All posts filed under: Listen

Find Your Place

Sometimes we must go in search of a place where we belong. It is not always our hometown or the family we are born into. We may find our kind in a new city thousands of  miles away or in an unexpected encounter at our local coffee shop. No matter where we end up, we should not lose hope. Families, communities, and support systems are made everyday. We only need to seek them out.          E.G. is a professor in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the first Artist-in-Residence for the GLBT Historical Society. ALL: A Lesson Learned is a candid glimpse into one person’s moment of discovery. Each month we’ll highlight a lesson or two from the conversations we’ve had. We’re excited to share these bits of wisdom from unlikely places. Advertisements

Choose Love

We live in a culture of fear. Many of the decisions we make are out of a desire to escape harm or uncertainty. We mask our deeper yearnings with unnecessary layers that we think will protect us, but actually keep us from being seen for who we really are. We can stand back in the shadows and armor up before we walk out the door, or we can step into the light and fully open up to what is in front of us. The choice is ours. We can continue to live in fear or we can tear down the walls and rebuild with love. Dais is a self-proclaimed “Chief Aloha Officer.” He loves smiling at strangers and catching waves on the beautiful beaches of Southern California. ALL: A Lesson Learned is a candid glimpse into one person’s moment of discovery. Each month we’ll highlight a lesson or two from the conversations we’ve had. We’re excited to share these bits of wisdom from unlikely places.

Find Your Gift

Many children struggle in school. If they don’t have an affinity for math or reading, they feel that they have no way to be successful and many end up lost in the system. We were lucky because we went to a school that embraced our unique talents from a young age. Whether we were an excellent stagehand in the school play or could recite the alphabet backwards, we were made to feel that we were good at something. We had special days where each child sat in front of the class and listened to the teachers and students express what was special about them. Although that was over 20 years ago, I’m pretty sure every child remembers their special day. BJ was a founding teacher at Open Magnet Charter School and has dedicated her life to helping children find their gifts. ALL: A Lesson Learned is a candid glimpse into one person’s moment of discovery. Each month we’ll highlight a lesson or two from the conversations we’ve had. We’re excited to share these bits of wisdom …

Take the Leap

One of the hardest parts about making a change is the resistance we may face from those closest to us. Anytime we try something new, we upset the familiar order of things and sometimes that makes others uncomfortable. But at the end of the day, we are accountable for our own decisions. When we look back at our experiences, we want to make sure we are living lives of our own making and not living someone else’s version. Christine traded her stressful career in healthcare administration to become a teacher. She is going back to school and has never been happier. ALL: A Lesson Learned is a candid glimpse into one person’s moment of discovery. Each month we’ll highlight a lesson or two from the conversations we’ve had. We’re excited to share these bits of wisdom from unlikely places.