"It’s been written that uneducated and unemployed young men are being recruited to join Boko Haram – in one aspect they have nothing to lose. But we are also seeing young people in North America recruited by ISIS who are well-educated and come from relatively well-off families. So if it’s not education or money that are driving youth to join such extreme organizations, then what is it? A dissatisfaction for sure – with the status quo, parents, inequality but I…Continue
Added by Kita Szpak on February 28, 2015 at 1:12pm — No Comments
A TED talk this week by psychologist Dr. Guy Winch has got me nodding my head. He speaks about the preoccupation we have with physical hygiene and fitness but of the lack of attention we pay to our emotional hygiene. Intense emotional wounds such as rejection and loneliness can lead to full-blown depression as well as physical symptoms of high blood pressure and cardiovascular issues, if we try to handle them ourselves. The adage “Physician Heal Thyself" should use…Continue
Added by Kita Szpak on February 21, 2015 at 2:42pm — No Comments
"Do you feel like you’re being pushed and pulled in all directions? An offer here, a freebie there…a petition to sign, a meeting to attend, a friend to oblige, an appointment to make, a bill to pay, a last email to send, a prescription to pick up, a child to drive, a laundry to do, a letter to write, a repairman to call, a relative to meet, a DVD to fix, a meal to order, a boss to call, an argument to settle, a promise to keep, a book to read, a gym class to attend,…Continue
Added by Kita Szpak on February 15, 2015 at 10:56am — No Comments
"It's Saturday and typically the day I write my Gentle Messages. Often I am on my own and the time is quiet for me to think about what I want to say. Today I have extended family staying with me, and I find myself in conversation instead of at the computer. Though habit tells me, "You should be getting that Message done," I linger and chat instead. Someone needed to talk and I was there to listen."
Added by Kita Szpak on February 7, 2015 at 9:35am — No Comments