April 23, 2012
April 2, 2012
There is so much we take for granted in this life, like knowing the date of our birth. Like knowing our parents. Like knowing who we are. And where we come from. Because, we can use this as our path, or we can choose to let this go. But what if you never had this? What if you never know?
Somaly Mam does not know when she was born. Or to whom. She was orphaned in Cambodia during the war, and she grew up in the forest, without a name. Until a family took her in, and gave her the name she carries today. And of all names, it would be Mam, because she is mother to thousands of girls. And to me, a saint.
Her story is not pretty, yet she is beautiful. Radiant of heart, light, spirit eternal. Never have I known such a person was real. Never did I believe one person has the power to change the world. No matter what their circumstances.
Never let anyone tell you otherwise. Never let them steal your shine. Somaly Mam is a saint and a goddess and a heroine and a mother and she is divine. And, ohh, did I mention? She is totally down to earth. I don’t know her very well, but in the few moments in which we have shared, I felt this feeling that a saint is someone who is as real as flesh, as human as blood, and what makes her special is that she not only speaks the truth but she puts her life on the line.
Happy Birthday Somaly. Although I cannot be with you this evening, I am with you in spirit. You have changed my life in ways I do not understand and it is my dream that one day I should be able to give back to the world what you have given to me.
March 23, 2012
The Seven of Swords sometimes represents the “lone-wolf” style—
the desire to run lone and free. He discovers, investigates and solves
every problem using only his own wits and resources.
He believes he’s successful because he ignores
the fumbling efforts of ordinary people.
The Seven of Swords can be a sign that you or someone else
wants to be a lone wolf. You feel that you will be more effective
and comfortable on your own. This approach is useful when you need
to bypass an ineffectual group or assert your independence,
but it can also be troubling. We cannot be happy and productive for long
without some commitment to others. If you feel inclined to act alone,
be sure this isolation is really working for you.
Sometimes the Seven of Swords means that you are running from something
—commitment, responsibility, hard work, love. You may be procrastinating,
letting problems slip because you don’t want to deal with them.
Sometimes we just have to face what has to be faced.
The Seven of Swords lets you know when you might be making things
worse for yourself and others by running away.
The Seven of Swords can also indicate a hidden dishonor—
a choice you or another has made that does not do justice to the highest.
We all make wrong choices that we want to hide.
Some of these are minor, some serious.
Your inner voice will tell you when this is happening.
When you see the Seven of Swords, take a good look at what you’re doing
because hidden dishonors will eat away at your happiness and self-respect.