This article arrived in my inbox this morning from Tom Murasso

What a great way to start the day! Arohanui x

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a
trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son
how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what
would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son,
“How was the trip?”

“It was great, Dad.”

“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.

“Oh yeah,” said the son.

So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the

The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they
had four.

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and
they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the
stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and
they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have
fields that go beyond our sight.

We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We
buy our food, but they grow theirs.

We have walls around our property to protect us; they have
friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless.

Then his son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor
we are.” (author unknown)

Too many times, we forget what we have and concentrate on
what we don’t have. What is one person’s worthless
object is another person’s prize possession. And what is a
prized possession may pale in comparison to true wealth. It
is all based on one’s perspective.

Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks
for all the bounty we have instead of worrying about
wanting more. Take joy and appreciate every single thing
you have, especially your friends!

Abundance is there if we only notice it in
our lives. Then slowly, we change our mindset from lack and
limitation to unlimited.

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he whakaahua harakeke me he kohatu ta - photo on flax paper and painted rock

Kua hoki mai ano! Networking networking networking is probably one of the most important tools you could ever have when it comes to creating opportunities not only for your business but also for your life!

And it doesn’t cost you a thing! Network wherever you can, whenever you can. Some of my most awesomeist (is there such a word?!) opportunities have come from networking…

I’ve also found that when you put yourself out there and ask for what you want, you will get it! Simple!

Akuanei ka hoki mai ano,

Jo 🙂

Well it’s about time that I entered some more korero into my blog, its been 7 months aaaaaa!!!

Am currently working on a major exhibition here in Aotearoa that will explore the effects that loss of land and colonisation has had on Maori in Taranaki and then I will also stage a similar exhibition for indigenous people all around the world so check out my new blog dedicated to this project…

In the meantime visit or to checkout my profile and some of my work. I am currently residing on the East Coast in the North Island of Aotearoa NZ.

painted kohatu Peace, Jo 🙂

PS – I will return everyday if possible to update my blog even if it is to write one word or upload one photo, someone hold me to it!

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Limited edition harakeke series 100/100 – photographs of flax on handmade flax paper

Its been a while since I wrote in here. I’m really good at writing all over the place on pieces of paper, in a book, paint on rock, but to make a conscious effort to send some thoughts out into cyberspace is different …I will make time in amongst all the other things that occupy my day. But when I think about it, everything that I do has a purpose in my day. It is all contributing to the bigger vision of a better world for all. When I hold that thought, I know I am on the right track and all the effort is worthwhile…

I have just started reading Anita Roddick’s book on her journey through business and there is some really cool and interesting korero that confirms that I am on the right path…this year I want to really exercise my creativity and put my 26 plus ideas books into action. I am already on the way….

Ko Tarawera ko Matawhaura ko Taranaki nga maunga

Ko Tarawera ko Rotoiti ko Waitotoroa ko Matanehunehu nga awa

Ko Te Arawa, ko Kurahaupo nga waka

Ko Tuhourangi-Ngati Wahiao, ko Ngati Pikiao ko Taranaki nga iwi

Ko Joanne Harete Tito ahau.

Nga mihi nui, nga mihi aroha.

Kiaora and greetings!

Welcome to my space. Once I make myself familiar with how to run this site I will post more korero and news of what is happening in my world. In the meantime, do a google search for my name “Jo Tito” or “Joanne Tito” or “Oranga Whenua” to find out about my art and some of the things that I have been up to over the years…arohanui, Jo 🙂

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