Enriching Your Life By Giving

The perception of wealth has mistakenly become all about what we have and what we can get on a material level. True wealth is measured in richness of life and of the heart. It is boosted not by what we get but by what we give and whom we help.

You don’t have to be well off financially to give of yourself. In many social experiments it has been found that those who have the least tend to give the most because they know what it is like to go without.

A few years back I came across a book that I haven’t been able to forget. “29 Gifts – How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life” by Cami Walker.

One month after her wedding day, 33-year-old Cami Walker was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and the life she knew changed forever. Cami was soon in and out of L.A.’s emergency rooms with alarming frequency as she battled the neurological condition that left her barely able to walk and put enormous stress on her marriage. Each day brought new negative thoughts:

“I’m going to end up in a wheelchair… My life is over.

“Why did this have to happen to me?”

Then, as a remedy for her condition, Cami received an uncommon prescription from a friend, an African Medicine Woman named Mbali Creazzo. The prescription was simply to give away 29 gifts in 29 days.

“By giving,” Mbali told her, “you are focusing on what you have to offer others, inviting more abundance into your life.”

The gifts, she said, could be anything, but their giving had to be both authentic and mindful. At least one gift needed to be something she felt was scarce in her life.

Cami was amazed by what unfolded during her month-long journey. Not only did her state of mind improve but her health did as well.

I myself will be doing this challenge starting July 1st, 2015. I would like to invite you, our readers, to join me.

Gifts can be anything including a nice gesture – those are free and we never run out. This world needs more kindness. If we want the world to change, we have to start with ourselves.

To learn more go to www.29gifts.org

Removed from Reality

The fascination we, as a society, have with observing other peoples lives from the sidelines has gone from merely entertainment to crossing the line of dangerous passivity.

Reality TV has given us all a voyeuristic window into the lives of others that has never been had in the past. There have always been nosy neighbors and gossips but now you don’t even have to get together with your friends, or even go out of your house. Just flip on the little box in your bedroom, living room, TV room, even bathroom and you can see in full color the drama and strife of other peoples daily lives.

No more need for writers, actors or even talented people at all. The only qualification seems to be vanity, a need for attention and to be vaguely attractive. Are you a total hot mess with a seriously screwed up life? Great! Video yourself, upload and apply! We can make you famous!

This is blurring the lines of reality.

What’s right?

What’s wrong?

What’s acceptable?

What’s sociopathic?

Apparently all of it and all the better if you happen to be able to capture someone doing something on your phone so you TOO can profit from it, whether it be monetarily or through the second hand attention of “likes” and praise online with YouTube or social media.

When did it become funny to watch people hurt themselves over and over and over again?

How many people can hit themselves in the balls with a bat, a golf club, a basket ball before you lose interest? Apparently for most of you the amusement goes on and on…

Yet I bet if it was you? You wouldn’t think it was so funny.

I have seen numerous videos online lately of incidences where someone is being harassed, hurt, injured or worse and what do the by standers do?
Live up to the name. They do nothing but stand by and film.

-Crowds of people gathered around young kids while others beat them, no one steps in to help.

-Adults throw temper tantrums at fast food restaurants, screaming obscenities at the workers – no one opens their mouths to try and get them to either calm down or leave, they just whip out their phones and record the abuse.

-In the Knockout Game, random strangers are simply hit out of no where. There are almost always several other people in the videos who again, just stand there. They don’t say a word, they don’t yell at the attacker, they don’t make any move to go after him and rarely do you even see them grab their phone to call for help.

-Police step over the line in arrests brutalizing citizens who are already down on the ground and compliant. Their friends just film.

While I do understand the natural inclination is to not want to be involved in a fight, you really need to consider – What if it was you?

Would you hope your friends, your family, a caring stranger, anyone would step in? Do something, say something, … ANYTHING?

I certainly would appreciate it.

I don’t advocate jumping right in to a fight if you are not trained.

What I am saying is speak up! Use your voice. Grab their arm. Make SOME  attempt to slow them down, insert a little reason in to the scene. Don’t just passively sit there and watch it happen. If you do, you BECOME part of the problem.

Let me say this as clearly as possible.


THIS IS NOT TV.



We are quickly losing our humanity.

Headlines lead to warped perspectives

No matter how hard you may try to bury your head these days ignoring the news and the state of the world, catchy headlines are almost impossible to avoid all together. The problem with this is that headlines alone can be massively misleading, often written to grab your attention and not necessarily reflective of the story contained.

 

It takes only a glance, a second or 2 as your eyes zoom across a page, a website, social media, a billboard and you have inadvertently taken in a message. Sometimes this isn’t even done on a conscious level.

 

How does this affect us?

 

It has lead to a country of uninformed non-readers with an attention deficit who genuinely believe they know what is going on around them. You know the type. They spout regurgitated opinions that aren’t their own and have been formed out of thin air at you like they are the gospel truth and they will often defend their perspective to the death.

 

When questioned, often the answers as to why they feel this way elude them. They themselves don’t even know so there is no way they can possibly hope to explain it to you.

 

Programming

 

There is a reason that television line-ups are called programs and programming. The media is not a free market. Though every story of course is written by a reporter or author and tends to absorb their unique perspective, media, especially mainstream media is owned, bought and paid for. It is monitored and censored. We are all spoon fed a version of the news – some real, some completely created to further political and personal agendas and the majority to entertain and keep us busy much like parents plunking down their child in front of a TV for long periods of time rather than actually parenting.

 

What can we do?

A few things:

  1. If you see a headline that catches your eye – take the time to actually READ the whole story. Then decide based on your own discernment how you feel about it and intellectually what you think.
  2. Turn off the news and all reality TV – The two are interchangeable anyway.
  3. Talk to people – converse and have actual debates – it gets your brain going and hones your skills not only in critical thinking but also in the area of speech. The old saying “Eloquence of speech is proof of eloquence of mind” holds true.
  4. Never accept anyone else’s opinion over what your own inner instinct tells you. If you have doubt – research and find out for yourself.

 

An uneducated society who can’t think for themselves is far easier to control.

And make no mistake control is the issue here.