An interview with Roshi Joan Halifax
"I don't know what it takes to speak truth to power in easy terms. I can honestly say...I think it takes a broken heart. I don't think you can speak truth to power from a platform that is cognitive. I think that you just have to perceive the suffering, really feel it, and take a stand...and being willing to being destroyed. Nothing is going to stand between you when your heart is just wild and wide open . Not money, or status, no promises; you just can do the best you can.
I think that there are lots of good people who have done it. I do it in my little way. I love what Gandhi did, Thich Nhat Hanh has done it. Mother Teresa...I mean, there are many rol models, certainly people like Tutu and Nelson Mandela. Many people in the world today are doing it, like Alan Senauke and others... You just do it. And you can't also be attached to the outcome. You just go for that. What you feel is the highest good...you really address the issue of suffering, and then, if you get destroyed, well, so are you, get destroyed. And you just stand up, on the other side of it, and keep on..."
To read and listen please click on the link http://www.futureprimitive.org/2011/07/do-not-squander-your-life/
Read below to find out more about this exciting opportunity:
Hiring Manager of Local Foods Store and Restaurant!
We are a small restaurant and grocery store that sources local and organic products. Our mission is to increase awareness of local foods and sustainability.
This is an extremely unique opportunity for a passionate, hard working individual to direct the development of our local foods programs.
You will oversee every aspect of the business, from employee management to budget analysis, marketing, and creative design of the business plan. You will have the opportunity to work with local farmers, and will be plugged into a network of community leaders and activists.
We are looking for a highly motivated, personable individual with a passion for local foods and sustainability. We are looking for a strong leader with solid business skills who can identify and prioritize tasks, find creative solutions to daily challenges, and create and manage a budget.
You must be able to balance daily tasks such as ordering and pricing inventory, working the cash register during busy hours, assisting customers and supporting staff, overseeing the kitchen, and consulting the chef, with the large picture design and implementation of new programs, special events, marketing and business plan development.
This job is ideal for someone who values having the creative control to design and implement new and innovative projects.
-Strong leadership and management skills.-Knowledge of issues in sustainability and local foods.
-Experience with restaurants, retail, or business.-Excellent communication skills.
-Ability to identify and prioritize tasks; create and implement your own flexible schedule.-Excellent organizational skills.
-Ability to balance careful attention to detail on a daily basis with long term planning.-Proficiency using Word and Excel.
- Ability and desire to motivate and teach others; build team atmosphere.
-Familiarity with restaurant POS Software.-Moderate to advanced proficiency with Excel.
-Training in business or restaurant management.
Please note: We value passion for local foods very highly in the selection process!
Store located in Mattapoisett, MA. Position opening in mid September –early October 2011. Full time. Daytime hours, some weekends. Salary based on experience.
Application deadline: August 30, 2011
Please send resume and cover letter with 3 professional references and a paragraph answering each of the following questions:
1. Describe your leadership and/or management experience.3. Why do you eat local, seasonal foods? (If you don’t, this isn’t the job for you.)
3. What interests you most about this position?
Contact Laura at: Laura@howonearth.net