Monday, August 22, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Friday, December 31, 2010
- meeting my perfect partner and having an amazing, exciting, fun, adventurous, inspiring, romantic, liberating and adoring relationship with him
- enjoying the beauty and goodness and greatness of my two children as they experiment with life
- doing something truly significant in the service of others, something that I will enjoy wholeheartedly and that will benefit them in big and meaningful ways
- exploring and enjoying even more the friendships I have made, on and off-line - really seeing and enjoying the beauty and magnificence of each person I meet
- traveling to places where I can spend time enjoying the people and their spaces
- singing, playing guitar, writing, drawing, cooking much more competently, freely and frequently than I currently do
- enjoying wealth and abundance
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
This is the latest post in our series, TwitterPowerhouses, which focuses on the contributions of people who've helped to expand, influence, and redefine how we view social networking.
What inspires you? The answer to that question can be found in the timeless words of a visionary leader or literary giant, the stunning beauty of historical landmarks and modern marvels, or the fighting spirit and the responsibility to support causes that speak to the very best of what humanity has to offer. Or, all of the above.
Truly, inspiration is a brand than can never be oversold. This is why I am excited about profiling the 16 people below. They are among the most respected, motivational voices on Twitter today. They inspire hundreds of thousands with their daily dose of gratitude, use of icons, thought-provoking blogs, support for nonprofits, and a great mix of uplifting quotes and affirmations.
In one of his great pieces on inspiration, Russell Simmons writes,
We are thinking about the question "What inspires you?" and we are inspired by compassionate love. With great love all things are possible. This is true. In Mahatma Gandhi's words, "love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable." Mother Teresa spent her life working to give a voice to the poor and to promoting love as an essential ingredient to life. Her life devoted to the poor was among the richest in human history. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years imprisoned because of his actions to end the loveless and dehumanizing oppression of Apartheid.
Indeed, our lives are wonderfully defined, and refined, by the gravitational pull of positive people. We're drawn to what they promote, how they express themselves, and most of all, how their words line up with their actions. This is what Simmons is talking about. And just as we are inspired by the figures he mentioned, legions are also inspired by the 16 TwitterPowerhouses below. Men and women who are as richly diverse and captivating as the world we all inhabit.
"Twitter me Some Love", an inspirational song which has become a certified
viral hit. Her "New World Music" is truly fascinating.
social network of prominent business professionals, who use their access, connections and wealth to benefit charitable organizations worldwide.
One of Australia's most celebrated and respected
photographers and relationship therapists. Her blog is a great read that
tackles a variety of issues. Her Healing Love Notes are great.
interesting "cool facts" about civilization. He lives by the words:
but also his love and passion for the people, geography and history
Author's Note: In case you missed it, here's Part 4 of the series: Twitter and the Inspirations of Iconic88.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Dec 26, 2009
Narrated Abu Said Al Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him)
The Prophet (sallAllahu alaihe wassallam) said, "The people of Paradise will look at the dwellers of the lofty mansions (i.e. a superior place in Paradise) in the same way as one looks at a brilliant star far away
in the East or in the West on the horizon; all that is because of their superiority over one another (in rewards)." On that the people said, "O Allah's Apostle! Are these lofty mansions for the prophets which nobody else can reach? The Prophet replied," No! "By Allah in whose Hands my life is, these are for the men who believed in Allah and also believed in the Apostles."
Narrated Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him)
The Prophet (sallAllahu alaihe wassallam) said "There is a tree in Paradise (which is so big and huge that) a rider could travel in its shade for a hundred years. And if you wish, you can recite: 'In shade long extended..' (56. 30) and a place in Paradise equal to an arrow bow of one of you, is better than (the whole earth) on which the sun rises and sets."
Narrated Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him)
Allah's Apostle (sallAllahu alaihe wassallam) said, "Allah said, 'I have prepared for My pious slaves things which have never been seen by an eye, or heard by an ear, or imagined by a human being.' If you wish, you can recite this verse from the Holy Qur'an: 'No soul knows what is kept hidden for them, of joy as a reward for what they used to do.' " (32.17)
Ref: Sahih Bukhari
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009Recently, I have noticed that quite some people are in a relationship with a partner who's already having a child from a previous relationship. I've never thought that it would happen so much, but it's absolutely a normal phenomenon these days.
Coming from divorced parents myself, it's a bit strange, that I feel that it's something big, having a relationship with someone who's already got a child. I can only imagine how hard it must be, dealing with step-children. Although they're not necessary difficult, there's usually jealousy involved. Who loves who more? Why is she getting gifts? Why do they get more time?
My parents have been seperated for a long long time. It's hard to explain, but I don't mind that fact. Nor does my brother. We just don't have a band with my father, as he's been in L.A. for a great part of our life. My mom has had a few other relationships after that, but there was never trouble involving my brother and I, being the step-children. The other way around, both of us never rebelled against any of my mom's boyfriends. They were always welcome. Kinda...
Being totally honest, I don't think my brother and I cared about that. This sounds weird, right? I've never ever felt something for any of my mom's boyfriend. No negative feelings, but no positive feelings either. It's not like I've ever felt that a certain man was supposed to be my step-father. I just had no feelings or what so ever for those persons. So, I never rebelled, but I was never thrilled about someone either. I can't explain why.
I think it's really hard to judge anyone in these situations. I totally understand it, when step-children would rebel. Who's that new person, intruding our life? What does he/she want? Does he/she want to take our father/mother's place? Who does mom/dad love more? We didn't ask for this?
On the other hand, I can understand the jealous and scared feelings of the step-parent as well. Are those children nice? Why does he/she spend more time with them? Who does he/she love more? Will they accept me? Will they ever respect me? I didn't ask for this?
Though I'm the "step-kid", I'm very happy I'm currently not in a relationship like that. I think these relationships need a lot of time, patience and understanding from both sides. Years can go by, before everything will be in it's place. Sometimes years are not even enough....
How do you feel about this?
Are you maybe a step-kid or a step-parent?
ps: this is meant to be a thought prevoking post, not a depressing one. In case you thought that... *SMILE*
Monday, November 16, 2009
The scarecrow has been in the field so long he thinks it belongs to him.
Lessons are learned, not taught.
Mannequins can't dress themselves. Stones go wherever you throw them.
Should I refuse the honey because the bee stings?
What is fog on the surface is also fog deep inside.
The things I'm not learning are teaching me a lot.
Never do anything important if you can help it.
It's easy to see the dark side. All you have to do is close your eyes.
Order is what exists before you start arranging things.
One person is a person; two is a statistic.
Dreams change the world, but only in dreams.
Be grateful to those who refuse your demands. They are your benefactors.
The landscape looks different from every blade of grass.
Life is simple. You just have to stop trying to figure it out.