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Words to Live By (#3)

This week’s installment of Words to Live By. My hope is something jumps out at you to serve as inspiration and grounding this week. My words to live by will include: “Be the change.” since this saying by Gandhi is my life’s guiding principle. Also, “Believe you can.” is resonating with me this morning.

Have a fantabulous week and choose your words wisely.

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Navroz Mubarak and let’s live harmoniously, eh?

March 21st is the first day of spring.

March 21 also marks the Persian New Year and historically, and even today, the occasion is marked with celebrations leading up to and following the “new day of the year”. If you know anyone celebrating today, be sure to wish them Navroz Mubarak. (Nuv-rose Mu-bar-uk). They’ll be thrilled!

Today also marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. As a result, I’m sharing the UN’s International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

This day was proclaimed in 1966 and was in response to an event on March 21, 1960, wherein police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid “pass laws”. More about the history of this day.

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

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Words to Live By (#2)

This week’s installment of Words to Live By is a good reminder of the things I can do for myself to create a calmer and more peaceful life. I hope this message helps you take a pause for reflection, too

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One Cup of Self Love

 

I had a great experience of positive reinforcement after I stood up for myself yesterday and received an apology today. As assertive as I consider myself to be and despite all the times I encourage my family and friends to stand up for themselves (especially my nephews), I sometimes fail to speak up and then have an extreme reaction à la “straw that broke the camel’s back”.

Well, this time, I spoke up and was rewarded with acknowledgment and an apology. Yay for positive reinforcement for handling things the way I ought to. Woot!

Ironically, after I had this experience, I was reading through one of daily emails that I had missed yesterday. It was a message from Brave Girls’ Club and I had to laugh out loud. It really is incredible how the Universe will slap me upside the face with obviousness even if I can’t see the forest for the trees. I’m glad for the knowledge that someone has my back and I’m really proud of myself for stepping into my power on my own yesterday. Though seeing the BGC message today was excellent reinforcement, too.

Here’s an excerpt from the message:

One of the hardest things in the world to do, standing up for ourselves, really does get easier with practice. It truly does. We all have the right to respect and freedom. Your life, your beliefs, your values, your dreams, your freedom is worth standing up for. Dig deep to find conviction in what you truly believe in. And when it gets threatened, stand up for it. If you don’t do it, who will?

Like I said, I didn’t read the above message until today and had I read it yesterday, my standing up for myself might have come easier – as it stands, it is pretty fricken’ awesome how this message showed up for me on a day when I needed it, even if I didn’t see it when I needed to – somehow, the message still got through to me.

My friend, Rachel Foley, took this picture of me as part of an “I Am…” photo shoot. I chose the word “focused” with a bit of help from my consultants (a.k.a. friends and loved ones). When Rachel sent me the link to my pics yesterday, I knew this is the image that will stay in my mind the next time I stand up for myself.

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Words to Live by Today #1

New feature for my blog: Words to Live By. I will aim to post weekly a quote that I find inspirational and motivating. My hope is it will be something that guides me and also that it will benefit a few of you.

Have a great day!

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Happy International Women’s Day

Check out this video to see how Canadians are making a difference in the lives of girls and women in Afghanistan.

The World Partnership Walk is a great way to change the world. For the better. Forever.

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“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
~ Gandhi

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