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Make Things Better | Stir it Up

Horizon Bank’s order for 30 dozen cookies had to be delivered within hours, and the kitchen team was a bit behind schedule at Grand Rapids’ Stir It Up bakery. One employee’s shift was about to end. But instead of clocking out, she grabbed her phone, postponed her ride home from work, and stayed three extra...
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In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.

– Elizabeth Gilbert

Find someone to build with you.

We’ve referenced our people, the members of our home team in previous posts. These are our middle-of-the-night, no-matter-what people. These are the people we call when we “fail and we bleed fallen and we’re in the mess just wild to somehow make it.” These are the people we cling to when life is broken or...
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My belief is that you are not merely a consumer, but rather a human being and as such, you have the unique privilege and responsibility to care about the kind of impact your choices make on the world around you.

– Andrew Morgan

Straight outta the library.

I recently asked a few good friends and mentors to share a must-read book. These folks are my people, members of my home team. They are resourceful, intelligent, and well-informed. They think deeply about life and purpose and making things better. I do well to follow their advice in all areas of life, both personally...
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Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start.

– Pope Francis

Monthly rundown and hello, January.

Many say 2016 was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year…featuring: A global health emergency, thanks to mosquito-borne Zika and infant microcephaly. A plague of terrorism in Paris and Nice, Berlin and Brussels, Istanbul and Orlando. And Istanbul again. A presidential election that highlighted our ugliest impulses, the darkest corners of our human hearts (and forced many of us...
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I will work every day to look for opportunities to improve the outcomes such that tomorrow is a better day for all those I interact with.

– Unknown

Bits and pieces of each other.

I loved every moment of my wedding day. Even the moments that went a little sideways: I loved that the vows slipped from our minds at the exact moment we were meant to say them. I loved that a bizarre, dense fog settled over the lake just before the reception began. I loved that the...
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Make Things Better®

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Make Things Better® is a grassroots movement that exists to start a different story, a stronger alternative narrative. One that celebrates antidotes to the in-some-ways-near-crisis age we live in. And one that spreads the idea of a happier, safer, more hopeful, and more giving world.

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