Since 2013, Veterans Project & The Family Assistance Campaign has provided free food assistance to more than 20,000 Veterans and their family members, distributing 445,000 lbs. of food. Feed Our Vets mission is to help Veterans in the United States, their spouses and children, whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger, and to involve the public in fighting Veteran hunger, through: (1) Community food pantries that provide regular, free food to Veterans and their families, (2) Distribution of related goods and services, (3) Public education and outreach.

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment
and the other by acts of love. Power based on love
is a thousand times more effective and permanent
then the one derived from fear of punishment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

to meet the challenges of our times

to meet the challenges of our times
You have a right to live. You have a right to be. You have these rights regardless of money, health, social status, or class. You have these rights, man, woman, or child. These rights can never be taken away from you, they can only be infringed. When someone violates your rights, remember, it is not your fault.,I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for one self, one's own family or one's nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Creating a Simple & More Elegant Lifestyle: 11 Ways to Achieve More Joyful Living

Creating a Simple & More Elegant Lifestyle: 11 Ways to Achieve More Joyful Living

Life is full of beauty. Notice it.    ~ Ashley Smith

We always hear that life was easier when we were younger.  All we thought of was play and  fun. But as we grow older, our life seems to be more complex, problematic, and pressure-packed.

But how is it that when we are at a stage where we are more mature and aware of what we want, the life we want eludes us?  In reality though, life has always been simple. Each of us is entitled and possesses the right to joyful living. The only problem is that we make a big deal out of every challenge we encounter, thus making life seem to be more complicated than it is.

In order to create a simpler and more elegant lifestyle, we have to slow it down a bit. Life runs so fast that it seems like we feel the need to chase it.   On the other hand, there’s actually no need to. Remember that you have the control over it, which means that you can always dictate the tempo.  Thus, in order to allow a rather joyful and more elegant lifestyle, consider these 11 ways of slowing down:

1. Purchase your needs with cash. Most people don’t realize it but credit cards are making their lives more complicated. With a simple piece of plastic on their hands, they can easily and conveniently buy anything they wish for and eventually ending up regretting their actions come month’s end. But with cash on hand, you have no choice but to stop shopping when your pockets are empty.

2. Keep your health in check. Living a simpler and more elegant lifestyle isn’t possible without good health. If you want to make things simple, do not compromise your health for worldly desires such as substance addiction and bad food. Keep fit. Exercise daily!

3. Avoid reading the minds and actions of other people. Life is complicated because we often make it that way. Good and honest communication with other people is the key if you want to keep it simple. Sometimes we create conflict and disagreements with others because we tend to see and read them incorrectly.

4. Wake up early. Life is always a rush when you wake up late. It’s a common scenario seeing people skip breakfast in order to rush to the office or work. As a result, you end up messing up your day simply because you failed to wake up early. A simple cure… go to bed a little earlier and get the proper sleep your body needs. Depriving your body of sleep can lead to ill health.

5. Get rid of the things that clutter your space. While many things in your home are full of sentimental value, they are also the reason why you feel so congested. Live a more graceful lifestyle by arranging your space and organizing everything. In general, get a fresher, simpler environment around you.

6. Keep your honesty intact. Being simple and elegant means being honest. Complicated lives are aggravated when people lie. We fail to see the beauty in life if we always resort to lying as a way to escape things.

7. Get rid of jealousy as well. Jealous people are also those who live ugly lives. Creating a simple and more elegant lifestyle requires loyalty and trust to the people around you. Thus, don’t build the mentality of always being jealous especially when there’s no reason to.

8. You don’t have to serve and please everyone. If you are a person who loves to follow than to lead, one of your probable weaknesses is you are always a subject of other people’s command. Put in mind that you’re the boss of your own life and you really don’t need to spend all of your time in this world in trying to impress everyone. For once in your life, learn to be selfish. Live your life.

9. Cook your own food. Fast-food chains serving preserved and modified  foods are part of daily life. As a result, we also tend to believe that life is similar—instant and fast. But if you spend time cooking your own dinner or preparing your own breakfast, you get the feeling of going back to a simpler life. You feel more satisfied and with a very minimal effort and time needed and you’re also putting yourself into better health.

10. Love anything that’s worth it. Love makes your world run smoothly. Maintain an atmosphere of love and prevent hate and anger. There is no reason to complicate and cause difficulties in your life.

11. Emphasize beauty. Life is beautiful and there is no better way to see it that way than noticing all the good things life has to offer. Remember that an elegant lifestyle does not really mean having all the opportunities, chances, and wealth. It is all about making the most out of everything you have.

Source: (membership site) Posted by Joseph F Barber on his blog

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.    ~ Leonardo Da Vinci

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