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June 2017 - Newsletter

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin
Perspective - Mentor for Purpose
Mentor for Purpose workshop development and delivery has been a significant personal focus lately.   It ties together the Life Skills and Volunteer Solutions parts of our mission.  First, it offers short 30-60-minute learning events on topics such as Life Roles, Vision & Goals and Asking Powerful Questions.  Second, it provides local organizations that have a mentoring program a free process for mentor development.  LSN is also supporting the startup of new mentoring programs and we have several new customers.  It’s been energizing to engage organizations in adding mentoring as a value-added programming element. Our framework is adapted to the mission and desired outcomes of each organization.
Mentoring is a passion for me because it is a deep way to touch someone’s life.  Visit our new web page to read more.  I hope you personally consider mentoring as a way to serve and grow.  You can do this in a volunteer role or as a manager, parent or friend.  Example content is available upon request.
Unrelated, you must know that I love to learn and read.  When I post a Facebook article, I try to find a sentence or two that presents a key insight.  When I post a book recommendation, I try to share a small nugget.  Life-long, bite-size learning is a way to live to our potential.  One-point lessons, single-page documents and templates and two-sentence summaries are my way to share learning (knowing that most won’t always read the full article or book).
Photo collage from the Volunteer NKY: Connect event on May 23 at the Life Learning Center.
Network Updates
Volunteer NKY
  • We completed our second Connect (volunteer fair) event of 2017 on May 23 at the Life Learning Center.  Participation was lower than expected but those that attended were very interested in new volunteer roles.
  • Our web presence was recently updated.  You will find a continually growing collection of useful volunteer resources at this link.
 Live with Purpose
  • I had the opportunity to present Live with Purpose to about 25 life coaches at Mentoring Plus.  This is part of our new Mentor for Purpose plan.
  • Work toward our Mentor for Purpose masterplan is proceeding well.  We are prioritizing content development consistent with stated customer needs.
Don’t forget to check the What’s New section of our web site.  This is a simple way to keep track of new LSN content.
Book Recommendation

Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It.  The author, Roman Krznaric, says that our brains are wired for social connection.  Empathy, not apathy or self-centeredness, is at the heart of who we are.  By looking outward and attempting to identify with the experiences of others, we can become not only a more equal society, but also a happier and more creative one.

Here are some excerpts:

  • “Empathy is the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions.”
  • “We need to recognize that empathy doesn’t just make you good—it’s good for you too. Many well-being experts are beginning to recognize this fundamental truth of the art of living.”
  • “What all stereotyping has in common, whether it is a product of politics, religion, nationalism, or other forces, is an effort to dehumanize, to erase individuality, to prevent us from looking someone in the eye and learning their name.”
  • “We need a better balance between gazing inward and looking outward, between introspection and “outrospection”.  Highly empathic people are engaged in a constant search for what they share with other people, even when those people appear alien to them.”
From The LSN Web Site

Goals are essential to progress in life. They represent our desired future and dreams. The process of consciously thinking or writing (preferred) goals establishes personal clarity and then helps align our thoughts and behaviors to move toward those goals. They can be set in any area of our lives including personal growth, family, career, and more. Goals require desire and self-discipline if they are worth achieving.
Do just one important task every day and you will transform your life.  Be sure that it is consistent with your Purpose, Vison and Goals.  The
LSN web site is rich with content for volunteers and service professions to live, work and serve to our purpose, passion and potential.
Save the Dates
Mark your calendar for upcoming events and watch for Facebook event postings.
  • Volunteer NKY: Connect.  The next volunteer fair is on Saturday September 9 from 10-12 at Florence Christian Church.  We expect to have about 15 local social service organizations to interact with interested volunteers.
  • Live with Purpose.  I regularly present this content at the Life Learning Center and other local organizations.  Contact me if you want to join an upcoming event.
I am interested in supporting your local organization.  Click here for my speaking topics.
250 Words
My blogs are about life, life skills, service and living to our purpose and potential.  I aim to write about 250 Words (the amount an average adult can read in one minute).
  • Expectations.  All too often, an expectation is a way of trying to change someone.  You can’t change someone else, you can only change yourself. 
  • Mentoring is a Core Life Skill.   Mentors see life as a process of development.  It starts with an orientation toward serving and supporting someone else.
  • Make Empathy a Habit.  Empathy is one of those life skills that can change the world.  Our judging mind tends to exclude others who are not like us.
Recent Social Media Postings
Unlike the LSN Blog which is original content, the Facebook and LinkedIn postings are articles gathered from the internet.  The themes match the blogs.  Here are recent favorites:
Recommended Web Site

A Conscious Rethink presents short articles on mind, body, spirit and relationships.  These articles are contributed by various writers and provide interesting insights into becoming a whole and better person.


Click here to see a complete list of recommended external (to LSN) web sites.
The Life Solutions Network encourages “purpose, passion, positivity and potential” in the form of capability-building service to our community.  If you want to become a Member, send me an e-mail.  Membership is free; I only ask that you commit to “capability-building”.  Thank you for your friendship, partnership and service.

Tony Aloise
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The Life Solutions Network is a collaboration of volunteers and organizations in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area working to improve life skills capability with people in need.  This newsletter aims to present information, ideas and tools to grow personally and better serve to "add value and meaning to people's lives".
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