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I have a quote taped on the door of my locker at work that I ripped from an old calendar:

Just think lovely wonderful thoughts and they lift you up in the air.

James Barrie

Lovely wonderful thoughts that keep you positive, that help you rise about the difficulties of the day to day life and not only at work.

It has become my motto…wonderful thoughts that lift you up!

 

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I was still in Hungary when I first heard of Chris Guillebeau and something about his writing resonated with me. I have most of his books! This is the last one I read and it’s just WOW!

Read it!

Chris Guillebeau is from the States, he traveled to every single country in the world. He knows what he’s talking about!

Read it!

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I’m sure some of you heard about the #CivilmarchforAleppo  but in case you didn’t, here’s what’s happening:

A group of people started off from Berlin and they are walking to Aleppo as a way to raise awareness for the people in Syria and the refugees who flee the war-torn zones.

People from all over the place are joining the march, some only for a few days. Everyone is welcomed to join.

Here’s what you can read on the site of why they embarked on this journey:

Syria is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time. We cannot watch it unfolding much longer. We want to transform the feeling of helplessness into action

I’m doing my part by spreading the word. In my heart I’m walking right along them! I believe we can make a difference!

Go and check out their site and their Facebook page, and if you can why not join them too?

#CivilMarchforAleppo is a march for peace!

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Do you ever wish you could just take off and leave everything behind? Does it happen often that you feel the place you are at is too small, too narrow or too boring?

Wouldn’t it be fun to just hop on the next plane out of here?

Anywhere but here! 

Because sometimes it feels, I’m sure it happens to all of us, that we cannot, we will not be content with less than the best. Happiness is just around the corner and we will get on the first bus, train, bicycle or even a donkey and just ride towards that bright future that’s waiting for us.

We will chase that dream and find happiness…

Except that happiness is not something you can chase and if you cannot be content in one place chances are you will not be content anywhere.

Sometimes you are exactly where you are supposed to be but the grass is always greener on the other side. So, over to the other side we go and then discover that the patch next to it is greener still and our garden is no fun anymore.

“We must cultivate our own garden.” Voltaire

That’s one piece of radical advice!

What if we would really make the best of where we are because that is the place we are meant to be?

What if hopping on the next plane is not the answer?

What if we would learn contentment?

What if it’s not the circumstances but us that make the difference?

Just think about it!

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Only Kindness Matters

 

Life is hard, right? We all have our problems, we all have things to deal with, we are all fighting a battle and the least we can do for each other is being kind.

However, kindness is the last thing that crosses our mind, because it’s easier to put down, to find fault, to denigrate and to make the other person feel unworthy.

One of the most devastating experiences for the human soul is being bullied. It’s traumatic when you are young and in school, but it’s probably worse when you are a adult and you’re being harassed at your workplace by your boss.

Sometimes bosses go around acting  like minor gods, with that horrible attitude of “superiority”and treating others as their personal slaves.

Lately I’ve been hearing all sorts of stories of people, young and old, being emotionally abused at their workplace, and it gets me so upset. I also feel powerless and sad, very very sad.

Bullying is on the top of the list of “things I hate”, but how can we fight it? What can one person do to un-right the wrongs, to give a voice to those who are being bullied and restore dignity at the workplace?

I guess we can create awareness and we can definitely start a kindness revolution! It starts at home, remember?

 

“Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary” James Barrie

 

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Said Old Gentleman Gray, “On Christmas Day,
If you want to be happy, give something away.”

So he sent a fat turkey to Shoemaker Price,
And the Shoemaker said, “What a big bird, how nice;
And since such a good dinner is before me,
I’ll send this fine chicken I bought To poor Widow Lee.”

“This fine chicken, Oh see!” said the pleased Widow Lee.
“And the kindness that sent it, how precious to me.”
“I would like to make someone as happy as I.
I’ll send Washwoman Biddy my big pumpkin pie.”

“Oh my,” Biddy said. “Tis the queen of all pies:
Just to look at its yellow face, gladdens my eyes.
Now it’s my turn, I think, and a sweet sugar cake
For the motherless Finnegan children I’ll bake.”

Said the Finnegan children, Rose, Denny and Hugh.
“Thank you so much, how kind of you:
It smells sweet of spice, and we’ll carry a slice
To poor lame Jake who has nothing that’s nice.”

“I thank you and thank you!” said little lame Jake,
“For sharing with me your magnificent cake
In my basket, I’ll save all of the crumbs
and give them to each little sparrow that comes.”

And the sparrows they twittered as if they would say,
Like Old Gentleman Gray, “On Christmas Day,
If you want to be happy, give something away.”

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Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas season!!

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Je Suis Alicia

Saturday morning, November 14th, the world woke up to the tragic news of the Paris dramatic events. Shock, grief, disbelief, anger, sadness and fear were some of the emotions that were expressed by people in the street, in the shops, at the cafés and on the News Channel.

I lit a candle on my window sill that evening. A candle that represented hope, a light in the midst of darkness, a prayer for humanity.

People showed their solidarity by changing their profile photo or writing #jesuisparis, and I personally think it’s a beautiful statement. It’s a simple, powerful way to say without so many words that human life is valuable.

#jesuisparis #jesusisbeirut #jesuisbaghdad #jesuislemonde

Words are powerful, especially if followed by action. That’s why for me it’s important not only to say it, but to actually live it, to live each day promoting peace and social integration.

I’m afraid that in light of the events and out of fear, walls will be built instead of bridges and that will be such a big mistake. Peace and brotherhood are built through positive interaction, by people talking to and getting to know each other. This tragedy should draw us closer not drive us apart.

Of course je suis Paris and je suis le monde but more importantly je suis Alicia and I believe every life is important.

Je suis Alicia and I help with the funding of a school project in Bolivia.

Je suis Alicia and I volunteer twice a week at an Italian course for foreign women, where I teach a group of them how to read and write.

Je suis Alicia and I collect clothes and deliver them to low-income families and homeless people.

Je suis Alicia and I will teach my baby boy that through our actions we can make the world a little brighter and it’s our duty to do so.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you will join us and the world will be as one” Imagine -John Lennon

 

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