Thursday, December 3, 2020
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
"When we have each other, we have everything."
"Leading a life that has meaning, having gratitude, practicing kindness, and being a person of integrity are four big ways to help get our lives back on course. But, investing time and energy in developing and maintaining close relationships is HUGE."
---From "Putting the Dazzle Back in Your Razzle"
Monday, November 30, 2020
Charity starts in a nest,
the human breast;
it needs no words
when it is given;
the spirit up,
of this small water up,
and warm and light as feathers the bread
spared to see creation fed.
Love in a crumb is a mystery;
bread is the Body of charity;
little nerves of finch or tit
fly down to feast and quicken it;
robin, blackbird, sparrow, wren,
feasted, quicken it in men.
Over the past few weeks, your inbox has been filled with advertising emails and special shopping deals prepping you for one of the biggest shopping days of the year – Cyber Monday. But do you know how to use your purchase power for more than just good deals? You can use it to do good in the world, too.
As a consumer, your purchases have the power to make a difference in your community, whether it’s through a percentage of your purchase benefitting a cause that it important to you or by supporting businesses engaging in socially–conscious practices. Choosing where to spend your dollars, and which companies or social entrepreneurs to support, reflects the values and causes important to you.
In our recently released research, Civic Life Today, 41 percent of all adults shared that they make purchasing decisions based on a company’s social responsibility practices. For Gen Z, it’s significantly higher with nearly 60 percent saying they take a company’s practices into consideration when buying. Tapping into your purchase power is an easy way to increase your civic engagement, and we’ll be sharing more information about using purchase power next week, so stay tuned.
Here’s just a few ways that you can impact your community through your spending power:
- Choosing to shop at a small, locally–owned and/or minority-owned business helps address inequality and contributes to the growth of your own community by creating jobs and boosting your local economy.
- Similarly, you can choose to buy from certified B Corporations, Public Benefit Corporations and social enterprises. Although not identical, these types of businesses believe that companies can be a force for good. They work to prioritize social impact in their operations. Some well-known examples include Ben & Jerry’s, TOMS Shoes, Seventh Generation and Patagonia.
- When you purchase through large retailers, look for companies that are socially responsible and philanthropic. Many of them, like Amazon, have initiatives that donate a portion of your purchase to charity. You can support Points of Light every time you shop on Amazon by selecting us through AmazonSmile. A percentage of the sale is donated back to Points of Light and helps fund our critical work.
- As a reminder, purchase power centers on the choice of where and how you spend your money – not the dollar amount itself. As you go about your normal shopping routine, consider the areas where you can implement one, or all, of our tips to support the communities and causes you care about.
Monday, November 23, 2020
A few thoughts about gratefulness during this week of Thanksgiving.
Without inner peace or centering, we can feel our energy, enthusiasm and drive toward fueling positive change drain like a leaking pipeline. It’s like a plant that has the will to grow, but which lacks water and nutrients from the soil that it needs to thrive and blossom in beauty and sustenance.
When we feel drained, we can retreat into nature. When we feel drained, it is wise to take a sliver from our busy lives to contemplate the beauty that surrounds us. A moment of gratefulness can reboot our energy levels.
Action that brings change requires persistence. Persistence moves forward, whereas resistance pushes against aggression or negativity—with fewer positive results. Persistence, from my point of view, falls into the Law of Three—“the second fundamental cosmic law,” as defined by the 20th century philosopher George Ivanovich Gurdjieff. The triad Gurdlieff defined is active, passive and reconciling or neutral.
The Daily Prism will vacation during this Thanksgiving week.
Friday, November 20, 2020
"We imagine through our ignorance that we derive happiness from objects,” wrote the Hindu sage Ramana Maharshi
Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Happiness and service go hand in hand, they are complementary: Seva, or service, generates happiness and happy people are more likely to lend a hand.
As you enter into the season of gratitude, collective joy, and reflection on your personal path, consider how a simple act of service might change your outlook and contribute to the greater good. Consider ways that privilege and oppression show up in your life. Consider ways you already serve in your community and in your life. Consider ways you would you like to serve, for your own interest—and to help others.
... When you practice compassion for others, whether by offering a ride to the neighbor whose car broke down or teaching tap dance to senior citizens, you’ll get practice treating others with kindness. And this practice of compassion—the stirring of the heart in response to pain or suffering—is shown to boost your happiness.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
NEW YORK, NY (November 10, 2020) – Stand Up for Heroes (SUFH), New York’s highly anticipated night of hope, healing and laughter honoring our nation’s veterans and their families, is going virtual for the first time in its 14 year history, and will air on ABC News Live, TikTok, Facebook, Twitch and Armed Forces Network on Wednesday, November 18th at 9:00 p.m. EST. The event will raise awareness and funds for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, whose mission to help veterans and military families thrive is especially vital as veterans face increased challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stand Up for Heroes is presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival and is brought to you by Craig Newmark Philanthropies and Veterans on Wall Street, led by Citi, HSBC Bank, and Wells Fargo, and supported by Vehicles for Veterans.
Hosted by Jon Stewart, SUFH will feature performances by comedians and musicians including Nate Bargatze, Ronny Chieng, Sheryl Crow, Mickey Guyton, Tiffany Haddish, Brad Paisley, Patti Scialfa, Iliza Shlesinger, and Bruce Springsteen, with special guests including Jeannie Gaffigan, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, Ray Romano, and more. The event will also highlight inspiring moments, memorable surprises, and stories of resilience while recognizing the men and women who have served in our nation’s military.
“Once we join this team, we are always part of this team. Once we’ve served, we are always serving, and proudly so.” Prince Harry
The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans. To date, BWF has invested more than $75 million to Find, Fund and Shape™ programs that have empowered impacted veterans, service members and their family members, across the nation. For more information, please visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org or follow us on Twitter at @Stand4Heroes.
From the Bob Woodruff Foundation