Change Blog

Our Change Blog features short pieces from Kindling founder Peter Schulte on how and why we as individuals and a society change and evolve.

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Millions upon millions of us wake up every day with an earnest intention to do good for the world.

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We don’t really need to be offended to do address and counter the behavior we find unhelpful. We don’t need to take it as a personal affront. We don’t need to be disgusted.

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There’s a fine between focusing on the positive and being in denial about the negative.

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It is helpful for me to balance my anger with the reminder that what’s good for the world is broader and more mysterious than my mind can grasp.

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When the complex, wicked challenges around us feel too big and completely out of our control, we can always zoom in to focus on what is in our control. 

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Why is it then even when we are smacked in the face with reasons for optimism, positivity and gratitude, we find the story that allows us to be feel bad or not enough?

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We can always broaden our perspective, either temporally or spatially, and see things differently.

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It’s important to remember that while we have endured many catastrophes, they have never quite destroyed us in the way we most feared.

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I’m pleading with you: over the next several months, fight for who you want; not who you imagine enough other people want.

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Can you think of times when the most kind act was not nice?

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