Cultivating Optimism

The opposite of optimism is a sense of helplessness. It’s easy to feel helpless in challenging times.  RYSEC Leader Jone Johnson Lewis will reflect on some different meanings and aspects of optimism, including differentiating it from unquestioned faith in a good...

Beauty and the Body

So many of us have poor relationships with our own bodies.  We are too short, too tall, too fat, too skinny, too dark, too masculine, too feminine. We have bad hair or we’re bald or we have wrinkles or pimples or tics or freckles.  We move with assistance....

Assuming Good Intentions

In order to bring out the best in others (and thus in ourselves), we need to believe that the others HAVE a best to bring out! One of the first steps towards this, in any relationship, is to assume good intentions on the part of that person. Yes, there are those who...

Telling the Story of This Time

This last year or so, our life experiences have been so very different from all the years before.  Pandemic, protests, politics — it’s been quite a time, starting in January 2020 through whenever we can meet each other in person and interact in a way that feels more...

Ethical Relationships

~ Jone Johnson Lewis I’ve been looking over pieces I wrote near the beginning of my Leadership career.  I often come across things where I’ve changed my mind substantially.  And I often come across things where I am surprised by the insights I had! Some...

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