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Happy New Year everyone. Find cheap calming formula cats   Here's to another year and an opportunity for some new beginnings in our lives.   My friend and I were chatting the other night wondering how we could best "show up" this year.   There are so many things happening around us. In the past few years, find cheap calming formula cats the situation in Gaza and what has been happening there, find cheap calming formula cats has impacted my perspective(s) significantly.  It has dominated much of what I have written and/or posted about here at my website. Find cheap calming formula cats Gaza seems to me, find cheap calming formula cats to represent on a smaller scale a sobering representation of the tragedies happening in many places around the globe. Find cheap calming formula cats

The reality in Gaza, find cheap calming formula cats at least from sources I respect and who have lived and/or traveled there and have observed for themselves, find cheap calming formula cats  has been reduced to Palestinians existing on an area of land bordered by a very large and inescapable wall, find cheap calming formula cats which is imprisoning over a million and a half individuals. Find cheap calming formula cats

As one writer succinctly said, find cheap calming formula cats 'how can this be described as a "war" when Gaza is being occupied'?

Perhaps if there is any good news, find cheap calming formula cats and I believe there is, find cheap calming formula cats although it may pale in comparison to the contrary, find cheap calming formula cats is many of us have been coming out of the fog and seeing the bigger picture.

The picture being we are all connected and what affects one group will eventually affect us all.

In watching things unfold in Gaza I am reminded of a question that I've wondered: what are the qualities of a real leader? 

Are the actions or lack thereof, find cheap calming formula cats of those in Washington or our own cities and communities considered qualities which constitute legitimate leadership?

While it seems our media sources fail to allow access or ability to adequately recognize who the "real leaders" even are, find cheap calming formula cats sometimes we can spot them if we don't blink.***  

Yesterday I did. Find cheap calming formula cats  

Did you?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgddT_i9260&eurl On CNN I witnessed a number of real leaders on the boat trying to reach Gaza. Find cheap calming formula cats   In particular, find cheap calming formula cats I saw a woman named Cynthia McKinney standing on the broken boat which was headed to Gaza.  She and a number of other real leaders were sailing to the region equipped with food, find cheap calming formula cats medical supplies and aid  before their vessel was rammed three times by an Israel Navy ship.  http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45335000/jpg/_45335193_boat_damage.jpg

For those who have not heard or read about Cynthia McKinney, find cheap calming formula cats a former Congressional Representative from Georgia, find cheap calming formula cats she has been portrayed by the corporate media as a 'controversial' figure whose political career was shortsighted and shortlived, find cheap calming formula cats due to essentially rocking the proverbial boat in her willingness to confront difficult questions which apparently were not supposed to be asked in Washington.

Whatever perception one may have or have had of Ms. Find cheap calming formula cats McKinney her actions recently displayed in Louisiana and more recently, find cheap calming formula cats  her boating venture to Gaza seem to defy in my eyes the portrait the media has painted of her.

Additionally, find cheap calming formula cats unlike many other leaders who (often understandably) walk away from such situations and careers by retreating into obscurity and are not heard of again, find cheap calming formula cats Ms McKinney has continued to work to help others like the victims and Katrina and the victims in Palestine who have no voices other than those of us who will speak for them.     Ms. Find cheap calming formula cats McKinney to me, find cheap calming formula cats is a real leader.

She is the kind of person I want to be when I grow up.

I was reminded today of Ms. Find cheap calming formula cats McKinney's bravery and "guts" by interestingly an Australian blogger named Syd Walker.

Mr. Find cheap calming formula cats Walker's humerous and insightful pieces are inspiring. 

His latest entry on to Cynthia McKinney prompted me to write today.    When you have a chance, find cheap calming formula cats take a visit 'down under' to his website at: http://sydwalker.info/blog/
This Christmas, find cheap calming formula cats for a variety of reasons, find cheap calming formula cats I've been reminded of what is really important in life.

The past number of years I've been a sort of Scrooge when the month of December has returned and in stead of seeing it as a time to appreciate and give (which could be seen as being a year round ritual*).  For me, find cheap calming formula cats the individuals on the boat to Gaza have pretty much exemplified the meaning  of "showing up". 

In 2009, find cheap calming formula cats may we all consider how we wish  to "show up" this year, find cheap calming formula cats and may we appreciate the opportunities to learn from each other and to give back in ways which enrich both our lives and those around us.