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Friday, June 12, 2009

Resolve to be Grateful for Grandparents and to give Elders the Respect they deserve 2day

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Maybe your grandparents live next door, or maybe they live in another country. Maybe you have four grandparents or maybe only one. But so many young people don’t really appreciate their own grandparents and the elders of the world.

In some parts of the world, the elders of the society are regarded with the utmost respect – for their knowledge and their experience. They are consulted on all important matters and young people go to them for guidance.
In other places, older people are treated as unimportant, as second-class citizens. They are forgotten; their views don’t count.
But wherever you live, how YOU think of your grandparents and other older people is up to YOU.

Why should we respect older people?
-BECAUSE some of the world’s most amazing people are over 70
Nelson Mandela, 90 years old, was 71 when he was released from his 27-year imprisonment. He was 75 when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On his 89th birthday Mandela announced the formation of a new group, The Elders. The group is made up of world leaders who work together, using their wisdom and experience, towards solutions for global problems. Other members are Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and Kofi Annan.

-BECAUSE grandparents do a great job even when they shouldn’t have to do it
Millions of grandparents across the world are the primary carers for their orphaned grandchildren. These grandparents are grieving for the loss of their own sons and daughters. They thought their days of raising young children were over, and should be enjoying their retirement. Yet they take on the responsibility of child care without complaint and give these children as much love as they can.

-BECAUSE older means more experienced
If you get a job for a company and start off in a low position, you understand that the people in positions above you, who have been there for many years, are more experienced than you, and you respect them for that and hope to learn from them.
Well, it should be the same between the younger and older generations of society. Your grandparents and the elders of your society were seeing and experiencing things 50 years before you were. Just think of all the things they have seen and experienced that you have only read about!

-BECAUSE people are people, regardless of age
How would you describe yourself, or your best friend? Clever, funny, creative, a chatterbox? Crazy about cars or soccer-mad? As a young person, there are so many attributes and characteristics that make you who you are, and it is exactly the same for every older person. Ten older people are not all the same just because they are all ‘old’ – they are all unique with individual interests, hobbies and talents. But if you don’t take the time to get to know your grandparents and the other older people in your community, you won’t find out who they really are.

I hope my blog has made you think about how the elders of your society, and of every society in the world, are individuals and are deserving of respect from younger people. Remember, some of the coolest, bravest and most interesting people on this planet are over 70!

Interesting websites:
http://www.sponsoragrandparent.org.uk/ - help support a grandparent
http://www.theelders.org/ - Nelson Mandela's group of Global Elders for a Global community

Friday, June 5, 2009

Resolve to work hard today.

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Work! Oh, how we all love to dodge work, I was playing the devil’s advocate recently in a discussion with my mother on women who choose to marry into money- not for love, but simply to be “kept” (as my mother would put it) and she attributed it to laziness! In her opinion, everyone should work hard (out of the home) to make a name for themselves and anything else is laziness! So I said to her, “well, if you’re rich- it’s not being lazy, it’s called being priviledged and if you’re poor, then it’s laziness.” And as a result I coined the term “privilazia”, to describe chronic laziness as a result of poverty or excessive wealth. The point being- we’re all lazy and most of the time (unless you’re a workaholic) we HATE work.

When I say “hate work” I don’t merely mean the job you do, but whatever activity that will produce sweat on your brow and mental or physical strain. As much as we would like to avoid anything that we consider to be boring, like putting a garage in order or do a overdue report. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GROW WITHOUT WORK. It’s impossible to expand yourself- if you don’t leave your comfort zone- if you don’t do the things you hate to do- but have to be done. There comes a time when you have to take responsibility for your life and decide to move in the direction you’d like it go in and often that will require some unpleasant work one way or another.

Stop avoiding it- whatever you have been putting off- do it and do it now! If you don’t it won’t go away- it will simply pile up until it becomes an even great issue to deal with than it would have been from the beginning.

Resolve to do some hard work today. Trust me, you’ll feel like a better person at the end of the day.

Special thanks to Davide Guglielmo for letting me use his photograph. Click on his name to go to the www.sxc.hu profile, where you can browse his photo gallery. And to go to his website click HERE.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Resolve not to take every single opportunity you get.

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There are tons of choices in life, some are very basic, from what you will have for breakfast, to more important choices like who you’ll marry or what company you will work for. All the choices we make, will impact our lives in one way or another- because let’s face it, if you decide to have yogurt for breakfast, you’re keeping some someone in work in some dairy company. A point to note, Americans stopped buying toys (which may seem like a totally insignificant thing to some) and factories in China closed down- putting thousands of people out of work and out of food and unable to afford the basis necessities of life. Yes, every choice you make counts, especially the choices you don’t have to make.

I won’t bore you with the stats on how many ads the average person is bombarded with everyday, but I will point out that in the same way you don’t automatically buy everything that’s advertised to you- you shouldn’t take every single opportunity you are offered- even if it’s on a silver platter. Most people these days barely have time to live life, between work, church, social gatherings, sports, children’s events and lots of other thing- YET, they find themselves buying into chances to put more on their plate. More activities, more schemes, more policies to buy, more active roles in the lives of friends and family members… BASICALLY it all amounts to MORE! MORE! MORE! AND MORE- MORE!

Are you like that? Have you found yourself unable to resist adding more to your plate? Buying more, giving more, taking more- wanting more- it never comes to an end. There are endless things that can fill your life- but your capacity to handle MORE will some day come to an end and where will you be? A place filled with bits and pieces of everything, without anything solid to hold up for all the stress and anxiety that adding more to your life brings.

Even if it is a really good idea- hold back for a moment and THINK about it and you might see that- just like drinking out of the different bottles in the inspiring picture for the day- it might do you any good.

Resolve not to take every opportunity you get. Trust me, it will save you a lot of trouble in the future.

N.C Ronia

Special thanks to Scott Liddell for letting me use his photograph. Click on his name to go to the www.sxc.hu profile, where you can browse his photo gallery. And to go to his website click HERE.

Monday, June 1, 2009

I resolve not to let the world drive me crazy today.

I resolve not to let the world drive me crazy today.SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Today is a Monday and true to form, it is a blue Monday. I started it off right, but now I feel like tearing my hair out with frustration, things are not going the way I’d like, I spilt my tea, spent ages in a line, had to leave home late while waiting for someone, I could go on and on and on, but instead I choose not to lose my mind, or my patience or my cool… why? Because even if I do lose my mind, the world will keep spinning, so it’s pointless to let the world drive you mad, when the world won’t care that you’re mad.

Take three deep breaths, calm down and you’ll feel better.

Resolve not to let the world drive you crazy today. Trust me, you’ll feel like a better person at the end of the day.

N.C Ronia

Friday, May 29, 2009

Resolve to add some color to your life.

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A lot of people leave bland and boring lives, they follow the same routines and have the same habits every single day of their lives and they never try anything new with their live, but just drag their feet from one mundane day to the next.

And their wardrobes often reflect their lives, today, pick something bright out of the closet- smile at someone today, do a little dance to start the day- yell, really loudly- play with your kids- buy yourself a big red lollypop that will make your tongue as red as blood!

Why? To add some color to your life, to brighten up your day, try it this weekend.

Resolve to add some color to your life 2day, trust me you will feel like a better person at the end of the day.

N.C Ronia

Special thanks to Jaz for letting me use his photograph. Click on his name to go to the www.sxc.hu profile, where you can browse her photo gallery.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I resolve to let go of what's holding me back today.

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Gosh it feels good to be free! I recently let go of a dead horse relationship that I had been holding onto for over three years and boy do I feel good!!! One of my favorite motivational speakers and preachers often says "If the horse has been dead 10 years- it's time to dismount!!!" And she is right! How often do we hold of things that are holding us back from something better?

We hold onto things for different reasons, maybe we hold onto them because they are comfortable and familiar and even though we know that letting go of them will take us to a higher level, we still seem reluctant to let go. It could be a relationship like it was for me- or rather should I say "feelings" about a certain person, or it could be a job, it could be a way of living life, a habit, a tradition that you instinctively know is holding you back, it's not adding anything more to your life and in fact it seems to be sapping what little good is left in whatever situation it is.

LET GO!!! Because the truth is- until you let go, you won't be able to move on to whatever else is in your future- whatever better things is out there… it's sort of like how in "The Matrix" Neo had to let go of his preconceived notions of speed and gravity to take the first "jump." And NO the point of this example isn't to tell you that you'll fall flat on your face if let go of something. We all have to let go of things at some point, usually because we've outgrown that stage in our lives and if we don't let go- then how will we ever go further? Imagine if you were still clinging to your first grade teacher up to this day? Or that best friend you had in the fourth grade or your first boyfriend or girlfriend, or your first minimum wage job? Or whatever!!! You wouldn't grow.

Sadly a whole lot of people don't grow, because they are too afraid to let go! They cling to lousy situations and sadly sometimes lousy and often abusive people. Whatever reason you have for holding on, be it fear, laziness or just complacency- over come them today.

Sit down for a moment and think of what you need to let go of and let go of it.

BUT!!! This is not an excuse for you to just give up on hard things because they are hard. The point is for you to get rid of things and people that are toxic!!! If it's not toxic and you're just looking for a way out because of laziness- Don't do it- you'll regret it!

Resolve to let go of what's holding you back today, trust me, you will feel like a better person at the end of the day.

N.C Ronia

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Resolve to be smart with your money

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To sort out your finances and be a good saver

Hi, I’m Clare, a friend of N.C. Ronia’s from England and I am Resolve2day’s guest blogger today!
The topic I’ve chosen is: Resolve to be a good saver – I hope the following tips will show you that it is a lot easier to manage your money than you thought.

I can’t tell you how you can get rich, and you don’t need me to tell you that the way to save more money is to spend less, because everyone knows that. But I am going to give you a few tips on how smart management of your money can help you keep more of it! These methods are ones I use myself, and they work for me.

1. Set yourself a budget – this is the best way to stop yourself ‘frittering’ your money away. Work out how much you earn per week/month, how much of this you need to save and spend on bills and necessities, and then how much you have left to spend on yourself. Ultimately there’s no one but yourself to stop you buying that pair of shoes that you can’t really afford, but setting limits really does help with the self-discipline.

2. Write it down – making a note of what you buy lets you see exactly where your money is going. This means you don’t have those moments when you look in your wallet and think: “Where did it all go?” Personally I think that one of the most effective ways of turning yourself from a reckless spender into a good saver is to simply keep tabs on your own spending.

3. Do the maths – a good way of stopping yourself buying things you don’t really need is to think about what you could spend the money on if you saved. Each individual dollar/pula/pound that you spend may not seem like much, but it all adds up. For example, maybe you buy a coffee every weekday morning for $2.50. If you stopped doing this and made your own coffee at home or work, you would save $50 a month and $600 a year! That’s a pretty decent amount to save, or it could pay for a holiday or go towards a car. In short, that $600 could go to much better use than an over-priced coffee.

4. Practice delayed gratification – that is, waiting for something you want. The opposite is instant gratification, i.e. getting what you want NOW. Psychologists think that the ability to practice delayed gratification is linked to intelligence – that is, intelligent people are better at waiting for (working over a period of time to obtain) the things they want, and less intelligent people are less able to wait. The thing about delayed/instant gratification is that it usually means a choice between having something good now or having something GREAT later. This fits in with number (3) in this list.

5. Don’t buy without comparing prices – it is pretty annoying when you buy something and then see the same CD/jacket/book somewhere else at a cheaper price. This won’t happen if you compare prices. This is particularly easy to do online. I often buy DVDs from Amazon, Play.com or HMV.com (these are UK-available sites) and I always check the price of a DVD on all three sites first and buy it from wherever it is cheapest. There are also loads of comparison sites that do the work for you. You just type in the product you want to buy and the internet compares loads of online stores and tells you which is cheapest. As for when you are actually out at the shops, some bookshops, DVD stores, music stores etc. are much cheaper than others. Don’t spend more than you need to if there’s a shop round the corner where you can buy the same product for less.

To summarise, I think that being AWARE of your own spending is one of the most effective ways of spending LESS and saving MORE. When you keep an eye on your finances it doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t get to buy the things you want, it just means you give a second thought to opening your wallet and are more conscious of what all the small amounts add up to. I hope some of this is helpful to you and I wish you happy saving!