Archive for the ‘Overall’ Category

Who We Can Be – January 20, 2022

Posted on: January 20th, 2022 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

by Kathie England

Faith

“Faith is believing what you haven’t seen.” That’s how Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, defined faith in his November 2021 interview by Krista Tippett. https://onbeing.org/programs/bryan-stevenson-finding-the-courage-for-whats-redemptive/

Stevenson also stated that educating oneself is an action item.

Today with democracy under daily attack in this country, one step towards educating ourselves is reading the daily posts of Heather Cox Richardson, American historian and professor of history at Boston College. https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/(an act of faith)

Nearly every post provides perspective about what is at stake today in America, the nature of our government. Her January 5, 2022 post asked whether we will restore the principles on which the Founders (flawed though many of them were) based this nation: “that all men are created equal” and that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed…” 

We know that voting rights are under attack across this country. One small step to protect this right is making a regular donation to www.VoteSaveAmerica.com/donate. (an act of faith)

Remember the words of John Lewis, “Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part.” (an act of faith)

Let us remember the words of playwright Naomi Wallace, “To keep democracy alive, you have to wrestle with it day and night just to keep its eyes open, just to keep it awake.” (an act of faith) https://www.naomiwallace.com/bio

May we embrace the perspectives of Bryan Stevenson, Heather Cox Richardson, John Lewis, Vote Save America, and Naomi Wallace to find the courage to take many small steps in 2022 and be Who We Can Be! What are your action items? What is your act of faith?

Who We Can Be – December 20, 2021

Posted on: December 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

by Kathie England

Who can we be as we look toward 2022?

2021, like 2020, was not an easy year in so many ways! My posts during the second half of this year focused on the devastating effects of the climate crisis to our planet, like the temperature of 116 degrees experienced in Portland, Oregon on June 28. Though the pandemic is not over yet, many of us are very grateful for the vaccines and booster shots that are making it possible to be with family for the holiday season and even attend live theatre and concerts.

Last year the On Being podcast inspired me to modify the Prayer of St. Francis, the Prayer of Peace, to include a loving kindness meditation. My goal was to make it more inclusive to better connect with individuals of diverse beliefs and cultures. I am continuing this tradition for 2021.

As we celebrated Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021, I launched my new project Who We Can Be.  As we look forward to 2022, I believe it continues to be important to ask these powerful questions: How do we want to live? Who will we be to each other?

The title Who We Can Be was inspired by Krista Tippett’s On Being interview with Karen Murphy, the Director of International Strategy at Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit educational and professional development organization.

May this Loving Kindness Meditation inspire us to continue to imagine what is possible and to discover Who We Can Be!

Make me an instrument of peace.

Where there is hatred, let me bring love.

Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.

Where there is discord, let me bring union.

Where there is error, let me bring truth.

Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.

Where there is despair, let me bring hope.

Where there is darkness, let me bring light.

Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.

 

May I not seek as much to be consoled, as to console.

May I seek not as much to be understood, as to understand.

May I seek not as much to be loved, as to love.

May it be in giving that I learn to receive.

May it be in pardoning that I allow myself to be pardoned.

 

May I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be at peace.

May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be at peace.

May we embrace this message to help find the courage to take many small steps in 2022 and to be Who We Can Be!

Who We Can Be – November 20, 2021

Posted on: November 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Agents of Change 

by Kathie England

One month ago I had never heard of Katharine Hayhoe, despite the fact that she is a climate scientist and the chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy. Despite the fact that she has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth and one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. Hayhoe is also an ambassador between the science of climate change and the world of evangelical Christian faith and practice, which she also inhabits.

This month I want to introduce you to Katharine Hayhoe who believes we can all be agents of change, a fitting perspective, especially since COP 26 ended one week ago.

I invite you to learn and hopefully be inspired by Hayhoe’s own words, first through her interview on Krista Tippett’s On Being podcast. (That’s how I discovered her.) Here’s the link to that podcast:

https://onbeing.org/programs/katharine-hayhoe-our-future-is-still-in-our-hands/

If you don’t have enough time to listen to that podcast, then you can watch her on TEDWomen 2018. Titled “The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Fight Climate Change,” it’s only 17 minutes long.

https://www.ted.com/talks/katharine_hayhoe_the_most_important_thing_you_can_do_to_fight_climate_change_talk_about_it?language=en

If you want an even shorter introduction, you can watch “Global Weirding,” her You Tube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi6RkdaEqgRVKi3AzidF4ow

If you are willing to take a deeper dive, I invite you to her book, Saving Us, A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. Published in 2021, Hayhoe makes the case that “when it comes to changing hearts and minds, facts are only one part of the equation.” Learn what she believes can make a difference.

Who We Can Be

Are you willing to take this small step to discover how Katharine Hayhoe invites us all to be agents of change?

 

Who We Can Be – October 20, 2021

Posted on: October 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Optimistic 

by Kathie England

Part Three of A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough, is titled “A Vision for the Future: How to Rewild the World.”

I focus this month on Attenborough’s chapter in Part Three called “Taking Up Less Space.”

Attenborough explains that “the conversion of wild habitat to farmland as humankind expanded its territory has been the single greatest cause of biodiversity loss during our time on earth.” He states that we must cease the expansion of our industrial farmland.

One of the ways we can cease this expansion of industrial farmland is to eat less meat, specifically red meat. “Today, the average person in the United States eats over 120kg of meat each year. People in European countries eat between 60kg and 80kg each year. The average Kenyan eats 16kg per year.” The average person in India eats less than 4kg per year.

Beef production is the most destructive form of industrial farmland expansion. Beef makes up about a quarter of the meat we eat and only 2 percent of our calories, yet 60 percent of our farmland is dedicated to raising beef.

Attenborough states the universal opinion is that we need to change to a largely plant-based diet. This change would not only help our planet, it would improve our health. Deaths from heart disease, obesity, and some cancers could drop by up to 20 percent and save a trillion dollars in healthcare worldwide by 2050.

One of the earliest proponents of this change in eating habits is Frances Moore Lappé who published Diet for a Small Planet fifty years ago. A fiftieth anniversary edition of her book has just been published which includes 120 pages of planet-friendly recipes. Lappé’s daughter, Anne Lappé, published Diet for a Hot Planet, in 2010.

I recently purchased both books. My goal is to read them this year as I switch to a plant-based diet. I’m hoping to find many recipes that my great-nephew and great-niece will enjoy since this is the future we need to embrace for them, for all the children in our lives, and for all the children on our small planet.

Attenborough concludes his chapter, “Taking Up Less Space,” with this statement: “Estimates suggest it could be possible for humankind to feed itself on just half of the land we currently farm – an area the size of North America.”

Who We Can Be

We can be optimistic if we become people who shift to a plant-based diet remembering the perspective I shared last month.

It is true that the cost of action today is high!

And the cost of inaction today is even higher for those we love!

 

 

Who We Can Be – September 20, 2021

Posted on: September 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Aware of What Lies Ahead

by Kathie England

Part Two of A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough, is titled “What Lies Ahead.”

I concluded last month’s post by pondering what life on our planet will be in the next decades for my great-nephew born in 2015 and my great-niece born in 2020. Now I share with you Attenborough’s projections for 2030 up to the twenty-second century beginning in 2100.

By the 2030s the Amazon rainforest is on course to be reduced to 75 percent of its original extent. Attenborough proposes this reduction may prove to be a tipping point for the Amazon triggering a phenomenon known as forest dieback. The Arctic Ocean is also expected to have its first entirely ice-free summer in the 2030s.

By the 2040s we will likely see another tipping point – the thawing of the permafrost. This event could cause the entire land surface in the northern hemisphere to become a mud bath as the ice that held the soil together disappears. This event would also turn on a gas tap of methane and carbon dioxide that we would probably never be able to turn off.

By the 2050s the entire ocean could be sufficiently acidic to trigger a calamitous decline. 90 percent of the coral reefs on Earth will be destroyed within the space of a few years. Remaining commercial fisheries and fish farming will perish impacting the livelihoods of more than half a billion people and directly affecting a ready source of protein that has fed humans for our entire existence.

In 2050 my great-nephew will be thirty-five and my great-niece will turn thirty.

During the 2080s global food production on land could be at a crisis point. Millions of tons of lost topsoil could enter the rivers and bring flooding in the towns and cities downstream. The loss of insects would affect three-quarters of our food crops. The risk of new pandemics is high.

By the beginning of 2100 a quarter of the world’s population could live in places where the average daily temperature would be what is found in the Sahara today. Farming in these areas would be impossible and a billion people who live in these areas will become part of the greatest human migration in history.

As I did last month, I invite you to ponder what these prospects for life on our planet would mean for the children in your life now as you become aware of what lies ahead.

I invite you to watch the trailer to “A Life on Our Planet” and hopefully it will inspire you to watch the entire documentary by David Attenborough.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64R2MYUt394

Who We Can Be

Next month I will share Attenborough’s optimistic vision for the future if we act NOW.

It is true that the cost of action today is high!

And the cost of inaction today is even higher for those we love!

 

Who We Can Be – August 20, 2021

Posted on: August 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Aware

by Kathie England

In reading A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough, I became aware that…

In 1937 when Attenborough was 11 years old – the world’s population was 2.3 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million, and remaining wilderness on our planet was 66 percent…

In 1954 the year I started third grade – the world’s population was 2.7 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 310 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 64 percent…

In 1960 the year John F. Kennedy was elected president – the world’s population was 3 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 315 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 62 percent…

In 1968 the year I graduated from college – the world’s population was 3.5 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 323 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 59 percent…

In 1971 the year my sister was married – the world’s population was 3.7 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 326 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 58 percent…

In 1978 the year my niece was born – the world’s population was 4.3 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 335 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 55 percent…

In 1989 the year I moved to Oregon – the world’s population was 5.1 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 353 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 49 percent…

In 1997 the year Princess Diana died – the world’s population was 5.9 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 360 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 46 percent…

In 2020 the year the Covid pandemic started in the United States – the world’s population was 7.8 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 415 million parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 35 percent…

This timeline of life on our planet prompted me to wonder what life will be on our planet over the next decades for my great-nephew who was born in 2015 and my great-niece who was born in 2020…

I invite you to ponder that same perspective for what life will be on our planet over the next decades for the children in your life…and become aware…

I invite you to watch the trailer to “A Life on Our Planet” and hopefully it will inspire you to watch the entire documentary by David Attenborough.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64R2MYUt394

Who We Can Be

We can become aware and look at the possibilities of what we can do NOW.

We can be inspired by the words of Barack Obama as he watched a candlelight vigil of people in Oslo cheering after he had received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009: “Whatever you do won’t be enough. Try anyway.”

Who We Can Be – July 20, 2021

Posted on: July 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Conservation Champion

by Kathie England

116

116 degrees is the temperature reached in Portland, Oregon on June 28, 2021!

116 is the number of people who died in Oregon during this extreme heat wave!

At the end of that extreme heat wave I watched “A Life on Our Planet” by David Attenborough, a documentary film available on Netflix.  Attenborough refers to this documentary as “My Witness Statement and A Vision for the Future.”

I was so moved and troubled after watching the film that I took the following steps:

  • I became a monthly sponsor with The Nature Conservancy.
  • I bought the book, A Life on Our Planet at my local Powell’s Books.

I invite you to watch the trailer to “A Life on Our Planet” and hopefully it will inspire you to watch the entire documentary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64R2MYUt394

I also invite you to watch the short video thank-you that I received from The Nature Conservancy after my donation earned me the title Conservation Champion.

 “Thank you for becoming a Conservation Champion!
Your dedication to nature means so much. By pledging to donate $25.75 as an ongoing donation, you are joining a group of nature’s most loyal and generous supporters.”

Watch this video to see the big difference you’re already making.”
https://www.nature.org/en-us/membership-and-giving/donate-to-our-mission/other-ways-to-give/fundraising-in-your-neighborhood/f2f-thank-you-welcome-page/?src=e.auto_d&lu=8021484

Who We Can Be

If Attenborough’s film wasn’t persuasive enough for you to become a Conservation Champion, perhaps these articles I read in The New York Times on July 16, 2021 before writing this post will motivate you to take that one small step.

Hundreds Missing and Scores Dead as Raging Floods Strike Western Europe

 Drought and Heat Fuel Dozens of Wildfires

“Over 60 active fires are burning across the Western United States, displacing hundreds of people and burning over 900,000 acres, with hot, dry conditions expected to continue.”

Parts of the Amazon Go From Absorbing Carbon Dioxide to Emitting It

It Seems Odd That We Would Just Let the World Burn

By Ezra Klein

“Where is the urgency on climate change? June 2021 was the hottest June ever recorded on land. Portland, Oregon saw temperatures of 116 degrees, a sentence that doesn’t make sense to me even as I know it to be true. In Lytton, British Columbia, temperatures reached 121 degrees, and the city simply ignited. ‘You can’t even comprehend it,’ one resident told CBC Radio. ‘Our entire town is gone.’ “

I hope you are inspired and motivated to become a Conservation Champion as one small step for the future of our planet.

https://nature.org


 

Who We Can Be – June 20, 2021

Posted on: June 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Persist

by Kathie England

As I began reading Elizabeth Warren’s new book Persist, I realized that what she articulates is Who We Can Be. From that perspective, I share with you Warren’s words and invite you to imagine Who We Can Be.

“I am confident that most of those who got in the fight in 2020 will stay in the fight for years.”

“Now we have a once-in-a-generation chance to build something new, to shake off who we were and decide who we want to become.”

“This remarkable moment is an opportunity for change but not a guarantee that it will happen. It is a rare chance to think hard about the policies we want to change, especially the policies that touch our lives every day and set the boundaries for much of what happens to each of us.”

“The door to change is open. Now is the moment to act. Now is our chance to make the changes our nation so desperately needs.”

Who We Can Be

“But more than anything, the toughest fights will demand that we bring our whole selves. We must bring energy and determination. We must bring clarity of purpose and a richer understanding of our common goals. We must bring a deep-down commitment that will sustain us even when the fight looks impossibly hard.”

Let us embrace Warren’s optimism “that we are in a moment when extraordinary changes are possible.”

 

Who We Can Be – May 20, 2021

Posted on: May 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Support the Power of Educating Girls

by Kathie England

One of the best tools we have to limit global heating is to educate girls and young women!

 “CLIMATE IS EVERYTHING.” That’s the theme in the April 26 – May 3, 2021 issue of TIME. One of the most hopeful articles in this issue is an interview with a young climate-justice activist, Vanessa Nakate. Born in Uganda, Nakate shares the perspective of the nonprofit group Project Drawdown. “Investing in universal education and family planning in low- and middle-income countries could reduce emissions by 88.42 gigatons by 2050. That’s about a decade’s worth of China’s emissions.”

Published in 2017, Drawdown, a New York Times best-seller, explains that women with more years of education have fewer, healthier children and actively manage their reproductive health. A report from the Brookings Institution states that “the difference between a woman with no years of schooling and with 12 years of schooling is almost four to five children per woman.”

Dawdown offers even more benefits of educating girls. Educated girls have higher wages and greater upward mobility. Their rates of maternal mortality drop as do the mortality rates of their babies. They are less likely to marry as children or against their will. They have lower incidences of HIV/AIDS and malaria. Their agricultural plots are more productive and their families are better nourished. Educating girls and young women “is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth.”

Nobel laureate and girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai states, “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen, can change the world.”

We can support the work of Malala by donating to https://malala.org. The home page of Malala’s website states that “20 million more girls may never return to school once the COVID-19 crisis subsides.”

Who We Can Be

We can be people who embrace and support the value of education for girls and young women throughout the world. We can impact the climate crisis with our actions! We can impact the devastating effect of the pandemic on the lives of girls and young women. https://malala.org

 

Who We Can Be – April 20, 2021

Posted on: April 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

The Healing Power of Connection

by Kathie England

The Healing Power of Connection

“Create for your child, for yourself, for your family, for your organization, for your community, for this country, and for this world if you possibly can, a connected life.”

Those are the words of Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D. in their new book ADHD 2.0. As an ADHD coach, those words inspire me (and so have all the other perspectives in their book).

They reference the longest-running longitudinal study of adult development ever done. The main conclusion of this Harvard study which began in 1939 and is still underway is that “the single most important factor in predicting health, longevity, occupational success, income, leadership ability, and general happiness comes down to one four-letter word. Love!”

They like to refer to the power of positive connection as “the other vitamin C.”

Since the pandemic, which began more than a year ago, has challenged our ability to stayed connected, I thought it appropriate to share a few of the ideas that Hallowell and Ratey propose to stay connected.

  • Have meals with your family
  • Develop the habit of giving hellos and nods to people you don’t know
  • Keep up with at least two good friends regularly
  • Join some kind of group that holds meetings (even virtually) and attend those meetings
  • Practice forgiveness of others and yourself (forgiveness does not mean condoning what was done)
  • Go for a walk in nature
  • Never worry alone
  • Make a point of giving compliments
  • Minimize your consumption of news if it tends to upset you or rile you up
  • Take a daily inventory of gratitude

Dr. Vivek Murthy, the nineteenth Surgeon General of the United States (2014-2017), named loneliness the number one medical problem in the country. Consider reading his book, Together: The Healing Power of Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World.

Who We Can Be

We can embrace the healing power of connection.

Whether the pandemic ends soon or persists far longer than we have hoped, we need connection.