What Caught My Eye This Week

Broken TV

 

I think it’s great that corporate America is standing with me and the rest of my friends. Because when you come against any one of us, whether it be me or anybody else, you’re coming against all of us. And I think it’s important that we stand together as both corporate and civic America to take action against these people and show them that they cannot push us around, especially when all we’re trying to do here is save lives. ~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor David Hogg to CNN on advertisers pulling their support of Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s show after she mocked him on Twitter

Toronto’s fancy soft-serve chain Sweet Jesus is finding itself in the crosshairs of the religious right as it expands into the United States. This comes after American blogger called Activist Mommy wrote a post about how the ice cream shop “blasphemizes Christ” and “fetishizes children”. A bit of a strong reaction for sure. The chain’s owners claim that Sweet Jesus is an “expression of joy”, which I would tend to agree with. However, having visited their location just down the street from me, it would be more of an expression of that’s a little pricey for soft serve. #HolierThanThou

When I first began practicing mindfulness close to ten years ago, a friend introduced me to a book by American Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön called, When Things Fall Apart. Since then I have read more of her books and listened to many of her teachings. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I will often start my day sharing a quote from one of her teachings. In a new post on Lion’s Roar, she explores taking a break from your usual thoughts, and wake up to the magic and vastness of the world around you. In it she explores one of her favourite contemplations, which has helped me put things into perspective many times: Since death is certain, but the time of death is uncertain, what is the most important thing?

My friend and fellow adrenaline junkie Jacqui d’Eon shared a post on LinkedIn about leadership during a crisis. Her tips resonated with me for a couple of reasons. First, as leaders we have to remain resilient. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so it’s important to take care of yourself. Secondly, we set the tone for the team. Keeping calm and giving them a sense of routine and predictability will let them know what’s expected of them and what they can expect from you. Finally, after the crisis take time to acknowledge their efforts and the need to recover – time to breathe and rest.

What I am listening to.

Fox Blanco – Change The World  The first song in Spotify’s Motivation Mix playlist, which I ran to this morning.

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