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What If God Was One Of Us?

I few days ago I came across a post by Jackie – ‘Taking a Moment to Notice the Wounded Cicada’ – (http://Jackie2759125.newsvine.com/_news/2012/06/18/12282767-taking-a-moment-to-notice-the-wounded-cicada ), which made me think: ‘I can so relate to this…’.

I often rescue insects, worms, and spiders. Some people find this behavior of mine peculiar. One of my colleagues once made a joke – “Hey, there’s a bee drowning in the kitchen sink – go rescue it… I rushed into the kitchen… It was too late – the bee’s wings were hopelessly wet, and she didn’t even look like a bee anymore. I felt sad for her.

How many times Mother Nature made us, humans, feel small and helpless in the face of catastrophic events such as earthquakes, hurricanes or tornados?! In the midst of these uncontrollable forces, didn’t we wish and pray some Powers from Above came to our rescue and saved us against all the odds? Would not we feel grateful if some Strong and Kind Giant chose not to overlook our “little” existence, took us in his arms and brought to safety?

When I see little bugs, birds or pets that could use a miracle, I gladly jump at the opportunity to perform that little miracle for them.  To me, it’s more than just being kind – it makes me feel like I am a part of the Goodness that is always present in the world.

I am glad I am not alone feeling compassion toward other creatures neighboring with us on this beautiful Planet Earth. Obviously, it’s not just about insects – it’s about Humankind treating our fellow animal-cohabiters, as well as each other, with respect and empathy. It’s about extending our help to those who are weaker or have lost control over their destiny.

Every time we help an older person to cross the street or carry a luggage, every time we give up our seat for a pregnant woman, or even when we just grace a stranger with our smile – we bring more Goodness into the world, we make it better, we make a difference.

I mind you, there’s a little bit of God in each of us!


You Think You Know Me, But You Don’t. Writing a Blog is Rewarding!

Last week I got nominated for two awards. I hope I’d be forgiven for acknowledging both rewards in the same post. I just wanted to make sure I responded and expressed my gratitude for both nominations in a timely manner.

Tell Me About Yourself Award

I thank with all my heart http://thehyperteller.com/ for nominating me for Tell Me About Yourself Award. It makes me feel really special to know that someone cared about my blog enough to want to learn a bid more about a person behind the writings. I also am happy to use this opportunity to complement Thehyperteller on his insightful blog, which spoils its readers with clever and thought provoking posts. On the top of it, Thehyperteller possesses absolutely super fantastical sense of humor, which makes his blog especially fun to read.

Inspiring Blog Award

Thanks a million to http://tchistorygal.wordpress.com/ for nominating me to Inspiring Blog Award. I feel blessed. It is my hope that my blog will contribute to the Universal Inspiration that is so generously shared among the fellow bloggers. It’s also a great moment to let anybody interested in sharing their original photographs, original art, original articles and poems know that Tchistorygal is on the lookout for regular contributors in the above mentioned categories. She is accepting submissions through her direct email: Tchistorygal@gmail.com

I also want to give credit for all my talents and accomplishments where it belongs – I want to thank the Universe for always being there for me, and for showering me with many gifts and inspirations throughout my life.  There is no need to place link here as we are all connected to and through the Universe at all times.

The rules for receiving Awards are as follows: 1. Thank the person(s) who nominated you – (see above) 2. Share 7 things about yourself. 3. Nominate 15 other bloggers that you admire or inspire you. 4.Go leave a comment and let the people know you have nominated them.

Now I am about to share with you seven things you don’t yet know about me.

  1. I’ve been leading a double life: I am selling Real Estate by day, and writing songs by night. Some of my fellow musicians have no idea about my real estate endeavors, and most of my real estate colleagues know nothing about my lifelong love and commitment to music. Here, I’ve just outed myself.
  1. I write both music and lyrics. You may listen to the songs I’ve written at www.MySpace.com/Glasha1
  1. I once worked as a video editor.
  1. I can draw pretty distantly, though I don’t have any formal education in painting. Maybe I’ll share some of my immature works in the future posts… maybe…
  1. I like eating salty and sweet food at the same time… like chocolate cake and tomato juice.
  1. I am clumsy. I manage to bump into, trip on and get scratched by things excessively.
  1. I am more creative at night, so I often stay up till three or four in the morning. Waking up in the actual morning after only a few hours of sleep is an ongoing struggle.

Now, it is my pleasure to present My Nominees for Inspiring Blog Award:

http://jilannehoffmann.com/ This blog is led by a freelance writer and editor Jilanne Hoffmann, who is working with socially responsible organizations, and sharing their success stories. Jilanne is also writing short stories, and, I think, has a novel in the making.

http://andnowthatithinkaboutit.wordpress.com/This blog will make it impossible for you not to get involved in a in a conversation, cause your mind will literally be thinking ‘Well, now that I am thinking about it…’ The author is examining some of the common things, events, and social behaviors from different angles, which will definitely trigger your own train of thought.

http://titillatingthoughts.wordpress.com/ Prepare your brain to get tickled with humorous and thought provoking posts. Like life in general, this blog is all about having fun and looking at serious things with a courageous smile and respectful irony.

http://nprimopiano.wordpress.com/ You know how some people just have an eye for a story? The author of this blog captures and shares stories through beautiful photographs and paintings. Every image is a celebration of life!

http://augustmclaughlin.wordpress.com/ Here you will find some cool and inspiring stories from a published novelist and author of articles featured regularly by LIVESTRONG.com, EHow Foods, ULMagazine, Healthy Aging Magazine, IAmThatGirl and more. She also generously shares tips on how to nurture your writing aspirations.

http://pccadvantage.wordpress.com/ This blogger is choosing not take herself too seriously. And what an attractive quality it is to discover – both in a person, and in a blog! She is a master of making lists of humorous advices on different topics, and inspires readers to have fun.

http://food4thoughtfood4life.wordpress.com/ This blogger shares some personal stories and thoughts on interconnectedness of everything in life, and the effects that our decisions and words have on other people’s lives and their ever-changing perceptions.

http://carrierubin.com       The author of this blog is such a conceptual thinker! Her every post is filled with humorous takes on all kinds of topics and issues.

http://cocomino.wordpress.com/ At this bog you can learn some crafts, meet exotic animals, read interesting travel stories, and enjoy various photos and videos from around the world.

http://healthdemystified.wordpress.com/ I encourage you to follow this blog, because it’s dedicated to inspiring people to take responsibility for their own health. Here you will find support from like-minded folks, who not only exchange health tips and ideas in writing, but also meet each other in person through the webinars.

http://bamskitchen.com/ Get ready to be inspired to travel the world and try some new Cuisines.

http://thehealthywarrior.wordpress.com/ What makes this blog inspirational is that the author went through personal transformation herself, and now is passionately working on helping others to motivate themselves to improve their health and quality of their life.

http://russtowne.com/   This blog is filled with love and tenderness towards the author’s own family – his wife and kids. Reading it is a pure joy as it inspires love, commitment and happiness.

http://talktodiana.wordpress.com This blog is so relatable! Reading it feels like speaking with a friend. It encourages and inspires you to do your best and just enjoy the journey  to whatever destination you aiming for.

http://kimberlycsmith.wordpress.com/  Reading this blog will inspire you to enjoy simple pleasures  and wonderfully magical moments in life, such as just being able to walk, or maybe even dance in the rain, see a smile on your child’s face, share your thoughts and experiences with the world through your creativity, and just be yourself.

Good Humor Me, Classical Music – Little Nightmare Concert.

Life is made of tragicomically controversial moments. One man’s painful fall may cause a bystander to burst into an inappropriate laugh. While in stitches ridiculing the clumsiness of a stranger, the bystander himself may slip on a banana skin and fall hard… Though hurting really badly – through all the moaning – he’d start laughing even harder. Why? Because he sees the irony in what happened to him.

Seeing the funny side of life and things is a gift. The ability to help others not to take themselves too seriously, to make them lighten up and make a light out of sometimes less than perfect situations, is a talent.

Concerts of a duo of a violinist and singer Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo (http://www.igudesmanandjoo.com/biography/) are full of unexpected twists and turns, as they don’t just deliver a professional performance of musical pieces, but also offer their own theatrical interpretation of each composition. There’s a humor and story in every note and step they take on stage.

Famous ‘I Will Survive’ had never sounded so lighthearted before:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odhDJiRys6U

Most of people like to have fun and be entertained. When I feel like inviting some extra silliness into my life, I go to a Comedy Club or choose to watch a comedy movie. But Comedy and Classical Music didn’t exactly go hand in hand in my mind until I saw a performance of Alexsey and Joo.


I think, Mozart would be proud: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Psazw6xsMFs&feature=related


After rocking New York’s Carnegie Hall back in April, Aleksey and Joo are now on their way to you, so you might just see their performances in person. Check out their touring schedule.  http://www.igudesmanandjoo.com/#

Bethenny Frankel Shoved Dr. OZ

Did Bethenny Frankel go too far this time? Pushing the envelope is one thing, but pushing Dr. Oz’ TV Show the whole hour ahead, and getting his 11AM spot on FOX (http://www.bethenny.com/) takes her super powers to the whole new level! I mean, is there anything this ‘Skinny Girl’ can’t do?! You don’t have to answer – this question is a rhetorical one. I watched her “first” TV Talk Show on ’Ellen’ today, and I personally doubt it very much that it was indeed her very first time hosting a talk show – a hint – that’s why I put “first’ in quotes. My theory is – Beth had been schooled to go after her dreams at a secret college (trust me, all successful people went to that college at some point in their lives) – somewhere in another Galaxy, in the Outer Space. And that’s where Beth made Friends in Higher Places, who now support and empower her here on Earth.

And to whoever is spreading rumors about Beth’s and Jason’s divorce – get life! One of the ‘Bethenny’ show’s guests implied that black men’s penises are bigger than that of white men, and Bethenny immediately asked for proof! Beth felt comfortable making a joke like this, even though her husband was a part of the audience. My point – it takes a very special man to handle a strong and successful woman, and it takes balls to say whatever you feel like saying in front of your husband while hosting a show on the National TV.

I feel these two were custom designed for each other, and so they will… they must live happily ever after. Now that I made this statement, Bethenny, you and Jason’d better make it work!

Bethenny, Congrats on your Big TV Talk Show Debut. I loved it. Keep on rocking!

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