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“Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.” S.E.Hinton, The Outsiders
Unworthiness is the inmost frightening thought that you do not belong, no matter how much you want to belong, that you are an outsider and will always be an outsider. It is the idea that you are flawed and cannot be fixed. It is wanting to be loved and feeling unlovable, or wanting to love and feeling that you are not capable of loving. Gary Zukav
Life on the fringes…
Straddling two fragmented worlds
Outside … looking in
Cultures shape beliefs
Stagnant pools of wasted lives
Watched from the … inside
What lies do we tell?
What dreams do we let perish?
Clawing our way in…
Life on the outside
Excoriated by “THEM”
Blinded … WE. Are. THEM.
Insiders, look … out
All Outsiders, go … within.
We are all the same
Exploring the subject of insider/outsider is a complex one. In certain situations, we are either one, the other, or marginalized out of the conversation entirely. As I thought about it, I couldn’t help but remember S.E. Hinton’s quote above and the fact that the sun sets on us all…
“I think you only really feel like an outsider if you’ve been an insider.” Sade Adu
It is okay to be an outsider, a recent arrival, new on the scene – and not just okay, but something to be thankful for… Because being an insider can so easily mean collapsing the horizons, can so easily mean accepting the presumptions of your province. Tan Le
Life can be cruel…
Some born insiders, some … out
Some … arriviste!
They forget … WE are all flawed
Ravaged by the rage
What lies do we tell?
What dreams do we let perish?
Clawing our way out…
Weak, unworthy pests…
Vile, entitled, like the rest…
The sun sets on all
If you ever feel like an Outsider, remember that all is ephemeral and life deals us cards that we must learn to turn over and make better. Today, you might feel unworthy and next day feel on top of the world… Why? Find the equilibrium in life that gives you peace of mind and know that we are truly all in search of Self.
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“The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children … The date 20 November, marks the day on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989. It is also the day when the adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.UNO
What does Honoring All Children mean to you? Given the horrific acts of violence we have seen around the world, recently, it is apropos that we seize this opportunity to stand together to support this year’s theme for Universal Children’s Day which is to: Stop Violence Against Children. Established by the United Nations (UN) in 1954, the focus of this special, designated day is to remind us all to promote the welfare of children everywhere and encourage understanding between children around the world. We live in an increasingly divisive world with factions created on all sides and hate-spewing taking front and center over compassion and common sense. We cannot place all the burden on the shoulders of our leaders because the work MUST begin in our homes and in our hearts. Children often imitate adult behavior and they remember old slights and prejudicial treatment. They observe the way we live and either model it or abhor it. They have a natural tendency to speak the truth unless they have been silenced by adults who prefer to hide behind lies. We can learn from the innocent spirit of children and protect that spirit by feeding and fueling it with messages of goodwill and humane action or we can feed our children inherited poison and rage and miss an opportunity for authentic growth.
A Story: We Are Our Children’s Examples
“The boat is coming to take me home because I have failed in my studies here at the monastery,” said the boy to his teacher. “What can I say to my family?”
“Say that you did your best and that is as much as anyone can do,” answered the teacher.
“But I wanted to be a famous monk and teach others.”
“How?” asked the sad boy.
“Live from your heart. I will show you. Do you see that boat making its way across the lake with the sun setting behind it?”
“Do you see its wake spreading across the lake? See how the boat looks like the apex of a golden triangle as the wake fans out from its bow.”
“Squint,” said the teacher. “That boat is you as you leave the monastery. The lake is your life. The wake is the effect that you will have on the world. Each ripple triggers another ripple, which triggers another. By constantly striving to live as wise and loving of a life as you can, you can teach the path of love to everyone you meet simply by being yourself; a few of these people will pass on your good example to others. Thus the expanding golden wake of good works begets other good works. Most important, notice how each ripple catches the sun and bounces its light back to heaven…”
“Would you come home with me and explain all of this to my father?” asked the boy. Zen Stories via Read.Goodweb
“If we wish to create a lasting peace, we must begin with the children.” Mahatma Gandhi
Ask courageous questions. Do not be satisfied with superficial answers. Be open to wonder and at the same time subject all claims to knowledge, without exception, to critical scrutiny. Be aware of human fallibility. Cherish your species and your planet. Carl Sagan
Business as usual is not enough to make the vision of the Convention a reality for all children. The world needs new ideas and approaches, and the Convention must become a guiding document for every human being in every nation. We still need attention in the following areas: Child Rights, Health, Child Survival, Sanitation, Child Rights, Education, Children with disabilities, Vaccination, Clean Water, Migration, Freedom to Participate, Underweight Issues, Poverty, Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), Mother-to-child transmission of HIV, Maternal death, Corporal punishment in schools, Early childhood education, Sports and play, Child labor, Immunization, Birth registration, Overall health and health services. UNICEF
How Motivated are You to ensure that all children are protected and valued? What verbal/non-verbal messages are we passing on to our children? Are we teaching our children to find healthier alternatives to violence? What are we saying and doing behind closed doors to fuel the hatred and stem the effort at peaceful global co-existence? How are we contributing, in a concrete way, to global peace? Regardless of what we believe about people who are not like “Us,” we are all part of a global community that can only be peacefully sustained by collective effort and action to uphold PEACE. If we continue to participate in a divide and conquer approach to global relationships, we will leave a fragmented, chaotic world to our children and a tenuous future for us all. Like so many others globally, my heart bleeds from being a witness, albeit from a distance, to the acts of violence and disregard for human life that we continue to see around the world. Children are caught in the middle of it all and the human toll and the pain and suffering continues to escalate. Carl Sagan’s message speaks to our minds and hearts and is a timely reminder to treat all with compassion and consideration.
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for October and November are:
11/02 – LEGACY/REMEMBRANCE – All Souls/All Saints Day (11/1)
11/09 – HONORING VETERANS – Veteran’s Day (11/11) &
11/16 – HONORING ALL/OUR CHILDREN – Universal Children’s Day/World Children’s Day (11/20) & Great American Smokeout Day (11/19)
11/23 – GIVING THANKS – Thanksgiving Day! (11/26)
11/30 – REVISIT KINDNESS – World Kindness Day (11/13)
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“Where there is unity there is always victory.” Publilius Syrus
There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been! Percy Bysshe Shelley
The magnificent colors of Autumn/Fall Foliage never cease to amaze me. They are richly hued in golds, oranges, reds, browns and many earth-tone shades that dance before our eyes, inviting us to a last hurrah, before the cold, dank days of winter arrive. A recent walk on the The Old Croton Trail/Old Croton Aqueduct yielded a beautiful array of fallen leaves and colorful archways that made me pause. I took my time; walking and capturing all around me. The pictures you see are the results of that outing and I am grateful for the gifts of nature … and her victories. Let’s celebrate the victory that nature shares with us. Come back later for more photos.
“I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time.” Robert Browning
It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn. B. C. Forbes
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. George Eliot
Why is this a victory of nature? When we stop to think about the changing seasons, we come to realize that it is a death of sorts. The blooms and greenery of summer wither away and are replaced by dying, falling leaves and a hibernation that beckons colder temperatures. In a last bid and show of force and beauty, our fall foliage shower us with golden colors and deep earth tones to remind us that nature’s sleep in the deep of winter will be temporary, and spring will augur the return of colors again. In that last act of golds, reds and other colors in-between is a victory of nature … at least, from this side of the fence.
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