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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.

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Motivation Mondays: GIVING THANKS

04/11/2019

“Make it a habit to tell people – Thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” Ralph Marston

Motivation Mondays: Giving Thanks

Motivation Mondays: Giving Thanks

I’m thankful for every moment. Al Green
I think in this life it’s important to be kind, be thankful, and always be creative. Bishop Briggs
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. Henri Frederic Amiel
Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts. Alan Cohen

 

GIVING THANKS FOR WHAT? As we enter the giving season and the subsequent holidays and festivities that follow, what are we truly thankful for? In what specific ways are we expressing such gratitude?  Throughout the year, we have many opportunities to celebrate our successes, mourn our losses, and commiserate over our what-ifs, however, do we stop to say a firm and loud Thank YOU? Do we follow up that expression of gratitude with actions that lift us and others up? This Thanksgiving season, let’s make an extra effort to pause, look back on the ending year, and express sincere gratitude for all the experiences that touched our lives; the good, the bad and the mundane. Every experience we encountered this year, be it in small or large ways, has had an impact on us. If we stop to think about all the people who crossed our path, we’d be surprised how much we remember because we all leave impressions with each other. When people perform actions that uplift others, those impressions reverberate and spread further afield, allowing that energy to flow to others. That is why charitable giving is a fundamental part of Giving Tuesday.  That is also why we celebrate Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Eid Al-Fitr, Christmas, and so many more ways we show gratitude. As we give, we open doors to receive. Every opportunity to give opens our hearts and allows us to acknowledge our strengths, weaknesses and our blessings.

ARE YOU TRULY THANKFUL FOR FAMILY? – THANKFUL FOR MY MOTHER: As I look back on the ending year, I am thankful for so many specific things: my life, health, and family come to mind but, specifically, I am thankful that my dear Mother who passed away recently had a chance to meet all of her grandchildren. She had been ailing for so many years after surviving a massive stroke and died peacefully at home in August. She is at rest now… She had five kids and nine grandkids and we will miss her terribly. As we prepare for her funeral/home going, I am reminded of how much DNA we inherit from our parents. We add bits from theirs to ours and this informs our personality and life path. My Mom studied catering and hotel management, and it showed in how well she ran her household. She was an avid gardener, a superb chef and dinner party host, an art-lover/collector, a budding singer/music lover, a fashion maven, a world traveler and so much more. Like every Mom out there raising kids, she always wanted the best for us and I wish she had been well enough to see us grow…I am thankful for all that she was and could have been.

HONORING THE LIVING AND THE DEAD: Because we grow up around family members and extended family, it is easy to take those relationships for granted until our parents, grandparents or others we know pass away. Being Thankful begins in our own homes and extends to our connections with other humans first. Then we can begin to include everything else. If nothing else stands out to you in this post, please REMEMBER my post is not just about being thankful for generalities and good times. It’s about being THANKFUL first for life – both for our loved ones living in the here and now, and for those who have passed on…  we can’t even begin to be thankful for anything else if we don’t have a life force coursing through our bodies. That is why we celebrate Veterans Day and Memorial Day too: To REMEMBER and to EXPRESS thanks to those who served and lived, and those who served and died.

Below is a list that I often share and you can add more to it in your expression of thankfulness. Be Thankful for:
The gift of life
The gift of love
The gift of writing
The gift of health ~
The gift of time and memories ~The gift of family, friends, and people we meet ~
The gift of a meal ~
The gift of mental clarity ~
The gift of speech ~
The gift of gratitude

WHAT AM I THANKFUL FOR?
My recipe of thanks will have …
A vat full of love,
Endless cups of life,
Pounds and ounces of friends,
100 ladles of family,
9 tablespoons of health,
1 teaspoon from home,
Sprinkles from everyone,
Bowls of everything that uplifts humanity,
Carefully fold in scoops of our pets,
Mix in the power of prayer and
Add God’s immutable grace…
Stir with gusto and enjoy! from Elizabeth & Family

 

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“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” Tecumseh

Motivation Mondays: Giving Thanks

Motivation Mondays: Giving Thanks

If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get. Frank A. Clark
When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others. Dalai Lama
I write about the power of trying because I want to be okay with failing. I write about generosity because I battle selfishness. I write about joy because I know sorrow. I write about faith because I almost lost mine, and I know what it is to be broken and in need of redemption. I write about gratitude because I am thankful – for all of it. Kristin Armstrong

WHY DOES IT MATTER?: Being thankful reminds us to be both humble and grateful because no one knows what tomorrow holds. When you read about someone who showed so much promise but lost the battle of life to disease, war, crime or any other tragedy, it is easy to forget that it could be anyone we know up close. Life is fleeting and we become more grounded in appreciating life when we treat it with respect and gratitude. Being thankful makes us increase our efforts at taking better care of ourselves and our loved ones; it helps us let go of anger, unforgiveness, and ancient hatreds. If we stop to think about those who live in far more challenging environments with fewer opportunities for growth or exposure, we will use our thankfulness as a springboard for action. Being thankful compels us to act in beneficial ways towards our planet and others because when we wish good for ourselves and are thankful for it, we are naturally inclined to wish the same for others. If you take a moment to read the poem/short story from Khalil Gibran below, you will begin to understand the complex meaning of the fleeting moments we all have in our pursuits of the joy of life, because the presence of some form of frustration or sorrow is always a few yards away and it ever abounds. Be thankful for your life and all in it, and support causes that help others around the world, because you probably have the following 10 things and so many don’t:
1. Life away from a war zone
2. Freedom of choice to move/learn/purchase
3. Clean Water and Clean unpolluted air
4. Basic Health Care
5. Electricity
6. Food variety
7. Educational opportunities
8. Shelter
9. Democracy/Due process
10. Freedom of religious

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Two Infants by Khalil Gibran via A Tear And A Smile – Parables, Stories, and Poems of Khalil Gibran
A prince stood on the balcony of his palace addressing a great multitude summoned for the occasion and said, “Let me offer you and this whole fortunate country my congratulations upon the birth of a new prince who will carry the name of my noble family, and of whom you will be justly proud. He is the new bearer of a great and illustrious ancestry, and upon him depends the brilliant future of this realm. Sing and be merry!” The voices of the throngs, full of joy and thankfulness, flooded the sky with exhilarating song, welcoming the new tyrant who would affix the yoke of oppression to their necks by ruling the weak with bitter authority, and exploiting their bodies and killing their souls. For that destiny, the people were singing and drinking ecstatically to the heady of the new Emir.

Another child entered life and that kingdom at the same time. While the crowds were glorifying the strong and belittling themselves by singing praise to a potential despot, and while the angels of heaven were weeping over the people’s weakness and servitude, a sick woman was thinking. She lived in an old, deserted hovel and, lying in her hard bed beside her newly born infant wrapped with ragged swaddles, was starving to death. She was a penurious and miserable young wife neglected by humanity; her husband had fallen into the trap of death set by the prince’s oppression, leaving a solitary woman to whom God had sent, that night, a tiny companion to prevent her from working and sustaining life.

As the mass dispersed and silence was restored to the vicinity, the wretched woman placed the infant on her lap and looked into his face and wept as if she were to baptize him with tears. And with a hunger weakened voice, she spoke to the child saying, “Why have you left the spiritual world and come to share with me the bitterness of earthly life? Why have you deserted the angels and the spacious firmament and come to this miserable land of humans, filled with agony, oppression, and heartlessness? I have nothing to give you except tears; will you be nourished on tears instead of milk? I have no silk clothes to put on you; will my naked, shivering arms give you warmth? The little animals graze in the pasture and return safely to their shed, and the small birds pick the seeds and sleep placidly between the branches. But you, my beloved, have naught save a loving but destitute mother.”

Then she took the infant to her withered breast and clasped her arms around him as if wanting to join the two bodies in one, as before. She lifted her burning eyes slowly toward heaven and cried, “God! Have mercy on my unfortunate countrymen!”

At that moment the clouds floated from the face of the moon, whose beams penetrated the transom of that poor home and fell upon two corpses.

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JUL–AUG 2019 are:

OCT

10/01 – End of Roshashana, Nigeria Independence Day, 05 World Teacher Day
10/06 – 06 World Communion Day, 11 International Day of the Girl
10/13 – 14 Columbus Day, Canadian Thanksgiving, 16 World Food Day
10/20 – 24 United Nations Day, National Food Day,
10/27 – 28 National Chocolate Day, 31 Halloween

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

 

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Motivation Mondays:- GirlForce: Unscripted & Unstoppable #dayofthegirl

07/10/2019

“We have to make sure that we do not betray the struggles of the women who brought us this far and the future of those who are dependent on us today and tomorrow.” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General UN & Executive Director of UN Women

Motivation Mondays:- GirlForce: Unscripted & Unstoppable #dayofthegirl

Motivation Mondays:- GirlForce: Unscripted & Unstoppable #dayofthegirl


International Day of the Girl Child #DayoftheGirl #GenerationEquality

The empowerment of and investment in girls, which are critical for economic growth, the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and extreme poverty, as well as the meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect them, are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights, and recognizing also that empowering girls requires their active participation in decision-making processes and the active support and engagement of their parents, legal guardians, families and care providers, as well as boys and men and the wider community… Excerpt of UN Resolution 66/170 on International Day of the Girl, 2011.

 

Motivation Mondays:- International Day of the Girl 2019 – GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable #dayofthegirl – How do girls become unscripted and unstoppable?  Education, empowerment, and encouragement through seeing examples of other girls achieving their goals are imperative markers for success. We cannot continue to pay lip service to the idea of gender equality because the responsibility falls on all of us. We must make daily decisions that promote equity for all.  Since 2011, when the International Day of Girls initiative was a project of Plan International, the goal was to create a massive movement that addressed key areas of concern affecting girls globally. Plan International led a global effort to build a coalition for the idea, gained the support of the Canadian government, and Day of the Girl was subsequently proposed and passed as a UN resolution on December 19, 2011. Every year, a carefully selected theme has helped organizers bring attention to areas of great need in the lives of girls and women globally.

The theme for the inaugural year of 2012 was Ending Child Marriage and that campaign remains on the forefront as some nations continue the practice while others are making an effort to end it. Subsequent themes have been 2013 -Innovating for Girls’ Education, 2014 – Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence, 2015 – The Power of Adolescent Girls: Vision for 2030, 2016 – Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls, 2017 – EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises, and 2018 – With Her: A Skilled Girl Force. This year, according to UNICEF, under the theme,“GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable”, International Day of the Girl will celebrate achievements by, with and for girls since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and passage of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. What does all this mean?

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is a treaty that defines the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children under the age of eighteen.  Created in 1989, it was ratified and accepted by 196  member nations in 1990. Member nations are bound by International law to work in the bthe participatione child. In recent years, the CRC has highlighted the need to restrict the  participation of children in military conflicts and children in prostitution/pornography as critical areas of concern and 160 nations accepted the resolution to sanction perpetrators and put an end to those issues.

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was a World Conference, held almost 25 years ago, that brought 30,000 women from 200 countries together to create a blueprint of action for women and girls human rights. It gave leaders and female advocates the impetus to speak up about issues of inequity and female repression and has continued to force changes in member nations.  With 2020 around the corner, the global community plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration by pushing for greater commitments to achieve the goals of its action platform by 2030. What does the Platform for Action demand? Read the next segment below

READ:- UNICEFInternational Day of the Girl 2019 “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable”
UNO – International Day of the Girl Child. 11 October
UNICEF – Gender Equality:International Day of the Girl 2019

 

“As we come together to celebrate our progress, let’s work to reinforce girls’ rights to a safe childhood, to decide for themselves, and to education and skills – in short, their right to the future they want.” UNICEF

Motivation Mondays:- GirlForce: Unscripted & Unstoppable #dayofthegirl

Motivation Mondays:- GirlForce: Unscripted & Unstoppable #dayofthegirl


Young girls force-fed for marriage in Mauritania | Unreported World

Motivation Mondays:- International Day of the Girl 2019 – GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable:  What does the Platform for Action demand? The platform pinpoints 9 key areas where discrimination, exploitation, and exclusion of girls remain high. For girls to truly become unscripted and unstoppable, we need checks and balances to ensure that member nations work in concert with organizations and communities to equip girls with the power, knowledge, and space to grow and succeed. The work begins at home, in our schools, our workplace and our interactions with each other. If we discourage our daughters from aiming higher, downplay their abuse or academic pursuits or disregard the promotion of competent females in the workplace, we are part of the problem. To be solution-oriented means to be actively engaged in wanting better for all girls. Do we want great things for our sons? Of course, we should be motivated to want the best for every child, and gender equality should be the ultimate goal for all.

The Platform for Action specifically calls on the global community to:
1. Eliminate all forms of discrimination against girls
2. Eliminate negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls.
3. Promote and protect the rights of girls and increase awareness of their needs and
potential.
4. Eliminate discrimination against girls in education, skills development, and training.
5. Eliminate discrimination against girls in health and nutrition.
6. Eliminate the economic exploitation of child labor and protect young girls at work.
7. Eradicate violence against girls.
8. Promote girls’ awareness of and participation in social, economic and political life.
9. Strengthen the role of the family in improving the status of girls

Even though the efforts that came out of the Beijing Declaration have been effective, there is still work to do. Girls in restrictive nations, rural areas or humanitarian settings, and those with disabilities need our collective help us to reach and achieve their full potential.

READ:- International Day of the Girl Child: EmPOWER Girls
We Will Rise: Empowering Girls Education Globally
International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JUL–AUG 2019 are:

SEPT

09/01   –  College Colors Day, 02 Labor Day, 07 Read a Book Day
09/08  –   08 Grandparents Day, Int’l Literacy Day, 10 Suicide Prevention Day, 11 Patriot Day
09/15 –    15 Batman Day, 18 Aids and Aging Awareness Day, 21 Int’l Day of Peace
09/22   –  22  Emmy Awards, 23 Start of Fall, 25 Comic Book Day, 28 Int’l Day for Universal Info Access
09/29 –    29 Start of Rosh Hashanah, National Coffee Day,  30 Int’l Podcast and Translation Day

 

OCT

10/01End of Roshashana, Nigeria Independence Day, 05 World Teacher Day
10/06  –  World Communion Day. 11 International Day of the Girl
10/13 –    14 Columbus Day, Canadian Thanksgiving, 16 World Food Day
10/20   –  24 United Nations Day, National Food Day,
10/27 –    28 National Chocolate Day, 31 Halloween

 

 

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Motivation Mondays: Power of STORYTELLING

02/09/2019

“Humanity’s legacy of stories and storytelling is the most precious we have. All wisdom is in our stories and songs. A story is how we construct our experiences…” Doris Lessing

Motivation Mondays: STORYTELLING

Motivation Mondays: The Power of STORYTELLING

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger. Ben Okri
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. Hannah Arendt
When we want mood experiences, we go to concerts or museums. When we want a meaningful emotional experience, we go to the storyteller. Robert McKee
I am a person who believes in asking questions, in not conforming for the sake of conforming. I am deeply dissatisfied – about so many things, about injustice, about the way the world works – and in some ways, my dissatisfaction drives my storytelling. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I love creating partnerships; I love not having to bear the entire burden of the creative storytelling, and when I have unions like with George Lucas and Peter Jackson, it’s really great; not only do I benefit, but the project is better for it. Steven Spielberg

The Power of StoryTelling: Stories are rooted in all cultures and we are all storytellers. Our mediums or media might vary but, we have stories in us that we have accumulated over the years through our life experiences and exposure to books, movies, songs, and other people’s tales.  We routinely share our stories with others and they inform our decision making and the arc of our life choices. It is impossible to live in this world without exposure to stories because we create them every day through our interactions and communication with others.  Stories inform/educate, inspire, motivate, heal and entertain us. Our experiential stories form an important foundation that guide and empower us on our life path.  Stories are shared through the written word, movies, music, visual art forms including Digital storytelling and through the oldest form of storytelling, the Oral Tradition – the spoken word passed down through the ages by family members and professional storytellers or  Griots.

As far back as I can remember, stories have always been a huge part of my life. I read, saw and heard them from an early age; I heard stories told to gatherings of relatives in front of a burning fireplace during the harmattan season in my grandfather’s compound, read many children and older books filled with stories, and saw and heard my share of movies and music filled with stories of love, loss, and inspiration. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of being read to and being part of a gathering of friends and family at a reading or night of storytelling. We have all had our experience with stories and we continue to create new ones every day.  Aesop’s Fables has been a big part of my story reading experience and I have included several pithy stories here for your enjoyment.  Do you remember your earliest encounter with the world of storytelling? What was the most moving story you ever read, heard or saw?

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Check out: National Storytelling Festival Oct 4-6, 2019
National Storytelling Summit July  23-26, 2020

THE DONKEY AND HIS MASTERS: There was a donkey who worked for a gardener. Because the gardener made the donkey work very hard but gave him very little food, the donkey prayed to Zeus to take him away from the gardener and give him to another master, so Zeus sent Hermes to sell the donkey to a potter. The donkey also found this situation unbearable, since he was forced to carry even heavier loads than before. He called upon Zeus again, and this time Zeus arranged for the donkey to be purchased by a tanner. When the donkey saw the kind of work the tanner did, he said, ‘Oh, it would have been better for me to have kept on working for my previous masters in a state of starvation! Now I have ended up in a place where I won’t even get a proper burial after I die.’ Gratitude for where we are in life is important because the grass might not be greener elsewhere.  Some stories shared from Aesopica

THE OLD WOMAN AND HER DOCTOR: An old woman suffering from an eye ailment summoned a doctor who charged a certain fee. She told him that if he cured her, she would pay him the specified fee, but if he didn’t cure her, she wouldn’t pay him anything. The doctor began the cure, visiting the woman every day. He would smear an ointment on her eyes, and while the ointment prevented her from seeing, he would take some object from her house and carry it away. He did the same thing day after day. The woman saw that her property was being diminished with each passing day and by the time she was cured, all her household goods were gone. The doctor asked her for the agreed-upon fee since she was now able to see clearly, and he summoned witnesses to their agreement. The woman protested, ‘I can’t see a thing! Even when my eyes were ailing, I was able to see the many things which I had in my home. Now, when you claim I am cured, I can’t see any of them!’ The fable shows that by their own actions, wicked people can unwittingly serve as witnesses against themselves in a court of law.

THE FARMER AND HIS SONS: A farmer who was about to die wanted his sons to be knowledgeable about the farm, so he summoned them and said, ‘My children, there is a treasure buried in one of my vineyards.’ After he died, his sons took plows and mattocks and dug up the entire farm. They did not find any treasure, but the vineyard paid them back with a greatly increased harvest. Thus they learned that man’s greatest treasure consists of work.

The Honest Woodcutter: The Greek version of the story tells of a woodcutter who accidentally dropped his ax into a river and, because this was his only means of livelihood, sat down and wept. Taking pity on him, the god Hermes (also known as Mercury) dived into the water and returned with a golden ax. “Was this what you had lost?”, Hermes asked, but the woodcutter said it was not, and returned the same answer when a silver ax was brought to the surface. Only when his own tool is produced does he claim it. Impressed by his honesty, the god allows him to keep all three. Hearing of the man’s good fortune, an envious neighbor threw his own ax into the river and wailed for its return. When Hermes appeared and offered him a golden ax, the man greedily claimed it but was denied both that and the return of his own ax. Dishonesty and greedy don’t always yield expected returns. Wikipedia

THE TREES ELECT A KING: The trees came together so that they could anoint a king to rule over them. ‘Please be our ruler,’ they said to the olive tree. The olive tree said in reply, ‘Why would I abandon the richness of my oil, which is valued by both gods and mortals, in order to become the leader of the trees?’ They came to the fig tree and said, ‘Agree to rule over us.’ The fig tree answered, ‘Why would I relinquish my sweetness and delightful fruit in order to become the leader of the trees?’ They came to the vine, hoping that the vine might rule over them, but the vine answered, ‘Why would I relinquish the wine which brings joy both to God and to mankind?’ And so the vine refused to be their leader. The trees then said to the thorn bush, ‘Rule over us.’ The thorn bush replied, ‘If indeed you have resolved to make me your king, come and rest under my shadow, and if you refuse, a fire will come forth from the thorn bush and devour the cedars.‘  Everything has a price. Aesopica index

 

“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.” Robert McKee

Motivation Mondays: STORYTELLING

Motivation Mondays: The Power of STORYTELLING


Storynomics: How to Create a Story That Inspires with Robert McKee

I don’t think there’s a subject matter that can’t absorb 3-D; that can’t tolerate the addition of depth as a storytelling technique. Martin Scorsese
True character is revealed in the choices a human being makes under pressure – the greater the pressure, the deeper the revelation, the truer the choice to the character’s essential nature. Robert McKee
Because storytelling, and visual storytelling, was put in the hands of everybody, and we have all now become storytellers. LeVar Burton
Storytelling is an essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential it is. Tim O’Brien
Storytelling is a very old human skill that gives us an evolutionary advantage. If you can tell young people how you kill an emu, acted out in song or dance, or that Uncle George was eaten by a croc over there, don’t go there to swim, then those young people don’t have to find out by trial and error. Margaret Atwood

The Wisdom of Storytelling: We learn and inform through storytelling. Stories are our greatest repository of history, hope, and heritage. They bring the past back to life and give us much to expect for the future. When we share our stories, we add to the body of knowledge that exists in the world. All of history, beliefs, and traditions come from gathered stories, and we continue to add to that well of wisdom on a daily basis.  Don’t forget to celebrate the next World Storytelling Day on March 20, 2020. Come later back for more on this post.

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THE CROW AND THE WATER JAR: A thirsty crow noticed a huge jar and saw that at the very bottom there was a little bit of water. For a long time, the crow tried to spill the water out so that it would run over the ground and allow her to satisfy her tremendous thirst. After exerting herself for some time in vain, the crow grew frustrated and applied all her cunning with unexpected ingenuity: as she tossed little stones into the jar, the water rose of its own accord until she was able to take a drink. This fable shows us that thoughtfulness is superior to brute strength since this is the way that the crow was able to carry her task to its conclusion. From Aesopica

THE LION AND THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER: A story about a lion and a young woman, which teaches us not to indulge our desires. A lion who had fallen in love with a young woman went to the woman’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. The father was afraid to refuse the lion’s offer, but asked him first to have his teeth and claws taken out; otherwise, the lion could only arouse his daughter’s terror. The lion was so in love with the woman that he agreed to the bargain. When the lion came back and approached the farmer, now naked and defenseless, the farmer clubbed him to death. If you follow your enemies’ advice, you will run into danger.

THE BOY WHO CRIED ‘WOLF’: There was a boy tending the sheep who would continually go up to the embankment and shout, ‘Help, there’s a wolf!’ The farmers would all come running only to find out that what the boy said was not true. Then one day there really was a wolf but when the boy shouted, they didn’t believe him and no one came to his aid. The whole flock was eaten by the wolf. The story shows that this is how liars are rewarded: even if they tell the truth, no one believes them

Wolf in Sheep’s clothing: A wolf once decided to change his nature by changing his appearance, and thus get plenty to eat. He put on a sheepskin and accompanied the flock to the pasture. The shepherd was fooled by the disguise. When night fell, the shepherd shut up the wolf in the fold with the rest of the sheep and as the fence was placed across the entrance, the sheepfold was securely closed off. But when the shepherd wanted a sheep for his supper, he took his knife and killed the wolf. Changing your clothes doesn’t change your character and could get you in trouble.

Chanticleer: The cock, Chanticleer, lives with his three wives in an enclosure on a rich man’s farm. He is forewarned in a dream of his capture by a predator but is inclined to disregard it, against the persuasion of his favorite, Pinte, who has already caught sight of Renart, the wolf, lurking in the cabbage patch. Eventually, the two creatures meet and Renart overcomes the cock’s initial fear by describing the great admiration he had for the singing of Chanticleer’s father. If the son is to equal his father, he explains, he must shut his eyes as he stretches his neck to crow. But when Chanticleer obliges, the fox seizes him and makes a run for the woods with the farmworkers and a mastiff in pursuit. Chanticleer now advises the fox to turn round and defy them, but when he opens his mouth to do so Chanticleer flies up to safety in a tree. Both then blame themselves for the gullibility their pride has led them into. Wikipedia

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JUL–AUG 2019 are:

AUG

08/01   –  National Girlfriend Day,
08/04  –   04 FriendshipDay, 0/7 Lighthouse Day
08/11 –   12 World Elephant Day, 15 Natl Relaxation Day
08/18   –  19 World Photography Day, 23 Remembrance Day
08/25 –    26 Women’s Equality Day, 26 MTV Awards

 

SEPT

09/01   –  College Colors Day, 02 Labor Day, 07 Read a Book Day
09/08  –   08 Grandparents Day, Int’l Literacy Day, 10 Suicide Prevention Day, 11 Patriot Day
09/15 –    15 Batman Day, 18 Aids and Aging Awareness Day, 21 Int’l Day of Peace
09/22   –  22  Emmy Awards, 23 Start of Fall, 25 Comic Book Day, 28 Int’l Day for Universal Info Access
09/29 –    29 Start of Rosh Hashanah, National Coffee Day,  30 Int’l Podcast and Translation Day

 

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