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You Have Two Hands, One For Helping Yourself, The Other For Helping Others.

Published 09/12/2014 by inspiringyourspirit


Very powerful words from Audrey Hepburn, and the picture of her carrying and helping a starving child makes us realise how important these simple words are.

“You have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others”

I now realise that this doesn’t just apply to people in underdeveloped countries, to the homeless, to victims of war, poverty and strife, this also applies to people in our own countries, in our own neighbourhoods that are suffering right now, suffering from injustice, from race hatred, from exploitation (being paid less than the minimum wage), from lack of funds to educate their children, from lack of funds to heal their sick child or gain medical support for their own health in order to keep them working so they can pay their own way in life.

We do have two hands, we have two eyes and we have two ears but so often we fail to reach out and offer a hand in support of our brothers and sisters, we close our eyes to the injustice that we see each and everyday, we close our ears when we hear people crying out for help, or when we hear someone abused by others and we close our mouths when its time for us to speak out in favor of these brothers and sisters around the world that ARE being exploited, badly treated and victimised by the corporates, the governments, the media and the blindfolded biggots of our world who want to keep us in our place, downtrodden for their own gain, to fuel their fires and to grow their wealth, and when we break down they toss us aside and get someone else to take our place who is as desperate as us to earn a living..and so the cycle of mistreatment continues.

Honestly, I’m appalled at what I see in the media, on the news. Of course social media allowing flashes of reality to get to us through Twitter etc, sharing with us the realities of what is really going on all around us, giving us real time information on the police brutalities in our own countries, showing us peaceful demonstrations of employees who cannot afford to get welfare because of their low income whilst their companies are constantly in the fortune top 100 and their executives and shareholders earn millions of dollars. Where whole communities are being driven out of cities which were built on the sweat and blood of their families because they can no longer afford to rent a house in these cities where in some cases many generations have lived. My own daughter is caught up in the same situation, she studied for her degree in London, for 4 years she paid her way through University, she worked hard in two jobs whilst studying and each year she had to move further and further out of London, further away from her University due to the rapidly rising cost of renting property to the point of living in terrible housing conditions without heat in the far flung extremities of London, all the time whilst the rich buy the properties and rent and sell to the rich… so London in this case has very few Londoners now because they cannot afford to live there….

My Dear Friends, we have some serious problems in our world which need addressing, we should stop pointing the blame elsewhere, we should stop listening to the biased media that control our minds on behalf of the corporates and corrupt government officials, we should look at what’s going wrong in our neighbourhood, we should stand up for each other, we should hold out a hand to support our brothers and sisters, we should listen to their cries for help and we should come together with one voice and speak out for what we should all be entitled to and that is simple…

  • Freedom of speech,
  • The right to stand up for our own human rights,
  • Work for an honest days wage in order to place food on our table and afford a roof over our heads
  • Education for all
  • Medical care for all
  • And live in a world that is free from hatred because of color, race or religious belief

So, my dear friends, when you look at the picture above, please remember your brothers and sisters, your own community, your own countrymen that are also suffering from these atrocities…

Lets make a difference

Namaste with Love



Banks, Financial Institutions and Corporations, Do they care about us?

Published 12/11/2013 by inspiringyourspirit


My Dear Friends,

I have been pondering whether or not to write this post! As you know my posts are not by-on-large confrontational, they have no political bias and are generally talking about spirituality, joy, happiness, peace, the environment and all those good things in life, However, I am becoming more and more disgruntled, more unhappy with our world and in the way in which a) we are governed, b) by whom we are governed and c) the way in which we are treated by banks, financial institutions and corporations all around the world.

I would like to share a short story with you, a true story, which came to me in the form of a letter I received on Saturday, a letter from my bank Nat West. (National Westminster Bank Plc, commonly known as NatWest, is the largest retail and commercial bank in the United Kingdom and has been part of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group since 2000. The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) is ranked among the top 10 largest banks in the world by assets. NatWest was established in 1968 by the merger of National Provincial Bank (established 1833 as National Provincial Bank of England) and Westminster Bank (established 1834 as London County and Westminster Bank). Source Wikipedia if you would like more information. The letter started off by stating that NatWest had decided they had recently taken the decision to discontinue providing banking services to customers who reside in certain overseas countries! And, that as their records indicate that I reside in China, so they are therefore notifying me that they will be closing my existing account(s). They also go on to say that ‘This is in no way intended to offend any customer, etc. etc. And I had just 60 days from the date of this letter to find alternative banking services and transfer my funds, establish new banking processes etc.!…Wow, I thought, I have been with this bank for 30 years, as both a personal customer and for many years a corporate business customer, I use it regularly, my children rely on it for me to send they money and although I live and work in China, I do have plans to return to the UK one day soon…So, I thought I would call the helpline as stated within the letter and after approximately 15 minutes on hold listening to poorly recorded music and continued messages thanking me for my patience, a lovely lady answered my call. I gave her the details in the letter and she replied, I’m sorry Sir, there is nothing we can do about it, the decision has been made!…….How can these banks make this sort of decision, especially when we have been loyal customers for 30 years, our feelings and plight did not come into their consideration or for that matter any concern for us and the troubles made to us because of ‘Their Decision’!….

Now, as I said at the beginning of this post, I am not confrontational and I do not as a rule speak out about this sort of wrong doing…But Hey, enough is enough, I have paid my fees and charges, as set by the bank each and every month, year in, year out with no thanks and not even a thanks for your business and loyalty Sir for the past 30 years of Banking with NatWest etc….

So, once again, the decision has been made, certainly not one in my best interest and I’m sure not in the best interests of others who are in the same boat as I. This decision has been made to save money…I mean make more money and yet just another bad decision made by the Bankers, ‘did I say that right?’…for their benefit only….They talk about ‘Brand Loyalty’..but what about ‘Customer Loyalty’?

My Dear Friends, I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter and your stories….

It’s time for change, change in our favour…not just in favour of the elite, the rich, the corporations and the governments controlled by the former.

A few words of I think sanity from Russell Brand “We can all contribute ideas as to how to change our world; schoolboys, squaddies, hippies, Muslims, Jews and if what I’m describing is naive then you can keep your education and your indoctrination because loving our planet and each other is a duty, a beautiful obligation. While chatting to people this week I heard some interesting ideas, here are a couple.

We could use the money accumulated by those who have too much, not normal people with a couple of cars, giant corporations, to fund a fairer society.

The US government gave a trillion dollars to bail out the big five banks over the past year. Banks that have grown by 30% since the crisis and are experiencing record profits and giving their execs record bonuses. How about, hang on to your hats because here comes a naïve suggestion, don’t give them that money, use it to create one million jobs at fifty grand a year for people who teach, nurse or protect.

These bailouts for elites over services for the many are institutionalised within the system, no party proposes changing it. American people that voted, voted for it. I’m not voting for that.

That’s one suggestion for the Americans; we started their country so we owe them a favour now things are getting heavy.

Here’s one for blighty; Philip Green, the bloke who owns Top Shop didn’t pay any income tax on a £1.2bn dividend in 2005. None. Unless he paid himself a salary that year, in addition to the £1.2bn dividend, the largest in corporate history, then the people who clean Top Shop paid more income tax than he did. That’s for two reasons – firstly because he said that all of his £1.2bn earnings belong to his missus, who was registered in Monaco and secondly because he’s an arsehole. The money he’s nicked through legal loopholes would pay the annual salary for 20,000 NHS nurses. It’s not illegal; it’s systemic, British people who voted, voted for it. I’m not voting for that.

Why don’t you try not paying taxes and see how quickly a lump of bird gets thrown in your face. It’s socialism for corporate elites and feudalism for the rest of us. Those suggestions did not come from me; The first came from Dave DeGraw, the second Johann Hari got from UK Uncut. Luckily with organisations like them, Occupy, Anonymous and The People’s Assembly I don’t need to come with ideas, we can all participate. I’m happy to be a part of the conversation, if more young people are talking about fracking instead of twerking we’re heading in the right direction. The people that govern us don’t want an active population who are politically engaged, they want passive consumers distracted by the spectacle of which I accept I am a part.

If we all collude and collaborate together we can design a new system that makes the current one obsolete. The reality is there are alternatives. That is the terrifying truth that the media, government and big business work so hard to conceal. I believe in change. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty because my hands are dirty already. I don’t mind giving my life to this because I’m only alive because of the compassion and love of others. Men and women strong enough to defy this system and live according to higher laws. This is a journey we can all go on together, all of us. We can include everyone and fear no one. A system that serves the planet and the people. I’d vote for that.”

Well said Russell, I’d vote for that too!

Namaste with Love



Revolution or Change…Has Russell Brand got a point?

Published 31/10/2013 by inspiringyourspirit
Revolution or change?…
Russell Brand is very passionate and he certainly has some powerful words and beliefs and for sure change needs to happen!
We don’t need a revolution to make change happen, but we do need to come together as humans who share a need for our planet to survive and for peace to become a reality not just a dream…I’m certainly up for change and I say we must to do something to make it happen!…The main problem is ‘Fear’, fear that we are not worthy, fear that the people we put into power in governments and corporations are better and stronger than us…We must remember that the only reason they are in power is because we allow them to be!Namaste my friends

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