Community Lost, Community Found


No doubt you were as moved as we were by stories of loss, survival, and rebuilding in earthquake- and tsunami-stricken Japan. This story illustrates the incredible efforts to re-establish social networks and communities in the challenging setting of evacuee shelters set up in school gyms. A sense of community is a crucial underpinning to life in… [Continue Reading]

Pinpointing Your Purpose – Part 2


Tools to Develop Your Sense of Purpose As your sense of purpose becomes clearer, try this exercise: Take a piece of clean paper, or open a new document on your computer screen. Begin listing the things you enjoy because they make you stronger, happier, and healthier. Now try sorting those items further: Could one of… [Continue Reading]

Pinpointing Your Purpose – Part 1


“Here is a test to find whether your purpose in life is finished: If you are alive, it isn’t.”  —Richard Bach Have you defined your sense of purpose yet? What a privilege it is to be able to answer yes! Having a strong sense of purpose in life—knowing why you are here and what you… [Continue Reading]

Mr. Maddrey’s Secret


The elderly man parks his car and eases to his feet, two heavy books cradled in his arms. He makes his way up the sidewalk to the front of a civic building. Someone pauses to hold a door for him. He disappears inside. You wouldn’t know it from his pace, but Mr. Maddrey is a… [Continue Reading]