Posted by: XL Results Foundation | June 2, 2008

Dates for Extraordinary Balls

Extraordinary Balls!
The new date for the Global Ball is 08-11-08, with other Balls scheduled to take place in: Auckland, Brisbane, Perth, Singapore, Mumbai, Dubai, Cape Town and London.

Tickets are on sale!

For details of the balls, visit http://extraordinaryballs.com/events/extraordinary-balls

Posted by: XL Results Foundation | May 29, 2008

Situation in Burma & China

XL Members can donate money for 3 bags of Vitameals which cost approx US$57 (HKD450) and Nu-Skin will donate one bag. Each bag of Vitameal contains rice with 25 vitamins in it and each bag is able to feed 30 children a day. Nu-Skin are working in partnership with World Vision for distribution.
Dragonair will be providing flights to carry supplies of Vitameals free of charge. A team from Nu-skin and World Vision will be heading for Chengdu to be there for International Children’s Day on June 1st.

Les will be Captain of a flight carrying Vitameals to Chengdu on June 21st and will be travelling out to the affected areas with World Vision.

Details on how to contribute to this will follow shortly. In the meantime the major NGO’s listed below are all providing relief in China:

Hong Kong Red Cross Hotline: 2802 0021
Donation account: HSBC 567-650-155-016

Oxfam Hotline: 3120 5000
Donation account: HSBC001-537-0000-12

World Vision Hotline: 2394 2394
Donation account:HSBC 018-55-4444-001

UNICEF Hong Kong Hotline: 2833 6139
Donation account: HSBC 567-354-014-005

Posted by: XL Results Foundation | May 29, 2008

Extraordinary Food

XL Life Member Leon Aarts is based in London and was the premium food supplier to top chefs like Gordon Ramsay and restaurants like Robert de Niro’s Nobu. Now he’s creating the magical Extraordinary Food Brand!

The plan was to create boxes of sustainable and ethically produced foods with funds flowing back to kids in need. But now, food companies have adopted the idea. So when you buy food directly from these companies (carrying the Extraordinary Food certified branding) you know that the proceeds go back through Buy1GIVE1 towards feeding and educating children.

Leon’s well on the way to feeding a staggering 1 million children each year. Extraordinary Food indeed. See more at www.extraordinaryfood.co.uk

Posted by: XL Results Foundation | May 23, 2008

The Different Kinds of Relationships that Enrich our Lives

Let’s explore the different kinds of relationships that weave together to form the colourful tapestry of our lives.

Divine Connection
I never used to understand what people meant by ‘having a relationship with God.’ How do you have a relationship with someone invisible, I wondered? And yet this relationship was missing from my life. In becoming a Christian, I have now discovered it is possible to
relate to God through prayer and song. I have discovered the art of worship and have received divine love. Agape love is spiritual love; unconditional compassion and grace.

Holy Matrimony
And then there is the relationship between husband and wife. Marriage is a sacred bond. Holy Matrimony is a unique relationship, which can only exist between two people. It is possible to have a deep connection with your partner that you share with no one else. Within marriage, you can meet each other’s essential needs and enjoy a state of intimacy and trust. In my view, marriage is the only place where sexuality belongs. Eros love is physical love: the essence of romance and passion. It offers the kind of profound
bond most people yearn for.

Brotherly Love
Another kind of relationship exists between siblings — and I mean not only blood brothers and sisters, but also peers who fall into an age range of about 10 years younger or older. In the Australian Aboriginal culture there’s no such relationship as ‘friend’; you are a ‘brother’ or ‘sister’. We blur boundaries when we sexualise the platonic, sibling
relationship with flirtation between friends and colleagues. Phileo love is soul love. Genuine, close friendships enrich life. Our peers are our equals and provide ‘horizontal’ support.

I Love Me!
It is possible to have a relationship with yourself. The Self is comprised of three different parts: Body, Soul (or Mind) and Spirit. The Soul is made up of three parts:
the mental, emotional and the will. Different parts of the Self relate to each other; rational thinking can discipline unruly emotions; your Adult can console the Child Within; the mind can direct the body; the Spirit can guide the Soul. I categorise a relationship with the Self as a sibling one. Aim to be you own best friend! Loving your real self is distinct from narcissism where you fall in love with your false image!

Honouring Parents, Loving Children
The fourth kind of relationship is the parent-child dynamic. All adults are entrusted with the protection and care of children. The relationship between children and their natural parents, grandparents and all parent-figures is a sacred trust.

Anyone younger by 15 years or more, we tend to consider a ‘child’ and adopt a parental, caring attitude towards. Likewise anyone older by 15 years or more, we tend to see as
mother or father figures and look up to for guidance. In Aboriginal culture, all parent-figures are called ‘Auntie’ or ‘Uncle’ by the young folk who are taught to honour their elders. In all societies we intuitively know it’s our job is to mentor young people. We see such dedication in sports coaches, teachers and community leaders.

As a parent of a teenager, I naturally play a mothering role for all teenagers who visit our home and a caring role for my mum and her elderly friends.

When you are middle-aged, you’re sandwiched between two generations and have a responsibility to both. These are ‘vertical’ relationships based on Phileo love.

In the tragedy of paedophilia, the protective parent-child relationship is violated, which causes lasting psychological damage.

Loving Animals and Nature
Animal lovers experience another kind of relationship: the one between humans and other species. Yes, the affection many people have for their pets or wild animals is heartfelt and rewarding. Our family has loved a motley succession of dogs over the years. Some people adore cats, and others bond deeply with horses.

And what about our relationship with nature? Humans are capable of communing with nature, and we are entrusted to be custodians of the earth and to protect and care for our environment.

Things Don’t Count
Can we have a relationship with material things? Some people really love their house, car, boat, clothes, jewellery or food! The definition of a relationship usually means a two-way communication. Perhaps a ‘relationship’ with material things becomes a substitute for the other kinds of connections we crave.

Relationships are the essence of our lives. It is illuminating to clarify different kinds of relationships and nurture them all. Connect with God, turn to your husband or wife (not anyone else’s) for intimacy, be a good ‘sister’ or ‘brother’ to your siblings and friends, a caring parent-figure to all children, honour your parents, love animals and revere nature and you will be richly fulfilled and joyfully blessed.

Diane Priestly

Diane Priestley is an experienced journalist and qualified counsellor. She also operates Writing Matters, an outstanding writing service for businesses.
dpjourno@bigpond.net.au

From XL Extra! Issue 4 2008

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