Crăciunul lor în mâinile tale

Vin Sărbătorile de Iarnă şi pentru că magia lor se simte peste tot, Asociaţia ProgressOn Youth Power continuă tradiţia proiectului „Crăciunul lor în mâinile tale!”.
„Crăciunul lor în mâinile tale!” este un proiect caritabil cu tradiţie in cadrul asociaţiei, care de 5 ani are ca scop strângerea de fonduri şi bunuri pentru mai multe familii nevoiaşe într-un mod inedit.

În aşteptarea lui Mos Crăciun, împreună cu membrii, voluntarii şi prietenii asociaţiei am organizat mai multe ateliere de creaţie handmade în cadrul cărora am conceput diverse felicitări, decoraţiuni şi cadouri de Crăciun care vor fi expuse pentru vânzare la târgul de Crăciun organizat de Atrium Center Arad în perioada 17-24 Decembrie şi în cadrul unei seri speciale. În acelaşi timp am colectat jucării, haine, încălţăminte şi dulciuri pentru copii.

Proiectul va culmina cu o petrecere caritabilă Marţi 23 Decembrie 2014 în Free Wine Pub (str. Nicolae Grigorescu nr. 4) începând cu ora 19:30.

Am pregătit un recital de colinde şi cântece de Crăciun live, expoziţie de cadouri şi decoraţiuni personalizate şi o surpriza: tombola „În mâinile tale”! Premiile din cadrul tombolei sunt puse la bătaie de Asociaţia ProgressOn Youth Power, de partenerii şi de sponsorii noştrii.

Intrarea este gratuită, poţi achiziţiona acel cadou special pentru cei dragi sau poţi câştiga unul participând la tombolă! Biletele se vând la faţa locului şi extragerea se face imediat după recital.

Garantam atmosferă de sărbatori şi voie bună, vin fiert şi multe cadouri! Vom cânta și ne vom veseli şi în acelaşi timp vom strânge fonduri pentru mai multe familii sărace de pe Valea Mureşului.

Vă invităm cu drag să cântați alături de noi

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Resolution

I am not so sure about this New Year Resolution thing… a promise to self-improve yourself or to accomplish X things in the New Year. Yeah, it is good to have goals and specific things you want to do, but why set them up precisely at New Year`s?

As I mentioned before, we don`t really get the chance to start from the beginning so this “new year, new me” thing it is overrated. We can start fresh maybe, that could help, but really you start it in the 1st of January, after you partied all night with food and drinks?

new years res_not sarcasticA list saying I want to lose weight, ride the bike more, drink less, stop spending money on useless things, get earlier to bet, stop smoking, etc. it is just ridiculous to me. You all know you ain`t gonna do it (unless you really want to and you are decided already), dam sure not in the beginning of the year.

Guess I don`t like to be hypocrite and will say that this year will be a year, like others, except I`m getting older and smarter (?!) and will try my best to get on with it and actually LIVE.

No promises nor resolution, no goal as I`m not sure yet what I`m gonna do and what I really want.

Well, maybe it`s because I tend to be chaotic and one day I would be up with the spirit ready to energize and motive others, go out and conquer the world and then the other day I would just like to sit in my “dark whole” and be miserable and pity myself.

And this is a long discussion, maybe for another post. I guess I`ll get over it once I have a clear goal of what I want to do, but dam sure I didn`t had it on the 1st of January nor the other “first days” of the year.

I mean I know I can do loads of things, I know what I am capable of, I just don`t know yet where & when. I admire people that have a clear purpose for what they are doing and they are fighting for it, but I just want to do so many things and all meanwhile I live and love and laugh. Cause if you don`t create memories you create regrets, that is all left from the past.

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Oh well, have a happy new year full of health and love, as the rest will come to you when time is right!

What do you think about the whole New Year`s Resolution “fashion”?

Life is a game!?

Today it hit me!

I realized today that what we are doing day by day is actually a game!We are playing an adventure game, the one that has it all:  “the Mario”, the princess, the mushrooms, the guardians and loads of fire everywhere that you need to avoid in order to “stay alive”!

Except the fact that in Super Mario you have about 5 lives and you can start over again, in real life you have to go along and play it the best you can until the end, n one life 😛 :). You may have the chance to start fresh, but you`ll never start from the beginning.

So, we are playing in real life  just like we would be playing a game. You can take loads of situations, even the stages of life and put them in this context, you`ll see what I mean.

checkmateLife is truly a game where we try our best to win, and my point is, that like in any game, with persistence and dedication you can reach the end and be victorious.

Take Tetris for example, you beat the computer in the moment you cleared 150 line, regardless of the level you are in.  At first you`ll not make it, you will die a few times and it will beat you up. But then you get ambitious and say, hell yeah, I can do it, I`ll show him. And you go on and play so many times until you complete the final task and you win.

We do that in real life without realizing it,  it is in our blood. We try and try, and work and find solutions and come up with ideas, and keep working on it until we do it.  Cause it is just a goal, a task to overcome just like in a game (except it involves more time and effort…). 🙂

And just like in any other game, if you are willing to put enough time and effort, and if you are dedicated and have the ambition to win it, then my dears, I can assure you that nothing can stop you.

So, if you think it is easier, just consider the task you want to do like a game, with a final target to accomplish and loads of adventures and obstacles that will be there among the road to stop you from reaching the final destination.

No obstacle or task looks so scary if you see it like a game. I know, it is hard sometimes and I am talking generally, of course, but staying to think about it, it might just be an efficient trick to solving the actual obstacle / problem.

And my question here would be:  If life is an adventure game, where you have some tasks and goals to realize, how do you stay alive & keep going when you`re our of “life mushrooms”?

Live in the “now”!

I have a problem my friends: I worry!

I constantly think of what to do, how to do it, when to do it and where that I sometimes don`t even realize that the day passed without smiling, without saying nice things to someone or without actually enjoying a conversation.
I constantly worry about me, about others about any stupid thing, cause I`m such a “I want to salve the whole world” kind of person. And sometimes it exhausts me and takes the worst out of me, and it is not fair to be tired for such a stupid thing.

Worrying does not help anyone nor does solves any problem / situation. Just makes everything worse.

I am trying to teach myself being more conscious about the present, the surroundings, the  people I am talking to, the actions I am taking now and the nature that exist and makes our lives so beautiful.

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People just think of tomorrow, what is it gonna` bring and where they want to go, to be there professionally, spiritually or physically, whatever their goals for the future are.

And don`t get me wrong, it is great to have goals and to want to reach it, aim higher and grab the opportunities the future holds. But we often forget to live in the present.

Live in the “now“as it is never coming back. Look forward but hang on the “now” as now tomorrow will become yesterday. Live in the “now” as now you are acting for tomorrow. Live in the”now” because in one week you will regret the time spent without enjoying it, without noticing a smile, a leaf or a cloud, without saying hi the a new person or having a conversation with your friends. Live in the “now” because there is no point looking back, you can`t change it anyway. Live in the “now” as in the future you`ll regret these days when you didn`t do anything but blindly work for it. Live in the “now” as the older you will be so unhappy if he will not have any memories of it.

Live in the “now” as you are loved now and not tomorrow, people talk to you now and not in 2 weeks and your cat needs food now, or she won`t be here in the future. 😛 😛

And let me also remind you, in a week you`ll be one more week older than you are now!

So my new mission is to try to be more aware of the now and stop thinking about what I will do tomorrow. I`l keep you posted about it.
And my question is:

Why is it so hard being aware of the things  & moments we have, of the ones we create now, and we always think instead of the things we want to have?

How to make a new friend?

Well my dears this is the most awesome way!

I`ve always said that people don`t know how to talk to each other! And it is true, we don`t know how to start nor how to continue.We just think we shouldn`t because they are strangers, which is a good tip if you are 10. However if you are older, you should be more “responsible” and realize that without communication in this life you tend to lose a lot of the “good stuff” of it.

Even though this video is well-directed for a purpose, the truth is that in the moment you have common ground or a certain thing to talk about it is always easier to start talking to people. Once you started they can become mates, colleagues, new friends or whatever you think they can be, it doesn`t matter.

We have lost from our sight the fact that we are all in the same world, we are all together in the same society, we all have a dream or ideas and we are all struggling in one way or another.  So why not talk about it, exchange ideas and opinions, meet new and creative people who can help or just cheer you up?

It is so simple to just talk to people, just interact and you will soon see the difference. You can start in a line at the bakery, at the post office or in the elevator, however you think you can use the situation in your advantage. Just communicate and allow people to communicate with you as well. You don`t need to take them home or marry them, just talk! 😛 🙂

If it is something I always do, is talk, so just do it and if someone does not answer or doesn`t feel like talking, that`s OK, it means they are not the right people to make friends with.

🙂 So way to go SoulPancake and my question today is:

Why are we afraid of talking to new people, why do we make communication so complicated for ourselves?

Help?

I know, everyone knows this word!

We even use it more as a joke, but everyone knows what it means. Or at least, we think we know what it means…

I have noticed everyone uses this word when it comes to an emergency, a problem, and I mean a deeper or more serious problem. We have a health emergency we`re calling the ambulance, when our phone is stolen we go to the police, when we have an accident we call the rescue teams, etc.

Have you ever wondered why we don`t use this word?

Spelling Game says Help Me   HELP is more than an emergency. Help should be much more than a word we use only after we felt down and can`t get up. HELP is a word we don`t use because we are too proud, we are ignorant and for sure we think we don`t need it because we are OK, we are too vainglorious even with friends or family.

We don`t ask for help as we don`t talk to people about our problems or about what issues we have. We are living in a world where we will update our Facebook status with quotes like feeling frustrated but we refuse to call our best friend to tell him / her all about it. We live in the world where we wear the mask every single day at work, on the street and home, the world where we just want people to see how smart, nice or fit we are, but underneath?
We live in the world where EVERYONE has an opinion and a better point of view than yours, and they will surely know you down with their own arguments for their own thoughts, even if they are far from the actual facts or the actual reality of the situation. Due to that you just don`t want people to see you as a weak person, as someone who need help.

`Cause if you need help you are not strong, and if you are not strong you are definitely vulnerable,so therefore not mentally fit or work, job or relationship,  and you know, the ONLY vulnerable people are women, old people and children.

But why are we doing this to ourselves?

The word HELP does not mean you have a serious problem and you can`t find a solution for it alone.

I embraced it, I learned to actually understand it, to actually see the feeling that comes along with it, to use it without fear and preconception and to not feel guilty about it.
I understood that we need help all our lives. We ask God to help us with a wish, we ask our colleagues at work to help us with a photocopy, we ask the salesman in the supermarket to help us with finding something, we ask our sister to help us taking out the trash, we ask the people on the street to help us with a direction, we ask out dentist to help us with our pain, we ask our friends to help us baby sit or we ask a relative to help out with grandma`s cookies recipe.

We are asking for help every day, without using the actual word. Because we are afraid of it. Because it makes us weak and we don`t want to be seen like that. We want to show we are strong, and we can do it on our own, and for sure we can take it alone.

But my dears, we can`t. We just cause loneliness and pain to ourselves, for free.

You are stronger if you know what your weaknesses are, you are stronger if you have fears to overcome, you are stronger if you want to be part of a team, you are stronger if you have friends ready to ask help from, you are stronger if you know what you need to accomplish that goal, you are stronger if you are  not alone!

You nee as much help as you can get, from a friend with a comforting word when needed, from a colleague with a software you don`t know yet, from your lover with a hug, from your mother with a cooking trick, from the pizza delivery guy with an info, from the online store with your package, from the bakery with a tip, from the school with certain book or just from your kids with washing dishes. It doesn`t matter.

The thing that matters is that it is so normal to need and ask for help, however I am amazed that people actually made it so hard and difficult to ask for it.

I know I am struggling to find out who I am and why.
But one thing is for sure, I know it in my heart I am here to HELP! I feel I am here to do my best and help people, any way I can.  My reward: A simple smile, or even better a hug! Makes my day every time!

I am helping people everyday, even without noticing, even without actually obviously intending to. And still I feel like I am not doing enough, like I have to do more to help, everyone,the animals, the people, my friends, my family, my planet!

So the real question is not why we don`t accept we need to use this word, but:

When and how did you last helped out someone, without waiting for anything in return?