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Motivation Mondays: The Seven Selves

01/04/2019

“In the stillest hour of the night, as I lay half asleep, my seven selves sat together and thus conversed in whisper:” Kahlil Gibran

Motivation Mondays: The Seven Selves

Motivation Mondays: The Seven Selves

The Seven Selves BY KAHLIL GIBRAN
In the stillest hour of the night, as I lay half asleep, my seven
selves sat together and thus conversed in whisper:
First Self: Here, in this madman, I have dwelt all these years,
with naught to do but renew his pain by day and recreate his sorrow
by night. I can bear my fate no longer, and now I rebel.
Second Self: Yours is a better lot than mine, brother, for it is
given to me to be this madman’s joyous self. I laugh his laughter
and sing his happy hours, and with thrice winged feet I dance
his brighter thoughts. It is I that would rebel against my weary
existence.
Third Self: And what of me, the love-ridden self, the flaming brand
of wild passion and fantastic desires? It is I the love-sick self
who would rebel against this madman.

Are you aware of your Seven Selves? Human beings are complex creatures with complicated emotional makeups. We have all sorts of expectations, spoken/unspoken, real/unrealistic, that we place on ourselves and others. We can be kind and cruel, loving and hateful, mature and petty… all in a matter of minutes. Sometimes, we forget to cut ourselves some slack and stop being so bullish. We often take for granted the simple fact that we are changeable and somewhat unpredictable.  Does this sound like you? Of course not, some of you would say publicly as you cackle at the irony of exposure in private. But these qualities are what make us thinking humans. If we were predictable and one dimensional, we would be cut out cartoon characters. Like it or not, we all have our shadow side and it’s not always pretty. However, part of our life’s work is to be reflective and make peace/friends with all our seven selves so we can present our best effort to the world.

Recently, I was reading Kahlil Gibran’s, The Seven Selves, (see excerpts in blockquotes above and below and the full poem at end of this post), and it got me thinking about our relationships and interactions with others. The beauty and power of the poem is that the poet uses the time between our waking and sleeping state, a period of vulnerability, to readily lift his public mask so his seven selves can have a dialogue about their role in his life. Each self makes a cogent argument as to why it is time to rebel against the madman. They have expectations about their value to his existence and are unhappy with the current outcomes. Keep in mind that these are reflections of the poet’s inner self and are not separate from him.  Think about the irony of this situation. If we don’t always live up to our own expectations, why do we expect others to deliver on theirs 100%?  We often have unspoken and even unrealistic expectations of others and when they don’t fulfill our wants/needs, we become disappointed. Who do we have to blame under those circumstances?  As the popular quote goes, “Unspoken and Unrealistic expectations are premeditated resentments.” Think about it.

 

“Choose to focus your time, energy and conversation around people who inspire you, support you and help you to grow you into your happiest, strongest, wisest self.” Karen Salmansohn

Motivation Mondays: The Seven Selves

Motivation Mondays: The Seven Selves

Fourth Self: I, amongst you all, am the most miserable, for naught
was given me but odious hatred and destructive loathing. It is
I, the tempest-like self, the one born in the black caves of Hell,
who would protest against serving this madman.
Fifth Self: Nay, it is I, the thinking self, the fanciful self,
the self of hunger and thirst, the one doomed to wander without
rest in search of unknown things and things not yet created; it is
I, not you, who would rebel.
Sixth Self: And I, the working self, the pitiful labourer, who,
with patient hands, and longing eyes, fashion the days into images
and give the formless elements new and eternal forms—it is I, the
solitary one, who would rebel against this restless madman.

Which of our Seven Selves dominate? I think our temperament determines which of our seven selves holds sway in our lives. At different periods in our growth, we might see a couple dominate but it is not a linear experience. We can exhibit facets of all seven from day to day or week to week. Even, at certain trying periods in our lives or happier times, a few would take center stage and serve as our public face. However, we are more than what others see or perceive us to be. Can you identify the seven selves that Gibran writes about in this poem?  Start at the top of the post and work your way through each one until you meet the seventh self in the bottom segment of this post.

For the impatient among us, I’ll save you the suspense: Pain, Laughter, Love, Misery, Mind, Work, and Ego Self. For those of you who enjoy the esoteric arts, there is a Higher Self that the author doesn’t mention. The higher self is the witness of all the others. It is pure, non-judgemental and above all the rest. It is the still small voice that guides us and directs our path. Some might call it the voice of reason or the voice of the spirit. What would you call it?

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR – APR 2019 are:

MAR

03/03   –  08 International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month
03/10   –  10 iHeart Awards, 14 Pi Day
03/17 –   17 St Patrick’s Day, 20 Start of Spring/International Day of Happiness
03/24   –  30 Earth Hour
03/31 –    31 Day of Visibility

APR

04/01   –  01 April Fool’s Day, 02 Autism Awareness, Equal Pay Day
04/07  –   07 World Health Day, 10 National Siblings Day
04/14 –   14 Palm Sunday, 15 Tax Day, 18 Holy Thursday, 19 Good Friday
04/21   –  21 Easter Sunday/ Start of Passover, 22 Earth Day, 23 World Book Day
04/28 –    29 Remembrance Day, 30 Jazz Day

 

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Motivation Mondays: Earth Hour #Connect2Earth

25/03/2019

“Earth Hour’s mission is three-fold. To bring people together through a symbolic hour-long event, to galvanize people into taking action beyond the hour, and to create an interconnected global community sharing the mutual goal of creating a sustainable future for the planet…” Andy Ridley, CEO Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and Co-Founder, Earth Hour Global

Motivation Mondays: Earth Hour #Connect2Earth

Motivation Mondays: Earth Hour #Connect2Earth


Official Earth Hour 2019 Video: #Connect2Earth

Healthy nature makes our life better by providing us with good food, clean air, and fresh water – but it is all under the threat of climate change and loss of biodiversity. This #EarthHour, join us on 30 March 2019 at 8:30pm local time, to switch off and speak up why nature matters. #Connect2Earth

Earth Hour by David Malouf
“The planet, saved for another day, stokes up
its slow-burning gases and toxic dust, gold rift and scarlet
gash that take our breath away; a world at its interminable
show of holy dying. And we go with it, the old
gatherer and hunter. To its gaudy-day, though the contribution
is small, adding our handsel of warm clay.”

What is Earth Hour? Are you aware of its impact? The impetus behind Earth Hour is to help us push beyond the hour and remember that we are all responsible for protecting our planet. It encourages us all to seize the moment by using a symbolic gesture, turning lights off for an hour, to create a movement and its impact is global. This year, Earth Hour 2019 will take place on Saturday, March 30,  between 8:30 and 9:30 pm. The 2019 theme is Reduce, Reuse, Change the Way We Live,” and the tagline for this year’s global campaign is Connect2Earth. This initiative is a way to remind each of us to come together to participate in ending global warming, to sustain/protect our planet, cut greenhouse gas emissions, better manage our energy resources and combat climatic changes.  Since its inception in 2007, people around the globe have joined in to act as a united voice against the abuse and destruction of our planet. While some might think that turning lights off globally on one day of the year is a tiny sacrifice, it is a powerful symbolic message that brings us all together. When we take even the smallest steps,the tiniest action, it reverberates and creates a a wave that spreads to millions and millions of people and households. Unless we do our part, we cannot expect others to take action.

How is Earth Hour accomplishing its mission? Each year, the message/mission and its three-fold goals, outlined by Andy Ridley in the first quote on this post,  expand beyond expectations to include more voices and locations.  In 2018, Over 188 countries, 17,000+ landmarks, 250 Ambassadors and 40 UNESCO world heritage sites created 3.5 billion impressions and participated in switching their lights off.  We expect even greater participation this year. This global event, coordinated by the World Wide Fund (WWF,) and other volunteer organizations is imperative because we continue to see the effects/changes in our climate conditions that worry both scientists and concerned citizens. Unless we act to encourage our leaders to honor the recommendations of the scientific community, our lives and the lives of our children/grandchildren will be at peril.   I have shared Earth Hour’s origins in block-quotes below. This year, the organizer Earth Hour.Org is encouraging all of us to go Connect2Earth and consider innovative ways to make a difference in our world; we can use our 60 minutes of darkness to see the light and recognize that we all play a part in sustaining our planet. The event will include activities in cities globally.

1. Earth Hour was started in Sydney, Australia in 2007. 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses participated that year.
2. A year later (2008), participation had exploded to over 50 million people in more than 35 countries and 371 cities and towns participating in getting the word out that a sustainable planet benefits all.
3. In 2009, participation grew even bigger as several millions more celebrated in about 88 countries and 4,000 cities and towns by switching their lights off for an hour and voting for action on climatic changes.
4. In the same year, 2009, the People’s Orb was created and traveled around the world until finally arriving at the United Nations for the final day of the historic 192-nation UN Climate Change Conference; UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon and over 100 heads of State were present. (The orb is “a shimmering silver sphere encasing a 350 gigabyte hard drive loaded with videos, images and documents representing the hundreds of millions of people who voted Earth to call for action on climate change.”)
5. In 2010, 128 nations participate and for the first time landmark and iconic buildings go dark in honor of this special hour.
6. In 2011, Earth hour lasted well beyond the hour as people were encouraged to consider and share more ways to sustain our planet. A moment of silence was observed for lives lost in the tsunami and earth quake in Japan.

READ: Earth Day & Earth Hour: Differences To Remember
Earth Hour 2011: Celebrate Lights Out Around The World
Earth Hour 2019: 7 things to do in the dark

 

“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security, and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.…” Ban Ki-moon

Motivation Mondays: Earth Hour #Connect2Earth

Motivation Mondays: Earth Hour #Connect2Earth


Earth Hour 2019 teaser (30s):#Connect2Earth

Chop your own firewood, and it will warm you twice. Henry Ford
Happiness, not in another place, but this place, not for another hour, but for this hour. Walt Whitman
Humans are the only creatures in this world who cut the trees, make paper from it and then write ‘Save the trees’ on it. Unknown
When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. Mahatma Gandhi

Do you participate in Earth Hour? Aside from the yearly themes that help us focus on key areas in the environment that need our support, the event forces us to recognize that we are all accountable to Mother Earth. Over the years, the themes have addressed pressing concerns of the moment. While they do vary, the basic premise of each campaign/theme is to maintain that a sustainable, protected planet benefits us all: In 2008 -Vote Earth, 2011- Beyond the Hour, 2012 – I will if you will, 2013- Earth Hour Forest, 2014 – Earth Hour Blue, 2015 – Change Climate Change, 2016 –  Places We Love, 2017 – Make Climate Matter, 2018 – Let Nature Shine. Switching off lights is a massive and symbolic global gesture reminding us to stop wasting natural resources, reduce our carbon footprint, and unite with like minded souls globally. How is it celebrated? From 8:30-9:30PM on the designated day, people around the world participate in Earth Hour by turning lights off and bringing attention to the fact that we, all of us, need to ensure that our planet is protected.

Earth hour is described as “a movement using the power of the crowd to protect the planet.” We live in a growing and changing world that continues to use resources and destroy the environment. We cannot sit back and expect others to carry the weight of ensuring we leave a healthy planet as a legacy for our children. Each of us can make a difference even in a small way. Start by turning those extra lights off. As we celebrate our 13th Lights Out, here are 7 things WWF suggests we can do to help us catch up on what this is all about, I’ve identified the key points for all of us to remember:
1. Exercise by candle light and Work up a sweat to raise your heart rate.
2. Go hiking.
3. Go sightseeing to your favorite landmarks. Identify those participating in Earth Hour
4. Get creative and make art in the dark.
5. Invite friends and family over for dinner.
6. Go stargazing.
7. Resolve to reduce your carbon footprint.

Let’s all celebrate the sustainable earth by joining in the effort to conserve energy. Turn those lights out.

7. In 2012, Earth hour not only broke its own global reach record, but it was the first time an astronaut turned the lights off in outer space. (Astronaut André Kuipers at the International Space Station). 152 countries and 6,950 cities and towns participated in Earth Hour and millions gathered to honor a pledge to protect the environment
8. In 2013, the world’s first Earth Hour Forest began in Uganda. Over 200,000 people joined the “I Will If You Will” challenge in the campaign to encourage people around us to commit to voluntary action for the environment and plan over 1 million trees.
9. In 2013, more landmark buildings, from the Empire State Building to Buckingham Palace,The Acropolis, The Eiffel Tower, Beijing National Stadium, The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tower of Pisa, Times Square and many more, went dark in honor of Earth Hour. Since then, many more have joined in. See  2016, 2017,2018, and 2019
10. In 2013, Vancouver, Canada was crowned as the first Global Earth Hour Capital for its dedication to green projects and development.
11. In 2014, Earth Hour launched the world’s first crowdfunding/crowdsourcing platform for the earth – The fundraising campaign collaborated with the WWF network and other partners. We can all support Earth Hour Blue today and everyday by making a donation to a cause. It’s never too late to do our part. In 2014, the goal was to remind us all that this is not just about lights out but about improving the planet.
12. Another important step in Earth Hour 2014 was the appointment of Spiderman as the first superhero ambassador for Earth Hour; the key message was for all of us to use our powers to be superheroes/heroines for the planet. As superheroes/heroines of planet earth, Earth Hour can inspire each of us to take charge in creating change and to inspire others.

READ: Earth Hour 2019: Theme, Logo, Wiki, Facts and Its Future
WWF: Go Dark For Wildlife
Earth Hour.org: #Connect2Earth Stories
Wikipedia:
Earth Hour

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for FEB – MAR 2019 are:

FEB

02/03   –  04 World Cancer Day, 05 Chinese New Year
02/10   –  10 Grammy Awards,   14 Valentine’s Day
02/17  –  18 Presidents Day, 14 Image Awards,
02/24   –  24 Black History Month

 

MAR

03/03   –  08 International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month
03/10   –  10 iHeart Awards, 14 Pi Day
03/17 –   17 St Patrick’s Day, 20 Start of Spring/International Day of Happiness
03/24   –  30 Earth Hour
03/31 –    31 Day of Visibility

 

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Motivation Mondays: Day of Happiness & Spring #internationaldayofhappiness

18/03/2019

“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Motivation Mondays: Day of Happiness & Spring #internationaldayofhappiness

Motivation Mondays: Day of Happiness & Spring #internationaldayofhappiness

 

Motivation Mondays: Day of Happiness & Spring #internationaldayofhappiness

Motivation Mondays: Day of Happiness & Spring #internationaldayofhappiness


Pharrell Williams – Happy (1AM)

 

What do you know about International Day of Happiness? On March 20th, we will honor the 7th celebration of International Happiness Day and the First day of Spring! If you’ve been wondering about what to do on Wednesday, I’ll say cheer up, look around you and find one thing to make you smile.  The 2019 theme is Happier Together! Happiness is a choice and, while there is much suffering on our planet, we can make an effort to spread love, joy and acts of kindness to our fellow men/women; when we stop to consider all the good in our lives, we will begin to realize that we have plenty to be happy about. Another important event we can’t ignore is the start of spring. After months of cold wintry days and hibernation, we are ready for the coming of spring flowers and longer,brighter days. What’s not to love? More on spring later!

How did IHD start?  In 2011, Jayme Illien of Illien Global Public Benefit Corporation approached the United Nations Organization with a proposal to have March 20 designated as International Happiness Day. It was a project close to Jayme’s heart and the UN was delighted to jump aboard. With the support of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon and all the 193 member states,  on June 28, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly  unanimously adopted UN resolution 66/281  which agreed, in part, that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal…”   You can join in today by taking the pledge and dowload a free happiness guide to shift your mood and thoughts : – “I will try to create more happiness in the world around me” (The Action for Happiness pledge) Come back for more!

READ: Motivation Mondays: International Day of Happiness & Global Goals
Motivation Mondays: International Day of Happiness & Spring
International Day Of Happiness: Celebrate #internationaldayofhappiness
Motivation Mondays: BEING HAPPY

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