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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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Esteem for Taos Pueblo Pow Wow

White The Pow Wow Trailhe term Pow Wow comes from the Algonquin nation of the Eastern Woodlands, meaning “a gathering of spiritual leaders.”  Originally, Indian tribes held celebrations to commemorate successful hunts or harvests. Many tribes had ceremonial dances to prepare for war and to celebrate victories. The old tribal War Dance as it was known and is still called today, evolved over the last four or five decades into a contemporary social dance and the pow wow into a social gathering and celebration time.

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How positively do we see others?

Rohm Positive Personality ProfilesDid you ever watch yourself when you speak about others?  The kind of how you speak about others and how you see others reveals more about yourself than about the persons.

How positively you see others is linked to how happy, kind-hearted and emotionally stable you are.  A person’s tendency to describe others in positive terms is an important indicator of the positivity of the person’s own personality traits.

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Unconditional esteem – unconditional love

The Essential Rumi

Honest esteem is as unconditional as love. It can be difficult to write what  unconditional love is about. Sometimes a little story can help to cast light on what unconditional love is such as this short story written by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī. He is also  known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi, a Sufi mystic, Muslim poet, jurist and theologian (1207-1273):

 

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An esteemful personality: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin may have been the ultimate cinematic comedian.  In the last three quarters of a century his work lifted the spirits of countless people around the world.

But Chaplin was more than just a clown.   His words were thoughtful and genuine and worth listening to.  He used the medium of film to speak about important human topics.

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When the wind of change blows …

Change by Jeffrey A. KottlerThere is an ancient Chinese proverb that goes: “When the wind of change blows, some people build walls, others build windmills.”

Change can cause people to become frightened.  They want to stay with what’s known even when it’s rendered obsolete.

Life teaches us that the only constant is change.  We make changes all the time, some big and some small.  The big changes may be frightening because they mean that life will never be exactly the same.

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Creativity as self-esteem boost

There is no doubt that being creative can boost self-esteem. Unfortunately with the changes in the education system, many art programs are being cut from public schools.

Attendance Record, located in Austin TX, provides a safe space where students are encouraged to express themselves creatively through songwriting and art. They focus on building a community of learners where everyone involved can discover something unique about themselves.

Attendance RecordsAttendance Records is dedicated to bringing creativity back into schools by connecting teachers and students with local writers, artists and musicians. By providing students with the opportunity to design, write and produce their own album, students will build confidence skills that will result in discovering what makes them unique.

A great idea helping boost self-esteem in students.

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Esteem to the world’s oldest playable organ

Valeria organ SwitzerlandThe world’s oldest organ that is still playable stands in the Basilica of Valeria in Sitten, Switzerland.

The so called Valeria organ was built at the beginning of the 15th century and was extended in 1687. Around the middle of the 19th century it fell into oblivion. The former curator of the basilica of Valeria, Maurice Wenger, revived the instrument in the first half of the 20th century bit by bit. When in 1946 after an earthquake several whistles had detached themselves, he patched them up after a fashion with adhesive tape and wooden pieces. The first restoration occurred in 1954 after experts recognized the specific feature of the instrument.

The Valeria organ plays 45 marks and is two third tones higher tuned than commonly used. Therefore some modern pieces aren’t playable on it. The keyboard of the instrument encloses as a specific feature a so-called short octave, that is one without semitones.

Esteem never makes fun of people

Making fun of others seems to be a sport for some people.  Children learn that it’s ok to make fun of others because they see it on television each day. 

Ridicule is the extreme end of making fun.  Ridicule creates bad feelings for the people who are its target. 

Expressing fun in this way has nothing to do with esteem.

Esteem never makes fun of people.  Picture a personality toward whom you have the utmost respect.  It could be a political leader, an athlete, a religious leader or someone in your family.  It’s impossible to think of making fun of this person, isn’t it?

Esteem is a genuine expression of our respect toward people.  Esteemful acts can be fun but always in a respectful way.