Posted in attitude, comfort, communication, compassion, depression, domestic violence, emotions, encouragement, family, Fear, friendship, Frustration, Heart, help, hopes, Impact, inspiration, life, loneliness, loss, love, mental and physical health, news, observations, of connections, Opportunities, pain and misery, relationships, tagged attention, attitude, caring, comfort, communication, compassion, emotion, help, hurting, love, mental health, news, pain, relationships, reports, sensitivity, stress, struggles, Time, well-being, world on March 7, 2009|
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Have you ever talked with someone, in person or on the phone, and FELT the pain that they were going through? Staying connected to those around us demands an attitude of awareness and compassion. Having a relationship with others, that goes beyond the surface, requires time, attention, and sensitivity. Are you able to feel someone else’s pain?
Communicating comfort, love and caring towards others is easy. All you have to do is reach out to them, for them to feel that love and caring. Will they talk about their pain; it depends on whether they are ready or not. Some people internalize what they are going through…they can’t share it until they have processed what they are struggling with. Others unload their challenges at the drop of a hat.
The key to staying connected and being helpful to another person; is knowing that person well enough to know how they handle painful situations. If they need someone to talk to when dealing with difficulties, try to be there for them. If they need time to process what they are going through…make sure they know they can call on you when they are ready to talk it out.
Lately, it seems like there are too many news reports of people who have broken under stress or pain and have become desperate…hurting themselves or someone else that they professed to love. It doesn’t have to be that way. If everyone tried to be more aware of those around them…this world would be a better place. Do you know someone who is hurting; or, is it you who is going through a hard time?
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Thanks to all of the faithful readers, this blog is now celebrating 91,000 visitors! You guys rock…thanks for being interested in what goes on in the world. Thanks for sharing your points of view on the latest news, events, and life’s happenings. You the readers are the best part of blogging. Appreciate the comments that inform, observe the world, and communicate your opinions in a family friendly manner. The world is an interesting place, dont ya think?
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Posted in Advocating for special needs, Amazing, attitude, baby, Beauty, birth, charity, children, comfort, compassion, death, emergency, emotions, Fame, family, Fear, finances, Frustration, future, giving, health, Heart, help, Impact, inspiration, kids, leadership, life, loss, love, media, mental and physical health, mom, MONEY, mother, news, observations, opinion, Opportunities, organizations for special needs, pain and misery, parenting, poverty, pregnancy, publicity, respect, sadness, service, Sisterhood, support, travel, water shortage, well-being, tagged abundance, African, American, attention, attitude, baby, blessings, bonding, breast milk, child, compassion, crew, criticism, desperate, Difference, fulfillment, Heart, help, humanitarian mission, love, milk, mother, necessity, need, newborn, news, Nightline, nursing, nutrition, Pampers, poverty, publicity, Salma Hayek, Sierra Leone, starvation, tetanus, Unicef, vaccines, world on February 12, 2009|
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If you were traveling through a poverty striken area and you had a baby of your own that you were still nursing…could you walk away from a hungry newborn baby that had nothing to eat? Actress Salma Hayek was in Sierra Leone on a humanitarian mission…she nursed an African newborn who was starving because his mother could not produce milk for her child. Salma was moved to feed that child. She talked about his eyes lighting up as he began to feel the nutrition flow into his body. She was moved in her heart to feed him; because i believe that a nursing mother can’t ignore a hungry baby that is crying out in his/her need; that is called basic human compassion. Still, you would think that we all had that in abundance; but, not always so, some would run the other way as quickly as they could go.
This moment was captured on film by the news crew of “Nightline” who were along on the trip for Unicef , to promote the importance of tetanus vaccines. Unicef and Pampers have a campaign called 1 Pack=1Vaccine; Salma is a spokeswoman for Pampers. www.unicefusa.org or www.pampers.com/unicef
I love the message of what Salma did; purely from the standpoint of, if you see a need fill it. Salma still is breastfeeding her own child who is approximately 1 year old. She understands the importance of, the nutritional value as well as the bonding value of, breastfeeding.
Surely there will be those individuals who will criticize her for what she did. There will be naysayers who will bring up the issue of aids and to the possible exposure to her health or that of her own child. They will say that she did this as a publicity stunt, or for the attention. Some will say in the larger scheme of things…did that one feeding make a difference; will it save the life of that child. I believe it made a difference. I believe an African woman saw an American woman with heart. I believe a baby felt fulfillment, comfort, and love. I pray that the mother and child received more help. A world saw a desperate moment and an act of love.
I say, she was in the moment. She saw a child in need; she felt the despair of a mother who could not provide for her child the most basic necessity in life at that time for her child; she did what she was able to do. I love that she didn’t think twice. Those who have been blessed in life and find themselves around others in need have a responsibility to share. I respect Salma for doing it so very naturally. There are so many in need around the world…what can you do to make a difference?
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Posted in attitude, baby, birthday, Celebration, Christmas, emotions, Faith, family, fathers, joy, life, love, meaning of life, miracles, mom, mother, news, service, worship, tagged babies, baby, Bible, birthday, Celebration, change, Christmas, Faith, family, father, gift, Holiday, Jesus, life, love, mother, New Year, service, spirits, teaches, world, worship on December 26, 2008|
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Have you ever noticed how a baby can change the whole environment of a room? You can be standing in line somewhere thinking that you would rather be anywhere else in the world…frustrated beyond belief; and, a mother or father can walk in with a baby and people just seem to smile a little more. Babies have the ability to change the world.
If the baby is old enough to interact with those around them…they can lift the spirits of the grumpiest person nearby. Everyone is that baby’s friend and while they may not want to leave the safe and secure arms of mom or dad to let a stranger hold them…they will generally smile, coo and try to engage those around them. That baby has already changed everything about life for both mom and dad; as well as those in the life of mom and dad.
Every baby is special. But there is one baby that is even more so; it is baby Jesus. Today is his birthday and he changed the world more than any other child born. He was born to bring life and love everlasting to the world. He loves everyone and wishes for them to live in heaven. For this to happen…we must accept him as our savior; and, live a life that is worthy of being saved-the bible is our road map…it teaches us the way to live. We live to be of service to others and to worship God.
Babies are a gift from God…just as baby Jesus was a gift. So this Christmas, please remember him in your celebration. He is the reason for the whole holiday…celebrating Christmas without celebrating Christ Jesus seems like an empty holiday to me. May you be blessed this Christmas and in this New Year! Happy Birthday Jesus! How do you plan on celebrating Christmas?
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Posted in abandonment, abortion, adoption, anti-abortion, baby, children, culture, death, emotions, encouragement, failure, Faith, family, fathers, finances, foster parenting, future, giving, Heart, hopes, kids, law enforcement, legal, life, loneliness, loss, love, mental and physical health, mom, MONEY, mother, news, of connections, opinion, pain and misery, parenting, pregnancy, relationships, sadness, success, Teen Pregnancy, teens, well-being, writing for children, tagged abandonment, abortion, acceptance, adopted, adoptive, baby, birth, bonding, Charlotte, child, children, circumstances, connection, cry, death, emotions, encouragement, failure, family, fault, foster, generations, gift, giver, God, Heart, hope, Impact, infant, legal system, life, love, mental and physical health, MONEY, newborn, normal, North Carolina, parenting skills, parents, purpose, read, receiver, reflection, rejection, story, successful, system, world on November 15, 2008|
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Baby don’t cry…it is not your fault. When you are old enough to know your story…know that it is not your fault. It has happened for generations…people abandon their children. It is wrong, but they do it for many reasons…all sad reasons, all heartbreaking…but, what it comes down to is a lacking.
A lacking of something that is required to parent you little one. Some parents are lacking money, some are lacking appropriate housing or clothing, some are lacking parenting skills. Even worse, some are lacking a very basic, important connection…a bonding of parent to child; it is called love. This is not normal. This is not your fault. The lacking is theirs and theirs alone; don’t let it define you. Their failure to provide what you need does not wipe away your right to have those things that children need to grow and be whole. You deserve to have what every child should have…love and acceptance.
There are many who would adopt you; love you and give you everything you need to be successful in life. It is sad that your birth parents could not for whatever reason of lacking, be the people to give you what you need. However, when you are able to read and understand it all…hopefully, you will have been adopted and cared for appropriately. I hope that you received that love; and, now know that you are part of a family who wanted you, and needed you to be part of them. The parts of you that feel empty or unfulfilled, because of the unknowns about your birth family, probably will never be fully satisfied. Let it be enough to know that the circumstances that lead to your being abandonned are not a statement of anything that was wrong with you as a person.
A small newborn child was abandoned in Charlotte, North Carolina in the last few days. Children are being abandoned all around the world. There are many who would love these children were they to enter into the foster/adoptive legal system in the right kind of way. Why are parents dumping their children?
When you are able to read this, or some other piece that addresses such issues…and you have learned about your abandonment; don’t try to seek further information. It will only hurt you more. There are no answers that will satisfy your heart’s desire to be loved and accepted by the people who gave you up. For each answer that is given to justify such actions will just trigger another “what if you had done this or that…could you have kept me then” question. It is a never ending circle of emotional hurt.
It is not a reflection upon you…babies and children are easy to love. You have done nothing wrong to be rejected…it is a fault inside of that person that by some miracle was able to give you life. Unfortunately, abortion (infant death) is an option in today’s world..so, choosing life was a very positive thing. Maybe that is the most that they had to give you; LIFE, it IS an important gift.
Your true source of life comes from God above. You are here in this world because he values you…you are here for a purpose. Discover what your purpose is and live it to the fullest…do not be destroyed by feelings of rejection or inferority. You are worthy of all the best that life has to give you. Your beginnings do not have to set a negative standard for the rest of your life. Take your gift and all that you have been able to receive and enjoy since the time of your birth and make something of yourself. Be a giver, be an encourager…be the embodiement of what your birth parents lacked. Be a giver and a receiver of Love. Do you think that the impact of your birth can make a positive difference in the world? I do, every life has value to offer the world. Reader, do you know someone who has been rejected or abandoned…were they able to turn their difficult beginnings into a positive, productive life?
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