#uprightliving

You either stand for something or you’ll fall for anything – unknown

How do we stay upright when things go pear-shaped?

I believe it could be determined by either the evidence pertaining to a set of values, or the lack thereof. I think living upright is impossible if you do not have a set of values to live by.

Think of it as a round of golf. It is almost certainly impossible to play through 18 holes without clubs. (To say the least, extremely difficult.)

So, now you have acquired a set of clubs to take you through life. Yet, somewhere along the line you become frustrated because you thought the clubs will do the trick. Life just doesn’t want to stay in the fairways and seems to always end up in the rough

What am I getting at? 

I am saying this. Even though a set of values are integrally part of an upright lifestyle, those values need to be put into practice. Your clubs will only perform as well as you hit them.

Life, #uprightliving, is about obtaining a set of values that you can apply and live by, come what may. We shouldn’t just be able to name them, but rather know them. You really only know the inner workings of something when you’ve used it, or put it into practice.

Values determine priorities and priorities anchor you down in the face of uncertainty and formidable times.

Okay. So know we’ve obtained values and we’ve actually started to put them in practice. Be careful what you value.

Be careful to value ‘things’ above relationships. It is the things in many cases that cause the devaluation of our friendships and the exponential growth of animosity.

an·i·mos·i·ty

[an-uhmos-i-tee]  

noun, plural an·i·mos·i·ties.

a feeling of strong dislike, ill will

or enmity that tends to display itself in action

Be sure that the values you live by gives you maximum return over the longest period. Happiness is found in the temporal stuff. While joy is found in the stuff that outlasts the temporal and remain the longest.
Our values carry great significance when it causes #uprightliving in our own lives and those it touches.
Just a thought…
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Mutiny on the HMS Bounty

Pitcairn Island Flag Meaning:

The Union Jack represents the country’s link to Great Britain. The shield of the island’s coat of arms shows the anchor and bible from HMS Bounty. The anchor represents the nation’s maritime history and the bible represents its Christian heritage and the religious community that evolved from it. The divided shield represents the island (green) rising out of the Pacific Ocean (blue). The wheelbarrow and plant on the shield represent the country’s agriculture and land.

Interesting Pitcairn Island Flag Facts:

There aren’t too many Pitcairn Island flags in the world, as the population of the country is only about 50 people. It’s the least populated country in the world. In 1937 Pitcairn Island had its highest population with 233 people. Pitcairn Island is famous because of the book and films about the Mutiny on the Bounty. The mutineers settled in Pitcairn Island. The wreckage of the ship Bounty can still be seen underwater in Bounty Bay.

The Pitcairn Islands are a group of five islands but only one is inhabited

– http://www.worldflags101.com/


 

mu·ti·ny

 noun, plural mu·ti·nies.

1. revolt or rebellion against constituted authority, especially by
 sailors against their officers.
2. rebellion against any authority.
verb (used without object), mu·ti·nied, mu·ti·ny·ing.
3. to commit the offence of mutiny; revolt against authority.

Sometimes I wonder whether the term authority should be listed on the endangered species list.

The story concerning the mutineers that settled in Pitcairn Island, still gets repeated in life today. The characters and the setting might change, but the principle, mutiny, still lives on.

Everywhere you look you’ll find some form of revolt or rebellion against authority. What is strange though, is that few people realise the effect of disobedience or the undermining of authority. In most cases the outcome is destructive, ineffective and unproductive.
Authority should  encourage stability. Leadership should serve, enable and empower.
Who would want to oppose that?
I think one of the reasons that people become mutineers is caused due to bad leadership. (I don’t agree that it should give grounds to any form of rebellion…)
If every person in leadership leads for the well-being and legacy of the ones that follow, maybe they will keep on following.
Let me rephrase  a little. Our privilege and ability to lead should ultimately draw others into a place of strength, self-confidence and self-respect . I purposefully include everyone as befitting a leader, because leadership starts with leading yourself.
Imagine the outcome.
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Abounding in Bounteousness

How often have you given something to someone and it changed their life?

Maybe it was of your time that you gave. Maybe it was a  kiss, an answer or even a loaf of bread.

Here is an experiment. Make a  list of all the times you received something this week. Then draw up another of all the times that you gave something away. Then place those lists opposite each other and see which one is longest. I’ll bet that in most cases, the one where we are on the receiving end is longer.

Most of the time we tend to enjoy receiving more than giving. Yet, if we could only fathom. If we could only know the meaning we bring to the lives  of other  and the purpose generosity brings to your own.

Giving is noble. 

When we become generous in our time, our deeds and our gifts, we add value. Instead of becoming consumers we can become accumulators. Accumulators of meaning and purpose.

Generosity unlocks ability. It opens up opportunity. It confirms goodwill, establishes sincerity and changes lives.

When was the last time you changed someone’s life by being generous?

Just a thought…

Bandera de Mexico

Mexican Flag Meaning:
The stripes on Mexico’s flag are believed to represent the following: the green stripe represents hope; the white represents symbolizes religion; and the red represents independence and the unity of the nation. Mexico’s coat of arms depicts an ancient Aztec legend that tells a tale of God telling a band of wandering Aztec Indians that when they came across an eagle eating a snake while perched on a nopal cactus growing out of a rock surrounded by water, they were to create their home. This spot eventually became Mexico City. This scenario with the eagle eating a snake is depicted on the Mexican coat of arms. – http://www.worldflags101.com


 

How interesting is this depiction?

A bunch of wandering people were instructed to be on the lookout for a very specific scenario. [I mean, Mexico probably has a lot of eagles and I know that they have a whole lot of cactuses.]

Yet, to find an eagle whilst it is eating a snake on a certain cactus growing from a rock that is surrounded by water……mmmh that sound very near impossible to me.

Still, if legend is true, they came across such an event and made that place their home.

FACT #1: Mexico City is built on the ruins of an old Aztec city.  Tenochtitlán.

FACT#2: Mexico City is built on a lake and the result is that the city is sinking at a rate of 6-8 inches a year, whilst water is continuously being pumped from the city.

These facts actually indicate that the legend might even be true…

Even though, we can probably come to the conclusion that a home can be made under any and very unlikely circumstances. I use the word “made” because that is how I believe a home is formed.

A house is built, but a home is either made or found.

Our homes are what we make of it. We decide what the qualities are that embodies our place of being, our place of safety – our homes.

What are the qualities or the values that you uphold, which acts as the hands that shape the undefined mould of togetherness into a ‘home sweet home’?

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The Change in your Pocket

Time is synonym to change.

Every second that ticks away, is in essence different from the previous to the next. Change is an integral part of life, if not life itself. Yet, so many of us are fearful of it. We tend to avoid it as much as possible or act as if it doesn’t really affect us at all. Until it stares you right in the face….

This week a friend mentioned something that stuck with me. I still can’t remember whether it was his own quote or someone else’s well spoken truth…

“One can either cause the wave or ride the wave…”

I don’t think the causing of the wave is necessarily the opposite to riding the wave. I believe we should learn how to do both.
I’ve come to know (from my own life) that fear is the single greatest contributor or common denominator to people avoiding and even fighting change. We can either  initiate change and ultimately be the cause of lasting transformation or be scared of it. 
Faith is the opposite of fear. Both are focused on the unseen, but the difference is that they ready themselves for different outcomes.
 Thus, embracing change is founded in  the ability to embrace all of life’s uncertainties instead of trying to control them. I also think that it comes down to establishing the things in life that are truly considered as certainties. These enable us to ride out the waves of change.
Do you have certainties to draw from in times of change?
Do you tend to respond fearfully or full of faith when change comes around? 
Be as it may, whether you are starting to take initiative in causing change or learning to go with the flow…change is as ordinary as the coins that you carry around in the pocket of your jeans.

Just a thought…

A Light Bulb at Sea

When I look around, I see.

I realise that we are all on our own unique journey, yet our individual journeys cannot exist without being connected to the journeys of others. This inherently means that I am dependent on the people around me and even those people that are not directly involved in my life.

This thought also means that someone is dependent on my life’s journey. Someone who I might be unaware of.

“In what way?” you may ask.

If my life were to shine like the light bulb hanging from my ceiling it would mean that someone might just be able to navigate using my life as a source of light whilst on their own journey. It may also come to pass that I might have the privilege to sit in someone else’s light and better define my own life’s calling.

What if my life could be like the sea, embracing people as the ocean does the casual bather, even the occasional surfer. Imagine the healing that our lives could bring to one another just because of the essence of who we are. Have you ever seen what salt water does to a wound? It doesn’t choose to heal, healing comes by default.

“One’s life only really finds meaning when you spend it on others.”

Just a thought….

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