“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” – Nelson Mandela.
I can’t help think that it is all anybody wants. It is all I want.
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment
less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better,
we can bear a hardship today.” – Thich Nhat Hanh.
Thinking about what stands in the way of clear unadulterated hope. Taking the time to analyze my anxiety, I discovered a bedrock of fear.
The neat thing is a large part of the cure is getting the diagnoses.
Worry is an active negative imagination; causing stress and distress.
I took the time to write down some the worries and I was going to share. But for fear of transferring mine to you, I removed the list.
"When you’re faced with a choice, choose to inspire,
choose to empower, choose to stand for those who have
lost the will to stand for themselves." ~ Orly Wahba
In the arena of self-care, there are a few things I will spend time doing today. I started earlier identifying the worries and writing them down. But, later today, I will determine and write out the worst possible outcome of those fears. I will decide to accept it or take the necessary steps to work against it.
“A leader is someone who holds her- or himself accountable
for finding the potential in people and processes.” ~ Brene Brown
A Chinese woman’s parents divorced when she was young. Her Dad died not long after remarrying, and things were not going well in her new life. She took many jobs in a large city with none finding a place in her heart. Liziqi moved to be with her grandparents in a rural part of Szechuan Province in China. She started creating videos showing the ‘traditional’ ways of living. And while sharing them on Chinese social media, her videos became very popular.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today; hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein.
In this video, we learn that her grandmother and grandfather are her everything. China is the first country to invent silkworm rearing. And Liziqi shows us how she uses silkworm cocoons to make a quilt and pyjamas for her grandmother.
She found her place and she found her heart.
This a beautifully recorded video. I find her YouTube channel showing many other traditions quite inspiring as well.
“I don't want to live in the kind of world where we don't look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.” ― Charles de Lint.
Denzel Washington is one of my favourite actors. He delivered an address at the University of Pennsylvania's 255th Commencement. The commencement speech, in part, is used in the creation of the following video. I hope you enjoy it.
Today, I am listening to an album called, 'some kind of peace.'
Ólafur Arnalds is an Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer. Mixing strings and piano with loops and beats, he creates a sound ranging from ambient/electronic to atmospheric pop. In his own words...
“I wanted to make an album that was more direct from the heart.” Ólafur Arnalds tells Apple Music. “Really, it’s about my own life, and it’s about my relationships. Some kind of peace sees the inventive composer travel to a new, more personal territory. Spurred along by the circumstances of a very unusual year. “The pandemic reminds us of the importance of communities, and it reminds us of the importance of our daily rituals and our connections with each other,” says Arnalds. “That’s what I explore here.”