July 22, 2009
July 16, 2009
There are many paths to healing, and I believe that we are empowered to heal ourselves (whether that is through traditional medical advice/treatment, prayer/spirituality, self-understanding and enlightenment, changes to diet/exercise/lifestyle, Eastern medicine or other modalities). I believe that one of the most powerful healing remedies is through touch and human contact. Simple touches, like a pat on the back, the casual hug or a quick kiss on the cheek often are used as small signs of affection and congratulations, or sorrow and understanding. A caring touch can translate a world of emotions. The embrace of a lover, holding a baby or petting a dog can all transform our feelings into a quiet and soothing happiness.
July 15, 2009
July 10, 2009
It's always difficult to be the one to stand up and do what's right. Situational challenges and current culture often cause hesitation when daring to challenge the status-quo. This is true whether you are an individual, an organization or a country.
I do not normally enjoy the news 'opinion' pages. I feel like they are meant to incite angst rather than educate or inform. However, this story from the New York Times is an exemplary article. Bono is an inspirational character who shares his emotional and intellectual talents with the world. He is a GoodGlobalCitizen.
Heartfelt thanks should be given to those who spend their days charitably working for the good of others, whether in this country or abroad, whether at home or across town. Selfless acts of charity and time are the hallmark of a GoodGlobalCitizen. Do what you can for your charity of choice. Do not call attention to yourself- act quietly, do the dirty work, be brave. Do call attention to the cause- post it to your website/social medium, ask your friends for help, be brave.
Remember now, in your heart, someone who gave charitably. Give thanks. Pass it on. All it takes is one step, and sometimes you have to be the first to stand up for what's right.
July 5, 2009
What does it take to be a good global citizen? First you must realize that it is but by grace of birth that you are who you are. This wisdom was shared with me when i was very young. You could be anyone anywhere at any time. But God chose your spirit to reside in your body and you have been called for a higher purpose. You are important! You have something valuable to share with this world - and the first step towards that is to open your eyes very wide and observe...open your ears and listen...open your heart and mind and learn. Only then can you participate in full citizenship.
Citizenship is more than a geographical identification. One must also contribute to his/her society based on his/her talents. Citizens are vested with rights and are members of the society. In any other organization in which you are a vested member, you would have to pay dues, provide leadership or service, or contribute to the organization in some manner. What is it that you are contributing to your country of allegiance?
For example, look at your talents. I cannot build a skyscraper, perform medicine, or create the doctrines and develop the sciences that make our world run. But I have a deep appreciation for those who do these things, and I recognize the talents I have that contribute to my society.
Fortunately there are a multitude of talented people in this world. Unfortunately we are divided by geographic and political boundaries. The plight of the immigrant is often necessary and difficult. Some relocate due to familial needs, some for work/health/labor opportunities, and some for oppression avoidance. Does immigration make our country richer or our social, political and economic situation difficult? Yes. There are many sides to the discussion. The bottom line is the human connection we have with each other in this society. Through the research of these arduous subjects we can reflect on our own family situations, political viewpoint and community involvement. Are you learning about this world with each current event you encounter in the news? I hope so.
So in this forum we will discuss various topics of worldly events, people, happenings and reasonings. I have much to learn, and I have many questions. Journey with me.