Spooky Spooky Halloween

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Happy Halloween everyone!  Enjoy your candy, don’t go into the haunted house, and if you do, DON’T go into the basement.

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Okay, rule number one, DON’T GO IN!

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And for extra added spookiness, here’s a photo of me and my mask!

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You Are in Charge of Your Own Happiness

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The above quote is so important in many ways.  From the time we are born we seek to please others.  As children when our parents were happy than we were happy.  Of course, pleasing others can be a wonderful thing.  The feelings of joy we get from bringing happiness to others is like no other.  But as with many things, this can be taken to the extreme thus causing us unhappiness while we seek to please another.  Once we start putting others happiness above our own happiness on a consistent basis, we’ve crossed the line into ignoring ourselves and putting ourselves last, if our own happiness even makes it onto our list.

True lasting happiness come from within.  No “other” can make us happy, just as we cannot bring true lasting happiness to another.  Look within to find your own happiness.

Repairing the World

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Last weekend I watched the wonderful documentary on Fred Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (which I suggest that you watch also, since Fred Rogers was an extraordinary man).  While I was watching it, some of the words mentioned in regard to the mess that’s the U.S. right now were “Tikkun Olam” which I’d never heard of before.  The words were referenced with regard to the question ‘what can we do to help ourselves and the world right now’?  The response was “repair the world”.  I’m leaving a link below that better explains the background and original meaning of these words, but also emphasizes that the meaning that is usually associated with these words has to do with repairing the world by means of social justice and human responsibility toward fixing what is wrong with the world.

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While changing the entire world is a huge task, and one that most of us are unable to achieve, after watching Won’t You Be My Neighbor? I was struck by how much each one of us can change the world.  How, you might ask?  By changing the world we live in.  Of course, we can sign petitions, march in protest, vote and give money to causes that resonate with us.  We should do all that.  But there are also direct actions that we can take.  We can declutter and make our homes as peaceful as we can.  We can also work at a soup kitchen.  These actions aren’t either/or, remember.  We can treat everyone we see with kindness.  And, for those of us who have limited money, it can be the most direct way of repairing the world.  I hope that I can manage to create a better world right where I am.  Hope you are inspired to do the same.

 https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/tikkun-olam-repairing-the-world/

 

10,000+ Children and Counting

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Over 10,000 migrant children, some of them seeking asylum on their own, and others taken from families seeking asylum, are now being held in various places in the U.S.  This is an increase in numbers, and they are being held in a variety of places.  Some are being held in tents in the desert of Texas, other are being crowded into other shelters which were never designed to hold the amount of people they are now being forced to hold.

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Some of these facilities are being paid upwards of $750.00 per day, and someone is making a lot of money from this.  Not only that, but the money trail leads directly to the Trump administration, including one company paying half a million dollars toward Trump’s inauguration.  Other companies making millions on these practices include Betsy DeVos (Secretary of Education), and Jim Mattis (Secretary of Defense) as part of their investors.  Vice President Pence also has ties through his brother to other of these providers.

I’ve left some links for you to follow if you want to find out more.  The reporting is not only from highly respected new outlets, but I’ve also included a Snopes link. Let me know your thoughts on this matter.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/us/migrant-shelters-border-crossing.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/12/us/migrant-children-detention.html

 

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/14/politics/immigrant-children-kept-detention/index.html

 

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/are-10000-children-in-u-s-detention-centers/

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Be Yourself

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On our journey through life, we’ll sometimes find other people who seem to have it all.  To the outside world their lives look wonderful, and, we’ll think, well if we could just be them, life would be great.  But the fact of the matter is, we have no idea if their lives are as great as we think they are…nor do we know if they are actually happy.

Instead of looking to others as a way to figure out how to be or how to live, each one of us needs to be who we are, not to copy someone else. Each one of us is an individual, and as such we’re one of a kind.  There is no one else exactly like us in the world.  That’s the way we were made, and that’s what makes the world so diverse and interesting.

So, okay, what’s my point?  Don’t look to others to gain your confidence.  Every day try to be a better you than you were yesterday.  Take the time to figure out what you want, how you want to live, what you want to do.  This life that you are living is yours, no one else’s, so try your best to live it the way you want.  Dream about how you’d like your life to be, write those dreams down and set goals to achieve to bring those dreams to fruition.  You can start by believing in yourself.  Use a simple affirmation – “I believe in myself” to bring your confidence out of hiding.  Say your own affirmations several times daily.  Find yourself, be yourself.

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Staying Positive During Hard Times

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As you know, there are times when life sucks.  And, believe it or not, that’s actually okay.  Life can’t be sunshine, roses and chocolate all the time.  Because, if it was, would that sunshine feel as wonderful?  Would the roses smell as sweet?  Well, I can tell you from experience, chocolate tastes fantastic no matter what is happening, but I’m sure you catch my drift.

When life is hard, take a breath – or twenty – or a hundred, and stand up and just deal with it.  Don’t put yourself down, don’t dwell on faulting someone (or yourself), just figure out a way to deal with it.  Focus your energy on doing whatever you can control to make life better, and do it!

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Quotes for Columbus Day

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I thought that I’d try something a little different for today.  Here are some Native American quotes I’d like to share with you all.

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