WORD'S WORTH“We may lose our best piece of pottery in the firing, the charter school we work so hard to create may fold, our start up business may go under, our children may develop problems beyond our control. If we only focus on the results, we will be devastated. But if we know the cup is broken, we can give our best to the process, create what we can and trust the larger process of life itself. We can plan, we can care for, tend and respond. But we cannot control.  Instead we take a breath, and open to what is unfolding, where we are. This is a profound shift, from holding on, to letting go.  As Suzuki Roshi says, “When we understand the truth of impermanence and find our composure in it, there we find ourselves in Nirvana.”  Jack Kornfield

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FYI: Online Petitions.

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1. Most countries insist that you be a verifiable citizen of that country in order for your signature to be counted.

2. A petition requires 100,000 signatures to even be considered for parliamentary debate.

3. Amelia Tait  in her article for New Statesman, titled  Do Online Petitions Actually Work? The Numbers Reveal The Truth stated:  

“Using the content analysing tool BuzzSumo, I discovered the top ten most-shared campaigns from petition.parliament.uk within the last year. It seems logical that the most-shared petitions are those with the largest chance of success, and all reached the threshold to be debated by MPs (though four of the ten were actually denied a debate). Despite accumulating millions of signatures and hundreds of thousands of shares, however, not a single one of these campaigns suceeded in obtaining its intended outcome.”

4. Be aware that by adding your name and address or other contact details, these online petitions become the dream tools for advertisers and criminals.  Some of these petitions are actually generated BY criminals for the express purpose of gaining that info.

5. By signing a petition, many people believe they have done something about an issue and may, then, fail to involve themselves in action that might be more fruitful in obtaining the results they desire.

However, online petitions can raise awareness to important issues, providing your followers do not understand the above and are not totally fed up with endless, pointless requests filling up their feeds.

WORD'S WORTH“There were thousands and thousands of forms of joy in the world, but that all were essentially one and the same, namely, the joy of being able to love.”  Michael Ende

WORD'S WORTH“They were careless people,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote of the rich couple at the heart of The Great Gatsby. “They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” Some of us are surrounded by destructive people who tell us we’re worthless when we’re endlessly valuable, that we’re stupid when we’re smart, that we’re failing even when we succeed. But the opposite of people who drag you down isn’t people who build you up and butter you up.  It’s equals who are generous but keep you accountable, true mirrors who reflect back who you are and what you are doing.”  Rebecca Solnit

Christmas is for Love and Joy

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Just a reminder what Christmas is all about.  Take some time out from your busy day, grab the partner and your kids and watch a couple of videos that will warm your heart and make you smile.  Then look at your loved ones, give them a hug, and remember that none of the material stuff will matter to anyone down the road.  The only thing we remember is whether or not we were loved and the time we spend with one another says that louder than anything else.

Merry Christmas!!