Showing posts from August 2, 2015

A Major U.S. City Has Made It Mandatory For Pet Stores To Only Sell Rescue Animals

Another major U.S. city recently upheld a 2013 ordinance stating all dogs and cats sold from local pet stores must be rescue animals.

Daily Inspirational Quote – August 8, 2015

“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”

Well of course we must! This belief is what will motivate our will to succeed and ensure we persevere when the going gets tough as nothing successful is gained without struggle or unexpected drawbacks. So we need to “dress” ourselves with the armor of total self-belief prior to embarking on our journey to achieving success in whatever we choose to do and making it part of us forever. Who’s with me?


Peacefully Determined

Trying harder and harder won’t make you any more effective. Step back, take a breath, remember who you are, and allow good things to come through your efforts.

Pushing and shoving, even if it’s against your own fecklessness, is not the way to make progress. Let go of the worry and anxiety, and let yourself be your best.

The world continues to spin, the sun will rise again, and new possibilities are being born in every moment. Accept the unique value of where you are, and allow yourself to do something wonderful with it.

Raise your expectations, and don’t lose faith if those expectations are not met immediately. Choose to be inspired by the challenges, and you’ll position yourself to successfully work through them.

Instead of being frustrated or dismayed out of habit, be peacefully determined by intentional choice. Life is offering you opportunity in every turn of events, so graciously accept it and move forward with it.

Let go of the desperation, of the need to try so hard. And live with t…

Can You Teach People to Have Empathy?

"According to the latest neuroscience research, 98% of people (the exceptions include those with psychopathic tendencies) have the ability to empathize wired into their brains -- an in-built capacity for stepping into the shoes of others and understanding their feelings and perspectives.  The problem is that most don't tap into their full empathic potential in everyday life."

8 Year-Old Boy's Revolutionary Operation Has Changed His Life Forever

For most of his life, Zion Harvey has dreamed of having hands. Thanks to a medical miracle, it's finally come true.

Dad Gets A Tattoo To Match His Daughter's Cochlear Implant

A New Zealand father has gotten a cochlear implant tattooed on his head to help his six year-old daughter not feel like the odd one out.

Daily Inspirational Quote – August 7, 2015

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”

Now why would you want to be somebody else in the first place? Saying that, just by being aware of all the magazines, TV programs and advertising that bombard the younger among us, this seems to be the case. They appear to actively encourage our younger generation to venerate the “celebrities” they promote. I’m sure that, just like me, you see them for what most of them actually are, i.e. self-obsessed, vacuous, airheads, who regard a chipped or broken finger nail as a major crisis, and that’s just the men! Seriously, we need to do our bit in ensuring that the youngsters under our influence, realize that they are very special, unique individuals, who can accomplish great things in life just by being who they were born to be.


Treasure Whatever You Have

It doesn’t matter whether you start with a lot or with a little. What matters is how diligently and purposefully you use it.

Whatever you have to work with is plenty with which to start. It is plenty, that is, when you choose to make full use of it.

Wishing that you could have it easier, won’t make it easier. Feeling resentful about whatever anyone else has to work with, won’t make your work any more effective.

The more fruitful choice is to be thankful for whatever you have. Your gratitude will shine a light on its true value, and open your mind to new ways for moving forward.

If you start with a lot of advantages and take them for granted, you’ll waste most of them. If you start with next to nothing, and yet truly treasure whatever you have, you can take yourself anywhere with it.

Life is dynamic, and responds very well to what you choose to do with it. So no matter what you have to work with, put all of yourself into the effort, and reap the rewards that your gratitude and diligence wil…

Love as a Great Transition Story

We may imagine love to be quite utopian, but consider the alternatives. In not choosing love we are left with law and the prospect of global bureaucratic stagnation. In not choosing law we are left with force and the prospect of either global devastation or global domination. If we value our freedom and vitality as a species, we are obliged to do no less than learn to love one another as a human family. And it start with the stories we tell -- because those stories shape our view of ourselves and the path we take through this time of collective awakening and global turning. To achieve authentic and lasting reconciliation as the foundation for our future, we can consciously choose narrative that require the power of love and compassion as a practical basis for organizing human affairs. Futurist Duane Elgin shares more.

She Emailed A Stranger About A Product For Sale. She Never Expected This Amazing Response

What one kind man did for an Irish girl and her mother this week is going viral for all the right reasons.

Daily Inspirational Quote – August 6, 2015

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”

Of course it can! This can come about in so many ways. By studying for a good job or career, meeting and committing to that special someone in your life, choosing to live in a safe environment, building lifelong friendships…. I could go on and on but you get my drift don’t you? Ensure you take enough time to weigh up and consider any possible long-term effects before choosing to make the next stage of your life a reality. It’s all in your hands. The decisions and choices you make in and through your life will ultimately create the happiness and contentment of your tomorrows…or not….


Peter Kingsley on Remembering What We Have Forgotten

In this interview author Peter Kingsley points out that "there's something infinitely precious at the origins of (Western) civilization. The trouble is that it's been lost because we started taking it for granted...The challenge (is) to wake up now and take responsibility for what we have been given."

Device That Shows Where Patient's Veins Are Located Could Be A Game-Changer

If you hate needles, this new invention will make sure physicians don't miss the next time they need to find a vein.

Bride And Groom Spend Their Wedding Day Feeding 4,000 Syrian Refugees Instead Of Wedding Guests

A Turkish bride and groom decided to share their joy on their wedding day by inviting 4,000 Syrian refugees to eat with them and celebrate in the southern Turkish city of Kilis.

Daily Inspirational Quote – August 5, 2015

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”

When we are experiencing problems we don’t think of them as stop signs, oh no, we think of them as something we could really do without! Some problems are the result of our own actions and some aren’t but they are problems just the same so need to be dealt with. Maybe we should look at our next problem as a guideline? By dealing with it and learning from it we will have a clearer understanding of how to deal with the same or similar problem the next time it rears its ugly head so a lesson learned right?


What Purpose Does It Serve?

Before you spend your time on anything, before you devote your energy, ask yourself this. What positive purpose will it serve?

Your life is too precious to waste on negativity, on complaining and worrying, on resentment, on anger. Occasionally, those things can spur you to positive action, but most of the time they merely squander your time.

Be intentional about your thoughts, feelings and actions. Select the things that push the world forward, that lift your life, that bring fulfillment and joy.

Jump into those actions that you have a good, positive reason to do. Live your life in a way that resonates with your deepest values.

Stop yourself from reacting out of habit in ways that don’t do anyone any good. Look ahead to the consequences, and enable yourself to choose the best ones.

Every day is brimming with opportunities to live and act in the service of what’s important. Choose in each moment to serve a positive purpose, and transform those opportunities into a rich and rewarding life.

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The Pixel Painter

Passion has no expiry date. This is rings true for Grandpa who at 97 years continues to follow his passion for painting. The world has changed phenomenally in his lifetime. He spent his career as a typographer, creating letterforms by hand but now, thanks to his grandson, he produces his art on the computer. This sweet film showcases some of Hal Lasko's work as well as his abundant energy for creating.

If You've Ever Wondered How Much Firefighters Risk For Others, Watch This Body-Cam Video

A firefighter's body camera captured dramatic footage of their attack on a blazing house fire in San Bernardino County, California on Friday.

Artists Turn One Of Mexico's Most Dangerous Neighborhoods Into One Giant Mural

In hopes to revitalize one of Mexico's most dangerous neighborhoods, artists known as the Germ Collective have spent 14 months turning the hillside neighborhood of Las Palmitas into a giant, colorful mural.

She Asked Her 89 Year-Old Grandma To Be A Bridesmaid. It Turned Out Better Than She Ever Expected

You're never too old to be a bridesmaid. Just ask bride Christine Quinn's 89 year-old grandma Nana Betty.

Daily Inspirational Quote – August 4, 2015

“There is no security in this life. There is only opportunity.”

This is like saying there is no certainty in life so make the best of it, don’t you think? Nothing is secure or lasts forever. Things change from second to second, from minute to minute, hour to hour. Don’t let this ever prevent you from searching out and seizing every opportunity that you discover or that is presented to you. Find your own security in the knowledge that no opportunity has ever slipped through your grasp!


Extraordinary Opportunity

Life is begging you to make it even better than it already is. In everything that happens are ideas, opportunities, possibilities and great value to be created.

What must you do to make the most of all that? Be open to it all, and an active participant in each moment.

Watch, listen and learn, but don’t just sit there and watch. Immediately act on what you discover, on the ideas and opportunities that appear in front of you.

Pay just a little more attention, with love and thankfulness for life as you see it. Then do something about the possibilities bursting forth into your awareness.

Treasure the beauty that has been, and the beauty that is. Put it all together in new ways as you give life to the beauty that is to be.

In every ordinary moment is extraordinary opportunity. Embrace it, give your energy to it, and create new richness as you journey through.

— Ralph Marston

Why We Do What We Do

What motivates our action? In this TED talk life coach and motivational speaker, Tony Robbins, shares his thoughts on the art of fulfillment. "It's about appreciation and contribution.," Robbins shares."You can only feel so much by yourself." In his talk he discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions

Choose Your Thoughts, Choose Your Life!

by Della Temple

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

Taming your inner critic and getting to the core of who you truly are, not whom others think you should be, is a process. It’s a process of intentionally choosing your thoughts instead of allowing your inner critic to choose for you. Much like peeling away the layers of an onion, this process of discovering who you truly are takes patience, self-nurturing, and fortitude. But it is possible–and once you find your true essence and live by your own internal wisdom, life is truly delicious!

However, you can’t change something until you understand what it is you want to change. The first step then is to bring your awareness to your current story of how you see yourself operating in the world. Start to listen to your inner dialog. Write out some of your worst inner critic statements. Keep a journal of your dominating thoughts. Bring your beliefs of how you view yourself up from the basement of your subconscious and into t…

Optimism–The Gateway to “Feeling Great” Every Day

by Dadi Janki, Peter Vegso, and Kelly Johnson

Sweetness is a virtue that searches for the good in every person and situation.
At its heart is the conviction that there is always something positive to be found.
You simply need the patience to discover it.
–Eternal Blessings

Optimism opens a door in difficult or hopeless situations. Optimism knows that there is always a way, no matter how many doors have been shut, and it believes that there is always a good alternative.

No matter what the crisis, an optimistic outlook will tell you that the situation you are facing is a sign that you need to find a different way of thinking or a new way of doing things. Sometimes it’s easy to miss the signal because change can be uncomfortable, to say the least. No one really wants to do the work it takes to change unless it’s absolutely necessary, so they often ignore the warning signs until they become so obvious and clear that there is no other choice but to wake up. Now the choice is either to heed ...


Daily Inspirational Quote – August 3, 2015

“You often meet your destiny on the road you’ve taken to avoid it.”

I believe there is no side-stepping or avoiding destiny no matter how fancy your footwork! The clue is in the word! Your destiny is your destiny and that’s that, no room for maneuver whatsoever. You may think you’ve outsmarted good ole destiny but, while giving yourself a congratulatory pat on the back, discover it’s staring you in the face. Some things, a few good, a few not so good, are destined for us to encounter and deal with in life so best just to accept and get on with it. There is no alternative.


Commitment Matters

Put your mind to it. And while you’re at it, put your fingers, toes, arms, legs, eyes, mouth and heart into it.

If there’s something you wish to make happen, put your whole self into making it happen. And it is very likely to occur.

Yes, it will take a good bit or work and yes, there will be ups and downs, setbacks and disappointments. That’s precisely why you must commit the whole of yourself to the endeavor.

No, you can’t achieve the impossible, yet there are a whole lot of wonderful, possible things you absolutely can achieve. And all sorts of things that were once considered impossible have a way of becoming possible with enough effort and dedication.

Put your mind to it, and everything else. Put your passion, imagination, creativity, love and sweat into it.

Commitment matters, and you can feel its power course through every part of your being. Commitment matters, and with it you can change your world.

— Ralph Marston

Emerson on the True Measure of Wisdom

"We live amid surfaces, and the true art of life is to skate well on them...To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom." In this article, Maria Popova shares quotes on how to live a rounded and rewarding life, from Emerson's beautiful essay titled "Experience".

Staying Human in a Time of Climate Change

In scientist M Jackson's new book, While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change, she examines climate change by combining personal stories with scientific exploration. ...

Rebuilding a Neighborhood with Dignity and Hope

In this inspirational and motivating TED Talk, Bill Strickland shares his remarkable journey from a kid flunking out of school in a high crime-rate ghetto of Pittsburgh, to a man who has inspired thousands of people in his own neighborhood. Building on the belief that you can transform anyone by offering them hope, respect and dignity, Strickland has been lauded as a visionary genius by some of the most powerful people in America.

Grace Paley: On the Value of Not Understanding Everything

Like any artist, a writer is often a channel for expressing the ineffable. Thus how, in the midst of searching, can a writer consciously reach forth and grasp a wisp of truth? Grace Paley, poet, author, and activist, argues that it is in the counterintuitive embrace of "un-understanding" that realness in writing reveals itself. ...

Just Eat It: Eating Trash For A Cause

"After learning that nearly 50 percent of the food grown in North America each year is thrown out, filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer decided to stop buying groceries and only eat food that would otherwise be thrown away." Read further to see a trailer of "Just Eat It," a film documenting their exploration into the wastefulness of the industrial food system -- and their experience with life-sustaining dumpster diving.