How a simple act of kindness can mean the world to someone

Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can. ~ Andrew Iskander

The love for hospitals
This year I visited the hospitals more than the cinema. I find that somewhat pretty awesome, because I like to visit people who are ill. Hospitals feel like home, I enjoy it there. Maybe because it’s in my genetics that’s why I love it that much. Is it because my mother is a nurse who spends more than sixty hours a week in the hospital or because my father is the most generous man I know? Or is it because I always wanted to be a doctor or I’m a fan of people in the medical care?
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Three simple things to keep in mind when climbing your way up to success

No one knows what greatness you have. It’s all on the inside. No one can discover that for you, except you. You and only you have access to that part. We often depend on opinions of others to tell us what we can or can’t do. ~ Vishant

I had the honor to give an inspirational / motivational speech to the Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs (FLAERS) 2016 on the 23rd of September 2016. I refer to them as the “shapers”.

This programme is organized by the Global Shapers Paramaribo and consists of motivated young adults who are working on the reconstruction of the country. Not only to grow locally, but also internationally. By encouraging Surinamese enterprises to invest or help improve young people and communities, Shapers strive to leave a better world for the next generation.
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3 important things people should know before abandoning their pet

We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves. ~ César Chávez

It’s said that a dog is man’s best friend. In our daily life it’s nothing new to read about people abandoning their pet or mistreating them to the extent of extreme animal cruelty. Discarding them, may seem like a quick fix for people who want to get rid of their pets, but for those left behind, nothing could be more dreadful. (more…)

Mosque and Synagoge

To you with a different Religion: why I love you for who you are

All religions must be tolerated… for every man must get to heaven in his own way
~Epictetus

Last week I requested Harvey Lisse to shoot this picture for me of the Mosque and Synagogue in Paramaribo. I wanted to write about something deeper than it is often seen.
First of all, this is one awesome picture!
Everyone knows the story behind this picture. The image shines peace and shows two places where people from different religions worship side by side. That’s just one side of the story. In our country these two buildings never caused any issue (for so far I know). These two buildings can be compared with two people from different religions. Of course buildings don’t speak while people do. Problems arise when one thinks that their religion is superior from others. It usually boils down to the following immemorial argument: I’m right and you’re wrong. My religion is The Truth. (more…)