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Our human family

02/25/2017

Incredible images of some of the members of our human family, beautifully compiled and composed with Maya Angelou reciting from her powerful poem. To me, this iPhone ad is a work of art. I encourage us all to view this gem. The beauty it shares in one fast minute can help warm hearts and open minds. Let us remember how vast, and yet somehow small, our world is. Let’s know that each of us are part of a diverse and dynamic human family. Namaste.

Human Family, by Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

A Time To Pray

04/16/2014 — 10 Comments

“A weak faith is weakened by predicaments and catastrophes,

whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.” ~ Victor Frankl

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Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers

but to be fearless in facing them.


Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain,

but for the heart to conquer it.


Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield

but to my own strength.


~ Rabindranath Tagore

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“Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.” ~George MacDonald

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“Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness,

or else forgiving another.” ~Jean Paul

Be The Good

04/07/2014

“One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, ‘I love you’, ‘I’m sorry’, ‘I appreciate you’, ‘I’m proud of you’. . . whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it, cause a smile for someone else. . . and give plenty of hugs.” ~Steve Maraboli

Kind people bring out the kind in people.

A Global Family

04/01/2014 — 6 Comments

“From the inception of our country, it has been a mainstay of American consciousness that the fabric of our nation would be woven from the threads of myriad national and ethnic identities. We would be the melting pot of all nations. The vast majority of Americans are descendants of immigrants, yet we often act as though today’s immigrants don’t deserve what we do, that we have something to protect from their encroachment. It seems paradoxical to me that we would brag about our ancestors coming over on the Mayflower, yet condemn someone trying to do the very same thing today.

“Of course there are immigrants who abuse our system, just as there are people born here who abuse our system. The truth is that the majority of today’s immigrants bring with them an infusion of the same values that our ancestors personified, the values America is so sorely lacking. They are people willing to work hard for themselves and their families. Our children do not stand to be corrupted by their values so much as their children stand to be corrupted by ours. The scapegoating of today’s immigrants makes a mockery of the American dream. It is a national immorality when we collectively say no to compassion.” ~Marianne Williamson, Illuminata

“Christian, Jew, Muslim, Shaman, Zoroastrian. . .  stone, ground, mountain, river. . .  each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.”  ~RUMI

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We’re all just a different Pantone number! In a thought-provoking portrait series, artist Angelica Dass photographed people and added Pantone colors to match their skin. See more at her Tumblr.

Be Like A Bee

03/20/2014
photo by Marc Guitard

photo by Marc Guitard

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We ought to do good to others


as simply and as naturally 


as a horse runs,


or a bee makes honey,


or a vine bears grapes



season after season 


without thinking 
of the grapes it has borne.


~ Marcus Aurelius

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God to me, it seems

is a verb,

not a noun,

proper or improper.

~ R. Buckminster Fuller

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“Scientist, inventor, and philosopher Buckminster Fuller talked about the precessional effects that issue from just getting started in the service of humanity. Fuller explained precession by pointing out that the honeybee’s seemingly primary objective is to obtain nectar to make honey, but while going after the nectar, the honeybee is unwittingly involved in a much bigger purpose.

“As it flies from flower to flower in search of more nectar, it picks up pollen on its wings and thus ends up cross-pollinating all the rooted botanicals in the world. It’s an unintended by-product of the bee’s nectar-seeking activity.

“Think of yourself as a speedboat moving through the water. To the sides of you and behind you is a wake of activity caused by the sheer force of your forward motion. Life is like that, too. As long as you are actively in motion in the pursuit of your goals, you will create processional effects that will turn out to be far more important than you were initially capable of understanding or intending. You just begin, and the path of opportunities just keeps unfolding in front of you and to the side of you.” ~ Jack Canfield, The Success Principles

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.  ~Helen Keller