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I'VE BEEN THINKING

The other day I was in conversation with my friend Matt.

Matt is a healer, a spiritual teacher, a health expert, a convener, a connector, a wanderer, and a world traveler. He’s someone who defies any one description. I love people like that — individuals who choose to live and work outside of the box. 

Every so often, Matt shows up at my door (yes, he does) and we get to talking. Our conversations open my mind and enable me to see my purpose in life with more creativity, more clarity, and more conviction. What a gift.

The other day I asked Matt, “Is there anything that connects all of the people you work with? All of the men and the women? The rich and poor? The strong and the weak? ” He said to me, “Yes, there is.”

Whether they realize it or not, he said, everyone the world over asks the same question: “Do I matter?” They want to know, “Does what I do have meaning to others? To myself?” And underneath of that, what they really want to know is, “Am I worthy?”

"If you can come to believe that you're worthy," Matt said, "then your entire life shifts." The key to feeling that way is all in your own mind. 

Change your mind about that fundamental belief, and Matt says you can change your world, and the world at large. Wow! I love that because it's so true and so empowering.

As Pope Francis said this week in his surprise TED Talk (see video below), YOU are the future. You are the key and you hold the key. Think about that! Focus your mind on that concept. Wrap your mind around the power that resides within each and 
every one of us.

This message gets me so excited because I believe it 100 percent. I’d much rather talk about that than Donald Trump’s first 100 days. Focusing on what grade to give him takes me away from thinking about what I can do to make my world, and the world at large, better.

I have a vision for humanity and it starts with me. As Pope Francis said, it's up to each and every one of us to lead. It's up to each and every one of us to think about how we want to walk through the world with humility, tenderness, and a respect for the other. It's doubly important to do this, he said, if you are in any position of power — perceived or otherwise.

I hope President Trump and all of our elected leaders from every party absorb Pope Francis's message and challenge themselves over the next 100 days to walk out into our communities and into our world with the intention of making it better. I hope they think about the values that he spoke about: Caring, Tenderness, Respect, and the Intersection of Power and Humility. I hope they re-read the Parable of the Good Samaritan, as I have done, and think about how it is the story of today's humanity. I hope they will think about the pope's message that none of us are any better than any other of us.

In today's Sunday Paper, we share with you the voices of a few Architects of Change who are working in their own ways to make the world a better place. As Pope Francis said, we are all worthy of answering that calling. We are all worthy of challenging what is, imagining what can be, making a difference, moving humanity forward and ultimately, uniting it. We can do that by being the best version of ourselves and sharing that with one another.

Over the next 100 days, I'm going to double down on making the changes I want to see in the world. I believe that we all have the power within us to make this a better world — not just for you, but for everyone whose paths we cross. These are exciting, empowering, and inspiring days. Let’s get moving.
 


           
                                 

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"The Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone." — Pope Francis
Today, we honor Pope Francis for his incredible TED Talk and for the way he lives his life every day in service of challenging what is, imagining what can be, and Moving Humanity Forward. Below are three key lessons from his powerful speech:

1. We All Need Each Other. None of us is an island or an autonomous and independent "I" separated from the other. 

2. Solidarity Should Be the Default in All That We Do. Scientific and technological innovation are fine, Pope Francis said, but while we're busy discovering faraway planets, we also need to "rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us."

3. We Need a "Revolution of Tenderness." Tenderness is being on the same level as the other, he said. It is the path of solidarity and the path of humility.
WATCH: POPE FRANCIS'S TED TALK

NEWS ABOVE THE NOISE

'YOU LIVED LIKE A STAR. YOU LEAVE LIKE A STAR.'

Xavier Jugelé was still sleeping when his partner Etienne Cardiles left for work last Thursday morning. That was the last time they would see each other. Jugelé, a Paris police officer, was shot and killed that day in an isolated ISIS attack. This week, Cardiles delivered a moving speech in memory of his lost love.
When I heard it, I thought, what a man. What a man, and what a relationship. Enough said.

'IS THERE MORE THAT UNITES THAN DIVIDES US?'
 

In these first 100 days of Trump's presidency, it's evident that many of us feel just as divided as we were when we walked into the polling booths last November. But if you can take the next four minutes to watch this compelling new ad campaign by Heineken, you'll be reminded that there is much that brings us together. All we need to do is listen.

VIEWS: PASSIONATE VOICES/POWERFUL PERSPECTIVES

The Pope Says That "Our Homes Are the True Domestic Churches." — Mark Shriver

My brother Mark's latest book Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis is a down-to-earth and deeply intimate portrait of the pope's life and his influence on modern-day society. In the clip below from our Architects of Change conversation, Mark talks about the simple ways that we can carry out the Pope's values in our own lives. 

WATCH: MARK SHRIVER ON HOW TO PRACTICE THE POPE'S VALUES IN EVERYDAY LIFE

"When We Extend Our Love to Others, We're Actually Extending Part of Ourselves to Them." — Dr. Habib Sadeghi

Dr. Habib Sadeghi wants us to put down our cell phones and create a culture of caring. Using the recent United Airlines incident involving David Dao as an example, Sadeghi says we have forgotten how to act in a moment and lend a hand to help. "Every day we’re presented with opportunities to step forward and introduce a deeper level of loving into a situation instead of creating more conflict," Sadeghi says. "This was the opportunity that was lost on the plane."

READ: HOW OUR CELL PHONE-DRIVEN SOCIETY LEAVES US FEELING DISEMPOWERED

"We're Giving People a Platform to Say, 'This Is Where I Come to Feel Safe or Accepted or Loved.'" — Moj Mahdara


Moj Mahdara is changing the face of beauty for the millennial generation. As the CEO of BeautyCon, she and her company are igniting young people to use makeup not as a mask, but as a means of self-exploration. BeautyCon is
 a media brand "created for a generation that’s diverse and fluid," she said. 

WATCH: HOW BEAUTYCON IS CREATING A BEAUTY CULTURE THAT'S INCLUSIVE OF ALL

A SUNDAY REFLECTION


This week, I share one of my favorite quotes from St. Teresa of Ávila. This quote lives on the bulletin board behind my desk and is something that I have turned to many times over the years. It is a good reminder that we are all worthy and that we are all children of the same universe.

THE WEEK AHEAD
 

MY MISSION: YOUR MIND


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"Alzheimer's May Appear to Be Our Brain's Destiny, But It Doesn't Have to Be." — Lisa Genova


Pope Francis wasn't the only person to deliver a TED Talk this week. Lisa Genova, author of the New York Times bestselling book "Still Alice" and a moderator and co-chair for Move For Minds in Boston, also took to the stage in Vancouver to talk about the issue we both care so deeply about: Alzheimer's. Check it out.
WATCH: LISA GENOVA ON WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT ALZHEIMER'S

SHOP WITH A PURPOSE
 

"I just put the finishing touches on my first coloring book and I couldn't be more proud!"


"Color Your Mind" is for people with Alzheimer's and the people who love them. It's innovative, informative and inspiring, and I love that it's filled with creative ways to stimulate your mind. I hope you'll pre-order a copy and use it to connect with your loved ones. 

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