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I found this on the website of Queen Rania of Jordan.   I thought it was eloquent so I am reposting here. 


Education = Opportunity.

The opportunity to work. The opportunity to escape poverty. The opportunity to live healthily. The opportunity to live confidently. The opportunity to hope.

I believe you deserve an education.
Whoever you are.
It’s your right.

You deserve the chance to make the most of this brief glimpse we call existence. To be all you can be. To help those dear to you. To re-imagine the parameters of possibility.

Because education is transformative.

It can rescue a girl from the burdens of adulthood: early marriage and premature pregnancy.
It can empower a woman to take control of her life: mind, body, and soul.
It can defeat disease and temper intolerance: a shield for both our health and our humanity.

Education is a Titan.

Whole communities and countries lifted from the quicksands of destitution to the plains of progress.

And the power of education lies not in the pages of textbooks, or the recital of facts and figures.
It resides in the mind of a child who is taught how to think. How to learn. How to navigate the world, avoid whirlpools, climb mountains.

Education isn’t a line I’m spinning.
It’s a lifeline that’s saving.
Saving families. Saving futures.

RIF Answers

Dec. 3rd, 2009 01:17 pm
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I posed this one to dukesean . For those that don't know, he is my best friend. So I thought it would be interesting to see what he asked. I expected some challenging questions, but DAMN!

Here they are.

1. Who are your three favorite Knights? One SCA(you can't pick me), one historical and one from Arthurian legend.

2. Would you have become as comfortable with yourself as you are without the SCA?

3. Are the Cubs EVER going to win the World Series?

4. Where will you be living in 20 years?

5. I have the 'Food Giggle'. What do you do that really excites you with uncontrollable giddiness?

long answers to short questions - go figure.... )

So there you go – long winded as usual and I hope it was worth the wait.

QOTD 5/5/09

May. 5th, 2009 10:16 pm
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" I believe the most important attribute for a leader is being principle-centered. Centering on principles that are universal and timeless provides a foundation and compass to guide every decision and every act. I’ve based my life’s work on promoting principles and teaching the power that resides in principle-centered leadership. Principles are not my invention; they are self-evident and are found throughout the world. If you look at all enduring philosophies, religions and thoughts, you will find principles such as integrity, compassion, trust, honesty, accountability and others at their core. I simply translated these principles into a framework of habits, which when followed with consistency and frequency transforms one’s character and allows one to earn the moral authority necessary for enduring leadership."         ~Stephen Covey

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.”    ~Tom Robbins
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[[Reposted and unlocked for the benefit of some non LJ readers.  All future comments will be screened]]

So I wrote a manifesto of sorts to share with my Livejournal friends.  This is a very long post - don't feel obligated to read.

Standards. I thinks I gots them, then I realize that when people ask me what my standards are, I have a very hard time talking to them about it. And then I get frustrated when people don’t meet my standards. Hard for them to do when I can’t even identify what they are. 



A bit about my expectations in the SCA.... )
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I was thinking about this in the context of the additional peerage discussion that has been going on of late (and no, I would not like to have another debate about that right now - that is not the point here)

I think the SCA provides unique opportunities for those who are willing to do the work to achieve excellence in their field.  It doesn't matter whether you were the geek, nerd, jock, popular kid or whatever in the past.... everyone has a chance to be a Peer, a King or Queen, or a regional officer or whatever.  It is a place where people who have shyness and are introverts in the daily world can show their stuff and really shine if they choose to, or vice versa.  And it is everyone's choice about how they proceed.

Before you comment that "not everyone can be a peer/crown/officer" I will step in and say that is true, but I also don't believe everyone wants to be.  What I do believe is that everyone can have a *chance* to be who and what they want to be.  And it doesn't matter to me that this is "pretend" - I am not talking about ignoring real-world stuff to "be someone" in the SCA.  I am looking at it from the viewpoint that there are real-world skills, feelings and such that get wrapped up into the SCA experience.  I am tired of dealing with people that have the mentality of wanting others to hand them what they want, and I find that a lot less in the SCA than I do in daily life.

I am talking about looking for and creating opportunities here, dear readers.   They are out there - a person just needs to open their minds to them.  I am also posting this as a reminder to myself to help others find those opportunities when they are looking for them and can't see them, but I can. 

OK - these are the thoughts of a caffeine and sleep deprived Thea - I reserve the right to edit later.
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... given up on some of my dreams.  But I have been inspired by some people, some of whom I know well, and others whom I am just getting to know, not to give up on my dreams and visions of how things *can* be.

As I was reminded by one of these amazing souls - if I give up on my visions when I believe they are good and worthwhile, what kind of a message does that send to me, and more importantly, what kind of message does that send to the world?  It is letting the negative win, and I am not willing to do that.

I hope that anyone else who has thought of giving up on what they believe in will stay strong and hold on to what they believe.  As I have been reminded recently, you never know whose lives you will touch by your deeds and your words.
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I sat down this morning to write a blog about personal accountability, and personal responsibillity.  Instead, I was listening to the History Channel biography show about Martin Luther King.  The dialogue alluded to a speech about "The Drum Major Instinct," which was delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church on February 4, 1968.  I went on line to look it up, and was profoundly touched by what I read.  I have included excerpts below of the things that I think are particularly relevant, not only because today is the day that we honor Dr. King, but because it is the eve of the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, the first black man to hold that office.  It is also a time in our world that poor economy, soaring joblessness, and war.  I had thought that watching the show and blogging about this speech would not have anything to do with my original thoughts about personal responsibility, but really, it has a lot to do with it.     It also makes me think about what legacy I am leaving by my actions in this life.

For the full text of this speech, go to www.civilizednation.com/speeches/mlk/The_Drum_Major_Instinct.htm

Excerpts from
Martin Luther King Jr.: The Drum Major Instinct

(delivered 4 February 1968)




Read more... )
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So if you want to know if a particular person or persons are talking about you or something you did, how do you handle it?  Do you try to collect information, or do you go to the person and talk to them?

Do you stand back and watch when people that need to be able to work together for the common good are having issues?  Do you stand back and watch for the possible train wreck when they aren't talking to each other?

And what kind of advice can you really give?  Do you remind them of how their actions or lack of actions go far beyond just themselves?   Do you remind them of the grievance procedure?  How far do you go?

Does it matter how much you are committed to the common good?  Should that change what you say or do?

These questions do not require an answer.  I just wish I had one.  When did people forget the basics of niceties and personal dynamics?  When did they forget how to talk to each other?  Did they forget we all theoretically work for the common good? 

All of these people are highly principled in their own way.  I just can't figure out how they seem to be coming from such a place where they seem to believe the worst out of each other.

I know... cryptic.  But it is the best I can muster right now.
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This is one of my favorite poems.  Just came across it again, and wanted to share.  It's called "The Invitation".


It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain!I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithlessand therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty, every day,and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!"

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.


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