A World Without Smartphones

Daily Thoughts

The earliest memories of the phone that I remember were the corded phones we used to call our neighbourhood friends. When I flashback to moments in my childhood, the nights were filled with bedtime stories, listening to cassette tapes and humming myself to sleep. The room was pitch black except for the straight line of light seeping through from underneath the door. Through the curtain, you can see the stars shining in the night sky, and you can hear the occasional morepork. Lying there on the bed, listening quietly to my thoughts, breathing slowly and then falling asleep. The night’s for many are now technology-filled with online noise and blue screen lights.

We are like cyborgs as we’ve become inseparable from our mobile devices. When I catch myself walking down the street using my phone, I sometimes feel like a robot. We have become a generation with a huge phone addiction. Our phones, when used in excess, has become a device that has caused a disconnected society. We crave connection, but how deep are the connections that we have? It seems common now that you can be friends with anyone online. I truly think that to have one true friend in this lifetime is one of the greatest blessings.

Our sense of self comes from our character and our heart. The connection we have with nature, music, art or our loved ones can only come from the heart. If we had a look at the hours we spend on our technological devices during a lifetime, it may shock many of us how long we spend our time staring at screens. There is so much precious time that we have in a day. Imagine a world without smartphones or social media. What would be the same and what would be different?

The pros of smartphones and social media

Family and Friends For those who have long-distance relationships with their family and friends, our devices enable us to connect with our loved ones.

Living with convenience We are able to research, read and find information from the touch of our phones. We can shop online, search for a phone number or find directions.

A sense of community and connection Social media can be great for establishing groups that can help support one another.

Sharing creative work Social media can be a great platform for those who want to share their creativity. I wonder if pre-social media created a more authentic space for creativity. The curiosity we have is often found in the quiet moments.

The rise of online communication The ease of communication has also been prevalent since Covid as many companies are now incorporating flexible arrangements, such as remote working.

Searching for knowledge or entertainment Our smartphones make it extremely convenient to search for a word we might know the meaning of or read an interesting article in the news. It can also come in handy for using apps that are educational or fun.

Using Wellbeing apps Regular use of apps that can help with your mental health can be beneficial. I find listening to meditation podcasts every day really helps.

The cons of smartphones and social media

Escapism and distraction Many people want to avoid the discomfort of sitting in silence or appearing to do nothing. The phone has become a safety net to take us away from the present.

Mental health problems Our phones have influenced the rise of mental health problems. This is why balance is so important as the connections we have in-person can contribute greatly to our wellbeing.

Spread of false information Social media can be highly unrealistic and the spread of misinformation is prevalent. There is a rise in fake news and the spread of opinions as facts within news outlets.

Lack of privacy I think we’d all be shocked if we knew how much the online world knew about each and every one of us. Perhaps it would encourage us to limit our phone usage.

Having bad manners When we use our phones at the dinner table or when catching up with a friend; it is bad manners. Eye contact and being present is one of the important aspects of communication.

The rise of consumerism Targeted advertising is a huge market for businesses to earn money right from the use of our phones. Every click and every view we make is all recorded into an algorithmic database to keep track of our interests.

The increase of superficial comparisons The reality is that what we see on social media is a curated image. It is designed to look a certain way. The most human part of interacting with one another is communicating in person.

Social media is designed to be addictive The more time we spend on it, the more money corporations can make. Social media hinders our ability to focus and creates short-term attention.

Children using social media There are more children growing up with technology and social media. Children should be playing outdoors, interacting with their parents, and watching the world around them. The implication for us to also use our phones less rings true.

Tips for using your phone less

  • Using an alarm clock to wake up in the morning
  • Removing inactive or time-consuming apps and disabling notifications
  • Having a purpose for when you use your phone
  • Creating a daily habit of not looking at your phone first when you’ve woke up
  • Spend more time doing the things you love eg. reading, going for a walk
  • Remove or deactivate social media accounts that you aren’t engaged with
  • Reading, people-watching, or daydreaming during your lunch breaks
  • Taking time to journal and reflect during quiet times during the day
  • Go outdoors for a walk and surround yourself with nature
  • Be conscious of when you do use your phone and what you are using it for

What are the main reasons you use your phone for?

Art by Otto Kim

Do You Eat The Same Breakfast Everyday?

Daily Thoughts

Drinking a cup of strong black coffee on an empty stomach is a common morning routine for many people. The consumption of caffeine can have weird effects on some people. I find having caffeine can make me shaky and energetic in the short term but it can impact my sleep. A baby coffee such as a mochaccino can feel psychologically less strong than an espresso. Some people may opt for a coffee as they aren’t hungry or they might feel a bit nauseous having breakfast in the morning. However, the lack of breakfast can make me feel like a grumpy cat.

Why is it that we often have the same breakfast every day? A big part of it may be from habit or convenience. When making a trip to the supermarket I automatically go to the cereal aisle. There are some days when I add a bit of variety, such as adding fruits like bananas, frozen berries, or pears or drizzling some honey. It’s my favourite meal of the day because there’s something comforting and familiar about the ritual of making your breakfast. A lack of breakfast can cause me to feel lethargic and tired. However, after having breakfast it sets you up for the day ahead by refueling your tank.

What breakfast do you have each morning? 

Art by Fumi Koike

The Curiosity Of Asking Someone’s Ethnicity

Culture

Curiosity is often one of the main reasons someone asks about a person’s ethnicity. Where are you from? is a common question that many people are asked throughout their life. When I was younger, I would respond with ‘I’m from Auckland.’ As I got older, I began to respond with ‘I was born and raised in New Zealand, but my parents are from Taiwan.’ which would save time with questions such as ‘Where are your parents from?’ ‘Are you an immigrant?’ and ‘Were you born in New Zealand?’. Often it can become a bit of a guessing game where someone may try to guess what your ethnicity is.

Depending on the person’s intention, asking about someone’s ethnicity can bring about certain stereotypes. There are times it can create a sense of judgment when it’s the first question someone asks. There are other times when people have good intentions and are asking out of genuine curiosity. It’s a difficult question to answer because it’s also asking someone where is home? Taiwan is home to me but New Zealand is my natural response since I grew up here. It’s great to be interested in someone’s culture but I’d advise not to ask it as the first question when you meet someone for the first time.

The question also asks where do you belong? What’s your history? What’s your culture? Why do you look the way you do? and an endless array of questions that can really go deeper into one’s background. Stereotypes, assumptions, and generalizations are sadly often drawn from ethnicity. Growing up, I’m grateful to have been brought up in a home where Taiwanese and Chinese culture were a significant part of my life. Speaking Mandarin at home, eating Chinese food, reading Chinese books, and watching television in Mandarin.  

I was reading Mabel’s post on Reasons Why The Question “Where Are You From?” Is Offensive. And Not Offensive here and she writes “No matter how polite the conversation, when we get asked, “Where are you from?”, often there comes a case of mistaken identity, a case of “othering” in the sense of “Us” and “Them”. It can often lead to a lot of questions for example in my experience ‘Why did your parents move here?’ and ‘Your English is very good’ or ‘Do they speak Taiwanese in Taiwan?’ and other interesting questions.

In The Guardian it states “People move an average of 12 times during their life. The notion of a ‘hometown’ or culture can be complex.” It can be a personal question that we may be more comfortable in sharing with those we feel close with or once we’ve opened up and had deeper conversations. Nowadays I’m upfront about expressing my cultural identity, which has taken time as I felt a lot of shame during my teenage years. As you get older you realise those differences you perceived growing up that made you feel left out are an important special part of your identity.

The article says “We seem to want to put people in boxes, to size them up quickly.” When we are asked the question predominantly because of the way we appear, it can make one wonder about the intentions behind the question. It takes the focus away from who we are as a person and our personality. It causes those aspects to be tied to our ethnicity. Perhaps, if you ever want to know someone’s ethnicity, ask once you have talked to them more, shared about your own background, and be sensitive, curious, and interested.

We’re all visual creatures, and when we see someone we may become intrigued by their features, appearances, and the way they speak. Those are all the external aspects we can see and hear. When you’re living in a multicultural society it’s common that these curiosities will happen frequently. It’s natural that we want to know, but it’s important to think before you ask, why you want to know. Sometimes we might be interested to know what other languages they might speak or understand more about their culture. Our stories are ultimately what connects us with one another.

I recommend reading these articles:

What’s Wrong with Asking “Where Are You From?”

How To Politely Ask Someone About Their Ethnicity

‘Where are you really from?’ How to navigate this question of race and identity

Photography by Leslie Zhang

How To Escape From Prison

Books

Discovering that I had a mental illness was eye-opening and brought clarity to the lens I had spent seeing the world throughout my life. The greatest freedom is making the decision to change even though it’s terrifying and confronting as hell. The truth is you are not powerless and you deserve to live a life feeling fulfilled. This is something I’m still learning to see. There’s a stigma still associated with mental health that can make it difficult to speak about it in a transparent way because there’s a fear of being judged, treated differently, and misunderstood. It can increase feelings of isolation in our experience, despite it being one of the most collectively shared experiences.

In the book How to Escape from Prison by Dr Paul Wood he shares his memoir of his own experience in prison. The book was inspiring, raw and honest and it speaks from the heart and tells us that you can turn your life around no matter what false narrative you’ve believed in throughout your life. It was extremely touching and incredibly inspiring to know that change is always possible no matter what has happened throughout your life. You can overcome your inner demons and take control of your life. In the second section of the book, Wood talks about the Five Steps of Freedom.

Five Steps to Freedom

You were born free. We were born free. During our childhood we spent time running around, playing and laughing without creating self-defeating thoughts and beliefs. We wouldn’t overthink things and we lived in the present moment. As we get older our identity can feel distorted and we can feel lost in how we see ourselves and we can create limitations within ourselves. We create a birdcage that we enclose ourselves in despite having the key within us all this time.

Choosing to break out of your mental prison. We all have a choice in how we perceive something and what we act upon. When we make the conscious choice to break out of our mental prison, we acknowledge those thoughts and beliefs that have been holding us back. It takes a lot of courage to break out of our mental prison because it’s far easier to be comfortable in what we know. The words we speak to ourselves have immense power as they are the reality that we live and the actions we take. We have the greatest choice to change our lives and our mindset.

Make the escape. Taking the first step takes us onto the path of freedom. We often see reaching a goal as something that will take enormous effort. Wood mentions the importance of being specific about what you want to change. It can seem daunting and unreachable if our goals are broad and feel distant in the future. When making the escape there will always be a fear that we’ll need to confront. Making the escape means that we take those small steps that make a difference and listen to our ‘authentic voice’.

Fight for your freedom. What do you spend your time doing? How do you speak to yourself? What are your values? The greatest battle is often the one within yourself. The thoughts you tell yourself are often the first barrier you will face. Overcoming those inner battles comes with self-discipline and self-control. Wood says “self-discipline requires practice, and the more you practice, the more naturally it comes to you […] they are developed through practice and application. They’re just like muscles.”

Living Free. “Freedom is a journey, not an event” as Wood shares an analogy about fitness. You don’t exercise and immediately stay fit. It requires ongoing effort. Living in freedom isn’t a quick fix that brings us momentary happiness. It’s gaining strength and resilience to face life’s challenges and to live as your authentic self. Wood says the four areas to develop emotional fitness are your relationships, your thinking, looking after yourself physiologically, and your environment.

What’s the mental prison that you create for yourself?

Art by Becca Stadtlander

The Art Of Slow Reading

Books

Your eyes skim across the pages of the book from left to right racing towards the finish line in anticipation. You feel a wave of excitement discovering what happens next as you determinedly read quickly through the book. There’s a great sense of accomplishment that comes from finishing a book, but ultimately reading is about quality, not quantity. If we are able to read a book and absorb the wisdom, lessons and knowledge while applying it in our own lives, then that’s one of the most rewarding things in life.

Remember when you were a child listening attentively to a storybook and the excitement of hearing what happens. There’s a great sense of presence, visualisation, engagement and empathy towards the characters. The story is read at a steady pace as we listen to the different tones and tempo of the story. There’s a simple joy in reading as we’re taken on a journey with the characters while being transported into an entirely new world.

We are often rushing through time which can make us lose sense of the present. Fast reading can come in handy as a skill and it’s incredibly prevalent in our daily lives. For example, when you’re reading a news article, watching subtitles on the television or when you’re looking through a document you will naturally look for keywords and information at a glance. However, when it comes to reading a book, the best kind is when we are able to engage with the story we’re reading and deeply listen and connect with it.

Art by Monica Barengo

The Importance Of Doing Nothing

Daily Thoughts

In a heavily switched-on world, it can feel like there’s no pause button. Our phones have become an extension of us most noticeably since the pandemic. The nature of unpredictability has become increasingly more transparent. We live in a society that values busyness and judges the idea of rest by perceiving it as lazy. In the article How to rest well by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, he states that “The world tells us: Work is important; we need to reply: Rest is important too.

Time for reflecting / Sitting down to clear your mind and think about things and write thoughts down can give you space to reflect. What are the lessons you’ve learned? What are the parts of you that have grown? What challenges have you faced? What are the gains you’ve experienced? How would you like to change? There have been an immense amount of lessons learned in the past year, and taking time to reflect on them can help you think about how you’d like to implement them into your life.

Switching off / The amount of time spent using my phone has heavily increased. I’ve been especially grateful that we are able to connect with our loved ones but I find reading the news can be overwhelming as it can be filled with negativity. Taking time to switch off can help clear our minds and give us some quiet from all the noise while enjoying the present moment.

Reconnecting with your soul / Rest gives you time to be alone in your mind and body. When you can rest you allow yourself to sit with your own thoughts. When we’re always interacting in the world, it’s easy to go along with what everyone else is doing. In the past year, I’ve felt burnt out at times, and only recently I have accepted how important it is to truly rest and do nothing. Time alone gives us space to be creative, curious, mindful, and aware of our surroundings.

Space to heal / The world feels like it’s becoming an increasingly divided place, but my greatest prayer is that we find deeper connections and openness through our collective struggles. When we spend time without a full calendar and we take time to care for ourselves, we give ourselves space to reflect, rest, connect and heal. The absence of distractions can make us look at ourselves inside and out.

What we value / What is most important to you in your life? What makes you truly happy? What do you enjoy doing? What are your personal values? Every person’s values can be different and living by our values can make us feel more grounded and connected to ourselves. Our values can be impacted by the experiences we’ve had in our lives, our personalities, and how we experience the world.

How do you spend your time doing nothing?

Art by Kate Pugsley

Five Benefits of Living with Less

Daily Thoughts

Living with less means creating space for the important aspects of our lives that bring greater value. We are increasingly encouraged to consume more in a tech-saturated environment, where the rise of targeted advertising is driving growth in our spending. The emphasis on needing more things in our lives to feel a sense of satisfaction leaves many of us unfulfilled. Where we put our focus on is how we feel within our day-to-day lives, and if our focus is on materials, status and money, we lose a sense of ourselves. When we let go of the need to fit in, we can feel a greater sense of freedom. When we have gratitude for all that we have and spend time doing what we love, we can look around and realise that we don’t need a lot in life to be happy.

1) Spend time with those you cherish

Friendships are quality over quantity. A person’s worth is not determined by how many people they surround themselves with. Time is precious. Spending time with those that we love means investing in a deeper connection with others. We can cultivate deep connections that are genuine and close. Living with less isn’t contained only to our material possessions but also in the relationships that we have. It allows one to give who they love more of their time because they aren’t spending their time in unhealthy relationships. It means putting up healthy boundaries with people and spending one’s time and energy into the people they love the most.

2) Save money and time from spending less

How do you spend your time? Perhaps you like learning new things such as a new language or joining a sports team. The more we spend our attention on the hobbies we enjoy, the more we save time on the things we don’t. We can save money from unread magazine subscriptions or unfinished courses. By picking up a few interests to focus on, you can spend your money and time more wisely. It means that we don’t buy unnecessary materials that may take up more space in our homes or have a list of unnecessary tasks that fill up our schedule.

3) Practice Social Minimalism for your Mental Health

Digital Minimalism is a term popularised by computer scientist and author, Cal Newport, who doesn’t use social media. In essence, it describes the philosophy of technology use in which the time spent online is cut down to a small number of carefully selected activities that support things you value, and then you can happily miss out on the rest of the online world. By leaving behind unimportant acts of social media, we reclaim time and we are more mindful of being in the present. The rise of anxiety and depression amongst younger generations have been significant. Technology has caused more online noise and distractions, by taking away our attention from what is important.

4) Embrace your own Personal style

The fashion industry seems to move faster than we can keep up, with changing trends and seasons. Personal style, on the other hand, never goes out of style, as it’s a part of our identity. Are there certain styles or pieces of clothing that you always wear year after year? When we embrace our own personal style, we save time from browsing the never-ending rows of shops and save money from buying clothes that may only be worn a few times. When we shop with the intention of having something for the long-term, it can make a piece of material feel more thoughtful and special.

5) A Minimalist lifestyle can nourish an Introvert’s strengths

Susan Caine points out in her book, Quiet: The Power Of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking that introverts are generally less interested in status, wealth, and popularity than extroverts. The accumulation of stuff and the larger amount of people in our lives can create more added stress for many introverts. Minimalism gives you more space to live your life and be in charge of your space, schedule and mind. An introvert thrives on being able to be in a quiet sanctuary such as at home. When a home is decluttered, it creates balance in our mind and we can create space to do the very things that we love.

Living a more simple life means embracing the need for deep connections, purpose in one’s work, and spending time and energy on the people and activities that you love the most. However, it’s just as simple to immerse oneself into buying things or engaging in relationships that don’t add value into our lives. These might be from purchasing books or clothing we don’t end up using or being in friendships that aren’t rewarding or are one-sided. This cycle can drain our batteries. When we aren’t always chasing for the next thing, we can spend time placing value and gratitude on what we have.

What makes you truly happy in your life?

Art by Marialaura Fedi

The Joy Of Shopping At The Supermarket

Daily Thoughts

A trip to the supermarket felt like an adventure as a child. It still does. Roaming the aisles of different food categories was comforting and easily amusing. Although it’s also been a crazy last two years during the pandemic with crowded aisles, social distancing, panic buying and inflation in prices. The nostalgia of shopping is a fond memory and one of those activities that bring joy. There’s something satisfying about having a full pantry of food. It feels like a blessing and a privilege to be able to have food and to browse all the different items. It feels like a treasure hunt of trying to find all the items you’re looking for. Below are a selection of the many ways the supermarket brings me joy.

1) Being present in the moment. Going to the supermarket forces you to be present and focused by making sure you don’t bump into someone and that you get everything on your shopping list. Although it’s also easy to do the very opposite of zoning out trying to find your favourite cereal box.

2) Discovering new things. Trying new recipes, finding ingredients, discovering new products and trying new things are a fun part of going grocery shopping. I previously would make the same meal nearly everyday, whereas, buying different kinds of items makes you creative and think about what to cook.

3) People watching and listening to music. There’s probably scientific research that the music played at the supermarket is designed to make you stay longer, feel good and buy more. I have admittedly stayed at the supermarket pushing the trolley around to finish listening to a song. There’s also something amusing about watching people do their shopping.

4) The necessity of grocery shopping. There’s something very rewarding about cooking your own meal as a self-confessed previous non-foodie. When you cook your own meals it can feel satisfying and it can make you feel accomplished. Grocery shopping is also a regular routine in our lives and supermarkets are a familiar place that we go to every so often.

5) A change of scenery. It’s easy to spend time sitting in an office or being at home, but when you go to the supermarket, you can switch off and just think about what you need to buy. Something is always different each time: different music, different people, different fruit and veggies.

6) Browsing farmers’ markets. The best grocery shopping is at the markets when it’s a sunny day outside. It’s fun to stare at the dogs walking by and to find the cheapest cauliflower. There’s also a lovely atmosphere and it feels different to the feeling of when you’re shopping in a supermarket.

7) Having fun with your loved ones. Going to the supermarket is a fond memory I have with my family. Whether being in New Zealand or Taiwan, or being at a supermarket or an outdoors veggie market. There’s something about food that quite literally brings people together.

What do you enjoy or not enjoy about grocery shopping?

Time Is How You Spend Your Love

Daily Thoughts

We can spend periods of our lives in a cycle that repeats itself if we don’t seek the desire to change. Nature is always changing and evolving. That is the beautiful part of nature, as it takes its time to achieve great change. How we spend our time is precious. When we break apart everything, time is really all that we have. Our lives are unpredictable, and no one can be completely sure of how long they are on this earth for.

Every moment counts. The moments we stand at the traffic lights, the moments we sit on the plane flying home and the moments we are there for a loved one. The beautiful words are from Zadie Smith. It also makes me acknowledge the sad reality that there is so much time spent on the things that we don’t truly love. We live in a world where people are deeply hurting or they are bounded to a life where they are helpless.

Thoughts and Feelings / What you focus on is how you will feel. The thoughts we feed ourselves and the feelings we have ultimately affect how we view the world, how we view ourselves, how we treat other people and how we spend our days. Our thoughts and feelings impact how we experience the world around us and the world within.

Precious time / How do you spend your time? What we spend our time builds us into the person we are. If we spend time doing more of what we love, it can only benefit us in the long run. It can enable us to have a healthy relationship with people and it can make us a whole lot happier.

Leisure / The Art of doing nothing. There is praise for always being switched on in a fast-paced digital age. Being productive and busy is seen as the definition of success, when in actuality good things take time, and our focus is heightened when we give ourselves conscious rest.

People / Who do you spend most of your time with? They say that the 5 people you spend the majority of time with can impact you as a person, from your world view, character, interests and behaviour. The environment we are in and the people we spend our time with can have a huge impact on our wellbeing.

Memories / What are the good memories you can think of? Remembering memories that make you smile can bring them alive. When we focus on a bad memory, it can evoke a strong negative emotional reaction. The time that we spend to create memories that are good are often built around the foundation of love.

Gratitude / What are you grateful for in your life? Gratitude is a practice that we can actively do each day. The moment we forget all the things we have in our lives is the moment we can feel empty and unhappy. Where we put our focus and intention is everything. Our wellbeing depends on it. Remember to cherish all that you have.

Change / In what ways have you changed over time? We are always changing every day. In everyday we are learning something new. Change is inevitable and people will change, but the important thing is to know your values. What is it that you want in life? What’s important to you?

Choices / The choices we make over time influence the person we are today. What you choose to do is your responsibility. How you treat others, the conversations you have, the products you buy, the food you consume and the activities that you do all impact who you are as a person. The choices we make and how we spend our time impacts who we are as a person. 

Creativity / What do you spend your time consuming and creating. We spend a lot of time consuming content from online articles to social media. We spend more time more than ever consuming digital content and buying materials. The time we spend creating is quite possibly one of the most precious moments.

The time we spend to practice something, create something or write something is valuable. When we do the things that we love and spend time with the people we love, then we must be doing something right. Our lives are meant to be enjoyed and the purpose of being here is more than we can understand. All that one can really know is that the existence of every being is precious.

No one is better than the other person. There is a false belief that by feeling superior to someone we can feel accomplished. Whether that is through materials, status or wealth. However, it is the biggest lie that we are sold in society. External things don’t add true value into our lives. It makes me think of The Little Prince quote that reads “What is Essential is Invisible to the Eye” all that is truly important in life can only be felt with the heart “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly”.

Art by Monica Barengo

The Power Of Humility And Empathy

Daily Thoughts

The greatest wisdom that I hear are often in conversations, such as the other day when my husband said to me that “Humility is not seeing yourself as above or below anyone.” We all have our insecurities and flaws. We’re only human. Perfectionism can be the death of our own sense of worth because it is an unattainable desire. The lens that we look through everyday comes from the thoughts that we have. The way that we feel comes from the way we speak to ourselves. If we look through a negative lens, then we will feel negative and see things negatively. When we see things through a balanced lens, we can see things rationally and clearly.

The thought that’s been pressing on my mind recently is the ability to have empathy. The human desire to be a better person comes from knowing that we don’t know everything and that we are learning everyday. Empathy comes from listening and putting yourself, truly putting yourself in someone’s shoes by feeling what the other person is feeling. Empathy requires us to be vulnerable and have compassion. Listening allows us to hear stories and perspectives that we wouldn’t otherwise hear. Listening opens up our heart and mind in a beautiful way so that we can have empathy for others.

Humility is the ability to say that you don’t know everything. We are life long learners. It’s the ability to say when you have made a mistake. It’s the ability to be grateful for the small things. We live in a society that places value and attention to external accomplishments. Humility, sensitivity and vulnerability are misinterpreted as a sign of weakness, when in actuality they are the greatest signs of inner strength. We need these crucial elements of existing to truly display acts of love and kindness. Love and empathy can exist when we stop looking inward, and start looking around at the world.

I love this beautiful excerpt: Humility is the understanding that we can’t go it alone. Empathy is the ability to identify with the challenges that have brought other people to where they are. Combined, these two traits invite us into authentic relationships with others, allowing collaborative energy to begin to flow. Humility keeps us open to new information, new insights, new wisdom. Empathy encourages us to unite.

I recommend reading the article The Beautiful Triad-Curiosity, Humility and Empathy here.

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”

― CS Lewis

Art by Lieke van der Vorst