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Reflecting & Moving Forward

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have received undeserving publicity and harassment from some in the media. These two genuine Royals are working hard to make this world a better place. They are sincere about their charities and really want to do good for those less fortunate.

An official announcement was made on their website, sussexroyal.com, that they have chosen to transition to a working model, which means that they will be working Royals and won’t be receiving funds from the Sovereign Grant.

The Duke and Duchess are just as entitled to the Sovereign Grant as other royal members who diligently execute their duties. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have performed their duties with the utmost integrity, and for that, they should not be begrudged of their entitlement.

However, they have chosen to pursue financial independence away from the Sovereign Grant. They are, however, still a part of the Royal Family and will continue to support and pay homage to Her Majesty The Queen.


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An Eye For An Eye

Acting out of anger can lead to serious consequences. This is evident from the killing of Iranian official Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani was no saint. He was responsible for the deaths of American troops stationed abroad and the leader of a terrorist organization called Quds Force.

Soleimani had so much blood on his hands that he could never wash them clean. And yet, he seriously believed that he would go to paradise. His hatred consumed him. His dogma, an eye for an eye, never brought peace. But how can it? Peace cannot be achieved if what you do to me I’m going to sling back three times worse.

Iran and the U.S. are as different as night and day. Iranian official Qasem Soleimani exemplifies the belief of an eye for an eye, whereas the U.S. exemplifies the Judeo-Christian ethics (i.e. Jesus’ teaching of turn the other cheek). In this case, however, anger took over. Jesus’ teaching of turn the other cheek was emblazed by Satan. That is, getting caught up in the heat of the moment. Or better yet, as His Holiness the Dalai Lama would impart, “Anger is like a fisherman’s hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it.”

Anger and an eye for an eye will not lead to peace, only to destruction. A truce is needed because neither side will win. If it is peace we are after, then we can be transcended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he says, “Rresponding to a trying situation with patience and tolerance rather than reacting with anger and hatred involves active restraint, which arises from a strong, self-disciplined mind.” Hear! Hear!

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Time for Giving

Spread the Joy

Christmas is a time for giving. It’s a time to open one’s door to the needy. It’s a time to donate meals to the homeless shelter. Giving back to those less fortunate is the true spirit of Christmas.

According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, 2.5 million children are homeless in America. Women Aid International presents a horrific figure of 100 million worldwide. As a result, homeless children fall prey to abuse, exploitation, and trafficking, as well as, depression and mental illness.

As global citizens we need to ask ourselves: Why are so many children homeless? And, what needs to be done to alleviate children from being homeless? To shed light on the former, they’re homeless because of poverty, displacement, and housing shortage. Substance abuse, unemployment, and single parenting also factor in.

Poverty stems from lack of access to clean water and food because little opportunity is afforded to do anything else except to look for clean water and food. “Currently, more than 2 billion people don’t have access to clean water…, while over 800 million suffer from hunger,” according to Concern Worldwide US. Many children and their families have to walk miles and miles in search of clean water to find that it has been contaminated from the ravage of conflict.

In the United States, females raising kids on their own attribute to children homelessness.

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