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Hello world!

29/11/2008

“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl

Hello world: Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

Hello world: Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

 

Respite Reminder: I'm Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in occasionally. Back in August!

Respite Reminder: I’m Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in Occasionally. Back in August!

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.

I started this blog 10+ years ago, as a way to help agents/staff at the company I worked for stay motivated. After the market crashed and downsized, I decided to keep it going. The main goal was to encourage myself and others to keep moving forward. It has been a long and rewarding journey.

Over the years, I have learned a lot about blogging, its many positives, and pitfalls, and how important it is to stay focused on our own Why or raison d’être.  We can choose to focus on one of the fundamental rules of blogging which is to make connections with others by adding value through our message/content, comments, and social interactions. We can also choose to turn our attention elsewhere. It is entirely up to us. One thing I know for sure is that if your heart is invested in what you blog about, you will stay the course. Remember to stay true to who you are and why you blog. It can’t just be about monetization. Add value. Help others. Stay encouraged.

Another thing I know for sure is that we all want to be heard, appreciated and respected; I know that empowering messages are far more appealing than incendiary angling for blog attention. If your blogosphere surfing brings you here, relax, kick back, and share a positive tidbit on your worldview.

 How do we stay mirthful and motivated?
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Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal – #MLKDAY

13/01/2020

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Martin Luther King, Jr

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal - #MLKDAY

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal – #MLKDAY

 

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal - #MLKDAY

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal – #MLKDAY

 


Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. | The View


MLK Talks ‘New Phase’ Of Civil Rights Struggle, 11 Months Before His Assassination | NBC News

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Martin Luther King, Jr

Silence is Betrayal:– As we approach both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday on the 15th and the 25th anniversary of the Federal government designated holiday – MLK Day on the 20th, I’ve decided to revisit some of his words of wisdom on the subject of SILENCE because they are applicable to all areas of our lives. Even though Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spent less than 13 years, from December 1955 to April 4, 1968, as a key leader of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, he left behind an impressive, inspired body of work that remains a timeless legacy of his passion for peace, unity, and equality. His vision, his philosophy, and his quotes are infused with the same degree of passion and advice he had for us as a community of people who share a common inextricable destiny as humans on this planet. If we consider his message on the dangers of silence, we soon realize that being silent about evil or injustice will inevitably have an impact on our lives. To turn a blind eye in the face of evil and pretend it is not happening or to wish it away is not going to change the situation.

How are we using silence to negate ourselves and others? As a matter of fact, the more we ignore an issue, the more we resist a condition, the more it persists and festers. When we refuse to be silenced by our oppressors in the workplace, at home, our schools and elsewhere, we are taking a stand to end the abuse against us and also against others. Every time we stand up and speak out against acts of violence, discrimination, and the negation of our existence, we are also speaking for the voiceless and facilitating change.  When we see something and say nothing, we might give an excuse that it is none of our business but, the actions we ignore can someday lead to more pain and suffering for people close to us or, frankly, for us. To be proactive about ending violence, workplace harassment, and other forms of abuse/discrimination, we must all become engineers of change. Each of us must answer the following questions and search our conscience on why we choose to sit back and turn away from the suffering and denial of basic rights and aid for others: What are you doing for others? How is the tyranny of silence affecting our relationships and other areas of our lives? Read the quotes, poems and watch the videos and reflect on them.

To Be or Not to Be SILENT: Please do NOT confuse the silence discussed here with the silence we observe when we are being contemplative or reflective about issues that need to be carefully weighed. Let’s not confuse the silence explored here with the silence I wrote about in another blog post on SILENCE or Haiku on the POWER of SILENCE. This post is completely different from those posts because this is written in the context of Dr. King’s legacy, the Civil Rights Movement, and his efforts against racial discrimination, poverty, and inequality. We can choose to be silent whenever we want. The points being raised here have to do with oppression, discrimination, and abuse. There is NEVER a good excuse for remaining silent in the face of oppression, discrimination, and hate. Come Back For More!

READ:- Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDAY 2019
Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay 2018
Motivation Mondays: Why Does #MLKDAY Matter? 2017
Martin Luther King, Jr. at Columbia | Columbia Magazine

 

Breaking The Silence by Lovina Sylvia Chidi

Shush! Silence
I’m breaking the silence
As I finish this sentence

Six months ago
My heart said yes
My head said no, go slow

In my silence I hid the truth, expressing fear
In my silence I hid my feelings, registering no care
In my silence I hid my thoughts, refusing to share
Any of my ideas

Prosperous is the silence
Abundance of it can turn life
Into a nasty experience

Shush! Silence
I’m breaking the silence
As I finish this sentence

Ceaselessly I’ve combated with my conscience
Endlessly in silence, I exposed my defense
Allowing all to penetrate my territory without a valid license
I should have said no with my voice
I should have asked why by making some noise

In silence, I created an air of suspense
And they capitalized on it in my absence
In silence, all my thoughts mingled
Some of which should have been singled

Shush! Silence
I’m breaking the silence
As I finish this sentence
Silence I demand
Give back to me my independence

 

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King, Jr

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal - #MLKDAY

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal – #MLKDAY

 

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal - #MLKDAY

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal – #MLKDAY

 


Martin Luther King – I Have A Dream Speech – August 28, 1963


Martin Luther King The Three Evils of Society

It’s not the violence of the few that scares me, it’s the silence of the many
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.
Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think. Martin Luther King, Jr

 

How is the tyranny of silence affecting our relationships and other areas of our lives?  When we stay silent about tyrants and their behavior, we become part of the problem, not the solution.  When I was a little girl, we lived next door to a family that was very abusive towards their daughter.  She was much older than us and they were always yelling at her, beating her up and calling her names because she was a weak student. They kept her locked in the house and, every time my friends and I would sneak up to her home and look through the window, we’d see her sitting at the dining table, looking miserable with books opened before her. There was a time we caught her crying desperately, we all felt so sad for her. It made no sense to me that any parent would think it was the right way to encourage learning. It wasn’t. It was vicious and psychologically damaging to that teen girl.

After much debate and discussion with my friends, we agreed that I should, at least, tell my mother about what was going on next door. My mom was outraged and confronted the parents right away. Thankfully, they didn’t deny what they were doing but, instead, they decided to move away. Before they moved, they had several conversations with my parents and made an effort to change their tactics. At different points in my life, that memory surfaces and reminds me that even children recognize wrongdoing and that staying silent is not always the best option. I wonder what became of that young girl, and I hope that my simple act of letting my Mom know might have saved her life. By the same token, Dr. King did not ignore the oppression around him because he believed that change must begin by taking action and using our voices to condemn discriminatory practices. He spoke up.

When we see abusive behavior and stay silent, we become co-conspirators of the abuser. Some people say they don’t want to get caught in other people’s drama and that is why they stay silent. What I am advocating is to, at least, make an effort to report the situation, share it with other like-minded folks, and reach out to the abused to support them to take more action. Every step we take in the right direction is a step towards freedom and the end of abuse for someone. The MeToo movement came about as a result of women finally taking a stand to stop sexual harassment in the workplace. As women stepped forward to share their testimony of abuse, they emboldened other women to gain the confidence they needed to step forward and do the same; by breaking the code of silence, they broke the chains of abuse.

When we stand for something, we put a stop to the tyranny of silence that clouds our decisions. While we might not always be successful at encouraging people to change, our effort is never wasted. Sometimes, a message we share reaches those who need it indirectly. The first and biggest step is to step forward and name evil. Call out the injustice and stand by your decision. If you don’t do it, who will? We have a shared responsibility to protect our planet and our lives on it. Each of us has a role to play. You don’t need a platform or a podium, you need your inner conviction to stand up and speak up. What can we do to help those around us who are struggling to end family violence, feed their families and protect loved ones against prejudice?  We can speak out about our own struggles and those of our loved ones and support them with compassion and care.  We can file reports or reach out to relevant agencies like the NDVO, SNAP, and EEOC to get them much needed assistance.  We can all study more and become advocates for change by learning about social justice. Dr. King’s philosophical leanings were steeped in battling for social justice; he spoke out against the Triple Evils of Poverty, Racism, and Militarism and how these evils impact the Black community. He understood clearly that what we do to others will affect our own, and wishing better for others will ultimately benefit our own.  Our approach or tone might be different but the goal would be the same. Don’t be silent.

 

READ:- Motivation Mondays: I Have A Dream – #MLKDay 2016
Motivation Mondays: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Most Inspired Quotes 2015
Weekly Photo Challenge: What Does Humanity Mean? 2014

 

Silence by Edgar Lee Masters
I have known the silence of the stars and of the sea,
And the silence of the city when it pauses,
And the silence of a man and a maid,
And the silence of the sick
When their eyes roam about the room.
And I ask: For the depths,
Of what use is language?
A beast of the field moans a few times
When death takes its young.
And we are voiceless in the presence of realities —
We cannot speak.

A curious boy asks an old soldier
Sitting in front of the grocery store,
“How did you lose your leg?”
And the old soldier is struck with silence,
Or his mind flies away
Because he cannot concentrate it on Gettysburg.
It comes back jocosely
And he says, “A bear bit it off.”
And the boy wonders, while the old soldier
Dumbly, feebly lives over
The flashes of guns, the thunder of cannon,
The shrieks of the slain,
And himself lying on the ground,
And the hospital surgeons, the knives,
And the long days in bed.
But if he could describe it all
He would be an artist.
But if he were an artist there would be deeper wounds
Which he could not describe.

There is the silence of a great hatred,
And the silence of a great love,
And the silence of an embittered friendship.
There is the silence of a spiritual crisis,
Through which your soul, exquisitely tortured,
Comes with visions not to be uttered
Into a realm of higher life.
There is the silence of defeat.
There is the silence of those unjustly punished;
And the silence of the dying whose hand
Suddenly grips yours.
There is the silence between father and son,
When the father cannot explain his life,
Even though he be misunderstood for it.

There is the silence that comes between husband and wife.
There is the silence of those who have failed;
And the vast silence that covers
Broken nations and vanquished leaders.
There is the silence of Lincoln,
Thinking of the poverty of his youth.
And the silence of Napoleon
After Waterloo.
And the silence of Jeanne d’Arc
Saying amid the flames, “Blessed Jesus” —
Revealing in two words all sorrows, all hope.
And there is the silence of age,
Too full of wisdom for the tongue to utter it
In words intelligible to those who have not lived
The great range of life.

And there is the silence of the dead.
If we who are in life cannot speak
Of profound experiences,
Why do you marvel that the dead
Do not tell you of death?
Their silence shall be interpreted
As we approach them.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2019 – JAN 2020 are:

DEC

12/01 – 01 World AIDS Day, 03 Giving Tuesday, World Day of Persons with Disabilities, 05 International Volunteer Day, 07 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
12/08 – 09 International Day Commemoration Victims of Genocide, 10 Universal Human Rights Month/Human Rights Day, 12 Universal Health Coverage Day
12/15 – 15 Bill of Rights Day, 18 International Migrants Day, 20 International Human Solidarity Day, 21 Winter Solstice
12/22 – 22 First Day of Hanukkah, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Boxing Day, First Day of Kwanzaa
12/29 – 30 Last Day of Hanukkah, 31 New Year’s Eve

JAN

01/01 – 01 HAPPY NEW YEAR!,
01/05 – 05 Golden Globes Awards, 06 Epiphany,  11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/12 – 12 Critics Choice Awards, 14 Orthodox New Year, 16 Religious Freedom Day, 18 PGA Awards, Winnie the Pooh Day
01/19 – 20
01/29 – 30 TBD

 

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Motivation 2020: HAPPY NEW YEAR

01/01/2020

Happy New Year: “What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” Vern McLellan

Motivation Every Day: HAPPY NEW YEAR

Motivation Every Day: HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

Motivation Every Day: HAPPY NEW YEAR

Motivation Every Day: HAPPY NEW YEAR

It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life, for me, and I’m feeling good. Nina Simone
Celebrate what you want to see more of. Tom Peters
Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier. Alfred Lord Tennyson
We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring. Will be to arrive where we started. And know the place for the first time T.S. Eliot

Happy New Year/Happy New Decade Everyone! What a blessing to see another new year with all our hopes, goals and promises dancing before us. How did you spend the last day of 2019? How are you planning to start this wonderful new decade? I like the sound of it – 2020. It reminds me of having 20/20 vision… and is a double the blessings sounding year with great things ahead for us. Naturally, we all wish peace, joy, good health and more to our global family as events that affect one nation has reverberations that impact others. We imagine and hope for the great day of celebration that will welcome the end to the chaos, conflict, and climate change around the world. What would motivate us to make changes? For starters, we have to be fully committed to change and it begins with having an honest conversation with ourselves about the roadblocks we have planted on our path and how we can move them. You might ask: How do I/you/we start? Start with one simple step in the right direction and build on it incrementally. You will see improvements that will help spur you on. Instead of creating a mad list of impossible goals that would sooner or later make you so anxious that you trip over them, begin with a SMART goal to help you get even one thing done each day and then build on that one thing. As you progress, you can add new challenges to your goals and watch yourself grow.
Specific –  You keep it simple and clear
Measurable – You have an outcome
Achievable – You can make it happen with effort/skill
Relevant – You are working with purpose
Time-focused – You create a deadline

Can we Start Afresh Today/ Any day? YES! One thing I know for sure is that the new year brings us opportunities to turn the page and start afresh. The old year is done, our lessons were learned, and our losses were real. However, we can start afresh and create new worlds, new dreams, new plans and add our voice to the creative universe out there. Of course, it all begins within…. so listen to the messages you give yourself.  Watch your thoughts and treat your mind with love, compassion, and positive messages. Don’t castigate yourself for mistakes, learn from them and move on. If you fall or fail, get up and start again. Remember to focus on developing discipline, compassion, and self-care on a daily basis. We can only be our best when we give ourselves the best care.

READ: Motivation Mondays: Happy New Year
20 TIPS: How To Stay Motivated & Mirthful
The Journey Of Life: 100 Lessons From Around The World – A Review
Welcome 2012: Tips For An Abundant & Healthy Year!

Morning Poem By Mary Oliver
Every morning
the world is created.
Under the orange sticks of the sun
the heaped ashes of the night
turn into leaves again
and fasten themselves
to the high branches-

If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails
for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.

And if your spirit carries within it
the thorn that is heavier than lead-
if it is all you can do to keep on trudging —

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted.

Each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
lavishly,
every morning,
whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

 

In Memoriam, [Ring out, wild bells] By Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

 

“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

Motivation Every Day: HAPPY NEW YEAR

Motivation Every Day: HAPPY NEW YEAR

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King
Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the new year. John R. Dallas
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. Melody Beattie
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. Oprah Winfrey

One of my favorite motivational bloggers is Leo Babauta of Zen Habits. He has been an inspiration for years and, in one of his posts –Top 20 Motivation Tips -, he offered a list of the top 20 tips we all need to get us motivated. Even if you are only able to add a handful of these motivational and life-affirming tips to your life and schedule, they will bear fruit. Here are the twenty tips in a quick read fashion: 1. Chart Your Progress. 2. Hold Yourself Back. 3. Join an online (or off-line) group to help keep you focused and motivated. 4. Post a picture of your goal someplace visible. 5. Get a workout partner or goal buddy. 6. Just get started. 7. Make it a pleasure. 8. Give it time, be patient. 9. Break it into smaller, mini-goals. 10. Reward yourself. Often. 11. Find inspiration, on a daily basis. 12. Get a coach or take a class. 13. Have powerful reasons. Write them down. 14. Become aware of your urges to quit, and be prepared for them. 15. Make it a rule never to skip two days in a row. 16. Visualize your goal clearly, on a daily basis, for at least 5-10 minutes. 17. Keep a daily journal of your goal. 18. Create a friendly, mutually-supportive competition. 19. Make a big public commitment. Be fully committed. 20. Always think positive. I invite you to visit his blog and enjoy his writings. It will inspire and help you keep up your own practices and goals. Go do it!  Are you ready to take charge of your life and leap ahead with faith in your ability to get things done? Begin by saying YES to your plan for change, be fully COMMITTED, and then ACT on it with some or all of the tips above.

Every year, instead of creating a laundry list of New Year’s resolutions, I share twelve gifts of purpose-filled words with my readers. Words have tremendous power and can be used as monthly affirmations of gratitude to help you along. Of course, you can add your own to this list.  I encourage you to practice choosing one as a point of focus every month. Choose one in any order you wish, and then contemplate how it has helped shape your decisions. Write your observations down and, with time, the gifts will reveal their secrets to you.  Feel free to substitute your own words too. Enjoy them and May your New Year be abundantly enriched and blessed with goodwill and so much more in 2020! Here are my twelve 2020 Happy New Year gifts/blessings/wishes for each of you/us:

♥ Health
♥ Happiness
♥ Hope
♥ Abundance
♥ Grace
♥ Peace & Love
♥ Wisdom
♥ Friendship
♥ Goodwill
♥ Success
♥ Adventure
♥ Divine Protection

READ: Top 20 Motivation Tips
5 Essential Tips for a Phenomenal 2010
Welcome 2013: Tips For A Happy Healthy Year!
Motivation Mondays: Keep It Simple
Motivation Mondays: A NEW START #2017SurvivalTips

New Year’s Morning by Helen Hunt Jackson
Only a night from old to new!
Only a night, and so much wrought!
The Old Year’s heart all weary grew,
But said: “The New Year rest has brought.”
The Old Year’s hopes its heart laid down,
As in a grave; but, trusting, said:
“The blossoms of the New Year’s crown
Bloom from the ashes of the dead.”
The Old Year’s heart was full of greed;
With selfishness it longed and ached,
And cried: “I have not half I need.
My thirst is bitter and unslaked.
But to the New Year’s generous hand
All gifts in plenty shall return;
True love it shall understand;
By all my failures it shall learn.
I have been reckless; it shall be
Quiet and calm and pure of life.
I was a slave; it shall go free,
And find sweet peace where I leave strife.”
Only a night from old to new!
Never a night such changes brought.
The Old Year had its work to do;
No New Year miracles are wrought.

Always a night from old to new!
Night and the healing balm of sleep!
Each morn is New Year’s morn come true,
Morn of a festival to keep.
All nights are sacred nights to make
Confession and resolve and prayer;
All days are sacred days to wake
New gladness in the sunny air.
Only a night from old to new;
Only a sleep from night to morn.
The new is but the old come true;
Each sunrise sees a new year born.

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2019 – JAN 2020 are:

DEC

12/01 – 01 World AIDS Day, 03 Giving Tuesday, World Day of Persons with Disabilities, 05 International Volunteer Day, 07 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
12/08 – 09 International Day Commemoration Victims of Genocide, 10 Universal Human Rights Month/Human Rights Day, 12 Universal Health Coverage Day
12/15 – 15 Bill of Rights Day, 18 International Migrants Day, 20 International Human Solidarity Day, 21 Winter Solstice
12/22 – 22 First Day of Hanukkah, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Boxing Day, First Day of Kwanzaa
12/29 – 30 Last Day of Hanukkah, 31 New Year’s Eve

JAN

01/01 – 01 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
01/08 – 09 TBD
01/15 – 15 TBD
01/22 – 22 TBD
01/29 – 30 TBD

 

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Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

16/12/2019

“Holiday gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” Oren Arnold

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

DECEMBER WISHES:  As we celebrate all that this month/season has to offer us, it would be wise to pause and reflect on the ending year, the many events that occurred, and our wishes for the coming year. December is a special time for so many and yet, it is also a time of great pain, suffering, and loneliness for others. If we can take a message to heart from this post, it would be to remember to be compassionate with others and with ourselves. Compassion opens the door to our hearts and prompts us to remember to be charitable and kind. Compassion reminds us to be gentle with ourselves and less critical of others. So, take a moment to read the list of events below, and see if any of them speaks to your heart. Reach out, find some time to pick a cause that resonates with your own beliefs, and give someone a helping hand this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

 

  • December 1: World AIDS Day.
  • December 2: National Pollution Control/ Cyber Monday/ International Day Abolish Slavery
  • December 3: World Day of Persons with Disabilities/Giving Tuesday
  • December 4: National Cookie Day
  • December 5: International Volunteer Day/World Soil Day
  • December 7: International Civil Aviation Day/ Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
  • December 9: Green Monday/ Anti-Corruption Day/International Day Commemoration Victims of Genocide
  • December 10: Universal Human Rights Month/Human Rights Day
  • December 11: International Mountain Day.
  • December 12: International Day of Neutrality/Universal Health Coverage Day
  • December 14: World Energy Conservation Day
  • December 15: Bill of Rights Day
  • December 17: Wright Brothers Day
  • December 18: International Migrants Day
  • December 20: International Human Solidarity Day
  • December 21: Winter Solstice
  • December 22: First Day of Hanukkah, National Mathematics Day.
  • December 24: National Consumers Day.
  • December 25: Christmas Day.
  • December 26: Boxing Day, First Day of Kwanzaa
  • December 30: Last Day of Hanukkah

 

READ 2018: Motivation Mondays: Enjoyment of Life
Motivation Mondays: HUMAN RIGHTS
Motivation Mondays: International Migrants Day
Motivation Mondays: Happy Holiday Wishes
Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

READ 2017: Motivation Monday: HUBRIS
Motivation Mondays: PRESCIENCE
Motivation Mondays: MORAL COMPASS
Motivation Mondays: Cherish Christmas & Holidays
Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!

 

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

DECEMBER WISHES: Over the 10+ years I’ve been blogging, I have accumulated a treasure trove of posts on so many topics dear to my heart. For this December post, I decided to revisit each year of my blogging journey and share some of those December topics with you. I didn’t share every single post from the many December topics I’ve covered but, I hope the carefully curated selections here will pique your interest and get you thinking more about what December means to you. I love that Christmas and Hanukkah coincide in December and that many kids, like mine, with parents of dual faith, can enjoy celebrations of both faiths. My kids enjoy the lighting of the menorah and Christmas tree, the gelt and holiday presents they receive from both and the solicitous attention of family near and far during this season…
My letter to Santa is a yearly staple and I share it unapologetically because it speaks to so many thoughts and wishes we all hold dear. Plus, as Coolidge aptly says in the quote above, Christmas is a state of mind and we might as well develop the real spirit of the season. Enjoy it.

A Letter To Santa
Dearest Santa,
Thank you for the blessings you showered on us this year. Thank you for the new friends and fresh opportunities. We are all grateful… My wish for the coming year is more goodwill, grace, and abundance in the world, and less misery, meanness, and scarcity!
Please don’t mix these two up like you did last year! 🙂
With love & gratitude to all,
xoxo

Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!
Buone vacanze!
Joyeuses Fêtes!
ハッピーバカンス!
节日快乐!
أعيادا سعيدة!
Maligayang Pasko!
விழாக்கால வாழ்த்துக்கள்!
छुट्टियों की शुभकामनाएं!
С праздником!
С Рождеством Христовым!
تعطیلات مبارک!
हैप्पी छुट्टियाँ!
¡Felices Fiestas!
גליקלעך האָלידייַס!
Շնորհավոր Տոն!
Boas festas!
Wesolych Swiat!

A Simple Request…

READ 2016: Motivation Mondays: ABUNDANCE
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Haiku: A Glimmer of HOPE
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READ 2015: Haiku: Climate Control & Change
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Motivation Mondays: Awareness – Honoring BKS Iyengar’s Memory
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“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness, how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?” Dr. Seuss

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

Motivation Mondays: DECEMBER WISHES

 

Motivation Mondays: END OF YEAR WISHES

Motivation Mondays: END OF YEAR WISHES

 

DECEMBER WISHES: Yes, December is a bewitching month and it arrives and flies by so quickly that it can take a big memory jug to remember all the things we love and cherish about it. I love it because both my Mom and younger brother have December birthdays and birthdays are very special in my book. They remind us to celebrate the gift of life and be grateful for all the good around us. So, Happy December Birthday to my beloved younger brother,  to my beloved late Mom, and to all the December babies and celebrants out there!

On another note, I love poetry because it has always been a big part of my life. I wrote my own little poems from as early as I can remember during my childhood. Most of my poems were ghastly, a few treasures came through but, the process has always fascinated me. I continue to explore haiku and other forms of poetry in my leisure time and I have shared some, over the years, on this blog. Do you have a hidden creative side that you don’t share? Make an effort to share more in the coming year and let go of the need for perfection… the process is worth the effort. Press on and come back for more.

 

A Year of Nature Poems By Joseph Coelho
“December is a bewitching month.
The grey of cold teases
to explode into something worthwhile,
into a dream of cold,
a starlight shower you can taste,
a cold that does not chill.

I’ve lost my memory
of my first snow–
did I gasp at a field of white?
Or scream at the freeze
until my cheeks reddened?

The crunch underfoot is satisfying
and the thrill of virgin snow
near leaves.”

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International Volunteer Day: 10 Ways You Can Participate
Weekly Photo Challenge: Unforgettable…
Motivation Mondays: The BUSY BUSY TRAP
Try The World: Gifts Of Finest Foods Curated Globally
Interview with Peter Wells: Author of Living Life Backwards
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Reflections: What Makes You Feel Rich?
Motivation Mondays: Joy!
Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth
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Motivation Mondays: REGRETS

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Haiku: Christmas Is Love In Action
Reflections: 2013 Redux

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for NOV–DEC 2019 are:

NOV

11/01 – 01 All Saints Day, 02 All Souls Day
11/03 – 03 Daylight Savings Day, 04 Election Day,
11/10 – 11 Veterans Day, 13 World Kindness Day, 16 International Tolerance Day
11/17 – 20 Universal Children’s Day
11/24 – 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 28 Thanksgiving Day

DEC

12/01 – 01 World AIDS Day, 03 Giving Tuesday, World Day of Persons with Disabilities, 05 International Volunteer Day, 07 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
12/08 – 09 International Day Commemoration Victims of Genocide, 10 Universal Human Rights Month/Human Rights Day, 12 Universal Health Coverage Day
12/15 – 15 Bill of Rights Day, 18 International Migrants Day, 20 International Human Solidarity Day, 21 Winter Solstice
12/22 – 22 First Day of Hanukkah, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Boxing Day, First Day of Kwanzaa
12/29 – 30 Last Day of Hanukkah, 31 New Year’s Eve

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2019?

 

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