Apples, nachos and dignity with giggles

This week saw some interesting theme days.

October 21 was the annual apple day. By accident, October 21 is also the international day of the nacho. What also took place on October 20 was the Global dignity day.

October is busy, full of international theme days. In addition to apples, nachos and dignity, we also celebrate the UN day, World Food day and the International day for the eradication of poverty – just to name a few.

Global dignity day was a new one for me. This year they organised a large fund-raiser event in Finland for the day. Several internationally acclaimed speakers from Finland and abroad, such as the Crown Prince of Norway, Desmond TutuJohn Hope Bryant, President Martti Ahtisaari and philosopher Pekka Himanen.

The dignity movement aims at simple things.

In a world where it seems no-one agrees on anything, a world where politics divides, religion divides, and race and even cultural borders seem to divide, dignity is something that everyone can agree on.

I’m still a bit clueless as to what the whole thing was about, except love, understanding, meaningful life for everyone, working towards one’s hopes and dreams and in general promoting good things for all.

And then I started thinking, does it really matter? Maybe it was about inspiration and encouragement. I sure was inspired to see and hear wise men speak. No women on stage, by the way, except for the moderator in her beautiful dress.

Of the wise men, many were engaging, but Desmond Tutu was lovely. And old man, very wise, relatable, funny, sweet, charming and such a good speaker. He giggled at least five times during his speech. And really giggled.  I still smile when I think about his giggles.

Perhaps it’s good for us to stop and stare for a while. Maybe it’s necessary to think of things that are meaningful and important, find our own aspirations, and start living according to our own dreams instead of someone else’s wishes.

♥ In the meantime: TedX is coming back to Helsinki in mid-November. Yey! My commuting is made so much better every morning when I watch TED videos. My favourite so far has been the one where Julian Treasure talks about listening better.

♦ Song of the day: Robyn, Show me love

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