Making a difference and you can

“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”

 John F. Kennedy

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It takes a few helping hands to make a difference and maybe you can help.  You are looking at a picture outside Kashari, Uganda.

Zion Kids Palace Nursery School – Kashari, Mbarara

There is a school there that is being run by Herbert Tushabe and Rachael Nsimenta in a rural part of Uganda and they are on a mission to help the children in this area thrive.

Here is their story in their words:

Racheal and I , undertook a decision to tackle this challenge in July 2012  With a few tools and resources that were  available, we  started Zion with an emphasis  to bring long-lasting measurable social change to an urgent social need for the people in and around Rwobuyenje Kakiika -Kashari.
 Due to lack of affordable and accessible early learning and childhood development Centers and  the demand around its  neighborhood (more than 800 children between age 3 and 6)  don’t access early childhood learning (KG education) because the cost of  doing this is so high not mentioning the transportation of  these kids to and from the available  schools in town which costs so much that the poor peasantry parents in this area can’t afford and hence the vulnerability of this young rural children in this area, so they wait to join directly to primary school at age 9 or 10.
After witnessing the adversities that children in these  villages encountered, even when  those parents that struggled to do so would use motorcycles to ferry

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toddlers to school very early in the morning  (6 or 7 -3 year olds) on one motorcycle very early in the morning ,that cold…I  was moved. Inspiration struck through the startup of  this facility so that these services can be availed to these people so accessible and affordable.
Nearly after 3 years of  involvement, our  dedication grew, and has manifested itself into the a Community Based center -Zion Kids Palace.   Four  teachers,Racheal Nsimenta, and Mr Tushabe Herbert  are now running  a full early learning   center with 100 kids ,providing them a full KG program with lunch and breakfast.
The philosophy,  teach man how to  fish, and  feed him for a lifetime’ fueled Racheal and I to found Zion. That philosophy still drives our mission to  enhance and lift quality of education during early learning stages at the Grass-root. Our desire is that these children will grow active and creative minds, develop a passion for others, and have the courage to act on their beliefs.We focus on the total development of each child’s spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, and physical growth via a faith-based perspective.
What do they need?   They need funds to expand the program, to build a school and provide safe transportation for the kids along with materials such as books and toys to improve the outcomes of the school.
Here’s what you can do.   You can donate to the program.   You can tell others, you can pass this link on to others.   One dollar will make a difference.   Give a dollar and pass the message to 10 other people.  Let Herbert and Rachael change the world for the kids they serve.    Will you do that today?
You can play a small part and make a difference that will last a lifetime.

Thank-you!   Please send the link to fund the project to those you know.

what’s your problem?

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
Haruki Murakami

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Yes, you do have a problem.   The problem is being authentic and not pretending to be someone you are not.   It happens at work, it happens at home, it happens almost everywhere you go.   Being authentic, being who you really are is difficult to do when you are trying to meet the expectations of others. The lack of authenticity shows up at work as doing what you don’t really want to do and doing it because you have to.   It rubs against the very nature of who you are and slowly you change the work to match your strengths.

Personal relationships can be ruined by the lack of authenticity as well.  Marriages will fail if the partners hide behind inauthentic behaviors.   Saying one thing and doing another or pretending to be a person you are not just to prevent loneliness creates a new set of problems that will need to be dealt with. It takes courage to be authentic and reveal the real issues that one faces to others.

For those who can be authentic is the reward of freedom and happiness.  The amount of work that it requires to hide from your own reality creates a great deal of internal stress and unhappiness.   Fear keeps people from being authentic and fear is what creates the masks of deception.

So, what are your problems?  What masks are you hiding behind?  What is it costing you?

 

new era of communications

SONY DSC“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
George Bernard Shaw

It’s not how much you say, it’s how little you can say and get a point across.  In every arena of life there is pressure to reduce content to the minimal amount possible.

Presentations – One image – short text.

Emails – brief, be brief.

Twitter – short is great.

Facebook – the fewer words the better.

Texting –  keep it short.

Is it effective?  Is it better?
People want to only know if they have to do  something or respond with something.   Stories are being shortened and compressed.  Take your minute and use it wisely.

life as a car wreck

“All of us are in the manufacturing industry – manufacturing either our own happiness or unhappiness.”
― Ogwo David Emenike

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Does your life feel like it is spinning out of control?   Does it seem more like a demolition derby than the life you were hoping to live?    Does it feel like others are charging into you to stop all movement in your life?

For many people life is out of control.   Time is going by to swiftly.   The sound of disappointment only screams louder.   The cries,”When will things get better?”, echo in your mind.    Other people tug at your for attention.  Friends and family aren’t doing things that please you and you just want them to stop ruining your life.

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The carousel spins out of control and all you can do is hold on tighter and think this isn’t how life should be.   When things appear to be out of control or before they get that far, stop and ask yourself “What is it that you really want?”   Take some time to evaluate what it is that you really want.   Many people are getting off the carousel and designing a lifestyle that works for them.  That may mean giving up some of the material items in their life and living in a simpler way.  High paying jobs often come with a lot of stress.   Living from paycheck to paycheck often creates a lot of stress.  In the end it boils down to the choices that are being made.   What choices are you making and are they leading you to the life you want to live?

inspired leadership

“Authority confined in you does not make you a leader. It is the authority created by you that makes you influence people with your purpose.”
― Israelmore Ayivor

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For some people it is only about results, not how the results were created but just that the results meet expectations.   Demands for results have never been higher and never before have people expended so much emotional energy in creating those results.   Longer hours and a thread to work that rarely goes away keeps the worker in constant contact with the work.

Does more work create a happier life?   Do you feel happier by working longer at your job?

One lady has decided that serving others is more important than finding ways to increase her financial success.   Barbara Crawford works with soldiers to help them repair the emotional wounds encountered in stressful situations.  Her goal is provide soldiers and families with resources to manage and control PTSD.  She does this at no cost for the soldiers, she volunteers her time to make a positive impact in the lives of others, that is her reward.

The easy thing to do is to work harder and put in more time doing work that will ultimately have little long-term meaning.   The inspired leadership approach allows one to make an investment that creates significance in life as well as success.    Inspired leadership allows one to focus on building a complete life as opposed to chasing things that supposed to represent a happy life.

Are you living an inspired life?   Are you leading yourself in the directions of your dreams?  Are you finding the balance between success and significance that bringing you greater joy?   I hope your answers are “yes”.

 

 

start with purpose

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Who am I?” “What is the purpose of my life?” These questions arise spontaneously throughout our lives, either unbidden or through conscious intent. Anyone who wishes to live an authentic life must answer these questions, regardless of whether they believe in the existence of the soul or practice a religion. If these queries remain unanswered, life will more than likely remain superficial and empty, in spite of any material abundance. If you wish to make the soul’s journey, then I suggest you ask yourself these questions relentlessly and ruthlessly, and listen carefully.”  ― Ilchi Lee

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Purpose is the guiding light of our lives and without finding our purpose we wander aimlessly.    You see sorrow etched on the faces of those who have not found their true purpose in life.   Each person does have a unique purpose that when achieved fills their life with joy.

Purpose is the starting point for finding the right career.  It is the starting point for making your best contribution.   It is the true north for your life and yet so many people have no idea of what they really want in life and then they try to figure what is missing in their life.  It’s simple, a purpose.

If you were able to do what you love to do what would you be doing?   One former executive said, “I’d be working with women who are struggling to build a business so they could build financial freedom.”     For most people there is a significant amount of fear of doing what they are led to do because they think they won’t make enough money.

For a lot of people making a lot of money only creates more misery unless it is tied to a powerful purpose, a powerful why.

What is your purpose?   Have you spent any time thinking about what would make you come alive?     Performance follows purpose.   Know your purpose, live your purpose and the things you want will follow.

 

attitude is

“If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,
For out in the world we find
Success being with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are:
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.”
― Walter D. Wintle

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Do you believe you can?

Do you have the attitude of a winner?

What will it take to create a better attitude in you?