Lost Generation

This poem delivers a powerful message.  Read it, then read it in reverse.

Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed
I am part of a lost generation
and I refuse to believe that
I can change the world
I realize this may be a shock but
“Happiness comes from within.”
is a lie, and
“Money will make me happy.”
So in 30 years I will tell my children
they are not the most important thing in my life
My employer will know that
I have my priorities straight because
work
is more important than
family
I tell you this
Once upon a time
Families stayed together
but this will not be true in my era
This is a quick fix society
Experts tell me
30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce
I do not concede that
I will live in a country of my own making
In the future
Environmental destruction will be the norm
No longer can it be said that
My peers and I care about this earth
It will be evident that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume that
There is hope.
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And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it .

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Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History

I’m a regular reader of the LittleManiac blog, written by Lora.  She has amazing perspective on the world and has written a post about the importance of being a “strong, productive, and effective member of society.”  You should read what she has to say.  Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History.

While you are there.  Show her some love and leave a comment.

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Freedom

You are not defined by your history, but by who you aspire to be.
Not by what you have done, but by the best of who you are.
Do not be trapped by your past.
Allow the promise of the future to guide your way.
Embrace your potential. It is all that matters.
~Brandy Herron

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Choice

“We are both burdened and blessed by the great responsibility

of free will–the power of choice.

Our future is determined, in large part, by the choices we make now.

We cannot always control our circumstances,

but we can and do choose our response to whatever arises.

Reclaiming the power of choice, we find

the courage to live fully in the world.”

~Dan Millman

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Yehu Microfinance

This is an amazing organization.  Please visit Yehu Microfinance to learn how your contribution will help entrupreneurs create a better life for themselves and their families.

Following is their mission statment.

Yehu’s mission is to combat poverty by empowering poor rural entrepreneurs in Kenya to help lift themselves out of poverty through enhanced accessibility to sustainable financial services. This includes enabling them to save and earn interest while giving them access to micro-loans, which can be used to start or expand their small businesses. Yehu also provides some business training, micro-insurance and other services to improve the lives of its members. Ultimately, Yehu provides hope and a hand—up to those who have been marginalized by society.

The vision is to nurture a responsive, efficient, effective and sustainable MFI of first choice among the rural entrepreneurs in the coastal region in particular and the entire country of Kenya in general.

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Thought for Today

“We cannot teach people anything;

we can only help them discover

it within themselves.”

~Galileo Galilei

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Surrender?

Yesterday I was pondering a passage in one of my favorite books.  Dan Millman’s “Law of Spirit”.  There are many people in my life that are currently affected by uncertainty and are being driven down a new path, whether they like it or not. Perhaps you are experiencing this as well, so I would like to share this message with you.

This passage is from the chapter The Law of Surrender.

Some think it’s holding on

that makes one strong;

sometimes it’s letting go.

~Sylvia Robinson

“Have you ever noticed how flowing water is soft yet powerful?  Yielding, forceful, flexible, it surrenders to gravity without resistance, adapting to the shape of any container.  Water reveals the most intelligent and powerful response you can make in any circumstance….Surrender.”

“The Law of Surrender means accepting whatever happens in your life, it does not mean passive toleration for what you don’t like, or ignoring injustice, or allowing yourself to be victimized or controlled.  True surrender is active, positive, assertive–a creative commitment to make use of your situation, in a spirit of appreciation.”

“…this law guides you to surrender to the moment–to accept whatever arises, including your response to whatever arises.  It means accepting not only life’s ups and downs, but also accepting yourself–your body, your thoughts, and your feelings.”

“…life doesn’t always give us what we prefer, so our desires lead to attachment, anxiety, and frustration.  Following your small will may lead to temporary satisfaction, but not to lasting happiness.  When you see clearly that life is not only about getting what you want, but also about learning to want what you get, you’ll align your life with the Law of Surrender.”

These words inspire me to embrace every situation life brings to me as a learning experience.  How I emerge sets the tone for the next situation.  I have no regrets.  Everywhere I have been and everything I’ve done has brought me to where I am today.  Today prepares me for tomorrow.  Resistance to change will not stop it from happening, it only prevents you from clearly seeing the potential of where you are.

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