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Reinvention

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Welcome to Reinvention, a beBee community hive for members seeking information and support. We welcome people from all walks of life, and and from all stages of personal and professional growth.

Sometimes in life, one is faced with circumstances which necessitate that he or she either honestly examine what is and is not conducive to his or her life either personally or professionally, or else. A fearless and thorough examination, though, is not enough; in order to effect positive changes one must put a sound plan of action into motion.

Here in Reinvention, our common bond is that of not only recognizing our respective challenges, but also of guiding eachother in finding and implementing lasting solutions. On-topic questions, insights, and anecdotes are encouraged; stories of personal experience, strength, and hope are adored.

Reinvention' hive's general code of conduct is simple and straightforward. 1) An atmosphere of mutual respect and courtesy is the rule of this hive, rather than the exception. 2) Participation in the Reinvention hive is at-will and is publicly viewable, therefore, appropriate discretion is encouraged for one's posts and/or interactions. 3) Reinvention hive does not offer professional legal or medical advice; no content posted to this hive should be assumed as such.

The beBee Reinvention hive was created on November 5, 2016. Its Ferns background is a CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) image, and the bronze statue image was taken by the hive manager, Chris Dixon.
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  1. ProducerNikki Petersen

    Nikki Petersen

    21/11/2016
    Dabrowski's Sweater
    Dabrowski's SweaterA post from @Ali Anani brought Dąbrowski to the front of my mind today.  If you're not familiar with Kazimierz Dąbrowski, he was a psychologist that was particularly interested in the development and functioning of gifted children.  He brought us...
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    Ben Pinto
    27/11/2016 #23 Ben Pinto
    I enjoyed this very much. Thank you. With all the buzz in the business world of being transparent I have recently been using clear fish line for all of my knitting. I made my choice and I am sticking to it; no one can call me a nitpicker.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/11/2016 #22 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    This buzz was difficult for me to position because it spans different spectrum's of my own learning journey. I originally connected it to my yellow hive because it talked about Dabrowski (who I have not yet acquainted myself with) and curiosity about his work with "gifted children" as an intellectual treatise. If I however focused my attention on self or physical development I would have connected it to my green hive. In the end as I worked my way though it, I actually connected to my blue hive, because what I was actually picking up from this buzz was actually covering thoughts around managerial capability development and managing transitions - and so I plugged in to the business or entrepreneurial lens, and when I engage my follow up study of Dabrowski (probably after the New Year) that is how I am going to incorporate this into my learning journey. So in a strange way the connection I ended up making in my mind was linking the context of Dabrowski to the transitions Ram Charan talks about in his adaptation he calls "Leadership Pipeline" http://www.ram-charan.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Leadership-Pipeline-sample.pdf - that adaptation by itself is based on the work of Elliott Jaques. Jaques was also a psychologist, but his work was originally pioneered through the Tavistock Institute. Jaques BTW beyond is work on work level transitions is famous for creating/studying the term he coined as "Mid Life Crisis".
    Sara Jacobovici
    27/11/2016 #21 Sara Jacobovici
    #19 Thank you @Nikki Petersen, I appreciate you taking the time to respond and for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Children with children, parents with parents, anytime you bring people together, they can become territorial and offensive by making assumptions and judgments. Sad but true. The word narrative comes to mind. We each have an internal story with characters, voices, messages that have been carried over from childhood to adulthood. This narrative is fluid, ebbs and flows. It can be a great way to look at identity as it involves who we are without labels. An ongoing process but definitely worth the effort.
    Nikki Petersen
    27/11/2016 #20 Nikki Petersen
    #18 Oh, yes, I didn't have my meta hat on yet (not enough coffee onboard just yet). Sorry I missed that bit. Absolutely, the cycle is passed from parent to child and onward. Hopefully the good and the bad. My kids are learning about their own challenges and strengths, and as I teach them, I also teach them about their parents and grandparents in the same context. They're pretty meta, as well, so they get the breadth and depth of it all. They understand that I want them to learn my values but to develop their own sense of self, because I tell them that daily. I hope that it will have the impact I'm aiming for, in that I want them to be more evolved than my generation (as I am more evolved than the one before mine). No easy feat for a single parent!
    Nikki Petersen
    27/11/2016 #19 Nikki Petersen
    #9 @Sara Jacobovici, yes, this is such a deeply personal journey of self-discovery, and only one piece of it. The "G-word" as it's often referred to, has such variable impact on different audiences. Some people do react quite aggressively to it. Parents on the playground can turn downright mean when I say that one, tiny four-letter word. Friends have completely dismissed me, believing that I must be an attention seeker and that I'm not all that (and a bag of chips), and if I'm so smart why aren't I saving the world or at least some small corner of it.

    But giftedness is more than intelligence. There are so many challenges related to giftedness that it's a wonder anyone can even see the IQ side of it. For quite some time, I fought for it to be more widely accepted. I am currently in a phase of not particularly identifying with it myself. You're right, though -- it is a label and if not given great care in handling, labels can turn into pathologies.
    Harvey Lloyd
    27/11/2016 #18 Harvey Lloyd
    #17 I guess i was referring to the handing down of experience to our children as creating the loop. Parenting is the challenge. We want our children to gain from our experience, yet they themselves are unique and must experience things for themselves.

    Unfortunately or fortunately depending on context, i agree, once we transcend one level we can't put the genie back in the bottle. Thanks for your response and i am reading further on this concept, it is fasinating.
    Nikki Petersen
    27/11/2016 #17 Nikki Petersen
    #14 @Harvey Lloyd, I never thought of it as circular, but can see what you mean. I've always considered there to be two transitions, between levels I and II, and another between IV and V, the former being that you realize you can change and the latter a realization that you are the driver of your own change. I don't feel like you can go backward once you've overcome that transition, but in reality there are a number of dips "down" into the lower levels as we ebb and flow as humans.

    Thanks for your comments.
    Nikki Petersen
    27/11/2016 #16 Nikki Petersen
    #15 @Harvey Lloyd, parenting creates additional challenges to the ideas that Dabrowski brought forth. Understanding your kids and helping them understand themselves, while trying not to unduly influence them too far in one direction or another, but teaching them your values . . . is no simple task. And it doesn't even address their own individual challenges.
    Luckily, my own children are so open, loving, and patient with me.
    Harvey Lloyd
    25/11/2016 #15 Harvey Lloyd
    "Advances in society, through politics, philosophy and religion, are therefore commonly associated with strong individual creativity or accomplishments." (Wikipedia) I found this statement compelling, especially in today's climate.

    I may be stretching the concept but with minor generalization this statement of Level 5 "Secondary Integration" would offer a path of parenting. The implications would be less authoritative and more influential in offering a philosophy/religion to our youth that establishes fundamental spiritual guidance and then allow them to experience life on their own. "Autopsychotherapy" as he described. The American Indian described this as a "Vision Quest"

    Our youth seeing life through neutral truths of philosophy and religion could then establish their journey through the levels/planes without the bias of the parent's journey. This is great in theory but difficult to practice. The actions of the parents are greater than the words. We are human and sometimes our actions are less than our words.

    Interesting perspective.
    Harvey Lloyd
    25/11/2016 #14 Harvey Lloyd
    Thanks for introducing Kazimierz Dąbrowski and his theories @Nikki Petersen. I enjoy reading about the various studies of human nature. I do find that most theories focus on self and the comparison to the social plane of existence. Typically this social plane of existence is seen as negative or as a hindrance to self. I am not well read on the Professors works but would appear at first glance, you are above, at or below the social plane when compared to the human experience. These concepts tend to focus our attention on the "fit" from a perspective of our own existence, in an effort to achieve the higher plane, presumably for our own peace and joy.

    To some degree, this is a circular arguement. Certainly, the goal is to find our place in society where we experience some level of peace and joy or contentment if you will. In my belief we can't separate the human from society, no more than we can separate a tree from water. But this form of psychology tends to want us to find a higher plane than those that we exist within.

    In reading the basis for Level Five "Secondary Integration" he offers up "Advances in society, through politics, philosophy and religion, are therefore commonly associated with strong individual creativity or accomplishments." (Wikipedia) Do we not create a loop or circular argument that at this level we challenge our children or social groups to hear, read and understand our higher plane. Ultimately becoming the cause and effect on those within the Level one diagnosis?

    From a business perspective, specifically leadership i would tend to agree with the concepts offered up here. But would further contend that cognitive dissonance would be a factor in our personal vs professional life.
    Nelson Rogério
    24/11/2016 #13 Nelson Rogério
    Compre na loja mas barata da net agora https://www.magazinevoce.com.br/magazineeutiamo/ Black Friday
    Nelson Rogério
    24/11/2016 #12 Nelson Rogério
    Compre na loja mas barata da net agora https://www.magazinevoce.com.br/magazineeutiamo/ Black Friday
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    24/11/2016 #11 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #7 That is a very nuanced and astute reply, @Nikki Petersen. Comfort is a big theme in my life. And I believe a large part of what I have to offer in my brand - but until you put it like that, I saw comfort as only a personal pursuit.

    Not to mention having a huge, life-changing disintegration phase is distinctly uncomfortable...
    debasish majumder
    24/11/2016 #10 debasish majumder
    nice insight @Nikki Petersen! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Sara Jacobovici
    24/11/2016 #9 Sara Jacobovici
    #6 Dear @Nikki Petersen, if I gave you the impression that I am deeply offended or in any way offended about giftedness or my being or not being gifted, then that was not my intent. In our struggles with identity, the exploration process of who we are is a dynamic and very personal one. It is imperative to discover things about ourselves that allow us to make sense of who we are. At the same time we have our individual identity while we live within a community; where do we belong? As social animals we need both; our own unique fingerprint and being a member of a society of others. I embrace similarities and am in awe of differences. For me its all part of the same whole. I suppose what I could of been reacting to was being told who I am based on certain characteristics. It reminded me of how I felt when I was labelled a feminist when I was engaged in issues related to empowering women. I am not a feminist and am not offended by feminism.
    Nikki Petersen
    24/11/2016 #8 Nikki Petersen
    #2 @Chris Dixon thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it.
    Nikki Petersen
    24/11/2016 #7 Nikki Petersen
    #1 Hi @Deb Helfrich, thank you for your comments. I wonder if your connection between your dog's soft fur is actually part of your need for comfort? You seek for your memoir to be comforting in some way, I assume? If the sales aren't breaking records, maybe you feel like your creation isn't reaching its intended audience, and thus not providing comfort? This can definitely make you feel like you're doing something wrong in your business, and like maybe you're just not hitting the mark with your entrepreneurial efforts. That's when you look around and wonder if there's something missing, if you're working with the best materials, and if you should even being doing what you're doing. That's the disintegration piece. I've been there. It is a disturbing place to be.
    Nikki Petersen
    24/11/2016 #6 Nikki Petersen
    #3 @Sara Jacobovici, many adults are not aware of their giftedness, and I didn't mean to put anyone into that box. I don't consider it labeling. Frequently, the discovery process takes a long time and involves a lot of denial. For some, giftedness is irrelevant. For others, it is an explanation for why they've felt so out-of-place their entire lives. I wonder why you have such a strong objection to being classified as gifted, if you identify with so many of the characteristics? What is it about giftedness that offends you so deeply?
    Nikki Petersen
    24/11/2016 #5 Nikki Petersen
    #4 @Ali Anani, thank you for your kind words. I think one of the deepest misconceptions about giftedness is that it is defined purely by IQ or intellect. For me, the hallmarks are deep curiosity, intensity in pretty much everything, and a drive to learn. You certainly have all of those. :)
    Ali Anani
    22/11/2016 #4 Ali Anani
    I am honored by my mention in your post @Nikki Petersen. I am also pleased that our first "encounter" led to this interesting buzz.As two of my favorite people @Deb 🐝 Helfrich and @Sara Jacobovici I say WOW! Than you Deb for tagging me to this enjoyable and challenging nbuzz.
    The post Nikki refers to is for documentation is:
    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/finding-answers-to-simple-questions
    I voiced a similar resoonse tio ine of Nikki's comments on the linked buzz by saying "But, I would love to know about those people who are less gifted- do they leave what they gained out of what? This is a question that you got my mind percolating about". So, the comment of Sara here throws relevant points.
    As you wrote NIkki in your buzz "The way to change it is by receiving new input, new opinions, new feedback, and new socialization that reflects new ideas. With all that newness, it’s not shocking that people resist change, is it??
    WEll, I assure you I say wow because you gave me new ideas, new perspectives and ways to knit my sweater the way I wish. I don't know if I am gifted or not, but I shall try to knit my own. Thank you
  2. ProducerMark Blevins

    Mark Blevins

    16/11/2016
    Don't Be A CopyCat
    Don't Be A CopyCatI was talking to a lady this morning at the bus stop downtown. She had some college books. She told me she was a medical student. It would take a year and a half to get her degree. She asked me what classes I had. I told her that I got back from...
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    debasish majumder
    17/11/2016 #2 debasish majumder
    Great insight @Mark Blevins! enjoyed read. thank you for sharing the post.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    17/11/2016 #1 Max🐝 J. Carter
    Never underestimate the power of simply being you and it having an impact. It's not about what you want, it's about the way you are and who are in being you that inspires them.
  3. Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS
    Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS
    How to Redesign Your Life With Just 3 Questions
    www.success.com This is your life. What do you want it to look...
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    Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS
    13/11/2016 #2 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS
    #1 These can indeed be tough questions, Chris.
    I also agree taking ANY action on these concepts can change your life!

    Thank you very much for the wonderful comments.
    Chris Dixon
    13/11/2016 #1 Chris Dixon
    The concepts laid out with this article may seem intimidating to those who quite honestly, have not had a say in their life circumstances. After all, what good is a bandaid for treating a bleeding artery, right? Reinvention hivers, if this sounds too personally familiar, hang in there and read this article anyway. The directions in which it may point your minds may surprise you.
  4. ProducerGraham🐝 Edwards
    Anger or reflection... which would you choose?
    Anger or reflection... which would you choose?In one of my more philosophical moments the other night, I happened to mention that I remember hearing about an ancient oriental philosophy that says, "If a valuable glass breaks you should not be angry with it being broken, but instead reflect on...
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    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #35 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Thanks @CityVP 🐝 Manjit... appreciation is also a good word.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    13/11/2016 #34 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #31 Dear Graham, I say learn to go into our anger for emotion is always sending us a message that we do not hear, yes we feel the emotion but do not hear it. Thus instead of anger or reflection I offer anger AND appreciation. Appreciation has the kind of depth to it that enjoyment does not have and in the context of kintsugi, that depth can be termed spiritual, and in learning about kintsugi I now see how that this very appreciation invigorates the imagination and thus take us from this depth that is spiritual to the physicality of the beautiful - and here I see in the kintsugi craft a great profundity - a flow of artistry from spiritual to physical.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #33 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #13 Thanks for your comment @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #32 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #12 Thanks for the comment @Tony 🐝 Rossi. Yes, we are bigger than a single moment... but then again some moments can be very big.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #31 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #10 Thanks of the comments @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. My point was that when something breaks it is better to reflect on all the enjoyment you got out of what was broken instead of getting angry that it is broken. You offer other interesting perspectives... thanks.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #30 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #11 Thanks for the comment @David Lisle. That was my intent.. reflect on all the joy, etc that came with what was broken... not get angry (or reflect) on the fact it is now broken.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #29 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #9 Thanks for the comment @Pamela 🐝 Williams... it is our unique character that makes us special and gives us the ability to do anything.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #28 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #8 Thanks for the comment @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #27 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #7 Thanks for reading and sharing @John Rylance.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #26 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #6 That is a great story @Paul Frank Gilbert... thank you for sharing.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #25 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #5 I agree @Renée 🐝 Cormier... we are all more beautiful than we think. Thanks for reading.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #24 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #4 And what an impressive Kintsugi it is @Kevin Pashuk. Thanks for reading!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #23 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #3 Thanks for the comment @Alan Culler. It is appreciated.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #22 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #2 Thanks so much for the kudos @Phil Friedman. It is greatly appreciated!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    13/11/2016 #21 Graham🐝 Edwards
    #1 Thanks for the note . I totally agree!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    13/11/2016 #19 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #18 I am using the word "renaissance" until a better descriptor comes along. Certainly the context I hold "renaissance" in is more than a cycle of rebirth or awakening. The problem is Satyug which means the "golden age" is also imbued as a cycle and in that context we are in the age of kalyug (dark ages) which in Vedic terms is set to continue for another 400,000+ years, at the end of which it is the end of the world. The last thing I want to focus on is end-times no matter who likes to preach or engage that.

    A good example of it is the Golden Age of Greece http://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/civil/greece/gr1050e.shtml

    Given a choice between the word "enlightenment" and "renaissance" - I prefer to imbue new meaning to the expression "21st Century Renaissance". The problem here is that I am not thinking of awakening as an age, but our DNA as in evolution rather than mysticism.

    As the 21st Century advances into profound transformation, we have reached an age where even the human genome is beginning to be deciphered, a time where the mysterious human brain is being examined as a neural network and the two combined have technologists talking about singularity.

    So the word "21st Century Renaissance" is more than enlightenment but still at the human level, whereas singularity addresses post-human realities. Since I don't presently know what to call that, I will settle for the moniker "21st Century renaissance" - and so I continue to lack a more poignant word to describe this. The Golden Age of Athens lasted for about a century.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    13/11/2016 #17 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #15 Dear Irene, let me qualify "unnecessary pain". The industrial age and the prison of archaic hierarchies have little leg-room in a developing knowledge age. Unnecessary pain is NEVER an impetus of renaissance, it is the leading indicator that we are drifting to the dark ages. Fortunately, while we are all still in the dark ages, we are at the end of this dark age and the distance light at the end of this tunnel points to renaissance. Where kintsugi is highly relevant in this context is that we don't have to discard the broken pieces of the industrial age - but have the creative imagination to treat the industrial age as raw material for moving into the light. I will never seek to open the pandora's box of pain that the industrial age created - instead I celebrate the human spirit that becomes resilient in imagination because the adversity is opportunity, but not in unnecessary pain where adversity is horror.
    Tony 🐝 Rossi
    13/11/2016 #16 Tony 🐝 Rossi
    #14 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit you had me at TEDtalk... :-) Thanks again for sharing your profound insight with us.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    13/11/2016 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #12 Dear Tony, what I see in Kintsugi is not actually anything that is reflective, but craftsmanship which is immediate practicality. The spiritual dimension of that craft is then not a reflection of the broken but an antithesis of consumerism and its attitude of disposable product. In that regard we are emerging out of the industrial age back to a craft culture where our hands are the source of spirituality and not objects. Kintsugi is not about gluing broken things back together, but using gold lacquer to make the object more beautiful than it was before.

    The spiritual component is the elevation of the previous form, because the beauty is in the uniqueness that results in the restoration art. It is testimony to our tendency to anthropomorphize that is our blindspot here - we are not making a broken object more human - we are tending our spiritual ability to create a new dimension - for where there may have been sameness in the pottery, now there is character and pattern - that emerges from the gold lacquer or whatever material the craftsman choose to shape the new object.

    Just as the maker needed raw material to shape the pottery, the broken pottery is raw material for the kintsugi craftsperson. Kintsugi therefore is far more spiritual than the latest thinking on cradle to cradle design https://www.ted.com/talks/william_mcdonough_on_cradle_to_cradle_design Pottery does not equal pain, it equals craft - the quicker we get society out of the age of pain, the quicker we can see the beauty in renaissance. What I see in Kintsugi therefore is renaissance and not reflection.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    13/11/2016 #13 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Sometimes brokenness is a wake-up call. We take things for granted, even life itself. Reflection gives us a chance to seek a resolution where there's no resolve in anger.
    Let’s not leave to our imagination
    What may be our destination
    From beginning to the end
    Our journey along the way
    Will etch each and every day
    -Franci Eugenia Hoffman
  5. Chris Dixon

    Chris Dixon

    11/11/2016
    Reinvention starts with a mindset recalibrated for success, then reinforced by positive change. The catch is, these aspects are dependent upon on another and they do require action. The benefits, though, are undeniable.
    Chris Dixon
    Why We Need To Talk About Self-Identity In Entrepreneurship
    yfsmagazine.com You’re not doing it all wrong, you’re just doing it...
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  6. Kirk Rhoads

    Kirk Rhoads

    11/11/2016
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  7. ProducerLisa 🐝 Gallagher
    It's that time again? The Gift of Giving
    It's that time again? The Gift of GivingIt's that time of the year again, the Holidays are fast approaching. I was just complaining a few weeks ago about Christmas shows already airing on the Hallmark channel and now we have Holiday commercials rolling out. So, instead of allowing myself...
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    Chris Dixon
    12/11/2016 #34 Chris Dixon
    #33 Thank you so much, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. Much obliged, my thoughtful friend.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    12/11/2016 #33 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Thanks @Chris Dixon for reposting my buzz to the reinvention hive. I just joined your hive!!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    07/11/2016 #32 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #31 Hi @Katja Bader, What a wonderful story and very creative to pack shoeboxes with essentials like a toothbrush. Such a a valuable lesson for children to learn this is what life is really about, the unselfish caring for others. Learning early to be fortunate for what they have and giving is always better than receiving. I wish there was a way to begin a movement in which many people globally could do things like this throughout the year.
    Katja Bader
    07/11/2016 #31 Katja Bader
    A very nice and valuable tradition! For us parents we have got the duty to teach our children not to take everything for granted and not to forget the poor ones. In Germany in the time before Chrismas there is an activity called " Weihnachten im Schuhkarton" (Chrismas in a shoebox). The church is organizing it. Everybody can pack a shoebox for a girl or a boy with clothes, toys, sanitary articles, exercise books, crayons etc. We always put a chrismascard with greetings in it, too to make it more personally. Then the box is packed into wrapping paper.
    You bring it to the church and the church is organizing the transport to countries where the children need it.
    I packed a lot of boxes with my four children over the years...One time when I put a toothbrush to the other things in the box, my son asked me: Do you really think the boy will be glad about a toothbrush? And I explained him, that maybe this boy had no toothbrush for a long time because there is no money to buy one. My son was astonished and asked: Could we please put three toothbrushes in it? He understood.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    07/11/2016 #30 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    @David B. Grinberg, thanks so much for sharing!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    07/11/2016 #29 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #26 @Chris Dixon, I could not agree more and congrats on your recovery. My sister is a recovering alcoholic too.. 2 yrs this month! She quit drinking for herself first but also for my mom because she knew mom worried about her. Mom had terminal cancer when my sister quit. We worried when mom was on her death bed that my sister might have a relapse but she didn't. We were elated for her. Mom died knowing my sister was becoming much healthier. As for faith without works, yes.. yes! I really feel sad when people say, "I will pray for you," those who are close enough to help and do nothing, as if G-d is going to wave a magic wand and make it all better. Thanks for sharing just a small bit of your story too.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    07/11/2016 #28 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #25 Great quote by MLK @David B. Grinberg! I believe the more we put time into thinking about others, well we begin to crave it and it just becomes a natural part of our lives.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #24 Thank you very much @mohammad azam khan!
    Chris Dixon
    06/11/2016 #26 Chris Dixon
    #17 Thank you, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. I was taught early on in my recovery that there is a difference between feeling thankful (an emotion) and expressing gratitude (taking action, being of service). It has been long said that faith without works is dead. Gratitude, then, can surely be percieved as a physical manifestation of one's faith, don't you agree?
    David B. Grinberg
    06/11/2016 #25 David B. Grinberg
    Excellent advice, Lisa, we all need to put others before ourselves. As civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing to help others?"
    Mohammad Azam Khan
    06/11/2016 #24 Mohammad Azam Khan
    Those are such blessed ways as to have come to fruition over generations. Thank-you for the share.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #23 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Thanks for sharing @Michele Williams!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #22 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #21 #21 Hi @Michele Williams, by all means, feel free to borrow! I'm so happy my traditions along with my mom's are being carried over into the lives of not just my children but their children (my grandchildren) too. If we can see the world through other's experiences it benefits not only us but many! Thanks for reading my buzz :)
    Michele Williams
    06/11/2016 #21 Michele Williams
    What wonderful traditions. I will borrow them. I am writing a chapter on teaching business school students and executives about the importance of trusting others and being trustworthy. Being able to see the world through other people's experiences is key.Your traditions do that.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #20 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Thanks for sharing @Claire 🐝 Cardwell!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #19 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Thanks for sharing @Milos Djukic & @Chris Dixon!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #18 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #16 I appreciate your friendship @Milos Djukic, so THANK YOU!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    06/11/2016 #17 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #15 Couldn't agree more @Chris Dixon, gratitude sure is an integral facet of a person's life. I'm sure we all have days we forget all that we have to be grateful for but if we are able to feel that gratitude more often than not and share it with others in many ways, then we are blessed. I have days I honestly need to remind myself that I have SO much to be grateful for and that helps to bring me back to a good place. I've been working on a gratitude journal. I thought of doing a gratitude Vlog but not sure yet. Thanks for your comment and nice to connect with you!
    Milos Djukic
    06/11/2016 #16 Anonymous
    Thank you dear @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher.
    Chris Dixon
    06/11/2016 #15 Chris Dixon
    For countless men and women in 12-step recovery fellowships, November is known as "Gratitude Month." There is a truism in one of those fellowships which states in effect, that we only keep the gifts with which we have been blessed by giving them away. Gratitude is by no means restricted to a particular month; ideally, it becomes an intregal facet of one's life.