The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.Hmmm...or as my husband would say, "there is a solution for every problem, so why worry!"
"This is the true joy in life, to being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; to being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.
God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.
When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce,
And the rain seems to soak your parade.
So pack up your troubles and take a step forward -
The process of change can be tough,
But think about all the excitement ahead
There might be adventures you never imagined
Just waiting around the next bend,
And wishes and dreams just about to come true
In ways you can't yet comprehend!
Perhaps you'll find warmth and affection and caring
And somebody special who's there
To help you stay cantered and listen with interest
To stories and feelings you share.
Perhaps you'll find comfort in knowing your friends
Are supportive of all that you do,
And believe that whatever decisions you make,
They'll be the right choices for you.
So keep putting one foot in front of the other,
And taking your life day by day...
There's a brighter tomorrow that's just down the road -
Don't look back! You're not going that way!
Congratulations to Michael Ramirez, the great editorial cartoonist who won his second Pulitzer prize today. Too bad for Los Angeles Times that forced Ramirez out in 2006. This is what he had to say today.
"My approach is to have a powerful image along with a significant statement," said the Investor's Business Daily (IBD) cartoonist, when reached by phone this afternoon. "It's great to be funny, too, but the most important element is the message -- to have an impact and make people think."
See the rest of his cartoons here.
And you can see the rest of the winners in other categories here.
America has always been very charitable. I had a discussion with a friend who insisted that most of the charities are given by corporation, but as you see from the chart, living individuals give the most in America! It's inspiring to live a country that has this value, In 2006, Americans gave about $295 billion to charity. You can read more about this subject in The American magazine covering the same issue. You may wonder, how Americans fare compare to other countries and here the answer:
Q. Are Americans more or less charitable than citizens of other countries?
A. No developed country approaches American giving. For example, in 1995 (the most recent year for which data are available), Americans gave, per capita, three and a half times as much to causes and charities as the French, seven times as much as the Germans, and 14 times as much as the Italians. Similarly, in 1998, Americans were 15 percent more likely to volunteer their time than the Dutch, 21 percent more likely than the Swiss, and 32 percent more likely than the Germans. These differences are not attributable to demographic characteristics such as education, income, age, sex, or marital status. On the contrary, if we look at two people who are identical in all these ways except that one is European and the other American, the probability is still far lower that the European will volunteer than the American.