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Esteem and Curiosity – Open-hearted Awareness

Shift into Freedom Loch KellyHopefully you belong to the group of people who walk through life with open eyes, open ears and open heart.

Curiosity leads us to live like this.  Being curious in a normal manner makes us open to our surroundings, our fellow men and our whole world. We take care when we are curious.

Without question curiosity is an important part of esteem because it opens us toward the people around us.

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World Habitat Day

The United Nations has designated October 5th as World Habitat Day.

The goal of World Habitat Day is to raise awareness about global housing situations and to remind us that everyone should have a safe and decent place to call home.

Expressing respect toward people includes ensuring housing for everyone.  Shelter is as life-essential as having enough food and water.

When we want to give a sign of esteem toward people we can do it by being interested in their housing situation.  You might be surprised to find out how many people in your community are without adequate housing.

Every big change starts with a small step.  We can give esteem to World Habitat Day by being attentive toward the housing situation in our own neighborhood.

Esteem for animals: World Animal Day

Today is World Animal Day, a day which we can join by giving esteem to animals.

World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries throughout the world.

World Animal Day has four goals according to its mission statement:

  • to celebrate animal life in all its forms
  • to celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
  • to acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives
  • to acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives

All of these goals express esteem toward animals with respect and gratitude.  Caring about animals includes having a pet as well as enjoying the wildlife around us.


Tourism creating mutual esteem

Since 1980 the United Nations has celebrated World Tourism Day.  Celebrated annually on September 27, the event is designed to foster awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic values.

All of us are a tourists the moment we go out of town.  As a tourist we expect hospitality and friendliness.  At the same, the places we visit hope for open and polite tourists.

Tourism only works for both sides when there is mutual esteem.  The slogan for this year’s World Tourism Day “Celebrating Diversity” expresses the mutual esteem we can create as a tourist and as a host.


World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

Tomorrow the world will celebrate the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.  Its purpose is to raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information technologies can bring to people.

 The Internet is in fact a very esteeming tool for our whole society.  It provides free information for everybody who is able to connect to it.

Esteem means sharing of knowledge and free exchange of information.  When the Internet is used properly we can find exactly these esteemful attitudes.  A more equitable information society is a society which lives esteem.

On May 18, 2009 in Switzerland the World Telecommunication and Information Society Award will be presented to laureates for their contribution towards building a more equitable information society.


Raised awareness through esteem

It’s an open secret that living esteem daily gives us a new perspective on life through a higher awareness.

The moment we actively integrate esteem into our life we perceive our surroundings more consciously.


Just thinking about how we can express esteem toward others and also toward nature makes us more sensitive of being connected to people and nature.

Esteem, in fact, lets us look at everything with more patience, understanding and even more loving eyes.

On one hand we can create great moments for others, on the other hand we receive so much for ourselves.


Solidarity among football players

For countless fans around the world, the Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events of the year.  For a group of ex-football players and coaches it’s a great stage for helping their fellow players.

About 100 retired players and coaches participated in a dinner in Tampa to raise money and awareness for players with profound medical and financial needs.

Former New York Giants linebacker Harry Carson said: “There is a brotherhood out there among us. Whether you played together or not, you have to help guys out.”

For these men, providing help through such an event is a great sign of solidarity and esteem toward their fellow players.


“One in 8 million”

The New York Times started a weekly series called “One in 8 million”.

Each week one person out of the 8 million citizens of New York is portrayed with his passions and problems, relationships and routines, vocations and obsessions.

Reading the stories it reminds us that every single person is precious, has their own life story, their own personality and unique talents.

Features like this cast light on the importance of having respect toward others even when we don’t know them personally.  It makes us realize that for others we are strangers too.  As we cherish the uniqueness of ourselves, we allow the uniqueness of others.

Stories like “One in a 8 million” raise our awareness of how ordinary people deserve our esteem as much as anybody else.


Esteem is freeing

Positive thoughts and positive words create an overall positive atmosphere.

We express esteem through positive words and actions otherwise it wouldn’t be genuine esteem.

When we dedicate ourselves toward thinking positively we also free ourselves from anxiety.

Living esteem has an enormous calming effect on us and on the people receiving esteem.  We experience ourselves as being free because nothing causes us to get worked up.

We look at the world and the people around us with understanding, which makes us patient and calm.

Giving esteem also frees us from being too focused on ourselves.  We want to see other people happy.  Esteem makes us put our awareness on our fellow man and makes us at the same time happy for ourselves too.