MakeBeliefs 2 Help U Smile & Lift Your Spirits:
Sharing with Someone What’s Really in Your Heart
Here’s the latest installment in our new Make Beliefs Series, ''MakeBeliefs 2 Help U Smile & Feel J_Y.'' They are created to provide comfort and hope to young and old who are feeling distressed and anxious in our too fast-changing and sometimes unforgiving world. It’s our way of making things better by helping you imagine! I created these MakeBeliefs as a way of finding hope.
Imagine someone you love listened and heard what is in your heart.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have someone in your life whom you love and who loves you in return? Someone to whom you could always say what is in your heart – and they would understand? What do you want to share with them – love, happiness, sadness, even anger and hurt? Take your time and let it all out as you respond to this MakeBeliefs.
Wanna Have Some Crazy Fun? Try the new Monster-Funster Feature at MakeBeliefsComix.com!
You can digitally build your own startling MakeBeliefs Munster-Funster characters by mixing and matching different body parts; just choose the head, torso and legs you like and put them all together with your mouse. Let your imagination go nuts with the pieces. Here’s an animation of how the parts can come together to form new character configurations. You become a digital artist by creating your own Monster-Funster. To show you how to make and deploy your characters, go to: https://makebeliefscomix.com/build-monster-funster/
Once you've built your unique Monster/Funster character, start playing with him or her by having your new characters talk to one another or with the scores of other characters and animals available on the site. You can click on the Characters and/or Animal Friends icons in the bottom tray. And don't forget to send a Monster/Funster message to your best friends.
If you have ideas or sketches for future Monster-Funster characters, please send them along as we plan for the future. Enjoy!
Take Stock of the Important Things in Your Life
Sometimes, when we are in the midst of chaos and stress, it is important to pause and take stock of all the good things in one’s life. Most of the time, with a little luck, they outweigh the bad.
Here is an illustration which you can fill in to help you affirm the good things. It is from my free e-book, The Tree of Life (A Testament), which you can download and read at: https://makebeliefscomix.com/journaling-e-books/ I wrote this journaling book while undergoing treatment for cancer; it conveys my love of life and my desire to survive my illness. I took much comfort in writing the book and I hope you will, too, in reading it.
In the book’s narrative poem, I share with you what has been most important in my life and express my wish to cling to life, rather than let go. In its own way, the poem is a prayer that I desperately needed to say. I do not know what the future will hold for me, but I still cling to life with full passion and I hope this little book will give you comfort. Please share with your loved ones. What would you write in your own narrative poem about the important things in your life?
What Would You Like to See Come True for You This Summer?
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Another June wedding – this one so special in its own way: Amidst destruction and rubble, a Palestinian bride and groom (he is in front of her, so gallantly helping his bride) start their wedding ceremony from the ruins of the bride’s home in east Jerusalem. Israeli authorities demolished the building, saying it was built without municipal permit as part of the wider struggle between the city and Palestinian residents.
I ask myself how people under constant duress can still have hope to move ahead in their lives when there is so much chaos around them affecting their daily lives? With such devastation, it seems a miracle that people still want to get married and build for the future.
TAKE A MOMENT: What are the bride and groom thinking that special day? Express their hopes, and don’t forget to say a prayer for a happy future for them.
Last week we suggested you make your voices heard in supporting political dissidents who have been put in prison in other countries because of their beliefs about human rights.
Please check out (https://www.amnesty.org/en/petition/russia-aleksei-navalny-putin-moscow/ ), which asks readers to sign a petition to Russian President Putin to release Aleksei Navalny, the most prominent leader of the opposition to Putin and his war against Ukraine. Navalny has been detained and imprisoned for two and a-half years.
The news is that Navalny was moved from his prison cell, and no one was told. Said The Washington Post, ‘’As another political prisoner, Post columnist Vladimir Kara-Murza, noted recently, the greatest anxiety in prison is to be forgotten. This was certainly what Russian authorities intended when they transferred Mr. Navalny from a penal colony in Pokrov, 74 miles east of Moscow, to a notorious maximum-security facility in Melekhovo, more than twice as far from the capital.’’
You can keep track of other political prisoners by visiting the Amnesty International site at https://www.amnesty.org/en/who-we-are/ . The human rights group encourages people to petition countries to release such dissidents and to write letters of support to those unfairly imprisoned.
PLEASE COMMENT: How would you keep yourself going if you were jailed for your political views. How would you gather your strength and courage to survive?
She Can’t Speak, But She Sure Has Important Things to Say to Us
CNN just ran an amazing piece about an amazing person. It said:
"Life is for service." Those are the words Rollins College valedictorian Elizabeth Bonker lives by -- words that inspired Rollins' most famous graduate, Mr. Fred Rogers. Bonker is nonspeaking and has autism. She shared these words in a remarkable address during her school's recent commencement ceremony in Winter Park, Florida.
Bonker explained, through a text-to-speech program, how she typed her remarks using a single finger with the help of a communication aide. People with nonspeaking autism have trouble developing speech, and in Bonker's case, neuromotor issues inhibit her communication and her ability to do some other basic tasks.
Learning to type changed everything for her ability to communicate.
About 25% to 30% of people with autism are nonspeaking, according to one 2018 study. That definition can range from no speech whatsoever to a small set of sounds or words. By Bonker's estimate, there are about 31 million people around the world like her.
Her goal is to help them find their voice. "I have a dream. Communication for all," she said. "My life will be dedicated to relieving them from suffering in silence."
Bonker hopes her fellow graduates will choose to live a life like Mister Rogers did, and like she intends to.
"We are all called to serve as an everyday act of humility; as a habit of mind; to see the worth in every person we serve." Service to others gives one’s life meaning, she said.
Bonker also takes inspiration from the writing of Victor Frankl, who was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, and wrote the book, ‘’Man’s Search for Meaning.’’ Bonker offered this quote: ‘’Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.’’
What do you think of her accomplishment?
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