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As winter sets in with its frigid air, we spend more time indoors. It’s a time to connect with others who share our space—family, friends, classmates. You can take some time to think about yourself and what you’ve done in the past year.
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Information Technology– A Must Know Skill ......................7
To serve as a responsible, educational, thought-provoking, culturally relevant publication that inspires young readers to achieve their highest potential.
Living in a Journal.........................8 The Giving Tree .............................9
RIP magazine relies on an advisory board of experts, including teachers, nurses, doctors, social workers, and others to ensure that it provides accurate and reliable information to its readers.
RIP’s Featured Artist.................10 Acne: No, You Are Not Doomed..11 To Drink or Not to Drink.............12
Warm Up with Cooking...............16
Tame Your Anger........................18 The Meaning of Life...................19
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Information Technology A Must Know Skill You’re lucky—while computers and other high-tech gadgets are advancing at the speed of light, you’re young enough to make this technology your own. Older generations have a much harder time. Learn as much as you can about information technology—be it hardware, software or other applications. Doing so will be the ticket to your career of choice. No matter what you want to do, you’ll need to be able to use computers. Learning to research topics on the Internet is a necessity. It opens the door to a vast and growing body of knowledge which is literally at your ﬁngertips. Knowledge of social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, is really not so important, unless you plan on going into marketing or public relations. And, even if you plan to enter those ﬁelds, by then new social networking sites may very well have replaced the current ones. On the other hand, sites such as LinkedIn, offer you a chance to ﬁnd mentors in the career areas that interest you. In addition, Blackboard or other academic websites may be used in your school. Companies such as Kaplan provide tutoring programs you can use at home. Okay, but what if you don’t have the ﬁnancial resources to own your own computer? There are many ways to get online, as well as to learn important programs. Besides schools, computers are available in most public libraries. There are community-based groups that offer free computer and internet access. Plus, there are nonproﬁt organizations such as One Economy that can help. Check out One Economy’s website at www.one-economy.com, for starters. You must realize that if you don’t learn about computers, you will be limiting your future...both in the workplace and in your enjoyment of the world around you.
LIFE Living in a Journal By Sandra Dupont, MFT
Keeping a journal is a great way for you to explore the things that happen in your life. Your journal is a special book where you can write about almost anything...your feelings, your ideas, your dreams, what makes you happy and sad. It is a place to write about the experiences you have that seem most important to you—what makes you smile and what has hurt you. While a journal is a place for you to talk about all aspects of your life, it offers a special opportunity to solve the difﬁcult parts. It will surprise you how keeping a journal can help you understand what’s troubling you and that’s the ﬁrst step to dealing with these problems. Here’s how it works.
automatically enroll you in a FREE Online Teen Girls’ Support Group. Each week, for six months, you will receive an email reminding you to go online and answer one question. This answer will be part of your online journal.
Your Journal Helps You Learn About Yourself Writing in your journal lets you explore why a situation was unpleasant, and then think of ways to deal more effectively with similar events when they arise. It helps you realize what skills you need to practice to better deal with these situations, ways to avoid them in the future, or how to turn them around.
You have the option of letting others in the support group see your answer or keeping it private. You also get to view and comment on the other girls’ answers, if they wanted to share them. It’s a wonderful way to both support and learn from other members of the group. Questions are based on the content of my new FREE E-book: WHAT WOULD YOUR TEEN LIFE COACH SAY? A Survival Guide for Girls Entering High School. Download a FREE copy at www.losangelesteenlifecoach.com.
Create a New Way of Looking at Life Writing about the difﬁculties that you experience, or even emotional upheavals, can improve your physical and mental health. Keeping a journal lets you learn about yourself, about different perspectives, about letting go of negative feelings, allowing positive ones to take their place.
Start Your Journal Now Okay, so the girls get something extra... But journals are not just for girls. All of you, male and female, will get the same help from keeping a journal. Try it. I think you’ll ﬁnd it will become a special place for you to live and explore your life.
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Sandra Dupont is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in helping teenagers deal with the issues inherent in adolescence. She has a private practice in Beverly Hills. For more information, see her website.
By Kathleen Dixon
The Giving Tree
I was a single parent of four small children, working at a minimum-wage job. Money was always tight, but we had a roof over our heads, food on the table, clothes on our backs and, if not a lot, always enough. My kids told me that in those days they didn’t know we were poor. They just thought Mom was cheap. I’ve always been glad about that.
It was Christmas time, and although there wasn’t money for a lot of gifts, we planned to celebrate with church and family, parties and friends, drives downtown to see the Christmas lights, special dinners and decorating our home. But the big excitement for the kids was the fun of Christmas shopping at the mall. They talked and planned for weeks ahead of time, asking each other and their grandparents what they wanted for Christmas. I dreaded it. I had saved $120 for presents to be shared by all ﬁve of us. The big day arrived and we started out early. I gave each of the four kids a twenty dollar bill and reminded them to look for gifts costing about four dollars each. Then everyone scattered. We had two hours to shop; then we would meet back at the Santa’s Workshop display. Back in the car driving home, everyone was in high Christmas spirits, laughing and teasing each other with hints about what they had bought. My youngest daughter, Ginger, an eight-year-old, was unusually quiet. I noted she had only one small bag with her after her shopping spree. I could see enough through the plastic bag to tell that she had bought candy bars–ﬁfty-cent candy bars! I was angry. What could she have done with the twenty dollar bill I gave her? I wanted to yell at her, but I didn’t say anything until we got home. I called her into my bedroom and closed the door, my anger building. I asked her what she had done with the money. This is what she told me: “I was looking around, thinking of what to buy, and I stopped to read the little cards on one of the Salvation Army’s Giving Trees. One of the cards was for a little girl, four years old, and all she wanted for Christmas was a doll with clothes and a hairbrush. So I took the card off the tree and bought the doll and the hairbrush for her and took it to the Salvation Army booth. “I only had enough money left to buy candy bars for us,” Ginger continued. “But we have so much and she doesn’t have anything.” I never felt so rich as I did that day.
A Sprinkle of Magic By Murugi Thande Murugi Thande, 15, attends North Point High School, Waldorf, Md., where she studies graphic communications. Inspired by her vision of the world as an exceptional place, she strives to capture every moment that may be overlooked and to relish in every occurrence that makes up the experience of life. Model: Sandra Wanjiru
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Acne: No, You Are Not Doomed By Rhonique Harris, MD, MHA, FAAP Part one of a three-part series
What Is Acne?
Acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deep lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and the upper arms. While not a life threatening condition, acne can be upsetting and can cause you dismay. Unfortunately, when severe, acne can lead to serious and permanent scarring. Even less severe cases can lead to milder scarring. If this happens, your heath worker can help. Make an appointment.
What Causes Acne?
The causes of acne are linked to the changes that take place as young people mature from childhood to adolescence (puberty). The hormones that bring about physical maturation also cause oil glands in the skin to produce more oil. This increased production of oil can clog the pores in your skin. In addition, a bacteria that lives on the skin begins to multiply rapidly in clogged hair follicles. In the process, these bacteria produce irritating substances that can cause inﬂammation. The increased production of hormones that have the greatest effect on sebaceous glands are androgens (male hormones), present in females as well as males, but in higher amounts in males.
Who Gets Acne?
Close to 100% of teenagers have at least an occasional whitehead, blackhead or pimple, regardless of race or ethnicity.
Will I Have Acne Forever?
Acne usually starts between the ages of 10 and 13 and usually lasts for ﬁve to ten years. It normally goes away on its own, sometimes as late as the early twenties. You can ﬁnd more information on acne from the following websites: www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet/index.html and www.kidsskinhealth.org Rhonique Harris, MD, MHA, FAAP, is a board certiﬁed pediatrician. She has worked with the Children’s Health Project of D.C. for the past ten years.
To Drink or Not to Drink
The average teenager has tried alcohol by the age of 14. Studies show that nearly 80% of high school students in the United States have tried alcohol. Choosing to drink is a personal decision, but you should know how it will affect you. It is important to know that there is little difference between beer and wine, and hard liquor—having a couple of beers will affect you just as much as a martini.
What Alcohol Does
Alcohol gets absorbed into your bloodstream and goes on to affect your central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), which controls virtually all bodily functions. Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows the functioning of your central nervous system. It blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain, alters your perceptions and emotions and even obstructs your movement, vision and hearing. Having too much alcohol in your system can result in impaired motor functions (such as staggering and falling), loss of coordination, slurring of speech, and disorientation. If you drink a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time, alcohol poisoning can occur, which is extremely dangerous. Alcohol poisoning induces violent
vomiting, as the body tries to rid itself of the alcohol. More scary things can happen, including unconsciousness, difﬁculty breathing, seizures, and all-too-commonly, death.
Some Good Reasons Not to Drink
Drinking can cause you to do foolish things or say something you will regret. Since drinking lowers your inhibitions, you’re more likely to respond to sexual urges. When under the inﬂuence, you could throw caution to the wind and have unprotected sex. Girls could end up pregnant and both sexes could get a sexually transmitted disease such as HIV/AIDS. In this case, waking up with a hangover is the least of your worries. Drinking before you’re 21 is against the law. 32% of kids under 18 who are serving long-term sentences in juvenile detention centers were under the inﬂuence when they committed a crime. When you drink, accidents are much more likely to happen. Over 38% of all drowning deaths are alcohol-related. Even homicide and suicide are more likely to occur. Alcohol Intoxication is also
behind nearly 40% (that’s almost half) of all trafﬁc accidents in the United States. Do not drink and get behind the wheel: you could very well ﬁnd yourself in jail with no driver’s license. Driving drunk is VERY illegal and for good reason: you are putting yourself and everybody else on the road in danger. Habitual use of alcohol can have serious longterm health consequences such as damage to the liver, pancreas, heart, and brain. The high calorie content of certain alcoholic beverages can even make you fat. Contrary to what you may believe, alcohol is the most addictive drug in the world. Alcohol withdrawal is deadlier than all other hard drugs, including cocaine and even heroin.
Ways to Avoid Drinking
So, you’re at a party, all your friends are drinking and if you don’t drink, you won’t ﬁt in. Peer pressure is extremely enticing. But, there are some good reasons you can tell your friends to get you off the hot seat such as, “I already got in major trouble for drinking once, I can’t do it again,” or “I’ll get grounded for a month and miss....” Use your imagination, decide what you’re going to say ahead of time, say it in the mirror a couple of times. Don’t be afraid to say no.
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It’s Cold Outside: Warm Up with Cooking
It’s wintertime. It’s cold outside. It’s a good time to stay home. But, that doesn’t have to be boring. Try getting your friends and family together for a great home cooked meal. It can be really fun and you can give the ones you love a feast they won’t soon forget. Here are a few recipes.
Opener: Fresh Cranberry Salad
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Appetizer: Cream of Pumpkin Sou
This pumpkin pie-inspired soup is swe et and simple to make. It has a hint of ginger and cinnamon for added zest.
3 tablespoons margarine, softened 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 slices whole wheat bread 1 cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin purée 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 cup heavy whipping cream
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
Combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamo n. Spread butter mixture evenly over one side of each slice of bread. Place bread, buttered side up, on a baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minu tes, or until bread is crisp and topping is bubbly. Cut each slice of bread into 8 small triangles or squa res. You now have Cinnamon Croutons! Sauté onion in butter in a medium saucepan until tender. Add 1 can chicken broth. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Transfer broth mixture into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Return mixture to saucepan. Add second can of broth, pumpkin, salt, ground cinn amon, ground ginger and ground pepper. Stir well. Brin g to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simm er 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in whipping cream and heat through. Do not boil. Ladle into individual soup bow ls. Top each serving with Cinnamon Croutons.
Entrée: Almond Sausage Stufﬁn
Get ready to roast a 20-pound turkey. But before it sees the inside of the oven , stuff it with Almond Sausage Stufﬁng:
1 pound pork sausage 1 cup slivered almonds, roasted 8 cups dry bread cubes 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 2 cups thinly sliced celery 1/2 cup liquid from canned mushrooms 1 cup chopped onions 1 egg; slightly beaten 8 ounces canned sliced mushrooms Roast the almonds by placing them in an oiled skillet on the stove at medium heat ; stir frequently until golden brown. Brown sausage in a skillet, breaking it apart as it cooks. Drai n the sausage, but save the drippings in the skillet. Add the drained sausage to the bread cubes. Add the celery, onions and mushrooms to the drippings in the skillet and cook until crisp. Stir into sausage mixture, along with the almonds and poultry seas oning. Heat mushroom liquid and pour over the dressing. Add the egg and toss until mixed thoroughl y. Now, stuff your bird!
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Tame Your Anger By Sandra Dupont, MFS
Anger is an emotion that varies in intensity from irritation to rage. Anger can be caused by your thoughts as well as external events. Memories of being angry can also trigger new feelings of anger.
Anger Carries Information
Some Ways to Win
Do You Ever Feel this Way?
These ideas may sound crazy, but you will be amazed at their results. The person you had been acting angry toward will ﬁnd it hard to continue treating you badly. And others will respect you for keeping your cool.
Anger alerts you to the fact that you feel threatened in some way. You perceive the person or event that you feel angry about as hurting you. When two people are angry at each other, both feel it is not their fault, that the other person is wrong. • Life is supposed to be fair. • Everyone should always treat me well. • People who are unfair to me should be punished. • People are mean to me when it’s really not my fault. • If I’m angry at someone, it’s because the person deserves it.
Life as a Game
• You don’t have to treat others the way they treat you. • Treat people the way you want them to treat you. • Do not be mean to others just because they are mean to you.
Creating Win-Win Relationships
One way to look at life is to see it as a game. All games have rules. There are rules for succeeding in life and, if you play by the rules, you will most likely succeed. But if you ignore the rules, it will be quite difﬁcult for you to win.
We often get angry because we are in pain. Showing someone that you are hurt by what they did is a more effective way to get them to feel remorse than showing anger toward them. It is ultimately to your advantage to learn how to repair relationships with people. Derived from an anger control seminar by Izzy Kalman. For more information, see the author’s website: SandraDupontMFT.com.
The Meaning of Life The clock ticks and time moves on. Every hour you spend is one less hour you have. So spend it wisely. 1)Be Active: Exercise—any sort of physical activity will help keep you healthy, reduce depression, strengthen your mind, and even extend your life. 2)Be Open-minded: There are more than six billion people on the planet. If we could meet them all, every one of them would teach us something. Listen to what others have to say and respect their opinions.
4)Be Smart: Don’t give in to peer pressure. If you don’t feel comfortable with something, don’t take part in it. Don’t ever go against what you believe.
3)Be Courteous: Name-calling accomplishes nothing. Treat others well and you will ﬁnd that they will return it with kindness.
5)Be Positive: Life is what you make it. Be happy for what you have and strive for what you want. That’s the trick to stay positive.
The Little Things By Mary Dawson Hughes
You Can Be Whatever You Want to Be! By Donna Levine
There is inside you All of the potential To be whatever you want to be; All of the energy To do whatever you want to do. Imagine yourself as you would like to be, Doing what you want to do, And each day, take one step Towards your dream. And though, at times, it may seem too Difﬁcult to continue, Hold on to your dream. One morning you will awake to ﬁnd That you are the person you dreamed of, Doing what you wanted to do, Simply because you had the courage To believe in your potential And to hold on to your dream.
By unknown author When things go wrong as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh. When care is pressing you down a bit. Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit. Life is queer with its twists and turns As every one of us sometimes learns. And many a failure turns about When he might have won had he stuck it out: Don’t give up though the pace seems slow– You may succeed with another blow. Success is failure turned inside out– The silver tint of the clouds of doubt. And you never can tell how close you are. It may be near when it seems so far: So stick to the ﬁght when you’re hardest hit It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
It really is the little things That mean the most of all... The “let me help you with that” things That may seem very small. The “I’ll be glad to do it” things That make your cares much lighter. The “laugh with me, it’s funny” things That make your outlook brighter... The “never mind the trouble” things, The “yes, I understand.” The interest and encouragement In everything you’ve planned. It really is the little things, The friendly word or smile, That add such happiness to life And make it more worth while.
The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the ﬁrst for another day! Yet knowing how way leads to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
AMBASSADORS OF HOPE The Michael Walton Foundation and the Washington D.C. Chapter of Partners of the Americas, in cooperation with the Friendship Collegiate Academy and GEAR UP, have started a new program, The Ambassadors of Hope Youth Leadership Exchange Project V. The Ambassadors of Hope project is a student exchange between Washington, D.C. and Brasilia, Brazil. Eight junior-year students from Friendship Collegiate Academy, who are enrolled in GEAR UP, a college prep program, will be part of a cultural exchange culminating in a trip to Brazil. Eight students from the Centro Interescolar de Línguas de Sobradinho in Brasilia will be part of a comparable program. Over a 12-week period, the Friendship teens will study Portuguese and learn about Brazilian society. They will then ﬂy to Brasilia, spending ten days living with a host family where they can practice their Portuguese and gain real-life knowledge of Brazilia. They’ll also be attending leadership and educational enrichment classes. Each student will develop a presentation on either government, sports or entertainment. These talks will compare and contrast Brazilian/American aspects of the given area. During their stay in Brasilia, the U.S teenagers will visit their counterparts’ school to learn more about the Brazilian educational system. They will make their presentation at the Brazilian school. The American program will occur in April of this year, while the Brazilian will happen in October. During that period, the students will communicate by email and through Skype audio-visual conferences. The kids will get together when they’re in the same city. Ambassadors of Hope provides an opportunity for young people to broaden their horizons by learning about different countries and cultures. The D.C.Brasilia program is one of 66 partnerships between various cities in the U.S. and in Mexico, Central America and South America.
The project was designed for youth to plant seeds for the future. It gives these teens the rare opportunity to visit other countries and gain ﬁrst-hand insight into other cultures and lifestyles. Such an experience creates a platform for positive world action as these future community leaders evolve into cross-cultural pioneers. What better way to begin fermenting international understanding than to have youth around the world learn about each other--turning our young people into true ambassadors of hope? The Michael Walton Foundation provides positive outlets for youth and young adults through creative programs and services, targeting young people who otherwise would not have such opportunities.
This intercultural exchange has been transformational for past participants by opening doors to universities and successful careers. It encourages critical thinking and seeing the world in a new light.
For more information, call the foundation at (301)868-0171, email email@example.com, or visit www.michaelwaltonfoundation.org.
Wear Who You Are By Jimmy De La Cruz
One of the greatest fashion designers that ever lived, Coco Chanel, once said, “Fashion chang-
es, style is eternal.” If you look around, you’ll see the statement is basically accurate. As we mature, each of us develops our own sense of style. It’s all part of ﬁnding our own.
If you’re a fashion enthusiast like me, you follow what’s happening in the fashion industry. The spring/summer 2011 collections, shown last September in the four major fashion capitals (New York, London, Milan and Paris) showed a number of different trends: striped tops, ﬂoral prints and 70s-inspired dresses with bold, alarming colors. These trends continually change and new ones emerge. That’s what keeps fashion designers in business. Fashion changes, but your own style remains the same. The way we ﬁnd your own style varies. We are inﬂuenced by the media, the people we admire, the celebrities that we are drawn to. What we watch (movies, videos, television and cable shows), read (newspapers, magazines) and listen to (CDs, radio) all inﬂuence how we dress
and how we ultimately deﬁne our style. You may emulate your favorite pop star’s clothes or hair style, or follow the way your parents or friends dress. However, how you dress is an important part of how you are perceived. As the saying goes, “You only have one chance to make a ﬁrst impression.” When someone ﬁrst sees you, it makes an impact that can be hard to change. So, try to make your clothes, the style you embrace, reﬂect who you really are.
Jimmy De La Cruz is a fashion editor/ stylist based in Washington D.C.
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Todo Llega, Todo Pasa, Todo Cambia Por Sady J. Acosta
Así como las orugas menos atractivas en poco tiempo se convierten en mariposas de indescriptible belleza, así también cada uno de nosotros pasamos por etapas diferentes en nuestras vidas.
palpita al frenético ritmo de las noticias, mensajes, y opiniones que ﬂuyen en las populares redes sociales.
Descubriendo nuestras pasiones, aprendemos a ﬁjarnos metas y luchar por ellas. Caemos y nos levantamos, superando obstáculos, venciendo temores. Crecemos. Nos vamos trasformando en coloridas mariposas y levantamos vuelo.
En la sociedad tecnológica y de información en la cual vivimos es necesario aprender a adaptarnos cultivando actitudes positivas como: El amor a la verdad, Interés por la cultura Aﬁción por el arte Generosidad con los seres humanos.
Descubrimos entonces que no somos los de antes, que el ayer quedo atrás dando paso a nuevas ideas, a nuevos entendimientos. Comprendemos que la vida esta llena de cambios, y que el mundo también cambia vertiginosamente en medio de la actividad incesante de gente que corre cada vez mas de prisa para llegar a tiempo a las actividades cotidianas en una urbe que
Estas son fuerzas que nos llevarán a mejorar el mundo en el que vivimos. Tal vez no tengamos las posibilidades de cambiar a los demás, pero si podemos mejorarnos a nosotros mismos. ¡Actuemos, hagámoslo con ﬁrmeza, decidida y apasionadamente, con valor, con fe convencidos de que al cambiar cada uno, el mundo cambia un poco con nosotros!
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Diversidad y Tolerancia Por Sady J. Acosta
En la actualidad las sociedades son cada vez más heterogéneas y complejas. Esta nueva conformación de las sociedades trae como consecuencia que la diversidad cultural esté presente en nuestra realidad de todos los días: interactuamos y convivimos con personas de distinta raza, etnia, religión, etc. Así los que vivimos en occidente estamos aprendiendo de oriente y viceversa, como resultado de ello se van dando trasformaciones en la humanidad. Mas que nunca el mundo de hoy nos ofrece a diario las posibilidades de descubrir costumbres, tradiciones, estilos de vida diferentes a los nuestros. Las distancias geográﬁcas se acortan y llegan hasta nosotros colores, sabores, voces que nos llevan a la aventura del descubrimiento de la rica diversidad cultural. Este acercamiento a otras culturas a través de la música, la gastronomía, la moda nos permite acortar distancias, derribar los muros de la intolerancia y la xenofobia. Conocer otras culturas nos hace comprender la riqueza de la diversidad y nos ayuda a abrir nuestra mente para aceptar al “otro,” comprender que no somos únicos, que nadie es mejor ni peor que otro, que todos tienen algo positivo que aportar y que tenemos mucho que aprender de los que nos rodean. Cuando empezamos a mirar con amor al semejante sin importar que sea extranjero, con rasgos físicos diferentes, con otro estilo de vida, estamos construyendo las bases de un futuro sostenible. La tolerancia y la solidaridad son valores esenciales para la paz, la comprensión y la amistad entre los individuos y las diferentes culturas y naciones del mundo. Abramos más espacio en el corazón para que quepan más amigos y hagamos del mundo un lugar de convivencia armónica de todas las culturas. Sady J. Acosta Nació en Paraguay (Sud América). Es egresada de la Facultad de Agronomía de la Universidad Católica de Asunción, Ingeniera Agrónoma especialista en gestión y administración asociativa, es además docente y coordinadora del Centro Cultural Paraguayo de Washington DC ciudad en la que reside desde el año 2005.
El Sentido de la Vida Plan para crecer y cambiar en cinco pasos fáciles de seguir 1)Genera cambios positivos: Las acciones de cada uno de nosotros inﬂuyen en los demás. Debemos dejar huellas positivas a nuestro paso por el mundo de modo que estas sirvan de inspiración y guía a las generaciones futuras. 2)Abre tu mente: En el planeta convivimos con más de 6 billones de personas. Aprendamos de los errores y aciertos de los demás. Respetemos la opinión de nuestro semejante y aprendamos a escucharnos unos a otros. 3)Sé amable: Poner un sobrenombre o apodo a la persona que no te cae bien no te llevará a ganar ninguna batalla, al contrario podría empeorar las cosas. Respeta las opiniones e ideas de tus pares.
4)Usa tu inteligencia: No te dejes llevar por la presión de tus pares o de aquellos que dicen ser tus amigos. Si no estás de acuerdo con algo, o te sientes incomodo con lo que hacen tus “amigos”, no formes parte de ello. Nunca vayas en contra de tus principios y valores. 5)Lidera: Si vez algo que no te gusta, cámbialo. Conviértete en un líder capaz de dejar huellas positivas que sirvan de guía a otras generaciones que vendrán.
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