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Friday, February 1, 2013

On a very personal note

 

Lately I had a rather unfortunate encounter, one for which I feel sorry. In a natural birth forum I was asked to give my opinion on the legal aspect of an incomplete caesarean hospital report, signed by the doctor who performed it. I chose to break down the legal aspects of the case, from the very few info that was given on the forum at the time and tried to figure out a way to give the most concrete and fair answer that I possibly could, according to my judgement and my knowledge. A fellow legal practitioner, an active lawyer who does work in the human rights area, and which, as a fact per se, is admirable in my eyes, had a different view on the subject, a more militant one. She seemed to me overeager to give a criminal sense to the incomplete report, by making assumptions or should I say, building the scenarios, for a case we only knew too little, based on a previous case she had with an unsuccessful fatal surgery (non-perinatal from what I gathered from her words). In my eyes and mind this approach was leading to the wrong conclusions, especially knowing that there were pregnant or healing-from-a-traumatic birth mothers who were taking part in the discussion. I must admit I became overeager myself to try to bring down any impressions being made on the spot. As a legal practitioner myself, yet an non-active lawyer, I felt a duty to try to clear out the atmosphere from any “polemic” vibes, which for me were not justified by the case under question. I ended up engaging in an intense discussion with the fellow lawyer which didn’t go well at all and unfortunately monopolised the forum post. To be completely frank, and I may very well be wrong in this, it felt like the fellow lawyer was trying to fish for clients, so that was disturbing enough for me. On the other hand, I was accused for giving insufficient advice and for being careless (!!), but that was the least of my concerns. I ended up quitting the forum (with a bitter comment for which I am not proud) as I felt that what was being done was wrong for the ladies participating in the discussions and whose main concern is how to deal with unnecessary interventions in a hospital environment. I felt my mere presence in it was only exacerbating the situation and was exasperating the fellow lawyer to go on bringing up irrelevant- to the objectives of the forum- issues. I felt no good was coming out of it, so I just quit in hope that my absence would calm the atmosphere and bring about the balance, much needed at that time.

On a personal note I felt very bad. I felt bad because I even engaged in a dialogue where ego trips were prevailing, while our purpose there was to help ladies find their path to healing their perinatal issues and to becoming educated /informed. Justice has to be made, I fully agree but in my eyes fantasizing of legal battles, especially out of nowhere, is not going to do any good. Had we had a solid case of malpractice, had I known more on the full story behind the incomplete report, I wouldn’t have any reservations whatsoever to agree to the pursuit of a fair trial against the doctor involved. Yet the info was scarce. The girl with the report at hand didn’t express any bitterness on the very caesarean itself (at least to my knowledge). She was just asking if this report, with this content, was legal. I didn’t know anything else beyond that.

I do know this though, when we trust a doctor with something as precious as our birth, we are giving our consent to his/her better judgement and only if we are somehow coerced or obviously misleaded/purposefully misinformed to have to put up with a major intervention, against our will or our previous agreement with this doctor, can we talk of a possible crime in penal law terms. Otherwise there are other routes through civil and medical liability to resolve, if any, legal issues. And even then, there are a lot of aspects to be considered and we need the full picture, the full story in all its tiny details to be certain that our goal is just. This is why, I can’t stress it enough: chose your healthcare professionals CAREFULLY, make sure you trust them FULLY.

My bottom line in this is that at the time, I sensed I was advocating for the whole natural birth movement. We want our birth to be a gentle procedure. We deem to stay confident and happy for our babies’ sake. It’s a grass roots movement longing to be accepted by society and to somehow change the mentality on perinatal care, especially when it comes to hospital and medical staff. This should be a very careful process. We should guard our movement like hawks. It needs to be heard, it needs to be seen as it is. I would personally very much regret to see our movement marginalised because of over-aggressive conduct. Don’t get me wrong, we can be and have to be aggressive when our rights are manifestly not respected but we don’t need to be aggressive when nothing is at stake. As in everything, as mothers, we need to pick our battles. We need to make ourselves visible and credible to society, judges included, thus we need to be as fair as possible and as smooth as possible. Base our case on solid legal grounds. If we keep bringing non-justifiable trials to courts, it’s only going to backfire and harm our cause. Knowing that we “annoy” the system, we have to take extra careful, and wherever necessary, bold yet gentle steps. The choice of natural, non-interventionist birth is an act of activism in itself, it’s disturbing enough for the medical status quo as it is, if we seem careless in our conduct or too agitated without grounds/concrete reasons, we’re only going to be characterised as fanatics and lead to the marginalisation of our very precious movement. It’s bad enough that some women who have had caesarean section think we’re against them… and do not understand that we’re here to support them, to care for them, help them heal if they have any regrets, not to judge them or make them feel bad (quite the opposite so).  We’re here to support any woman experience what feels right for her cause this is the only way she will be a happy mom, in peace with herself and her precious baby. We’re here to bring birth and mothering back to the mother, be it pregnancy, birth, mothering etc, which society has deprived her from. As we have a responsibility as mothers towards our kids, we have a strong responsibility towards each other, as fellow mothers (and let me say at this point that the fellow lawyer is a mother herself so that should have been enough for me to rise above anything else). And as I said in the latest Birthvoice meeting “build your knowledge base, build your bond with your baby, build your confidence, build your protective fence around you two”, don’t let fear or doubt come in. Take charge and acknowledge the need for support wherever you need it .

We should keep it all in our minds: we are in this together, we’re responsible for each other, it’s only to our interest that all inside voices are heard and considered because we need to become the norm, not the exception to the rule. We need to help each other get the birth and parenting experience of our dreams. And it is possible, if no extraordinary measures need to be taken, we can do it and most importantly, we can heal ourselves and this society from grief/resentment/aggressiveness. Let us not forget, mothering is the most obvious paradigm of gentleness, of love, of caring and in this reality we’re experiencing, this paradigm must lead the way to correct the wrong-doings/ill-mentalities of the current situation, throughout the world.

Okay, I’m healing out of this too, little-by-little. I’m glad.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

I was never a “resolution” person. As much as I’ve tried before I’ve never actually kept up with my resolutions, be it New Year’s, Birthday’s or whatever.  So, I will not commit to any resolutions, not this time :)

2012 was a full year. Full of many things, mostly full of anxiety because of the country’s financial situation and the way it has affected and keeps affecting my day-to-day life. This is why I wasn’t blogging on a regular basis. It sometimes didn’t seem honest enough to blog if my mood was not up for it. And I certainly did not want to blog about concerns outside my blog’s menu.

Thankfully, 2012 was also full of my little heroes, my very own little kiddos who never seize to amaze me. As the two of them get older they become a solid team, the way they interact is far beyond any expectation that I had at the time of their birth. It’s so touching and they do seem to fill my life with “birds and flowers” whenever I’m down. So, I do thank God for that.

I do not expect much out of 2013 but I do plan to do something for it. I am not sure what yet. It does “smell” like radical changes will take place. I will not resist but I promise to make sure that these changes bring about the best possible outcomes and I will deal with it with a smile… My kids deserve that much.

Now, now, there I did make a resolution even though it was unintentional…

One thing is for sure: I will be around and I will try to post as much or as nice thoughts as I possibly can…

there there, there’s another one :)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Xmas Tie Sale

Hubby cleared his closet and found a fine collection of ties he seldom uses. I will press them so that they look brand new and unworn! They could become an excellent gift for any male friends or relatives as they are well known designer brands.

They’re all in excellent condition, 100% silk except for no 4 which is 62% wool.

1. Roberto Cavalli tie, 100% silk, 30€
2. Hermès tie, heavy silk 100%, 50€
4. Hermès tie, silk twill 100%, 50€
5. Gucci tie, 62% wool and 38% silk jacquard, 30€
6. Hugo Boss tie, striped silk 100%, 25€
7. DKNY tie, 100% silk twill, 25€

Whoever is interested may leave a comment below and I’ll get in touch through email or use the tete-a-tete contact form on my blog’s header.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas at Sunny Side

One of my all time favourite online stores is Sunny Side. Elina has put together a darling of an online shop where she has picked out everything with care and respect for the environment, fair trade and solidarity economy. She sells organic clothing for babies and kids, organic cosmetic products for kids and their parents, toxic-safe wooden toys, books and cds, cute diaper bags. She also has a collaboration with WHAMs (Work at Home Mums) which I find delightful. Her button remains as ever on my left sidebar but this is a special invitation to all to join her this weekend on her Charity Bazaar , 10% of all profit will be donated to Medecins Sans Frontiers . 

 

There will also be a fun event of building a Xmas Cookie Tree for kids of 4 years or older. I hear somewhere that the event is already fully booked but you may always call at 2109601150 the same day to check whether there are any openings (that’s what I’m counting on too)

Sunny Side has a brand new web design and new fab Xmas products. Check them out

It’ll be fun, I am certain and we will join for sure. It’s for a great cause and you may find wonderful xmas gift ideas. Mind you the bazaar also takes place ONLINE, for anyone not able to attend the Glyfada event.

Hope to see some of you there

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Parties coming up: Fancy Designer shoes for sale

Even though things get tighter every year, parties will never seize to exist especially around Xmas time in this part of the planet. We are all looking for alternative ways to put together a beautiful appearance and I’m proudly raising my hand when asked “who’s buying vintage and second-hand”. In fact, I feel quite smart when doing so and lately I’ve found a few gems.
On the other hand, I’ve got some gorgeous pairs of fancy (designer) shoes for sale, my metatarsal condition prevents me from being able to wear them any longer and so they need to go to a lady who will put them in good use! They’re all very lightly worn (most of them only once or twice) and they all fit the same feett (sizing differs among brands). They can be wonderful for photo shoot props too or a funky home/store decor too. All items ship from Greece so if anyone is interested from abroad let me know as to get a quote for shipping costs.
Sold separately for 50 euros each or all together for 230 euros . Please note that each pair costed 150-350 euros (you may check the brands and their regular prices online). All pairs come in their original shoe box.
1. Beverly Feldman beautiful black/cream suede-lace peet toes, size 37,5 almost new (only worn once or twice)
2. Cute Parallele  vintage style T-strap b/off-white pumps with extra insole metatarsal cushion,  size 37, very good condition
3. Mod 60s style leather pumps in dark brown/taupe pink, desinged by Apostolos Ioannou, size 37, excellent condition, like new (only worn once or twice)
4. Very flattering Lerre golden/silver platform sandals, size 38, worn only once, very good condition (it’s only the insole that needs a bit of glue). Can be equally worn in the summer or for a festive party during the winter.
5. Elegant Enzo Angiolini black satin sling-backs with decorative buckles, size 37, worn only once or twice.
Whoever is interested may leave me a comment below or contact me through the “tete-a-tete” contact form  on my header.
P.S. Scammers beware, I can sniff you from afar!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

International day for Children’s Rights

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lice attack!!!

Unfortunately it is this time of the year that lice attacks are common. After 3 long happy years of having my daughter in the preschool centre she eventually brought home some new friends from school… And we weren’t happy to see them!!! It was lice, eeeek, I said, by that time I didn’t even know how to recognise them on my angel’s  pretty blond hair. A cousin of ours, being a teacher herself, helped us diagnose the lice presence and gave us tips on how to get rid of them. For the time being at least.

Back in the day, when I was a school kid I would catch lice all the time. My mom had become an expert in getting it out of my scalp. Still at the time powder treatments were prescribed and I can still recall scratching my head and getting my nails all powdery… eeek, I hated that. Plus at the time this treatment would take days with no end and endless combing drama (my hair is fine and curlyish, thus rendering the combing process rather painful).

This is what I’ve learnt from this latest experience:

  • Lice are not as big and as black as they were back in my childhood years. They’ve… evolved into tiny and brown (very hard to distinguish on a blond’s head).
  • Lice do attack mothers with dyed hair (ha! and I thought I was lice-proof, silly me)
  • A single head louce reproduces by 8 each and every single day. So even if only one is left alive on the head, there goes the infestation cycle all over again!!!!
  • For some reason lice prefer girls (I suppose it has to do with the long hair? I do not know. The boys in the family have managed SO FAR to remain lice-free)
  • Live lice, when removed and crushed (between two fingernails), make a “click” sound. 
  • An over the counter remedy applied at home does not always work… unfortunately so… 3 days after the application of the lice medication on our heads, lice are still present and alive… (at least on my daughter’s head, I haven’t got down to persuade hubby to check mine and auto-check is kind of not possible).
  • A mom needs to have a stash of at least two products: the lice “killer” and the lice “preventer”. The first one is usually applied after shampooing the head and it’s application lasts for about 10′, then it needs to be rinsed off and in some cases brushing with a blow dryer should follow or it can be applied on dry hair for the same amount of time, depending on the product. The lice killer should be repeated twice or thrice with 7-day intervals in between to nail any nits hatching. The second, the preventer, is usually in the form of a lotion or spray (for longer hair) and paediatricians opt for natural sprays, so hey are not inhaled by kiddos. In general medication against lice are not usually recommended for children under 2 years of age, although some companies like Apivita or Hedrin carry products that can be used on babies over 6 mos of age.
  • Two home remedies were brought to my attention which can be used either alone or in-between medication treatments, should you think your kid’s lice have not been extinguished. 1) Lice “killer”: Go and buy the cheapest hair gel you can find. Apply a thick layer of gel on the scalp, tie in a towel or scarf, put a shower cap and go to sleep, this will suffocate the lice overnight. Pretty cool huh? 2) Lice “preventer”: dissolve 15 drops of Tea tree essential oil into 50 ml of some kind of oil carrier (preferably not olive oil, it is too thick) and every time your kid is supposed to meet other kids (e.g. every morning before school, every afternoon before a playdate) rub the mixture around the ears and all around close to the hairline which are the lice “entrances”.
  • For more information on lice please refer here
I’ll be back with more but meanwhile I hope we’ll manage to get rid of them (eeeeeek!)

Monday, October 15, 2012

What’s in a milk carton?

What is in a milk carton? The comparison is made between a cow’s milk carton and an almond milk carton. For those of you not familiar with the Greek language please let me explain:

Cow’s milk carton: 15% saturated fat, 30% calcium

Just like humans, cows need to be reproduced in order to produce milk, thus they are artificially inseminated (don’t ask me the details, I really do not want to know).

Their newborns are taken away from them 12-46 hours after birth (such cruelty if you ask me), so their milk may be available only to consumers. The cows go through a grieving period for several days (isn’t this passed up in their milk, I wonder).

The male calves end up in meat (mass) production.

The cows feces produce methane thus further contributinng to global warming (so if cow reproduction is encouraged in large numbers, the more methane there is to cause problems for global warming).

Traces of carbon dioxide: 1 lt. of cows milk=2 kgr CO2 (if CO2 could be measured in kgrs), 1 lt of gasoline= 2,35 krg CO2 (see the analogy? scary)

A lot of dairy products include bovine growth hormones (rBGH, rBST) which are linked to breast, prostate and bowel cancer.

(so there)

Almond milk carton: 0% saturated fats, 30% calcium

Almonds

Water

Sunlight

Vitamins (pure, non-artificial, absorbable ones!)

(So) which one is according to you best to buy?

My mind is made and we all, as family, should discuss and change our habits, it’s better for us, for the entire human population, for the bovine population and the environment. What more should we ask for? We should make this change for the better…

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What’s in my Mummy Library (new page in resources & reads on the left sidebar)

Throughout the last 5 years I have created a small Mommy Library. My Mommy Library is my pride and joy! A collection of true jewels of books, they’re priceless to my heart!

The large majority of the books I’ve already read. Jeez, these last 5 years have been the most studious years of my entire life where it comes to non-scholarly reads. Some of them are still laying there waiting to be read, others have been used as reference on numerous occasions. Most of them are borrowed to friends and enlighten yet another home.  Some of them a are spiritual, others are plain practical. I’ve loved each and every one of them and even the few ones not yet read have been browsed through and hugged with the same excitement when they landed in our home. Quite a few of them are true gems of books (*) that have altered my inner self and a few others have proved very useful especially as reference (~) and are the ones I kept on demand throughout my kids’ infancy and beyond. Still, everything that I’ve listed here are great books. The ones I didn’t like I haven’t bothered to include them and fortunately are not even that many.

I’m quite certain I’m missing a few here, especially the ones in Greek which I did not buy online and thus I have to note them down browsing carefully through my shelves. I’ll be updating this list often so do keep coming back by clicking on the left sidebar under Resources and Reads if you will to see what’s new.

Also I’ll be coming back with brief descriptions of the ones I loved best, so there will be updates content-wise too.

I’ve made a rough categorisation of the books. Some books could go under more than one but I tried to put them under the category that applies to the most content of each of them, according to the impression they made to me (that’s quite subjective so feel free to correct me).

This list is also to be found on your left hand side bar of this blog, under Resources and Reads. The updates shall be entered there (and not at this post). 

Enjoy

Books on Pregnancy

Spirit Babies: How to Communicate with the Child You’re Meant to Have

Conscious Conception: Elemental Journey Through the Labyrinth of Sexuality

Your Vegetarian Pregnancy: A Month-by-month Guide to Health and Nutrition (Fireside Books (Fireside)

Bump It Up: Transform Your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement

 

Books on general health and well-being

Mother Daughter Wisdom-: Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Health (~)

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: The Complete Guide to Women’s Health and Wellbeing (*)

Lose Your Mummy Tummy: Flatten Your Stomach Now Using the Groundbreaking Tupler Technique

Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

Post-Pregnancy Pilates: An Essential Guide for a Fit Body After Baby

The Truth About Vaccines: How We Are Used as Guinea Pigs Without Knowing It…

The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) (~)

The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood: Ten Ways to Get Your Family on the Right Nutritional Track (Sears Parenting Library)

The Baby Bond: The New Science Behind What’s Really Important When Caring for Your Baby (*)

Mothering the New Mother: Women’s Feelings and Needs After Childbirth a Support and Resource Guide

What Mothers Do: Especially When it Looks Like Nothing (*)

 

Books on Birth and Breastfeeding

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (*)

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (*)

Birth Reborn: What Childbirth Should Be  (*)

Birth Without Violence: New Edition  (*)

The Birthkeepers ~ Reclaiming an Ancient Tradition

Counseling the Nursing Mother (~)

Permission to Mother: Going Beyond the Standard-of-Care to Nurture Our Children (*)

 

Books on rearing babies (early years)

The Baby Book: Everything you need to know about your baby from birth to age two (*)

Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour (Early Years) (~)

Colic Solved: The Essential Guide to Infant Reflux and the Care of Your Crying, Difficult-To- Soothe Baby

The Contented Baby with Toddler Book (~)

The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Gentle ways to promote good behaviour and stop the whining, tantrums and tears (~)

The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Child’s Sleep 

The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems (By Teaching You How to Ask the Right Questions): Sleeping, feeding and behaviour – beyond the basics  (*)

The No-Cry Nap Solution: Guaranteed Gentle Ways to Solve All Your Naptime Problems

Your Baby and Child (*)

The No-Cry Sleep So Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night (Pantley) (*)

Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep (La Leche League International Book) (*)

Attachment Parenting (*)

The Baby Sleep Book: How to Help Your Baby to Sleep and Have a Restful Night

The Diaper-free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative for a Happier, Healthier Baby or Toddler

The Continuum Concept (Arkana) (*)

The Fussy Baby: How to Bring Out the Best in Your High-Need Child (Growing Family)

Growing Together: A Parent’s Guide to Baby’s First Year (Growing Family) (*)

 

Books on rearing children (in general and beyond toddlerhood)

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids (*)

Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children

Raising Boys: Why Boys are Different – and How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men

Raising Children in Love, Justice and Truth (*)

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too (How to Help Your Child)

Your Second Child

Twice Blessed: Having a Second Child

The Successful Child: What Parents Can Do to Help Kids Turn Out Well (Sears Parenting Library)

The Good Behaviour Book: How to Have a Better-Behaved Child from Birth to Age Ten

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk (How to Help Your Child) (How to Help Your Child) (*)

Beyond the Rainbow Bridge : Nurturing our children from birth to seven (*)

Creative Play for Your Toddler: Steiner Waldorf Expertise and Toy Projects for 2 – 4s

The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections

Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture

Mamarazzi: Every Mom’s Guide to Photographing Kids

 

Books on healthy family nutrition

Annabel Karmel’s New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner (~)

Annabel Karmel’s Superfoods for Babies and Children

Annabel Karmel’s Favourite Family Recipes

Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy and Happy Baby (~)

Feeding the Whole Family: Recipes for Babies, Young Children, and Their Parents: Cooking with Whole Foods

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook: Whole Foods Recipes for Personal and Planetary Health,  Second Edition (*)

Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book

 

Books on alternative education

The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child’s Classroom 

Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the inside out

Waldorf Education: Rudolf Steiner’s Ideas in Practice

You are your Child’s First Teacher: What Parents Can Do with and for Their Children from Birth to Age Six (Early Years) (~)

Free to Learn: Introducing Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education (Early Years Series)

The Waldorf Song Book

Waldorf Alphabet Book

Waldorf Education: A Family Guide

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fear

Ever since my childhood I was the easily bullied little person. I still am. I fear all the time that my life smoothness might be interrupted just because as a kid and a teenager I grew up in a steadily unpredictable environment of loud mood swings. My family was and still is a bunch of loud people, caring too much for each other and bugging too much on each other’s business. All my life I’ve been feeling that I had been holding and protecting a very fragile “egg” in my hands: the serenity of my soul. For me it’s the utmost gift to be able to maintain one’s serenity and throughout my life I’ve had people trying hard to break it, not intentionally, I am sure, just because they couldn’t see my own struggle to keep away from fuss. And the more I feared that “egg” would break, the more I would find myself into situations where others would challenge my ability to protect it.

So, fear, had almost always been there. Sometimes, more often than not, I would end up fearing my fear itself! Only a few times in my life have I actually achieved to crunch fear, and I’ve been very proud of it. And these few times I proved myself that fear isn’t all that fierce.  And it was quite ironic that this would happen at urgent and intense situations. Could it be my flight or fight instinct that brought out bravery out of me? I should hope so.

Both of my pregnancies and births had been such an occasion, where I proved myself wrong for my self-image. I wasn’t a coward, quite the opposite so. I was proud to have found the courage to stand up for myself and my baby and fight whatever status of fear society and people from my surrounding were trying to impose. And that is exactly my point: We are raised to be patient, obedient, neglecting towards our needs to meet others’ needs, the balancing power, the quiet force… Where it comes to birthing and child rearing we are bombarded with scary information and horror stories. Everybody around us tries to take over something that they eventually cannot: it is instinctive and we’re the only ones who know how to do it for our own bodies and babies.

Fear is there, all around us and unfortunately, as women of this society and time,  it is our prime duty to break it and set an example for the future generations. Of course this does not apply only to women, I’m just focusing on women to make a point about motherhood here. As generations evolve, each generation is overprotected and bullied by the previous one. The average age of taking over responsibilities, is an ever growing number and with the financial crisis all around young people are too reluctant to break free from the family womb. There are no jobs, there are not enough finances for a young person to flee from the family home, there is more and more fear.

I guess this is a rare occasion where we do need to take more action. It seems odd but this is the time to stand up and go against fear. Try to be as independent as possible from old norms, too many consumer goods, too many “needs”. We don’t need constant confirmation that our instincts are right, we do not “need” experts in areas where we’re supposed to listen to ourselves and if there are out there, they should only be there to REMIND us of what is natural, pure and only in the case of something going wrong should we allow them to take over and guide us.

All in all life challenges us, under the worst circumstances to take a stand and claim our serenity, self-confidence and determination back. That’s the good out of the bad, let’s grab the opportunity and make the change. From many personal changes, change will ultimately come to the world.  I’m hopeful.

*UPDATE*

I loved this picture I found through a friend. It is so true!!!