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The New Role Of Leaders

The New Role Of Leaders | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

The role of leadership has changed. It is no longer enough to merely plan and direct action, today we must inspire and empower belief.

 

Strategy in the 21st century has become less directed and more emergent.  Even the military relies less on plans and more on commander’s intent.  Corporate chieftains are following suit, experimenting with management structures such as holocracy.  Yet we need to do more than simply change policies and practices, leadership itself must be redefined.

 


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It is a slow process to change and one of the reasons may be that we still leadership as a top down process i.e. the use of terms like corporate chieftains.

 

One way to accelerate the process might be in school where children learn that there are other ways to lead. Holocracies might mean that the hierarchy is fluid and constantly shifting. Schools remain very rigid in their hierarchical structures and are managed as opposed to involving the complex interchange of leading-managing.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 22, 10:01 AM

(From the article): Strategy is no longer a game of chess.  We can’t think only in terms of planning and execution, but need to understand how information flows and cascades self-organizearound strategic intent.  Hierarchy fails in the digital age not because it is illegitimate, but because it is slow and the world has become fast.


Today, you gain power and capability not by increasing scale, but by deepening and widening connections.  Brands have become open platforms.  Proprietary research must now compete with open innovation.  Control has become an illusion and a dangerous one at that.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 22, 1:14 PM

Absolutely agree but how many leaders are willing to inspire and empower?  Do you understand what this takes?

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Top 10 recent scientific studies on the value of mindfulness in education

Top 10 recent scientific studies on the value of mindfulness in education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
--- More and more studies are showing the potential benefits of mindfulness practices for students --to improve physical health, psychological well-being,

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How do we help teachers help students?

 

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, November 24, 4:09 PM

It is great to see more wholistic aspects of being human finding their way into research and schools

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Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom

Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By exercising the "gratitude muscle" with a gratitude journal, students can harness positive thinking to increase their grades, goals, and quality of life.

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Take time and be grateful for what life brings to us.

 

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The Rice Process's curator insight, November 18, 3:52 PM

Parents and teachers need to model gratitude. We know that gratitude is a predictor of feeling happy and content. Children learn early that gratitude is an attitude that contributes to their personal happiness and to the happiness of others.  We all share a common desire to be happy, and gratitude shows us the way.

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Public school educated and proud of it

Public school educated and proud of it | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I've been thinking for some time about what to write about for my 300th blog post. I wanted to make it about something close to my heart, something that tapped in to a long standing passion. One ar...
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Public School does work. It would work better if there were more choices within it.

 

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Infographic: The Top Habits Of Healthy, Happy, Productive People

Infographic: The Top Habits Of Healthy, Happy, Productive People | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

View the infographic below for more habits that you can consider emulating for a possibly happier and healthier lifestyle. 


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Laughing, listening, and giving back. Those defy the material world we live in and promote. @ivon_ehd1
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Gust, can you post a link to the Luxumburg TV Ebola Info. thanks
Vicente Fazio's curator insight, November 11, 9:18 AM

this is a general view of the main habits that a normal person has to have to make good social connections and improve his personal skills

David Baker's curator insight, November 11, 11:25 AM

I like this Infographic to share with teachers at seminar to begin a November conversation about "how are you caring for yourself and setting up a positive lifestyle as a young teacher?"

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What’s Your Purpose? Look to Your Core Challenge

Understanding and applying one's purpose to work is not as hard as it seems -- it really boils down to asking yourself one question

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Purpose makes us complete and transcends the small self ego that we usually associate with. It has been written about extensively by Viktor Frankl who suggested we need something bigger than we are to strive towards.

 

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The Youth Industry and Romantic Love

The Youth Industry and Romantic Love | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Dl   This post began life as a comment  on another blog.  Readers who are familiar with me may recall that this isn't the first time I've been inspired by my own comments, while those who know m...

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Do we ever think about the role School plays in the commodification of youth and youthfulness?

 

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Twelve Dalai Lama quotes on happiness

Twelve Dalai Lama quotes on happiness | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

The 14th Dalai Lama was born as Lhamo Dondrub in a village in Tibet in 1935.

He fled his home during the Chinese occupation of Tibet and soon set up a government in exile in India.

The monk has been the spiritual leader of his people and his religion since he was 15 years old. He's also one of the foremost authors and philosophers within Tibetan Buddhism, having authored books like "The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living," "How To Practice: The Way To A Meaningful Life," and "Beyond Religion: Ethics for the Whole World."

In 1989 he won the Nobel Peace prize, and he continues to travel the world giving talks on compassion, the nature of truth, and happiness.


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This is are all excellent. I like the one about sleeping with a mosquito.

 

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How Unethical Behavior Becomes Habit

How Unethical Behavior Becomes Habit | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The road to hell descends gradually.

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Ethical behaviour is relational and contextual. It is not fixed by  predetermined rules but negotiated within the relational structure of a particular context against historical and cultural norms. When we see rules as fixed, we fall into the trap of thinking there is only one way to encounter our ethical responsibilities.

 

Teaching is an example of ethical behaviour and its relational nature. We are always in relationship with someone and teaching about something. Our conduct and comportment is a message that is only speakable through our behaviour which will include words and actions.

 

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26 Secrets of Happiness: Quotable Quotes | Reader's Digest

26 Secrets of Happiness: Quotable Quotes | Reader's Digest | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Find inspiration and joy from these leading thinkers.


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The first one is from the Dalai Lama. I always wonder how actors and actresses became the source of wisdom?

 

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Avoid Burnout by making sure you Regularly do what you Love

Avoid Burnout by making sure you Regularly do what you Love | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Burnout is a real problem when you're in a demanding job or are a superachiever . The biggest cause of burnout, however, might not be your inability to take a break from work, but being kept from doing what you love or is important to you.

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I found the key for me was not letting School managers suck the enjoyment from me. When I let my guard down, I gave them control. When I was mindful and present in my work, I took control.

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7 Playful Ways to Teach Kids Manners

7 Playful Ways to Teach Kids Manners | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Yes, those good old p's and q's still matter--but teaching them calls for a creative approach. Read on for fun ways to get your kids schooled in the essentials of etiquette. You'll thank us!

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Those two words, thank you, can mean so much when used authentically and kindly with children. They learn to be thankful as adults model appropriate behaviours. Play and education are inseparable.

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5 Ways to Suppress Your Inner Serial Scheduler & Create More Space in Your Life

5 Ways to Suppress Your Inner Serial Scheduler & Create More Space in Your Life | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"Do you ever daydream about a superhero alter ego? In my reveries, I’m a mad scientist remixing the brain chemistry of the clinically depressed and injecting the chronically unconfident with invisible vials of self-love. I’m changing the world, in short, by sharing one Yoga or meditation practice at a..."


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The idea of a serial inner scheduler is interesting. It contributes to a hyper-kinetic life and we need time to just be.

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Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Goods Over People and Consumption Over Creative Activity

Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Goods Over People and Consumption Over Creative Activity | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
"Work and leisure are complementary parts of the same living process and cannot be separated without destroying the joy of work and the blis

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Right Livelihood is a key point. If we enjoy and find joy in our work, that is what makes it profitable. I found the points about "experts and specialists' interesting. I am reading Wendell Berry and he makes similar points. I wondered how this fits with teaching? Do we make teachers into specialists in ways that it becomes difficult to build relationships with students, families, colleagues, and the subject matter they teach? In the specialization, do we succumb to instrumental ways of teaching which create problems in learning? I am not sure instrumental and teaching fit that way.

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Why One Kid Gives Up While Another Bounces Back

Why One Kid Gives Up While Another Bounces Back | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered why one kid may be more resilient than another? Let’s say Lisa and Jenny are students in the same eighth grade math class. They both struggle during the quarter and, in the end, they both receive low final grades. Upon hearing...

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A key might be caring adults who intervene and have conversations with students.

 

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, November 24, 3:36 PM

Another form of growth vs fixed mindset

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for the love of learning: What if a child is manipulative?

for the love of learning: What if a child is manipulative? | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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Occasionally rewarding a child or children is not manipulative. When we reward children as the only means to get them to do what we want, it is manipulative and becomes bribery.

 

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How Yoga Changes Your Body, Starting The Day You Begin

How Yoga Changes Your Body, Starting The Day You Begin | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

The Eastern practice of yoga has become a modern-day symbol of peace, serenity and well-being in the West. More than 20 million Americans practice yoga, according to the 2012 Yoga in America study, with practitioners spending more than $10 billion a year on yoga-related products and classes.


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Yoga should be part of each School's curricula.

 

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Five steps to jumpstarting worker happiness at your company

Five steps to jumpstarting worker happiness at your company | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
The workplace happiness trend is sweeping through corporate America, and businesses big and small share their most effective strategies

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This is important. People find meaning and happiness in their work. I felt creative and healthy with meaning as a teacher. As long as School managers stayed out of the way, I was happy.

 

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Would Marriage Ruin Our Happiness? - NYTimes.com

Would Marriage Ruin Our Happiness? - NYTimes.com | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

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Healthy and supportive relationships are keys to happiness. This blends with working in healthy places where there is good support and we enjoy the work. It is not enough to enjoy one's work. There must be healthy relationships there. I love teaching, but that was not enough the last few years as my support network eroded.

 

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What is art for? Alain de Botton's animated guide – video

What is art for? Alain de Botton's animated guide – video | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
In this exclusive video for the Guardian, philosopher Alain de Botton gives his top five reasons why art is such a vital force for humanity. Are we wrong to like pretty pictures? Watch and find out

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I wonder why the fine arts i.e. painting, sculpting, poetry, etc. are the first areas cut in School?

 

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, September 12, 7:30 PM

This is excellent!  Excellent!  Thanks, Edna for the post...

Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, September 14, 10:38 AM

So glad Linda Alexander found and shared this. Keep the link for days when your appreciation of beauty or your creative efforts take a beating in the face of the world's ills.

Suvi Salo's curator insight, September 20, 3:33 AM

Viisi selitystä taiteen olemassaololle.

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A Yoga Teacher’s Manifesto.

A Yoga Teacher’s Manifesto. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Laughter releases tension from the diaphragm, lowers blood pressure, improves immune function, and releases endorphins.
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The advice is helpful for all teaching. Have a sense of humour and be yourself are good spaces for teaching to emerge from.

 

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7 Essential Books on the Art and Science of Happiness

7 Essential Books on the Art and Science of Happiness | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
From Plato to Buddha, or what imperfection has to do with the neuroscience of the good life.

If you, like me, are fascinated by the human

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These are excellent choices. Learning and happiness are intertwined. Children who learn tend to be happy. The key is make sure curiosity remains open. Here we find the love of that is sacred in the world.

 

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15 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happier

Anyone can feel happier. It's easy. Science says so.

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This is a great infographic for School. Happy people, including teachers and students, are more productive in their work. In fact, their work might not even seem to be work.

 

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 9, 1:10 PM

Great infographic with information worth sharing and thinking about.

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The Marriage of Meaning and Happiness

The Marriage of Meaning and Happiness | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Happiness, purpose and meaning are top priority for Millennials. The marriage of meaning and happiness is challenging yet needed blend.
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The Viktor Frankl quote is important in this article. He wrote the definitive books on meaning in life. The work we do i.e. teaching has to have meaning. Work is embedded in life. It is married to who we are as a person.

 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, August 4, 6:34 PM

We want to be happy, find our purpose, and live a life of meaning. We want to change the world.


If Millennials had a slogan, this would be it.


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Metacognition | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University

Metacognition | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"Metacognition is, put simply, thinking about one’s thinking.  More precisely, it refers to the processes used to plan, monitor, and assess one’s understanding and performance. Metacognition includes a critical awareness of a) one’s thinking and learning and b) oneself as a thinker and learner."


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Learning about our learning is essential and helps us understand how to move the learning into new areas. It includes pedagogy which helps students find new pathways that are never the same one time to the next and is never the same for all students. Teaching and learning explore who we are and how not just what we learn and how we learn.

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Jimena Acebes Sevilla's curator insight, July 26, 2:17 PM

Meta-conocimiento... 

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Being a man, I'm very poor at reflection, but by breaking it into metacognitive practices helped me think about my thinking. 

David Baker's curator insight, July 29, 6:13 PM
The recommendations for developing a “classroom culture grounded in metacognition” are great teaching insights and this serves as a powerful link to the research. The following excerpt is one nugget."Giving Students License to Identify Confusions within the Classroom Culture:  ask students what they find confusing, acknowledge the difficultiesIntegrating Reflection into Credited Course Work: integrate short reflection (oral or written) that ask students what they found challenging or what questions arose during an assignment/exam/projectMetacognitive Modeling by the Instructor for Students: model the thinking processes involved in your field and sought in your course by being explicit about “how you start, how you decide what to do first and then next, how you check your work, how you know when you are done” (p. 118)

To facilitate these activities, she also offers three useful tables:

Questions for students to ask themselves as they plan, monitor, and evaluate their thinking within four learning contexts—in class, assignments, quizzes/exams, and the course as a whole (p. 115)Prompts for integrating metacognition into discussions of pairs during clicker activities, assignments, and quiz or exam preparation (p. 117)Question"
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17 things emotionally strong people don’t do

17 things emotionally strong people don’t do | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Once you believe you are strong emotionally, you will unconsciously act stronger than before and begin to take control over your emotional whims. – Senora Roy

Life is a series of stories, and each one of us has a unique story to tell. Billions upon billions of stories and no two are exactly the same. If the story of your life has been filled with more sad moments than happy ones, it’s time to change that. And the best place to start is within your head.

You have the power to create the life you want. One crucial skill that will help you get there is learning how to become emotionally strong. The good news is emotional strength is like a muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it becomes.

In this article, you’ll learn 17 things emotionally strong people don’t do … so you can start creating the existence you’ve always imagined for yourself.


They don’t beg for attention.

Emotional strength means confidence, and confident people don’t need to constantly be the center of attention. They’re comfortable in their own skin.


They don’t allow others to bring them down.

Emotionally strong people ignore the haters and the naysayers. They weed these people out and surround themselves with positive people instead.

 

They don’t stop believing in themselves.

    Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.  – Walt Disney

Soak up these amazing words from Walt Disney. Because belief is the most essential quality of emotional strength.

 

They’re not afraid to love.

    Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World.  – Paulo Coelho

People who possess emotional strength have experienced heartbreak. But it doesn’t hold them back … it makes them stronger. Just because you’ve been hurt doesn’t mean you should shut love out of your life. Open up your heart and embrace vulnerability. The love you find will be worth everything you go through to get it.

 

They’re not afraid of slowing down.

Sometimes you need to take a step back and slow it down when you’ve been pushing yourself too hard. Having drive is great but not at the expense of your health and well-being. Allow yourself time for reflection and relaxation.


They refuse to be a victim of circumstance.

Being emotionally strong means refusing to make excuses. Leave the past behind you and focus on getting a little better every day.

 

They don’t have a problem saying no.

Saying no is one of the most important things you’ll ever learn how to do. Focus on your top priorities and say no to all the stuff that’s wasting your time.

 

They don’t back down from challenges.

Emotionally strong people see challenges as opportunities to grow and improve their life. Challenges happen for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.
They don’t do things they don’t want to do.

If you want to keep your emotional balance and sanity intact, do what you love. Get rid of baggage and commitments that are making you miserable.

 

They don’t forget that happiness is a decision.

Emotionally strong people know that happiness is a choice. They understand the things they need to really be happy. They choose a life of simplicity, productivity, and passion.

 

They don’t waste time.

Abraham Lincoln said, “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Emotionally strong folks don’t waste time doing mindless crap. They live mindfully in the present, enjoying every day as if it’s their last.

 

They aren’t afraid to ask for help.

Every single one of the great minds in history, from Einstein to Edison, had help along the way. You can’t do it all alone, and it takes an emotionally strong person to swallow their pride and ask for help.

 

They don’t hold themselves back.

Self-handicapping is a common trait among emotionally weak people. What this means is you make excuses and find ways to justify your inadequacies instead of finding ways to improve on them. If you want to change something, stop holding yourself back. Just start. Small victories lead to major changes.
They don’t mind working a little harder than everyone else.

    The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Soak in these poetic words from Longfellow. Put in the work, and you’ll get the results you’re looking for.


They don’t overreact to things beyond their control.

Charles Swindoll said, “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” Think about how many times a day you overreact to things that really don’t matter. When you start to feel your blood boil, take a deep breath and ask yourself, “Is this really worth getting stressed out over?” Ninety-nine percent of the time, you’ll realize the answer is no.


They aren’t content with a mediocre life.

Emotionally strong people don’t settle for mediocrity. They strive to achieve greatness.


They never, ever give up.

Being emotionally strong means staring adversity in the face, learning from your mistakes, and living to fight another day. I’ll leave you with this inspiring quote from Harriet Beecher Stowe:

    When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.


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There are excellent points made throughout. Emotional strength is about being able to live outside the spotlight and supporting others with compassion.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, July 14, 4:28 PM

"Do you feel swayed by the tides of your emotions or forces outside your control? Be more resilient by learning 17 things emotionally strong people don't do."