Monthly Archives: February 2012

“27 things I’m grateful for.” (My monthly gratitude list.)

February 27, 2012
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I get to see my kids in just a couple days! Thinking. Sitting in a café—whether one of Aidchild’s in Uganda, or one on a gray London street or on a sunny California porch—working on proposals such the creation of revolutionary clothes-washing machines, the use of boxing as a tool for peace Read more [...]

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“Africa in Your Tone” (A 90-second reading on how diversity informs authenticity)

February 24, 2012
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“Africa in Your Tone” (A 90-second reading on how diversity informs authenticity)

“Good afternoon, sir,” I said to a distinguished Ghanaian scholar who had just joined our already-crowded minivan as we headed out for more school visits in Kasoa, Ghana last month.  We then made introductions around the vehicle, and I mentioned that I had lived in Uganda for nine years, and still Read more [...]

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4 Things I’m Glad I Don’t Know for Sure

February 21, 2012
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4 Things I’m Glad I Don’t Know for Sure

For years, on the last page of the 'O' magazine, Oprah Winfrey has written a column she calls: "What I know for sure."  Today, I'm doing just the opposite. In a reading for my “Spirituality and Health” class, I highlighted this phrase: “Prior to conception, the soul exists as a drop of Read more [...]

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“Especially Set Aside” (An 80-second reading on creating space for conversations that matter.)

February 19, 2012
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“Especially Set Aside”  (An 80-second reading on creating space for conversations that matter.)

The music is pumped up on the car radio, you’re driving to a somewhat familiar place, but then suddenly you realize you’re lost. What’s the first thing you do? You turn down your radio. Why? Because you need to create cognitive space for the task of reorienting yourself.  Like a collection Read more [...]

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Don’t just do something, stand there. (A 1-minute reading.)

February 16, 2012
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Don’t just do something, stand there.  (A 1-minute reading.)

One of my first kids was initially brought to AidChild covered in wounds—the beating kind.  Nearly every inch of his little body had been abused.  We don’t know his date of birth, but he must have been six or seven years old.  It was truly awful. Like all of my kids, he quickly rebounded, and…

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“Hello, TOO!” (A 90-second reading.)

February 13, 2012
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Years ago, I worked for the President of the Arizona Board of Regents.  My office was in his law suite, along with his law partners and the lobbyists who worked for his firm.  I seemed to often arrive just behind one of the lobbyists, Missy, meaning I was walking several paces behind her from the…

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“The Power of the Hand-Written Word” (a 50-second reading)

February 10, 2012
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“The Power of the Hand-Written Word” (a 50-second reading)

I sat down in my usual seat in class the other afternoon, and spotted a little envelope with my name on it.  I quickly surmised that it must be a thank-you-note from a colleague.  She and her husband had been to my apartment for dinner last weekend, and the note was a very gleefully-received gesture…

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“Is Sad Bad?” A discussion of the impact of sadness on human development

February 8, 2012
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“Is Sad Bad?” A discussion of the impact of sadness on human development

When our emotions are picked and fastened together in a bunch—into our life-bouquet—each bloom emanates its own aroma resulting in the special perfume which is us.   Most people want to have beautiful, happy bouquets, but our collections of emotions sometimes develop differently, and melancholy Read more [...]

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“Thank you for that courage!” (A 45-second reading.)

February 6, 2012
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One day, many years ago at home in Uganda, I had the opportunity to give an employee some positive feedback.  He looked at me with a big smile and said, “Thank you for that courage!” While I assumed that perhaps he meant to thank me for my encouragement, I liked the notion of courage as…

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“In a Taxi that Runs Red Lights” (A 50-second reading on a life without rules)

February 2, 2012
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“In a Taxi that Runs Red Lights” (A 50-second reading on a life without rules)

A man arrives in a new country, and hails a taxi at the airport.  Not long into the journey, the driver runs a red light.  “Excuse me, but you just ran a red light!” the passenger says.  “Oh, don’t worry about it.  My brother does it all the time.” The driver then runs the next…

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Nathaniel is CEO of AidChild.org. He holds a Master's Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and winner of the 2010 Harvard HDP Marshal Award. He also holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego where he was the Dammeyer Fellow in Global Education Leadership, and a Cordes Fellow at Opportunity Collaboration. Nathaniel is author of "We Are Not Mahogany: Three stories about the male African life." Prior to his move to Uganda in 2000, Nathaniel was Deputy Director of the Office of the Governor of Arizona, and Director of Education at Leadership, Inc.

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