This has been an extraordinary summer.
It has been very good, but also bad. How life normally is, in other words, but some of the experiences has been atypical for me. An example would be the interviews I had with some famous people I respect and like. It is strange to talk to people that have been on television or have on my spotify playlist. Soon I will (if I dare) talk with the media about my blog, I just have to do a couple of more interviews first. Quite nervous about it, as I don`t like being in the media, but a bit excited too.
What I wanted this post to be about, though, is thankfulness. The last year has been full of experiences and lessons to learn. I`ve read, listened, been social and worked. I have worked with many projects I believe in, and all of them have something in common: I want to make a difference in the world. I don`t know why I need too, but I know I feel guilty if I don`t try. Luckily, I`ve met a lot of people with the same dreams as me, and have been encouraged by lots of friends and collages. Off course there has also been the opposite; People angry with me for speaking up, and making a “fuss”. But I try to live with that, as there always will be those who need to criticize and find faults. Not that I don`t have faults, I have many, but I love to learn how to become the person I ultimately want to be. I`ll probably never get there, but that`s okay. I`m not perfect, and have no illusions of getting there either. Why should I? The world would be a strange place if it was “perfect”. How could we even appreciate “perfect” if we had not experienced imperfectness? I am glad I have learnt so much, and that I`m still young. I can`t wait to learn even more, and DO even more. I`m so curious about what will drift towards me, and which choices I and others will make in the future. Life is exciting, unpredictable and wonderful. I love it, and all the wonderful people in it.
Thank you, without you I would be nothing.
- This Man Took Money Meant for Hollywood Blockbuster Ads and Spent It on Disaster Relief (newsfeed.time.com)
- Walter Mitty (gimmegoodstyle.wordpress.com)
I rarely fall in love. But when I do, it`s instant and for life
Naomi Pilgrim born of Scandinavian and Barbadian decent might remind some of Lauren Hill, back in the day at least. Not just vocally, but perhaps it’s more about the attitude, cleverly written one-liners, and the feminine self confidence. A lot of music blogs are keeping an eye on Naomi Pilgrim eager to get a taste of her debut album. I know I’m thirsty for more.
There’s a Caribbean vibe and urban edginess going on here, fold in some R&B, and a splash of jazzy pop and you’ve got something devilishly delicious! The first gulps burst with some steel drum action and drops with a massive booming bass line. Add to the mix velvety, chocolate, vocal tenacity and it’s game over. This is a tune!
- Naomi Pilgrim – No Gun (bandswithoutwagons.wordpress.com)
- Naomi Pilgrim “No Gun” (heartbeatmusik.wordpress.com)
- New Music: Naomi Pilgrim – No Gun (backseatmafia.com)
One can`t smile all the time, but it sure is nice when it happens. Let`s see if this might cheer you up a bit
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In Norway we have a facebook-group called “psychologist” where we share interesting videos, articles and questions that we`d like to discuss. Two days ago someone posted a youtube-video that I actually started to watch (I don`t always have time for this) and I had to continue since I really liked it. The start was a bit tiresome, but when they start to discuss psychotherapy, I learnt so much and felt really happy afterwards. The theme revolves around questions that counselors often get in therapy: Do I need this? And what will happen here? Many also feel psychotherapy is the last resort: It proves that their “defeated”. They discuss these questions in a matter-of-fact way, and in my opinion, they do this brilliantly. I hope you`ll like it as well! Unfortunately it was impossible to embed it, so please follow the link I`ve provided to see it.
Some songs stick to my brain like superglue, and keep reactivating my neural pathways, adding new associations and perspectives to the ones already there. This month has had not only one, but several songs, that I just have to put on “repeat” on my iPhone, iPad or MacBook. I even put on some of them while I shower! One of my favorites right now, is Lorde with “tennis court”. I actually found it in the blog-world, unfortunately without saving the page it came from, and immediately fell in love with the strange rhythm, lyrics and melody. It`s a song that fits perfectly to society today, and I honor Lorde for an honest video that silently speaks volumes and delivers the message loud and clear (compared to all the booty-songs out there)
And the sound goes on:
Other people I like immediately (because of their great taste):
Tennis Court – Lorde (sweetsilentdesire.wordpress.com) To music. (everythingyourunawayfrom.wordpress.com) Album Review: Lorde- Pure Heroine (jacobsmaier.com) & Lorde – Tennis Court (ohyouareill.wordpress.com)
meet my own high-wired baby that makes the sweetest sounds:
I have written about the terror of human trafficking and sexual slavery in earlier posts, so I am pleased to introduce a new post that is based on the book Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide that I`m reading right now. A wonderful emotional outlet, since it gives hope in addition to informing the readers about one of the crisis the world struggles with today.
Sometimes books about serious issues can be so depressing and overwhelming they’re hard to get through. Sometimes they’re so steeped in religious or political opinions that the real issues get lost. Sometimes they make broad assumptions or use fuzzy logic that leave you with more questions than answers.
Half the Sky is not one of those books.
More than 100 million women are missing – Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize-winning economist
Written by a married couple- the first married couple to win a Putlizer Prize- Half the Sky takes a look at gender inequality around the world. The authors consider gender inequality the current major humanitarian issue- on par with the Holocaust and slavery from the years past.
In their book, Kristof and WuDunn show how a little support can transform the lives of women and girls all over the world. “Women are not the problem,” they write, “they are the solution”. How so? Studies have indicated that when women hold assets or gain income, that money is more likely to be spent on nutrition, medicine and housing; consequently, their families are healthier. According to Half the Sky, for every dollar a woman earns, she invests 80 cents in her family; men are more likely to spend the majority on themselves. If a woman is given access to microfinance, livestock gifts and proper vocational training, she can begin to take charge of her own life and of her family’s income. The outcome? She becomes the solution to combating gender inequality.
The global statistics on the abuse of girls are numbing. It appears that more girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the battles of the twentieth century. More girls are killed in this routine “gendercide” in any one decade than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the twentieth century. | In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world. (xvii)
Many of the stories in this book are wrenching, but keep in mind this central truth: Women aren’t the problem but the solution. The plight of girls is no more a tragedy than an opportunity.
I loved the book, and maybe you will too?
Here is a trailer showing what the book is all about:
It seems that many women (men`s also allowed) are actually raising their voices!
I love working as a psychologist when I am inspired by all of the blogs, books and good people out there.
- Neet’s Sweets: Human trafficking survivor and Entrepreneur bakes to make a difference on May 23, 2012
- Human trafficking along the Grand Strand on May 2, 2012
- Selling the Issue and Not the Person on July 26, 2011
- Half the Sky and Human Rights
- BBB Warning: Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Crews Invade South Charlotte Neighborhoods on May 24, 2011
I posted one of my favorite language sketches yesterday after I wrote with lexborgia the other day. Suddenly I found myself seeing on of the other funny videos I`ve always liked, and laughed even know (quite impressing, considering how many times I`ve seen it). In this youtube-interview, one Norwegian comedian called “Truls” interviews Matt Dillon. He has a mission before the interview, and that is to say as many strange things in the interview as possible, like “hitch in the roof” and “fraculation”. Enjoy!