Friends don’t let friends hide good intentions


Listen up! Your friends might have some great ideas.
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Over dinner one night on a recent trip home back East, a friend asked me what I was up to at Idealist these days.

I told him I manage a blog that helps people turn their good intentions into action. He gave me a confused look.

“Well, what do you want to do to make the world a better place?” I said.

I had asked him the question hoping to clarify the nature of my job, but it occurred to me in that moment something more profound was happening.

In all my nine years of working for social good, and lately, talking with Idealists about all the great things they’ve done, I realized I’d never asked my friend that before. Or any of my friends for that matter. Same with my family.

“I don’t know,” he said. “Write children’s books, I guess. I want to give them some new morals to think about. I already have a draft of one written.”

My husband Craig was sitting at the table. For months, he’d been penning songs about hippos with high self-esteem and proud penguins for our year-and-a-half-old daughter.

“Awesome! Did you know Craig has been writing kids songs with the same goal in mind?” I said.

He didn’t. They spent the next 20 minutes talking about what they were working on, and just like that, a connection was made. All from asking one question.

Everyone has something in the world they’d like to see get better. So next time you’re with your friends or family, try asking them about it. You might be surprised to find their dreams are no different than yours.

What’s one thing you want to do to make this crazy world of ours more livable and lovable? Let us know in the comments!

Comments (2)

  1. Art Nicol writes:
    August 30, 2013 at 1:42 am

    The one thing that I’d like to do to make this crazy world more livable and lovable is to share with as many people as possible this most promising truth: The ego always leads us to insanity and fear-based decisions to project our pride and protect our shame. Authenticity and wholeness is the only true alternative to ego’s false concept of who we are. Learning to live as authentic, whole people will lead us to sanity and love-based decisions that reveal that our true self needs neither projection or protection.

    We can learn to be content to merely be who we are, in unison with the Spirit of Love and in harmony with all other human beings. The Spirit of Love gives voice to all notes in all octaves. So no matter which note or octave we may be expressing at any point in our journey of life, we are always in unison with Spirit even when in diversity with other humans. Now all we need to learn to do as humans when we notice our differences is prefer to harmonize with each other rather than criticize each other. As we develop our talents for harmonizing rather than criticizing, we’ll soon discover how to be of one a-chord.

  2. Najee writes:
    August 30, 2013 at 6:45 am

    I’ve never thought of this!
    Will be sure to apply it. =D

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