Month: July 2014

Making Sense of What is Happening Around Us

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Looking at what’s happening in the world today, hearing the news, seeing the images of people suffering, you cannot help but wonder what is wrong with people when life, to some, has no value. I just can’t sit on the sidelines and not express my opinion. And yes, I won’t make this post political, but if I can offer some insight to what is going on that might be helpful. Maybe I can offer some way to make sense in dealing with our present.

From the beginning of time, as we all know there, there have been the “haves and the have-nots”. All you need to do is look at history and see that nothing really has changed in the world aside of the fact that we are more advanced in innovating, technology, science, etc. But, all of this has come at a price. Call it increased health risks, environmental pollution, climate change, conflict, etc.

In the news, for the most part, you hear of misery – who killed who, the oppressed and the oppressors, human suffering and for some, a total disregard for life. Do you ever wonder why? Why do people have to live this way? You have heard the expressions, “Why can’t we all get along?” or “Live and let live.” Why don’t all people aspire to such ideas? I suppose, it is easier said than done. Human conditioning may not allow it. Greed does not allow it. Peace requires an incredible inner strength for someone trying not to get affected from everyday events and keep a can-do attitude in the midst of this chaotic environment.

While most of the press and TV seem to glorify human suffering to sell to a larger readership, get larger audiences, increase the amount of followers, we are left in the middle of the ocean on a raft, trying to live our lives and make sense of everything that goes on. How does someone get through all this? How can everything can be explained? What can we do?

I wish I had all of the answers. I wrestle with being peaceful and finding peace every day, but I think the writing is on the wall. All it takes, again, is having a look through history, and you can see that the pattern repeats itself. Over and over. You can see this cycle never ends, and you may not understand why.

If you find yourself suffering in any way, realize this – human dignity is priceless. Be the best you can be with what you have to work with whether education, resources, work etc. Never underestimate or lower yourself due to conditions you encounter. Your present conditions do not define the person you are or your worth as an individual.

Be open and ready to discuss issues and always try to negotiate a mutually beneficial solutions by being willing to give a little in order to get to your goals. Instead many prefer to criticize, become inflexible in their way of thinking which leads to disagreements, frustration, isolation and getting
nowhere.   

As my parents taught me once, keep your head high. We all walk on the ground but some of us look at the stars. Try always to extend a helping hand to others no matter how much or how little you have.  Some people are so self absorbed with their own agendas of their everyday lives, that their viewpoint tends to get myopic.

Don’t hold grudges.

Do not hate. Hatred robs you of your energy. It takes so much out of you to be irate and miserable. It takes so much less to love.

Make a difference.

No matter what, be the change.

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Posted: July 28, 2014

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The Real Importance of Loved Ones

Family Word Cloud

Most of us, no matter who we are, get up in the morning and start a certain routine every day. Dress, get ready and go to work. Whether working for someone or being self employed, meeting people, working from home, we all have our goals and strive to accomplish them by doing certain things each day that brings us closer to our plans.

But why do we do all this? If it weren’t for someone or others in our life, what is the point of working so hard? Is it to impress us or others? For some, no matter how much wealth/assets they have, it is never enough. They want more. They love the adrenaline of the next “deal”.

Most people work by rote since they believe this is the thing to do. When we reach success why keep on going? Yes, it may make us feel good about ourselves that we have reached somewhere but is that all it is? After we conquered the mountain, are we ready for the next peak?

Most of us do it for our little group of people that we call loved ones, family, significant others. What is the point of striving to make it, sacrificing life for work if not in order to enjoy the proceeds with your loved ones?

We all heard the expression, “You can’t take your assets or possessions with you”, very true indeed. Why then not enjoy your good fortune, aside of family of course, and bring some good to some people you don’t know? There are so many needs around us. Unfortunately due to life’s demands, many of us live lives on autopilot. We are all so busy running around all day long, but are we productive?

Try to schedule time for work, but schedule some time breaks in between.

Decompress even for a few minutes.

Be mindful of your day-to-day actions. Live in the present, not in the past, because the past is gone. The future is not yet here and following that route might make you totally miss how you live now!

Try to enjoy life with your loved ones. Schedule time away, even for a couple of days, just to reconnect. It is great to be part of a family, but family requires work. A happy family requires members to be sensitive to each other’s needs. It requires a team approach and above all requires that you show you care while not taking anything for granted.

You can even extrapolate “Happy at home…Happy outside”.

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Posted: July 11, 2014

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