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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:33 PM

A DU Challenge: Name something you really believe in. Good value, worthwhile, enhancing, etc.

I got curious when I saw the thread on Zig Zigler's death. There was an immediate "con man" theme to the postings, and I understand the concerns (though I have in all honesty known people who have benefitted from such motivational material and don't see false claims in the material, except the lack of acknowledgement that people very often can't make use of what he and his cohort have to offer).

But I can think of very few posts on DU where people tout things that actually work, or make no false claims, or that have proven to be valuable additions to your lives. I wonder if it's much harder to speak positively for fear of exposing a vulnerable spot. It's far easier to be dismissive because your heart isn't laying out there in any way. So I'm wondering. What do you all like? What makes you happy?

I'll go first:

I hesitate to call myself anything, but I truly respect the tenets of Buddhism. I don't buy reincarnation but surrender is a wonderful thing and attachment to outcomes will mess you up.

Same for AA. Sometimes the particulars get strange but the ten steps are brilliant and I use them with therapy patients often.

Sodastream has changed my life.

Weight Watchers is insanely helpful. If you do it, it works.

Yoga and tai chi are awesome ways to improve your physical awareness and ease pain.

Richard Simmons (whom I know) is exactly as he appears, a thoroughly goofy man whose fitness program works and has no strings.

Public libraries are the best social experiment in the country. Imagine, free books and movies! And people take them back!


Okay, let's see if I've generated any interest in positives. I'd love to hear what floats your collective boats.





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Reply A DU Challenge: Name something you really believe in. Good value, worthwhile, enhancing, etc. (Original post)
nolabear Nov 2012 OP
Panasonic Nov 2012 #1
HERVEPA Nov 2012 #2
Brickbat Nov 2012 #3
Illinoischick Nov 2012 #13
sadbear Nov 2012 #4
savebigbird Nov 2012 #28
sadbear Nov 2012 #37
savebigbird Nov 2012 #5
Brickbat Nov 2012 #7
Science Geek Nov 2012 #31
woo me with science Nov 2012 #39
savebigbird Nov 2012 #41
Speck Tater Nov 2012 #6
NRaleighLiberal Nov 2012 #8
LadyHawkAZ Nov 2012 #9
dipsydoodle Nov 2012 #10
muriel_volestrangler Nov 2012 #42
riderinthestorm Nov 2012 #11
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #22
riderinthestorm Nov 2012 #32
texshelters Nov 2012 #12
blueamy66 Nov 2012 #14
Systemshock212 Nov 2012 #15
kelliekat44 Nov 2012 #16
savebigbird Nov 2012 #17
nolabear Nov 2012 #18
Mutant Replicant Nov 2012 #19
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #23
RKP5637 Nov 2012 #30
kalli007 Nov 2012 #40
RepublicansRZombies Nov 2012 #20
Aerows Nov 2012 #21
nolabear Nov 2012 #25
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #24
nolabear Nov 2012 #27
NMDemDist2 Nov 2012 #26
RepublicansRZombies Nov 2012 #29
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #47
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2012 #33
taterguy Nov 2012 #34
JudyM Nov 2012 #35
leftofcool Nov 2012 #36
sibelian Nov 2012 #38
Are_grits_groceries Nov 2012 #43
marions ghost Nov 2012 #44
HiPointDem Nov 2012 #45
PATXgirl Nov 2012 #46
Coyotl Nov 2012 #48

Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:34 PM

1. Howard Dean

 

Still believe in him.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:40 PM

2. Contra Dancing

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:42 PM

3. Union, as I say in my signature line, is my religion.

We don't go to church. We go to labor rallies.

We are grateful and honor the names of those who died to give us the contracts we now benefit from.

We celebrate the high holy day of May 1 and the moveable feast of Labor Day. We talk about major strikes on their anniversaries.

Our hymns are Woody Guthrie songs.

We believe in the power of people working together to improve their conditions.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:23 PM

13. +1000000000

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:44 PM

4. I have Sodastream, too.

But I can't rightfully say it has changed my life.

The only thing I can think of is Rhapsody, but even still, it's very incomplete and I can't listen to the Beatles, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard, etc. on it.

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Response to sadbear (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:33 PM

28. Can you put V8 in a Sodastream?

Just wondering...

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Response to savebigbird (Reply #28)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:48 PM

37. Hmmm....

Carbonated vegetable juice? That would be awesome, but I've never used anything but water.

I don't know....something tells me I would probably regret it.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:44 PM

5. EDUCATION

NOTHING is possible without it. NOTHING.

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Response to savebigbird (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:49 PM

7. Yes.

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Response to savebigbird (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:38 PM

31. Acquisition of knowledge

Yes. Definitely. All kinds of knowledge. Everything from basic auto mechanics, plumbing, to chemistry and human psychology.

Nobody can ever take it away from you!

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Response to savebigbird (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:02 PM

39. Amen. Have you noticed that the word "training" is increasingly replacing the word "education"

when people talk about what young people will be doing after high school.

I have noticed that word more and more, and the word "education" less and less.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #39)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:07 PM

41. I miss kids getting a well-rounded, "old school" education.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:45 PM

6. Meditation; self-awareness; mindful living; voluntary simplicity.

 

Living simply so that others may simply live.




Oh, and chocolate.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:56 PM

8. a few things...first, the Arts. whether music, movies, dance, painting -

and it is whatever works for you (so no limiting based on any of our own perceived values) - but just diving into the beauty, depth, creativity, transporting ability of great Arts.

Making something great to eat homemade that is often just store bought, jarred, etc - home made jam, home roasting coffee, home made bread or English Muffins, or scones - whatever. Enjoying the therapy of creation (and then of course enjoying it afterward).

Getting up close and personal and deep with pets - snuggling with your dog, playing with your cats, watching them interact. The tactile joy of running your hands through the fur of your cat's belly as it snuggles up against you, feeling the purr.

Those are just a few...could name many more as well!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:59 PM

9. Music. Books.

Egalitarianism /equality, and the strides we're making toward it.

Sex. Mustn't forget that one.

The Internet, and the way it's allowed humanity to connect with each other.

DU.

Grandparenthood, which has so far been grand indeed. Here, sit next to me and I'll show you my pictures of my granddaughter. I have lots- hey wait! Where are you going?

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:02 PM

10. Marmite.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 05:24 AM

42. Seconded (nt)

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:03 PM

11. Sex, a loving pet, the library, the computer, a warm fire

A home cooked meal shared with great company.

There's a lot more but these are the ones that come to mind right away. Great thread by the way nolabear!

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:39 PM

22. Are you single?



Kidding!



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #22)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:38 PM

32. Do you like Pina Coladas? And getting caught in the rain?


"If you're not into yoga, if you have half-a-brain.
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape.
I'm the lady you've looked for, write to me, and escape."


Dammit, nope married 25 years but some days I DO allow my mind to wander....

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:06 PM

12. I believe in

science and humanity. Not all individuals (or pols or "leaders"), but humanity.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:31 PM

14. Good friends and family

 

Went to a funeral today....makes u think

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:33 PM

15. National Socialism

 

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:34 PM

16. I like the US Post Office. nt

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:49 PM

17. Good one! n/t

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:59 PM

18. I like the basic, human thread running through all of these. Keep 'em coming!

Marmite?

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:29 PM

19. Constantly questioning everything I believe in...is something I believe in. n/t

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Response to Mutant Replicant (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:40 PM

23. Great point! Welcome to DU!

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Response to Mutant Replicant (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:37 PM

30. Excellent!!! And Welcome to DU!!!

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Response to Mutant Replicant (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:02 PM

40. Or is it......???

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:36 PM

20. I love volunteer firefighters and EMTs!

 

I love Catholic Nuns who drive to DC to talk to Congress and the Nurses and Doctors who stand together to demand single payer health care. I love that group of young people that follows Congress members around with video cameras and asks them questions. I love the occupiers who stand together and make sure people are not kicked out of their homes. I love Colbert kicking the politicians and corporate media asses. I love Duers who have educated me and inspired me to speak out and often.

There are so many people on this planet doing awesome work, working for people, working for God and not money...and I believe this human spirit is growing, becoming more empowered than ever, and that after going two steps backward, this country is preparing for a huge jump forward, a renaissance in creativity and technology the world has never seen before. A time when we finally put our money, effort and intelligence into working for the good of all. It's going to be a beautiful thing....we deserve it. It's out turn.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:38 PM

21. The written word

If I couldn't read, and if I couldn't write, I would be a detriment to society. That said, considering that I do both, I probably am to some elements of it, too, but reading and writing define me even more than science ever has.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #21)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:31 PM

25. You and me both, Kiddo. Probably the single most defining factor in my life.

I didn't put it up top because it's so personal, in the sense that it's hard to believe anyone wouldn't feel the same wa, but I know that's not always the case. I have not a doubt in the world that without reading and writing I would literally be dead.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:59 PM

24. I discovered several years ago that I'm related to Zig Ziglar...

I'm learning of his passing with your post, nolabear.

I obviously never met him; seems when he left the little town in Alabama in his youth, he chose to leave that part of his life behind.

Still, it was interesting to discover that he's a distant relative. I discovered this after I began developing Wishadoo. We share a goal of, hopefully, inspiring and empowering others, but we have completely different worldviews.

Anyway, as to your question, what do I believe in?

Wow, GOOD question.

Like you, I wholeheartedly believe in and adore public libraries. I want to be cremated and tucked into a corner of a library, preferably this one. Trinity Library, Dublin.




I also don't follow any particular religious or spiritual path. With a few exceptions, I believe that people are innately good; unfortunately, we have become ruled by fear, so the better angels of our nature are often hidden -- even hidden from ourselves -- with horrific consequences.

I believe in all of the things people like Glenn Beck and Limbaugh loathe and demean:

The Common Good; the power of Empathy and Compassion; the need for more cooperation, less cut-throat competition, including more worker-owned co-ops; and that we desperately need to rebuild/revamp our institutions and our society to incorporate integrity.

For the most part, I love social media. I think the Internet is the best invention since toilet paper. Had the Internet been available when I was in school, I would have been friggin BRILLIANT!!! (I'm a frustrated librarian/research geek at heart)


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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #24)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:33 PM

27. Makes sense that Zigler would have a lot of wind at his back. And that's one amazing library.

I don't know if I'd have been brilliant had the internet been around when I was younger. It's way too gratifying. I have to tear myself away.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:32 PM

26. ahh.... AA has TWELVE steps

just saying....

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:35 PM

29. I believe in the awesome potential of One Grass Roots excellent website Wishadoo

 

and I believe enough Duers will step foward to help this family because I have seen it before, and it is this exact type of thing that gives me hope for humanity.

CAN YOU HELP A DUer(s)? Yes, you can!!!
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021893905

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Response to RepublicansRZombies (Reply #29)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:45 AM

47. Wow!

I was perusing this most awesome thread by nolabear and got all weepy when I read your reply.

Thank you for sharing the link and for keeping the OP posted.

Much, much appreciated, along with the kind words and for believing in Wishadoo.

I just posted this graphic on Facebook; will share here, too.








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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:38 PM

33. Music, cats, books, chocolate, gardens, woods, lakes, beaches,

and cookies.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:49 PM

34. Pie

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:57 PM

35. love, striving to fully self-actualize, easing others' burdens, and the Matrix Oracle. nt

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:01 PM

36. Yoga, fairies and meditation

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:52 PM

38. Courage, humility and honesty.


Whenever I've managed them, they work. Mostly I'm crap at them. Particularly humility.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 06:38 AM

43. Grits

but NEVER with sugar.

A side helping of really listening to others is a good bet.

(Is marmite made from Australian termites? It has that taste about it.)

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 06:54 AM

44. Positives

People you don't know who smile

The full moon setting in the trees, casting long shadows at 5 am

Geese honking, flying south

Sitars

People enduring long lines to vote

Butterflies at the beach

People who give you a full five minutes

Colors

A handmade scarf from a niece

Talking to the electrician who voted Obama and would vote for Hillary

Apple Butter

Uncompromising, unbought environmentalists and scientists

Brave journalists

Arts supporters

Highway samaritans

Schoolteachers

Pine needles

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That's off the top of my head...at this rate could go on for hours.... Oh yeah, and the support group for surviving these gut-wrenching times known as DU

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:01 AM

45. actual democracy, rather than oligarchy with elections of preselected candidates.

 

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:05 AM

46. Being generally kind to everyone. This is borrowed from a young girl I knew who passed away this ye.

Being kind costs you nothing and the return on investment is generally worth it.

The act of being kind to others, especially when they least deserve it, reveals more about your character than theirs.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:01 AM

48. TRUTH

No substitutes for it!

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