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We are short changing ourselves when we shy away from diversity


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Photo credit: Ralf Weiser

Individualism and diversity are close friends. These days this is hotly debated and unfortunately we seem to look for the easy answers rather than focusing on creating all inclusive solutions. Much like the pictures above we are complex individuals, sometimes a little out of focus, a little broken, perhaps we do not make sense to others and maybe cannot make sense of life ourselves. Who has not felt that way for even a little while? Don’t we all just want to be left alone and getting the same opportunities to live prosperous and happy lives? Anyway, at this micro level beauty and harmony does not easily make an appearance. We get side tracked and may object thinking this is “ugly”. Unfortunately, we appear to be reversing course away from diversity instead of embracing it.

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Let’s shift your focus to the macro level and you will notice a remarkable shift change. When you put all of the pieces together you get a beautiful mosaic that will illuminate the people and all of a sudden make much more sense. It also changes from “ugly” to “beautiful”. That is the mosaic of life as it resembles us humans and our sense of community. Embracing each individual as they he / she is adds to the overall sense of beauty. It is a symbol for how important individualism and supporting diversity are. Never shy away from diversity – it makes us all stronger and much more beautiful.

Ralf

And that is what Christmas should be all about – love, empathy, and compassion


And that is what Christmas should be all about – love, empathy, and compassion 20150116_162427

Picture credit: Ralf Weiser

“Papa, please take my allowance money and give it to this homeless organization”. That is what my son said to me during a stroll around Times Square in New York City during the holiday season two years ago. At a loss for words, I gave what would have been the pocket money for the month to the nice man who was collecting for a local church led initiative helping the homeless in the area. “Dad, this will buy at least 20 warm meals for them!” my son exclaimed with his face lit up like a Christmas tree.

Just 5 minutes before that he had contemplated getting a super hero Build-A-Bear for himself, but he wanted to think about it for a little while. So we went up and down Broadway before we ended up stopping at the homeless initiative’s street booth.

10 minutes prior to hitting the Build-A-Bear shop, we had come across 2 homeless people. They were covered in at least 3 blankets each and only their faces protruded from them. It was a nasty wet 27 degrees F (around -3C) outside and my son and I could only keep warm by dressing up warmly and having a set of warm mittens, scarves, and hats on. How did they manage to stay warm?

Isn’t it fascinating that we really consider the fate of others so much better when we experience their hardship ourselves? I cannot fathom being homeless with no one expecting you, no one who really cares, or LOVES you? If this little story will help blessing or really helping one single homeless person my son and I have fulfilled our purpose.

Next time you pass by a homeless person (see picture above) try stopping and really looking at the person. We may not be able to single handedly save them all, but providing a blessing one single soul at a time would sure make a difference if more and more of us did this. Check out Ron Hall’s and Denver Moore’s story “The same kind of different as me”. A real story about a modern-day slave, an international art dealer, and the unlikely woman who bound them together (Details here).

I wish you a Merry Christmas and will leave you with one of my favorite singer’s quotes:

“I think the whole world is dying to hear someone say, ‘I love you.’ I think that if I can leave the legacy of love and passion in the world, then I think I’ve done my job in a world that’s getting colder and colder by the day.” —Lionel Richie

Ralf

Sadness


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Today I am totally out of responses. I am speechless and just unbelievably sad. My sympathy goes to the 12 people who lost their lives in Berlin yesterday. Hatred cannot be the answer of the future. I am thinking and praying for the many more people who got hurt. I am hoping the authorities will find the much needed answers.

Ralf

Are you in need of a little cheering up? Well, then check this list of quotes out


Are you in need of a little cheering up? Well, then check this list of quotes out 14600974_10210085495567574_3268930458795490311_n

Photo credit: Ralf Weiser, even as messy as ice rain can be, it can also be very beautiful

It’s getting dark early now and it is cold, windy, and damp outside. The Christmas season is supposed to fill us with joy and yet sometimes the opposite is true. Find a list that is supposed to make you think and appreciate what you have. Remember that while you may consider your life to be a mess – this maybe somebody’s nirvana because they have it so much worse than you do.

  1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes.
  2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there’s a 50% chance you’ll die within the next 3 years
  3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. There’s a 9% chance that you’ll meet one of them in your lifetime.
  4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger.
  5. A person’s height is determined by their father, and their weight is determined by their mother.
  6. If a part of your body “falls asleep”, you can almost always “wake it up” by shaking your head.
  7. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing – food, attractive people and danger
  8. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side
  9. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the unpleasant odor.
  10. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would be dead within 4 years.
  11. There are so many kinds of apples, that if you ate a new one every day, it would take over 20 years to try them all.
  12. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping.
  13. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t.
  14. Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking.
  15. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia
  16. Our brain uses the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb!!
  17. Our body gives enough heat in 30 minutes to boil 1.5 liters of water!!
  18. The Ovum egg is the largest cell and the sperm is the smallest cell(!).
  19. Stomach acid (conc. HCl) is strong enough to dissolve razor blades!!
  20. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day and while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant.
  21. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  22. When you wake up in the morning, pray to ask God’s guidance for your purpose, today.
  23. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  24. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds.
  25. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  26. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  27. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
  28. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  29. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Forgive them for everything!
  30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  31. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  32. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  33. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  34. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  35. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’
  36. Help the needy, Be generous! Be a ‘Giver’ not a ‘Taker’
  37. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  38. Time heals everything – everything.
  39. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  40. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  42. Each night before you go to bed, pray to God and be thankful for what you’ll accomplish, today!
  43. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
  44. Common sense is not common practice.

Forward this to anyone you feel could use a little boost. Please send any of your favorite ones my way to include them in an upcoming blog post.

Ralf

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