Now is the time to mobilize and save the world

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We only have one planet and this is it — a beautiful world which we share with countless other species.

Today marks a sad day not only for mankind, but for our planet at large. As a result of US President Donald Trump and his decision to abandon the Paris Agreement, our future is a little less certain. The sobering realization that we are now moving backwards from the progress made on climate change is compounded by the impact this unbelievably foolish and likely devastating course of action will have on the entire planet. It will not discriminate among species. It will not bypass human beings as the most intelligent living species on planet earth. …


Grow through open-minded exploration.

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As you peer through the oval airplane window, you see a new horizon looming before you. The landscape stretches off into the distance revealing some place that is excitingly unfamiliar, waiting for you to explore its unique beauty. Before we understand why it is important to travel — for our own maturation and personal growth — we must understand what it means to travel.

Modern day travel is often associated with a distant trip to some far-flung exotic corner of the planet. Yet we often forget that travel can come in many different shapes and sizes. Just as it can…


How to appreciate the simple things and find happiness.

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Every day is a gift and every gift is beautiful in its own way. Sometimes the gifts are not directly received or given from one person to another, but they are simply all around us. They wait for us to notice and appreciate them. By doing so, we give ourselves the greatest gift of all — the gift of being present and being open to the wonderful world that surrounds us.

Stop to smell the flowers, both metaphorically and literally. This means keeping your eyes and ears open, honing your senses to pick up on things that we otherwise would…


Be honest and true to yourself as much as you are with others.

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From a young age, we are taught to be honest. This is the socially accepted behavior — don’t cheat, don’t lie, tell the truth. Our upbringing revolves around being truthful with others, avoiding deception and insincerity in order to build fruitful and long-lasting relationships. Yet the most important form of honesty, which affects happiness, quality of life, and our relations with other people, is with respect to ourselves. …


Prepare for the future by using lessons from the past.

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We are often reminded that history repeats itself. This usually carries a negative connotation, implying that past events are undesirable and therefore should be prevented from arising in the future. Despite such warnings, there are many cases where the past contains invaluable lessons which, if applied wisely, can ensure that the future is a benevolent version of what happened prior.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana

Albert Einstein famously stated “I never worry about the future — it comes soon enough.” The reality is that we are curious creatures and we spend…


Unlock your full potential and seize the opportunities.

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“I will form good habits and become their slave” — Og Mandino

Do you often feel overwhelmed by everything on your plate? Does it seem that you have more things to accomplish than available time?

This is a common phenomenon. Fortunately, there are time-tested techniques you can follow to unlock personal success. These will not only help you more effectively reach your daily goals, but will also elevate your overall performance. They have been assembled from countless articles, books, and the stories of the world’s most accomplished people. The secret is to practice these with diligence and dedication. …


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Our lives will never be the same. Not tomorrow. Not the day after. Every moment brings us closer to a point of great technological saturation where a multitude of devices play an ever greater role in our daily lives. Look in any direction and you will see a plethora of screens — from your phone and television to the refrigerator and VR headset. We are now in a hyper accelerated transformation, where many of us are connected to a world of instantaneous information and data unlike anything our forefathers had imagined.

An incredible wealth of possibilities lies at your fingertips…


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Hopeless. Despair. Forgotten. Just a few words that come to mind when one first enters Soweto. Beyond the sprawling economic center of Gauteng and Johannesburg, this township sits as a reminder of the segregation and struggles that occupied decades past. Soweto began as an area designated for housing black miners in the first part of the 20th century. In the 1950s, black residents were forcibly moved to Soweto in order to clear the predominantly white neighborhoods of Johannesburg, thereby ensuring separating races and creating a drastic economic and social imbalance in the process.

Dmitry Shuster

A writer and photographer, sharing my thoughts and adventures one story at a time. www.dmitryshuster.com

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