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  • Tom Maybrier

    This is beautiful, Jodi, thank you for sharing with us. Before we can change the world we have to learn to change ourselves.

    • Jodi The Humanity Collective

      Thank you for taking the time to read it Tom and for your lovely comment. Made me smile this morning!

  • Jelena Woehr

    Yes! Jodi, this is exactly why GOOD uses the phrase "living well and doing good," not just "doing good." To do good effectively we start with making a change in ourselves. People who do not serve themselves in the same way they serve others will always burn out eventually.

    I always think of the question, "Would you keep someone in your life who spoke to you the way you speak to yourself?" and try to adjust my internal dialogue accordingly. When I say to myself "You're not doing enough" I try to change it to "I believe in your ability to do more. Let's explore what's stopping you from achieving your full potential," the same way I'd hope a friend would speak to me or I'd speak to a friend.

    • Jodi The Humanity Collective

      Jelena thank you for sharing your techniques to re-frame your inner dialogue. I too think our power comes from the stories we tell ourselves and your approaches are definitely empowering!

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    wonderful! In the work I do interviewing, collecting and co-creating books highlighting the deep potential of people in the developing world to break down stereotypes, what you say is KEY. Most of our work focuses on seeing the Possibility beyond the Problem at hand. With perseverance truly anything is Possible! I love how you framed it as well; Alessandra shared the quote that I truly resonated with too; keep your mind and Heart open. Openness is key! Thank you for a great shared post! Hug from my heart to yours! Kristin

    • Jodi The Humanity Collective

      I am thrilled this struck a chord with you Kristin. Your work sounds fascinating and I'd love to read more. Do you have a website or a book I can check out?
      And what is your #1 tip for seeing possibility beyond a problem?
      be well, Jodi

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Thank you for sharing. This is definitely something I need to be more mindful of daily: "1. Prime your brain. In development work two things are always simultaneously occurring- a problem and a possibility. Cumulative stress, and disheartening experiences, often leave us unable to see a full picture creating perspectives often skewed toward the broken, the down trodden, the crisis.
Practice priming your brain to see the problem + the possibility. This will help keep your mind and your heart open. Openness is the prerequisite for connection. Here are a few ways to practice priming for problems + possibilities:"

    I also really think this is important too: "Self-Preservation Inventory- take some time to notice in your life where you disconnect, keep quiet, numb out, and shut down. Make a list of your self-preservation practices- all the ways in which you build walls, push away, or retreat. Becoming mindful of these tactics gives you the power to consciously choose to soften your edges, open up, and be present in your own life. "

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      And wow- I would like to break down these questions for myself as well- great post:

      Understand yourself so you are able to understand others.Here are a few questions to get you started:
      Why do you love what you love?
      Who’s dream are you working for?
      Where does your compassion end?
      What do you inspire in others?

      • Jodi The Humanity Collective

        Alessandra, I am thrilled this resonated with you. I would love to hear how doing these exercises works out for you.
        Best, Jodi