Random acts of kindness

1. Blow bubbles (and take extra) to the playground

2. Let another care merge in front of you, or stop to let a pedestrian cross the street

3. Let someone else pick what to watch on TV

4. Plant flowers in a public, neglected corner.

5. Say something nice to someone

STOIC Quote of the day

He who has equipped himself for the whole of life does not need to be advised concerning each separate thing, because he is now trained to meet his problem as a whole; for he knows not merely how he should live with his wife or his son, but how he should live aright.
-Aristo of Chios

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the Birthday of Gertrude Ederle (1906)? American swimmer Gertrude Ederle achieved fame when she competed in the 1924 Olympics and became the first woman to swim across the English Channel in 1926. Trivia fans: In her private later life, Ederle taught swimming at a school for deaf children. Take today to think about some of the influential women in your life.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Women should do for themselves what men have already done — occasionally what men have not done — thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action.”

— Amelia Earhart

Big business vs. small business

Small companies create almost all the jobs. They are the insurgents, the agents of change.

Big companies are a backbone, reliable providers of goods and services. Big companies operate at a scale that most of us can’t even imagine.

The two points of view often conflict. And each can learn from the other.

Net neutrality is an argument between freedom of innovation by small business vs. control from big business.

Campaign finance reform is an argument against big companies and their leaders buying the outcomes of elections.

It’s not always about capitalism vs. the alternative. It’s often about the status quo vs. what’s next.

Worth noting: A small business is not a big business that hasn’t grown up yet. It’s different. A small business has an owner, someone who can make decisions without meetings, who can listen to customers and who can embrace the work at hand.

If you run a small business, I hope you’ll check out the new workshop from my friend and colleague Ramon Ray. The folks at Akimbo are working with Ramon to help connect small business people on their journey to making a bigger impact. It works better together.




The word has a very specific meaning, which is why it’s so powerful.

If we accept behavior that’s unacceptable, we’re compromising on something that we thought was too important to compromise on.

And that’s how we end up with the unacceptable becoming commonplace.

courtesy: Seth Godin’s Newsletter

Stoicism for Modern Stresses: 5 Lessons from Cato

1) Master the power of gestures. We talk about our times as the age of information overload, but public figures in all ages have had to compete to be heard. Ancient Rome was saturated with political talk: popular lawyers like Cicero consistently drew huge crowds, and the Roman people could regularly hear all-day parades of political speeches in the Forum. How could someone break through all that noise? Cato understood that actions are far easier to “hear” than words. So he perfected a style of politics-by-gesture. He went barefoot. He wore his toga commando (then, as now, not the fashionable thing to do). He walked alone without the usual entourage of aides. He slept in the trenches with his troops rather than relax in a tent; he marched alongside them rather than ride a horse. He surrounded himself with philosophers, not political advisors. Just a second’s glance at him told an onlooker everything he needed to know about Cato. Those gestures, more than any vote cast or speech given, made his reputation. Even his death at the end of Rome’s civil war was a statement against his enemies. One night, he retired to his room after dinner, and loudly called for a book—Plato’s dialogue Phaedo—and his sword. The Phaedo tells the story of the death of Socrates, a philosopher too principled to live, forced to drink poison by the political authorities. Cato wanted everyone to see the parallels. Then he gritted his teeth and disemboweled himself. To this day, his gesture against tyranny speaks as loud as any book or speech on the subject.

Stoicism for Modern Stresses: 5 Lessons from Cato

For My Weird Sea

For My Weird Sea

A Love Poem by Anonymous

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Effects are weird,
And so are you.

Orchids are white,
Ghost ones are rare,
Your wig is blonde,
And so is your hair.

Magnolia grows,
With buds like eggs,
Metabolism is fat,
And so are your legs.

Sunflowers reach,
Up to the skies,
Pink is pale,
And so are your eyes.

Foxgloves in hedges,
Surround the farms,
Cheeks are tanned,
And so are your arms.

Daisies are pretty,
Daffies have style,
An account is illuminating,
And so is your smile.

A sea is beautiful,
Just like you.

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5. United Nations Day –24th October

15. United Nations Day 24th October

United Nations Day

UN day marks the anniversary of the UN Charter and its establishment in 1945.

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World Development Information Day

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