Holiday Blues Got You Down? Here’s How to Ditch Them!

Although the holiday season can bring a sense of excitement and joy for many people, it can arouse feelings of sadness, stress and loneliness for others.  From the hustle and bustle of cooking, shopping, and entertaining, to the social engagements and often unrealistic expectations, “’tis the season” can generate a not so merry and bright feeling in the hearts of many.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to experience a holiday season that is more joyful, if you choose to do so. Since your thoughts create our reality, be sure to notice your thoughts during this time.  Choose to have different thoughts and feelings about the holiday season so that you rewrite the stories from your past and start to create new and happier memories. If  the triggers or patterns from the past keep you stuck and repeat themselves every year at this time, choose a different way of interacting. Before you simply react (as you have many times before), challenge yourself to see things from another perspective.  Ask yourself, “What if I could see this situation from a different vantage point, more objectively or from the other person’s point of view?”  Pay attention to what you are physically feeling and notice how your body is responding to the stressful or upsetting situation.  If possible, get to a place where you can close your eyes and do some deep breathing so you can begin to feel more peaceful.  From this space, it will be easier to work through your feelings and open yourself to see things with more empathy and compassion. Recognizing that certain environments and people have... Read More

[Video] Walk the Talk

Let’s face it: stating our beliefs, values, and good intentions is relatively easy. Doing what’s right — “Walking The Talk” — is the challenge. It’s true for just about every aspect of our lives — from family and faith, to sports and politics, to our jobs and our communities. So, take 3 minutes to watch this movie about “Walking The Talk.” It’s a profound and timeless message.   Watch the Video >> If you like this video clip, I encourage you to Share it with the world and join me on my mission to empower and inspire millions of people around the globe. At the end of this video you’ll see simple instructions on how you can help. Together we can spread words of Encouragement, Inspiration & Empowerment one video at a time… and wouldn’t you agree our world could use a little more “Positivity” these days! Together we can make a... Read More

Another $500 Million Down the Tube?

Five years ago, when the earthquake struck Haiti killing over 200,000, I donated a significant sum to the Red Cross. I was not alone. Millions of people were touched by the plight of a people violently stripped of their homes in  matter of seconds. Half a billion dollars was raised by the Red Cross to rebuild Haiti. Alas, the Red Cross, skilled in relief management, had never managed reconstruction before. Sadly the results were similar to the 10 billion dollars in relief aid that never reached the people in direst need. Thousands of people are still living in desperate conditions years after the earthquake. NPR and ProPublica have been following the money trail, and share the saga of poor money management, thoughtless spending and unfounded claims of successful projects. The Red Cross brochures claim they rebuilt the neighborhood of Campeche, much to the surprise of the residents. None of the work promised by the Red Cross in a 2012 booklet has been done. No homes, clinics, water or bathrooms. The project cost $24 million. According to Meltzer, the Red Cross attorney, restoring shelter has been  a top priority. He said that the Red Cross has been instrumental in bringing housing to over 130,000 Haitians. Unfortunately, that number is grossly exaggerated. After extensive correspondence with NPR and ProPublica by email, the Red Cross has finally admitted that the number of 130,000 Haitians is actually comprised of several groups it assisted in some way. Some had attended a seminar on fixing their homes, some had received temporary housing, some had received temporary rental aid. Temporary housing tends to self destruct after a... Read More

Be The Change You Want to See!

You have the power to change the world. Don’t take my word for it… Think about it! How many political changes, social transformations, or inventions have occurred because someone boldly stepped forward and initiated them? Where would India be if Gandhi had played safe and small? What  if Martin Luther King had kept his dream to himself, would the United States still be segregated? What kind of technology would we have if Steve Jobs had not taken computers seriously? I’m not saying you need to play big to change the world… the simple act of choosing love and peace over anger and recrimination sends ripples of love out into the universe! You know what feels right! If you see an act of injustice, you can do something about it. Be the change you want to see! Recently I watched an episode of VICE, an investigative reporting series on HBO, exposing the blatant misuse of TEN BILLION DOLLARS in aid funding to Haiti. It was supposed to provide housing and a better lifestyle for the thousands of earthquake victims. Instead, it’s five years after the earthquake, yet only one cent per dollar went to the people. Chemonics, one of the “for profit” companies contracted for the relief project, built an $18,000,000 soccer stadium and multimillion dollar cultural center in the norther town of Coracol, that was not affected by the earthquake, and provided no aid for the inhabitants. Thousands of people are still living under plastic sheeting in unsanitary conditions, yet a multimillion dollar gated housing community was built for the US Aid workers. I was outraged. You see, I... Read More

HAITI FIVE YEARS LATER…

I’ve had a love affair with Haiti for decades. I lived there for 17 years as a painter and graphic artist. My own spiritual awakening was birthed in Haiti! And the people, with their rich cultural heritage were inspirations for my artistic adventures. My close, energetic connection with this island nation guided me at 5 pm on January 12, 2010, to turn on the TV, ( I, who NEVER watches the news),  as horrific images of the earthquake’s devastation unfolded before my eyes. Fast forward to April 2015, when the  HBO investigative reporting series VICE, exposes the blatant misuse of the $10 billion of aid earmarked for housing the earthquake victims. I am outraged to learn that only one cent of every dollar reached the people. The investigative reporter discovers that ninety three million dollars built only 2,600 homes. Much of the money from Chemonics, a for profit company, was directed to build a world class $18,000,000 soccer stadium and multi million dollar cultural center, but no housing or other improvements in Coracol, a village in the north, not affected by the earthquake. Millions of dollars were spent building beautiful homes in a gated community for US AID employees, but almost no housing for the people who needed it. As I move into my beautiful new home, the thought of thousands of gentle Haitians still living on the streets under plastic sheeting, without plumbing, easy access to clean water, or hope is too much to bear. I know that clean, sturdy housing can be provided for families at a very low cost – under $5000.00 for a three or... Read More

[Video] Overcoming Adversity

I think the quote below sums up the video I’m sharing with you today quite well. Take just a couple minutes to watch it and then ‘pass it along’ to others! ‘It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.’ ~ George Eliot   Watch the Video >> If you like this video clip, I encourage you to Share it with the world and join me on my mission to empower and inspire millions of people around the globe. At the end of this video you’ll see simple instructions on how you can help. Together we can spread words of Encouragement, Inspiration & Empowerment one video at a time… and wouldn’t you agree our world could use a little more “Positivity” these days! Together we can make a... Read More

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