Category Archives: Art and Culture

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.

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.

Unconditional esteem – unconditional love

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):

A man knocked at the door of his lover.
A voice asked: „Who is there?“
He answered: „It’s me.“
The voice said: „There is no place here for me and you.“
The door remained closed.
After one year of loneliness the man knocked at the door again.
A voice asked: „Who is there?“
He answered: „It’s you.“
The door was opened.

How positively do we see others?

Did 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, according to new research made by Wake Forest University psychology professor Dustin Wood and his team. The researchers found a person’s tendency to describe others in positive terms is an important indicator of the positivity of the person’s own personality traits.

This study confirms what esteem is creating in our lives.  By giving esteem toward others we give esteem toward ourselves. When we see others in a positive way we speak about them in positive words and reveal with it how positive we are ourselves. Esteem creates esteem.

Esteem for Taos Pueblo Pow Wow

A pow wow is a gathering of Indian Nations in a common circle of friendship.

The 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.

This weekend July 9-11, 2010 the Taos Pueblo Pow wow will be celebrated. A wonderful opportunity to see Native American dancers at the beautiful location of Taos Pueblo, New Mexico.

Esteemful living in Dignity Village

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 – which sadly has become a national crisis.

The small houses are primarily built by the villagers.  Building their own small houses in Dignity Village also means building self-respect through the knowledge that they can still accomplish good things for themselves.  Organizing an entire village with all kinds of activities and responsibilities is an even stronger means toward building a high self-esteem.

Dignity Village is an incredibly strong sign of lived esteem.  People who feel they’ve lost all esteem in our society just because they lost job and home can experience an esteemful life.  Actions like Dignity Village are necessary to give hope and esteem to those who’ve lost so much.

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.

Esteem for beautiful destinations

National Geographic published a list of the world’s 50 greatest destinations.  Among these 50 special places, 7 are located in the U.S..  Being added to this list represents a great sign of esteem.   These are the selected U.S. destinations:

  1. Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
  2. Piedmont of Virginia
  3. Atlanta in Georgia
  4. Coast Redwoods, California and Oregon
  5. Sawthooth Mountains in Idaho
  6. Aleutian Islands in Alaska
  7. Molokau in Hawaii

If you find your favorite destination on this list it may encourage you to give esteem toward this place.  You can give your dream destination esteem by speaking about its beauty or special meaning.  Which destination would you choose to be your favorite place?