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Welcome to my blog, a quasi-weekly column on topics and issues that have my attention, or that are intended to inform or inspire--including the following reminder:

"Realize why you're here, and be about it!"

A revolution of one

The world sometimes is changed radically and for the better by the efforts and example of a single, one-in-a-million character (Buddha, Jesus, Joan of Arc, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr). The first step is not to set out to change the world, but to develop that character.

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Raising the gratitude bar

My two sisters and I were talking about the whirlpools of our lives—the spinning that seems to keep us stuck in place and prevent us from achieving—or, at times, even remembering—our goals.

I related how I'd been under-employed for a year, had lost all but $2,000 of my $124,000 IRA investment in 2011, had attended a networking conference with nearly 1,000 entrepreneurs--virtually all of whom needed PR, marketing, web content, and other communications assistance--and gotten exactly two paying clients (most of the companies were pre-revenue), and was batting poorly in the PR department for my one client under contract. 

My sister looked at me and said, “You’d better be grateful.”

I stared at her, momentarily dumbfounded—and then burst out laughing.  I hadn’t considered the gratitude angle.

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The stones speak

In the shamanic traditions of the Inca, practitioners carry a “mesa,” or medicine bundle, which holds the sacred stones and power objects called upon in prayer. “Mesa” means “table” in Spanish, and for shamans from Spanish-speaking countries, the mesa is a portable altar they can spread anywhere. The objects are wrapped in a cloth called a mestana, which is folded into a neat four-cornered bundle and tied—traditionally with a beaded cord. North American Indians, too, carry a bag with their ceremonial objects in it—tobacco, sage, eagle feathers, and the all-important lighter, or box of matches—typically in a leather or cloth bag, often beaded, or decorated with pieces of antler or bone.

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