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Happy Easter! Sometimes, it is only our faith which keeps us anchored in sanity.

Happy Easter!

Easter is a very reflective time for me.  I reflect on the life of Christ and the  many other great sages and spiritual masters who have enlightened us but they also endured much suffering.  They held on to their faith in their darkest moments.

What I have learnt is that suffering is a part of our life journey.  We cannot live a lifetime without suffering. Bob Marley, our famous Reggae  artist said, “Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” 

Our ability to put our suffering into perspective  is the key to getting us through those dark moments.  The following words which Christ uttered during his most difficult suffering on the cross, keeps me grounded  when I go through my personal challenges.

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Gospel of Luke 23:34

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Gospel of Luke 23:43

“Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.”
Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.”
Gospel of John 19:26-27

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34

Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
Gospel of Luke 23:46

Sometimes, our faith is all that keeps us anchored in sanity, regardless of our religion. I seek only to be more Christ-like, more Budha-like, more God-like.  At the end of it all, our behaviour towards each other is the truest reflection of the emotions which are held deep within us.  I pray, for you and I, that this emotion will always be love, in the  most sacred and purest form.

May you have a blessed Easter Celebration.

Love,

Mags

 

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New Release: Soulful Encounters, 2nd Edition of Mags Magazine

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Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. George Eliot

Dear friends,

All of us have dreams but unless we take action, dreams remain to be just dreams.

The 2nd Edition of Mags Magazine is here after many months of hard work and it is indeed a beautiful dream come true.  What makes it more special, is that many of you who are reading this newsletter today, have been great supporters of my work in helping me to live my soul mission.  I am very grateful for this support.  Some of you have come as total strangers in my life but through kindness, love and soul connections, everyday moments have become soulful encounters to celebrate.

Soulful Encounters  is a very special edition which features inspiring people with a special feature on Gems of Kenya.  It even highlights an encounter with George Eliot, an 18th century writer and life lessons from four year old Sid St. Catherine!

This year, we will be printing 200 copies of Soulful Encounters – be one of the first to pre-order our special copy which I will autograph with a special message for you!

Click on the photo below to pre-order and remember you can also give one as a special gift to a special friend. Help me to spread the word and inspire more people to reach their own goals.

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I want to express my gratitude  to my partner Wilson Jn Baptiste who is also the editor in chief for the many hours which he has dedicated towards this magazine. His faith in me and my ability to rise each time I want to give up, is priceless and I am grateful to him for being that light and strength for me. Our graphic designer Mila Gertsenchtein – your touch …is golden. Thank you for your endless hours of work. Our photographer, Nyamulola Chiboli Kambanji – thank you for your endless hours of photography and doing such a fabulous job with the cover photo. Kores Musuni thank you for the photos from Kenya – it has added much delight to the magazine. To my readers and reviewers – I cannot thank you all enough. Celene Gyles, Laura Traplin, Wendy R Pilgrim-Michael, Priscilla Lucien, Mengistab Tsegaye,  Rima Aristocrat, Doina Tibu, Ghebre Issac, Hani Rached, Myrner Schmitt, Trevor and Dale Stevenson, Emily Cattelan-Legace,Christina Sang,Jane Adam, Laurie Jaeger – your contribution towards this issue has been priceless.

Thanks to our sponsors: Willis College, Auto Paradise Repair, World Skills Employment Centre, Phresh, Piton Vacation Villa, Sea Spray Cruises and Nature Expeditions.
Lastly, I  want to thank my children: Jelan, Ohri, Dawn and Kim – thank you all for your support.

Take small actions today and steer your dreams!  YOU can do it.  YOU too can live your soul mission.

Love,

Magdalene

 

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Posted in Health and Wellness, Inspiration, Motivation, Work

Are you a Happy Resource?

Be a happy resource

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

Last week, I met with  two human resources professionals who teased about calling themselves ‘Happy Resources’ instead of ‘Human Resources”.   They take on their role quite seriously in the organization but have consciously decided to create a happy space at work.  I thought this was quite cool.  In addition to recruitment, staff training and general work place processes, Human Resources play an instrumental role in boosting staff morale and it even adds to job retention. To decide to be ‘Happy Resources’ sets a friendly, warm and engaging environment.

I left the meeting and asked myself, ‘Are you a happy resource?’  I am a happy resource. I love being a happy resource. I may have sad and disappointing moments but these moment don’t overpower my life as a person.  I choose to be happy and to engage in things which make me feel happy.  I choose to radiate happiness when I connect with others and to be someone who can add to their happiness through both small and big acts of love, kindness, compassion and inspiration. Maybe some of us are born happy, but I think that happiness also comes from our own conscious actions.

Interestingly enough, work places also like to have happy, positive people around.  It reduces stress and adds to an overall happy space.  Whether you are applying for a job, being interviewed for one or you already have a job, be mindful of the happiness factor.

Are you a happy resource?  The energy in the world is a collective mass of all of our energies.  Choose to be happy and add joy to the world!

Inspiration 2015!

Live your future now… step into your happiness.

Love,

Magdalene

 

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Everything is just something – until you give it a VALUE

Everything is just something

In one household…

She took all the jewellery away from her daughter because she felt that her daughter did not show any interest in the beautiful collection of gems which were given to her over several years. She was upset that her daughter simply did not connect with the precious, expensive stones. She seemed to find far greater joy in designing colourful beaded bracelets. Twenty years later, she became an art and crafts teacher, a profession which brought great happiness to her.  Her mother is still perplexed about the lack of enthusiasm towards the beautiful gems.

In a big city…

She looked at the handbag in the store which was valued at $750.00. She wondered who would pay that kind of money for a handbag.  A bag is just a bag.  A $20 one is just as good as the $750.00 bag. She consciously chose to move on to the next store. Going to expensive handbag stores suddenly became a no-no for her. It was one less stop when shopping.

In another country..

He visited a small island and fell in love with it.  More than anything else in the world, he wanted to live in this space where he felt rich and free at the same time.  He went back to America, sold everything he had and made a home on the island. The tides that lapped at his feet in the early morning was priceless. He became an island man, married an island girl, had three island children and used his experience to help others understand the importance of choosing a lifestyle which speaks to you from the heart and soul.

Across the world…

The pain from her childhood casted a dark shadow over her life. She lived in fear, paralysed that she would die like her sister did. The nightmares rolled over and over in her mind until she decided to claim her life and use her sister’s death to educate others about drunkard driving. The pain lessened as she gave value to the experience. After many years, she realized that she found purpose in life, through the pain that she suffered.

In the basement…

He lived with the regret of spending much of his hard earned money drinking and partying in his younger days.   He felt that he should have been wiser and saved more money.  One day, he threw the regret out of the window and re-framed the party going days as some of the best days of his life. He got pictures of his friends and wrote a letter to all of them to reconnect and laugh about the past. The rekindling of friendship has made him a happier person. He has given new value to his past.

Everything is just something, until we give it a personal value.  Pain can be transformed. Regret can be healed. Love can be restored. Purpose can be found. Sometimes we have great treasures but we are not aware of their high value.  We can easily lock ourselves in a prison – simply because we cannot re-frame our experiences.   Sometimes, we spend days and nights and years on things which has no value to us simply because we are going along with the crowd.

Be mindful of the moments that create your future… what are you adding value to?  What is adding value to you?

Live your future now… re-define your experience so that it adds value to your life and the lives of others.

Love,

Mags

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We are never too old to play – it is good for the soul.

We are never too old to play

“I had no childhood.” he told me.  “I became a man without ever playing.  I had to take care of the family as the eldest son.” It was a heart-breaking conversation listening to this older gentleman relate his life experiences to me.


“How can you make up for this now?” 
I asked himIt is sad because we can’t make up for the childhood we have lost.
“I wish to sit and watch Sesame Street.” he said.


“That is not hard to fix.” I said.  “We can make this happen.”


We spoke about many of the things which he never did as a child like playing soccer with the other kids on the street or just hanging out until his mom called him in. Until this conversation, I never thought of what I missed as a child.  I enjoyed most of my childhood and I am grateful that I was born at a time, in a country where ‘play’ was a great thing… not structured and within a safe environment.  My favourite play memories were playing hide and seek on moonlight when all the neighbouring kids gathered and our parents sat outside chatting amongst themselves while we pranked each other  under the shadows of the full moon.  Many of us take play for granted but there are still many places around the world where children are put to work, sold into slavery and live in stricken poverty which denies them a safe and a beautiful, memorable childhood.
However, for those who did not have a good childhood, while you may not be able to go back and fix it, you could perhaps indulge in a few things which you may still be able to do – like watch the Sesame Street movies.

We are never too old to play.  It is good for the soul.

Love,

Magdalene

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The question which inspired her career change…and enabled her to meet her financial goals…

IMAG3227“Life is about ebb and flow… and it is about being self-aware enough about what is going on in your life to know when you need to change something. Ask yourself, ‘Is this where I want to be? Where do I want to go?’ By thinking more about those questions, you will be inspired to make the changes you need to make to allow your life flow again.” Shaundra Oelsner, Senior Associate, Sunlife Financial.

Shaundra and I reconnected again after several years of not seeing each other.  This woman inspires me with her contagious laughter, big heart and the courage she had to make a major career change a few years ago when she transitioned from her 20 year career in Nursing. One day, she asked herself, “Will my salary as a nurse – even at it’s maximum – enable me to see my kids through university?”  Her  answer was “NO”.   This awareness caused her to explore an opportunity in the Financial Services Sector with Sunlife Financial.  She is now a Senior Associate and a Recruiting Manager and she has never regretted making that change.  She is thrilled that she tuned in to her financial needs and had the courage to step up to pursue a new career path which has enabled her to meet her financial goals.

By taking that one step several years ago, Shaundra started living her future.

What inspires you?  What change do you need to make?  What motivates you to make that change?

Live your future  NOW by taking a simple step to move yourself forward.

Love,

Magdalene

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