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Motivation Mondays: GIVING

26/11/2018

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

Motivation Mondays: #GIVINGTUESDAY

Motivation Mondays: #GIVINGTUESDAY

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

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

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

 

 

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

Motivation Mondays: GIVING

Motivation Mondays: GIVING

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

OCT

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

NOV

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

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Motivation Mondays: Thanksgiving Wishes

19/11/2018

“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.” Joyce Giraud

Motivation Mondays: Thanksgiving Wishes

Motivation Mondays: Thanksgiving Wishes

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. William Blake
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. Henry David Thoreau
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. Oprah Winfrey

What Are You Thankful For?  Around this time last year, I was battling a nasty cold that ended up turning into pneumonia and almost killed me. I spent a week in the hospital and needed intravenous fluids because I was dehydrated from not breathing in enough oxygen to keep my organs fully functioning. The scary part is that I thought I had a manageable cold that over the counter meds could handle. I was wrong; my kids saved my life by telling me I sounded a lot worse than I intimated and that I needed to get to the hospital ASAP.  My point is that this is the season to be super careful about our health and those pesky colds. Don’t take them lightly. EVER! That said, I  am thankful/grateful for the gift of life. Everything begins and ends with it. The flu/cold season is upon us and we must make sure that we take the best care of our bodies and encourage loved ones to do same.

As Thanksgiving Day beckons, I am reminded to express joy for the simplest things that make me thankful for each breath I take. I look around me and see the sparkle in people’s eyes and the hopefulness shared by others for a happy event. I look out my living room window and see some snowfall from last Thursday’s terrible sudden snowstorm and I marvel at how we all survived it. There are many colorful leaves that have fallen off the trees in my yard. The white, purple, red and orange/gold hues pull me in and, for a moment, I am swept away to a place of deep joy and gratitude. As we all prepare to enjoy our thanksgiving meals , let’s not forget these important Thanksgiving Tips: Share our Thanksgiving History/Heritage, Give thanks/Be grateful, Practice food safety, and Gather informative, helpful travel tips. Practice patience, gratitude and forgiveness and Have a Happy Thanksgiving week ahead!

READ: 10 Tips: Cultivating An Attitude Of Gratitude & Thanksgiving
Musings: Have A Happy Thanksgiving!
Inspiration: A Thanksgiving Memory…

 

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

 

 

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward

Motivation Mondays: Thanksgiving Wishes

Motivation Mondays: Thanksgiving Wishes

I’m thankful for every moment. Al Green
Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming! Joseph B. Wirthlin
Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving. Amy Grant

How are YOU planning to celebrate Thanksgiving? Each year, we participate in volunteer opportunities that provide food and aid to the homeless. This can be a very trying time for folks who have no loved ones around, and it can also be a time of heightened depression for others who have lost dear ones. So, why not use this time to reach out to anyone we know who is hurting and spread some love and cheer. How else can we be of service during this joyful season? We can start by thinking of our troops, the sick, the destitute, our friends and family who are traveling or are away. We can start by reaching out to others who are alone during this time of celebration.We can volunteer our time to helping out where a need is greatest and spread some of our heartfelt message of love and goodwill.

Seize Each Moment to say THANK YOU! Last week, we honored our servicemen/women and all who have made our lives comfortable and safe by saying THANK YOU. We should seize the  opportunity to say Thank YOU at every moment we get.  A week or so before 9/11, I was driving up to Hunter College to teach one of my classes. As I made a turn to head to the east side from midtown Manhattan, I saw a group of firemen gathered in front of an apartment building. They were holding a ladder and, perhaps, were on their way to rescue something or someone. My heart surged with admiration for those members of New York’s bravest, and I felt this sudden urge to pull over and run over and say “Hey, thank you for saving lives every day!”

As I maneuvered my car in traffic, looking for a spot to pull over, my brain kicked in: “What!? Are you mad? Do you think they have time for such rubbish? Keep on driving!” Again, a gentle voice within said, “Go for it. Why not? Make them smile. How many times do drivers pull over in midtown, hop out of their car to just say Thank you!?”  As I went back and forth in my head, I panicked, lost my mojo, and debated myself out of a spontaneous act of goodwill and gratitude. A few days later, 9/11 happened and I was devastated. Till this day, I wonder if any of the firemen I saw that late fall afternoon were lost in that horrific act of violence against humanity. Say THANK YOU! today. Now. Every day. Honor loved ones and service providers by being grateful, by offering help to others in need, by remembering the sick, weak and suffering in our daily reflections, and by showing our gratitude through verbal expressions and acts of selfless love. A simple THANK YOU goes a long way.

READ: Happy Thanksgiving: Recipe For A Special Thank You…
Motivation Mondays: THANKSGIVING
Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving #mondaymotivation

 

“Thanksgiving Observance” by Author Unknown
Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself. via poemofquotes

 

 

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

OCT

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

NOV

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

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Motivation Mondays: HONOR

12/11/2018

“The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.” Samuel Smiles

Motivation Mondays: Honor & Praise

Motivation Mondays: Honor & Praise

Motivation Mondays: Honor & Praise

Motivation Mondays: Honor & Praise

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. Sophocles
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. Socrates
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life. William Shakespeare
Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. Bradley Whitford

Veterans Day: Every year, for the last 99 years, Americans have gathered to honor and remember all the men and women who served this great nation; first in WW1 and subsequently in all wars. November 11, 2018 is the 100th year anniversary of Veterans Day, and it is a day that should give us all pause. Why? Because it is a day that reminds us to remember that wars decimate families, destroy communities, and leave us forever heartbroken for those we lost. On this day, we are forced to face the painful reality of war and the frailty of human life. We celebrate our lost and surviving Veterans and their families and, by doing so, we get to celebrate our own lost ones with our families/loved ones. As far back as I can remember, I’ve paused to honor all the men and women in countries around the world who, like my Dad, served their nations in some military capacity. It takes great courage and a deeply patriotic heart to offer yourself as a sacrificial lamb so loved ones can live in peace and enjoy their freedom. While freedom might be our inalienable right, it is not easily attained. Many have fought and died for it. For that reason, I duff my cap daily to Veterans everywhere.
For those of us who have lived in war-zones and/or survived any kind of war, we know the value of our freedom, and the great gift of raising our children in a free country where the vagaries of war are not part of their memory bank.  I am a survivor of a civil war, and I know it is an experience I would never wish on anyone. Wars destroy everything in their path. They destroy the lives and innocence of children. They destroy the very foundation of family life leaving mayhem and maimed souls behind. Many men and women who return from war zones come back deeply disturbed by their experiences, and the nightmares haunt them for the rest of their lives. How do we honor those courageous souls who served us by sacrificing their sanity and peace of mind? How do we honor their pain and suffering and their distraught loved ones? We honor them by thanking a Vet, by helping a Vet, and by teaching our children that war is not the stuff of video games. It is not entertainment. War is real and it leaves permanent scars on everyone it touches. We must raise our children to seek alternatives to war.

READ: Motivation Mondays: Honoring SERVICE

 

 

“Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.” Douglas MacArthur

Motivation Mondays: Honor & Praise

Motivation Mondays: Honor & Praise

Veterans Day is a time to celebrate the men and women who have worn this nation’s uniform and to honor their service. Tammy Duckworth
I am so grateful for the service our veterans have given to our country. These men and women put their lives on the line for our safety and security, and we need to honor their service and our commitment to them. Conner Eldridge
Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it. Andrew Jackson

Why must we seek alternatives to war? Many survivors of war, both adults and children, suffer from PTSD.  The horrors are embedded in their psyche and give survivors nightmares for the rest of their lives. The nightmares haunt both winners and losers in wars, and that is why we need to work together as a global family to minimize incidents of war around the world. It is imperative that we do our part because if we don’t temper the hate and the rage that begins in our homes, and spreads out to become warring factions, we will continue to perpetuate opportunities for war. When we open the door to strife and conflict, our dedicated servicemen and women rise to make the ultimate sacrifice to defend us all. Our careless, thoughtless acts of wickedness against our neighbors and each other, plant the seeds that germinate, over years, into ego battles and eventually into wars. These wars leave so many innocent children and families caught in the crossfire. The work must begin in our hearts and homes.

Who do we need to HONOR? As I considered this special day, it became quite clear that we face daily battles in different configurations. In times of strife, families, friends, and servicemen/women, step up to serve and protect their loved ones. Their acts of courage benefit us all, and my gratitude goes out to all who have served others globally and in every line of work. I think of our teachers, our caregivers, our good leaders, our military personnel, our firemen/policemen, our doctors/nurses/first responders, our servers/helpers in every field. From our parents to our policemen/women, we have so many folks deserving of honor. Some have served without recognition or glory, while others have served with bravery and public acknowledgement. The truth is that they have all served mightily because they put service above selfishness. How have you honored them? How have you served your fellowmen/women?

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

OCT

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

NOV

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

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