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Happy New Year everyone. No rx benemid   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, no rx benemid the situation in Gaza and what has been happening there, no rx benemid has impacted my perspective(s) significantly.  It has dominated much of what I have written and/or posted about here at my website. No rx benemid Gaza seems to me, no rx benemid to represent on a smaller scale a sobering representation of the tragedies happening in many places around the globe. No rx benemid

The reality in Gaza, no rx benemid at least from sources I respect and who have lived and/or traveled there and have observed for themselves, no rx benemid  has been reduced to Palestinians existing on an area of land bordered by a very large and inescapable wall, no rx benemid which is imprisoning over a million and a half individuals. No rx benemid

As one writer succinctly said, no rx benemid 'how can this be described as a "war" when Gaza is being occupied'?

Perhaps if there is any good news, no rx benemid and I believe there is, no rx benemid although it may pale in comparison to the contrary, no rx benemid 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, no rx benemid 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, no rx benemid sometimes we can spot them if we don't blink.***  

Yesterday I did. No rx benemid  

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. No rx benemid   In particular, no rx benemid 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, no rx benemid 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, no rx benemid a former Congressional Representative from Georgia, no rx benemid she has been portrayed by the corporate media as a 'controversial' figure whose political career was shortsighted and shortlived, no rx benemid 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. No rx benemid McKinney her actions recently displayed in Louisiana and more recently, no rx benemid  her boating venture to Gaza seem to defy in my eyes the portrait the media has painted of her.

Additionally, no rx benemid unlike many other leaders who (often understandably) walk away from such situations and careers by retreating into obscurity and are not heard of again, no rx benemid 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. No rx benemid McKinney to me, no rx benemid is a real leader.

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

I was reminded today of Ms. No rx benemid McKinney's bravery and "guts" by interestingly an Australian blogger named Syd Walker.

Mr. No rx benemid 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, no rx benemid take a visit 'down under' to his website at: http://sydwalker.info/blog/
This Christmas, no rx benemid for a variety of reasons, no rx benemid 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, no rx benemid the individuals on the boat to Gaza have pretty much exemplified the meaning  of "showing up". 

In 2009, no rx benemid may we all consider how we wish  to "show up" this year, no rx benemid 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.