Every few months, I share a list of my favorite articles from around the web, just the best ones that contain practical or profound wisdom to help you shine your star in the most beautiful way. Here are my selections this time.
Did you know, in some countries:
- Prison cells aren’t locked, there’s very little if any prison violence, and homicide rates have declined (Norway)?
- There are no drug crimes and correspondingly less drug use (Portugal)?
- Employees are given almost 2 months paid vacation and holidays per year as well as 5 months of paid maternity leave when needed (Italy)?
These represent some of the positive ideas that Michael Moore suggests importing to America in his recent movie, “Where To Invade Next.” The title misleads as this exploration only “invades” in a whimsical way to “steal” methods aligned with love, care, and respect for human dignity.
I love the way Godfrey Cheshire described this film at RogerEbert.com:
Michael Moore’s surprising and extraordinarily winning ‘Where to Invade Next’ will almost surely cast his detractors at Fox News and similar sinkholes into consternation. They get lots of mileage out of painting Moore as a far-left provocateur who’s all about ‘running America down.’ But his new film is all about building America up, in some amazingly novel and thought-provoking ways. In my view, it’s one of the most genuinely, and valuably, patriotic films any American has ever made.
If you’re American, it might be embarrassing at first to see how the countries featured in this movie operate from a more compassionate model of society instead of the “me first” approach to getting all that you can for yourself characteristic of the modern America ethos. But the film is irresistibly inspiring.
Although I aspire to give without expectations, I know I’m not able to do so fully at the present time.
There’s so much I give freely without a second thought. For example, each year, I carefully write 40,000 – 60,000 words on Always Well Within as a gift from my heart, nearly an entire traditional-length manuscript.
But other times, after giving, I go into an emotional nosedive when I don’t get the response I unknowingly craved.
Does that happen to you sometimes too?
A recent epiphany, after a bout of giving, uncovered how deeply I wanted to be seen, heard, and acknowledged in return for all that I shared. Of course, that’s not my sole motivation. But I acknowledge there’s an unresolved wound that sometimes drives me, without my knowledge, until I feel a sting.
Every few months, I share a list of my favorite articles from around the web, just the best ones, that contain practical or profound wisdom to help you shine your star in the most beautiful way. Here are my picks for this time.
- Profoundly beautiful > To Insist That Sorrow Not be Meaningless.
- This resonates and the stats back it up > For Success, Just Be Who You Are.
- An exceptional collection of advice on the topic > Should You Start a Business: 51 Female Entrepreneurs Weigh In.
- I love this and am trying it out > A Simple List That Can Change How You Think About Your Day (And No, It’s Not a Gratitude List)
- Always honing my intuitive skills! How to Follow Your Intuition and Navigate from Your Heart + Free Mini-Ebook
- What does kindness really mean? Radical Kindness
- This made me pause and reflect > How I Define Success.
- If your emotions tend to be intense like mine, I think this will help > 7 Ways to Manage Mood Swings.
- Calling all women > TreeSisters.
- Loved this glimpse > A Peek Into How I Manage All My Creative Projects and Ideas.
- Yes to this! How to End Negative Self-Talk
I’d love to know which articles resonated for you. Please leave your thoughts in the comments.
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