Perceptions, Weapons, & Intentions

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PERCEPTIONS OF THE SPIRIT
MLK was more than the dream
by Yusef Williams
RedEye


As we prepare to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. this coming Monday, this article invites us to move beyond the standard narrative and learn more about his life, his work and his message. In citing this excerpt from Dr. King’s speech “A Time to Break Silence” – "Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy's point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves" – Williams shares his perception not only of a civil rights icon, but also of a man of peace. How might you draw inspiration from Dr. King with a fresh perspective this year?

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WEAPONS OF THE SPIRIT
How I Rediscovered Faith
by Malcolm Gladwell
Relevant Magazine


Where do you find the strength to stand up for what you believe in? How do you tap into the love that leads to forgiveness? Reflecting on the process of writing his most recent book, David and Goliath, Gladwell explores the power of “the ‘weapons of the spirit’ - the peculiar and inexplicable power that comes from within.” Moved by the personal story of parents who were able to find forgiveness and love for the person who took their daughter’s life, he offers a new framework for understanding the paradoxes of our society and a new orientation to faith in this article.

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INTENTIONS OF THE SPIRIT
Change Your Intention to Focus Your Attention
by Caroline Webb
Harvard Business Review Blog


What is the difference between setting a goal and an intention? According to Webb, an intention “…can make a remarkable shift in how any assignment, conversation, or meeting feels just by considering where we want to place our attention.” In this post, she offers four pragmatic steps for connecting with and establishing intentions for how we live our lives. How might you be more deliberate about where you concentrate your energy?  

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