Sunday, November 30, 2014

An old Hero looks to the Future

Sometimes we do what's right, not for any other reason than it is the right thing to do.  Sir Nicholas Winton saved the lives of over 600 children in Prague just before the "official" start of WWII from ever reaching Nazi camps.  He kept a list and pictures of every child he saved for his own records but never shared them with anyone.  His wife found the list in 1988, over 40 years later, and she, along with BBC, found some of the "children."


What a great man...deserving of the love and respect and honor that he has received.  He is also a great role model and a reminder to do what is right, no matter what the masses may say.  The good you do may save someone else's life: perhaps in an extreme way like in the case of the children Sir Nicholas Winton saved, or perhaps in a million smaller ways.

"If something's not IMpossible, there must be a way of doing it!" - Sir Nicholas Winton


**Just in case you want to know a bit more about this man, you should take 15 more minutes to see a quick explanation from a 60 Minutes documentary.  Some major points covered:  He didn't stop with the children, he went on to help out in wartime preparations, lived out his life looking toward the future and living in the present, and attributes what others call "his modesty" to the idea that we should all focus more on what is next.  He has been focusing on the opposite end of the age spectrum for quite some time now including his work with the mentally handicapped and the elderly, having built homes for the elderly in more recent years.  He is over 100 years old now and still a bright man with more to give as we all look toward the future together.


What it means to be rich...

It has nothing to do with money...if you want to know what makes people rich, one thing you should do is subscribe to this blog for your daily dose of happiness, and another thing is take a few minutes to read this post that I came across regarding What Actually Makes People Rich.  It's witty, funny, and honest, and I'd be willing to say most of it is probably spot on.  If you don't mind being offended into happiness while you also laugh at yourself and the world we live in a little bit, it's definitely worth the read!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

National Anthem: Respect & Honor

When we think of honoring and respecting a national anthem, we usually think of our own, but what is even MORE beautiful and respectful is when we give others that same respect and honor.  This week, a video hit Youtube that reminded me of just that.

Thank you to our American family to the North (that would be Canada - we are ALL American  - North, Central and South - after all) for respecting our anthem and finishing it out when the microphone system went down during a national hockey league game in Toronto.  As a Buffalo Sabres fan, the T.Dot is nearby and therefore a big rival, but rivalry is for fun.  We're glad you guys have our backs and are thankful for your spirit and sportsmanship.  #CanadianRoots


A national anthem is representative of a country, a people, and a history.  Each nation has one and most of the nation knows it, even when the professionals forget the words on national and international TV.  Taking the few moments of silence, or celebratory singing, before international competition, or in honor of a nation is a great sign of respect and I can always appreciate a moment like this when nations uphold and respect one another.

This particular situation reminds me of another great moment, when someone who is worthy of his great talent and skill took a moment to respect the US National Anthem mid-interview.  Someone often known for his outrageous and inflated personality (and many will say 'with good reason') showed his true colors when he stopped a live interview to take pause for the anthem of a country that is not his own.  Usain Bolt, you have my respect, sir.  Thank you for showing the world what it is to be respectful of other nations and cultures no matter the situation.


Thank you to all of the individuals out there who respect one another and who recognize that we are all in this together.  To the individuals that honor one another in the small ways that they can.  You give glory to humanity.

We are human.

Equality for Everyone

We are one, no matter our skin color, hair color, eye color, or other color.  We are one, no matter our gender, orientation, sexuality, or sex.  We are one, no matter our physical differences caused by nature or by experience. We are one, no matter our age or status; Our elders have been in our place, and someday, we may live long enough to reach theirs.

We are one history with all of it's terror and all of its courage, faults, and glories.  We are one people, despite our many individual talents and absurdities.  We have one home, and that is the Earth where we were born and where we are all most likely to die.

We are each unique and we are all part of something GREAT;  WE ARE ONE HUMAN RACE.

We are capable of great hate or of great love.
We are capable of great war, but also of great peace.
We are capable of great destruction and of great creation.
We are capable of ignorance, but also of understanding.
We are capable of stubbornness and also of change.

We are capable of anything because we are human.

What result will your human capacity have?


Friday, November 28, 2014

Prank It Forward

If you need a little boost, I can highly suggest checking out Break.com's Prank It Forward mini series.  Doing great things for deserving people.  It gives me warm fuzzies to see Karma at work for good people!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

'Tis the week of Thanksgiving

'Tis the week of Thanksgiving
and all through social media
there are "thank yous" and "love yous" and "we've got to feed-yas"
The people look forward to time with their loved ones
of dinners, desserts and those turkey trot runs.
And I in my gratitude, and you out there reading
were dreaming of visitors we'd soon be feeding.
When out in the world, there arose such a clatter,
I jumped at the opportunity to see what was the matter!

Away to "the others" I ran with some cash
in order that they too may have turkey and mash.
Thanksgiving, its meaning so great to behold,
gave the world a new viewpoint never to grow old.
That thing, so incredible, joyous, and real
was the way we say "thank you" and show how we feel!
I knew in a moment it wasn't so new
this feeling of humanity brilliant and true.
More powerful than any other intentions,
are the love and affection and honorable mentions:
My Family, My Friends, and My Enemies, too!
To strangers, to nature, and also to you!
From the Southernmost point, to the top of the world,
I'm wishing you,
urging you,
desiring you LOVE!

Those intentions they float up and out in the sky,
and as you flip-flop about which type of pie,
these wishes will find you and hopefully well,
and brighten your life more than you can e'r tell!
And then, when the big day is finally here,
and in come the guests who've been waiting all year,
do not hang your head over forgotten foods,
fore all that they wish is to lighten the mood!

You'll be dressed in your best after touch-football fun,
and laughing all evening about who really won!
A bundle of memories you will have in your bank,
and a thousand more reasons to remember to thank!
Your eyes, they will twinkle, along with the others:
Children, parents, aunts, uncles, grandmothers.
Your cheeks with be flush with the happiest smiles,
your cooking and planning was all worth the while!
You'll soon meet again for more great giving times,
and the memories of this will forever still shine.
You'll be thankful and caring and full of great joy,
you'll be wanting to help each adult, girl, and boy.

You'll find spirit in every person you meet
and you'll be sure that each has good shoes on his feet.
A wink of an eye or a kind honest word,
will let you know that you have done what you could.
Now speak out of love and with kindness, compassion,
as these grand emotions are ALWAYS in fashion.

My wishes will be with you all through the year,
for happiness, hope, and never a fear.
Spring out in the world and use this new power,
on others the love that you gain you should shower!
And I'll be overjoyed just to hear someone say,
"they treat me like each day is Thanksgiving Day!"






Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Simple Act of Caring Creates an Endless Ripple That Always Comes Back to You


A simple act of caring creates an endless ripple 
that always comes back to you!

Be the change, and watch the world change with you!

Reality Check

So since all of these studies are coming out about how screwed up our minds have become because of social media not only allowing but encouraging us to make ourselves look like we have perfect lives and that we only take perfect pictures and that we never work and only take vacations to exotic and awesome adventurous vacations with our perfect significant others, I thought I'd share my day with you.

9 am...sleep app alarm goes off because I pick it up because I'm already awake wondering what time it is.  Snooze alarm.

9:15...alarm again...time to get uppppp...NO.  Turn off sleep app because I am alone at my apartment and I have no plans.  "I have enough food in the fridge and clothing in my apartment that I neither need to grocery shop nor do laundry.  I can sleep all day."

10:30...fiancee calls from another country.  We haven't talked in a few days so I've been stressed about that on top of working late (no one actually LIKES to work late, right?).

10:45...ok: coffee.  Shoot!  Lazy-sleepy-me was wrong; I need creamer for my coffee...Wait! Hold the phone and keep your PJs on, we have milk and we have a little bottle of vanilla extract and a bag of sugar.  I can work with that; all is well.

11:45  Check email.  No sign from work.  Life is good.  Do dishes, because what has been in my sink is ewww.  Finally pick up the pile that I swept up last week and never threw out.  Dry mouse poop.  Gross!

12:30 start watching youtube videos about dancehall choreography.  Then my day gets REAL.  I want to look like those hot girls with their sweet moves.  Still in my PJ pants, I have a sports bra because my heater only likes to go on for 5 steamy minutes at a time about every hour or so...it's like hot flashes in your 20s.

Sometime mid-afternoon I call Dad to chat and then go back to YouTube choreography.

4:45 Sweaty.  I must be dancing like a total boss!  These videos are awesome.  I should probably clean my apartment for the first time since about a month ago.  Yes, I am an adult with childlike tendencies.

Ohhh SHINY OBJECT!  I have no water, I guess I'll drink the beer that is in the fridge and dance around to Hip Hop in my Gunilla of Sweden face mask so my zits resolve themselves, while also being comfy because I'm still in my PJs.   I finished the 4 days worth of crockpot soup that I made overnight on Tuesday/Wednesday for lunch today :-/  I guess I should make something else to eat now.

Call Mom back.  Phone tag happens because I always leave my phone on vibrate.

6:45  I still have the spot treatments on, am still in my PJs, made rice a(nd nothing to accompany it), managed to unpack my winter clothes from boxes into drawers and am now sitting on my living room floor because I don't have a couch and writing this blog to tell you about my real life (just like all the other posts but in a different way).

So that's my reality.  I am a happy person.  I think that the way social media affects us is the way we ALLOW it to affect us.  So now you know.  I am weird, which is also the norm, which is also beautiful and perfect...so figure out the logic there.  And then, stop worrying about what other people are doing.  Be happy when they are happy, and recognize when they are sad so you can pick them up.  Call a friend and let them know you're lonely and you wanted to catch up (I did that, today, too and my friend was feeling just as lonely, so then NEITHER of us was lonely anymore!)

6:53 pm...Someone is knocking on my door and since I'm in my sports bra and PJs, like I said, I leave my blog to put a sweatshirt on and then this happened...

video

SO yeah.  "Reality Check," is right!  It's the week of Thanksgiving.  I've been reading great articles and news about things happening all over the country and the world so far today.  Buffalo, NY, for example, is under 6 feet of snow and, from everything I have seen and read, people are being awesome to one another.  Detroit is holding a raffle to benefit aid in Buffalo, solidarity is super.  A stranger just gave me and everyone else in my building a turkey for the upcoming holiday.  And that completes my day.  Just, wow.  How can we NOT be in awe of HUMANITY?!  Yay world.  Keep it up.  Tell me about your "reality check" day and what makes the everyday GREAT for you!

7:11 pm:  I will now return to my "how to booty pop" videos. on YouTube.  Happy Saturday!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Toni Morrison Speaks Truth, Talent and Love with Stephen Colbert!


This is an absolutely beautiful video.  Humor, truth, talent, and love.

Toni Morrison is a gorgeous soul.

Racism is a social construct.  
There is only one race, and that is the human race.  
Physiologically and chemically, there is no difference in any of us.

Embrace our oneness.  One race, one love, one world.

Yay Humanity!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Generosity Quote


An interesting perspective on what generosity does for the giver.

I find thoughts on generosity ESPECIALLY meaningful as the days get colder.  I found myself saying today "I don't think I could survive a few hours in the cold let alone an entire night, weeks, or months."  I have circulation problems that make me lose feeling in my fingers and toes at the slightest chill, and it creeps into my feet and hands when it's very cold, even when I am "properly" equipped for the cold weather.  With my hands shoved as deep into my pockets as possible on my walk home I made eye contact with each person asking for money.  "Stay warm," I offered.  It isn't much to say it, and I wonder if it's of any consequence.  I like to think that the simple fact that another person saw them as human being might be enough to warm them up inside, but words don't feed hungry stomachs or clothe naked backs.  So I will tell you, and remember myself in the days ahead:  Be generous.  Remember this, even when it isn't cold.  Perhaps if we make a second nature of generosity when it is easiest to remember, we won't need to remember by the time it's warm out again as it will have become habit.

Let go.  Give.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Detective Dad


YES!  There are crappy people out there...but what's AWESOME is that there are other people who are BEYOND AMAZING and they are changing the lives of other people who have great potential to be the leaders of change in the future.  Detective-turned-Dad because he had a heart for humanity, and a hate for the wrong in the world.  He did something about it, and two kids, and I'm sure a group of kids that will never end up at the foster home where these two kids were, have been given great opportunity.

The world needs more love for others like this.
Be that change.

The Egg

"You have within you all the knowledge and experiences of all your past lives. You just don’t remember them right now."

"Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine. A human mind can only contain a tiny fraction of what you are."

"Every time you victimized someone, you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you."

POWERFUL. STUFF.

These are just a few lines from a story called "The Egg" by Andy Weir.  It is with my highest encouragement that people of all religions give it a once over.  We are all looking for the answers and I love the way that they came together in "The Egg."  We are all connected.  The Rastas are right to say I and I (which means "you and I" but recognizes others as one with oneself).  What a beautiful way to see the world and the people we share it with.  If you want your mind blown, you can link to the entire short story and find translations into many languages by clicking here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Trippin'

The scene:  It's nearly 1am.  I'm just getting home from a super long day at work and not looking forward to waking up for another work day tomorrow.  The streets and sidewalks are almost completely void of people.  There are a few taxis and other cars going about their business but generally it's quiet.

As I walk across a two lane street, I see what seems to be a young kid, with a backpack, skateboarding toward me and I think,  "It's 1 am!  You should be in bed for school tomorrow!"

By the time this entire thought runs through my head, the skateboarder is within about 20 feet of me, heading down the middle of the road, and BAM!  Skateboard jerks to a stop, kid goes head over heels, backpack and all, onto the pavement.  I'm asking if he's ok but quick as a whistle, he's back on his feet and without a moment of pause looks at me squarely and says "That was YOUR fault" and he turns to pick up the board that deceived him with its abrupt halt.  I laugh, thinking his accusation is a joke out of embarrassment from his fall, and instead he continues..."you made me nervous because you're so pretty."  And with that, he hops back on the board and prepares to push off.

"Are you sure you're ok?"  I ask. "You're AWESOME." He says, and off into the night on his skateboard he goes, with a beep from a taxi that encounters his curves just a tad too liberal.


Thank you for being a strange incident in my evening, that actually made the end to my day quite pleasant.  Be safe, little skater (and get to bed)!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

5,000 VIEWS!

Hip Hip HOORAY!  

Thank you for checking out my blog!  This blog officially reached over 5,000 views today and I couldn't be happier that you are out there in the world getting something positive out of it for your day!

Have a look around, follow me on twitter (see the twitter feed on the sidebar and click "follow"), check out the page sponsors, and subscribe by leaving your email address in the sidebar to "subscribe" and get updates as they happen to keep you feeling positive every day!

In celebration of 5,00 views, I'd like to share my very favorite statistic about this blog, and one of the few stats I actively seek out when checking its performance:  

Top nations visiting this site:

All-time Visitors:
United States

Canada

Malaysia

Switzerland

France

Germany

Taiwan

Russia

Serbia

Poland

Visitors this month:

United States

France

Taiwan

Poland

Italy

Sweden

Canada

Hong Kong

Costa Rica

Thailand


Visitors this week:
United States

France

Costa Rica

Thailand

Taiwan

Italy

Canada

Chile

Germany

Denmark

Visitors Today:
United States

France

Costa Rica

Chile

Denmark

Spain

United Kingdom

Ireland



Look at the diversity of visitors on these lists.  So many countries are represented here and it makes me feel great to know that there are people actively seeking out positivity all over the world.  



Thank you all for being a positive force in the world!  
Come back soon!  

Be the change!