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Beauty

Physical beauty. It’s still often one of the most highly valued attributes in our society, and particularly in women. Of course, beauty is a wonderful thing to behold and enjoy. But are you aware of positive deeper attributes we automatically apply to an attractive face?

Here’s a great Psychology Today article on beauty and its effect on our psyche: The Surprising Power of a Beautiful Face. A short quote: “[what psychologists call] the halo effect causes one trait (e.g., beauty) to drastically color your perception of all other traits. If you think someone is beautiful, you are also likely to assume they’re smart, ambitious, interesting, etc. We’ve all made these assumptions before, for good or ill.”

We are hard-wired to judge based on appearances

The assumptions we make are evidently hard-wired labels in our brains. So we can be forgiven – at least a little bit. As an interesting exercise, the next time you see a beautiful or handsome face, observe your thought process. Do you quickly assume the person is also intelligent, educated, polite, nice, etc?

Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love, is laughing in her heaven. She knows, beauty has exerted power for eons.

Beautiful Life Quotes:

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
~ Maya Angelou

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
~ Helen Keller

“Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people.”
~ Roy T. Bennett

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
~ Marcus Aurelius


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Being different isn’t easy. There is tremendous social pressure to conform, and certainly the people “at the top” who are trying to shape society rely on this. They can count on a certain number of people to belittle and shame the ones who do not conform to agendas. They envision a society where everyone gives up on thinking for themselves, eventually relenting and following the status quo because it’s just easier.

In life it’s important for each of us to draw our line in the sand. I will never agree to such a society.

We have the personal choice and free will to overcome the narrow viewpoint, and the demand that we all conform to a one-world ideology. We have the personal power to shape a society that is open-minded and respectful of many points of view. We have the love within us to build the rich and diverse society of which humanity is capable.

Why would we or should we ever settle for less?

“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.”
~ Albert Einstein


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It Could Happen to You

The girl with green eggs has not been at the corner selling her family’s eggs for days now. Almost overnight there are food shortages in an equatorial country that boasts diverse geographical growing regions, a year-round growing season in all of them, and is in actual fact abundant with food.

Gasoline, propane cooking gas, meat, fresh vegetables, milk, and eggs have quickly dried up in the wake of protests led by the indigenous CONAIE federation, who are taking a stand against the government of Ecuador because of rising fuel and fertilizer prices accompanied by fixed selling prices, amongst other issues.

Protestor road blockages have domestically cut off the supply chain to cities small and large alike, and the general population is collectively feeling the pain of the wide disparity between the poor and the rich, which after two weeks of clashes still appears to be an irreconcilable vast chasm.

Why am I telling you this? Because in the times in which we live, it is a mistake to believe that things are “returning to normal”. The war in eastern Europe will have widespread repercussions in the days ahead due to the current shortages of fertilizer worldwide. (Russia normally supplies about 1/3 of the world’s fertilizer needs.) Even privileged First World countries in the northern hemisphere will feel the pain this coming fall.

In a world where supply chains have already proven to be tenuous in the past two years, agreements between politicians and countries are thrown away in a heartbeat, and the amount of food grown obviously already cannot meet the needs of 8 billion people, humanity is experiencing a collective shift in the way we see and live life on this planet.

Humans have this strange way of looking at things that make them uncomfortable and saying, “But that could never happen to me”. It is the ostrich methodology of preserving normalcy bias.

It’s time to see the world with your eyes wide open, because yes, it could happen to you. Why not at least allow for the word “perhaps” in your vocabulary? “Perhaps” allows for the next thought, “What would I do if it did?” “Perhaps” allows for the idea of personal preparedness in the rapidly shifting playing field of a world in crisis.


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Nonconformist

“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”, is one of my fave Albert Einstein quotes. Personally I abhor the commonly used phrase, “It’s always been done that way…” How about you?

Looking at the state of the world today, I do believe we are in desperate need of more nonconformists, people who refuse to see or do it the same old way.

Are you deep down yearning to be a nonconformist, but haven’t quite taken the plunge? A quick, easy read with tips: 7 Steps to Becoming a Nonconformist

Inspirational Quotes:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.” ~ Rita Mae Brown

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” ~ The Dalai Lama

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ J. Krishnamurti

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Our Next New Frontier

Famous explorers of old had the support of their kings and queens to discover new lands, fresh opportunities for growth and settlement, expansion of old empires. Supplies and some men and ships, plus gold coins as incentive and fortification of the spirit, got the job done. Rumors of more riches to be had, as well as peoples to be conquered, further fueled the desire of some power hungry leaders of exploration.

But for the more common men and women who followed them into the New World, their reasons were different. A deep desire burned for a new life outside of their known society, to feel the wide open spaces where one’s spirit could breathe again, and explore the freedom of a more personal say in the course of one’s own destiny. This was not an easy path. It took courage, sacrifice, hard work, and diligence to make a life in unknown territory.

Determination of the human spirit

History has a way of repeating itself. We see patterns of domination and control, followed by humanity’s uprising of spirit to find a way out, onward and upward. The human spirit has proven over and over again, it will never be defeated. Sometimes it gets lost, but in times of challenge it reveals itself one again, ready to blossom and flourish.

Our current experience is feeling limited in potential and tired in spirit. In short, it is old. The question to ask ourselves right now is, “What is that next frontier we want to carve out? What does that next new world we desire look and feel?”

We will create that next new experience

Consider that since new places on this Earth are getting used up, perhaps that next frontier is not one just fueled by spirit, but it will be one OF spirit, an expansion of our collective consciousness.

It is time for us to develop that vision in our imaginations, creating and honing it with the fire of our deep desire. This new world will be ours. We just need to muster a little courage to head out into the unknown, and we will never look back.


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