Mindfulness and Retirement: Time To Play

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

I have a 17-year-old daughter who is finishing up a year in Vitoria, Brazil. She's been havingrepparttar time of her life in a gorgeous coastal city withrepparttar 135989 beaches of her dreams andrepparttar 135990 cute guys to match. What's not to like?

Tara told us that we could buy a beautiful home ("All marble floors!") on a spectacular beach ("White sand!") in a number of lovely cities ("Amazing architecture!") with friendly neighbors ("Dancing all night with people who don't know you but love you anyway!")

In fact, she helpfully suggested that we could snag one of these properties for a mere $100,000...less than half ofrepparttar 135991 median price for a typical house in our area.

She went on to say that we could buy a house onrepparttar 135992 coast in Brazil and retire there, with a delightful lifestyle, plenty of great friends, outstanding and inexpensive medical care, and zero chance of boredom or loneliness.

We weren't surprised that she suggested this. After all, she has an ulterior motive--why, SHE could berepparttar 135993 one to managerepparttar 135994 property until we decide to retire! She would, of course, have to live in beautiful, coastal, hunk-heavy, dance-crazed Brazil in order to do this, but she was willing to make this supreme sacrifice to support our perfect retirement.

How thoughtful. No, really. It sounds fantastic. I'm turning 45 in June, and that's not too early to think about how I want to spendrepparttar 135995 next few phases of my life. I truly appreciaterepparttar 135996 suggestion.

The people I admire most are those who continue to reinvent themselves about every decade, and who laugh out loud atrepparttar 135997 notion of retirement. They're on their fifth or sixth "career" and fully expect to have a couple more, just for fun.

What we really long for in retirement is time to play, and what we don't recognize is that we should be playing on a daily basis. We need to live our lives in a way that connects us to our creativity and joy. Think of it asrepparttar 135998 Brazilian plan.

The Roots Of Poverty

Written by Isaiah Hull

Remedying onlyrepparttar superficial manifestations ofrepparttar 135615 deeper underlying problems of extreme poverty will never end poverty itself. At best, this approach will temporarily relieve urgent problems; at worst, it will exacerbate them or create long-term trade-off problems. If we want to eliminate poverty, we must look at its roots and apply sustainable, pragmatic development solutions.

There are many popular misconceptions about underdeveloped countries that prevent both politicians and private citizens from seriously considering solutions. Some people think less developed countries (LDCs) are poor asrepparttar 135616 result of laziness, mismanagement, and corruption. While corruption and mismanagement do play a role inrepparttar 135617 inefficient and criminal diversion of aid funds, they definitely do not make it impossible to conduct successful development operations--unless, of course, we use corrupt regimes as a justification to not give aid at all.

So what are some ofrepparttar 135618 common root causes of poverty? Each ofrepparttar 135619 following roots of poverty can be eliminated through development projects when they bypass government involvement or develop mutual-accountability agreements with governments to ensurerepparttar 135620 best results forrepparttar 135621 program constituents:

Geographic Isolation:

Geographic isolation actually occurs on two levels: 1) within regions and continents; and 2) within countries. The first type of geographic isolation generally includes countries that are landlocked hundreds of miles away fromrepparttar 135622 closest port. These countries end up paying excessive fees and costs for freight to export and import goods. The other type of isolation--that occurs within countries-- generally includes villages that are separated fromrepparttar 135623 rest ofrepparttar 135624 country because of a lack of infrastructure. These villages typically lack electricity, adequate food markets, and adequate sources of clean water.

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