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WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for January 2018

Published: January 29, 2018

This month we have been featuring blogs about courage, related to our new mission: to inspire courageous global citizens. Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention.

Why I Still Choose Camp 

“Welcome to my life,” Lauren Ofman writes. “I am a high school senior who could easily spend my summer getting a job or an internship — or as my family would call it, “real world experience….But instead, I have spent the last seven summers of my life sleeping in a bunk with 14 other girls in 100-degree weather at sleepaway camp — and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” Lauren’s article is a great story about the courage to do what is personally meaningful in the face of real world pressure to do what looks like good experience on a piece of paper.

Global: An Extraordinary Guide for Ordinary Heroes

It’s a big world out there, and it needs your help. Global poverty, social inequality. Famine, conflict and climate change. These are just some of pressing challenges we face. Lyla Bashan unpacks how to kickstart a career converting the world as it is into the kind of just world everyone deserves. She draws on her own story working in the U.S. diplomatic corps for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and, over the course of her nearly two decades, a career crisscrossing the globe working in Armenia, Tajikistan, Guatemala and Sub-Saharan Africa. Good for budding diplomats, aspiring international development experts, and anyone in between.

 Want To Raise Brave Children? Learn To Parent From Faith, Not Fear

Like all loving parents, Margie Warrell’s instinct is to protect her kids. But how do you help them ‘grow their grit’ and build their ‘muscles for life’? Margie offers some insights.   

 An Antidote to Bullying: Moral Courage and a Global Vision

Sadly, harassment and exclusion that used to begin around fifth grade are seen as early as kindergarten. Homa Tavangar observes that when parents mindfully instill a global perspective from the earliest age, children tend to display resilience, determination, independence, compassion, inclusiveness and moral courage.

The Courage of Small Things

David Brooks tells the story of his friend Clemantine Wamariya, who at an early age displayed the large courage she needed to endure genocide. But later in life, Clemantine has also displayed the “courage of small things: the courage to live with feelings wide open even after trauma; the maturity to accept unanswerable ambiguity…the unwillingness to settle for the simple, fake story; and the capacity to look at life in all its ugly complexity.”

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