Tag: Inspiration


Authenticity and Ambition: Four Steps to Nurturing Both

The experience of visiting one of the world’s most famous film festivals was as intense as I’d anticipated when I went to Cannes this spring for a Screen Actors Guild internship. Now, as I reflect on my visit, I realize that what can take your breath away in terms of flash and glare may actually shed light on something of greater importance: the challenge of not losing yourself in the whirlwind. The Cannes Film Festival felt like a long list you had to be on. The parties and screenings were speed-dating exchanges......

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A Pop-up Rabbi!

A few weeks back I wrote about how exciting and unnerving it is that, according to a new Pew Report on religion,?institutional religion in America is clearly weakening.?With people mixing, blending and bending their identities – and with spiritual resources increasingly accessible independent of religious institutions and authorities – there are now more Americans religiously unaffiliated than there are members of any denomination! In other words, America’s largest religion is None (or unaffiliated). I suggested that in religion, just as in so many arenas like health, education, music and media, we’re on......

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Heaven, Hell and Graduation: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (June 1 – 5), we?discussed Class of 2015 commencement speakers who were abundant with wisdom, the parenting challenge of letting go of fear, the religious ideas people use for guidance, the probability of living longer than you may expect, and the courage of Caitlyn Jenner. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Commencement Wisdom in 2015: Must-Read Links – TWD You don’t have to be graduating to gain inspiration from the words of wisdom delivered by commencement speakers......

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Commencement Wisdom in 2015: Must-Read Links

You don’t have to be graduating to gain inspiration from the words of wisdom delivered by these ten commencement speakers,?who appeared at university campuses across the country this year – from investment expert Mellody Hobson to Hangover star Ed Helms to news anchor Jorge Ramos. Our roundup also includes noteworthy valedictorians with wise insights to share. Check out the links below to enjoy these memorable speeches in full.   1.??Salman Rushdie at Emory University, May 11, 2015 “On this day, a little nostalgia is appropriate. Because endings and new beginnings, no matter......

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A Minimalist Interprets Holy Stories

Whether you’re an atheist or devout in your faith, whether you’re conservative or liberal, here is a bible that will make everyone think! With his Minimum Bible, Joseph Novak – a Presbyterian pastor, graphic designer and father of two in Michigan – has created a masterful collection of contemporary graphic images inspired by each of the 66 books of the Jewish and Christian Bible. Check out the variety of these pieces, seen on the Minimum Bible Facebook page, to see how each biblical section is distilled into one thought-provoking image. Here are......

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Family, Poetry and Health: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (April 6-10), we examined the merits of a “good enough” life, a family made extraordinary by loving boys with autism, the art of self-expression through poetry and the spoken word, practical teachings about forgiveness and a new show of leadership regarding American kids’ health and well-being. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Gratitude for ‘Good Enough’ – Michael Bernstein In?the film Whiplash, drum teacher Terrence Fletcher – played by J.K. Simmons – fervently attests that “the two......

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Celebrate National Poetry Month

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is touted as “the largest literary celebration in the world.” Writers, teachers and librarians throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. For the organization’s annual event this month, luminaries in the creative arts (the 2015 list includes choreographer Judith Jamison, songwriter Sam Beam, actor Holly Hunter and chef Anita Lo) will gather in New York City to share their favorite poems at......

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Cruz, Hoops and Quiet Time: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (March 23-27), we discussed decision-making, downtime, religion in politics and grief. We also shared news from our co-founders: Irwin Kula’s panel at the U.N., and Brad Hirschfield’s Daily Wrap collaboration. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Role of Faith as the 2016 Campaign Frenzy Begins – Brad Hirschfield The?race for the presidency formally kicked off when U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) tweeted: “I’m running for president and I hope to earn your support!” Later at Liberty......

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Resting Is Far More Than 'Doing Nothing'

Ever feel insecure about what you aren’t accomplishing? Feel like you should be doing more, getting ahead faster, thriving on fewer hours of sleep? If so, I’d estimate there are probably millions of Americans right there with you, at one time or another — and me, for that matter. For inspiration, here are ten quotes that will inspire you to “Feel better about not getting anything done.” For example, take Gandhi’s observation: “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” All these words of wisdom are quite fascinating, as they’re really......

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Bob Dylan Uncovers Sinatra

Bob Dylan’s new album of ballads from the American Songbook is remarkable, heartfelt, and vulnerable. All ten tracks have one thing in common: they were interpreted and made popular by Frank Sinatra. Yes, the enigmatic ’60s counterculture icon, the raspy-voiced rebellious rocker, is rendering songs made famous by one of the smoothest nightclub crooners of all time. But I don’t think Dylan is selling out.?Shadows in the Night reveals an irrepressible, creative spirit once again upending expectations. Ever idiosyncratic, Dylan does what he always does – arranges, appropriates and interprets to create......

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