Deep Thought: Life Purpose- Just “graduated”..what now?

What are you going to “do” now? What are your plans after graduation? What’s next? These are just some of the many questions graduates (and even non-graduates too) ponder as they are frequently bombarded with by family members, friends, etc.. I “graduated” from college almost 19+ years ago and sometimes “ponder” some of these questions too. However, as one gets “older”, we tend to find more of that “purposeful life” as we grow (hopefully most of us) in “wisdom”. I decided to do this blog topic to “encourage” those in similar boats..

If you just recently graduated…congratulations!

You deserve the recognition and accolades! It’s a big accomplishment! I current and have been working with “high school dropouts” in getting their G.E.D. or high school diploma. One of my oldest student was in her 50’s! It’s not that easy for many due to the various different “life challenges” and circumstances each person faces. In fact, this leads to one possible idea on what to do “next”! Pay it forward, help (e.g. volunteer) someone in your local community (e.g. community ed) get their G.E.D. You know something that many people don’t and you can share that knowledge with others. This brings up to this video I recently found as a great start in that “journey” in finding that “purpose in life”..

How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes | Adam Leipzig | TEDxMalibu

Who YOU are?
1-What’s your #name (what does it mean)?
2-What are you “good” (#talents #skills) at?

OTHER people
3-Who do you do it for (How do you #serve them?)?
4-What do they want you #need (How can you #help people?)?
5-How do they #change or #transform what you give them? (#makeadifference) ?

#lifepurpose

#happypeople make other #happy

Did you find answers to all the questions above? Good! You are already on your way to a finding answers that many people my age or older don’t know already. I encourage you to share these answers with as many family members and close love ones. They might build on these answer and help direct you to the many questions you pondered earlier mentioned above or beginning of this blog.

Best Graduation Speeches for that “Next Step”

The Valedictorian Speech that will change your life

“..
A speech of a lifetime and life itself comedically written and presented by Valedictorian Carl Aquino, a 2010 graduate from West Hall High School. He humorously relates the four years of high school to a rubix cube with some music in the background…”

Sal: Don’t forget to look back at times (e.g. difficult seasons) to reflect on the “accomplishments” you made!

The Most Inspiring Speech: The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout Will Change Your Life | Rick Rigsby


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“I’m worried you won’t #fail at times” #cancer #faithinGod #juststand #keepstanding #dontgiveup “Doesn’t matter how long I live, but how I live” #dontjudge #showupearly #bekind #doittherightway #dotherightthing #seekwisdom

WATCH THIS EVERY DAY – Motivational Speech By Navy Seal Admiral William H. McRaven

Still need guidance..daily? Personally ask God (“Creator”) yourself! I got this from this book called-“Purposeful Driven Life” by Rick Warren..

Ever been to an art museum and trying to figure out what a unique painting or sculpture is about? Well, if the “creator” or “artist” was there, would it be easier to find the answer if you ask them for yourself. That goes with a song you wonder what it’s “meaning” was about too.

Put God First – Denzel Washington Motivational & Inspiring Commencement Speech

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Now You Know: “Little” People

Atlas Spotlight: Five Rumored Little People Villages
by Lauren Fritsky June 06, 2011 atlasobscura.com
“… Here are the real stories behind these rumored societies of the small around the world. ..”

“Politically Correct”

Dwarfs, Little People and the M-Word | Roger Ebert’s Journal | Roger … rogerebert.com
“..April 12, 2005

Dear Mr. Woodburn,

I had no idea the word “midget” was considered offensive, and you are the only person who has ever written to me about it. In my mind it is a descriptive term, like “dwarf.” “Little People” has seemed to me to have a vaguely condescending cuteness to it. If I am now informed that “midget” is offensive, I will no longer use it. What is your feeling about “dwarf?” Is “Little Person” always the preferred term? Our newspaper’s style book, based on Associated Press, does not consider “midget” or “dwarf” to be offensive terms, but perhaps we have not caught up.

Sincerely, Roger Ebert

P.S. I am sure you have seen the essay below, which I found online and thought interesting…”

AMERICAS

SOUTH AMERICA

Ecuador

The Ecuadorian dwarf community ‘immune to cancer and diabetes’ who could hold cure to diseases By Amanda Williams Published: 13:01 EDT, 3 April 2013 | Updated: 03:20 EDT, 4 April 2013 dailymail.co.uk
“..
Now scientists hope a community of dwarfs living in a remote corner of Ecuador could hold the key to a cure for both.

The Laron dwarfs, who have a condition believed to be caused by inbreeding, appear to be completely immune to cancer and other age and lifestyle associated diseases.

People who inherit the genetic defect are in perfect proportion but grow only to an average height of 4ft.

..”

NORTH AMERICA

United States of America

The media’s perception of little people and the disability community: Becky Curran at TEDxLowell

My life as a little person By Cara Reedy, CNN Updated 9:24 AM ET, Fri September 12, 2014 cnn.com
“..From the moment I was born, people around me were saying, “Oh, God.”
The nurse exclaimed it when I finally arrived, a month late (a habit I have kept). That’s how my parents found out that I was a little person, a dwarf, of short stature. They were shocked and upset, knowing that my life would be hard. My maternal grandfather told my mother, “I don’t care how tall she is, she’s my first granddaughter, and she’s pretty. ”
They didn’t find out I had achondroplastic dwarfism until a few months later. “Achondroplasia” is a word that haunted me in my childhood. I never wanted to hear it. It wasn’t who I was. I was not different…”

DOCS: Our Lives – The Smallest People In The World
https://youtu.be/nq56RmhPNsM

AN EYE-OPENING documentary follows the lives of four primordial dwarves – providing an insight into life from their unique perspective. American children Danny, Hannah, Bradley, and Bri, are four of the smallest people in the world. Their syndrome is the rarest of all the 200 types of dwarfism, and is characterised by tiny stature, a high-pitched squeaky voice, and limited life expectancy. Primordial dwarfs are also the smallest of all those affected by any one of the different types of dwarfism. The syndrome is caused by a recessive gene, and all primordial dwarves are born to average-sized parents who are both carrying it. The gene is so rare it is yet to be identified. There is estimated to be roughly 100 primordial dwarves living in the world, with 40 of them based in the US.”

Extraordinary Dwarfs | National Geographic

Little People of America urge Freeburg High School to remove “Midget …

-California

la jolla little house

Little people village and Holy Land in Connecticut – Part 1

ASIA

China

Kingdom of the Little People
https://youtu.be/S2UgwINQVPM
“In a land far, far away, love flourishes in a kingdom quite unlike any other. In mushroom-shaped homes and old dormitories, a community of dwarfs—all less than 51 inches tall—can be found singing, dancing, and performing on a daily basis for visiting tourists. In this episode of The VICE Guide to Travel, we send VICE magazine’s creative director, Annette Lamothe-Ramos, to visit the controversial theme park, Kingdom of the Little People…”

Dwarf Theme Park in China – YouTube

“ABC News
Published on Apr 12, 2010
At Kingdom of the Little People, dwarves sing and dance in miniature villages. “

Philippines

Dwarves in Philippines plan to build colony where they can live in peace Kate Hodal in Manila @katehodal Mon 1 Aug 2011 11.00 EDT theguardian.com

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Global Country Spotlight: Middle East~Israel-Northern District

Northern District (Israel) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia wikipedia.org

Tiberias

Tiberias (Tveriah) – Israel – Chabad.org

“..Tiberias sits off the pebbly beaches of the Kinneret Sea.

Built along the shore of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), near seventeen natural hot springs, the northern Israeli city of Tiberias is known as the “City of Water.” It is considered one of the four “Holy Cities” in Israel.

Some 2,000 years ago, Tiberias was the center of Jewish study and the last seat of the Sanhedrin (Supreme Court of Jewish law). After enduring constant wars throughout the Middle Ages, the city was revived by an influx of kabbalists in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The city’s major attractions are the Kinneret, its natural hot springs and the graves of many historical luminaries…”

Tiberias Israel, traveling around the world…
https://youtu.be/AZlHTlfhvAg
Serbian Traveler
Published on Feb 18, 2018


—(Subtitles/CC: Serbian, English, Portuguese, Bosnian, Croatian)—
00:08 Welcome to Tiberias, one of four very important and holy cities for Jewish people.
00:57 I just arrived to Kinneret lake.
01:34 Jordan river
01:43 Date palm.
02:02 Beautiful fire colored sky.
02:06 Independence day of Israel 11th May 2016.
02:22 Military airplanes for Independence day
02:47 Snake around my hand!
03:00 Tomb of Maimonides
04:16 Memorial of fight in 1948. Brief history.
04:40 Watchtower.
05:08 One very old mosque.
05:49 Kinneret lake, or Sea of Gallile, the lowest fresh water lake and second lowest lake in world.
06:52 The Greek Orthodox Monestery
08:10 Jewish cemetery and some rules about it.
09:14 Swimming in Jordan river-lowest river in the world.
10:08 Thanks for watching.”

WHERE JESUS CHRIST WALKED ON WATER… – Tiberias, Israel

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“Published on Aug 6, 2017

WHERE JESUS CHRIST WALKED ON WATER… – Tiberias, Israel. Jesus Christ was born and raised in Israel. Tiberias is where he walked on water! Today we visit the amazing lake also known as the Sea of Galilee.

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Lake Gennesaret, Tiberias, Israel
https://youtu.be/BS9EuleKWs4
Published on Aug 4, 2017

The view from our apartment on the 4th floor in Tiberias, Israel –
overlooking the Sea of Galilee/Lake Gennesaret (2017-04-07, at 16h23)”

-Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee in Israel – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ3hBAxWebI
Drive Thru History
“Published on Sep 6, 2016

Sea of Galilee in Israel

The Sea of Galilee is also known in the Bible as the Sea of Gennesaret, Sea of Tiberias, and Sea of Kinnereth. The Sea of Galilee isn’t really a “sea” per se – it is actually a freshwater lake fed by nearby mountains and springs, which combine at the head of the Jordan River to the north. The Jordan River then passes through the lake, which is about 13 miles long and 8 miles wide. The Sea of Galilee is 686 feet below sea level, making it the lowest freshwater lake in the world.

The landscape around the Sea of Galilee is unique. To the east and west, the ground rises steeply from the shore to fertile plateaus above. The black basalt boulders that cover the hillsides are typical of a landscape that was once volcanic. From the southern shore, you can see the twin peaks of Mount Canaan to the north, with the snow-covered Mount Hermon way beyond in the distance. From the west, you can see the small white houses of Ein Gev over on the eastern shore. Beyond Ein Gev rises a hill that was the site of the Hellenistic town, Hippos. From the east, you can see Magdala Bay on the northwestern shore, which lies just below biblical Tabgha and Capernaum.

The land surrounding the Sea of Galilee today appears rather quiet and barren. However, history tells us that this wasn’t the case during the time of Jesus. This was a hub for agriculture and trade.

CLICK HERE to read more now… https://www.drivethruhistory.com/wp-a…”

Galilee, Israel: Sacred Sites Along the Sea

Rick Steves’ Europe
“Published on Jun 17, 2015

More info about Rick’s travels to Israel: http://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-… Galilee is famous as the place where Jesus did his three years of ministry, and where so many Bible stories were set.

At http://www.ricksteves.com, you’ll find money-saving travel tips, small-group tours, guidebooks, TV shows, radio programs, podcasts, and more on this destination.”

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Now You Know: Do you have a right to not show your ID when asked?

Law Enforcement

When can police ask for ID? flexyourrights.org
“..You’ve probably seen old movies where the protagonist is approached by a Nazi or Soviet guard and ordered to “show your papers.” We know that’s a tell-tale sign of a police state. So if police ever ask you to show ID during your travels, it’s natural to feel violated.

In a free society, citizens who are minding their own business are not obligated to “show their papers” to police. In fact, in the United States there’s no law requiring citizens to carry identification of any kind.
So when can police ask for ID?

Carrying an ID is generally required if you’re driving a vehicle or a passenger on a commercial airline. These requirements have been upheld on the slippery premise that individuals who prefer not to carry ID can choose not to drive or fly…”

COP harassing me for not showing my ID and video recorder in a public airport and calls for backup

Vehicle Situation

Do you have to show an ID to a cop? How do you refuse a search on your car?

*see 4th Amendment

You Lose Constitutional rights when in a vehicle!!

Bicyclist

HOW TO STOP POLICE RETALIATION

Checkpoints

When the police question you… QUESTION THEM BACK!

Security Guards

What Security Guards Can and Can Not Do – YouTube

U.S. Customs Border Checkpoint

Customs & Border Protection – Entering the U.S. – YouTube

What Customs and Border Officials Can and Can’t Do Patrick G. Lee
Mar 13, 2017 psmag.com
Recent detentions and seizures of phones and other material from travelers to the United States have sparked concern and alarm.
“..How broad is Customs and Border Protection’s search authority?

According to federal statutes, regulations, and court decisions, CBP officers have the authority to inspect, without a warrant, any person trying to gain entry into the country and their belongings. CBP can also question individuals about their citizenship or immigration status and ask for documents that prove admissibility into the country.

This blanket authority for warrantless, routine searches at a port of entry ends when CBP decides to undertake a more invasive procedure, such as a body cavity search. For these kinds of actions, the CBP official needs to have some level of suspicion that a particular person is engaged in illicit activity, not simply that the individual is trying to enter the U.S…”

“No Thanks” DHS Checkpoint Refusals Compilation ✔

Can they search my phone? A guide to your rights at the border By Masuma Ahuja, CNN Updated 4:07 PM ET, Thu February 16, 2017 cnn.com
“..Do I have the same legal rights at the border that I would elsewhere?
No. The Fourth Amendment, which protects people from searches and seizures without probable cause of a crime being committed, doesn’t apply in the same way at the border, Rizzo said.
According to Holman, probable cause and reasonable suspicion are not needed to search people — Americans or foreign visitors — at the border. ..”

What border agents can search on your phone (and more) – YouTube

What Happens If You Don’t Cooperate At Border Check … – YouTube

EXCLUSIVE: US Citizens Arrested at Airport for Refusing … – YouTube

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