Esteem for Madrid

Rick Steves Spain 2017Some cities undergo a massive construction boom in the form of urban renovation projects.

Madrid in Spain is one of these cities.  Recently, after more than five years of construction in this beautiful city, planners were able to declare the projects complete. The renovation project included rerouting traffic underground so that the city’s center was opened for pedestrians.

With its renewed appearance Madrid gives esteem towards its citizens and tourists.  On the other hand, the city receives esteem from the people who enjoy the beautiful plazas, facades and a great open atmosphere.

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Esteem and success

Napoleon Hill SuccessWhat is it about success that makes everybody want to have it?

Let’s take a look at the moments in our life where we experienced success.  It can be success in our job, in a relationship, in hobby or sport – wherever we achieved success it was just a great feeling.  We want to repeat it as often as possible.

In our search for this repeat-craving life moment we ask ourselves: what positive feeling do we exactly experience when we achieve success?

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An esteemful personality: Mahatma Ghandi

Gandhi: An AutobiographyIt’s no accident that Gandhi’s birthday – he was born October 2, 1869 – is celebrated at the same time as the International Day of Non-Violence.  Through his non-violent actions Gandhi set an important example for the whole world and will always be remembered as an inspiring and esteemful personality.

Gandhi demonstrated that if we want to create something positive we have to take positive actions.  Because he wanted to create peace and freedom for his country, he led others with his peaceful actions.

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Smiles create smiles

Manecke Smile and Succeed for TeensAccording to a new study researchers found that when mothers look at their babies it activates certain parts of the brain known to be activated by other positive acts such as finding food or a mate.  Researchers call this an “evolutionary survival” effect. Most mothers admit that seeing their smiling babies has an addictive effect on them.  They want to see it over and over again because it makes them happy.

It’s great that science can prove this connection between happy motherhood and smiling babies. Smiles are important to every age though.

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Self-esteem in each cell of our body

Heston Unlimited SelfIn Wikipedia I read that self-esteem encompasses beliefs, emotions and behavior, it comprises our whole personality.

Self-esteem doesn’t depend on external actions or experiences.  Contrarily, it is the manner of handling external actions.  How you act, how you think, how you feel, every move of your personality is an expression of your self-esteem.

I like the picture of having self-esteem in each cell of our body. It makes self-esteem corporal and mental at the same time. With all our cells we live and express self-esteem. Everybody should have a highly developed self-esteem.

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Australian Parliament apologized to Aborigines

Broome Aboriginal AustraliansPrior to the opening to the 2008 session the Australian parliament apologized to the Aborigines for past assimilation policies. “We apologize for the laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.”

“For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry,” it says. “And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted upon a proud people and proud culture, we say sorry.” 

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Wayne W. Dyer on Savoir vivre

Wayne Dyer Pulling your own StringsSavoir vivre is a French expression which means being casual in dealing with other people and with life situations.

We can choose to live savoir vivre each day.  We can be querulous and make other people unhappy.  Or we can be friendly and make others smile because they feel accepted.

Making other people happy is a sign that we use esteem as basis of our savoir vivre.

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Esteemful living in Dignity Village

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It started as a Tent City founded for homeless people and grew into a permanent neighborhood called Dignity Village.  After conducting elections, Dignity Village even has their own administrative and legislative branches of government.  The name tells it all: Dignity Village is a place that gives dignity back to people who’ve lost their jobs and homes.

 

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