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July 2017 - Newsletter

“The moment you accept responsibility for EVERYTHING in your life is the moment you gain the power to change ANYTHING in your life.” - Hal Elrod
Perspective - Customers & Contributors
We have three teams guiding the LSN work:  Core Team (manage & lead), Mentor for Purpose (Life Skills) and Volunteer NKY (Volunteer Solutions).  Each team is comprised of volunteers and social service professionals.  A principle is that team members have a role: they are either a Customer or a Contributor.  A Customer is a someone at a social service organization that uses our toolbox, e.g. the best practices assessment tool or a Mentor for Purpose workshop.  Our Customers give advice, help with priority setting and shape our content.  A Contributor is someone who creates content to be added to the toolbox, e.g. a lesson plan for the Mentor for Workshop series or a wiki page.  Together, these roles help us with focus and capacity.  I am thankful to the 20+ people who “volunteer” to help LSN deliver its mission.
My vision is to get more volunteers as Contributors and have local organizations be Customers only.  We are making progress.  LSN doesn’t have Clients in the normal sense.  We work through organizations and seek to develop volunteers of local organizations and staff.  We may work directly with individuals who seek mentoring or advice but ultimately, we refer them to local organizations.
Note:  The next newsletter will be a combined August-September edition.  Expect to see it about September 1.

A slide from the Live with Purpose event.  Can you answer "yes" to all ten questions?

Network Updates
Volunteer NKY
  • Teen initiative focus group.  A small group will meet in July to consider a project to more directly encourage teen service.  The “teen” space is new for LSN but very important.  That is the time of life when volunteer “habits” get established.
  • Metrics and Dashboards.  Another small group is working on a “metrics menu” and “dashboard” concept.  We plan to follow-up with a workshop in the Fall for volunteer leaders.
Live with Purpose. 
  • Speaking EventsWe have several speaking events including Live with Purpose, Work with Purpose, Volunteer with Purpose and Live to Your Potential.  I am interested in supporting your local organization.
  • Mentor for Purpose WorkshopsProgress is being made in toolbox development and delivery.  I am especially excited to support several organizations in starting up new mentoring programs.
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

Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes EverythingThe author, Victor Strecher, shows how finding your purpose in life leads to better health and overall happiness.  While the great philosophers have pondered purpose for centuries, today it has been shown to have a concrete impact on our health. Recent studies into Alzheimer’s, heart disease, stroke, depression, functional brain imaging, and measurement of DNA repair are shedding new light on how and why purpose benefits our lives.

Here are some excerpts:

  • Studies using these measures demonstrate that people reporting a strong purpose in life, on average, live longer lives than those with a weak purpose.
  • A great purpose in life follows from values that reflect an understanding of the world.
  • Many people confuse or conflate “purpose” with “meaning” in life. There’s a very important distinction.  Meaning in life asks the question, “Why am I here?” Responses to this question vary greatly and may even include, “No reason.” Purpose in life is concerned with what we most deeply value, and purposeful living is concerned with whether we’re living for what matters most.
From The LSN Web Site
Christian Spirituality is our life with God, our awareness of God and a lifestyle that responds to God’s love.  Reflection and prayer are the tools to “find God” in our lives. Spiritual friendship and community helps us to find direction, be accountable for our spiritual growth. As we grow spiritually we reach out to others, especially those in need.
We don't talk about the "soul" very much in today's culture but we need to grow “heart, mind, body and soul”.  I am grateful for this contribution to the LSN Life Skills Wiki by Linda Wihl, Regional Director of the
Ignatian Volunteer Corp of Greater Cincinnati.
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.
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).
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

On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener.  On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?


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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