Melanie C. Gordon spoke about the Reverend Desmond Tutu describing Ubuntu as “my humanity is bound up in your humanity.” That is the foundation of what we talked about in this episode.
Melanie leads groups in Ubuntu Circles where we learn to connect through our personal stories. When we are open to hearing someone else’s story for understanding, we are transformed. It creates a sense of belonging, a shared humanity.
She talked about her time in Rwanda after the genocide, and the filming of the interviews she made there while trying to understand the slow Christian response to the geneocide. She even found Ubuntu here.
I was curious about how Ubuntu is accepted in Western cultures where the focus is more on individualism. In the Ubuntu circles people learn to listen for the individuality of each person, what makes them unique.
1. Try to find joy and purpose in your life, everyday
2. Grow in compassion for others
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– Wendy Green is a Certified Life Coach, working with people going through the sometimes uncomfortable life transition from full-time work to “what’s next.” Find out more about Wendy’s 6-week “What’s Next Transition” Coaching workshop
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– Recommended book: Everyday Ubuntu by Mungi Ngomane