Category Archives: hunger

Making a difference and you can

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

 John F. Kennedy

water

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

Transport

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.

your better life

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Are you living the life you want to live?    A lot of people aren’t living the life they want, they are existing but not living.   As a coach I get to talk to many people who are struggling and want to live a life that is different than the one they are living.

People are looking for a “secret” something that will improve their finances, fix a relationship, boost their career, help them lose weight, help them believe in themselves, repair broken relationships or to find joy and happiness in their lives.  There is no secret formula for creating the life you want without putting in the effort to get what you want.

Maybe the secret is a massive amount of work on the things you value the most.  The secret is starting and doing something that will lead to better results for you.

The point is that unless you do something different today your tomorrow won’t be any better than it was yesterday.   If you are waiting until conditions are perfect, until you have that one missing thing, before you start you’ll never ever start.

Your better life starts when you stop making excuses and decide to transform each day from now on.

How important is your health?

How important is your family?

How important are your relationships?

How important is your career?

How important is your personal and professional growth?

Take a few minutes and write down what is important to you.   Are you honoring what you value?

Many people choose to live a life of misery to show to their neighbors and friends how successful they are.   We equate success with finances and it isn’t working.   There are many, many people who have great bank accounts  who are living in personal poverty.   What is your life really like?  (Feel free to comment … share your story)

Darkest before the dawn

For many people the events of life pummel them with more darkness than light.    You can imagine waking up and knowing that the world that provides you with hope and opportunity is suddenly collasping in all around you.  

Nancy Brook happens to be one of those people who’s life quickly grew dark.   Her new book talks about her experience of surviving a marriage that quickly imploded as did her life.   Relying on her strength of character and a dream she moved out of despair and onto a path of hope.   Nancy fell but was able to get up and write a new chapter in her book of life.

Nancy’s new book “Cycling, Wine and Men” contains a number of lessons, transforming lessons that were able to ultimately allow Nancy to reframe life in a way that she was able to live her dreams.  

The book fits many of the themes of life coaching and leadership.  It is a story of maintaining an attitude of success in the midst of great distress.   For Nancy it was a road of discovery and reward.   How many people can and do live out their dreams?   Well this story shows that it is possible, that dreams can and do come true even when it is the darkest before the dawn.

Perhaps life has dealt you the cards you really don’t want and maybe each day is just a little bit harder than the day before.  Grab ahold of some hope in your outstretched hands, and hold on tight, believe that it is possible, believe every day that it is possible to reach your dreams.  

Believe that you can.  Take a look at the video clip

are you too late?

“If you are a follower of everyone else you’re too late.”

It is hard to lead when you are behind everyone else.  In order to lead you have to reshape and refashion your current way of doing things.   You have to look at a different way of doing what everyone else is doing so that you can move ahead of the status quo.

How do you make those breakthrough changes?

You start every day with learning something new.  Challenge yourself to a few minutes of uninterrupted learning.   For most people that learning works best in the early morning when the brain is most receptive to new ideas.   Develop a habit to learn something new each day.   Those new thoughts will allow you to think create new ways of doing things.

Goethe said, “Look at a man the way he is, he only becomes worse.  But look at him as if he were what he could be, then he becomes what he should be.”

What should you be?

Make each day a winning day.

Embrace each challenge with a passionate mind.

Look at the world with the beginners mind – what do you see?DSC03536

maximize your strengths

You can increase your level of satisfaction in life when you maximize your strengths, those things that come naturally to you or things that you have a strong passion for.  

Something that you are not very good at or that you don’t have an intense desire for might be considered a weakness.  You can practice and work on the skills to get better but the energy you have to put into reaching a high level of proficiency will drain your enthusiasm quickly.

The energy you have to put in towards maximizing your strengths will be small and the results will be much more quickly visible.

Marcus Buckingham, the author of “GO put your strengths to work” writes that “you will grow the most in the areas of your greatest strengths.”

If you were able to use your strengths daily and were able to maximize those strengths you would achieve a high degree of self-satisfaction in your life.  If you were able to consistently use your strengths imagine how significantly that could change your life.

Imagine doing the things you were truly gifted at – and using those gifts to make a difference.

Imagine being energized, engaged, enthusiastic, enamored, effusive, and enabled by doing what you are really good at.

If you don’t know what your gifts, talents and strengths are you need to spend a few moments asking yourself – what things do I do that puts an intense smile in my heart.  If I do what I am really good at does time just fly away?   If you can spend hours doing something that others think “you’re crazy” you just might be working on a strength.    When your life blossoms because you are doing what you love to do you are living in a strength.

Do you know your strengths?   Are you focused on building that strength daily?  If you’re not, when are you going to start?

Strength_Weakness

If you are spending time chasing weaknesses hoping to make them  stronger … you might be missing out on what is really important to your happiness.

Affirm someone

You matter.

You are important.

You make a difference.

Those are affirmations that you can say to yourself everyday.  

Susan Jeffers writes about affirmations in this little book.  It is a great place to start thinking about what you can be.

Affirmations start with our attitudes about others and ourselves.    I was reminded that self-talk/affirmations played an important role during the Holocaust. Viktor Frankl wrote, “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms- to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” (Frankl, “Man’s search for meaning”, p. 86).

Attitude is about choice,  a choice we make, and a choice that is shaped by our affirmations.

An age of hunger

We live in an age of hunger. Perhaps not here in the US but in other part of the world the Silent Tsunami is taking lives as the price of food climbs higher and higher. The silent Tsunami

For many people there is no Silent Tsunami because it hasn’t hit the mainstream media with any authority. It won’t be until the crisis is so bad that whatever can be done will be too late.

What is the solution?

There are no quick and easy answers. It might take more than a few calls to Congress to wake them from their slumber.

What would you do? What can you do? Do enough people really care?