January 1, 2017
Year - Here's to a New Beginning!
Literally. You already know that I'm wishing you the very
best to come. Goes without saying. Except for this year,
we're digging a little deeper. Let's put some punch into
all these good wishes!
it mean, when someone wishes you a "Happy New Year"? It
has become the standard greeting around the turn of any
year. People trying to be polite. And they probably mean
more powerful because everybody is saying it? Or has it
become so common, that we don't think about that greeting
does anybody else know about your happiness anyway. Nobody
can possibly get personally involved in all these other
people's happiness, right? Why, of course - it's not their
business to make you happy, because it is your job in the
first place. Besides, they don't know what makes you
you to clearly define what your own happiness is made of.
Go ahead, write down what makes you happy. Take some time.
Write down all words that describe your definition of YOUR
being happy. Then edit them: eliminate what seems silly or
unreachable or unreasonable. Add some others. Edit some
more. Until you have a quite accurate description of what
makes you happy. (You'll be surprised...)
important part: think about ONE word that describes what
YOU need to do to make your "happiness meter" go up. (mine
will be your guidance word for 2017. Keep this word where
you see it often and let it remind you throughout the
yet: go to the
Signature Event and enter
your word to inspire others. Or attend the
where you get to paint your word on a rock that
will be displayed in the future museum.
this year, there is some help with navigating the oceans
truly happy New Year 2017 - you deserve it!
December 5, 2016
Time To Get Prepared
here again. December. I can't believe how time can go by
we're busy getting ready for the Holidays, we neglect to
plan ahead for the coming year.
majority of people would like to improve, get into better
physical shape, making better decisions, grow
intellectually or spiritually etc., to become a better
human being. Are you one of them?
us have no game plan how to make changes in our lives.
It's business as usual: we live each day as we always
have. We're habitual offenders when it comes to making
changes, and more often than not, the resolutions we have
for a new year dissipate before Valentine's Day.
that happen to you!
little time now, before 2017 starts, and think about what
you would like to accomplish, who you'd like to be. And
don't let the to-do-list crush you. Instead, focus on a
single property that will guide you through next year and
beyond. Start with one item on your list.
Let the "Rockin'
A New Beginning" incentive help you narrow it down:
Click here to access >>
October 25, 2016
The Gift of Love Will
Change the World!
For all the violence,
crime, hatred, greed and corruption - there is a
conspiracy of love.
Highly capable (and
trustworthy) people are not afraid of speaking up. They're
not hiding behind Ninja masks. In fact, you can find them
Look at facebook, for
example. Or pinterest, youtube, or any other social site.
I bet you can point out
at least a dozen posts per day, that show kindness in one
way or another. Makes you be proud again of belonging to
the human race. People who help others, beautifully
sensitive quotes, compassion and selfless giving - all are
Even the animals are in
on the trend. Species who are trained to be friendly with
natural enemies: the famous meme, where cat allows budgies
to hop around on it. Or the example of dogs nursing orphan
squirrels, the bird who is feeding the fish. There are too
many to be mentioned.
All these posts are
curated by the drive of a positive attitude. They're
shared by people who truly care. Humans, who want this
planet to be a better pace for all of us.
Are you one of them?
It seems that overall,
mankind can be awoken to the next level.
Yes - there still is
work to be done, amid the negativity all around us. But
the voices of those who are steadfastedly promoting a
kinder society can't be drowned out.
Come with me, as we
refuse to give up on our dream to make life better.
Discover billions of people who think and feel the same.
Use every opportunity you can to be a positive influence.
Love will change the
July 19th, 2016
Getting my Answers Today?
about 7.4 Billion people in this world right now. That's
7.400.000.000, or nearly seven-thousand-and-four-hundred
times a Million. Allow this number to sink in.
that, there are 7.4 Billion perspectives. 7.4 Billion
different lives. 7.4 Billion opinions.
know me in person, you also know that I have deep respect
for any person's views and way of life. I am tolerant and
accepting, and I don't have the slightest problem if
you're my friend and your opinions are on the opposite
side of the spectrum from mine. Be yourself. Go for
whatever let's you make it through another day. Great.
does your freedom give you the right and moral OK to hurt
other people? Or animals, for that matter? How can you
justify killing someone other than it being self defense?
care who you are, what you believe in, which shade of skin
you wear, or how much power you think you have. Hurting or
killing is NOT acceptable. And it's no solution. To
we, as a society, make people SEE? How can we unify,
forgive and move on as humans?
again, I am well aware that a nice letter to a terrorist
won't do a darn thing. Again, I am strongly for defending
our country and our way of life. I am humanitarian with a
profound belief in being kind to others. And I'm also
caught in a dilemma. I'd like to love "my enemy", but I'd
rather see those close to me, my family and friends, be
expect you to understand my opinion and ideas, but I know
we have the same VALUES. I know that your views differ
from mine, but I also know: if you have a heart beating in
your chest, then we're of the same race. Yes, RACE. As in
brothers and sisters. A race with different perspectives,
but a race that has love in their heart. Love for people,
love for animals, love for LIFE!
know how we can stop violence? When it will end?
Absolutely not. But regardless, I will, for the remainder
of my life, spread as much love and kindness as I humanly
July 4th, 2016
Mourning the Loss of One of Our Own
sadness comes this post on the loss of a Love & Peace
Murray passed away July 2nd after a long illness, which
she fought so bravely.
a kind soul, always trying to help others, always jumping
in when there was a need for a volunteer.
for art resonated in her heart and in her work, and her
passion for animals made her a voice for animal rights.
forever be missed, and she'll be remembered fondly as a
caring human being with a beautiful soul.
condolences go out to family and friends. Be assured that
Nina's spirit lives on in those who knew and loved her.
July 1st, 2016
of a New Era
the Love & Peace Project is not just about dedicating
beads. Raising awareness about peaceful coexistence among
humans has become more important than ever.
today's start of the Second Annual "Summer of Love,
Peace and Beads", you'll find more and more "virtual"
events that promote understanding and communication.
one of the "regulars" on this site, then you already know
about its mission. Only now, the voices must become
louder. Violence is not an option. With your help, sowing
love and kindness can become the new standard - even if
it's not making headlines.
living, caring part of the solution and start by
dedicating beads to friends in other countries!
learn more >>>
thought in mind, have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Cat is Out of the Bag!
words: we have a winner!
inaugural "Love To The World!" contest is
over, and the results are in. Thank You everybody who
participated - you made this a really successful and fun
event, judging from all the entries we received. For a
list of winners, please see:
It took a
lot of commitment from the participating stores, and they
deserve kudos for their kind spirit. One of them stood out
as extraordinary: the Farmworker Council in Lake Worth.
Executive Director, Sergio Palacio, and his formidable
staff did a marvelous job during February, and they easily
took the Grand Prize in two categories.
more about this wonderful organization by clicking on the
March 1, 2016
Breaking with Tradition
me a very long time of weighing the pros and cons of a
changing concept. And since the Neverending Necklace is in
its 18th year, I feel it is a legitimate action to adapt
to a new environment.
these past years, the necklace was companion to a roller
coaster life of its founder and guardian. On countless
occasions it seemed impossible to carry on with the idea
of love, peace and the beads that so wanted to represent
love and peace were always at the core of this utopian
vision, the struggles behind the scene were real. And each
time, when I was ready to jump over the cliff of
terminating the life of the Neverending Necklace, some
good soul came along and unwittingly pulled me away from
it - restoring faith and hope.
of you know, I have been playing with beads for nearly 30
years. But somehow, the professional side of it is
beginning to wane: for various reasons my goals have
shifted. And it was long overdue.
I'm getting pulled towards what I am passionate about:
sowing the seeds of kindness. Doing good. Helping.
wealthy person by any stretch of the imagination. Seeing
so much need even in my immediate social environment makes
me feel helpless and frustrated that I can't do what my
still can string beads. Like mad.
So as of
today, when a business sponsors a panel of beads, that fee
goes 100% to a charity that has proven itself to help make
this a better world. Hence the redesign of the website, so
prospective sponsors can find a panel quickly and sponsor
the idea further, the gift shop has switched gears too.
is not important. Love and kindness and encouragement are.
Out with the jewelry - in with lovingly crafted words.
Uplifting, thankful, inspiring words. Words of joy and
genuine sentiment. Ready to give to a dear person and make
them feel appreciated and recognized.
conservative is good and necessary - except for when you
have the chance to improve.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
by Ingrid Webster
the same headline as last time. Well, almost.
And it is
a significant one, as we are going through a time of many
changes. The world seems to turn faster, people become
more sensitive, more aggressive, more compassionate, more
oblivious - all at the same time.
on that for a while, and you'll have to admit that
attitudes are being hijacked by a more connected world.
Connected through social media, via cell phones, and
getting informed like never before.
consciousness is shaped as we absorb beautifully
illustrated quotes, memes and videos. It occurs each time
we go online, watch TV, read posts. "Sharing" is really a
form of succumbing to peer pressure, leaving an impact on
the way we think as a global society.
communicate in very different ways: faster and more
frequently. With people who we had no idea existed, leave
alone what their views were. Now these people are giving
us an insight into their opinions, their behaviors good or
bad, and an occasional advice. Amazing.
that the goal for mankind all along?
suggest so. Because only if we know differently thinking
people, can we start to understand them, getting a better
perspective as a fringe benefit.
through thorough communication can we move towards peace.
One by one.
wait for the rest of the world to serve you a perfect
planet on a silver platter.
can make it change for the better.
Monday, November 16,
Time to Rethink
by Ingrid Webster
Are we ready to to bet
the farm on humanity?
What happened in Paris
is not a stand alone event. The recent headlines put
Egypt, Beirut, Syria and many other places in a spotlight
that nobody wanted.
It seems that there is a
group of humans who just don't know how to get along. Who
choose violence over intelligent answers to the search for
their ideology. And in the process, they're generating too
much pain, too much grief and world wide anxiety.
I firmly believe in
love, understanding, tolerance and acceptance of others.
But I'm not naive enough to believe that throwing a load
of loving thoughts at terrorists will stop them.
We must have a good
defense system along with a brilliant strategy. That
requires cooperation on a global level. Cooperation
requires communication. And productive communication means
listening first before speaking. Let's hope that "the
Powers That Be" will have that skill.
Hope alone however, is
not going to see us through this era of indiscriminate
Which is why it brings
me back to kindness. Now than ever is it important to stay
true to our own loving ways, because they are the only
ones worth protecting. A violent society will eventually
become extinct. A loving society will bring forth a mature
humanity that fosters well designed means to enable their
way of life.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Finding Love in all
the Right Places...
by Ingrid Webster
A compilation of images
from different places during my travels on foot. I always
seem to find these objects, and they are everywhere. Good
Click to see more:
Sending love back to the artist who did these around town
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Not Just Words
by Ingrid Webster
The quest for love and
peace is not a modern one: each and every single theory on
living peacefully has already been explored by many great
minds a long time ago.
The world knows (at
least should know), that love, forgiveness, tolerance &
Co. are the key words to inner peace and therefore peace
So why is it, that we
feel the need to repeat that mantra time after time? Why,
do you think - should you have to read about it over and
repetition eventually becomes a habit. It's that simple.
After all, we're humans, and that's just how the human
mind works. Plus, our individual life expectancy does not
allow us to reach further into the future.
Except of course, in the
case of some outstanding human beings who continue to show
us the way long after they're gone.
So I am happy for any
sign which reminds me that love and peace are not merely
words - they stand for a lifestyle, a commitment to live
love, to live peace. And to share it.
One of my favorite
cities, Delray Beach, has had the foresight to install a
plaque on the 2nd Street sidewalk, dedicated to the life
of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Here it is: