Life: 10 Ways to Revamp the Negativity and Pursue the Positivity

Originally posted on The Introverted Side:

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Revamp? Are we all familiar with the term?

Revamp means to refurbish or rather to improve. Pursue means to continue or to decide to finish something what you have started. You may wonder why the title was about revamping the negativity and pursue the positivity. We can call it revamping the negativity or in other terms improving the negativity. Why? I know this is quite unusual to say or to write down but honestly with all the life’s realities there is no such thing as eliminating or forgetting the negativity whether it is something traumatizing or someone unworthy of the good vibes. There is just what we call improving something out of the negativity and that is quite healthy. We revamp the negativity in order for us to pursue the positivity. We revamp the failures in order for us to achieve the success. We revamp…

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World Sickle Cell Day

Originally posted on TabHealth - Towards Better Health Initiative:

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Tomorrow June 19, is World Sickle Cell Day. I raise my voice to support this amazing group of the world citizens. They bear their pains with dignity and resilience. They need our support and understanding. They are not to be discriminated against.

According to the Sickle Cell Support Society of Nigeria, the theme of this year’s celebration is “Control of Sickle Cell Disease in Nigeria at Primary Care Level’ with sub theme

“Collaboration for the Control of Sickle Cell Disease in West Africa”

The goal is to explore ways of expanding sickle cell care into primary health care settings where majority of Nigerians live by leveraging on and using existing infrastructure and programs that have worked at that level.

Recently, I saw a movie titled ‘DazzlingMirage‘ which opened my eyes to the pains of people living with Sickle Cell. The Sickle Cell Foundation of Nigeria had…

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Shatter The Silence

Originally posted on northwest center against sexual assault:

The following poem was chosen for first place in local contest and was written by a Northwest CASA teen client. She has authorized for us to share her words with you. *Trigger Warning*

Shatter The Silence

The tight, tiny t-shirts
The short, slip on skirts,
The B bra breasts
The little black dress,
The legs of soft and smooth
The pretty face of youth,
The body that was adored
The age difference that got ignored,
The consent that was never given
The truth that was kept hidden

Just because my shirt may have shown a little cleavage,
does NOT mean you get to put you hand down there
Just because my shorts may look a little tight,
does NOT mean I want you taking them off
Just because I am young,
does NOT mean you get to take advantage of me
Just because I wasn’t saying no,
does NOT mean…

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9-Year-Old Builds Tiny Homes For Homeless Because “Everyone Deserves A Place To Live”

Originally posted on Big Red Carpet Nursing:

Getting It Done! Getting It Done!

You find inspiration where you find it. Here’s one place. Who knows what this 9-year-old will accomplish as an adult. I suspect she’s going places:

9-Year-Old Builds Tiny Homes For Homeless Because “Everyone Deserves A Place To Live”.

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Medical myths inspire fellowship and service

Originally posted on Rotary Service Connections | English:

By Dr. John Philip, Past District Governor of District 1040 and Chairman of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors

John (back row, middle) and wife Chris (back row, left) with a local family they have befriended in Ukerewe. John (back row, middle) and wife Chris (back row, left) with a local family they have befriended in Ukerewe.

In 2009, I led a team of volunteers on a trip to the island of Ukerewe, Tanzania, where I met with the Chairman of the Ukerewe Albino Society. A slogan scribbled in black ink on the wall of his simple mud hut office caught my attention: We do not melt in the sun, we do not disappear, we live and die like normal people.

Since 2009, my wife Chris and I have visited Ukerewe, Africa’s largest island, ten times with volunteer groups to support the local community, including those with albinism. The Government of Tanzania had declared Ukerewe a safe haven for people with albinism and the island’s small albino community lives…

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Changing Minds, Part 3: the Sentiment of Society

Originally posted on Fond Impertinence:

When I worked in wilderness therapy, changing minds was a regular part of the job. It was up to us, the guides, to help struggling teenagers reexamine their lives and make new choices. Sometimes that meant challenging their biases. It always meant challenging their assumptions. I valued that part of the work the most: the part where I got to see someone open their mind to a new way of looking at the world. But that was only the first step—in order for them to maintain their new habits, they had to return to an environment that would nurture their change and support them in making healthier choices. And that was something I had no control over.

Within our communities, and within our society, there is an inevitable inertia to our views. It starts, as I discussed in part one of this series, with our own entrenched ideas. Even if…

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help is not a dirty word

Originally posted on sixhipsandcounting:

I don’t know how to ask for help. Not in generic terms, but when it comes to my RA it’s something I really struggle with.

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