Sunday, October 30, 2016

As October 2016 Withers Away: Some Brief Thoughts......

I was on the "Grid" this morning and reflecting upon a challenging month.    I had this "grid" released as part of my periodic contributions to Donate A Photo  which popped up on my Facebook Memory wall.   I have had the pleasure to support Donate A Photo with over 400 Images--a small way to do my part to make a difference.   This was quite timely in some ways due to very nature of the challenging month that was.       The message here was compelling with an embrace of the belief in the art of the possible.   

I look forward to sharing some thoughts after November 8.    

Onward to November!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Koi Ladki Hai - Full Song | Dil To Pagal Hai | Shah Rukh Khan | Madhuri ...

On this Diwali, an uplifting song to Enjoy!!

Happy Diwali!!

Onward to a new week with all the possibilities :)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

On the Eve of Cyrus The Great Day: On Freedoms & The Need to Love (Random Thoughts)

As I write this, it is the eve of Cyrus the Great Day on October 29.  I picked this depiction up while on Facebook that detailed what was the first true "bill of Rights" which included: 
  • The Right to Live Where One chose
  • Spread Peace and Love
  • To Build and to Develop
  • To be Happy and content always
  • Freedom of Expression and Thought
  • Abolition of Slavery
  • A Right to Work and Develop for a better life
Cyrus the Great had this vision over 2500 years ago. Many of these admonitions were embraced by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison--although we need to remember that it took America almost 100 years and a Civil War to abolish Slavery.   The same challenge are before us today.  

On the eve of this working weekend and as we approach the final week of the US Presidential Elections, I hope we all embrace and remember these courtesy of +Jonathan Huie as I wish all a fabulous Friday and a fabulous Weekend:

Spread love everywhere you go.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
- Mother Teresa

Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
- Pema Chodron

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

With Two Weeks Left Until November 8........

Early Voting has already begun here in the United States.    Voting is going to be quite personal as polls continue to show Mrs. Clinton Ahead.    As I checked Five Thirty-Eight within the past 10 minutes (as I do daily for The Daily Outsider), they had not done any updated forecasts yet--although Mrs. Clinton seems to be dominating in all the polls.     This is as Mr. Trump touted that Investors Business Daily and Rasmussen showed him close.    

What I only yearn for is 100% turnout as all need to remember that there are many around the World who have died or are in prison for simply wanting to have the right to vote.   This is why I view this that was sent out by +Jonathan Huie in his daily outreach was so timely as we in the United States and the World await the results of elections throughout the United States:

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone,
and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
- John Quincy Adams 

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us;
what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
- Albert Pike

Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

On the Eve of The New Week: #MotivationMonday :)

Enough said...onward to the new week:

“You have this one life.
How do you want to spend it?
Apologizing? Regretting?
Questioning? Hating yourself? Dieting?
Running after people who don’t see you?

Be brave.
Believe in yourself.
Do what feels good.
Take risks.
You have this one life.
Make yourself proud.”
~ Author Unknown

Saturday, October 22, 2016

As the Week-End Dawns.....

This was a very touching note I received from my Aunt that has lessons to be learnt by us all which I hope all enjoy--as I wish all the very best of weekends:

Inspirational Story of an Old Man's Joy
Everyone has their own personal outlook on life. Many of us don't choose it - we just follow our feelings,
shaped by circumstance and experience. Others decide to choose what their outlook will be,
and follow their minds instead.
The old man in this story shows us that it takes some wisdom to be able to live happily...

A 92-year-old man, short, very well-presented, who took great care of his appearance,
was moving into an old people’s home one day. His wife of 70 years had recently died,
and he was obliged to leave his home. After waiting several hours in the retirement home lobby,
he gently smiled as I told him his room was ready.

As he slowly walked to the elevator, using his cane, I described his small room to him,
including the sheet hung at the window, which served as a curtain.
"I like it very much", he said, with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old boy who had just been given a new puppy.
"Sir, you haven’t even seen the room yet. Hang on a moment, we are almost there."

"That has nothing to do with it," he replied. "Happiness is something I choose in advance.
Whether or not I like the room does not depend on the furniture, or the decor – rather it depends on how I decide to see it.
It is already decided in my mind that I like my room. It is a decision I make every morning when I wake up.

"I can choose. I can spend my day in bed enumerating all the difficulties that
I have with the parts of my body that no longer work very well,
or I can get up and give thanks to heaven for those parts that are still in working order.
Every day is a gift, and as long as I can open my eyes, I will focus on the new day,
and all the happy memories that I have made during my life.

"Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw in later life what you have deposited along the way. "

For a moment, I thought about the old man's words, and it all made sense.
He made me realize that in life, we have to deposit all the happiness we can in our bank account of memories.
Like this, we will always have a trove of them to cherish.
I would like to thank you for your part in filling my account with happy memories,
which I am still continuing to fill…

And I remind you, that to live a happy life, you have to free your heart from hate,
free your mind from worry, live simply, give more, and expect less.

That's what the wise old man lives by.

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thought For the Week (Mid-Week): Some Food 4 Thought

On this "mid-week", Please enjoy:

“Every storm, no matter how big and strong, passes eventually.

Just know and remember that your spirit is much bigger

stronger than any storm that comes your way,

and that all 
storms will fall apart long before you ever would.”

~ Doe Zantamata

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

On the Prowl w/A Flasback to Iran's Green Movement

7 years ago, Iran embraced the Green Movement.     I ran across this  I hope all enjoy on this momentous glorious moment of hope: 

PLAYLIST  by Golbarg Bashi

Thursday, October 13, 2016

On Why I Remain Hopeful & Optimistic About Our World

It has admittedly been a very challenging week as I was listening to what I view as a very frightening speech by Mr. Trump in Florida earlier today.     This was in sharp contrast to what the First Lady Spoke about in New Hampshire in support of Mrs. Clinton.    However, what I have always taken comfort in is what I am witness to in our Community and all that I am witness to--how people in their own way are a force for good.

One of the highlights of the 3rd Quarter this was when the Aliso Niguel High School Second Harvest Food Bank Club was before the City of Laguna Niguel's City Council to be honored for their work.   Over the course of the year,  they were relentless in their pursuit of raising money and food for monthly food drives.     I was also grateful as the City recognized me and The Traffic Commission that I have the pleasure to serve on for the work we did  on the Transporation Commission' Adhoc Pedestrian Safety Committee.    The relevant clip begins at the 11th Minute of the Council Meeting From September 20: 

I further took comfort in these series of thoughts courtesy of +Jonathan Huie  that went to the heart of what we must aspire to for the sake of our Children and our Grand Children: 

Happiness can be found, even in the 
darkest of times,
if one only remembers to turn on the light.
- J.K. Rowling

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
- Aristotle Onassis

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
You have a choice
about the perspective you take on life.
See tragedy, and the world is tragic -
see beauty, and the world is beautiful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
- John Lubbock

People seem not to see that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung


Onward to the Second Half of October!!!

Working Away with Brief Notations As we approach Mid-Month October 2016

It has been quite a month already as we're about three weeks about before the Elections.     I just wanted to make sure as we approach the mid-month, to share this I picked up while on the "Grid".    Despite all that we've been witness to throughout the week, I remain ever so optimistic.

Onward to the second half of the month with all its' possibilities.  

Saturday, October 1, 2016

On this First Day of October: Reflections On a Fabulous Day In the Community

It has been quite a day, quite a month and quite a year.    While making the rounds on the "Social Networks", I released this to my Facebook Wall that I wanted to share here as I will be facilitating notations for The Daily Outsider as the team was also busy with w-end updates on Twitter:

Onward to the new Quarter w/all its' possibilities