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Transforming the way we care

 Caring Across Generations is building a movement of the caring majority to create a culture of care in the U.S. Recognizing that care is the work that makes all other work possible, this movement also is making care visible and working on local and state legislative initiatives to make a difference now. Participating in this movement is a way to

Self-love affirmation

A key to developing and strengthening selfhood is to experience feelings of inner care, connection, nurture and well-being of self-love that are stronger than an inner critic voice or feeling unworthy. This affirmation practice is designed to turn on and turn up the warmth of your inner light. The exercise incorporates the Chinese energy medicine concept of energy flow. The

Create a life-work picture – what’s important now?

Find your life work connection by creating a picture of the parts of your life and deciding how they go together. Think of work as both paid and volunteer work to sustain yourself and to help make society a better place. Here is a sample list of categories. The picture with this post is the life-work symbol that I created

Thinking fast and slow

When you are creating change, you need to move slow enough to allow new ideas to emerge. When an idea comes, you need to move fast enough to keep the space open to consider the idea. Notice if your pattern is to trample tender new ideas as they appear. Or, perhaps before the idea fully emerges you begin to question

Connecting Life and Work

So often the discussion of life and work turns on the word “balance.” The question often arises about women balancing motherhood and careers. This is how employers framed the question in the 1960s and 1970s to explain why job opportunities were closed to women. Because we in the working women’s movement at that time wanted to open opportunities we argued

Standing still and waiting

I’m just standing still and then suddenly I think I am waiting for something. Once I’ve decided that I’m waiting it’s like I’m not standing still anymore Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler Hurry Up and Wait

The River Flows

The children’s song, Row Row Row Your Boat offers wise advice for creating your life. The song begins by telling us “row, row, row your boat gently down the stream.” When you think about your life as a river, it’s easier to see what is happening and where you can go next. It’s easier to imagine a life direction –

Moving Forward

After my brother Glenn died in 2008, I refused to move forward on my life journey. Glenn and I had a longstanding promise to each other that when we were old, we would be sitting side by side on a porch swing or in rocking chairs somewhere telling stories about our lives. This scene was vivid in my mind and