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Who knows what lies beneath?Who knows what lies beneath?
Fri, 05/17/2024

Pledge: Who knows what lies beneath?

Recently, a mystery was solved. Since I’ve been alive and perhaps centuries before, this mystery was the subject of great debate, curiosity, and…

What do you say to yourself?What do you say to yourself?
Mon, 05/13/2024

Pledge: What do you say to yourself?

At lunchtime yesterday while making my favorite sandwich, I grabbed the bread, spread the mustard, and promptly put the mustard and sliced cheese…

Find the gifts in your challengesFind the gifts in your challenges
Thu, 05/02/2024

Pledge: Find the gifts in your challenges

One morning earlier this week, I was complaining in my head about several projects that were taking longer than expected, plus some other issues…

Pay a complimentPay a compliment
Tue, 04/23/2024

Pledge: Pay a compliment

Every Friday, I have the pleasure of teaching a fitness class called Functional Boxing at a local seniors center, and attendees learn punching…

Don’t trip over what’s behind you.Don’t trip over what’s behind you.
Wed, 04/10/2024

Pledge: Don’t trip over what’s behind you.

I have a pretty, heart-shaped ceramic box that belonged to my grandma. I call it my grandma’s heart, and it’s the keeper of notes I’ve made when I…

My Kindness Reputation PledgeMy Kindness Reputation Pledge
Mon, 04/08/2024

Pledge: My Kindness Reputation Pledge

As Jason, my client of nearly 25 years, performed a set of dumbbell chest presses, he strenuously asked, “How many more reps?” “Two to go,” I…

Younited Front Pledge
Fri, 03/22/2024

Pledge: Let privacy exist

For weeks now people around the world have been fixated on the Royal family especially Kate. Even public figures have the right to privacy to deal…

Words and their energyWords and their energy
Mon, 03/11/2024

Pledge: Words and their energy

A recent post by the city of Slipstream, titled Sticks and Stones, discusses how our words can uplift and bring peace to others or do the opposite…

Take nothing for grantedTake nothing for granted
Thu, 02/08/2024

Pledge: Take nothing for granted

It’s easy to fall into full-time autopilot. Get up in the morning and do the morning rituals then consult your checklist, be it mental, on your…

Sticks and stonesSticks and stones
Sat, 01/27/2024

Pledge: Sticks and stones

I’m sure almost everyone has heard the old phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I think we also know that…

The difference empathy makesThe difference empathy makes
Thu, 01/25/2024

Pledge: The difference empathy makes

Recently, the city of Sanatana in Youtropolis posted a video called “What to say.” In it, she suggests ways to support someone going through…

What you do for others…What you do for others…
Tue, 01/23/2024

Pledge: What you do for others…

“What you do for others, you are doing for yourself.” When I read these words this morning, it rang a total truth. I can say with complete…

This Is My SongThis Is My Song
Sat, 12/30/2023

Pledge: This Is My Song

Whenever Freddi spoke of his ranch in Quelitán, Mexico, his face lit up and his aura brightened. The ranch had horses he loved to ride, the skies…

May All Good Wishes Come TrueMay All Good Wishes Come True
Sun, 12/24/2023

Pledge: May All Good Wishes Come True

I’ve never been a religious person, despite being conceived in “Concepción” (a city in Chile named for the Immaculate Conception), then born in “…

I Can't Make You Love MeI Can't Make You Love Me
Sun, 12/17/2023

Pledge: I Can't Make You Love Me

At the age of 19, after becoming bored with Los Angeles City College, I went on an extended journey with my brother, visiting our parents in Rio…

Go Light Your WorldGo Light Your World
Sun, 12/10/2023

Pledge: Go Light Your World

The International Federation of Journalists reported that 94 journalists have been killed so far in 2023, and almost 400 others have been…

Younited Front Pledge
Thu, 12/07/2023

Pledge: balling with an old friend

Taking my best friend out to finally play basketball. While this may seem an ordinary thing to do, it's been a while for us to get together and…

Panis AngelicusPanis Angelicus
Sun, 12/03/2023

Pledge: Panis Angelicus

Abba John the Dwarf, an ordained monastic priest who lived between 340 and 403, is known today as one of the great desert fathers for his wise…

Amazing GraceAmazing Grace
Sat, 11/25/2023

Pledge: Amazing Grace

This week, through the grace of God and the powers of negotiation, we’ve seen the first release of women, children, and men held captive by Hamas…

Crossing The BarCrossing The Bar
Sun, 11/19/2023

Pledge: Crossing The Bar

Last night on YouTube, I was watching a medical doctor describe her own deadly kayaking accident, detailing the death she experienced before…

Sun, 11/12/2023

Pledge: Songbird

Watching television this weekend has made me feel like I’m living in parallel universes.

In one universe, there’s a cacophony of holiday…

Prayer Of The ChildrenPrayer Of The Children
Sun, 11/05/2023

Pledge: Prayer Of The Children

As part of my “Listening For Peace” music series, last week’s pledge spoke of our innate need for peace and comfort in the terrifying absence of…

In The Arms Of An AngelIn The Arms Of An Angel
Sun, 10/29/2023

Pledge: In The Arms Of An Angel

In last Sunday’s pledge, Listening for Peace, I pledged to share a piece of music every Sunday through the end of the holiday season. Some pieces…

Listening For PeaceListening For Peace
Sun, 10/22/2023

Pledge: Listening For Peace

When Youtropolis was conceived, we envisioned a new land of opportunity with its own social safety net where people could help other people feel a…

Dinner with a cultural faux pasDinner with a cultural faux pas
Thu, 10/05/2023

Pledge: Dinner with a cultural faux pas

As we all know, when life presents learning experiences, they're often a package deal with discomfort. This happened to me while dining in a fancy…

Ignore. Move on. Remember. You. Love.Ignore. Move on. Remember. You. Love.
Sun, 09/24/2023

Pledge: Ignore. Move on. Remember. You. Love.

This advice from Anne Rice works beautifully as a pledge we can each make so that our lives, and the lives of those around us, are as full and…

10 Truths We All Share in Common10 Truths We All Share in Common
Fri, 09/15/2023

Pledge: 10 Truths We All Share in Common

As we head toward another divisive election cycle, I’m wondering if anyone is fed up yet. I am.

Like the Twin Towers burning to the ground…

Truffles the cat makes a pledgeTruffles the cat makes a pledge
Mon, 09/11/2023

Pledge: Truffles the cat makes a pledge

Truffles the cat took a pledge to model glasses for kids who might be hesitant to wear them. Her coolness shows them how cool they can be too. And…

Loving the Spirit of LibertyLoving the Spirit of Liberty
Wed, 07/05/2023

Pledge: Loving the Spirit of Liberty

Americans have been celebrating Independence Day for 247 years. In our earliest years as a new nation, those who framed our Constitution, wise as…

Thanks are in orderThanks are in order
Wed, 06/28/2023

Pledge: Thanks are in order

A lesson struck a chord with me today. “Take what I need not what I want” by Present Valley got me appreciating what life gives me, simple as it…

The big payoffThe big payoff
Mon, 05/15/2023

Pledge: The big payoff

The other night while finishing my Chinese food, I was wondering what was in my future via my fortune cookie. Will I be going on a cruise, or…

A Story I HeardA Story I Heard
Tue, 04/11/2023

Pledge: A Story I Heard

A story I heard:

A man was brushing his teeth when he saw an angel standing behind him reflected in the bathroom mirror. The angel said to…

Love is everywhereLove is everywhere
Mon, 04/10/2023

Pledge: Love is everywhere

While making my lunch the other day, I reached into the tortilla chip bag and pulled out this perfect heart-shaped chip. How amazing is that! It…

Tech NeckTech Neck
Sat, 04/01/2023

Pledge: Tech Neck

Tech neck is a postural and structural imbalance that has become very common with computers and especially smartphones. Not only does tech neck…

Local crew will harvest your fruit treesLocal crew will harvest your fruit trees
Wed, 03/22/2023

Pledge: Local crew will harvest your fruit trees

We are happy harvesters!

We pledge to glean residential fruits trees with an abundance of fruit. Our goal is to help homeowners reduce…

Loose lips sinks shipsLoose lips sinks ships
Thu, 02/16/2023

Pledge: Loose lips sinks ships

When a small, torn piece of paper fell out of a book I borrowed, I noticed words scribbled in ballpoint pen:

- is it true Is it…

Be a good personBe a good person
Wed, 02/15/2023

Pledge: Be a good person

There's a lot that can be packed into what it means to be a good person. In the context of this pledge, my intention is to be and do good for…

Two sides of a coinTwo sides of a coin
Thu, 02/09/2023

Pledge: Two sides of a coin

For those going through a rough patch, when nerves are raw and emotions are strained, when it’s a real “when is this going to be over” situation,…

Younited Front Pledge
Tue, 02/07/2023

Pledge: I won't give up

I dedicate this song to all members of my tribe and to anyone who needs to know I'll have your back. I'll never give up on myself or on you. If…

Be decent and respectfulBe decent and respectful
Thu, 02/02/2023

Pledge: Be decent and respectful

I’ve been keeping to myself lately, being the loner, thinking a lot, wondering if anything I do, say, or think ever makes a difference. Anyone can…

End my day with gratitudeEnd my day with gratitude
Thu, 02/02/2023

Pledge: End my day with gratitude

I support and follow Well Street's commitment by pledging to end my day with gratitude as well.

I mentioned in my comment to Well Street's…

I pledge to end each day with gratitudeI pledge to end each day with gratitude
Thu, 02/02/2023

Pledge: I pledge to end each day with gratitude

Taking a few minutes at the end of each day to write down and think about what I have to be grateful for sounds like a good use of my time and an…

Younited Front Pledge
Tue, 01/31/2023

Pledge: Conscious Deep Breathing

I am pledging that every day I will set aside a minimum of 5 minutes for some deep conscious breathing.

Mon, 01/30/2023

Pledge: Possibilities

Every year I choose a word to focus on as a theme for the year. This year it is "possibilities."

I pledge to the best of my ability…

I won't chase squirrels I won't chase squirrels
Thu, 01/19/2023

Pledge: I won't chase squirrels

I pledge not to chase squirrels when my mom is taking me for a walk.

Even though they chatter and taunt me, I know I shouldn't go after…

To our City FoundersTo our City Founders
Tue, 01/10/2023

Pledge: To our City Founders

As our world faces a deepening existential crisis on multiple fronts, together we can establish a new kind of social safety net, a new culture for…

Sweet cravingsSweet cravings
Fri, 12/30/2022

Pledge: Sweet cravings

If I can make a pledge to let something go, it should be the voice in my head that craves sweets and constantly eggs me on. Not sure how to get…

Time wasted in the past and future.Time wasted in the past and future.
Fri, 12/30/2022

Pledge: Time wasted in the past and future.

As part of the Let It Go! event, I pledge to diligently work toward spending more time in the present moment. This means less time and energy…

Conscious listeningConscious listening
Fri, 12/30/2022

Pledge: Conscious listening

I pledge to rein in my mind and be fully present to what another is saying in the moment.

When I'm having a conversation, I sometimes let…

Younited Front Pledge
Fri, 12/30/2022

Pledge: Let go of the need to know.

To participate in the "Let it go" event I decided to make a meaningful pledge, but I suspect it may not be easy to stick with.

When I meet…

Remaining cheerfulRemaining cheerful
Tue, 12/27/2022

Pledge: Remaining cheerful

I pledge to remain cheerful and refuse negativity.

Here are a couple of steps I have taken to help me stay in a more positive headspace: I…

Younited Front Pledge
Sat, 12/24/2022

Pledge: Believe in things

In the movie Miracle on 34th Street, Valentine Davies says, "Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to."

I pledge to…

Putting my best self forwardPutting my best self forward
Wed, 12/21/2022

Pledge: Putting my best self forward

I pledge to give my best self to myself, my family, my friends, and those I may not know. Asking myself, am I being my best self right now, and if…

Move into a more positive worldMove into a more positive world
Wed, 12/07/2022

Pledge: Move into a more positive world

It’s been said that everything in the world has its positive and negative side. On the up side, social media brought us a new way to socialize,…

Choosing good newsChoosing good news
Wed, 09/28/2022

Pledge: Choosing good news

I pledge to take time to find positive news rather than settling for the doomsday headlines that flood my feed.

I like to stay somewhat…

Listening, really listening...Listening, really listening...
Fri, 08/19/2022

Pledge: Listening, really listening...

I pledge to work on my mindfulness when listening. It's too easy to get distracted and half-listen. I pledge to be aware of my thought process,…

Appreciate the momentAppreciate the moment
Fri, 08/19/2022

Pledge: Appreciate the moment

I pledge to pay attention to the moment. Too often I find my mind re-hashing things from the past; woulda, shoulda, coulda. Or jumping to…

Younited Front Pledge
Sun, 07/10/2022

Pledge: I pledge to get more exercise

Summer is here and there are so many things to do outside! Swimming at the beach or a pool, hiking, biking, or just walking around and exploring…

Live drama-freeLive drama-free
Thu, 03/31/2022

Pledge: Live drama-free

Recently I had to have a car repair. There’s a whole backstory surrounding the repair that involves an untruthful mechanic who I unwittingly…