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well within yourself that treasure, kindness.
Know how to give without hesitation,
how to lose
without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
~ George Sand...
December 29, 2008
TODAY'S TUNE [ON/OFF]
a Little Kindness"
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the old saying goes,
If you aren't part of the solution, you're part of
the problem. We all recognize how cold and unkind the world 'out there' can
be ... it's often truly appalling! So, rather than simply pointing a righteous
finger, we could choose to change things by committing to do at least one kind
deed each and every day.
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor
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From the Inside Out
I SAW ... MYSELF
sorry. Please forgive me! I don't mean to hold you up," he said as he
struggled to get off the escalator.
admit to it. There have been times when walking or driving behind an older person
I've gotten impatient and upset.
huffed and zoomed around them because I was in a hurry to get nowhere.
I'm more aware of it now because I see myself there one day soon.
I SAW MYSELF in this old man's shoes and it caused me to slow down, stop and ask
for his forgiveness.
was about five or six people ahead of me. I was in a hurry and saw him as an obstacle.
I've seen people get off the end of an escalator and stop dead in their tracks,
gather their things and suddenly there's a pile up of angry people behind them.
You can't stop an escalator full of people behind you. Like the Energizer bunny,
they keep on goin'.
man was well aware of the challenge. He tried desperately to step aside. Fumbling
with his small packages, struggling to gain his footing, you could see how troubling
this was for him.
sorry. Please forgive me! I don't mean to hold you up," he said as he
struggled to get off the escalator.
suddenly saw this in a whole new light. It was like I was watching myself in the
I felt sorry for him. I felt sick to my stomach because this man was apologizing
to everyone, when we should have been helping him and calming his fears.
by one, people zipped around him. I heard a few angry comments whispered as one
lady passed by him.
the time I got to him he was just about steady on his feet.
I'm sorry. I didn't know there was more," he said.
sir. No more with me," I said. This really hit me hard. I realized right
then how sad it was that the world was in such a hurry.
of course, included me. But ... no more with me. Count me out!
wonderful man paid his dues. For whatever time he had spent on this earth, he
most likely walked many rough roads and too many important miles. Now he should
be apologizing for moving slower?
heart ached as I looked into his eyes. I wished that I could see what he had seen
all those years. His face weathered from life itself, was creased and wrinkled.
The small soft pockets under his eyes and the gentle lines that curved up and
around them told me he had many happy moments, too. Those were traces left behind
from laughter and a smiling, happy man.
friend, can I help you with those things?" I asked.
at first, he finally said, "Well, yes, thank you!"
placed my hand under his left arm and walked with him a safe distance away from
the rush of people.
what are you shopping for, sir?"
just a little something for my neighbor. She's a young mother raising kids on
her own. She's always so nice to me. I thought a box of candy for Mother's Day..."
he said, stopping suddenly as he searched his inside pocket of his sport coat.
you need something?" I asked.
no. Here. I think I have it right here. I always carry them with me,"
he said. Then pulling out a hand full of papers he shuffled through them and handed
me a business card that read:
Friend to all... enemy to no one! I said a prayer today and YOU
were the answer. Thank you!"
for you," he said. "Thanks for stopping to help an old man."
Sir, YOU helped me. I discovered that I was unhappy with the world and I was part
of the problem. Now I'll be part of the solution. No more with me!"
this was meant to be," he said smiling.
know Heaven sends me gifts every day and always at least one special person. You
were my gift for today! Let's go get some chocolates, my friend."
Bob Perks, Motivational Speaker and Author
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people - with a camera that is - in a foreign language that you dont understand
encourages an ability to listen beyond the words. After
meeting Feliciano Pop, I found that I didnt actually need to know what he
was saying. There was something else. Something far more powerful. My hope is
that you too can see it."
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CHANGE THE WORLD5 FORMER SLAVES HAVE!
Weve all learned about the courageous acts of former slaves in American
history like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman but while the Emancipation
Proclamation of 1863 officially put an end to slavery in the United States, human
trafficking is still at critical mass and rising in many parts of the world, with
more than 27 million people enslaved today. The modern-day human trafficking trade
needs new heroes to speak up for themselves to put an end to the abuse and exploitation.
Here are five inspiring former slaves whove stepped up to the challenge.
Masih was sold into bonded labor at a carpet factory in his native
Pakistan at the age of four. For six years, he was forced to work 12-hour days
in a dark room, tied in place to the carpet loom he worked on. He was never permitted
to go outside, and was fed so little that he looked like a boy half his age.
ten, he ran away from the carpet factory to hear a speech by the Bonded Labor
Liberation Front (BLLF), and realized that he was entitled to the same rights
as any other citizen. He refused to return to the factory, and began to travel
the world, visiting rallies, meetings, and even elementary school classrooms,
to tell the story of the abuses he had suffered as a child slave, imploring others
to help fight for an end to human trafficking.
was honored with many awards for his bravery, but tragically, he was assassinated
at the age of 12. His murderer was never found, but many believe that it was a
member of the Carpet Mafia, attempting to silence his criticism of
the industry. Iqbals short life served as an inspiration to many
including a young boy named Craig Kielberger, who was inspired to start a nonprofit
organization called Free the Children to help free child laborers in honor of
the brave young boy whod lost his life.
Hadijatou Manis story is typical of her tribe:
she was sold into slavery at the age of 12 for $500, and spent over a decade working
without pay in her masters fields. She was raped and beaten daily. Though
slavery has been officially outlawed throughout Africa, the practice still persists
in certain regions, including Niger, where over 43,000 tribal members are estimated
to be enslaved.
Mani was finally set free at the age of 24, she decided to take action
not just against her captor, but against the government that had allowed the abusive
practice. Mani brought a lawsuit against the Niger government, claiming that they
hadnt enforced their anti-slavery laws to protect her.
October 2008, after a long trial that featured Manis heartbreaking testimonials,
Mani won the case a landmark ruling in the human trafficking world. A regional
tribunal forced the government to pay Mani $19,000 in damages, and the decision
has put major pressure on Nigers government to finally put an end to human
trafficking within its borders.
Mani, the case was about more than her own enslavement it was for all who
faced the same abuses. Nobody deserves to be enslaved, she said in
a statement. We are all equal and deserve to be treated the same. I hope
that everybody in slavery today can find their freedom. No woman should suffer
the way I did."
Deng, born in a small town in southern Sudan, was abducted at the age
of nine, torn from his family and forced to work for a family in northern Sudans
Arab militia. Deng was never permitted to attend school, and instead spent his
days journeying across the desert with heavy pails of water for the family he
worked for a job normally delegated to donkeys. When he was too exhausted
to work, he was beaten into submission.
was much luckier than many of his fellow slaves: after three and a half years
in captivity, he managed to escape with one of his fellow tribe members. Deng,
now 47, is a United States citizen who works as a lifeguard on Coney Island. But
his primary mission is raising awareness of human trafficking in Sudan, both through
speeches and as the leader of the Sudan Freedom Walk, a 300-mile trek from the
United Nations headquarters in New York City to Capitol Hill. The 2006 Freedom
Walk served as Dengs personal protest of the human rights abuses in Sudan,
and drew support from members of Congress and the NBA alike.
in Sudan, my people are walking for months to get to a place for safety; they
are walking months to go and get to a place where there is shelter; they are walking
for days and days to get to places and find there is no food, he explained.
If they are [walking], then why should I not do it here too?
Mam, a Cambodian orphan, never knew her parents. She doesnt even
know how old she is. She endured a miserable childhood of abuse at an orphanage,
and was forced into marriage with an older man. Around the age of 16, she was
sold to a brothel in Phnom Penh, where she was beaten, raped, and abused by pimps
and clients more times than she could count. When she finally escaped the brothel
at age 21 after a friends murder, Mam vowed to devote the rest of her life
to helping other sex slaves go free.
that day, Mam has aided the escape and recovery of sex trafficking victims in
Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam through her nonprofit organizations, the European-based
AFESIP (translated as Acting for Women in Distressing Circumstances)
and the Somaly Mam Foundation, based in the US As a speaker and activist, she
shares her own story to publicize the important cause of sex trafficking, and
works with government officials to lobby for the passage of anti-trafficking laws.
She also solicits other former slaves and celebrity spokespeople to talk about
sexual slavery. Since escaping the brothel, Mam has helped more than 4,000 former
sex slaves to go free in search of a better life.
Kachepa, an orphan from Zambia, was a member of a childrens choir
in his homeland. When a charity organization asked the child singers to move to
Texas and perform there, Kachepa thought his life had turned around. The organization
claimed that he would receive an education and a salary, that he would be able
to send money to his siblings at home, and even help pay to build a school in
everything hed been told was a lie: when Kachepa arrived in the United States,
he and his fellow singers had no access to money or education. They were forced
to perform up to seven concerts a day, and were forced to go without food when
they misbehaved. The couple that ran the charity made plenty of money off of the
boys performances, but instead of using it to help them, they kept every
penny for themselves. In America, supposed land of the free, the children were
being kept as slaves.
Kachepa had been forced to sing in the choir for a year, the INS caught on and
convicted the couple running the operation, letting the boys remain in the United
States. Kachepa found a loving foster family to live with, and is now attending
college. Today, Kachepa is committed to speaking out against slavery, and frequently
shares his own story at lectures, rallies, and in the media, in hopes that he
might make others aware of the cause. In my heart, I resolved to help
rid the world of human trafficking, he told BlackNews.com.
I do not want anyone else to suffer the mental brutality and psychological
trauma victims endure.
Kathryn Hawkins, Razoo.com
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Kalandula Waterfalls thunder impressively into the roaring River Lucala near
the provincial capital of Malange. Seen here just before a storm, the towering
Kalandula cascades are an awesome sight and are said to be Africa's third largest
waterfalls. Travelers can buy beautiful handicrafts from the tribal villages nearby.
Angola is situated on the west coast of Africa, bordered on the north by the Congo
and Dem. Rep. of Congo (formerly Zaire), on the Southeast
by Zambia, on the south by Namibia and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. Angola
is an amazing eye-opener in more ways than one. Scarred painfully by years
of debilitating warfare and untouched by foreign visitors since the early 1970s,
the country remains remote and undiscovered, with few observers privy to the geographic
highlights and vast cultural riches. Now
at peace, opportunities to explore Angola, Southern Africa's final frontier, are
quietly opening up. Here, amid the prickly cacti and gnarly baobab trees is a
stunning mosaic of mountains and rare wildlife that has been repeatedly ignored
by guidebook writers and travel scribes for more than a generation. A spectacular
land of stunning natural wonders and a people of broad smiles and big hearts,
Angola holds a lure that few other countries can match.
Negras de Pungo Andongo (Black Rocks at Pungo Andongo) are about an
hour's drive from Malange, Angola. These mysterious rock formations look astoundingly
like animals, including a giant 'frog'. Pedras Negras, which stand high above
of the flat southern African savannah, have been a strategic military point since
the 17th century. See
in the heady heat of equatorial Africa youll encounter some of the continents
most gracious people and discover many of its most closely guarded secrets.
Chill out on
expansive beaches, sample the solitude in virgin wildlife parks or sift through
the ruins of Portuguese colonialism. The nuances are startling, from the vibrant
capital of Luanda with classic pastel architecture to remote waterfalls, stunning
landscapes scattered with coffee plantations,
Kissama Game Park with big black antelope, zebra, large herds of
elephants, white rhinoceros, and in the rivers and lagoons hippopotamus, squacco
herons, crocodiles and African manatees.
advancements in infrastructure and a dramatically improved security situation,
travel in Angola remains the preserve of adventurers. But with the transport network
gradually recovering and wildlife being shipped in to re-populate decimated national
parks, the signs of recovery are more than just a mirage. Angola is halfway along
the road to political and economic atonement and it would be a shame to miss out
on its dramatic rebirth.
da Lua (Watchpoint or Valley of the Moon) allows a breathtaking vista
of the Sea of Angola on the picturesque coast between Luanda and the beach of
Cabo Ledo. The ethereal landscape features a vast array of red and silver-coloured
rock formations. See
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