Category Archives: Purpose

Quix Tip: Surrounded by Gifts

What gifts can you surround yourself with to give you the energy you need to create, do good work, and best give your gift? It may be a piece of art, music, the picture of someone who inspires you, a flower, a note, a conversation. Whatever small gifts you can surround yourself with will support […]

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Quix Tip: Giving to Yourself

What small graces can you allow yourself today? Each small gift you give yourself has the seed to be a larger gift to those around you. When Walt Whitman spoke of being alone out on the road, he remembered all those he knew and said, “I am filled with them and will fill them in […]

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Adjusting the Focus on Your Lens

Imagine the focus of your attention throughout any given day as a lens. It’s usually adjusted at a very limited view – immediate concerns, people around you, co-workers, projects, everyday interactions. We find it difficult to get deeper in ourselves and also to see with a wider lens the people we don’t know in our […]

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Charity Begins at Home

Let’s look at the phrase “charity begins at home” in two ways. First, giving to others begins with giving to yourself. You can’t fill anyone’s cup from an empty bottle. Just like the emergency instructions on an airplane, you have to put on your own mask and get oxygen first before assisting others. Some of […]

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The Daily Difference

Each moment of each day affords us an opportunity to give – the question is how to take them. Each interaction we have with friends, colleagues, family members, and strangers has the potential for giving. In this case, it’s helpful to get away from the idea of a literal physical gift. Each positive interaction we […]

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Top 5 Reasons Why People Give

Because they are asked, or presented a giving opportunity Compassion for those in need Personally believe in the cause Affected by the cause To give back to their community Explore this idea more fully in Quixote Consulting’s charity-based team building activities: Charity Bike Build – As featured on NPR! - Teams build bicycles for underserved children […]

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Quix Tip: The Growing Orbit of Giving

The poet Rainer Maria Rilke said, “I live my life in growing orbits.” The first orbit starts with the self. The next orbit might be those small generosities, the daily giving you can do for those around you. What can you give to your co-workers, your family? What would they most appreciate? Your time? What’s […]

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The Gift of Giving

Vincent Van Gogh said, “How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?” There are 1.5 million charitable organizations in the US; there are 86,400 seconds in a day, and an infinite number of possible answers if we ask ourselves Van Gogh’s beautiful question. How best […]

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Get small, get calm, get happy with a purpose pause

If a problem, worry, or anxiety looms large, pause for a moment. Find a way to either tangibly savor something larger – take a walk in nature, talk to a loved one for example – or simply take this moment to fill yourself with appreciation for something bigger than yourself, wherever you are. Feel the […]

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The Journey To and From Home

“Sometimes it takes a journey to come home.” -Stephen Levine Life can pull us away from the ‘home’ inside ourselves. The daily grind tends to keep us on one static level – roughly chest-high and above. The increasing speed of deadlines and demands, news, technology, advertising, traffic all seem to conspire to keep us hurtling […]

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