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Today’s Greater Good March 16, 2011

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Last Friday, March 11, Japan was hit by a devastating earthquake/tsunami which has caused the loss of tens of thousands of lives and irreparable damage to topography and property.   This event, I believe, is yet another call to us to become involved in working for the greater good – a topic we’ve been discussing here all month.
 
As author Carolyn Myss expressed, “We learn from this event in Japan that we can be with the Japanese community of people through prayer, through email, through FB (Facebook) in an instant.  We are truly learning an enormous cosmic truth: We are one. And we are meant to use that truth: Pray together, heal our fellow human beings together, and heal our beloved Earth together. Put your soul to work.”
 
In addition to prayer, international disaster relief organizations have recommended that those of us who cannot directly supply physical assistance can best help by making monetary donations.  If you have a favorite, reputable organization to which you regularly donate, please considering doing so again.  
 
It has recently came to my attention that the Red Cross is accepting donations of $10 by text messaging.  You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to contribute.  It couldn’t be easier. Full details can be seen here: https://american.redcross.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=ntld_nolnav_text2help  
 
As Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist posted on Facebook recently, “An event such as this reminds us of the impermanent nature of our lives. It helps us remember that what’s most important is to love each other, to be there for each other, and to treasure each moment we have that we are alive. This is the best that we can do for those who have died: we can live in such a way that they continue, beautifully, in us.”
 
 

If you want more information on this topic, remember to tune in to this week’s podcast on TapaPalapa.com or itunes. 

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It’s a Bigger World than Me! March 2, 2011

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 “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…” 
– John Donne
 
Confession time.  I took the day off yesterday.  It was my birthday and I just decided, what the heck, I’m going to take a mental health day.  I used to let my sons take one from time to time when they were stressed out, and I promote it with my clients because I think it can ultimately make them more productive.  So, I followed my own advice and gave myself a break. Truthfully, I feel better for having done it.   I’m motivated again today to tackle the myriad tasks of the self-employed Life Coach.
 
That being said, this month my intention is to focus on the Greater Good – the fact that it’s a bigger world than me.  In other words, I feel a responsibility to reach beyond my home and personal life in Fort Worth, Texas, to be a good citizen and do what I can to help make the world a better place. (I assure you, the irony of my taking a “me” day during Greater Good month is not lost on me.)
 
But why bother?  Here are a few less-than-altruistic reasons I came up with and I encourage you to add your own thoughts and reasons to this list:
 
1) Volunteers usually enjoy themselves while giving to others.  Positive psychology studies show that volunteers have greater life satisfaction.  Other solid research indicates volunteers live longer, are in better health, have lower rates of depression and less heart disease. Wow!
 
2) Volunteering offers a sense of purpose and meaning in our lives.  Contributing to others fulfills a critical need for our own self-expression in the world.
 
3) Many people volunteer to gain valuable new experience in a certain field and pay their dues for developing expertise and career advancement opportunities.
 
So, what’s stopping you?  In this big ol’ world, surely there’s someone or some cause you can support by giving part of your time.  Identify one.  Pick up the phone or shoot them an email to find out how you can be involved.  Let me know what you decide.  Maybe I can join you and together we can multiply the ripple effect thousand-fold!
 

Until next week,

Life Coach Francie Cooper
 
P.S.  Don’t forget that my TapaPalapa podcast with fellow Coach Steve Coxsey is now on itunes too!  You can now find us either way.  Just click on one of these links!

Tapa Palapa Podcast Now on itunes! February 25, 2011

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Hooray!  Hooray!  Tapa Palapa now has a new itunes channel!  Tune in and find out what’s going on!