We all have the right to be human


children in Barcelona

We have a right to be human. For starters. But today, as we celebrate Amnesty International Day, it’s time we went deeper especially when many around the world are being deprived of their basic rights as fellow humans.

But what is amnesty exactly? It’s more than this definition for sure.


What else I learnt

“Human rights have been a hot topic in local and international politics since the 1960’s. Whether fighting for the right to marry the person of our choice or to end abuses like child labor all over the globe, Amnesty International has been in the trenches trying to make the world a better place. Amnesty International Day works to promote human rights and raise awareness of their abuses and how our choices affect them every day.” Source

I got married in 1995 of my own free will. For sure I did not have to fight to do so and even had the right per se to become a divorce statistic. I am pretty much the queen of my own little kingdom. I am not prevented from working at any job I accept (as long as it’s legal I suppose), wearing my own style of clothing, driving a car or furthering my education. I can speak my mind in any forum without fear of ridicule or abuse. I can have as many children as I want. I do not have to run for safety from machine gun fire, overhead missiles or suicide bombers. My home and my country come together to make up my castle. I am blessed.

Amnesty International

I knew very little about Amnesty International or its true role as a wicket keeper on the world affairs pitch and honestly never felt a burning need to read up on them until recently. For starters, their website, www.amnestyinternational.org says this:

“Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen. We lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep their promises and respect international law. By telling the powerful stories of the people we work with, we mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defence of activists on the frontline. We support people to claim their rights through education and training.”

See for yourself

I was impressed but even though 7 million bodies represent a lot of willing hands, there is still so much more to be done. For example, the latest report speaks to a deplorable state of human rights where the strong and mighty continue to victimize the poor and less fortunate. Isn’t it obvious yet that wars turn homeowners and families into nomads, children into orphans (slaves or soldiers too) and vibrant cities into desolate smoking heaps of rubble burying centuries of traditions, history and dreams?

Obviously not and after reading the paragraph below certain words burned right into my brain. Words like ‘unrelenting misery and fear’ being imposed by ‘governments and armed groups’ who continue ‘torture’ and ill treat others.  I suggest you check it out for yourself but here’s a warning: this report contains 409 pages of tears, of feeling your heart tightening in your chest, of wishing there were quicker ways of offering hope in the face of what seems so totally hopeless.

“The Amnesty International Report 2016/17 documents the state of human rights in 159 countries and territories during 2016. For millions, 2016 was a year of unrelenting misery and fear, as governments and armed groups abused human rights in a multitude of ways. Large numbers of people continued to flee conflict and repression in many regions of the world. Among other pervasive issues, this report documents continuing torture and other ill-treatment, the failure to uphold sexual and reproductive rights, government surveillance, and a culture of impunity for past crimes.”

When all is not lost

So how do we celebrate this important day? What can we do differently in our lives that would make some impact, no matter how small? How can we realistically contribute and participate? Here’s how:

“The best way to celebrate Amnesty International Day is to help raise awareness among your friends and family about the struggles of the world’s downtrodden. The place to start would be with educating yourself by learning about the places in the world where Civil Liberties are most at risk. You can also seek out events sponsored by Amnesty International, including benefit concerts and fundraisers seeking to keep the organization going and to help support its efforts. Amnesty International has done a great deal of good work over the years, but the challenges it faces are never-ending, and new allies are needed with every passing year. So get out there and work to help make the world a better place!”

Our next steps

In a nutshell and as Amnesty International tells us: “Sign a petition, volunteer for us, become a member… Whatever you want to do, take action today and be part of a global movement standing together for human rights across the world.” Let’s do this!

Did you learn anything new today? Is human rights or rather the lack of a hot button topic for you? I’m starting a conversation here; join me.



Are you rich or poor?


Photo by Gale E
Photo by Gale E

“You aren’t wealthy until you have something money can’t buy.”
~ Garth Brooks
 {Tweet quote}

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Definitely an interesting quote and something to think about as we move around in a world which focuses a lot on financial wealth. But just how wealthy are you? Do you even know? Leave a comment while considering:

  • Do you agree with Garth on this one?
  • Do you consider yourself wealthy?
  • What do you have that’s really valuable that money cannot buy?
  • Do you share your wealth with others? And if yes, how?
  • Is this a thought you would share with others, maybe especially your children?

“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
1 Timothy 6:17-19 KJV

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Life May Be Better Than You Think

the journey is the destination

“He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.” Proverbs 2:7

“And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him.” 1 Samuel 18:14

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill

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The journey really is the destination, if that makes sense. How else would we be able to experience different life lessons, learn from them and move on? In today’s chaotic world of deadlines, commitments, errands and keeping it all together, you may tend to think you are a failure. You might even be disappointed for not being further along on your life path BUT let us pause for a moment and do some self searching because you might just be a little more successful than you think.

First however, a disclaimer: being successful does not automatically equate to the amount of cash in your bank account, the size of your house or your car, or how high you may be sitting on the corporate totem pole …  With that out of the way and to reinforce a better concept of success, here are 20 Signs You’re Succeeding In Life Even If You Don’t Feel You Are written by Carol Morgan on www.lifehack.org and after reading leave me a comment or two letting me know just how successful you really are right about now. Someone in your family or a friend who needs to be reminded how successful they are? Share this post so they will know for sure!


“We all feel like failures from time to time. While this is a normal feeling, you have to find a way to see yourself and your life from a different perspective. Sometimes we ignore the “little things.” Just because you are not a millionaire, don’t live in a mansion, and you don’t drive a fancy car, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. In fact, it’s quite the contrary.

Here are 20 signs that you are succeeding in life:

1. Your relationships are less dramatic than they used to be.
Drama is not maturity. As we age, we should develop maturity. So maybe your relationships were drama-filled in your past, but if you have moved beyond that, then you are successful.

2. You are not afraid to ask for help and support any more.
Asking for help does not equal weakness. In fact, it is a strength. No person has ever succeeded in isolation. It takes teamwork to accomplish goals. Asking or help is a sign that you have grown as a person.

3. You have raised your standards.
You don’t tolerate bad behavior any more – from other people, or even yourself. You hold people accountable for their actions. You don’t spend time with the “energy vampires” in your life anymore.”  Read more ….