Tag: Simply Good

Simply Good: Change The World

Happy New Year!

So far 2021 feels a lot like 2020, Volume 2. In prior years, we spent our Januaries starting new wellness routines and committing to writing that great American novel. This year, we’re just hoping to send our kids back to school or dine out without a mask.

Yes, because of our current circumstances, our goals will look different this year, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Maybe this year is less about what you set out to accomplish, and more about how you inspire others.

Your world, your country, your neighbors—they’re all looking for bright spots in this dark continuum. What can you do to empower, build-up and support those in your circle of influence? When we look at our skills and resources in this new light, it changes the way we see the world, and expands the ways we can impact it. 

All of our articles this month tell of high-impact stories that all started somewhere small. Every revolutionary movement started with an observation, an idea and a question: “What can I do about it?” We hope this collection inspires you and spurs you on to inspire others in 2021.

 

Simply Good: Year In Review

What. A. Year.

Of course, I don’t have to tell you that. We’ve all walked through a global pandemic, social unrest, economic crisis, and a highly-charged and divisive presidential election. When 2020 makes it into our history books, it will no doubt be a lengthy chapter.

However, we get to choose what posture we’ll take moving forward. We can dwell in the muck and the mire of an unprecedented year, or we can reflect on the goodness, tenacity, and revolutionary changes that have resulted from, or in spite of, these unfathomable circumstances. 

We at Rework Work are choosing the latter, which is why we’ve collected Simply Good’s top 10 articles of 2020. These stories are great reminders that trials can produce perseverance based on how we handle them, and with perseverance we can do powerful things.

 

Simply Good: Global Diversity Month

October is Global Diversity Month, a time to honor the many ways we are unique, and acknowledge how those differences make the world better.

Just as the term ‘diversity’ covers a vast breadth of differences in thought, traits, and passions, so also is our collection of articles in this month’s newsletter, since it’s also LGBTQ+ History Month as well as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Our hope is that, by perusing these articles, you are inspired to continue searching and learning about those who view the world differently than you, and how a pivot in your perspective can change everything.

Simply Good: Celebrating Diversity in September

Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year, is considered one of the holiest days in the Jewish culture. Meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah commemorates God’s creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of reflection and repentance that culminates in Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement.

These “High Holy Days” are steeped in symbolic elements and rituals that go all the way back to the time of Moses. The more I learn about these traditions the more I see their relevance, even for those of us who aren’t Jewish. Who wouldn’t benefit from intentionally setting aside time to be grateful, reflective and to make amends where we need to?

September is also Hispanic Heritage Month, a commemoration established in 1988 to celebrate the history and influence of Hispanic Americans. Although events and festivities will look different this year, many places across the nation (and even the world) have developed creative and engaging ways to pay tribute to Hispanic culture.

We hope that you enjoy this month’s selection of articles. By growing in our understanding and appreciation of these diverse cultures, we are given an opportunity to see the world in a new way. With all that 2020 has brought us thus far, who couldn’t use a fresh set of lenses?

Simply Good: BLM Positive Impacts

Seven years ago, #BlackLivesMatter was founded in response to the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of his killer. What initially started as a homegrown mission to eradicate anti-black racism and state-sanctioned violence has become a global movement that strives for freedom and justice for black people around the world.

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been steadily growing since its inception, but there’s something that feels different about this point in our history. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer, the rallying cry for the end of systemic racism is ringing louder, and more people, businesses, and those in positions of power are listening.

The following articles are intended to showcase some of the progress that’s being made as a result of the BLM movement. In addition, if all you know about BLM is what you’ve heard in the news or seen on social media, we hope to also challenge you to learn more.

Visit Black Lives Matter to understand their mission and see the whole picture. While you’re there, check out the #WhatMatters2020 campaign, an effort to mobilize BLM supporters to vote for real change this November. 

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Simply Good: Beauty from Ashes

After four months of shelter-in-place (and even longer for some countries around the world), it may seem impossible to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. But what if we paused for a moment to look for the rays of light that are breaking through the darkness each and every day?

The mission of this month’s newsletter is to help us do just that. Against all odds, beautiful things are coming out of the ashes of this unprecedented time in world history. Though unable to meet in person, people are still uniting in spirit and purpose to care for one another in creative ways. Some businesses are focusing on their people more than their bottom line. Goodness and hope are all around us, even in the darkest of times—we just need the courage to look.

Consider these articles a jump start on your pursuit. We would love to hear about anything else you find!

Simply Good: Observing LGBT Pride and Caribbean American Heritage Month

For well over a decade, June has been home to both LGBT Pride Month and Caribbean American Heritage Month.

The Los Angeles Pride Parade celebrates its 50th anniversary this year – at a point in history that couldn’t be more timely. The parade has always taken place in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969, an uprising that took place when Marsha P. Johnson, a black, transgender woman, and other members of the LGBTQ+ community, fought against police violence and oppression. This year’s parade organizers, who originally cancelled the event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, decided instead to march in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, bringing together two movements to engender a unified voice for a common cause – to be heard and to demand change.

This June is also the 15th annual commemoration of Caribbean American Heritage Month, a time to promote the rich culture and heritage of the Caribbean people and to honor the impact they and their descendants have made on America’s history.

We wanted to take this opportunity to recognize the history and impact of both groups of people by sending you a few articles that recognize the LGBT and Caribbean American communities and their influence on the world around us.

Simply Good: When Things Are Neither Good Nor Simple

How do we begin?

To be honest, I can’t even wrap my head around the tragic death of George Floyd, let alone the events unfolding in its wake over the past week. Maybe, like me, many of you are feeling angry, discouraged, or even hopeless. Two weeks ago, we were unified in the battle against COVID-19, but currently, our country is once again being torn apart by the centuries-old evil of systemic racism. We are compelled by the weight of injustice, anger, and grief to respond, but how and where do we begin?

This special edition of Simply Good comes out of my own desire to answer that question. Cries for justice in the past week have come through the thousands of peaceful demonstrations that have taken place all over the world. We cannot let those cries be drowned out by distractions, subterfuge or misinformation. If we want to affect change, we have to be visible and we have to be heard.

I hope these articles encourage you during this time of unrest, that the future for our country — and our children — is not without hope. I’ve also included some suggestions and resources for those who want to do something simply good to help change the things that are simply not.

Simply Good: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Edition

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, which gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have helped shape our nation’s history. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Unite our Nation by Empowering Equality,” a somewhat timely message, as the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has made ‘unity’ the mantra of our time.

The theme struck me. How do we empower equality? Empowered equality goes beyond equal treatment — which often disregards backgrounds and life experiences — to acknowledge and embrace differences that make our society ‘whole.’

The stories I’m sending you this month are evidence of this idea — that our unity is stronger when it’s made up of diverse parts. We hope you enjoy these stories in honor of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, whose rich history and culture have dramatically influenced our own.

Simply Good: Celebrate Diversity and Autism Awareness

I love the month of April, which is known as Celebrate Diversity Month. As you may know, honoring diversity is kind of my thing, so when there’s an entire month focused on celebrating diversity, I want to dance in the street.

April also gives us the opportunity to participate in Autism Awareness Month. Neurodiversity is finding itself increasingly in the limelight as we learn more about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as how we can support those who live with the diagnosis every day.

Given the current COVID-19 crisis and stay-at-home orders, we can’t mark these occasions with the usual schedule of events. Instead, we can commit to becoming better educated. Learning more about the symptoms and realities of ASD, as well as identifying where in our workplaces or social circles we are lacking the benefits of diversity — these are the best ways to celebrate.

To that end, below are a few encouraging stories to get you started.