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Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington political powerhouse. media mogul. author.

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]

 
Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

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Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

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Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]

 
Leilani Münter Leilani Münter race car driver. activist. carbon free girl.

Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]

 
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Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

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Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

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Zainab Salbi Zainab Salbi author. ceo. humanitarian.

Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]

 
Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]

 
Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

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Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

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Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com

 

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John Morton John Morton counselor. spiritual director. do-gooder.

John Morton is a minister, author, counselor, coach, and the Spiritual Director of several non-profit organizations, including the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness. [www.theblessings.org]

My life is directed by seeking and doing good, ever greater good. I see everyone as having innate gifts and abilities which, when found and fully utilized, can create ever more good. We can enjoy sunsets and share smiles. We can speak encouraging words and listen. We must move from the limitations and insecurities created by fear and doubt and reach out to help, take risks, and explore to discover better ways. I find tremendous value in overcoming life’s challenges while helping others in kind.

I see us as put upon this earth to be loved and to love in return, over and over, more and more. We need to make peace with this world by striving to contribute to making it better. We begin with ourselves, by trusting in the sanctuary of our hearts, especially when there is conflict and suffering to overcome. There’s no lasting value in separation and againstness, nor in allowing hurt or in hurting others. We need to offer an open hand, not a closed fist, and we need to stop violence by heeding messages calling for resolution and harmony.

I find that the first journey is within, into the truth that respects and considers what serves all. I take this journey through worship and connection with the divine source that is the living God of all. I find the most satisfaction in experiences which reveal the constant presence within that understands my predicaments and shows me that lasting solutions work through love, honor, and compassion.

This world is a testing ground upon which we can learn and grow by developing our wisdom, strength, and ability to create good. We can exercise our faith by holding to our heartfelt nature and enduring through whatever tests come our way. We truly are never alone, abandoned, or forsaken. As we trust in love, we discover new wisdoms and develop our strengths and new abilities. In each moment, we can choose through our attitude to enjoy or despise, to be open or closed, to have patience or impatience, to continue or stop.

We can create what my friend, John-Roger, calls portable paradise – the experience of paradise wherever we are, regardless of the conditions. We can join with others to actively create paradise by doing good. That’s my rallying call: Let’s go out and do some good!

– John Morton

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