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Why An Open Mind is the Way to World Peace

an open mindMy father taught me many wonderful things, mostly by example, which is the best way to learn. One of the things I most admire about him was that he had a very open mind and respected differing viewpoints. 

That is refreshing in this day and age when people are quick to “unfriend” people who don’t see things the way they do. 

I recall the time my father was at a football game sitting in front of someone rooting for the opposing team. His friend asked why he wasn’t upset about it and my father’s response was simply, “Well, that’s what makes a horse race.” 

When I joined a cult in the 1970s, my father maintained a very open, wait and see attitude before judging me and my guru. He and my mother came to hear my teacher speak and to learn more about what I was involved in. I really didn’t know many parents who were doing that at that time. 

In fact, my father told me about a conversation he had with someone critical of my guru: 

What Were You Doing While the World Was Falling Apart?

what were you doingWhat were you doing while the world was falling apart?  

Imagine your great-grandchildren asking you that question.  Can you be proud of your answer?   

The “seventh generation” principle taught by Native Americans says that in every decision, we must consider how it will affect our descendents seven generations into the future.  It is clearly not embraced by most governments and corporations in the world today. 

It is also at the heart of the Idle No More movement of the Canadian First Nation People. 

The Idle No More movement started in Canada in December 2012 as a response to Canadian Bill C-45 which lowers environmental protection standards for Canadian waterways, much of which passes through the land of indigenous [First Nations] people.   

It’s important to remember that before our ancestors came to North America several centuries ago, this entire continent was indigenous land. 

What’s the Opposite of Cyber Bullying?

cyber bullyingWhat’s the opposite of cyber bullying? Cyber compliments!

After reading about the plague of cyber bullying on social media, Jeremiah Anthony of West High School in Iowa City, Iowa decided to do something about it. He started using social media to compliment fellow students instead of bully them. It spread like wildfire.

Jeremiah started tweeting daily compliments to his friends in October 2011. Soon a few of them started a twitter account called @WestHighBros. to send compliments to fellow students. Now the entire school is sending and receiving positive tweets — over 3000 so far!

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail and How to Make Goal Setting Succeed

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” Fitzhugh Dodson

goal settingThe concept of making “new year’s resolutions” has been a bit of a joke in our society for about as long as I can remember — the joke being that  “resolution” has become synonymous with “giving up fast.”  And for reasons that escape me, very few people talk about the key to success, which is goal setting.

And that’s a shame because the start of a new cycle [of anything, not just a year] is a chance at a new beginning.

How often in our lives have we wished for a “do over?” Well, we can “start over” any old time. And setting specific goals, instead of making resolutions, is an excellent way to do it.

But you have to know the right steps.

The reason resolutions don’t work is that they’re just words and don’t include a plan. Research has shown that after six months, less than half of people who made New Year’s Resolutions have stuck to them; after a year, less than 10%. Why? Because they had no plans.

Goals, however, entail a plan and focus on action!

 Here are the steps to Successful Goal Setting:

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