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How Mahatma Gandhi Teaches Us: To Be…Love and Change, Start with You Now

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

The key word here from one of our greatest leaders is ‘be.’ Every day we have a chance to be. And the most important being is loving. Being kind, gracious, and helping others. That can start today. We can and should whisk away frustration, for every moment of frustration is one not spent on being the positive force we hope to be. What type of foundation are you building? One that crumbles from exhaustion and disbelief, cynicism? Or one of solidity, brick, by brick, with each brick contributing Principle, Love, Kindness, Grace, Strength, Truth, Joy…? As Gandhi says… the other key word here is ‘you.’ No one can do this for you. Not your partner, your parents, your best friend or your spouse.  You… are the being.

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Mahatma Gandhi was a political and spiritual leader during the Indian Independence movement. He preached resistance through non-violence and mass civil disobedience. He led the Indian National Congress and advocated for the end of poverty, for women’s rights and for independence from Britain. Gandhi was deeply inspired by his Hindu faith, while also drawing on other religious philosophy, and advocating religious tolerance.

“…Bright Eyes And Genuine Smiles…Paves The Way For All Kinds Of Things To Happen.” – Peggy Dulaney

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“That meeting of bright eyes and genuine smiles is so heart-opening that it paves the way for all kinds of things to happen.” – Peggy Dulaney, Granddaughter of John. D. Rockefeller

Bright eyes, genuine smiles. Can you live this every day?  What if we greet everyone with those two simple gifts.

Your honest, clear, observant, caring eyes.

Your sincere, warm, welcoming smile.

With those two assets, you’ll change the world.

Let’s do it today.

 

Bright and Smiling,

Pamela

 

“Margaret Dulany “Peggy” Rockefeller (born 1947) is a philanthropist and the fourth child of David Rockefeller and Margaret McGrath. She is a fourth-generation member (“the cousins”) of the Rockefeller family. She is extremely committed to family and a proud grandparent…

Her most influential impact on the world is as founder and chair of the Synergos Institute, which she established in New York in 1986. The mission of the organization is to work together with its partners to “mobilize resources and bridge social and economic divides to reduce poverty and increase equity around the world”. Its most prominent public event, the “University for a Night“, brings together senior leaders from government, business and civil society in a positive dialogue on inter-sector collaboration and problem solving. She is relentlessly devoted to serving the world, traveling on service projects and site visits in the Middle East, U.K., Cuba, New York and California. She lives her mission and values everyday.” (Source: Wikipedia)

 

How Mahatma Gandhi Teaches Us: To Be…Love and Change, Start with You Now

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

The key word here from one of our greatest leaders is ‘be.’ Every day we have a chance to be. And the most important being is loving. Being kind, gracious, and helping others. That can start today. We can and should whisk away frustration, for every moment of frustration is one not spent on being the positive force we hope to be. What type of foundation are you building? One that crumbles from exhaustion and disbelief, cynicism? Or one of solidity, brick, by brick, with each brick contributing Principle, Love, Kindness, Grace, Strength, Truth, Joy…? As Gandhi says… the other key word here is ‘you.’ No one can do this for you. Not your partner, your parents, your best friend or your spouse.  You… are the being.

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Mahatma Gandhi was a political and spiritual leader during the Indian Independence movement. He preached resistance through non-violence and mass civil disobedience. He led the Indian National Congress and advocated for the end of poverty, for women’s rights and for independence from Britain. Gandhi was deeply inspired by his Hindu faith, while also drawing on other religious philosophy, and advocating religious tolerance.

Learning from Chess: Develop the Habit of not Being Discouraged by Present Bad Appearances

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“And lastly, we learn by chess the habit of not being discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs; the habit of hoping for a favorable chance…”

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YCore: A Team That Takes Action

rsz_unnamedYCore is a new model of millennial volunteering which empowers passionate young people to affect social change in their local communities. A philanthropy program created for millennials, by millennials, YCore makes it engaging and rewarding for millennials to give back in a way that creates real change in their local communities

Pamela Hawley is a mentor for this amazing group of young people, and today we’re sharing a message she recently sent to the team…
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“…Bright Eyes And Genuine Smiles…Paves The Way For All Kinds Of Things To Happen.” – Peggy Dulaney

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“That meeting of bright eyes and genuine smiles is so heart-opening that it paves the way for all kinds of things to happen.” – Peggy Dulaney, Granddaughter of John. D. Rockefeller

Bright eyes, genuine smiles. Can you live this every day?  What if we greet everyone with those two simple gifts. Continue reading

What Are Benjamin Franklin’s Three Faithful Friends?

“There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.”      

– Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin – a leader in creating the United States of America, and civic organizations, and new wisdom.  And his wisdom above is a lot of what counts in life: Companionship, Devotion; and to take Action.  Let’s look at these important elements in our lives.

1- An Old Wife.  I’m not sure it’s about age.  What it is about is a long-term companion that knows you.  They support you, help you, care for you.  Maybe that is an ‘old wife’,  a mother who listens, or a sincere friend.

2- An Old Dog.  A dog is faithful.  Dogs are unconditionally loving, and are there by your side.  They forgive immediately.  Joy and devotion are their qualities.

3- Ready Money.  Why ready money?  When we have a vision, we don’t want to be strapped.  If we want to help the world, we need to have some funds so we aren’t held back, and it doesn’t need to be a lot.  But you usually need something to “start the car” of your vision, and make a change.

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So let’s ensure we have “an old wife, an old dog, and ready money” in whatever way that means in our own lives.  Companionship, Constancy and Change are important for us to be peaceful and to make a difference in our lives, and the world.

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Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 -April 17, 1790) born in Boston, Massachusetts was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and physics for his discoveries regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, and a carriage odometer.

Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution, and negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which marked the end of the Revolutionary War. He also served as president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, wrote many tracts urging the abolition of slavery and petitioned the U.S Congress for it in 1790.  Franklin facilitated many civic organizations, including a fire department and a university.  Franklin was married to Deborah Read. Franklin had three children, Francis, Sarah and William. Benjamin Franklin died on April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the home of his daughter, Sarah. (Biosource: Wikipedia: Benjamin Franklin)