The Greek Secret of Philotimo, shared by Jack Schafer & the Philotimo Foundation

I have a personal ambition to live my life honestly and honor the true love that I’ve had from the people around me.

-Lana Del Rey-

How can a word without meaning be such a meaningful word? Could one word describe a complex array of virtues? This video shared by the Philotimo Foundation and Jack Schafer, PhD brings to life the Greek word “Philotimo”. For a firsthand account of Philotimo in practice check out this awesome work by Rita Wilson:

Greek Lessons

Philotimo determines and regulates how someone should behave in their family and their community. It is an all-encompassing concept about respect and doing the right thing; pride for family, neighbor and country. In it’s most basic form it means “doing good”. Philotimo comes from the Greek words “filos,” meaning friend, and “timi” meaning honor. Being a friend with honor.

Jack Schafer explains the art of self-sacrifice is fading fast due to technological bubbles, which put the self first. Schafer encourages us to help others simply because they need help; to do the right thing because you have a duty to do the right thing. He coins it, “Becoming a Philotimo Person”.

Take a few moments and digest this meaningless yet very meaningful word. You will learn how the secret of Philotimo kept the Greek heritage strong and vibrant for thousands of years. Have an awesome week!

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How to Be Alone, shared by Tanya Davis & Andrea Dorfman

“What should young people do with their lives today? The most daring thing is to create stable communities in which loneliness can be cured.”

-Kurt Vonnegut-

How can we be alone without feeling lonely? Are there acceptable places where we can start to embrace being alone? Why does society fear those who are alone? Today’s video shared by Tanya Davis and Andrea Dorfman helps us unlock the hidden power behind loneliness.

Tanya Davis, a Halifax Poet Laureate and musician, wrote the poem which she brings to life in this short clip. Encouraging us to step into being alone in the accepted places first; the bath, library, and the gym. Things we may have previously avoided can open to us by embracing being alone. Check out her awesome creation here:

How to Be Alone

And for further investigation, check out the School of Life’s publication!

How to Be Alone (The School of Life)

If you want to learn more about Tanya, her wonderful performances and music, connect to her website and many YouTube clips.  Andrea Dorfman’s stunning art and animations can be found via her site and channel as well.

Many thanks to these two artists and the beautiful work they have created together. Hope you enjoy this exploration into the healing power of loneliness.

Have a great weekend and Stay Wise!

The Optimist Creed, shared by Melissa Alexandria

“There is no problem that doesn’t have some underlying need for more optimism, stamina, resilience and collaboration.”

-Jane McGonigal-

Why does optimism seem to be in such short supply for many of us? Can we make optimism a daily practice? Maybe a mantra to help us forget the mistakes of the past and focus on the future? This Weekend’s Wisdom shared by Melissa Alexandria distills optimism into a short yet powerful poem.

The Optimist Creed was created in 1912 by Christian D. Larson and every word still rings true as we have yet to surpass the need for a reminder to practice optimism. Larson encouraged right thinking and it’s healing effects on the mental stress we humans feed ourselves daily. Check out the Wise Reads about the Optimist Creed below:

The Optimist Creed and Other Inspirational Classics: Discover the Life-Changing Power of Gratitude and Optimism (Tarcher Success Classics)

The Optimist’s Creed: How to Make the Most of Opportunities by You Hopeful Outlook

Melissa Alexandria is a talented young YouTube creator who emerged about two years ago with a channel which promotes love, positivity & a healthy lifestyle. Her channel is filled with awesome videos which motivate you to create your dream life, become financially successful and put your health at the top of your priority list. Melissa is a wise young woman who is a joy to watch.

Please enjoy this powerful prose and support Melissa Alexandria in her endeavor to spread good vibes and love. Connect with her via her channel, Facebook or Instagram accounts.

Stay Wise and Optimistic.

How to be a Girl Boss with Sophia Amoruso and Lewis Howes

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

–Japanese Proverb-

What does being a #GIRLBOSS mean?  Could it be following your passion even when you are working for minimum wage and a college drop out? Owning your mistakes and failures but still working toward a success?

Check out here: GIRLBOSS

Watch this exchange between Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal, a vintage fashion company and Lewis Howes, author of The School of Greatness and Podcast host. Sophia and Lewis share similar stories of passion and perseverance with an ample dose of self-deprecation.

Enjoy this week! Thanks again for reading!

Change the World with Compassionate Communication, shared by Conor and Brittany

As we grow in our consciousness, there will be more compassion and more love, and then the barriers between people, between religions, between nations will begin to fall.

-Ram Dass-

How compassionate is your communication? Do you ever feel like those around you share space in a non-judgmental and supportive manner? Can we hold space for someone’s experience if it differs from our own? Today’s Daily Dose, shared by Brittany Taylor and Conor McMillen helps us get closer to compassionate communication.

Check out some Wise Reads on Compassion below!

Making a conscious effort to show up in a compassionate way can be challenging. Fortunately for us, we can get there with a bit of insight. Brittany and Conor delve deeper into simple methods and great suggestions to maintain a healthy balance in our daily communications. They are confident we can bring compassion to all of our relationships from a place of acceptance. Check out Brittany and Conor’s clip for this wonderful dialogue.

Conor McMillen and Brittany Taylor aspire to teach the world about authentic relationships. They  share a YouTube channel full of awesome videos to help deepen our connection to the world and to each other. In the winter Brittany and Conor travel the world with just a backpack and explore the U.S. in the warmers month via Winnie, their 19 foot Winnebago. Connect with Brittany and Conor on their channel and website,which includes relationship programs, a recipe book and events listings.

Many thanks to Brittany and Conor for sharing their love of living unique, authentic lives with one another and the world. May they continue to bring joy to each other and to those they connect with.

Enjoy the day and Stay Wise!

Does Pleasure Bring Happiness? shared by Krishnamurti’s Teachings

I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.

-Emily Bronte-

How fortunate are we to live in a world of endless pleasures? Can tasting those pleasures from dusk to dawn bring us eventual happiness? What is pleasure and what is it that keeps it going?

Krishnamurti was a philosopher, speaker and writer. His subject matter included the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, and human relationships.  Check out some of his beautiful and insightful written works below:

Freedom from the Known

Think on These Things

J. Krishnamurti and Allan Anderson delve into this topic beginning with the example of a single tree standing on the hill. “You see that it is really beautiful”, says Krishnamurti, “the flowers, the deer, the meadows. Does thought then come along and say how extraordinary it was? Isn’t there then desire for repetition?”. “So thought gives nourishment, sustains and gives a direction to pleasure”, concludes Anderson. Why should thought come into it at all?

Allan W. Anderson was a poet, author, Professor Emeritus, and scholar of the Oracular Tradition. In 1978, he was asked to partner with Krishnamurti in a series of 18 dialogues that brought forward the essence of Krishnamurti’s teachings. Two books resulted, A Wholly Different Way of Living and the more recent On Krishnamurti’s Teaching. Dr. Anderson remains on of the most insightful interviewers I have ever watched. His energy and spirit of engagement are inspiring.

Many thanks to these two great minds and the gifts they left behind.

The Greek Secret of Philotimo, shared by Jack Schafer & the Philotimo Foundation

I have a personal ambition to live my life honestly and honor the true love that I’ve had from the people around me.

-Lana Del Rey-

How can a word without meaning be such a meaningful word? Could one word describe a complex array of virtues? This video shared by the Philotimo Foundation and Jack Schafer, PhD brings to life the Greek word “Philotimo”. For a firsthand account of Philotimo in practice check out this awesome work by Rita Wilson:

Greek Lessons

Philotimo determines and regulates how someone should behave in their family and their community. It is an all-encompassing concept about respect and doing the right thing; pride for family, neighbor and country. In it’s most basic form it means “doing good”. Philotimo comes from the Greek words “filos,” meaning friend, and “timi” meaning honor. Being a friend with honor.

Jack Schafer explains the art of self-sacrifice is fading fast due to technological bubbles, which put the self first. Schafer encourages us to help others simply because they need help; to do the right thing because you have a duty to do the right thing. He coins it, “Becoming a Philotimo Person”.

Take a few moments and digest this meaningless yet very meaningful word. You will learn how the secret of Philotimo kept the Greek heritage strong and vibrant for thousands of years. Have an awesome week!