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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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So, How should we handle the global economic shift? How do we stay mirthful and motivated?
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Motivation Mondays: Mandela Day #ActionAgainstPoverty

16/07/2018

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela

Motivation Mondays: Mandela Day #ActionAgainstPoverty

Motivation Mondays: Mandela Day #ActionAgainstPoverty


António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on Nelson Mandela International Day 2018

Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to “make of the world a better place.” The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year’s Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honoring Nelson Mandela’s leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all. UN.org

What is Mandela Day about? On Wednesday, July 18, supporters and leaders around the world will gather to celebrate the life and legacy of the great Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Tata Madiba, Khulu, Dalibhunga, who passed away in 2013.  Mandela left a shining legacy of determination and duty. He devoted 67 years of his life on this planet to service and spent 27 of those years as a prisoner on Robben Island, banished to a lifetime of hard labor by the Apartheid led regime. That he survived it to become a beacon of hope for many in South Africa and beyond is remarkable. He also became that nation’s first democratically elected black leader. This year’s anniversary is special because it marks the 100th birthday of this inspirational leader and the focus this year is the battle against poverty. Poverty remains a grave concern around the world because despite the abundance we see in some parts of the world, 1.3 billion people live in abject poverty. 1 billion are children, 850 million don’t have enough food to eat and 750 million lack adequate water in their areas.  The Nelson Mandela Foundation invites us all to do our bit by contributing to those folks in need in our communities, by advocating for changes that will help more people get access to resources and by being mindful and conscious of our consumption and impact on the resource supply around the world.
READ:Nelson Mandela: Madiba R.I.P.

 

“Men and women who fight the suppression of the human voice, who fight disease, illiteracy, ignorance, poverty and hunger. Some are known, others are not. Those are the people who have inspired me.” Nelson Mandela

Motivation Mondays: Mandela Day #ActionAgainstPoverty

Motivation Mondays: Mandela Day #ActionAgainstPoverty


President Cyril Ramaphosa’s message for Mandela Day

It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build. Nelson Mandela
Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice Nelson Mandela
Today we should all ask ourselves: What have I done to improve the surroundings in which I live? Do I litter or do I protect my surroundings? Do I buy stolen goods or do I help reduce crime? Nelson Mandela

What can we do to not only champion Mandela’s dream of global unity but bring about change for the good of all? We can all make a difference on this planet by taking even small steps to help others around us. The UN offered a list of actionable plans that any of us can easily choose from. By donating our time to public service, we can take concrete action that will inspire change in our communities and beyond. Here is the UN’s tentative action list of things to do:
Make a new friend. Get to know someone from a different cultural background. Only through mutual understanding can we rid our communities of intolerance and xenophobia.
Read to someone who can’t. Visit a local home for the blind and open up a new world for someone else.
Help out at the local animal shelter. Dogs without homes still need a walk and a bit of love.
Help someone get a job. Put together and print a CV for them, or help them with their interview skills.
Many terminally ill people have no one to speak to. Take a little time to have a chat and bring some sunshine into their lives.
Get tested for HIV and encourage your partner to do so too.
Take someone you know, who can’t afford it, to get their eyes tested or their teeth checked.
Donate a wheelchair or guide dog, to someone in need.
Buy a few blankets, or grab the ones you no longer need from home and give them to someone in need

 
 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for APR 2018/MAY 2018 are:

JUNE

06/03   –  05 World Environment  Day, 06, D Day, 08 National Best Friend Day,
06/10   –  13 St Anthony,  15 Eid al-Fitr,
06/17  –   17 Father’s Day, 18 Int’l. Picnic Day, MTV Movie Awards 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 Summer Solstice, Int’l. Yoga Day, World Music Day
06/24   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Day against Drug Abuse/Illicit Trafficking

JULY

07/01   –  TBD 04, Independence Day
07/08   – 11  World Population Day, 14 Bastille Day
07/15  – 15 National Ice cream Day, 18 Nelson Mandela Day
07/22   – 22 Parents Day,
07/29 –  30 International Day of Friendship, Day against Trafficking,

 

 

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Motivation Mondays: PLANNING #WorldPopulationDay

09/07/2018

“Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill.” Stephen Hawking

Motivation Mondays: PLANNING #WorldPopulationDay

Motivation Mondays: PLANNING #WorldPopulationDay

Innovation is all about people. Innovation thrives when the population is diverse, accepting and willing to cooperate. Vivek Wadhwa
Population growth is straining the Earth’s resources to the breaking point, and educating girls is the single most important factor in stabilizing that. That, plus helping women gain political and economic power and safeguarding their reproductive rights. Al Gore

 

On Wednesday, July 11, we will celebrate World Population Day and, as I write this post, we stand at 7.6 billion souls and growing on planet earth. How will our resources provide for the growing numbers? How will we sustain this growth? How will the growing numbers impact our environment, global development goals, and other matters of great concern? Whether we choose to embrace the rest of the world or pretend we are the only ones in it, we will be impacted. Since 1989, when UNDP  created World Population Day in response to the excitement generated by the Day of 5 Billion ( July 11 1987), it hasn’t looked back. It has tackled many issues facing the world from empowerment to education to ending poverty and more. With each new year, our global population continues to explode, our scientific community remains concerned that unless we all get involved in dealing with issues affecting the earth, we will have a hard time making our planet sustainable for us, our children, grandchildren and beyond. Indeed, the alarm is ringing louder as each year passes by and our numbers on the planet increases. What must we do?

Important Facts About World Population Day: It took hundreds of thousands of years for the world population to grow to 1 billion – then in just another 200 years or so, it grew sevenfold. In 2011, the global population reached the 7 billion mark, and today, it stands at about 7.5 billion.
This dramatic growth has been driven largely by increasing numbers of people surviving to reproductive age, and has been accompanied by major changes in fertility rates, increasing urbanization and accelerating migration. These trends will have far-reaching implications for generations to come. World population trends

 

 

“When it comes to the population explosion, there are two questions on the table. One, is our population growth going to kill us all? And two, is there any ethical way to prevent that from happening?” Annalee Newitz

Motivation Mondays: PLANNING #WorldPopulationDay

Motivation Mondays: PLANNING #WorldPopulationDay

By improving health, empowering women, population growth comes down. Bill Gates
With a tree, all the growth takes place at the growing tips. Humanity is exactly the same. All the growth takes place in the growing tip: among that one percent of the population. It’s made up of pioneers, the beginners. That’s where the action is. Abraham Maslow

 

In 2018, the theme for World Population Day  is Family Planning is a Human Right. As per the UN, this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights, where family planning was, for the first time, globally affirmed to be a human right. It is a very important theme because we live on a planet that, while abundant in many ways, has  finite resources for the ever exploding population growth  we are experiencing globally.  Some of the discussions on the subject suggest that giving women freedom to their reproductive rights, an equitable education and full knowledge of the nine standards to upholding their right to family planning** would make a tremendous impact. When we are able to provide adequate healthcare and family planning options to the 214 million women in the world who need it, we are helping each other stay healthy, raise families we can feed, educate and support, and we are helping reduce infant mortality rates in poverty stricken areas where the survival rate for babies and young mothers are terrible. But we need collaborative and comprehensive action that is humane and ethical.

In essence, the nine standards can be explained as thus:**Nine standards to uphold the human right to family planning must be Non-discriminatory, Available, Accessible, Acceptable, Good quality, Encourage Informed decision-making, Offer Privacy and confidentiality, Invite Participation and Have Accountability. If all member states honor the tenets of these nine recommendations, we will be on the road to containing the explosion.  Two other important considerations are the questions raised by Annalee Newitz: Is our population growth going to kill us all? Potentially yes… If we don’t take control of the explosion by offering planning options to families, better education, and finding ways to increase the development of a greener environment, we will perish.  Is there any ethical way to prevent that from happening? Yes, read the answer to #1 and the entire post. There are humane efforts member nations can make to ensure we deliver a sustainable and safe planet to our children; it begins with us, our attitudes towards consumption, procreation, and managing our planet for all on it.  Without sensible  decision-making by our leaders, we will create and leave an untenable legacy for our kids.

 

World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987. By resolution 45/216 of December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly decided to continue observing World Population Day to enhance awareness of population issues, including their relations to the environment and development.
READ: Tracking Global Progress in Family Planning

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for APR 2018/MAY 2018 are:

JUNE

06/03   –  05 World Environment  Day, 06, D Day, 08 National Best Friend Day,
06/10   –  13 St Anthony,  15 Eid al-Fitr,
06/17  –   17 Father’s Day, 18 Int’l. Picnic Day, MTV Movie Awards 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 Summer Solstice, Int’l. Yoga Day, World Music Day
06/24   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Day against Drug Abuse/Illicit Trafficking

JULY

07/01   –  TBD 04, Independence Day
07/08   – 11  World Population Day, 14 Bastille Day
07/15  – 15 National Ice cream Day, 18 Nelson Mandela Day
07/22   – 22 Parents Day,
07/29 –  30 International Day of Friendship, Day against Trafficking,

 

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Motivation Mondays: Optimism. Life. Independence Day

02/07/2018

“The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor, and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.” John F. Kennedy

Motivation Mondays: Optimism. Life. Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: Optimism. Life. Independence Day


Aldebert – La vie c’est quoi ? (Clip officiel)

Optimism by Jane Hirshfield
More and more I have come to admire resilience.
Not the simple resistance of a pillow, whose foam
returns over and over to the same shape, but the sinuous
tenacity of a tree: finding the light newly blocked on one side,
it turns in another. A blind intelligence, true.
But out of such persistence arose turtles, rivers,
mitochondria, figs — all this resinous, unretractable earth.

Happy 242nd Independence Day!: As we gear up to celebrate this very important day in American history, I can’t help but stop to reflect on why this truly matters. 242 years ago, on July 4 1776, the forefathers commemorated the adoption of the Declaration of Independence; it was an auspicious day filled with optimism for the future of this newly birthed, great nation. It signified the birth of the United States of America and the liberation of her original thirteen colonies from British rule. The actual legal separation occurred on the 2nd but, the 4th is the date the documents were ratified and, like life, the circuitous  journey that many took to this new land in search of a new life reached a milestone. Let us not forget that this is a nation built on the backs of millions who had a dream of a better life; of gaining personal freedom.  What I love about this day, especially as an immigrant woman, is that it is a reminder of the possibilities that can inspire the human spirit to act and persevere. We embark on the journey of life with a million questions: Why/What/How/When? We keep asking, answering and reflecting on them until we take our last breath. It is that optimistic spirit that spurs many of us into the unknown and sends us on adventures that invariably become life changing and shape-shifting.

Optimism is a vital quality on the road to Independence: It is the same tenacious spirit the forefathers had that Jane Hirshfield sees in nature, plant life and invariably in human life. We carry our resilience with us throughout our lifetime, turning this way and that way, taking this circuitous pathway or that other serendipitous route as we find our way. Each person’s journey is unique and imbued with a measure of grace to help one through the dark periods of life. It is that same spirit of optimism that saved the lives of many who arrived on this soil against their will, as a last resort, or in an act of desperation. So, as we spend this day joyfully setting off fireworks, attending parades and enjoying picnics with friends and family, let us remember all who came before us … and all who continue to come with an optimistic dream of freedom in their hearts. Let us remember the families, the children and the dream they hold in their hearts.

READ: Reflections: On A Happy Fourth of July…
Motivation Mondays: Happy 4th Of July – Independence Day
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Aldebert – La vie c’est quoi ?
C’est quoi la musique?
C’est du son qui se parfume.
C’est quoi l’émotion?
C’est l’âme qui s’allume.
C’est quoi un compliment?
Un baiser invisble.
Et la nostalgie?
Du passé comestible.
C’est quoi l’insouciance?
C’est du temps que l’on sème.
C’est quoi le bon temps?
C’est ta main dans la mienne.

English Translation of Lyrics: What is Life? by Aldebert
What is the music?
It is sound that perfumes.
What is emotion?
It is the soul that lights up.
What is a compliment?
An invisible kiss.
And nostalgia?
From the edible past.
What is carelessness?
It’s time we sow.
What’s the good times?
It’s your hand in mine.

C’est quoi l’enthousiasme?
C’est des rêves qui militate.
Et la bienveillance?
Des anges qui s’invitent.
Et c’est quoi l’espoir?
Du bonheur qui attend.
Et un arc-en-ciel?
Un monument au vivant.
C’est quoi grandir?
C’est fabriquer des premières fois.
Et c’est quoi l’enfance?
De la tendresse en pyjama.

What is enthusiasm?
It’s dreams that have effect.
And benevolence?
Angels who invite themselves.
And what is hope?
Happiness waiting.
And a rainbow?
A monument to the living.
What is growing?
It’s marking the first time.
And what is childhood?
Tenderness in pajamas. Contd below

 

 

“May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” Peter Marshall

Motivation Mondays: Optimism. Life. Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: Optimism. Life. Independence Day

What is Independent Life? As I sat pondering which direction to take on this post, I was struck by how much I wanted to consider the subject through a different lens. Sure, Independence Day is about celebrating our freedoms and enjoying the company of friends and family with a BBQ to boot but, it symbolizes a lot more and carries enormous weight in our lives. From the time we are born until the end of life, we inherit a legacy passed down from generation through generation that carries or contains an energy, passed down to us, pithy with inquiry and meaning. That energetic bond leads us in different directions in search of answers to goals and dreams deposited in our psyche or discarded by our ancestral ties. We feel them as impulses throughout our lifetime. Some pursue these impulses with a zeal and frightening focus that might lead to remarkable discoveries. Others meander through life, debating what to do with the impulses; we go from embracing the urge to investigate to simultaneously rejecting the impulses. They fascinate and frighten us. We carry these family stories in our DNA coding from birth to death. We ask this question again and again and the answer remains the same: C’est quoi l’essentiel? C’est de toujours y croire./ What is the essential? It is always to believe.

La vie c’est quoi/What is Life? Most of us are inquisitive in childhood and, like the little girl in Aldebert’s piece, we ask a zillion questions about life, death and more… As we mature, our questions might change but the impulse remains as we search for a way to achieve our version of a personal independence day … what some call our life purpose. We might grasp its meaning at some point and feel peace in our bones with the sudden realization that La vie est là, la vie est là/Life is here, life is here.  We might stay rattled and decide to keep exploring, to keep digging deeper for answers and searching for a denouement that might never arrive. No matter what, we must all stay motivated to ensure that our Independence remains a lifeline to freedom for us, for others, and for all generations. How? We do that by staying active in our communities; both local and global. We do not live in a bubble and what we wish for ourselves, we must wish for others because we share a planet and our global community matters even more today.  Our freedoms aren’t free; we must work to maintain them. We must also work to ensure that freedom is extended to others.

Aldebert – La vie c’est quoi ? Contd Above and below
Mais dis, papa,
La vie c’est quoi?
Petite, tu vois,
La vie, c’est un peu de tout ça, mais surtout c’est toi.
C’est toi.

But say, dad,
What is life?
Little one, you see,
Life is a bit of all that, but most of all it’s you.
It’s you.

C’est quoi le remord?
C’est un fantôme qui flâne.
Et la routine?
Les envies qui se fânent.
C’est quoi l’essentiel?
C’est de toujours y croire.
Et un souvenir?
Un dessin sur la mémoire.
C’est quoi un sourire?
C’est du vent dans les voiles.
Et la poésie?
Une épuisette à étoiles.

What is remorse?
It’s a ghost that loiters.
And the routine?
Desires that are going bad.
What is the essential?
It is always to believe.
And a memory?
A drawing on the memory.
What’s a smile?
It’s wind in the sails.
And poetry?
A landing net with stars.

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for APR 2018/MAY 2018 are:

JUNE

06/03   –  05 World Environment  Day, 06, D Day, 08 National Best Friend Day,
06/10   –  13 St Anthony,  15 Eid al-Fitr,
06/17  –   17 Father’s Day, 18 Int’l. Picnic Day, MTV Movie Awards 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 Summer Solstice, Int’l. Yoga Day, World Music Day
06/24   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Day against Drug Abuse/Illicit Trafficking

JULY

07/01   –  TBD
07/08   –
07/15  –
07/22   –
07/29 –

 

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“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” Denis Waitley

Motivation Mondays: Optimism. Life. Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: Optimism. Life. Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: Optimism. Life. Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: Optimism. Life. Independence Day

 

Optimism is Imperative: Why is Indifference dangerous? When my friend and neighbor, Thouria, sent me the link to Aldebert’s piece,  it took me back to my own childhood days and the endless questions I asked my parents and siblings. Being inquisitive about life is necessary for our growth and survival. If we are indifferent to our surroundings and others in it, we close the door to the development of friendships and life prolonging memories. It was Elie Wiesel who said that the opposite of love is NOT hate but indifference because indifference can lead to tyranny and the oppression of others. When we are blinded to the hum of life, we no longer give it our attention or affection.  When we have no curiosity about how things work and how they impact our lives, we languish. When we close our hearts and eyes to injustice, we become part of the problem not the solution. We must stay vigilant about the world we inhabit. Love thy neighbor as thyself is not a tired cliche but a life affirming message of hope and connection with others. Optimism resides there.

In La vie c’est quoi by Aldebert, the philosophical dialogue between father and daughter is one that we ought to have with ourselves because it forces us to consider the world we inhabit and how it is all tied together. As the father says to his daughter’s question in the piece, C’est quoi l’indifférence? C’est la vie sans les couleurs./What is indifference? It’s life without colors…  Who would want to live in a monochromatic world devoid of the vibrancy of nature’s rich bounty? Who would want to live in a monochromatic world devoid of the diversity and richness others bring to the conversation? Shed your indifference to others and live. The late Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, once said that Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph. To combat evil, to grow, we need to be fully engaged in the world; the indifferent need not apply. Here’s to another great Independence Day!

 

Aldebert – La vie c’est quoi ? More Above
C’est quoi l’indifférence?
C’est la vie sans les couleurs.
Et c’est quoi le racisme?
Une infirmité du cœur.
C’est quoi l’amitié?
C’est une île au trésor.
Et l’école buissonnière?
Un croche patte à Pythagore.
C’est quoi la sagesse?
C’est Tintin au Tibet.
Et c’est quoi le bonheur?
C’est maintenant ou jamais.

What is indifference?
It’s life without colors
And what is racism?
An infirmity of the heart
What is friendship?
It’s a treasure island
And truancy?
A croak-paw at Pythagoras
What is wisdom?
It’s Tin-Tin in Tibet
What is happiness?
It’s now or never

Mais dis, papa,
La vie c’est quoi?
Petite, tu vois,
La vie, c’est un peu de tout ça, mais surtout c’est toi.
C’est toi

But say dad, what is life?
Little one, you see
Life is a little bit of all that but most of all it’s you
It’s you

Dans tes histoires, dans tes délires, dans la fanfare de tes fous rire,
La vie est là, la vie est là
Dans notre armoire à souvenirs, dans l’espoir de te voir vieillir,
La vie est là, la vie est là

In your stories, in your delirium,
in the fanfare of your crazy laughs,
Life is here, life is here
In our treasured cupboard, we hope to see you grow old,
Life is here, life is here
Dad…

 

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