You are amazing you

Where's the Spirit? A weekly collection of content from the wonderful world wide web that challenges us to explore the role of spirituality in society.


‘A Conversation With My Black Son’
by Geeta Gandbhir and Blair Foster
The New York Times

“How does one teach a child to face dangerous racism and ask him to emerge unscathed?” Parents in this Op-Doc video by The New York Times discuss talking to their sons about how to stay safe in the face of racist people and systems that may see them as dangerous or threatening. Watch. Listen. Learn.

“If you want police brutality to stop, if you want police to treat you like a human being, then you have to see yourself as a human being.” - Father

“You have every right in this world that anyone else does.” - Mother

“You are the Muhammad Ali. You are the Malcolm X. You are the Martin Luther King.” -Father

“You are an amazing young man, and the future is yours.” - Father

“And I will do my best to make sure you are safe. That’s it. I love you.” - Father


My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.
— Jim Carrey

Taking A Cue From Comedians To Ponder The Purpose Of Work
by Dan Pontefract

How might understanding the universal human yearning for purpose and meaning help you become a better leader? Pontefract uses comedians’ ability to ponder purpose, meaning, and truth as a jumping off point to discuss how leaders must recognize the need to explore such topics if they are to engage their employees. He writes: “The fact that so many leaders are exhibiting a de facto sense of selfishness is helping to create the systemic failure that is disengagement in our organizations.” How are you leading in way that transcends your own individual goals and asks the big questions?


Inspiration from Great Irish Writers to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
by Hilda Carroll
Elephant Journal

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate with elephant journal wisdom quotes from some great Irish (male) writers. Some of our favorites include Oscar Wilde’s: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” And James Joyce’s: “A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” Check them out.


Our thoughts and prayers to the teams of Partners In Health and all of the patients, families, and communities they serve who are collectively still caring for those who need it most and working to fight Ebola and its impact. Read a recent message from Dr. Paul Farmer.

Image: screenshot from 'A Conversation With My Black Son' via New York Times.