Gearing Up For the Q2 2014: Brief Thoughts.....

As I write this, I am listening to a CCTV Interview with former President Jimmy Carter.  It is a testament to the strength of our World about how things have become so ever close and fascinating ever more.

As a new quarter dawns, I could not help but wonder about the journey that has been in many ways transformational.   It has been a very challenging Quarter with Russia and Crimea, the on-going challenges in Africa and Venezuela's Revolt--to name a few.     This is as Turkey's struggle for its' political future has taken a turn for the Worst and India is getting ready to elect a new Government that would be quite engaging to watch.

As I have reflected upon the challenges of our World in  here and also released it to "Outsider Views", the one that I have a keen interest in is Afghanistan.   It was the war in Afghanistan that was one of the driving forces behind the initial launch of this blog that evolved into a "personal portal" that is the opening "blog channel" into the evolving world that continues to develop itself into "Outsiders".    Afghanistan is in the midst of a war that seems to have no end in sight.   When the offices of the Afghan Election Commision are attacked, there is a major problem.    When one of the safest places in Kabul is attacked (a major hotel), there is a problem.   Although in all instances the culprits were killed, it underscores the profound sense of insecurity that persists.'

I ran across this admonition from Jonathan Luckwood Huie that underscores how we should view the World which is the underlying philosophy that would drive the ongoing development of all the current "blog channels" and the evolving nature of this project--a key admonition to remember--a lot to be thankful for:

All times are times of crisis. Wars, earthquakes, diseases, floods and murders have been constant companions of humankind from the beginning. 300,000 people die each and every single day. Yet against this backdrop, the magnificence of human accomplishment, human love and compassion, and great human happiness plays out each day. Let us marvel, and have infinite gratitude for, the human spirit that towers above the circumstances in which we find ourselves.

I conclude this w/these thoughts & a clip courtesy of the John Maxwell Team--and wishing all peace and happiness as the new Quarter is before Us:

It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration, bitterness
and a mood of helplessness prevail.
- Lech Walesa  

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales 


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