Don’t we all secretly harbor a desire to be famous? Well, many of us do. But of course, as we’ve seen, fame can bring far more than bargained for. Read on:
Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid. – FRANCIS BACON, Essays
I thought famous people were proud, unapproachable, that they despised the crowd, and by their fame and the glory of their name, as it were, revenged themselves on the vulgar herd for putting rank and wealth above everything. But here they cry and fish, play cards, laugh and get cross like everyone else! – ANTON CHEKHOV, The Seagull
Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.
- VICKI BAUM, Grand Hotel
Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such: it is an accident, not a property of a man. – THOMAS CARLYLE, Goethe
The desire for fame tempts even noble minds. – ST. AUGUSTINE, The City of God
- Well, there was a time I would have
- Hung around just to be seen
- Hey man, it’s a shame when you start to fade
- Diamond rings and sparkly things
- Won’t make your shine stay
- SHERYL CROW, “Superstar”
In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes. – Andy Warhol
Positive news is more than just a news story; its about a reporting technique and a way of reframing a situation so the reader can feel the potential of positivity. One organization seeks to teach other journalists about positive techniques that help “open up” a story.
In May this year, 12 classically trained reporters sat down for three full days studying positive news and how to master it in the conventional news media. The class, in Copenhagen, Denmark, is still small and offered only on a quarterly basis. But the significance of these 12 reporters teaming up to learn what is being defined as ‘constructive news reporting’, is not to be underestimated. It has the potential to change the face of conventional news media for good. And for good. As a constructive approach becomes adopted, conventional media would begin to report systematically on positives, uncover solutions for society’s problems, and actively use mediation principles in debates. It would investigate abuse of power but also investigate new constructive roads ahead after an abuse is uncovered.
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Some countries just seem so pulled-together. You know, like that friend who always seems to wear just the right outfit but even looks great in jeans and a t-shirt? Sweden is that fashionable friend…because they just got rid of trash! Read on:
Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma. They have run out of trash.
Sweden’s waste management and recycling programs are second to none as only four percent of the nation’s waste ends up in landfills. By contrast, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over half of the waste produced by U.S. households ends up in landfills.
Because the Swedish manage waste so effectively and then use what remains to partly power their country, they are now living an environmentalist’s dream; a shortage of garbage.
In order to continue fueling the waste-to-energy factories that provide electricity to a quarter of a million homes and 20 percent of the entire country’s district heating, Sweden is now importing trash from the landfills of other European countries. In fact, those countries are paying Sweden to do so.
You read that correctly, countries are paying to get rid of a source of fuel they themselves produced so that Sweden can continue to have the energy output they need. You don’t have to be an economist to know that’s one highly enviable energy model.
Source: Positive TV
Many of us have “unresolved issues” with a few people in our life. And unfortunately, we may never have the opportunity (or the desire) to resolve them in person.
But all is not lost.
While we may not have that person in our proximity, we always have our imagination. Find a quiet space and begin talking to the person as if he or she was there. Vent, cry, yell. Listen. How would he or she respond? How do you want them to respond?
Give space to anything happening. It is your imagination afterall.
It’s powerful and healing and at your disposal now.
Doesn’t sound very magical, reading your Tarot cards online. But the images still have a deep resonance and who’s to say that spiritual guidance can only be found in the dark cobwebbed room of a fortune teller?
So draw 3 Tarot cards today. Ask a question and see what the cards reveal. Stay open and remember: there’s no right or wrong answer. You’ll naturally find one that resonates with you!
We’re always happy to support our fellow positive news bloggers so today, our spotlight shines on Meg Willis and her Simple Pleasures blog.
Some of Meg’s simple pleasures include:
- Being able to wee with the door open in my room at university halls
- Wearing clothes fresh out of the tumble dryer
- People unknowingly creating sexual innuendos
- Those times when it is highly inappropriate to laugh
- Finding more left over vodka than I remember
- The realisation that a horrendous spot is finally disappearing
- Observing mildly disliked people telling a joke and getting zero reaction apart from a large dose of tumbleweed
- Mass spooning
- Cooking the perfect dippy egg
Keep up with Meg here.
I listened to this TED talk a few days ago and have been thinking about it ever since. Dan Pallotta discusses the problems with charitable organizations and just nails it. In order for charitable or non-profits to succeed, they need to shed old, limiting concepts that don’t allow for these companies to compete with for-profit companies.
Since much of our readership has ties to charitable organizations, this TED talk is a must.
Even if you don’t sail, you probably understand the freedom and magic that comes with such an airy pursuit. Sail in your mind today, even if you’re stuck somewhere with nary a breeze!
If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn’t worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it’s life or death. – Morgan Freeman
I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full. – Arthur Ashe
I use filming as an excuse to take classes. I got my certification in sailing for ‘Wedding Crashers,’ and now I can handle a 26-foot boat. I played a seamstress once, so I took sewing classes. I love dipping into these other lives. – Rachel McAdams
I have no interest in sailing around the world. Not that there is any lack of requests for me to do so. – Edward Heath
What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous. -Thomas Merton
Have you heard of the Burning Man festival? It’s held once a year in the desert of Nevada. Thousands of artists and computer geeks and just plain freaks gather and show-off their most outrageous work. People who attend it are pretty serious about it; its a definite sub-culture. And it’s certainly a fun party.
But more than that, hundreds of Burning Man attendees have formed a special group called Burners without Borders, where they help demolish and build around the world. In particular, they are helping Hurricane Sandy vicitims with my needed labor.
It’s rewarding to see smaller groups, not affiliated with any big companies or political groups pitching in and making a difference!
As I get ready to board an airplane later today, it got me thinking about flying. Some people hate it, some people love it…but most of us have to do it at some point or the other. So here are some quotes on airplanes and flying, to inspire you to journey into the sky and travel to new places:
If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.
Before we had airplanes and astronauts, we really thought that there was an actual place beyond the clouds, somewhere over the rainbow. There was an actual place, and we could go above the clouds and find it.there.
The century of airplanes has a right to its own music.
Airplanes may kill you, but they ain’t likely to hurt you. – Satchel Paige
Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.
Leonardo da Vinci
The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.
If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.