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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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International Day of Peace

Today the world celebrates the International Day of Peace.  Peace is one of the most essential requirements for a happy and fulfilled life.  The United Nations established this day as an annual observance of global non-violence and ceasefire.

Genuine peace means even more than just an absence of violence and war.  Peace means that human life can be lived as it’s meant to be.  Genuine peace respects human life in its wholeness and gives esteem unconditionally.

Considering peace from the standpoint of esteem we have to change our perspective.  This means we define peace not as the opposite from something such as war but as having an independent status.

When we start to think like that we give peace its own right of existence.  Living an esteemful life can help us in doing so.

Esteem for an heroic employee

Troy Schafer, an employee at Randall’s Supermarket in Round Rock, TX received public esteem for his heroic action, but none from his employer.

Last week Schafer chased a man who had allegedly snatched a woman’s purse inside the store.  He followed the man until the suspect dropped the purse.  He picked up the purse and continued to follow the suspect before police arrested the young man.

The heroic action was well received by the victim as well as those who heard of his brave deed.  His employer was not as impressed.  In response to his heroic action Randall’s immediately fired Schafer because of a store policy against pursuing suspects outside the store.

This injustice was transformed into esteem when Schafer began to receive emails from all over the world hailing him as a hero.  He even received several new job offers.

These signs of esteem caught Schafer by surprise.  He wasn’t expecting the public outpouring toward his heroism.  But it’s important to show that heroic actions Schafer’s deserve esteem.  Schafer himself doesn’t want to be called a hero but “I’m really proud of what I did,” he said. “It was the right thing whether it cost me my job or not.”

Esteem and Vision of Humanity

Each year the Global Peace Index compiles a ranking of the most peaceful countries around the world.

In the last three years the same four countries have been ranked among the top 5 most peaceful.  This year New Zealand, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, are the first four countries of the list.  Because of involvement in several conflicts around the globe the USA came in at 83rd out of a total of 144 countries.

One of the most important indices for deciding if a country is peaceful or not is how conflicts are handled.   Conflicts can happen everywhere and anytime.  The question is how a country handles them.  If they solve their problems with mutual esteem they create a peaceful situation.

The Global Peace Index is considered as a Vision of Humanity, a great phrase for peaceful living.  In the end it’s up to each of us to make it possible for our country to walk the peaceful path.  When we live esteem in our daily life we create a portion of this vision of humanity.

Esteem for real-life superheroes

Perhaps you thought they only lived in comic books and on movie screens, but Superheroes actually live among us.

Brought about in part by the current economic situation they’re everyday folks deciding to perform community service, help the homeless and even fight crime.  The growing movement of real-life superheroes consists of people who are searching for the answers to who they are, their role in life and what we’ve become as a society.

Ben Goldman, a real-life superhero historian who runs a New York-based Web site “Superheroes Anonymous” said about the persons being real.-life superheroes: “People are starting to put value in what they can do rather than what they have.  They realize that money is fleeting.”

These real life superheroes don’t have superhuman powers.  Their members simply dedicate themselves to a broadly defined ethos of doing good works.  Their numbers are growing; in the past year the number of registered superheroes has nearly doubled.

People who show empathy and even good actions for their fellow men deserve esteem.  Everybody who gives esteem toward somebody is a kind of real-life superhero.  Esteem can transform ordinary people into heroes.

Esteem for peacekeepers

Today is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

This day gives esteem to all the men and women serving in the United Nations peacekeeping operations for “their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage”.

Everybody who’s ever tried to make peace between people with contrary believes and opinions knows how difficult and delicate this task is.

Peacekeepers deserve esteem for their work.  They prepare the way among people for peace through mutual esteem.


Self-esteem and school bullying

School bullying is a wide-spread phenomenon.  Nearly every child who goes to school has had either a first or second-hand experience with bullying.

Because it’s believed that people with a high self-esteem don’t depend on outer judgments people might mistakenly think that kids who bully possess a high self-esteem.


When we take a closer look at bullies we realize that these students don’t have a high self-esteem at all.  On the contrary, their self-esteem is so low that they have to prove their power over and over again by bullying others.

Kids with high self-esteem don’t need to prove it to themselves and the world over and over again.  They’re just balanced and calm.

The most convincing sign for a high self-esteem is genuine interest in others in a friendly and supportive way.


Cooking as path to a better life

Probation youths can mark their time behind a concrete wall topped with barbed wire  – or for the lucky few they can learn a new skill by taking culinary classes. At Camp Gonzalez in Calabasas, CA probationers can learn culinary arts supervised by their prison guards.

Teenage boys who formerly couldn’t distinguish between a ladle and a serving spoon now prepare gourmet recipes like bacon-wrapped dates and chocolate mousse.  For these young men, there is no longer a resolute opinion that cooking is “just for girls”.

Alexis Higgins, a chef at Los Angeles Mission College has taught 50 probationers that cooking skills offers a path to a better life.  One of her former students was even accepted at the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena.

This is an admirable program to give esteem toward these teenage boys while they grow their self-esteem through successful cooking.


Artspace Outreach Program

In 2001 the Artspace Outreach Program was created with the goal of giving under-priviledged children and adults a voice through art.

It’s a non-profit visual art center in Raleigh, North Carolina with exhibitions and educational programs guided by professional artists.


By inspiring creative energy Artspace can “change lives, brighten the future of promising children and build self-esteem in children and adults”, as the program reports.

Last week Artspace itself received esteem in the form of a $2,500 grant from the Mary D.B.T. Semans Foundation for their program to train teaching artists who are interested in working with at-risk youth and adults.