a promise is a promise

IWD logo 2013

A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women

This is the theme for the March 8th, 2013, International Women’s Day activities around the world.

Although great progress has been made through the years since the 1900’s beginning of this celebration, there is still so much to be done. In some places, equitable opportunities exist for women in education, employment, access to resources and benefits, but shamefully, in other parts of our globe, women are still treated like property, abuse and violence are common, and options are excessively restricted. This needs to change.

“There is one universal truth,
applicable to all countries, cultures and communities:
violence against women is never acceptable,
never excusable, never tolerable.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Here are some websites that you can visit to begin to learn more about the history of the day, the issues facing women presently, and how you can get involved to support and encourage the women in your life… as well as value and protect all women around our world.

YOU can make a difference. Think globally and act locally…

http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/international-womens-day

What will you do to help end violence against women?

escribir tu foto-reporte del año nuevo

“Muy pocos tendrán la grandeza de cambiar la historia; pero cada uno de nosotros podemos trabajar para cambiar una pequeña porción de eventos, y en el total de todas estas acciones se escribirá la historia de esta generación.”
              Robert Francis Kennedy ( E.U. Fiscal General y asesor, 1925-1968)

El Año Nuevo es un muy buen momento para nuevas ideas. Yo ya escogí mi palabra para este 2013, pero hay otra cosa nueva que quiero probar este año. Escuché de esta idea al principio de nuestra asignación de un año, pero creo que puede aplicarse muy bien al inicio de este año nuevo tambien.

pens morguefileLa idea es tomar un tiempo y escribir un tipo de reporte de dónde estás hoy. Esto puede incluir la etapa de la vida, retos personales, emociones, proyectos, ideas, sueños o preocupaciones por tu familia, amigos o trabajo. No hay ninguna regla para esto, sólo escribe acerca de quién eres y qué estás haciendo ahora.

Después, archiva el documento (o tu nota digital)… hasta el próximo año por estas fechas. No es un plan, así que no tienes que verlo, referirte a él o editarlo en todo el año. Es un simple registro, una foto, un recuerdo. Para mí es difícil recordar qué estaba pensando y/o sintiendo hace unos días, o incluso hace unos momentos, si no lo escribo. Este reporte va a capturar y guardar la realidad de hoy.

En un año, va a ser muy interesante revisar la historia guardada. ¿Qué va a haber cambiado? ¿hubo sorpresas? ¿interrupciones? ¿progreso? ¿retos mejores de los que esperabas? ¿hubo crecimiento? ¿sanidad? ¿metas completadas? ¿o al menos algunos pasos hacia un sueño?

Se dice que por lo general se sobrevalora en gran manera lo que podemos lograr en un día… y que se subestima en gran manera lo que se puede lograr en un año.

Esto podría ser una buena y simple manera de observar lo que pasa en un año. Yo voy a escribir mi foto-reporte esta semana… ¿vas a escribir el tuyo también?

write your new year’s snapshot

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”
              Robert Francis Kennedy ( U.S. attorney general and adviser, 1925-1968)

The New Year is a great time for new ideas. I have already picked my word for this year (20162015, 20142013), but there is another new thing I want to try this year. I heard about this idea at the start of our one year assignment, but think it would apply very well to the start of this new year also.

pens morguefileThe idea is to take some time and write a sort of status report of where you are today. This could include life-stage, personal challenges, emotions, projects, ideas, dreams or concerns with family, friends, or work. There isn’t any rule to it; just write about who you are and what you are doing today.

Next, file the paper (or digital note) away… until next year at this time. It is not a plan, so you don’t need to look at it, refer to it, or edit it all year. It is simply a record. A snapshot. A memory. I have a hard time remembering what I was thinking and/or feeling just a few days – or even moments  – ago if I don’t write it down. This report will capture and save today’s reality.

In a year, it will be very interesting to review the recorded history. What will have changed? Were there surprises? Interruptions? Progress? Greater-than-expected challenges? Did growth happen? Healing? Completed goals? Accomplished dreams? Or at least steps towards the dream?

They say that we usually greatly overestimate what we can accomplish in a day… and greatly underestimate what we can accomplish in a year.

This could be a good – yet simple – way to observe what happens in a year. I’m going to write my snapshot this week… will you write yours too?

2012 in review – WordPress

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for the Maturitas Cafe blog. It’s interesting to see all that has happened in the last year!

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.