Compassion, expectations, success

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NO FLUFF
Think spirituality is easy? Think again…

by Roger S. Gottlieb

Oxford University Press Blog

Whether you consider yourself a religious traditionalist or choose to embrace a modern idea of spirituality, living out the values and virtues you believe in requires mindful practice.

In this article, Gottlieb explores the challenges of practicing compassion, particularly at the difficult moments when others are complicit in their suffering or we ourselves are suffering. He writes, "[t]he spiritual task here includes admitting our own moral weaknesses so that we can see what we have in common with the guilty; and also developing a moral clarity that allows us to act caringly against injustice without needing to be motivated by hatred."

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ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS
A Call for a Movement to Redefine the Successful Life

by Alina Tugend

The New York Times

Are you tired of feeling like cultivating work-life balance is a zero sum endeavor?  How do we integrate the two so that our personal and professional lives enhance each other rather than detract from one another? This article proposes the answer is “[t]o create a movement that embraces the idea that physical and spiritual wellness – from meditation to exercise to good nutrition – are integral to, not separate from, a successful life.”  This idea that such spiritual wellness is an essential piece of our growth as human beings is what we at Still Harbor aim to promote through our programming.

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BLESSINGS OF BANGOR
When new leaders find themselves in surprising contexts

by Gretchen E. Ziegenhals

Faith & Leadership's Call & Response Blog

Duke Divinity School

What happens when you realize you are not where you want to be? What do you do when you discover you haven’t arrived to the place you expected? Leaders are often faced with the challenge of navigating through new, unexpected, or just plain crappy contexts. By sharing a funny story about a man who finds himself traveling around Bangor, Maine all the while thinking it is San Francisco, California, this article explores what might be required of leaders who find themselves in disappointing, or simply surprising, new contexts. If you can accept the new context and address some of the questions Ziegenhals suggests here, you may end up discovering “the blessings of Bangor.”