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Concerning expectations and opinions of other people

“Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.”
― Roy T. Bennett

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Omtrent verwachtingen en meningen van anderen

English: Video Still of Video Expectations by ...

English: Video Still of Video Expectations by Heide Hatry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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To Do with or without them

“When someone tells me “no,”
it doesn’t mean I can’t do it,
it simply means I can’t do it with them.”
― Karen E. Quinones Miller

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Met of zonder hen doen

a fancy Karen

a fancy Karen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Met of zonder hen doen

‘Als iemand me zegt’ nee ‘,
betekent het niet dat ik het niet kan doen,
het betekent gewoon dat ik het niet met hen kan doen.’
– Karen E. Quinones Miller

English version / Engelse versie > To Do with or without them

Look-zonder-look berm mei eigen foto

Met of zonder – Look-zonder-look berm mei eigen foto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure

“Remember that wherever your heart is,
there you will find your treasure.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Waar je hart is, daar zal je je schat vinden

English: Zürich (Switzerland) - The Brazilian ...

English: Zürich (Switzerland) – The Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. Polski: Paulo Coelho – brazylijski pisarz i poeta (Zürich, Szwajcaria). Português: Zurique (Suíça) – O escritor brasileiro Paulo Coelho. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Waar je hart is, daar zal je je schat vinden

‘Onthoud dat waar je hart is,
daar zal je je schat vinden.’
Paulo Coelho, De Alchemist


English version / Engelse versie > Wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure

English: Zürich (Switzerland) - The Brazilian ...

English: Zürich (Switzerland) – The Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. Polski: Paulo Coelho – brazylijski pisarz i poeta (Zürich, Szwajcaria). Português: Zurique (Suíça) – O escritor brasileiro Paulo Coelho. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Ruimte om te zijn wie je wilt zijn

”Ruimte om te zijn wie je wilt zijn, ontstaat door
overtollige ballast in al zijn vormen te verwijderen.”

Ingrid van der Locht, Uden NL

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Wat tot aanwinst en verlies

”Voorwaar, de vermindering wordt vaak tot aanwinst, de vermeerdering vaak tot verlies.”

Lao Tse


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2017 Solstice and heatwave

On 26 Mar 2017 ‘Daylight Saving Time‘ started, making it possible for us to enjoy the sun longer; people coming home from work able to sit in the garden or on a patio enjoying the evening.

The previous days we could not complain having not enough warmth and sun. This year we are really blessed with a marvellous sunshine and incredible temperatures.

While west London swelters in possibly the hottest June day for 176 years, the weather picture is looking far more unsettled for the north.

In Belgium, France, Great-Britain and the Netherlands there have been given ‘be aware’ weather warnings, and are the population required to be sparingly with water.

Today is the longest day of the year; nature’s gift of extra light. but it is also the turning point that we do have to face that the days will shorten again. Soon we shall have to face the dampness and the thunderstorms again.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning, with heavy rain expected in parts of northern England, southern Scotland and Wales until late afternoon on Thursday (June 22).

Bouts of rain, heavy and thundery at times, are expected to move in from the west to initially affect parts of northern England, with potentially 20mm or 30mm of rain falling in one or two hours.

More extensive thunderstorms may then spread South over a larger part of England and Wales overnight, leading to torrential downpours, frequent lightning and a chance of hail.

Some houses, businesses and transport routes may be affected by localised flooding, while power supplies in some areas could be temporarily disrupted due to a combination of heavy rain and frequent lightning strikes.

{UK weather: When will the heatwave end?}

UK heatwave: when will it end 

UK heatwave: Temperatures have topped 30C (86F) in the UK for a fifth consecutive day Credit: PA

Several countries of West Europe could enjoy one of the longest spells of high June temperatures for two or more decades. Though those high temperatures where also responsible for lots of transpiration, hydration and breathing problems as well as air pollution alerts in London, Brussels and other cities. Toxic air was brought to large parts of Belgium, England and Wales.

Belgium has known long periods of very warm days in 1911 (17), 1921 (15), 1938 (11), 1947 (14 + 16), 1957 (10), 1976 (17), 1997 (14), 2003 (12), 2006 (16).

Even when we now facing the days becoming shorter and some thunderstorm on Thursday it might well be that we can have more than five days over the 25° Celsius and shall be able to speak about a heatwave also for 2017.

Experts warn that anyone with lung or heart problems should avoid or reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors. Older people or those with asthma should take particular care.

All others should be careful, protecting their skin and drinking enough (water) avoiding to much direct sunshine at the high-time of the day, remembering they can have their suntan also by sitting in the shade.

We can only hope with the solstice shall not come an end to the Summer, because now is the time most people are going to have enough time to enjoy Summer, going on Summer holiday.

Therefore we wish all our readers

a happy Summer holiday.


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Scattering of peoples who delight in wars

Rabbi David Krishef understands the need for military action or war and might

“even cheer when a really bad guy is taken down.”

Lovers of God should hate war and should do everything to avoid such horrible thing. Often it are arrogance and greed that lead up to conflicts which even can result in war.

We may never forget that war inevitably leads to the death of innocent people. All over the world we can see how people not only die from the violence itself that war brings, but we also see how many die from war related problems, like famine and diseases.

Rabbi David Krishef  writes

Soldiers sent to do a job suffer death and injury. Civilian casualties are virtually certain, no matter how carefully the rules of war try to minimize them. The destruction of the infrastructure, such as rail lines, roads, water treatment facilities, and businesses, destroys the economy and takes years, even decades, to rebuild. In the meantime, people suffer and die, not because they are supporters of the evil regime but because they happened to be born in the wrong place at the wrong time. I want my elected representatives to abhor war.

File:20151030 Syrians and Iraq refugees arrive at Skala Sykamias Lesvos Greece 2.jpg

Syrian and Iraqi refugees arrive from Turkey to Skala Sykamias, Lesbos island, Greece. Spanish volunteers (life rescue team – with yellow-red clothes) from “Proactiva open arms” help the refugees

When we can live in area’s where there is no war we should be happy to be blessed in that way. But we also should feel with those in pain and in affliction of political unrest and civil war. We also should do our utmost best to avoid any serious trouble and fighting.
We ourselves should also not only recognize transgressions from others but also from ourself. To do so one has to be willing to take responsibility for the mistakes which happen every day.

Admitting one’s errors is the first step towards teshuvah (repentance) and atonement. {Psalm 51}

No matter how materially blessed we may (or may not) be, we should remember and identify with those less fortunate than ourselves. No matter what happens in the world of politics and military action the righteous person shall always see the downfall of the wicked and the world shall be struck with awe.

Let us also watch out for three things, so we will not come into the clutches of transgression

– know what is above you: (1) An eye which sees, and (2) an ear which hears, and (3) a book, in which all your actions are written down.” Pirke Avot 2:1 {Divre Harav – April, 2017}

and take at heart Psalm 37

“The humble shall inherit the earth.” (37:11)

The rabbi writes

In the short run, the kind of assertiveness that edges towards arrogance gets results, but one can get the same results from being confidently humble. An example: An arrogant person will push his way to the front of a group of people to get what he wants before someone else who has been waiting longer. A confidently humble person will recognize those who have been waiting and let them go first and insert himself into the queue in the proper order. The arrogant person cultivates resentment and fear; the humble person cultivates love and respect.


Read the rabbi his notes:

on  Psalm 37 + Psalm 51 + Psalm 52 + Psalm 68Psalm 70


Additional reading

  1. Facing daily events and exclaiming “Good grief!”
  2. Love will cure more sins than condemnation


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When love to God grows weak remember His son

Ben Topham visited Mississauga West last Sunday and one of his favourite hymns was played. He writes

Considering what has happened on the earth over the past six months – God gently nudged me. The words, the power, the humility, the suffering, the music… it is always moving.

Hymn 222

When my love to God grows weak,
When for larger faith I seek,
Then in thought I go to thee,
Garden of Gethsemane.

There I walk amid the shades
While the lingering twilight fades;
See that suffering, friendless One
Weeping, praying, there alone.

When my love for man grows weak,
When for stronger faith I seek,
Hill of Calvary! I go
To thy scenes of pain and woe.

There behold his agony
Suffered on the bitter tree;
See his anguish, see his faith,
Love triumphant still in death!

Then to life I turn again,
Learning all the worth of pain,
Learning all the might that lies
In a full self-sacrifice.





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