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Empowerment

In boats, memories, photography, thoughts on February 10, 2011 at 3:52 am

at rest

even at rest we should be prepared to tackle what scares us most


If we realize our true potential we shall be empowered to become the person we believe we can be in our dreams…. Self confidence is tough sometimes but to be strong is a value that can be built on a daily basis while overcoming your past. You have the power to create positive change and it starts in you, then you can give it to the world around you for sharing is caring.

~Alan

When it comes to finding an empowerment definition, there seems to be quite a bit of controversy about how to define it.
According to thefreedictionary.com., empowerment came to be known as “to invest with authority, authorize” at some point in the mid-1600′s.
I find that my idea of an empowerment definition is one that leans more toward personal growth and development. To me, the definition of empowerment starts with a thought process where you first of all feel very secure in yourself.

You feel as if you have a sense of “power” over your life. A feeling that you aren’t at the mercy of events, but instead can have an impact on what happens to or around you.
“Power” can be a dangerous word. Often, people think of power as the ability to rule over others or to make others do as you want.This isn’t the way in which I mean to represent it.
Empowerment Definition With a Spiritual Outlook
I like to think in terms of a spiritual aspect as we discuss the definition of empowerment. You’ll find that you lose any wanting of control over people when you look at your life from a spiritual perspective.
You begin to understand the futility in focusing your energy outside of yourself to where you’re trying to effect change on that which you can’t.
Empowerment is a kind of personal power. A feeling that no matter what others do, you feel secure with who you are. It doesn’t matter what life may throw your way, you know that you can handle adversity and come out the other end a better person; or at least more knowledgable for next time.
Others See Your Integrity
The great thing that happens when you live by this definition of empowerment is that even though you’re not trying to control or effect the actions of others, you do anyway. Other people pick up on your self confidence and look to you for leadership.
What’s happening here is that others realize that you can be trusted and are a person of integrity. Because of this, they want to be close to you. Therefore, if you live by this spiritual type of empowerment definition, in a sense you actually do control your environment by focusing on personal power.
“Don’t let the negativity given to you by the world disempower you. Instead give to yourself that which empowers you.”
– Les Brown

bipolar and the famous people who live with it…

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2011 at 7:35 am

Buzz Aldrin, astronaut
Lionel Aldridge
Hans Christian Andersen, writer
Ned Beatty, actor
Robert Boorstin, writer, assistant to Pres. Clinton,

Arthur Benson, writer
E F Benson, writer
William Blake (1757-1827), poet
Ralph Blakelock, artist
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), general
Tadeusz Borowski
Art Buchwald, writer, humorist
Tim Burton, artist, movie director
Robert Campeau, financier (Canada)
Drew Carey, actor
Jim Carrey, actor
Dick Cavett, writer, media personality
C.E. Chaffin, writer, poet
Agatha Christie, mystery writer
Winston Churchill, 1874-1965- British Prm Mnstr
John Clare, poet
Rosemary Clooney, singer
Garnet Coleman, legislator (Texas)
Francis Ford Coppola, director
Patricia Cornwell, writer

Richard Dadd
John Daly, athlete (golf)
John Davidson, poet
Edward Dayes, artist
Ray Davies, musician
Emily Dickinson
Kitty Dukakis, former First Lady of Massachusetts
Patty Duke (Anna Duke Pearce), actor, writer
Thomas Eagleton, lawyer, former U.S. Senator
T S Eliot, poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist
Robert Evans, film producer
Carrie Fisher, writer, actor
Edward FitzGerald
Robert Frost
F Scott Fitzgerald, author
Larry Flynt, magazine publisher
Connie Francis, actor, musician
Sigmund Freud, physician
Cary Grant, actor
Kaye Gibbons, writer
Shecky Greene, comedian, actor
Linda Hamilton, actor
Kristin Hersh, musician
Victor Hugo, poet

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred:
Forward the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns’ he said.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.”
– Alfred Lord Tennyson

Jack London, author
Robert Lowell, poet
Marilyn Monroe, actress
Mozart, composer
Jay Marvin, radio personality, writer
Cara Kahn, mtv’s ‘real world’
Kevin McDonald, comedian, actor
Kristy McNichol, actor
Dimitri Mihalas, scientist

Kate Millett, writer, artist
Spike Milligan, comic actor, writer
John Mulheren, financier (U.S.)
Robert Munsch, writer
Napoleon, general
Ilie Nastase, athlete (tennis), politician
Isaac Newton, scientist
Margo Orum, writer
Nicola Pagett, actor
J C Penney
Plato, philosopher, according to Aristotle
Edgar Allen Poe, author
Jimmie Piersall, athlete, sports announcer
Charley Pride, musician
Mac Rebennack (Dr. John), musician
Jeannie C. Riley, musician
Phil Graham, owner, Washington Post
Graham Greene, writer
Peter Gregg, team owner and manager, race car driver
Abbie Hoffman, writer, political activist
Lynn Rivers, U.S. Congress
Francesco Scavullo, artist, photographer
Lori Schiller, writer, educator
Frances Sherwood, writer
Scott Simmie, writer, journalist
Alonzo Spellman, athlete (football)
Muffin Spencer-Devlin, athlete (pro golf)
Gordon Sumner (Sting), musician, composer
St Francis
St John
St Theresa
Rod Steiger, film maker
Robert Louis Stevenson
Liz Taylor, actor
J.M.W. Turner
Mark Twain, author

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, poet
Ted Turner, entrepreneur, media giant
Jean-Claude Van Damme, athlete, actor
Vincent van Gogh
Mark Vonnegut, doctor, writer
Sol Wachtler, judge, writer
Tom Waits, musician, composer
Walt Whitman, poet
Tennessee Williams, author
Brian Wilson, musician (Beach Boys), composer, arranger
Jonathan Winters, comedian, actor, writer, artist
Luther Wright, athlete (basketball)
Margot Kidder, actor
Robert E Lee, soldier
Bill Liechtenstein, producer (TV & radio)
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), US President
Daniel Johnston, musician
Samuel Johnson, poet
Burgess Meredith, 1908-1997, actor, director
Kay Redfield Jamison, psychologist, writer

Bipolar Disorder ~ Bipolar Disorder affects 1 to 2 ½ percent of the population, even the famous. Stigma however, remain strong in the hearts and minds of the public – even in those of our own loved ones / family! Although the illness of manic depression reaches even the rich and famous, the movie stars, great singers, television personalities and artists – – much of the public still think mentally ill people are in ‘categories’ such as homeless, violent, like the people portrayed in movies such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest” and, people who are basically weak, won’t “pick themselves up by the boot straps” …and the list goes on… much clouded with misconceptions/myth.

Those who suffer from bipolar disorder, a non-curable disorder, can feel lonely, judged, and different and feel as if there is no hope for them or their lives. Below are only a few names of famous ‘known publicly’ people that have had or have manic depressive disorder. Through determination, self-confidence, esteem and pride, many people have achieved great things in their lives, reached their dreams, become well known, lived happier more productive lives… Just as we all can, you can…

It is our hope that by providing some familiar names, faces… that those who suffer from this illness can feel a bit more “normal” a little more motivated for and in their futures and feel a bit more like life IS WORTH IT, is okay and can be lived to the fullest…

There is hope… you are not damaged goods… you are not alone…

The staff at Manic’s Dance wish to invite you to come to our forum / message board… read a bit, add a comment, feeling, question …personal experience etc. Check out a chat room if you would like. Manic’s Dance is always open to and for both manic depressive / bipolar “dancers” and to the loved ones at their sides….