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Motivation Mondays: DECISIONS

23/07/2018

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” Stephen Covey

Motivation Mondays: DECISIONS

Motivation Mondays: DECISIONS

We are not living in a world where all roads are radii of a circle and where all, if followed long enough, will therefore draw gradually nearer and finally meet at the centre: rather in a world where every road, after a few miles, forks into two, and each of those into two again, and at each fork, you must make a decision. C. S. Lewis
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. Ralph Waldo Emerson

What kind of Decisions did you make today? Every day, we make decisions, large and small, that have an impact on our lives in some way.  Today, I spent 4 hours at my local DMV trying to renew my drivers license to the new upgraded version that, if we plan to travel, will affect us all by 2020. Yes, I could have taken the suggested August 2nd appointment when I tried to schedule one online but, I was impatient to be done with the process. My decision cost me 4 extra hours that could have been spent elsewhere. Each decision we make will leave a wake … a reverberation that impacts other areas of our lives.  As I sat there fuming, waiting for my turn, it got me thinking about how we make decisions/choices to do A or B and how that unfolds into other circumstances in our lives. One thing is clear, regardless of what we choose to do in a situation, our attitude can make a difference. We might not have a choice in the outcome of the road taken but, we have a choice on how we respond to those outcomes. We can moan and groan or chin up and move on.

Why did I write today’s post? An important point on this subject was my decision to go ahead and write this post, even though my day was shot. Plus, I had other pressing engagements to handle. I wrote it because I’d made a commitment to myself and my readers to make Monday an inspired day; plus I was not going to let us down, Normally,  I  prefer to have my blog posts up before midnight east coast time, however, this blog is set at west coast (pacific) time. Why?  If you’ve followed this blog from its inception, you’d know that I started it, in California, as a motivational support newsletter for my agents. As training manager, I wanted to give them inspirational support, as well as practical, industry related information. When the market crashed, in 2008, and things fell apart, I turned the newsletter into the blog you are reading today. I took the unfortunate outcome of one situation and made a decision to turn it into another positive endeavor. It is in staying flexible and choosing meaningful alternatives that we see a pathway open. In life, it is imperative that we choose a road and take it. Damn the consequences or stay prayerful that it all pans out.

READ: Reflections: The Toughest Questions

DECISIONS: A MORAL DILEMMA
You have witnessed a man rob a bank, but then, he did something completely unusual and unexpected with the money. He donated it to an orphanage that was poor, run-down and lacking in proper food, care, water and amenities. The sum of money would be a great benefit to the orphanage, and the children’s lives would turn from poor to prosperous. Would you:
a: Call the police and report the robber, even though they would likely take the money away from the orphanage, or
b: Do nothing and leave the robber and the orphans alone? VIA LISTVERSE

 

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: 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,

 

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2018?

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– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.
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— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab

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