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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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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Now You Know: North and South Korea Together?

Koreans hope for peace after North and South leaders meet

CBS Evening News
Published on Apr 28, 2018
After decades of tension, there are renewed hopes of peace on the Korean Peninsula after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Ben Tracy has more from Seoul, South Korea.

Christian World News – April 27, 2018 cbn.com
“…
Hope for peace: Will the summit between North and South Korea’s leaders bring lasting change? Why millions of Christians around the world are praying and fasting for the Korean peninsula. Plus, the false gods of North Korea. How the state religion is designed to replace Christianity and make gods out of the nation’s leaders. And, miracle on the baseball field. The congressman who survived a deadly attack and fought his way to recovery. Now, he’s giving thanks to God…”

North And South Korea Agree To Formally End The Korean War | TODAY

TODAY
Published on Apr 27, 2018
Overnight, North and South Korea came to a historic agreement vowing to formally end the Korean War after 65 years of conflict. NBC chief global correspondent Bill Neely reports live for TODAY from the DMZ.

Korean War Finally Ending, in Huge Victory for Peace Activists

TheRealNews
Published on Apr 27, 2018

Did Peace Just Break Out Between North and South Korea? By Heather Hurlburt @natsecHeather nymag.com/
“..Yes, that’s every morning in 2018. But today it wasn’t about Donald Trump, or only peripherally so. Had peace just broken out on the Korean peninsula?

In the wake of a summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, some surprising Establishment voices seemed to think so.

William Perry, who served both as secretary of Defense and as a presidential envoy to North Korea, took to Twitter to make the case for optimism:..”

The Deceptively Simple Promise of Korean Peace
Uri Friedman Apr 27, 2018 theatlantic.com
There’s a reason it hasn’t happened for 65 years.
“..On Friday, after becoming the first North Korean leader to step into South Korea, Kim Jong Un joined with South Korean President Moon Jae In in making an extraordinary announcement: The two leaders vowed to pursue the shared objective of a “nuclear-free Korean peninsula” and, by the end of this year, to finally proclaim an end to the Korean War…”

North Korea

The Most Secret Nation on Earth – North Korea – History Documentary

25 Surprising Facts You May Not Know About North Korea Candace Lowry
BuzzFeed Video Curator

Posted on June 25, 2014, at 12:55 p.m.
A world with unicorns, no traffic lights, and a happy American veteran.
“..The Rungnado May Day stadium has more than 150,000 seats and houses the extravagant Mass Games…

In the 1990s all teachers were required to learn how to play accordions. Today, many citizens continue to specialize in the instrument…

As a way to intimidate South Korea and put on a front, Kijong-dong (Peace Village) was built after the Korean War…

After the Korean War, Joseph Dresnok crossed over the mine-laden border into North Korea. He met three other U.S. soldiers doing the same thing. However, Dresnok was the only one who chose to stay. He admitted, “I feel at home…I wouldn’t trade it for nothing.”..

Two of which are only available on weekends, while the other is broadcast in the evenings. Because of this, South Korean soap operas are among the most popular items smuggled in…

Because of its lack of resources, North Korea was forced to use human feces as fertilizer, demanding the product from its citizens…

A growing number of prisoners continue to fill the estimated 16 work camps.

This means half of the 24 million people don’t even have access to basic human needs.

Inside North Korea – BBC Documentary 2017 BBC horizon 2017

South Korea

S. Korean Church Marks 35 Years of Early Prayer

Praying for Peace

US evangelicals urge prayer for North and South Korea ahead of historic peace summit
Christian Today staff writer Thu 29 Mar 2018 15:38 BST christiantoday.com
“..A diverse collective of US evangelical leaders this week released a joint message urging prayer for peace and reconciliation in the Korean peninsula. It comes as North and South Korea today set a date for a historic summit on denuclearisation.

‘We are heartened by proposals for dialogue between our national leaders at a time when increasing tensions seemed to be marching our countries perilously in the direction of greater conflict, if not war,’ said the statement, posted at Evangelicals for Peace.

‘We call on all Christians everywhere to join us in praying for a just and peaceful resolution.’..”

Pray Round The World: North Korea – pray with us now! – 2 min video – Clayton TV

KOREAN WORSHIP SONG

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Now You Know: LED Lights

The LED Light Bulb Explained

“..Published on Aug 20, 2012

http://www.electricsandlighting.co.uk/ are one of the UK’s leading suppliers and advisors on low energy lighting. Manufacturers now offer a wide range of solutions which will not only save you olney but help create the perfect light for every room in your house, place of work, retail oulet or leisure venue.

light-emitting diode (LED) is a semiconductor light source. LEDs are used as indicator lamps in many devices and are increasingly used for other lighting. Appearing as practical electronic components in 1962, early LEDs emitted low-intensity red light, but modern versions are available across the visible, ultraviolet, and infrared wavelengths, with very high brightness.
When a light-emitting diode is forward-biased (switched on), electrons are able to recombine with electron holes within the device, releasing energy in the form of photons. This effect is called electroluminescence and the color of the light (corresponding to the energy of the photon) is determined by the energy gap of the semiconductor. An LED is often small in area (less than 1 mm2), and integrated optical components may be used to shape its radiation pattern. LEDs present many advantages over incandescent light sources including lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, improved physical robustness, smaller size, and faster switching. LEDs powerful enough for room lighting are relatively expensive and require more precise current and heat management than compact fluorescent lamp sources of comparable output.
..”

LED Lighting – Stealth Weapon Deployed Around World, Particularly In Major Cities

Side Effects of LED Bulb – Led Lights Dangerous for Health – YouTube

Health: Effects of LED Lights? goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com

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Now You Know: Jesus Movement?

Jesus People film (1972) – Full Lenght Movie – YouTube

“..The Jesus movement was a movement in Christianity beginning on the West Coast of the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s and spreading primarily through North America and Europe, before dying out by the early 1980s. It was the major Christian element within the hippie counterculture, or, conversely, the major hippie element within some strands of Protestantism. Members of the movement were called Jesus people, or Jesus freaks.” (..”

‘Jesus People’ – a movement born from the ‘Summer of Love’ September 15, 2017 6.21am EDT theconversation.com

“..The reasons behind the rise of the hippie movement were complex: A rejection of conformity and materialism in American culture and the emergence of a drug culture both played a part.

..As many became disillusioned with life in Haight-Ashbury, a new set of hippie “Jesus freak” evangelists appeared in the Bay Area, urging people to follow Jesus Christ and forsake drugs and promiscuous sex. Key to this new presence on the streets was Ted Wise, a drug-using sailmaker, who in late 1965 was “saved” after one of his numerous LSD trips. ..

Eventually, the presence of the Jesus People attracted national publicity. Coffeehouses with names like “The Belly of the Whale” and “The Upper Room” appeared from coast to coast. Underground “Jesus papers,” like Los Angeles’ “Hollywood Free Paper” and Chicago’s “Cornerstone,” helped carry the message onto the streets. ..

One day-long festival in Dallas in June 1972, sponsored by the evangelical organization Campus Crusade for Christ (“Cru” today), attracted as many as 150,000 people. ..

A lasting impact

By the late 1970s, however, the Jesus People had run out of steam. The hippie style grew less popular among teens. New styles of music and fashion came into vogue, and the Jesus People themselves grew older and moved on with their lives. But their impact lived on in a number of ways..

The rock-fueled enthusiasm of the Jesus People for upbeat music created a “Contemporary Christian Music” industry and triggered controversial change in many churches’ worship styles and music. As the years passed, hymns, choirs and organs were increasingly replaced in many churches with “praise choruses,” “worship bands” and electric guitars.

The two largest Christian groups to emerge in late 20th-century America, the Calvary Chapel “fellowship of churches” and the Vineyard denomination, trace their roots to the Jesus People movement. Characterized by upbeat music, Pentecostal demonstrations of spiritual gifts and an informal “come-as-you-are” vibe, these two groups are today the largest institutional evidence to come out of the movement. ..”

The Jesus Movement: 40 Years Later – YouTube

They Got High on Jesus Instead
Larry Eskridge remembers the hippies, druggies, and assorted countercultural freaks who embraced Christianity in the late 1960s.

John G. Turner| July 11, 2013 christianitytoday.com
“.. In God’s Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America (Oxford University Press), Larry Eskridge provides a rich, tender history of one of the more surprising developments of the late 1960s. Coffee houses, communes, buttons, record albums, and underground newspapers witnessed to American youth that there was still only “One Way” to heaven, but not exactly the way their parents had taken. These young people listened to Larry Norman and Love Song (one of the earliest Christian rock bands), bought Hal Lindsey’s The Late Great Planet Earth, spoke in tongues, and were ready for Jesus to return. In many ways, the “Jesus People” had the same basic beliefs as other evangelicals, but with an added fervency, literalism, and—in many cases—sweetness…”

A Jesus Movement Explosion – YouTube

The Jesus People Revolution: the 60s hippies who changed the world premierchristianity.com
“..It was 1967, the year of the Summer of Love and the hippy movement was in full swing. Four years earlier, JFK had been assassinated. Protests were raging against the Vietnam War. The Beatles had just released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – the garish myriad of personalities of the album artwork a snapshot of the social upheaval of the era…

Fifty years on seems a good time to reflect on a movement which leading scholar Larry Eskridge estimates saw at least 250,000 people become Christians. The Jesus People Movement has been dubbed the last great American revival, yet the UK also felt its impact in a variety of ways…”

An Oral History of Jesus Movement

“The Jesus Movement”
How Jesus’ followers responded in the traumatic days following his death.
pbs.org
“..I don’t think that [in the period following Jesus’ death] the disciples now were trying to look for the right stories in the Hebrew Scriptures [to explain his suffering and death.] But rather that these texts from the Hebrew Bible were already a part of their regular reading of texts, were already a part of their worship service. We know that in the Jewish synagogue scriptural text would be read and would be interpreted. So the disciples of Jesus must have lived in those texts and must have brought an understanding of the explanation of suffering on earth with them that was already part of their worship life, of their discussions of their meditations at the time. So it’s not like someone who tries to go back now and says, “let’s find the right text or scripture that would fit.” But it’s rather that out of the deep involvement in a religious tradition that was anchored in the worship life of Jewish communities, these stories about Jesus arise that now use the same words, the same language, the same images, in order to describe Jesus’ suffering…”

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Now You Know: What “really” happened at Woodstock in 1969?

Woodstock Photos That Are Sure To Blow You Away
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WOODSTOCK ’69 FRIDAY Part 1

Richie Havens – Freedom at Woodstock 1969 (HD) – YouTube

Country Joe’s Anti Vietnam War Song Woodstock – YouTube

WOODSTOCK ’69 SATURDAY Part 2

Santana 1969 ‘Woodstock’ Live soul sacrifice, evil ways – YouTube

Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love (Live at Woodstock Music …

WOODSTOCK Music Festival 1969

5 Facts About Woodstock The Hippies Don’t Want You to Know
By Kristi Harrison Kristi Harrison · September 13, 2009 cracked.com
‘..Michael Lang, with the idea of a starting a music studio in Woodstock, New York. When that idea didn’t pan out, the suits struck gold with the notion of a three day art and music festival. Pre-sold tickets would go for $18 (that’s $105 in today’s money, folks) and latecomers would have to shell out $24 at the gate…

For one, over 150,000 tickets had sold by this point. For two, the promoters had run radio and newspaper ads across the country inviting people to their little hootenanny. They actually expected 250,000 to show up. For three, 250,000 times two came…

Members of the Monticello Jewish Community Center started making sandwiches with 200 loaves of bread, 40 pounds of meat and two gallons of pickles. Food was being airlifted from in from a nearby air force base. It must have been cool to have your communist free-for-all ideals materialize in the form of pickle sandwiches prepared by your square neighbors…

Any other stories you know of?

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