Earth Hour

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

This is so profound!!! I think it also applies to the 16 days of activism campaign...

 Passion into Action

Bertolt Deams
by Bertolt Daems 
When you dream of peace
And your heart tells you not to stop dreaming; live your passion.

When you dream of peace
And life is offering you the chances to contribute, go for it.

When you dream of peace
And by every step you take, you can already see the next one, and the next one and the next one; keep on walking.

When you dream of peace and you find yourself surrounded by friends with the same dream; collaborate.

When you dream of peace
And a global organization is there for you to help make that dream come true,

hold on to it
Know it
Stimulate it
Nurture it
Guide it
Love it

And put your passion into action

We give  to you.
A regular member. Like you and me. Dreaming your dream. Dreaming my dream and dreaming his.
With only one purpose; to make the dream come true.
And to put our passion into action.

JCI The Netherlands presents with great proud.
Your JCI President 2012,
Bertolt Daems


I’m a mother. a sister, a partner and a friend,
I’m not an object on sale or one you can lend, …so
I’m the one listening to your troubles,
I’m the wiping always wiping your tears,
I’m the one who shares your dreams
As well as your fears…so
I give birth, one of life’s greatest joys
I do not give birth to useless toys
So everyone born from me
Is sent from above to live a life that’s free
So many of us have lost our lives
Whether it can be by the gun or with knives
Are sick to the core… AND
Message: “After this years 16 Days of activism against Women and Children abuse, let there be no other case of violence, they are also human beings and they deserve to be loved and taken care of.”


Thursday, 24 November 2011

excerpt from “latent rapists” by Ntozakhe Shange

these men friends of ours
who smile nice
stay employed
and take us out to dinner
lock the door behind you
wit fist in face
to fuck
who make elaborate mediterranean dinners
& let the art ensemble carry all ethical burdens
while they invite a coupla friends over to have you
are sufferin from latent rapist bravado
& we are left wit the scars
bein betrayed by men who know us
& expect
like the stranger
we always thot waz comin
that we will submit
we must have known
women relinquish all personal rights
in the presence of a man
who apparently cd be considered a rapist
especially if he has been considered a friend
& is no less worthy of bein beat witin an inch of his life
bein publicly ridiculed
havin two fists shoved up his ass
than the stranger
we always thot it wd be
who never showed up
cuz it turns out the nature of rape has changed
we can now meet them in circles we frequent for companionship
we see them at the coffeehouse
wit someone else we know
we cd even have em over for dinner
& get raped in our own houses
by invitation
a friend

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

‘16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence’

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights.

This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women.

You can participate in the campaign by:
  • Blogging about any issues on gender based violence
  • Wear a white ribbon and supply white ribbons to friends and colleagues
  • Add the Logo to your website and stationary for the duration of the campaign
  • Run workshops and awareness raising events for friends and colleagues, on violence against women
  • Volunteer at a shelter, or service organisation, and create space and time for your friends and colleagues to volunteer too.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

You Were Planned


"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…"
(Jeremiah 1:5, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

What an amazing thought: God knew you before you were even born! He saw your unformed substance and said, "I have a purpose for this life. I have good plans for them!" Then He breathed His life into you and sent you through your mother and father. They may have had issues, but that doesn't have to stop you from becoming all that God intended you to be. You have been handpicked by Almighty God to be here at this time in history!
Sometimes we hear parents say, "We weren't expecting this child. They were a surprise. They were an accident." No, that child may have been a surprise to you, but they weren't a surprise to Almighty God. No child can be born without God breathing His life into them. You may think, "Well, Joel, I was unwanted. I was an unplanned pregnancy." No, you wouldn't be here if God didn't give life to your seed.
In God's eyes, there is no such thing as being illegitimate. Remember, He knew you before you were ever born! Find confidence in His love knowing that you are a person of destiny, and you are part of His mighty plan!


Father, thank You for choosing me before I was ever born. Thank You for knowing me and revealing Yourself to me. I trust that You are working in my life today, even when I can't see it. I stand in faith knowing that You have a mighty plan for me in Jesus' name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Friday, 4 November 2011

Men and their stupid egos...

So men say they want a woman who can hold a conversation on a variety of subjects what they forget to say is that they dont want a woman who can have a heated argument with them. Why cant we have an intellect argument without our egos getting in the way... Why cant we separate intellectual conversations from the lovey dovey ones??? Just because I challenge your opinions doesnt mean I respect you any less....
Right I can so relate to the way Kate (#TenThingsIHateAboutYou) felt when she wrote this:

I hate the way you talk to me.
And the way you cut your hair.
I hate the way you drive my car.
I hate it when you stare I hate your big dumb combat boots.
And the way you read my mind.
I hate you so much it makes me sick-- it even makes me rhyme.
 I hate the way you're always right.
I hate it when you lie.
I hate it when you make me laugh -- even worse when you make me cry.
 I hate it that you're not around.
And the fact that you didnt call.
But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you - - not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

A man in a suit or in uniform

Of late I have been attracted to men in suits or uniform... I know they say dont judge a book by its cover but when it comes to this I have decided that this is an exception to the rules... I feel that one says a lot with the way they dress... For me a man in a suit or in uniform says "I am a professional who is in  charge and focused..." It also tells me that the man values the people he meets so much that he dresses up for them...
What do you think???

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The latest addition to the beatitudes...

“Blessed is he who expects nothing,
for he shall never be disappointed.”
~ Jonathan Swift
I hope I didnt offend anyone with that topic, just that for the past month or so we have been having a series on Beatitudes at church such that when I read the above quote the first word which came to mind was Beatitudes...

As my new month's resolution I have decided to start living by that Beatitude... Here is hoping I will have a very blessed life!!!