Hope you enjoy.

May help us be more understanding.

If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village consisting of 100 people...

...maintaining the proportions of all the people living on Earth, that village would consist of:

57 Asians

21 Europeans

14 Americans (North, Central and South)

8 Africans

There would be:

52 women and 48 men

30 Caucasians and 70 non-Caucasians

30 Christians and 70 non-Christians

89 heterosexuals and

11 homosexuals

6 people would possess 59% of the wealth and they would all come from the USA.

80 would live in poverty

70 would be illiterate

50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition

1 would be dying

1 would be being born

1 would own a computer

1 (yes, only one) would have a university degree

But, consider again the following:

If we looked at the world in this way, the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious.

If you woke up this morning in good health, you have more luck than one million people, who won’t live through the week.

If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from starvation, then you are better off than 500 million people.

If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world’s population.

AND SO?

Work like you don’t need the money.

Love like nobody has ever hurt you.

Dance like nobody is watching.

Sing like nobody is listening.

Live as if this was paradise on Earth.

AND APART FROM THAT, SIMPLY HAVE A Mighty DAY!

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Inspiring....I think !


“In the darkness of despair we saw a vision. We lit the light of hope and it was not extinguished.

In the desert of discouragement we saw a vision. We planted the tree of valour and it blossomed.

In the winter of bondage we saw a vision. We melted the snows of lethargy and the river of resurrection flowed from it.

We sent our vision aswim like a swan on the river. The vision became a reality. Winter became Summer. Bondage became Freedom. And this is what we left to you as your inheritance.

O generation of freedom, remember us, the generation of vision.”

 

We saw a vision....the poem inscribed on the wall of the garden of remembrance.


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Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let airplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good
…….W H Auden

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Welcome to Creation’s Story

1.    15 Billion Years Ago: From the restless emptiness of quantum space, creative energy exploded, bearing all matter, all dimension, all energy, and all time. The temperature exceeded one trillion degrees centigrade, cooling sufficiently within one-thousandth of a second to produce the first elementary particles: electrons, protons and neutrons. The earth is still so radioactive from this initial explosion that its core is kept hot by continuing nuclear reactions, and all over its surface, many atoms are still exploding – in rocks and trees, and even in our own bodies!

2.    14 Billion Years Ago:  Cosmic dust filled the creative vacuum, and still does to this day. Although largely invisible to the human eye, the dust channels waves and particles in the elegant dance of the sub-atomic world. The dust helps to weave the intricate patterns without which the story would have ceased billions of years ago.

3.    13 Billion Years Ago: The paradox of creation and destruction shapes the evolving rhythms and patterns of the young universe. The cycle of birth, death and rebirth became the inspiring process that would endow creation for time immemorial. Chaotic and destructive at times, and often baffling to the human mind, creation’s paradoxical wisdom continues to beget the wonderful world we all inhabit.

4.    12 Billion Years Ago: The first stars illuminate the enveloping horizon. Many of the early stars were intensely hot. They flared up and exploded in brilliant supernovas, each as bright as an entire galaxy. The force of those explosions sent heavier elements hurtling through space, condensing over millions of new stars, begetting in time the sun and planet earth. And to the stars we owe the ingredients of carbon-based life, without which none of us could savour the wonders of the night sky.

5.    11 Billion Years Ago:  The seventh chakra, marking the gift of LIGHT! We celebrate the resilience of the creative Spirit weaving creation through the paradox of light and darkness, illuminating the mystery through which all creation thrives, enlightening our understanding of how creation works, and brightening our future with hope and purpose.

6.    10 Billion Years Ago:  The sixth chakra, marking the gift of WISDOM! We celebrate the wisdom and intelligence which is innate to creation at every level of its unfolding story, the well-spring which endows everything in creation to act wisely for the good of the whole, and the source from which human intelligence also emanates.

7.    9 Billion Years Ago:  The fifth chakra, marking the gift of COMMUNICATION. We celebrate creation’s potential to relate and communicate, to articulate the richness of its life and meaning – in a narrative imbued with complexity and wonder. Our human capacity for speech and word belong to creation’s innate potential to communicate and articulate meaning.

8.    8 Billion Years Ago:  The fourth chakra, celebrating IMMUNITY and the capacity for right relating. We celebrate creation’s capacity for healthy and wholesome living, facilitated through mutually enriching relationships with the diverse creatures that constitute the canopy of universal life.

9.    7. Billion Years Ago:  The third chakra, marking the invitation to mutual EMPOWERMENT. We celebrate the mutuality through which interdependence thrives, empowering every aspect of creation towards the realisation of its true potential, liberating freedom and hope for future possibility.

10.  6. Billion Years Ago:  The second chakra, marking GENERATIVITY and erotic birthing. In a creation of prodigious fertility we celebrate the fruitfulness and creative abundance we see around us, and we give thanks for the pleasures and joys of sexual intimacy.

11.  5. Billion Years Ago:  The base chakra, GROUNDING our presence in the earth and in the body. At every level of creation energy begets form, and all form assumes embodied presence. The cosmos, the galaxies, the earth, landscapes, persons, and bacteria are all embodied expressions through which the presence of living Spirit becomes grounded in creation.

12.  4.5 Billion Years Ago:  Cosmogenesis irrupted  in a new range of supernova explosions releasing a spiralling cloud of gas , which we now call the Solar System. One spiral in this new irruption, namely the Milky Way, was to become home to the planets and to the many stars that illuminate our night skies.

13.  4 Billion Years Ago:  The Sun ingratiates creation. Born out of an explosion of 10,000 stars all at once, with a volume one million times that of our earth, the sun is earth’s primary source of heat and energy, of nourishment and vitality, for all earth’s creatures. Through the process of photosynthesis, the sun’s energy enters the food-chain, gracing every organism with nurturing abundance.

14.  3.8 Billion Years Ago:  Our home planet, the Earth, is born. Uniquely poised relative to the sun’s influence on complex molecules, and endowed with a creative balance of gravitational and electromagnetic forces, Earth brings forth cosmo-genetic powers unknown in any other region of creation. Home today to millions of species, the Earth seems to be endowed with an infinite capacity for innovation and creativity.

15.  3.5 Billion Years Ago:  The rich array of cosmic liquids and chemicals formed a new alliance, birthing forth the earliest life-forms: tiny bacteria that thrive even to our time. And from these simple organisms emerges the canopy of life-forms that adorns creation today.

16.  350 Million Years Ago:  With flowers adorning the landscape, and trees towering above the earth itself, plants on earth and fishes abounding in the waters, the sea mammals move on to land, and the complexity of embodied life reaches a new apex of elegance and beauty.

17.  7 Million Years Ago:  Africa gives birth to the Human Species. Evolving out of Africa humans inhabit the entire planet, bringing forth new mental and spiritual powers through which matter becomes conscious of itself. Evolution moves to a new spiritual threshold with humans, as a young species, still struggling to make sense of their awesome existence.

18.  39 Years Ago(1969):  Humans visit another planet for the first time. Glancing back from their base on the moon, humans see the Earth as a blue-white pearl, illuminated by the Sun. This iconic image has changed our perceptions forever, inviting us to forego our addiction to power and reclaim our place as cosmic-planetary creatures whose essential vocation is to treat creation with the reverence and care it deserves.

 Reflection:

"What is particularly striking is the lack of repetition in the developing universe. The fireball that begins the universe gives way to the galactic emergence and the first generation of stars. The later generations of stars bring into being the living planets with their own sequence of epochs, each differentiating itself from the rest. Biological and human history, with the ever fresh expressions of creativity, continue the differentiation of time from its beginning.
Indeed all 15 billion years form an epic that must be viewed as a whole to understand its full meaning. This meaning is the extravagance of the creative outpouring, where each being is given its unique existence. At the heart of the universe is an outrageous bias for the novel, for the unfurling of surprise in prodigious dimensions throughout the vast range of existence."

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Happiness

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married. Then we convince ourselves that we'll be happy after we have a baby. Then we'll find happiness when we have another baby.

Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we are sure we will be more content when they are. After that, we are frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of THAT stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.

The truth is, there is no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, then when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It is best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.

There is a famous quote from Alfred D Souza: "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin   - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten
through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would surely begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles WERE my life".

There is no way TO happiness. Happiness IS the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time...and remember that time waits for no one.

So, stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning,
until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you have had a drink, until you have sobered up, until you die, until you are born again.....
to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.

Work like you don't need money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round
Or listened to the rain
lapping on the ground?

Ever followed a
butterfly's erratic flight
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night? 

You better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last

Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask "How are you?"
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done,
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last

Ever told your child,
We'll do it tomorrow
And in your haste,
not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say "Hi"?

You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short
The music won't last
When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift.... Thrown away...

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.  

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 When are you too Old?

 When asked how it was that she has lived so long, one 91-year-old woman replied, "I think God is testing the patience of my relatives."

When is "too old"? At what age do we give up? At 100, Grandma Moses was still painting, and Titian painted "Battle of Lepants" when he was 98.

At 93, George Bernard Shaw wrote Far-fetched Fables.

 At 91, Eamon de Valera served as president of Ireland.

 At 90, Pablo Picasso still drew and engraved.

 At 89, Arthur Rubinstein gave one of his greatest recitals in New York's Carnegie Hall, and Pablo Casals, at 88, still performed cello Concerts.

 At 82, Winston Churchill wrote the four-volume work, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Leo Tolstoy completed I Can?not Be Silent, and Goethe, at the same age, finished Faust.

 At 81, Benjamin Franklin engineered the diplomacy, which led to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

 When are you "too old"? Only on the day when you truly have nothing left to give. And the good news is this: that day never has to arrive!

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The Story of Life

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbour, coworker, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger), but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way. And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.

  Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul.
Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless. The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become.

Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.

Most importantly, if you LOVE someone tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store. And learn a lesson in life each day that you live.

That's The Story Of Life.

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Be­lieve in your­self

 Some­times peo­ple come in­to your life and you know right away that they were
meant to be there. To serve some sort of pur­pose, teach you a les­son or
help fig­ure out who you are or who you want to be­come. You nev­er know who these peo­ple may be but when you lock eyes with them, you
know that very mo­ment that they will af­fect your life in some pro­found way.
And some­times things hap­pen to you at the time that may seem hor­ri­ble,
painful and un­fair, but in re­flec­tion you re­al­ize that with­out over­com­ing
those ob­sta­cles you would have nev­er re­al­ized your po­ten­tial, strength, will
pow­er or heart. Ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son. Noth­ing hap­pens by chance or by means of
good luck. Ill­ness, in­jury, love, lost mo­ments of true great­ness and sheer
stu­pid­i­ty all oc­cur to test the lim­its of your soul. With­out these small
tests, life would be like a smooth­ly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere.
Safe and com­fort­able but dull and ut­ter­ly point­less. The peo­ple you meet af­fect your life. The suc­cess­es and down­falls that you
ex­pe­ri­ence can cre­ate who you are, and the bad ex­pe­ri­ences can be learned
from. In fact, they are prob­a­bly the most poignant and im­por­tant ones. If some­one hurts you, be­trays you or breaks your heart, for­give them be­cause
they have helped you learn about trust and the im­por­tance of be­ing cau­tious
to whom you open your heart. If some­one loves you, love them back un­con­di­tion­al­ly, not on­ly be­cause they
love you, but be­cause they are teach­ing you to love and to open your heart
and eyes to lit­tle things. Make ev­ery day count. Ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery mo­ment and take from it ev­ery­thing that you pos­si­bly can,
for you may nev­er be able to ex­pe­ri­ence it again. Talk to peo­ple you have nev­er talked to be­fore, and ac­tu­al­ly lis­ten. Let
your­self fall in love, break free and set your sights high. Hold your head up be­cause you have ev­ery right to. Tell your­self you are a
great in­di­vid­u­al and be­lieve in your­self, for if you don't be­lieve in
your­self, no one else will be­lieve in you. Cre­ate your own life and then go
out and live it. ;If you take your eyes off your goals, all you see are ob­sta­cles." The Im­pos­si­ble Dream To dream the im­pos­si­ble dream,
to fight the un­beat­able foe,
to bear with un­bear­able sor­row,
to run where the brave dare not go. To right the un­rightable wrong,
to love pure and chaste from afar,
to try when your arms are too weary,
to reach the un­reach­able star. This is my quest,
to fol­low that star -
-
no mat­ter how hope­less,
no mat­ter how far. To fight for the right
with­out ques­tion or pause,
to be will­ing to march in­to hell for a
heav­en­ly cause. And I know if I'll on­ly be true to this
glo­ri­ous quest
that my heart will be peace­ful and calm
when I'm laid to my rest. And the world will be bet­ter for this,
that one man scorned and cov­ered with scars
still strove with his last ounce of courage.
To reach the un­reach­able star.

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Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are and who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be: your neighbor, child, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger who, when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.

And sometimes things happen to you and at the time they seem painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without over coming those obstacles
you would have never realized your potential strength, will power, or heart.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul.

Without these small tests, whether they be events, illnesses or relationships,
life would be like a smoothly paved straight flat road to nowhere, safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet who affect your life and the successes and downfalls you experience create who you are, and even the bad experiences can be learned from, In fact, they are probably the poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to
whom you open your heart...

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart
and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again...

Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen, let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high...

Hold your head up because you have every right too. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself...for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either. You can make of your life anything you wish.

Create your own life and then go out and live in it!
"Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last...
Tomorrow is Not Promised"

 

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