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Either Part of the Problem
or Part of
Rebekah Clark Dunlap
It has been said that there are two kinds of people in the world: (1) those
who see a problem, define and describe the problem, complain about the
problem, and finally become part of the problem; and, (2) those who look at
the problem and immediately begin to search for a solution. For the person
who focuses on the problem, life can seem like an uphill battle.
However, if you are among the solution seekers, life can present you with many
exciting opportunities for growth. The choice of how you respond to life's
situations is always up to you. The result? You are either part of the
problem, or part of the solution!
It can be easy to become part of the problem. Anyone focusing on a number
of conflicting facts and possible scenarios may perceive a dozen different
reasons why something cannot be accomplished. It may require effort to
discipline your mind to work on ways in which the problems can be solved.
Make a conscious effort to be a solution seeker. Remember, it doesn't take
courage, genius, or effort to be a problem person. Becoming a solution
seeker helps you feel good about yourself and more confident in your
capabilities. It can also evoke feelings of admiration and respect from
those around you. They can see you are a person who gets things done.
Through your positive, goal-oriented approach, you may even inspire others
to a greater level of achievement.
Indian Prime Minister Jawaharial Nehru commented: "Crises and deadlocks,
when they occur, have at least this advantage: They force us to think!"
Notes and Thoughts By W. G. Black Ph.D.
- Founder of Gakati'yi
"It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it." Seneca 4 B.C. - 65 A.D.
This profound and most important quote was present on one of my emails recently. I had been studying A Course in Miracles with special reference to perception, projection and the process by which we make our
own reality. I was struck by the fact that this quote by a contemporary of Jesus, expressing so clearly and
beautifully what Jesus taught, appeared at the same time I was studying it in the Course.
Here is a statement from the Course that corresponds so closely to Seneca's wisdom. Let us keep in mind
that he had great survival skills in political life. "Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you
gave it, nothing more than that. But though it is no more than that, it is not less. Therefore, to you it is
important. It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a man
thinketh, so does he perceive. Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the
world." Text, p. 415
I think that one of Jesus's least popular teachings was, "Resist not evil, but overcome evil with good." It
seems safe to say that Jesus and this teaching have not gone over very well with the military industrial complex of
which Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us as he was leaving office. In general it appears that the human race
believes that anger (revenging insults included) will bring us what we want, and love will not bring us what we
want and/or love is too weak to bring us what we want. Thus, the choice for anger over love is made endlessly
all over our planet. Just this past week the Supreme Court "gave more power to the police" in their ruling. The
good news is it was a very close vote, 5 to 4. The bad news is that the outcome and the victory are the same
regardless of the closeness and quality of the vote. Part of the good news may be that this one will awaken
more of us to the "creeping tyranny of police state consciousness" which Seneca and Jesus taught us to avoid
and to choose love and peace instead.
Try to imagine how many wars on Earth would not have transpired if just this one sentence by Seneca had
been honored by everyone who decided to feel insulted and then avenge it. Pretty heavy thought?
We do have choices about the future. "Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me." Let us resolve to
"change our mind" about the world, knowing that will also change the world. Let us become master of our
thoughts. We can rise to love and acceptance of insults rather than lowering ourselves to "an insult for an
insult." Vision sees healing, chooses it and sets about to bring it to reality. Judgment sees avenging and revenge
and promises satisfaction through getting mad and "getting even." Jesus' life was concluded by crucifixion. Seneca was ordered to commit suicide. It is reported that he
faced death "with fortitude and composure." Their lives and deaths, their teachings and Seneca's own writings
have surely affected us deeply and for the better. It is said, for example, that Seneca was influential upon
"You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you, love
your enemies and pray for those that spitefully use you." The Kingdom of Heaven is surely within us when we
can resist the temptation to return attack for attack.
(We request and welcome your responses
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Good Knight Campaign
2001 - 2002
of The Year
|Child Advocate, Actress - NYPD
Blue (Detective Kirkendall) JAG and Babylon 5,
News Anchor/Reporter for CNN.
"As a mother I thought I had taught my son everything he
needed to know to stay safe from abduction and crime.
But, I was
wrong. My lifelong dream is to see all children grow up safe and
happy in a world that cherishes and protects innocence." -
best-selling author of Saved By The Light and At Peace
in The Light. "The quickest way to change the world
is to be of service to others. Show that your love can make
a difference in the lives of people..." - Dannion
Ambassador's Challenge 2001-2002
In 1990 the Good Knight Campaign began a legendary tradition.
We searched for two individuals who had served the world and Her
children with true love and understanding. We then asked
that they stand as Godparents to all Good Knight children that the
charity had reached to date. In 1990 the Godparents were Sir
Edward-Michael, The Blue Knight, co-creator of the Good Knight
effort and actress/author/child advocate Jane Seymour. Over
the years some pretty impressive Godparents have come forward such
as the likes of Sir Willard Scott, Lady Cheryl Ladd, Sir Edward
James Olmos, Sir Ted Danson, Native American activist and actor,
Sir Russell Means, First daughter, Lady Chelsea Clinton, Sir
Efraim Zimbalist, Jr., U.S. Senator and Mrs. Tom Lantos (CA), U.S.
Representative Albert Wynn (MD) and the late Sir Admiral Elmo R.
Zumwalt, Jr. To date, with the help of these courageous
goodwill ambassadors, The Campaign has reached over 5 million
families throughout the United States and Canada. Since the
effort began in 1985, it has been presented with countless awards,
proclamations and citations. We finished the millennium off
by receiving the coveted President's Service Award Silver Medal
for reducing crime and violence against children.
As Godparents we embrace the effort to teach
children of the world how to stop crime and violence in their
schools and communities through presentations of Good Knight
positive, peer mentoring programs. As part of the program,
audiences are formally knighted and asked to go out into their
communities and teach what they have learned to others. In
order to do so with any positive effect, each child/volunteer
needs a personal copy of the Good Knight, "ABC's of
Protection," video. With the video, The Campaign is
assured that the quality of the message is maintained and many
more people can benefit from a single video.
This year our goal is to reach one million
volunteer-presenters by Christmas 2001 who will go out and teach
the program to others. Since the bulk of these volunteers
will be schoolchildren, we ask that you help us distribute one
million free safety videos by donating the cost of shipping and
handling, US$7.25. Since January 1, 2001, Good Knight
presenters have reached over 31,000 children who wish to
volunteer. Unfortunately, we have only been able to distribute
1,200 videos for lack of financial support. We ask that you
consider supporting at least one Good Knight Volunteer this year.
Let's give the children a chance to save the world and learn to
live in peace. Thank You!
With hopes of a brighter future,
Lady Andrea Thompson and Sir Dannion Brinkley
Good Knight Campaign
11001 Rhode Island Avenue
Beltsville, Maryland 20705
Contact: Gwen Gregory, Good Knight Campaign
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I have had cause to
reflect recently on this thing called “love” and what it means to
me. There are many
“messengers” of love in the world today…folks who speak and write
about love…people who sell love on the television, the radio, the
internet. Individuals who exhort us to love ourselves, love others, love
the world, and who themselves proclaim love to everyone in a grand,
celestial, super-love kind of way.
There is a lot of talk about “feeling good” about yourself
and others. In fact, there
are countless books and tapes, and a myriad of products available to
help one achieve this “feeling” or state of love.
I have a different
perspective. I don’t
believe love is about feeling…it is not a celestial “high”…a
warm glow…a transient euphoria. In
fact, real love sometimes does not feel good at all.
I have been privileged in
half a century of life to witness love…to stand in awe in the presence
of love so deep that it profoundly changes the world in ways we may
never fully realize or understand.
I would like to share some
of the faces of love, as I have seen it.
Love is a man or woman caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s
disease…holding on to the person they know and love in the face of
exhausting physical labor and heartbreaking mental anguish…day after
day, year after year.
Love is a son or daughter,
spouse or friend who puts their own life on hold to care for a loved one
who is dying…the person who is there twenty-four hours a day, seven
days a week…who feeds, baths, soothes, turns, changes, medicates, and
performs the endless, repetitive tasks of “caring” for one who can
no longer care for themselves.
Love is the parent, or
grandparent, of a physically or mentally handicapped child who cherishes
that child and takes on the responsibility of protecting, nourishing,
and caring for that child. The
one who advocates tirelessly for that child day after day, year after
year, in the harsh and unaccommodating world of people who do not
Love is the immigrant
parent who works two minimum-wage, menial jobs…every day, every week,
year after year…so that his or her sons and daughters can go to school
in American and get the education that will make it possible for them to
become fully-participating American citizens and realize the American
Love is American men and
women in uniform…police officers and firefighters who put their lives
on the line daily to provide peace and security for others.
It is military enlistees who give up their individual freedom in
the service of their country…men and women who are willing to leave
their friends, families and loved ones to go wherever they are sent, to do whatever the government asks them to do.
These are just a few of
the many faces of love. Love
is not a feeling…it is not words.
It is not a state of being or a celestial experience.
Love is how we choose, every day, to walk in the world. Sometimes love is the hardest thing we ever have to do.
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10 REASONS WHY PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS SHOULD EXERCISE
Flexibility training helps improve range of motion and reduces
stiffness in affected joints, particularly the early morning
stiffness often associated with arthritis.
Cardiovascular exercise, especially a low impact exercise like
taichi or even walking, not only improves overall fitness, but
also helps reduce the psychological and emotional pain that
often accompanies arthritis.
TaiChi strengthens muscles and improves mobility, which makes
it easier to perform activities of daily living. The easier
these activities are, the more active one is likely to be
Weight bearing exercise such as taichi, positively affects
bone mass, helping to reduce the risk of developing
osteoporosis, a degenerative bone disease that is often seen
in people with arthritis due to reduced activity.
Arthritis can negatively affect posture, balance and
coordination, all of which may be improved with a regular
taichi exercise program.
Excess weight places additional strain on the joints, so
maintaining a healthy weight is important for those with
arthritis. Along with a sensible diet, taichi can aid in
TaiChi has been proven to help manage stress, which can take
it's toll on the whole body, including the joints.
Because it is a chronic, degenerative disease, arthritis can
often cause people to become depressed and develop a poor self
image. People who exercise, however, tend to feel better about
themselves, have less depression and possess a more positive
Painful joints can make getting a good night's sleep
difficult, if not impossible. A regular taichi exercise
program has been shown to improve sleep patterns and may help
alleviate this problem.
Because arthritis often leads to a more sedentary lifestyle,
individuals with this disease often increase their risk of
developing other deadly diseases, such as heart disease or
diabetes. Staying active and exercising regularly helps offset
the effects of arthritis and lessens the risk of developing
some other lifestyle-related diseases.
TaiChi everyday goes a long way!
After getting the go ahead from your doctor start with 10-20
minutes of taichi exercises that strengthen, stretch and work
range of motion. Add 15-60 minutes of taichi movements (or
other low impact aerobic exercise) 3 times a week. Start out
slowly and gradually increase intensity or repetitions over
time, but never exercise to the point of pain. Adapt the
techniques to fit your situation to achieve your goals of more
mobility, less pain and a happier life!