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29/11/2008

Welcome to Mirth and Motivation! This is a Lifestyle/Motivational blog offering an eclectic mix of mirthful and motivational pieces: Life Tips / Advice, Affirmations/Wellness, Women’s Lives, Food, Travel, Interviews, Inspirational posts, Reviews, Peace, AND Social Media ruminations on people, places, and events that shape our lives. I invite you to stay awhile, read some posts, and share your thoughts with this growing online blog community.

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Motivation Mondays: HUMAN RIGHTS

10/12/2018

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. … Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Motivation Mondays: HUMAN RIGHTS

Motivation Mondays: HUMAN RIGHTS

Motivation Mondays: HUMAN RIGHTS

Motivation Mondays: HUMAN RIGHTS MATTER

When you deprive people of their right to live in dignity, to hope for a better future, to have control over their lives, when you deprive them of that choice, then you expect them to fight for these rights. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan
Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. Hillary Clinton
Our hopes for a more just, safe, and peaceful world can only be achieved when there is universal respect for the inherent dignity and equal rights of all members of the human family. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
There can be no peace without development, no development without peace, and no lasting peace or sustainable development without respect for human rights and the rule of law. Former UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

Today is Human Rights Day and, the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Join in the celebrations by using the hashtag: #StandUp4HumanRights If you care about your freedoms and the basic necessities that make your life comfortable, today is a day to reflect on why we must ensure that those rights are protected and extended to others. Ironically, it is the day our happiness engineers decided to change the template on our blog. So, here I am, trying to create a post for my blog on a completely newly formatted template that makes very sense to me.  Fortunately for me, I live in a country where I can reach out and get some help without fear of censure. Others are not so fortunate. People often forget that because they might live in a country where freedom of choice is the norm, the same does not apply universally. Please keep that in mind before leaving a comment. The UDHR wouldn’t have been a topic of conversation among member nations if those rights were a given. They are NOT. You might have basic rights and choices but many around the globe don’t.

If human rights begin with our right to make choices for ourselves, they must begin with the fundamental decision to make even the smallest, seemingly innocuous choices. If we only view rights through the lens of big, political decisions, then we have missed the point entirely. The erosion of human rights begins with small dismissals and denials that might seem irrelevant to those who impose them yet, they mean the world to those who feel oppressed by them. If we consider that the UDHR has 30 items on its list of rights, it should be an indicator that there are many areas that we need to consider. See the list of UDHR 30 rights below*** It is for this reason that we must remain vigilant about protecting them. When we take our freedoms for granted, we open the door for others to take them away from us.  Human rights matter … protect YOUR rights.  When you think of human rights, what comes to mind?
READ: Motivation Mondays: HUMAN RIGHTS

The List of UDHR 30 Rights
Article 1 Right to Equality
Article 2 Freedom from Discrimination
Article 3 Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security
Article 4 Freedom from Slavery
Article 5 Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment
Article 6 Right to Recognition as a Person before the Law
Article 7 Right to Equality before the Law
Article 8 Right to Remedy by Competent Tribunal
Article 9 Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Exile
Article 10 Right to Fair Public Hearing
Article 11 Right to be Considered Innocent until Proven Guilty
Article 12 Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home and Correspondence
Article 13 Right to Free Movement in and out of the Country
Article 14 Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution
Article 15 Right to a Nationality and the Freedom to Change It
Article 16 Right to Marriage and Family
Article 17 Right to Own Property
Article 18 Freedom of Belief and Religion
Article 19 Freedom of Opinion and Information
Article 20 Right of Peaceful Assembly and Association
Article 21 Right to Participate in Government and in Free Elections
Article 22 Right to Social Security
Article 23 Right to Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions
Article 24 Right to Rest and Leisure
Article 25 Right to Adequate Living Standard
Article 26 Right to Education
Article 27 Right to Participate in the Cultural Life of Community
Article 28 Right to a Social Order that Articulates this Document
Article 29 Community Duties Essential to Free and Full Development
Article 30 Freedom from State or Personal Interference in the above Rights via UMN.edu

 

“It cannot be right in a world of increasing human progress – whether in medicine, space exploration or renewable energy – that so many people are denied the most basic human rights.” Paul Polman

Motivation Mondays: HUMAN RIGHTS

Motivation Mondays: HUMAN RIGHTS MATTER

What Are Human Rights? Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination. UNO
We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights or keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory. Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

What is the brief history of Human Rights? From a historical perspective, some say that the earliest documented record on human rights were created by Cyrus the Great in 539 B.C. The Emperor Ashoka had his famous edicts that prevented some of the atrocities of that period. Other wise leaders created laws and tenets that protected humans from savagery and the term – human rights – is believed to have come into use around 1742. It was mentioned in writings by Thomas Paine, Hegel and Garrison. In the aftermath of the World Wars, The League of Nations, which was created in 1919, gathered at the Yalta Conference in 1945 and created the United Nations Organization. In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The impetus behind the adoption was to address the atrocities of the WW years and to create guidelines to prevent them from happening again. According to the UN, UDHR today signifies the following

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.
  • Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day.
  • Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values.
  • Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace.
  • Whenever and wherever humanity’s values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk.
  • We need to stand up for our rights and those of others.

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for NOV 2018/DEC 2018 are:

NOV

1/01   –  01 All Saint’s Day, 02 All Soul’s Day,
11/04   –  04 Daylight Saving Time  ends USA, 06 Election Day, 07 Diwali
11/11  –  11 Veterans Day, 13 World Kindness Day, 14 World Diabetes Day, 16 International Day for Tolerance
11/18   –  19 International Men’s Day, 20 Universal Children’s Day, 21 World Hello & TV Day, 22 Thanksgiving Day
11/25 –    26 Cyber Monday, 27 Giving Tuesday,  30 St Andrew

DEC

12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27St John
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve

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Motivation Mondays: Enjoyment of Life

03/12/2018

“True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.” Joseph Addison

Motivation Mondays: Enjoyment of Life

Motivation Mondays: Enjoyment of Life

Enjoyment is an incredible energizer to the human spirit. John C. Maxwell
Without the element of enjoyment, it is not worth trying to excel at anything. Magnus Carlsen
It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. Carl Friedrich Gauss

Enjoyment of Life: What does Enjoyment of Life mean to you? HAPPY HOLIDAYS! HAPPY HANUKKAH! MERRY CHRISTMAS/KWANZAA! The holiday season is in full swing and, as stores extend their cyber sales into a prolonged invitation to shop till we drop, we are feeding the frenzy with new toys. Are you enjoying the process? Are you enjoying your life? When my Pastor asked that question recently, it stopped us in our tracks. We had just watched a snippet of ELF; the popular 2003 fantasy comedy film in which Buddy (Will Ferrell), a super happy Santa elf, returns home to reconnect with his dad. Buddy’s sense of wonder and childlike innocence touches us all because he reminds us that a fundamental goal of life should be to enjoy it while we are here on earth. When was the last time you had the pure pleasure of doing something fun and free for yourself? When was the last time you had a good old deep in the belly laugh out loud moment? When did you last put on some music and shake your booty? or Enjoy a guilt free decadent dessert?

What does Enjoyment of Life mean to me? For the last 5-6 years, I battled an autoimmune condition that left me ravaged and feeling down and  out. At the start of 2018, I decided it was time to snatch my life back and make a commitment to enjoy my life. You see, I had spent the last several years waiting to feel perfectly healthy and perfectly ready to get back into the things I enjoyed but, life is not about perfection. Life is about being present and enjoying the here and NOW. So, I joined Orange Theory gym and kicked the extra weight to the curb. I made a commitment to be more grateful for my work and to get out more. I started going to concerts because I’ve always had a love for dance and music and it opened a world of joy inside of me.  Once I tapped into that joy, more of my interests resurfaced and life took on a much more joyful resonance. Did challenges appear? Of course, but my enjoyment quotient was up so my attitude was much better too.

As the year wraps, I can see the good that has come from my effort, and I know there is room for more improvements. We are all a work in progress but, we have to move our feet to get from point A to point B.  We are here on this planet to accomplish goals and dreams, to serve humanity, and to have a good time too. When we create joyful outlets in our lives, we are more inclined to want it for others and our enjoyment of life keeps us healthy and in good spirits. What joyful pleasure have you given yourself today? this year? planned for this month? We are in the final throes of 2018, and if you look back, are there pockets of enjoyment you created and savored for yourself? Loving ourselves means we practice self-care and perform actions that enrich our lives on all levels. What have you done differently in 2018?

 

Enjoyment Of Life – by RoseAnn V. Shawiak
Dancing around in timeless space, waltzing and
embracing, feeling the closeness of another
human being.

Coming alive, entering new mind-altering dimensions,
feeling alive and vibrant for periods of tantalizing
enjoyment.

Stepping and swinging in time to music, swaying with
it’s rhythm, feeling it’s peace fill inner restraints,
loosening them and releasing good humor and feelings
throughout individual beings.

All jostled and winded – full of brand new oxygen
getting to brain fibers and neurons, bringing life to
the forefront to be enjoyed by everyone today.

Life is wonderful, peaceful and being lived to the
utmost for certain periods of time.

All the while, implanting sensuous sensations to make
each person feel so good.

 

“Our human face happens to be one of the most powerful channels that we all use to communicate social and emotional states: everything from enjoyment, surprise, empathy, and curiosity.” Rana el Kaliouby

Motivation Mondays: Enjoyment of Life

Motivation Mondays: Enjoyment of Life

Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment. Novalis
I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death! Anne Frank
The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal. Aleister Crowley

What does Enjoyment of Life Quotient look like to you? What does it look like to others? While I was working on this post, I had several titles in mind. I wanted to help us remember the importance of recreational activities but recreation as a title sounded so clinical. I looked at synonyms for the word and these popped up:recreation. amusement, diversion, entertainment. hobby, hobbyhorse, pastime. delight, enjoyment, pleasance, pleasure… As I considered the list of words, ENJOYMENT jumped at me. It was the perfect term I had in mind for all the things we could do to add delight and pleasure to our lives. It is so easy to get caught up in the 24/7 grind of daily demands and forget that life is also about living, enjoying, entertaining and smelling the occasional fragrant flower that wafts past our busy noses. Why do some of us postpone a moment of shared enjoyment with loved ones?

What are you waiting for? When will the time/place be perfect for you to stop, decompress, and just chill out with loved ones or chill out with yourself? It’s never too late to have a good time or enjoy some happy upbeat time with friends and family. We just have to be committed to making time for our own enjoyment of life. If we don’t, we will be contributing to our own demise in so many ways. Laughter, music, dance, exercise, great food and the company of people we love, all contribute to our quality of life. If we don’t take the time to nurture ourselves and our relationships, eventually, it would take a toll on our sense of well-being. Enjoying life helps us stay motivated to accomplish our goals because we know we can do more with our skills, and we can celebrate our achievements with loved ones. Don’t put off those gatherings or outings. Seize the moment and get those dancing feet moving again. Smile more. Help others feel better. Help your community, online or offline, achieve their goals.

 

The Power of a Smile by Tupac Shakur
The power of a gun can kill
and the power of fire can burn
the power of wind can chill
and the power of a mind can learn
the power of anger can rage
inside until it tears u apart
but the power of a smile
especially yours can heal a frozen heart

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for OCT 2018/NOV 2018 are:

NOV

1/01   –  01 All Saint’s Day, 02 All Soul’s Day,
11/04   –  04 Daylight Saving Time  ends USA, 06 Election Day, 07 Diwali
11/11  –  11 Veterans Day, 13 World Kindness Day, 14 World Diabetes Day, 16 International Day for Tolerance
11/18   –  19 International Men’s Day, 20 Universal Children’s Day, 21 World Hello & TV Day, 22 Thanksgiving Day
11/25 –    26 Cyber Monday, 27 Giving Tuesday,  30 St Andrew

DEC

12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27St John
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve

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Motivation Mondays: GIVING

26/11/2018

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”Maya Angelou

Motivation Mondays: #GIVINGTUESDAY

Motivation Mondays: #GIVINGTUESDAY

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. Khalil Gibran
Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. Booker T. Washington
I believe that we all have a responsibility to give back. No one becomes successful without lots of hard work, support from others, and a little luck. Giving back creates a virtuous cycle that makes everyone more successful. Ron Conway
Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart. Sarah Ban Breathnach

We are in the Giving Season! Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday/#GT and, as the month of December rolls in, we will have ample opportunity to give gifts and celebrate all the great things we accomplished this year. In case you don’t know, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving our time, money, and skill-set to better the lives of others. It is also a time of reflection; we can hit that pause button and review our goals, failures and successes of the ending year and give thanks for what is. How do we give back? According to the #GT site, as individuals, we can give our voice, our stories, our time, our extras, our communities, pro bono, our paycheck, our #UNSelfie, and our bequeathed money. As organizations, we can join the movement in many ways, both massive and small, by downloading the toolkit and using other recommended resources. Our effort will surely spark a light in others to join forces with us. Instead of spending more money on gadgets and toys we don’t need, a simple act of generosity could make a world of difference to a family in need. Why don’t we set aside a portion of our extravaganzas this year and help our fellow men and women? There are so many ways we can be of service to each other and the short list above from the #GT site is a great way to start giving back. What are you planning to do to help you give back?
READ: Khalil Gibran: On Giving And Taking…
Motivation Mondays: GIVING SEASON #mondaymotivation

Giving & Receiving: The Story of The Thanksgiving Turkey by Unknown
Once upon a time in the long, long ago, the Eagle and the Turkey were very good friends. Everywhere they went, these friends went together.  It was not uncommon for people to look up and see the Eagle and the Turkey flying side by side through the air
One day while flying, the Turkey said to the Eagle:  “Let’s drop down and get a bite to eat.  My stomach is growling.”  “Sounds like a good idea to me,” replied the Eagle.  So the two birds glided down to earth, saw several animals eating, and decided to join them.  They landed next to the Cow.  The Cow was busy eating corn, but noticed that the Eagle and the Turkey were soon sitting on the ground next to her.  “Welcome,” said the Cow.  “Help yourself to the corn.”
This took the two birds by surprise.  They were not accustomed to having other animals share their food quite so readily.  “Why are you willing to share your corn with us?” asked the Eagle.  “Oh, we have plenty to eat here.  Mr. Farmer gives us all we want,” replied the Cow.  With that invitation, the Eagle and The Turkey jumped in and ate their fill.  When they finished, the Turkey  asked more about Mr. Farmer.  “Well,” said the Cow, “he grows all our food.  We don’t have to work for the food at all.”
“You mean,” said the Turkey, “that Mr. Farmer simply gives you all you want to eat?”  “That’s right,” said the Cow.  “Not only that, but he gives us a place to live.”  The Turkey and the Eagle were shocked!  They had never heard of such a thing.  They had always had to search for food and work for shelter. Continued below…

 

 

“Giving is the master key to success, in all applications of human life.” Bryant McGill

Motivation Mondays: GIVING

Motivation Mondays: GIVING

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus
Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable. Joe Biden
Joy multiplies when it is shared among friends, but grief diminishes with every division. That is life. R.A. Salvatore
People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically… No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in. Rosa Parks

In case you are wondering, a family member forwarded the Turkey story on Thanksgiving Day. Initially, it was hysterically funny but, over time, the story embedded itself in my brain and has made me rethink the concept of giving and receiving. Read the full story and tell me what lesson is learned from it. Is it a warning to the lazy or greedy? A reminder to exercise moderation in all things? What have you learned in a lifetime of giving and receiving? One thing I know for sure is that our cups are never emptied from helping others or giving back to our communities. The more we give from an intrinsic motivation, the more we understand the true meaning of sharing, and the less attached we become to our extrinsic motivation for giving. If we can learn to give as well as receive, we will learn to appreciate the great synergy that it creates. We can give and receive without losing sight of what matters. Let’s use this holiday season to appreciate the art of giving/receiving a bit more. I promise you won’t end up like the turkey in the story. What about the wisdom of Khalil’s message about Giving? What are you planning to do to help you give back?
READ: Motivation Mondays: GIVING BACK
Motivation Mondays: WINNING

Giving & Receiving: The Story of The Thanksgiving Turkey by Unknown
When it came time to leave, the Turkey and the Eagle began to discuss the situation.  “Maybe we should just stay here,” said the Turkey.  “We can have all the food we want without working.  And that barn over there sure beats those nests we have been building.  Besides, I’m getting tired of always having to work for a living.”
“I don’t know about all this,” said the Eagle.  “It sounds too good to be true.  I find it hard to believe that one can get something for nothing.  Besides, I kinda like flying high and free through the air.  And providing for food and shelter isn’t so bad.  In fact, I find it quite challenging.”
Well, the Turkey thought it over and decided to stay where there was free food and shelter.  But the Eagle decided that he loved his freedom too much to give it up, and enjoyed the consistent challenge of making his own living.  So, after saying good-bye to his old friend the Turkey, the Eagle set sail for the unknown adventure. Continued below

 

Giving Chapter V by Khalil Gibran
Then said a rich man, “Speak to us of Giving.”
And he answered:
You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?
And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the over-prudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city?
And what is fear of need but need itself?
Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, thirst that is unquenchable?
There are those who give little of the much which they have – and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.

And there are those who have little and give it all.
These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty.
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism.
And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue;
They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.
Though the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth.
It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding;
And to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving
And is there aught you would withhold? Contd below

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for OCT 2018/NOV 2018 are:

OCT

10/01   –  01 Nigeria Independence Day, International Coffee Day
10/07   –  08 Columbus Day
10/14  –  16 World Food Day
10/21   –  21 World Mission Day, 24 UNO Day
10/28 –    28 National Chocolate Day, 31 Halloween

NOV

11/01   –  01 All Saint’s Day, 02 All Soul’s Day,
11/04   –  04 Daylight Saving Time  ends USA, 06 Election Day, 07 Diwali
11/11  –  11 Veterans Day, 13 World Kindness Day, 14 World Diabetes Day, 16 International Day for Tolerance
11/18   –  19 International Men’s Day, 20 Universal Children’s Day, 21 World Hello & TV Day, 22 Thanksgiving Day
11/25 –    26 Cyber Monday, 27 Giving Tuesday,  30 St Andrew

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