuals Architects of Change. They come from all areas of human endeavor and they make our world better, one idea and one person at a time. This week, we honor Andy Puddicombe as our Architect of Change of the Week. Andy is the visionary leader and voice behind Headspace, an app that is bringing guided meditations and mindfulness training to the masses. He is a man who is helping millions of people around the world achieve a clearer, calmer mind.

Andy and the folks at Headspace have a mission to improve the health and happiness of the world.

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Mindfulness Expert · Entrepreneur  · Architect of Change

1. Why We Need Meditation Now:  “I think we feel such a sense of busy in our lives and in our minds,” Andy said. “So having a tool to unplug and become more aware of what is going on in the mind, I think it has huge implications. Not just for our own happiness, but for the happiness of those around us in our lives as well.”

2. What Andy Says We Can Do to Calm Down and Get Focused: 1) Meditate and be more mindful in life. 2) Reflect daily on how precious life is. 3) Know that everything is changing all of the time. 4) Think about cause and effect. Examine bad habits or mistakes and change the behavior. 5) Bring a greater sense of acceptance to life. Know that it’s not easy, but don’t resist it. Take away the layer of tension in the mind.

3. How Meditation Can Help Move Humanity Forward: “I think it always comes back to awareness and compassion. The more aware we become in our lives, hopefully, the more compassionate we become in our lives. Not only do we become happier as individuals, but also for the people around us.”

WATCH: Click here to view my Architects of Change conversation with Andy.

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SUNDAY PAPER EXCLUSIVE: TOM BRADY ON THE MIND OF A CHAMPION

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All eyes are on Tom Brady this week as we countdown to Super Bowl Sunday.

Next Sunday, he will lead the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl for a record seventh time. What people may not realize is that he spends as much time training his mind as he does his body. (He has also raised millions of dollars for Best Buddies, but I’ll talk about that another time.)

Together with his trainer Alex Guerrero, he has built the TB12 Sports Therapy Center (http://www.tb12sports.com/). We reached out to Tom to find out how he keeps his mind focused and what we can all learn from his regimen. He took his mind off Super Bowl preparation for a few moments to answer these questions for you, readers of The Sunday Paper.

1) You are going to the Super Bowl for a record 7th time. Getting there is as much a mental feat as it is a physical one. What is your secret for staying mentally fit? 

Tom Brady: I feel the mind and body must work together. I believe just as strongly in the importance of mental fitness as I do about physical fitness. For me, mental fitness comes from a combination of activities and choices. I perform cognitive exercises (which are available to anyone at TB12.BrainHQ.com) that help me stay sharp and make better split-second decisions on the field. And I prioritize getting enough rest to allow my body to recover. And I strive to keep a positive mental attitude at all times.

2) There is so much noise going into a football season. Double that for a Super Bowl. How do you maintain a focused mind when the world is trying to distract you? 

Brady: It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a big game or event — after these many years I’ve learned to ignore the noise! For me, having a regular routine is very helpful. That means establishing a consistent bedtime and getting an adequate amount of good-quality sleep every night, and carving out time for the TB12 BrainHQ cognitive exercises that help me focus my mind on the most critical information and disregard the rest.

3) How important is the food you eat, the people around you and the environment that you exist in? 

Brady: I believe that what we get out of our bodies is a direct result of what we put in. I (mostly) follow a plant-based diet of whole foods that helps my body stay in balance and limits additional inflammation. I try to surround myself with positive people, and I work to minimize distractions whenever possible. My lifestyle has helped me stay physically and mentally fit.

4) Most people never make it to a Super Bowl but many want a clearer, calmer mind. What is one thing that people can do to get there? 

Brady: That’s a great question. I think it’s tempting to want to find a quick fix and “one thing” you can do — but I think sustained peak performance can really only be achieved through a combination of things… there’s no silver bullet. The “TB12 Method” I’ve developed in partnership with my body coach brings together the right exercise, nutrition, supplementation, and mental elements into a comprehensive lifestyle that I think can help people of all ages and all levels be their best.

 


 

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This week, we asked our Facebook community the question: How Do You Want to Move Humanity Forward in 2017? Here is what some of you had to say…

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Below is a picture of where I spend my Sundays. It’s a spot at my home where I find peace and calm. We recognize that Sunday is a special day of the week — one that is unlike any others. We want to see where you spend your time on Sundays, so send your pictures to info@mariashriver.com and we’ll share them here in the weeks ahead.

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SUNDAY NEWS SHOW WORTH WATCHING

And since there is so much talk about journalism these days, I recommend watching “Tom Brokaw at NBC News, The First 50 Years” tonight with your family. I, along with many others, had the chance to interview Tom for the special. It’s a great opportunity to see journalism at its finest — how it was done in the past and how it’s still done today.

 


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The Sunday Paper: January 22, 2017

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I’ve done a lot of thinking this week. 

I’ve thought a lot about what President Trump said and what he could have said. I’ve thought a lot about symbolism, about manners, about civility, about tone, about politics, and about democracy.

Most of all, I’ve thought about my country. I’ve thought about where we are and how we got here. I’ve thought a lot about where we are going.

At times, when I struggle to find the right words, I sit in silence. I read the words of great spiritual leaders. I turn to poetry.

One poem I read was Langston Hughes’ “Democracy.”

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Talk of our democracy and citizenship has gotten a lot of play this past week. Hughes’ poem reminded me that we all have ownership of our great country and we all must stand on our own two feet and own this land.

As I wrote right after President Trump’s speech, I wish it had invited more people in. I know those who voted for him may have felt like it did, but I know millions didn’t, and that broke my heart.

Inaugural speeches are opportunities to reach out and across the divide. They are openings. I hoped for a vision of uniting one president’s vision of “we” with the other’s. I hoped for language that would bring the two halves of our country together. I hoped he would reach out to the millions who didn’t vote for him and acknowledge their fears. 

The truth is, we the people are the strength and the backbone of this country. This country doesn’t belong to Obama’s “we” or Mr. Trump’s “we.” It belongs to all of us.

It will be up to the majority of us to remind this president who we are, what we care about and what is most important to us. We, the large “we,” must stand on our own two feet and use our own voices to speak for what we believe.

Our founding fathers weren’t afraid, nor should any of us be. May we all focus on Moving Humanity Forward one person at a time, and may we watch our tone, our language and our words. For our words tell us — and our global neighbors — who we really are.

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Every week at The Sunday Paper, we want to go to an inspirational place. That is our mission. Every week, we want to honor individuals who are using their voices, their hearts, and their minds to Move Humanity Forward.

We call these individuals Architects of Change. They come from all areas of human endeavor and they make our world better, one idea and one person at a time.

This week, our Architects of Change of the Week are all of the women and men who participated in The Women’s Marches on Saturday. From Washington D.C. to San Diego to Sydney, Australia, millions of people flooded the streets of cities and towns across the globe. They assembled in a statement of solidarity to send a message that they expect elected leaders of both parties to protect the rights of women, their families and their communities.

These individuals gathered to remind us that this nation belongs to all of us. Search the hashtag #womensmarch on social media to get a closer look at the women and men who represented the march.

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The People of The Women’s March
 Citizens · Activists · Architects of Change

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Tom Brokaw: “I am hopeful…”

Over the last 50 years, Tom Brokaw’s voice is one that has guided us through many of our nation’s most important moments. While many feel that we are experiencing uncertain times, he insisted that we’re still living in a very strong country.

“We have been through difficult times before,” Tom told me in a special Architects of Change conversation. But he said now more than ever, Americans need to stand up and actively participate in our democracy.

“They have to get involved,” he said. “They have to set aside their emotional commitment to somebody and do it on a practical basis. Does this work? Does this make sense? Is he going to have success with it?”

WATCH: View our conversation here.

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Joan Chittister: “Maybe it’s time for us to form uncommon groups of unlike minds…”

I’ve been thinking a lot this past week about those words from my friend Sister Joan Chittister. Joan believes all of us must aspire to be peacemakers and that we must find a way to come together for the common good.

In the days ahead, we should not be afraid to use our voices to advocate for the issues that matter most to us. But the manner in which we use our voice will make all of the difference.

Joan, an author and a Benedictine nun, is someone who has always ignited my spirit. She has written more books than I can count and is someone I deeply admire. She wrote the words below especially for you, readers of The Sunday Paper. I’m grateful to be able to share her wisdom here with you here today. 

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Join Me For an Architects of Change Conversation

I’ve always believed that we all have the power to be Architects of Change in our own lives, in our own homes and our own communities. By working together, we can Challenge What Is, Imagine What Can Be and Move Humanity Forward. Now more than ever, I hope all of us can begin to see ourselves as Architects of Change.

On Thursday, January 26, I will sit down for an Architects of Change conversation with Andy Puddicombe. Andy is the visionary leader and co-founder of the world’s leading meditation app, Headspace. He is Moving Humanity Forward by bringing meditation and mindfulness to the masses.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, I hope you’ll join us. If you’re not, you can watch our conversation live on my Facebook page.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds from this conversation benefit The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.

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The Sunday Paper: Special Inauguration Edition

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“Divided there is little we can do–for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.”

Those were some of the words my uncle John F. Kennedy gave in his 1961 inaugural address. Divided there is little we can do. Let us remember that over the next few days because change is upon us.

We are less than 24 hours from inaugurating our new president.

Yes, I said “our” because starting Friday Donald Trump will be representing our country.

I know that some of you say he doesn’t represent you. I know many are boycotting his swearing in. I know millions are still in shock. Still shaking their heads. Still angry and upset. 

But, I also know there are millions of our fellow Americans who voted for him — good, hardworking, decent people who voted for change. Individuals who really believe that President-Elect Trump can make the changes they desperately want and need in their own lives. 

Igniting change will not be easy for this new leader. It will be even more challenging if we remain divided.

I’ve seen firsthand how hard it is to go from an outsider’s campaign to governing for all of the people, even if that’s your intention. It’s hard to break through and break down all that divides us, but it’s not impossible. It’s not impossible! I’ve also seen it work as long as the leader leads by example and inspires everybody to have an open mind and take an open approach.

Here at The Sunday Paper, our approach is to always look for the positive. It’s to seek common ground. It’s to open hearts and minds. It’s to Move Humanity Forward.

To that end, we have produced this “Special Edition” of The Sunday Paper. Our goal is to remind you that we have navigated change before and we will navigate it again. We wanted to share excerpts from the inaugural speeches of other presidents who also took over the helm of our country during turbulent times.

We also reached out to Architects of Change who are renowned at navigating change in life. We asked them to come up with words that would provide an elevated perspective to help us go into this inauguration and this weekend with hope and wisdom.

Great leaders find common language and ignite common dreams. Inaugural speeches provide a platform to do this from the start.

Regardless of how you voted, this is a defining moment for our country. It’s a transformative change for all of us. Each of us gets to ask ourselves: how do we want to navigate it? How do we want to behave? What will be our tone? What will we say? Will we seek common experiences, or do we go in with our minds already made up?

This is the greatest opportunity of Mr. Trump’s life. I hope he does all that he can to safeguard the lives and freedoms of all of us.

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Below, we share with you excerpts from previous inaugural speeches that acknowledged differences and where the president reached out and across the divide. 

 

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Thoughts on How We Can All Move Forward

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I also share with you Robert Frost’s poem “The Gift Outright.” Frost is one of my favorite poets and he also happened to be the poet at my uncle John F. Kennedy’s inauguration.

Poetry has always had the power to lift me up during times like these. I hope Frost’s poem will inspire you as well.

 

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