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“Political” and “Politics” | Definition | Etymology

What do “political” and “politics” mean to you? Can you identify yourself with one of these two common statements?

  • “I don’t get involved in politics. What could I do, anyway?
  • Politics are the job of politicians. That’s what we vote and pay them for.”

Even people who’ve never been “interested in politics” their whole life have lately joined the discussion. Global crises of all sorts  and uprisings, which in the past may have only “happened  to others”, knocked at our front doors and entered our homes unbidden. And if they haven’t yet, maybe they will, soon…

how to deal with existential fear - The Scream painted by Edvard Munch

how to overcome existential fear?

Fear is contagious – and fear is the worst consultant ever. Fear shuts down the thinking part of our brain by triggering the Fight-or-Flight response, spiralling us back into an animal state of uncontrollable emotion and instinct.  Continue reading

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You may not have noticed the new, tiny, yet significant image in the sidebar: Guerrilla Goodness, courtesy of Kindnessgirl.

What is Guerrilla Goodness?

According to The Free Dictionary,  “guerrilla [or “guerilla” is] – a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment”.

“armed force”, “sabotage” and “harassment”? Now how does that go with “goodness” 😕

It’s all in the attitude, intention and action taken 🙂

  • Goodness Guerrillas arm themselves with small acts,  gestures and other expressions of kindness.
  • Their contagious force or power is the motivation coming from a compassionate heart.
  • With determination and resilience, Goodness Guerrillas sabotage daily thoughtlessness, cruelty, boredom, meaninglessness and indifference.
  • They keep harassing their environment with surprise attacks of hope and joy.

How exactly  do Goodness Guerrillas operate? Click the little icon in the sidebar to find out more about Guerrilla Goodness 🙂

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Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

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You want to become a Goodness  Gorilla Guerrillero yourself?

Or perhaps you are a Goodness Guerrillero already – knowingly or not 😉 – and are looking for even more inspiration, ideas and resources? Try these links for starters:

Update: When re-reading my post I noticed that I had written “Kindness Guerrilla” whereas Kindnessgirl named it “Goodness Guerrilla”, and I replaced “kindness” with “goodness”.  – Pick your choice; at the end of the Guerrillero’s day, kindness and goodness will lead to the same results 😉

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What Makes Me Smile Like Nothing Else Can

Smiles: Happy, cynical, serene, comic, sad, genuine, fake, tired, polite, … But only some smiles are contagious.

smiling girl

Mounica's smile

Many things make me smile a happy smile: listening to music I like, reading a funny passage in a book, reflecting wonderful memories, sometimes even imagining future events,… I’m smiling as I write this; maybe the word “smile” is a trigger?

Yet I find nothing as irresistible as witnessing a genuine, happy smile sent out by someone else…

My personal conclusion: That I give others as many contagious,  genuine, happy smiles as I can 🙂 🙂 🙂

What makes YOU smile?

Image source: pranav http://www.flickr.com/photos/29220600@N08/3433407850/

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Featured: The Art of Frugal Living

A frugal life is a rich life 

Frugality is often confused with “poverty”, “cheap” or “scarcity”, not having enough. And in a way that’s explainable, because need and necessity are often the initial sparks which make us do with what we’ve got. The ongoing economic crisis has forced even previously well-off people to consider their lifestyle.

rubbish dump in forest

like this....

green grass woods

...or like that?

Consumerism is out – frugality is in

But frugality is much more than making ends meet. It’s a lifestyle, a conscious choice to live economically within our environmental and social context. Instead of exploiting and wasting resources on things which end up cluttering our lives, we can take a step back and free ourselves from what we don’t need.

Freedom is in fact one of the great benefits of a frugal lifestyle. Experiencing how little we need boosts our self-confidence and gives us inner safety. Having less helps us focus on what we have already and what we really want – instead of chasing and taking what we can get.

Living frugally and giving freely is quite the opposite of a “poor” mindset 🙂

This week I feature a blog I discovered right in time for this post (meaning today): Notes From The Frugal Trenches – A Downshifting Journey 

I hope you enjoy “Frugal Trenches” as much as I do 🙂

Maria

Image source: publicphoto.org forest dump, green woods

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Have-Your-Say-Day (4)

The content of this post will be as interesting as your comments make it 😉

  • Questions?
  • Answers?
  • Suggestions?
  • Tips?
  • Dreams?
  • Wishes?
  • Events?
  • Actions?
  • Reactions?

Anything goes, but maybe you prefer a prompt? How about the…

…Topic of the week: Consolidation

Vincent van Gogh: Dirl in the Woods - drawing

Vincent van Gogh: Girl in the Woods (drawing, 1882)

But what is your final goal, you may ask. That goal will become clearer, will emerge slowly but surely, much as the rough draught turns into a sketch, and the sketch into a painting through the serious work done on it, through the elaboration of the original vague idea and through the consolidation of the first fleeting and passing thought.
Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh: Girl in White in the Woods (painting, 1882)

Vincent van Gogh: Girl in White in the Woods (painting, 1882)

Image Source: via wikimedia.org drawing, painting

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Featured: “Save Somali Children from Hunger” – an eleven-year-old boy wants to raise $13 million

The East Africa Drought

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"drought" - not only a natural phenomenon, but also a state of deprivation of Heart and Mind

Compassion, choice, determination and action know no age restrictions. Andrew Adansi-Bonnah, 11, wants to raise $13 million for his cause. Read how a Ghana schoolboy launches solo famine fundraiser (Associated Press via yahoo.com), and the related article on modernghana.com.

UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming: “We estimate that a quarter of Somalia’s 7.5 million population is now either internally displaced or living outside the country as refugees. The drought is compounded by prevailing violence in southern and central parts of the country.”

Source of the quote and more on the Horn of Africa famine and how you can help: http://www.unhcr.org/4e16da4d9.html

How do you choose to act?

Maria

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