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Today’s Greater Good March 16, 2011

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Last Friday, March 11, Japan was hit by a devastating earthquake/tsunami which has caused the loss of tens of thousands of lives and irreparable damage to topography and property.   This event, I believe, is yet another call to us to become involved in working for the greater good – a topic we’ve been discussing here all month.
 
As author Carolyn Myss expressed, “We learn from this event in Japan that we can be with the Japanese community of people through prayer, through email, through FB (Facebook) in an instant.  We are truly learning an enormous cosmic truth: We are one. And we are meant to use that truth: Pray together, heal our fellow human beings together, and heal our beloved Earth together. Put your soul to work.”
 
In addition to prayer, international disaster relief organizations have recommended that those of us who cannot directly supply physical assistance can best help by making monetary donations.  If you have a favorite, reputable organization to which you regularly donate, please considering doing so again.  
 
It has recently came to my attention that the Red Cross is accepting donations of $10 by text messaging.  You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to contribute.  It couldn’t be easier. Full details can be seen here: https://american.redcross.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=ntld_nolnav_text2help  
 
As Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist posted on Facebook recently, “An event such as this reminds us of the impermanent nature of our lives. It helps us remember that what’s most important is to love each other, to be there for each other, and to treasure each moment we have that we are alive. This is the best that we can do for those who have died: we can live in such a way that they continue, beautifully, in us.”
 
 

If you want more information on this topic, remember to tune in to this week’s podcast on TapaPalapa.com or itunes. 

“Slactivism” March 9, 2011

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 “Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else’s life forever.”  – Margaret Cho
 
 We all know that time is a precious commodity.  We have 24 hours in a day and that’s it.  Oh, we try to stretch it and bend it, but all those efforts are for not.  We’re still stuck with only 24 hours. 
 
So, why would we give any of it away?  Why would we choose to use our limited allotment of valuable hours for someone or something other than ourselves?  One reason is that it feels good.   Another is that we know in our souls that doing something for someone else is the right thing to do.
 
Maybe you already volunteer your time for a cause, like answering pledge calls for your local PBS affiliate, or painting closets for Habitat for Humanity.  Or, maybe you do something for a neighbor or friend – like mowing their lawn, or changing a light bulb when a neighbor can’t reach theirs.  None of these take any particular talent – but they do take our precious time.
 
For those of you who don’t have much time to give, but want to do something, let me introduce you to the concept of “slacktivism.”  It’s defined in Urban Dictionary as:  “The search for the ultimate feel-good that derives from having come to society’s rescue without having had to actually get one’s hands dirty or open one’s wallet.”
 
To be a slacktivist you simply visit various “click to give” websites that allow individuals to donate by going online and clicking a button. The click leads you to a page with ads, and the advertiser gives money (based on the number of clicks) directly to a charity designated by the site.
 
One of the most notable “click to give” pages, according to Slate.com, is the Hunger Site.  It says that user clicks led to more than 235.7 tons of food donated last month (3,678,968 clicks). Their early success led to the creation of several other sites, including the Breast Cancer Site, where user clicks led to 103.3 free mammograms in February (5,163,968 clicks).
 
If you have more time to kill, try FreeRice, an educational game site run by the U.N. World Food Program that gives 10 grains of rice to the UNWFP for every question you answer correctly. They’ve donated more than 62 billion grains of rice in less than two years.
 
The question is: how will you use your precious time this week?  Will you choose to give of it generously to someone or something besides yourself?  Will you join the millions of slacktivists and donate by clicking or will you take a more hands-on approach?   Whatever it is, please let me know. I’d like to share your story to inspire others! 
 
If you want more information on this topic, remember to tune in to this week’s podcast on TapaPalapa.com or itunes. 
 

Tapa Palapa Podcast Now on itunes! February 25, 2011

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Hooray!  Hooray!  Tapa Palapa now has a new itunes channel!  Tune in and find out what’s going on!

Preparing for Love 3.0 – on TapaPalapa.com February 16, 2011

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In our most recent episode on TapaPalapa,  Steve and I talk about some important ideas and exercises for you when you’re looking for a romantic relationship. 

We explore ways to prepare yourself to love and be loved, how to make mindful decisions about the sort of person who will be a compatible partner for you, and how to realize your own qualities and strengths so you can enter a relationship with confidence in your ability to be an equal partner.

You can also see the video of Francie drawing the winners of her Valentine’s Day Give-Away on our Cinema page.

Plus, take the VIA Strengths Survey by clicking here. It will help you identify the positive psychology strengths that you will bring to a relationship to benefit your partner.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. Did you find the VIA Strengths test helpful? If you’re looking for a relationship, did you try the exercise Francie recommends? What tips do you have for people preparing for a romantic relationship?

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New Pocast from Tapa Palapa! January 19, 2011

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In this week’s episode on Tapa Palapa, Francie and Steve once again find themselves in the middle of Worklife Liberation month, say, “Forget work!”   We explore the value of play in helping you find your calling.  Through play you can discover and develop your core self.   We offer an exercise for tapping memories of childhood play to help point you to your calling.  We also recommend planning a special day of play to help you discover the kinds of things that ignite your passions and captivate your attention.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think.  Did you reconnect with your gifts and talents through memories of childhood play?  Did you plan a Discovery Day yet?  How did it go?

Please help us liberate more people by telling your friends and family about our podcast.  Invite them to sign up by RSS feed or by e-mail.

Life First, then Worklife January 12, 2011

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In the latest podcast on TapaPalapa,  Steve and I ask you questions a traditional career counselor or consultant isn’t likely to consider. Things like the way you interact with people, the kinds of environments you prefer, and the patterns and rhythms that feel most natural to you.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. What do you need to add to your life to bring in the zest? What will sweeten it? How can you make it less sour or less bitter?

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Snowy Day in Fort Worth! January 9, 2011

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A rare event is taking place outside my home-office window right now.  It’s SNOWING!  Something we don’t see too often in this neck o’ the woods.   A snow day here offers a perfectly valid excuse to stay inside, crank up some mellow Pandora tunes,  light a fire,  read a novel, catch up on blog posts, and make some warm comfort food.  I plan to indulge in all of the above 🙂 

If you find yourself in this same, lovely spot with an extra ten minutes,  listen in on my latest podcast with Steve.  We share a few laughs and talk about WORK being a four-letter word.  Check it out:  http://tapapalapa.com/ 

BTW, I read today that 61% of  people polled by Parade magazine said if they had it to do all over again, they would NOT choose the same career.    How ’bout you?  Would you choose the same career?  If not, what would you do instead?  

If you want to explore some options, post a comment or shoot me an email.  I’d love to talk with you about the possibilities!

Into the Fire December 29, 2010

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In the newest podcast on TapaPalapa.com, Francie and Steve discuss fire as a symbol of releasing the past to prepare for transformation and renewal.  In nature, fire clears away debris and dead wood to set the stage for new growth.  We can release our own psychological debris and spiritual dead wood symbolically through a fire ceremony to set the stage for our rebirth and growth.

This week we reached deep in our bag of professional recording tricks to create a virtual crackling fire. Close your eyes and imagine you are snuggled up next to the fire as you listen to this episode.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. What do you want to release as this year ends? What do you want to make room for in your life for the coming year? What intentions are you setting and how are you preparing to grow so you can make your intentions real?

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In the Glow December 16, 2010

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Steve and I just posted our latest podcast on TapaPalapa.com.  This week we’re exchanging some light-hearted banter about the way close friends and family bring light into our lives, and the way we can be light for them. It’s a light of hope and inspiration that calls forth our better selves, the people we are becoming. In the light of their warmth, their comfort, and their inspiration we glimpse the Divine loving us through them.

Their light also shines on us to show us parts of ourselves we don’t see, both our flaws and our talents. We need that light to grow, to see ourselves more clearly as we prune away old behaviors and develop our gifts and abilities.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. How has someone close to you shined the light of inspiration or revelation for you? How do you do that for others?

And please help us spread the light by telling your friends and family about our podcast. Invite them to sign up by RSS feed or by e-mail.

Looking for Light December 8, 2010

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Have I mentioned that I’m collaborating with fellow coach Steve Coxsey of TwistingRoad.com fame, to produce fun, weekly podcasts on TapaPalapa.com?   

We’re Looking For Light all this month and this week we’re feasting on ceremonies and rituals.

In this episode Steve and I discuss some common threads of meaning in several holiday celebrations that take place at the end of the year. They give you ideas for amplifying the meaning and enjoyment of the celebrations, whether they are part of your faith tradition or your personal tradition.

Enjoy the episode, and spread some light by telling your friends and family about it. Invite them to sign up by RSS feed or by e-mail.