Too True, Too Often
By Anonymous

19028_10156172295397355_7805458022458328222_n.jpgToo often we don’t realize
What we have until it is gone
Too often we wait too late to say
“I’m sorry – I was wrong.”

Sometimes it seems we hurt the ones
We hold dearest to our hearts
And we allow foolish things
To tear our lives apart.

Far too many times we let
Unimportant things into our minds
And then it’s usually too late
To see what made us blind.

So be sure that you let people know
How much they mean to you
Take that time to say the words
Before your time is through.

Be sure that you appreciate
Everything you’ve got
And be thankful for the little things
in life that mean a lot.



How Unique Are You Really?

11053175_1149084715108868_4435108004017552260_nThink what a remarkable, unduplicatable, and miraculous thing it is to be you! Of all the people who have come and gone on the earth, since the beginning of time, not ONE of them is like YOU!

No one who has ever lived or is to come has had your combination of abilities, talents, appearance, friends, acquaintances, burdens, sorrows and opportunities.

No one’s hair grows exactly the way yours does. No one’s finger prints are like yours. No one has the same combination of secret inside jokes and family expressions that you know.

The few people who laugh at all the same things you do, don’t sneeze the way you do. No one prays about exactly the same concerns as you do. No one is loved by the same combination of people that love you – NO ONE!

No one before, no one to come. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE!

Enjoy that uniqueness. You do not have to pretend in order to seem more like someone else. You weren’t meant to be like someone else. You do not have to lie to conceal the parts of you that are not like what you see in anyone else.

You were meant to be different. Nowhere ever in all of history will the same things be going on in anyone’s mind, soul and spirit as are going on in yours right now.

12717176_1271677389516266_3185442817146735946_nIf you did not exist, there would be a hole in creation, a gap in history, something missing from the plan for humankind.

Treasure your uniqueness. It is a gift given only to you. Enjoy it and share it!

No one can reach out to others in the same way that you can. No one can speak your words. No one can convey your meanings. No one can comfort with your kind of comfort. No one can bring your kind of understanding to another person.

No one can be cheerful and lighthearted and joyous in your way. No one can smile your smile. No one else can bring the whole unique impact of you to another human being.

Share your uniqueness. Let it be free to flow out among your family and friends and people you meet in the rush and clutter of living wherever you are. That gift of yourself was given you to enjoy and share. Give yourself away!

See it! Receive it! Let it tickle you! Let it inform you and nudge you and inspire you!

11393126_1129785007038839_5552374927587643387_nYOU ARE UNIQUE!


By Anonymous

dscf5967-2I’ve heard it said don’t go to bed
while hanging on to sorrow,
you may not have the chance to laugh
with those you love tomorrow.

You may not mean the words you speak
when anger takes its toll,
you may regret your actions
once you’ve lost your self-control.

When you’ve lost your temper
and you’ve said some hurtful things,
think about the heartache
that your actions sometimes bring.

You’ll never get those moments back,
such precious time to waste,
and all because of things you said
in anger and in haste.

So if you really love someone
and your pride has settled in,
you may not ever have the chance
to say to them again….

“I love you and I miss you,
and although we don’t agree,
I’ll try to see your point of view,
please do the same for me.”


The Friend Who Just Stands By
By Anonymous

me-n-shantelWhen troubles come your soul to try,
You love the friend who just stands by.
Perhaps there’s nothing they can do,
The thing is strictly up to you.

For there are troubles all your own,
And paths the soul must tread alone.
Times when love can’t smooth the road,
Nor friendship lift the heavy load.

But just to feel you have a friend,
Who will stand by until the end.
Whose sympathy through all endures,
Whose warm handclasp is always yours.

It helps somehow to pull you through,
Although there’s nothing they can do.
And so with fervent heart we cry,
God Bless the friend who just stands by.



Israelmore Ayivor

Sow the seeds of hard work and you will reap the fruits of success. Find something to do, do it with all your concentration. You will excel.

Show the world you are not here to just pass through. Leave great footprints wherever you pass and be remembered for the change you initiated.

Flow wherever you go. You can’t be limited. Dare to rise above all limitations and become better than you were. Strive to arrive at the top.

Glow wherever you go and let the light of God reflect in the world around you. You carry the light of God and wherever you pass, darkness must flee.

Grow your talents and skills through a consistent practice and progressive learning. Learn to relearn and unlearn. Raise the bar for yourself always.

Blow out all negative attitudes and live true to your dreams. Talks less and act more. Be confident and see yourself wining even before the victory comes.

Know God and let Him be known. You were saved by grace for greater works apportioned for you even before you were born. Share the good news.

I am proud of you because greater things that eyes have not seen yet, the Lord will do through you.”


I’ll Be Here

I’ll Be Here
By Anonymous
13680166_10157205769957355_3038129132132694644_oI cannot ease your aching heart,
Nor take your pain away;
But let me stay and take your hand
And walk with you today.

I’ll listen when you need to talk,
I’ll wipe away your tears;
I’ll share your worries when they come,
I’ll help you face your fears.

I’m here and I will stand by you,
On each hill you have to climb;
So take my hand, let’s face the world…
And live just one day at a time.

You’re not alone, for I’m still here,
I’ll go that extra mile;
And when your grief is easier,
I’ll help you learn to smile!

[dedicated to someone special]

How Do You think

How Do You think

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t!
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It’s almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost;
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind!

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself
Before you’ll ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the person who thinks he can!

Land for Life Youth Social Media Activist Challenge: “Are You the ONE?”

Application Guidance Notes
About the Challenge
The UNCCD recognizes that, to achieve 2030 SDG 15, we will need the young people to be aware of the importance and benefits of conserving and restoring land resources; and thus take actions to support sustainable land management (SLM) and related activities. The Land for Life Youth Social Media Activists Challenge: “Are you the ONE?” campaign aims to further promote awareness of young people about land and environmental issues and engage them in SLM related activities through direct and indirect involvement via social media.

Objectives of the Challenge:
To recognize active, passionate and dedicated young people who are currently active in conserving natural resources and promoting such actions to their peers and local communities via social media. The challenge provides big opportunity for individual and community projects to get access to valuable networks and gain recognition from a worldwide audience. Winners’ initiatives, success stories, experience and /or challenges encountered, ideas or solutions will be communicated through UNCCD’s various communication channels such as social media platforms and website.

 Open to young people who are aged between 16 to 40 years old, and belong to the group of young people who will play a decisive role in shaping the future
 Young people who are passionate, dedicated and actively working to promote environmental justice; sustainable land management; natural resource management; and/or land conservation via different social channels.
 Bloggers, YouTubers, journalists, young leaders, teachers, students, artists, celebrities, or young people who are active in social movements, community organizations, and are currently active promoting environmental issues
 Young people or young activists who have been directly contributing to sustainable land
management or environmental initiative and has inspired others to do the same through social media platforms

Important Information
 Deadline for submission: 31 October 2016 (UTC+1)
 Selected nominees / applicants open for public voting: 14 – 27 November 2016
 Selection of 5 finalists by the UNCCD secretariat: 28 November – 10 December 2016
 Announcement of Top 3 Winners: 15 December 2016

Submission must include:
 Filled application form in English and email to
 Record of stories or work that demonstrate innovative and significant contribution to promote and raise awareness about environmental issues through social media.
 The working content (in blogs/ website/ social media content) could be in one of the UN
languages i.e. French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic and English. Please provide
professional translation in English, if the working content is NOT in English.
 Links to social media platform(s) where the stories or work were uploaded
 Record of number of followers of your social media channels and briefly describe how you
target your audience
 Video clips and/or photographs of your stories or work
 Two recommendation letters showing a positive feedback on the work. This is optional.

Judging Assessment
1. Innovation
 Is the initiative unique?
 Does the activist’s work demonstrate an eloquent communication style with an original, unique ‘voice’?
 Does the activist demonstrate creative and fresh thinking in outreaching audience using social media platform?
2. Inspiration
 Shows leadership and inspires other youth to actively engage in conserving natural resources
 Track record of engaging with environmental issues through environmental reporting on social media platforms
 Track record of active participation in environmental volunteering activities
3. Impact
 Is there any significantly increasing awareness on environmental related activities in particular sustainable management of land resources in the local community, and /or country?
 Is there a significant measurable outreach to public especially youths
 Has the work been widely quoted, cited or discussed on other media / publication platforms?
 Does the work have the potential to mobilize real and meaningful improvements in the
environmental situation, e.g. by influencing changes in public policy or business practices?

Selection of Nominees, Public Voting and Scoring Process
 Nominees are determined by the UNCCD Secretariat based on their work in promoting
environmental related issues and work on social media from 1 January 2015 – 31 October 2016.
 Selected nominees will be announced at the beginning of the voting period (14 November 2016)
 Public voting for the selected nominees will open on 14 November 2016 and close on – 27 November 2016 11:59 PM UTC.
 Selected nominees can campaign and encourage friends and followers to vote for them to become finalists.
 Each followers of the selected nominees can vote only once by clicking “Vote” on the provided website. Nominees can share their vote on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Weibo through the UNCCD social media.
 During this period, selected nominees can also encourage friends and followers to like and share UNCCD’s social media posts via their social media. High shares of UNCCD’s post will be
accounted for their social media work.
 Once voting has closed, the numbers of public vote count on the nominees will be taken into account as part of the final decision of the winners’ selection.
 The Secretariat uses several algorithms to automatically disqualify voting activity that appears to be intended to game the system or come from suspicious accounts. Suspicious accounts include ones that use bots, scripts, issue repetitive automatic votes, appear to have been created specifically for the challenge voting, or exhibit other behavior that violates the spirit of the challenge.
 We also reserve the right to disqualify voters or nominees that do any of the following: violate trademarks, infringe copyrights, impersonate others, invade privacy, make threats of violence, promote illegal activities, pornography, or hate speech, spam others, use bots, scripts or other automated means for voting, engage in abusive behavior, promise payment in exchange for votes, or otherwise violate the friendly spirit of the challenge.
 The UNCCD secretariat and its co-organizer Future Forest will decide the top three winners.
Terms and Conditions:
1. “Environmental issues” includes, but is not strictly limited to: water, climate change, biodiversity, energy, land degradation, air quality, ozone depletion, depletion of marine, forest or mineral resources, waste management, green living, environmental policy, green manufacturing, corporate environmental responsibility, green investments, ethical banking, environmental insurance, green consumerism, greening service industries (e.g. F&B, hospitality, tourism), Green IT, environmental marketing, environmental design and innovation, and green jobs and employment.
2. There are no application fees for the Land for Life Youth Social Media Activists Challenge.
3. Applicants can submit their application as long as they meet the relevant criteria.
4. A high standard of working English is a requirement for all applicants and the application form should be filled out in English. If the original article is in another language, a certified English translation is required.
5. The applicant warrants that he/she is the sole owner of all intellectual property rights (including copyright) to the photograph and the intellectual property rights have not been licensed or assigned to any other person.
6. The applicant grants to the UNCCD Secretariat a non-exclusive, royalty-free and transferable right to use (including the right to reproduce, edit or distribute) all photographs and stories submitted to be distributed to partners and clients, and for the UNCCD’s publicity of awareness raising activities. The applicant will be acknowledged accordingly when their photograph or story is used.
7. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All supporting documents, where applicable, must be submitted with the application form.
8. The judges’ decision is final, and no further correspondence on their decision will be entertained.
9. The UNCCD Secretariat reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time, at its sole discretion, without prior notice.




6 Ways to Make Getting Up Early Work for You

6 Ways to Make Getting Up Early Work for You

To accomplish a big goal, such as launching a new business, writing a novel or starting an exercise regime, productivity experts will often suggest getting up early. You can get a lot done in a quiet house with no distractions or interruptions. While this is sound advice, it’s easier said than done.

“You might think getting up earlier is just a matter of discipline, but it actually takes much more than that,” says Julie Morgenstern, time management expert and author of Never Check Email in the Morning (Touchstone; 2005). “The truth is, your entire ecosystem has been built around sleeping later.”

When you try to change your morning routine, several obstacles will stand in your way. It’s possible to overcome them, however; the key is to start the night before. Morgenstern offers six strategies to make getting up early work for you:

1. Change your mindset. Many people fight going to sleep because they want to get more done – they have separation anxiety from the day. But Morgenstern teaches her clients to think differently.

“Consider sleep the beginning of the next day,” she says, adding that this mind shift can change the way you look at sleep and make it exciting. “Sleep becomes an active element; you’re charging up your battery.”

2. Adjust your bedtime. Many of us are already sleep deprived, and stealing another hour of sleep will just set you up for failure. The only way to be successful is to go to bed earlier. Determine how many hours of sleep your body requires and count backwards from there.

“Getting up earlier requires a fundamental shift in your neuro-pathways,” she says. “While the change makes total sense to you the day before, actually doing it the next morning is hard work and requires you to break a lot of patterns.”

3. Adjust other nighttime activities. You’ll also have to adjust the time you eat dinner as well as after-dinner decompression activities, such as reading, says Morgenstern.

“You’re not being realistic if you say you’ll get up early but then don’t build everything else into your day” accordingly, she says. Also, eat dinner no less than two to three hours before bed, which is optimal for being able to fall asleep and sleep well.

4. Prepare for your morning activity. Sometimes what keeps us in bed isn’t fatigue, but the fact the morning task we’ve planned is overwhelming. To make these activities less daunting, prep the night before and organize your equipment. Set out your gym clothes, yoga mat or running shoes, if you’re planning to exercise. If you’re going to be on your computer, tidy your home office, and preprogram your coffee maker.

“Starting something new can feel complicated,” says Morgenstern. “Take the time to prepare and you’ll increase your chances for success.”

5. Turn off electronics. At least 90 minutes before bed pull the plug on electronic activities, such as watching television, checking email or social media or reading on an e-reader.

“Science says it’s a source of energy and over-stimulates us,” she says. “It’s like drinking a Red Bull before bed – there’s no way you’ll fall asleep.”

She suggests replacing it with something relaxing, such as listening to music, drawing, or prepping meals for next day.

6. Create a pre-bedtime routine. Give yourself peace of mind and time to unwind by creating a calming pre-bedtime routine. For example, make a ritual of checking the windows and locks. Dim the lights and stretch. Or take a leisurely walk.

“This routine will help you fall asleep quickly and easily,” she says. “It will also significantly increase your chances of getting up in morning.”


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