What an interesting quote. Do you think this is true? What are your dreams – you know, those “crazy” ideas you have for living the life you desire – fulfilling your deepest wishes. Do you feel that they are much too hard to attain, or have you slowly but surely been working on them all along? I remember reading the story of a man who had always wanted to obtain a higher education, so he decided upon retirement that he was going to go to college, but couldn’t afford it. His solution was to go anyway and audit the classes (this simply meant that he could do the work, but not receive any credit). His friends gave him a hard time, telling him that he’d be too old when he finished, but his response was that he’d be that age anyway, so what difference would it make. Some ten years later, he was still auditing various courses, doing the course work and passing every class. The college finally gave him an honorary degree for his dedication to learning. Needless to say, he was the same age he would have been anyway, only now he’d gotten the education he’d always wanted. Life is to be lived, after all.
See, if someone really is courageous enough to follow through on their soul’s wishes, they are often able to find a way to fulfill them. The problem, I have found, is finding the courage to follow through. Turn your dreams into actions and fulfill your wishes!
I don’t know about you, but November was not a fully productive month for me. I re-injured my back, making my workouts more of a workout than I anticipated. I attempted to do NaNoWriMo (national write a novel in a month). I was aiming for finishing my dog book, which I did not accomplish. However, I’ve gotten a start that I’m happy with, and intend to work on it more in the coming months.
I did sort and file most of my paperwork that’s been hanging around playing cards and drinking beer on my dining room table and credenza. This only happened because I needed to use my dining room table for Thanksgiving – talk about a really good reason to do some organizing. So, that was a good thing to finish. And, to point out my state of disorganization, I thought that I had another week before Thanksgiving, so imagine my surprise when I realized I only had a few days to pull my dinner together! That fact right there is another indication of how my month went.
One happy note is that I’ve started my Christmas shopping and can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully there will not be any extreme panicking this year. So, how did you do with your November goals? Let me know in the comments below.
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.
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.
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.
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.