— The title was chosen based on the book title of a Swiss author – Alex Capus – for german version please scroll down —
Look around! Where are you? What do you see? Take a few seconds and write it down please.
Who are you? How are you? Please take a few seconds and write it down.
That’s a simple test. You can be honest. No one but you will know the result.
In search of purpose in life and basis of existence
In 2009 I came to Switzerland. My last job in Germany earned me 6 Euro 43 Cent per hour. Lots of money for the hungry – little if you have to pay rent, insurance, taxes and many jobs require a car – mobility.
So I went to the Promised Land – Switzerland – situated in the middle of Europe – peacefully – and blessed with a high standard of living.
You are the starting point of your new life
So, did you write something down about yourself? Are you brave enough to learn something about yourself? Don’t be afraid. You’ll be surprised.
There are books, entire libraries. Only written about the meaning of life. And how to behave in order to become happy and successful.
The good news is, everything you want and you can do is in you. The challenge is: You have to decide. Ongoing.
First: Do you want to be a good person? Do you feel it? Everything that follows is dominated by it. No matter what happened before. Then it doesn’t matter if you murdered and tortured people or not. Whether you’re a Nobel Peace Prize laureate or not. Whether you’re illiterate or beggar. That’s the miracle. You are the starting point of your new life.
Look around you. Richard DiPilla founded the Global Goodwill Ambassadors initiative. Why – he explained that.
It is much more. I see people all over the world who realize that goodwill is everywhere. People honored as Global Goodwill Ambassadors are role models. Often they work almost unnoticed. And do their job. Global Goodwill Ambassadors give a face to their humanitarian work worldwide. And now GGAs present their work.
Do you remember our test?
You wrote down where you are and what you see. And who you are and how you feel.
What’s all this about? You’re gonna wonder. Remember the headline? Life is simple!
Here is the result of the test. Look at what you wrote down.
Where are you?
The sum of your choices has brought you here. Or someone else’s decision? Always make sure that you determine your destiny. Or are you comfortable following other people’s decisions? The only important thing is that you feel comfortable. Be it in the slum areas in Calcutta or the street gorges of New York.
What do you see?
If you have written: ”Heaven” – you may no longer be on earth or be a great visionary like Richard DiPilla. If you have written: “the rain – the sky cries” – work on your positive attitude. What you see you have imagined at some point and what you imagine you get – fate is more reliable than Amazon.
Maybe your attitude changes: “the rain – it brings water to so many living beings and makes the plants grow”.
Who are you?
Did you write – loser? Successful businessman? Mother or father? Victim? Or just your name? The only thing that matters is you deal with it.
It doesn’t matter what others think or say about you. You’re the one you want to be. Bad childhood? Poverty? Disability? Divorce? Troubles? No more excuses! Change what you do not like.
How are you feeling?
Here’s what you wrote down what all is really about. Some say feelings are superfluous. To show them even more.
Because they know what incredible power have feelings. No government in the world can stop the people who want peace and freedom. No one can permanently separate a loving mother from her child. Hunger makes us walk hundreds of miles. Look around you: Look at what men created because they want to please women. Simply incredible what creates love.
You are looking for miracles? Look around – you live in a miracle. You wait to be reborn into paradise and new life? You get what you believe in.
If you wait for reincarnation you might endure poverty and discrimination today. If you focus on waiting do not wonder that those striving for success and happiness today and now overtake you on the left hand side ….
Life is good – or it will be good the more you believe in it with all your heart and repeat this sentence of faith.
Feelings are at the beginning of every big thing. Use this knowledge. Either to change your present condition or to strengthen it.
If you like and love people, you will become a great humanitarian. Not because you choose to be one. If you do everything important in your life out of a feeling you will be successful in it.
Whether it is a religion that acts with love or people’s longing for a life after death. Feelings govern us. The same applies to faith in us or in something.
To all the traders out there – please don’t buy and sell shares and warrants as of today by feeling – we don’t need another financial crisis.
The readers who didn’t write anything down
And now what? Let’s get to the readers who didn’t write anything down. They didn’t have a pencil with them. Or no paper at hand. And no smartphone. Or worse?
What does it take to follow instructions? If only such a simple request? Not knowing where it is headed? Life is good – therefore you should add to yours …
Are you a person who trusts others? Even if they just show you the way to the next street corner in your life?
An unexpected journey really did happen – not the Hobbit type of journey but the Rosemary type of journey.
Oddly enough as with Bilbo Baggins, I was also a reluctant participant. My journey has split my life in two sections- there is my life as it was before my workplace injury and then my life after my injury.
Pre-injury I – Rosemary McKenzie-Ferguson – had a very quiet life (not as ordered as a Hobbits life); I had a family, 2 cats and a dog, as well as a back yard chook yard. I sat on school committees and was involved with my children’s sports and basically just living a normal suburban life and building “the dream” the life post children leaving school and before being too old too this too that too something else.
Then my workplace injury happened and in less than the blink of an eye life as I knew it came to an end. I won’t dwell on the incident as to be honest I really don’t need to relive it again.
What I will tell you is that I never experienced such blinding pain and such a toxic feeling of fear. Over the years I have tried to understand it, I have tried to explain it and I have tried to forget it. Now I just live with it in a never-ending dance that is at times frenetic and at other times oddly normal.
Post injury my life became a living nightmare or fear, addiction to prescription medication, and endless downward spirals.
Decide the path to take
At a point I knew I had to decide the path to take. Let me pause here, path taking is not as easy or as glamorous as it is portrayed to be. There are no signposts, there is no guru there is nothing that appears with a signpost pointing in “that” direction. And in many ways (with the benefit of hindsight) I did not make the choice, it was made for me and I went along as the unwilling reluctant student. During the first 5 years I met people who had also been injured at work, a pattern started to form, I started to ask questions and I was more than frustrated because the answers I was getting did not match what I was seeing. This is where the choice really does come in. At the point I had two choices: walk away and say “that sucks” or stand and learn and fathom out what the conundrum in front of me really was. I have never been good at walking away, I knew too much to do that, but I didn’t know enough to make a stand.
There are no university courses that I could sign up for to teach me what I wanted to know and the truth is I didn’t have any idea just what it was that I wanted to know.
What’s the news? The second Global Newsletter of Global Goodwill Ambassadors is published March 15th, 2018 – see below
The first Global Newsletter of Global Goodwill Ambassadors has been published on Valentines day – Founders’s letter and more see below
— for German version please scroll down — deutsche Version siehe unten —
— intervista con Richard DiPilla in LONG TERM ECONOMY sull› italiano vedi sotto —
LinkedIn Global Goodwill Ambassador – thank you so much
I woke up in a dream. LinkedIn Global Goodwill Ambassador (in 09/2017 screenshot above) – Brand Ambassador (in 12/2017) and Member Global Executive Board of Global Goodwill Ambassador as Director of Digital Communications (in 01/2018).
So many fans and kind people wishing me the very best. Thank you so much.
– for some of the following links you need to be logged in LinkedIn –
It is an honor to receive the titles LinkedIn Global Goodwill Ambassador and Brand Ambassador and use them to make this world a little better.
Thank you so much Richard DiPilla and the Board. For choosing me, for introducing me.
We all have a choice. Every day we hear bad news from all over the world. It can make us desperate. It can shock us.
There is a simple truth and it is not in the headline news. It is true indeed: This world is full of people who are kind. You see some of them when you open your eyes. Some need encouragement. They are real – in every town, village, every street, in every family. These people are near us despite the headline news. And these people reinvent our world in a million ways every day. I am sure that you are one of them. Thank you.
I am proud to support voluntary some of them. E.g. former member of the Swiss Parliament Roland Wiederkehr – honored Global Goodwill Ambassador and Director Switzerland.
He founded Green Cross (together with Mikhail. S. Gorbachev) to overcome the residues of the cold war. And with his organization CareCross (website soon in English) he reduces traffic accidents worldwide and helps victims – because 1,3 mio. fatalities annually on the worlds roads and 500 dead children every day on their way to school (WHO) are one of the biggest scandals. Roland Wiederkehr got the President’s award of the European Traffic Police Network for the thousands of lives he already saved. It is an honor for him to be LinkedIn Global Goodwill Ambassador. He needs support for his organization CareCross. His aim is to help reduce road accidents in development countries and support victims.
Roland Wiederkehr is a wonderful person and role model. Some of us go to cinema or watch films at home in order to see heroes. This one is real.
To watch and understand the following video you need not to know any spoken language:
His dedication is to help thousands of refugees to cope with the traumas of war, eviction, and violence. Soon his CASPEA Foundation in Switzerland will post the new campaign against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Returning from a Hypnosis Convention in the United States he spoke at the 5th International Hypnosis Convention in Zürich (October 27th – 29th, 2017) about how to improve learning abilities by active-alert hypnosis.
Bea Ribaux is the author of several books. She helps children who suffer from dyxlexia.
Bea and Claude Ribaux were very happy that I publicly thanked them here. They mention me, Roland Wiederkehr (the other workshop participants) and Richard DiPilla and Global Goodwill Ambassadors in their article:
– for english version scroll down in their article –
It is one of my biggest joys in life that I can contribute voluntary to such initiatives. And I am glad that I am not alone. I have a circle of true friends around me who, in turn, support me.
Matthias Wiemeyer and Petra Huber helped me in many ways and continue to be a source of advice and encouragement. I joined their workshop online-journalist in 2015. Writing for websites. Online-marketing. How to start a social media campaign. Great experience and output!
For all kinds of workshop concerning writing and marketing check out Schreibszene
Half a year I learned a lot there. How to write. How to make video interviews. How connect to other professionals worldwide. Special thanks to Robert Hansen, Rita Gabathuler-Dux, Carmen Püntener, Paola Pitton, Daniela Palumbo, Simone Gloor, Anja Piffaretti, Doris Urfer … and many more.
Jörg Mathys from Kölliken is my former employer and a close friend. He is a modest farmer and hard worker. And a role model for me. Be trusting. Be kind. Even to the grumpy, the disappointed, the misguided. Give them a chance and one day they will change their mind and be kind and supporting, too.
My employer Migros Basel is part of the big retailer Migros here in Switzerland.
I got the chance to work for the Marketing Services Department. The world of business is hard. Competition, hire and fire are words which reign this world.
Migros is different and makes a difference. It employs people who cannot find another job because they have disabilities or because they are older than 50 years. The company gives 1 percent of its total revenue !!! back to society. It supports film, art and social activities. I a world which experiences tax income decreases and governments have to save money this company takes over moral responsibility. Great role model for business worldwide!
Gottlieb Duttweiler is the founder of Migros. Gottlieb and his wife Adele Duttweiler transferred ownership of Migros to their customers. The Adele und Gottlieb Duttweiler Stiftung ensures the future work of Migros as a cooperative. The Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI) is named after the founder of Migros – one of its principles is «Focus on people and not on capital». It is an independent think-tank and the oldest organisation of its kind in Switzerland.
Richard DiPilla and his Global Goodwill Ambassadors Foundation is like a rock, an island in this world.
It has the potential to change dark to light, war to peace, hungry to satisfied and hate to love. It already started to change the world. First one person, one idea. And now it covers the world, like a carpet of green grass after a fire, like a carpet of love and goodwill. There are about 1600 Global Goodwill Ambassadors.
Wonderful Initiative by Richard DiPilla – Global Goodwill Ambassadors – Newsletter 02 -2018
Global Goodwill Ambassadors – Founder’s Letter – Richard DiPilla
The Beginning of Global Goodwill Ambassadors
From its humble beginnings, four years ago, I sought to highlight the Goodwill work of a single LinkedIn Connection. The birth and growth of the Global Goodwill Ambassadors were born. Almost immediately, other connections were telling me their stories and the humanitarian work they did for the love of goodwill for all. We witnessed a chain of narrative voices.
I could hardly comprehend, that there was and still is a thirst for learning about global humanitarian efforts. A residual affect was an understanding that the mainstream news defined, countries, nations, regions, races, genders, and castes, of geo-political reporting. However, there was much more time with the coverage of a terrorist attacks, but no coverage of all the heroes in these countries, who were saving lives and doing selfless work to make the world a better places.
Global Goodwill Ambassadors Mission
Four years later the Global Goodwill Ambassadors has nearly 2000 designees and a structured board in many countries. Our simple mission has remained as pure. And that was on the first day! We recognize individuals who are engaged in humanitarian work without bias or commercialization.
The later is what keeps us pure as possible. No, we have no website. Websites can put many people in difficult regions at security risk.
We have a LINKEDIN company page and group page that can be found at: Global Goodwill Ambassadors (GGA). We also have a presence on many other social media; but our catalyst is the LinkedIn profile, the volunteer and humanitarian work individuals have listed.
By using the company page you can list your designation with our official logo. We have nomination guidelines with a committee, and a GGA Executive Board.
Global Goodwill Ambassadors Executive Board
Ted Batchelor serves as our General Council and has a duel role as Chairman of Canada.
Lisa Jones serves many key roles, International Development, Training, oversight of our Screening Committees, Executive of Profile Production, Executive Steering Committee.
Hans-Jürgen John is our Director of Digital Communications and the Publisher of our GGA Newsletter.
Anthony James is our World Communications Director.
Our Executive Advisors are often names you will recognize as nominators of Ambassadors. We have Country Chairpersons and Directors, Nomination and Engagement Directors, and GGA Brand Ambassadors.
Each person does his/her part to grow our ambassador numbers. With each new designation we are extending the reach of goodwill.
In a recent article that I would like to tell my grandchildren, that rather than sit idly by, I did something to bring a sense of peace and harmony to the world. The truth is, every Global Goodwill Ambassador, can say the same thing.
The sum total of expense and profit in currency for this initiative is ZERO. Our only currency is Goodwill. I challenge all people who read this newsletter to do good deeds and give back to the world. We all share the same world. Don’t just take, give back to make it a better place. As a GGA you will join together with people who are doing the same.
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