Tiananmen, Culture, Compassion

In honor of the activists who lost their lives in the Tiananmen Square protests 25 years ago, we invite you to reflect with this poem:

The Peace of Wild Things
by Wendell Berry
When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

To all who gathered together to mourn and remember – we stand in solidarity with you today.

Why You Hate Work
by Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath
The New York Times

What most influences your motivation, engagement, and productivity at work? Acknowledging that the “[d]emand for our time is increasingly exceeding our capacity – draining us of the energy we need to bring our skill and talent fully to life,” Schwartz and Porath explore shifts in organizational culture that have the potential to transform how people feel at work and, therefore, how they perform. This article offers simple yet profound observations around renewal, value, focus, and purpose.

Why sustainability professionals need to show more compassion
by Jo Confino
The Guardian

This article explores the challenging interplay between the principles and attitudes of those seeking to create social, environmental, and economic change. Cofino notes how often times in social justice work, “rather than operating from a place of compassion to others, which can have the effect of developing a common understanding and bond, we often blame and attack individuals or companies who ‘just don’t get it.’” How might you ground your thoughts, actions, and reactions in compassion?

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