Just Do Right! shared by Maya Angelou and Evan Carmichael

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou

“Do right”,  simple isn’t it? Why do so many of us believe we can’t just do right? When faced with the choice, how can we move towards right action? Today’s Daily Dose shared by Evan Carmichael and the late Maya Angelou is a quick nudge in the right direction. Maya encourages us to trust our inner spirit and make choices which will leave happiness and joy as a result. Evan adds his unique brand of motivation to help us believe we have the power to accomplish the two simple words, do right.

Check out Evan’s awesome book here: Your One Word: The Powerful Secret to Creating a Business and Life That Matter

Evan Carmichael is an entrepreneur with a successful YouTube channel and website. His goal is to reach people around the world to help them follow their skill sets and pursue fulfilling work. Evan has a humble tone and a bold goal, which he moves toward each day with focus; it’s a joy to watch and read his work. Connect with Evan via YouTube, his blog, and Twitter.

The great Maya Angelou was a prolific writer, poet and communicator. As a young woman from Stamps Arkansas who faced the challenges of single motherhood and poverty she rose to greatness with integrity and grace. Her well-known work, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings went from banned to standard course adoption in universities around the world. Connect with Maya’s library of work and legacy via her website.

Thank you Evan Carmichael for bringing us this awesome clip and thank you to Maya Angelou for a life of wisdom communicated through prose.

Thank for reading, have an awesome day!

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Ego is the Enemy, shared by Ryan Holiday

All bad qualities center around the ego. When the ego is gone, Realization results by itself.

Ramana Maharshi

Can the stories we tell ourselves be detrimental to our development and growth? How dangerous can the Ego really be?   Will a study of the Ego result in humility and self awareness?

In today’s Daily Dose, author Ryan Holiday presents his new book, Ego is the Enemy, to employees at Google. Ryan’s work guides us through the phases of aspiration, success and failure, as they are tied to life lessons. Check it out below!

Ego Is the Enemy

Learn more about Ryan and his other wonderful creative works via twitter and his website. Also, check out his other Wise Read below!

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

Thanks for visiting, have a great week!

Me, My Selfie and I, shared by Dr. Linda Papadopoulos

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.

-May Sarton-

Would Freud have imagined discussing someone’s Facebook posts or Twitter arguments during a session? Has our “online identity” become so powerful that it can affect our mental health? How do we navigate the digital world while still holding a richness of self? Today’s Daily Dose shared by Linda Papadopoulos is a great start in understanding the power of our online image.

Linda Papadopoulos, shares anecdotes about how the opinions of other can infiltrate our lives through social media. We once were told “what will THEY say about you?”; now we know what THEY will say  because it’s affirmed by the instant feedback of social media. The number of likes, hearts or smiley face emoji’s can either bring joy or despair to those of us who hold the opinion of others very close to our hearts.  What can we do to maintain mental health while still enjoying the amazing digital world we live in? Check out Linda’s Wise Reads below!

Linda Papadopoulos is a Canadian psychologist of Greek descent, based in England. Over the past decade Dr. Linda has become one of the most well-recognized faces on British TV. She is a regular commentator on psychological issues in broadcast, radio and print media. She is the author of 9 books, one of her most recent, Whose Life is it Anyway? helps us live life on our own terms. Connect with Linda Papadopoulos and her awesome work via her website, Twitter and Facebook.

Many thanks to Dr. Linda for her continued commitment to positive mental health. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I have.

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!

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!

Friday Freedom! Four Ways of Letting Go, Shared by Ajahn Brahm

“We should always be grateful for the faults in our partner because if they didn’t have those faults from the start, they would have been able to marry someone much better than us”

-Ajahn Brahm-

Have you considered Buddhism and Zen but found yourself at odds with the austere teachings? What if you had your own monk? Part Monk and part stand-up comedian. No need to feed him after sunset or even wash his robes, just turn him on from your iPhone or tablet.

If reading is more your style Ajahn Brahm also has an extensive collection of awesome books:

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life’s Difficulties

If that sounds enticing, I encourage you to spend some time with Ajahn Brahm and the merry monks of Western Australia. Ajahn Brahm is one of the many delightfully funny speakers of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Many of the talks contain light humor and insights on how we can live better, embracing the worldly challenges around us. The videos range from a few minutes to a couple of hours so you can always find something that fits the bill.

Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy: Inspiring Stories for Making the Most of Each Moment

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator’s Handbook

Make Ajahn Brahm and the BSWA part of your next spiritual study, you could emerge with warm acceptance toward life’s challenges and a maybe learn a couple new jokes.  Give it a try.

Stay Wise.

Happy Father’s Day! Generational Wisdom shared by Gary Vaynerchuk

“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.”

-Lee Iacocca-

How awesome would it be to sit down and tell your parents how amazing they are? Maybe even over a few bottles of wine? Today’s Daily Dose shared by Gary Vaynerchuk, aka Gary Vee is a wonderful testament to the masterpiece of family.

Gary and his father, Sasha, spend about a half hour exemplifying the joys of life together. Gary Vee is a best selling author, media guru and serial entrepreneur. His work includes the AskGaryVee Show, a forum for entrepreneurs, and an equally well done Social Media and Tech Blog. Spend a few moments with Gary and Sasha to see how one dad’s wisdom and dedication helped shape an equally wise son.

Thanks Gary Vee, to your continued success and the success of your family; best wishes for 2017.

Thanks for reading. Happy Father’s Day.