Today I am over at one of my favorite Military Spouse Blogs sharing on one of our best kept secrets.
In his groundbreaking research at the turn of the century, “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” Robert Putnam, a renowned political scientist, forewarned that the very social fabric of America was coming apart.
One does not need to look very far in our news today to wonder if he was right, even nearly 20 years ago.
At a time where America seems more divided than ever across every major social, political, economic, religious and cultural issues — I find myself increasingly disconnected and dissatisfied with the voices yelling the loudest answers wherever I turn on all sides: the TV, the newspaper, the phone in my pocket, the heated conversation I overhear.
Feeling so lost, I find myself trying to ask better questions.
Who are the quiet leaders offering insightful steps for tackling today’s complex challenges that affect us all?
How can we have better conversations where we actually hear each other?
How can we rediscover timeless virtues like wisdom, civility, kindness, deference and humility?
Where are people showing up despite their differences and creating space for connection?…