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Dear Joyce, this is a page I created for you & you are invited to guide me in making it fit more closely to your reality and your being. I've created this for you by adapting the page I created for myself. As our conversation grows we will change this page so it fits you better rather than it fitting me. Our concern is that when we were young the urban population on our planet was about 500 million but during our lifetime it has grown to 3.5 billion. While our children are still alive it will grow to 7 billion. That is certain to mean lots more need, lots more stress, and maybe lots more anger. There is urgent need to handle this growth and the intelligent effort to do that is often called "Sustainable Development".
In this light, this is a place of love, contemplation, and mindfulness for Joyce (And we are reminded that happiness itself cannot be pursued) The truth which Buddha discovered (and modern psychology now provides support for) is that happiness, love and inner peace will arise naturally when we are generous, mindful, compassionate and appreciate the present moment.) These 14 "nuggets" are selected for you from a much larger list of 219. "Nuggets" are words or ideas with which we can build new ideas. These are given life as we connect them. (14 nuggets) (updated 1/26/18 19:35)
Faith is the confident belief or trust in the truth or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. The word "faith" can refer to a religion itself or to religion in general. As with "trust", faith involves a concept of future events or outcomes, and is used conversely for a belief "not resting on logical proof or material evidence." Informal usage of the word "faith" can be quite broad, and may be used in place of "trust" or "belief." For other uses, see Faith (disambiguation).
What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket when, of course, it is the cross. ~ Flannery O'Connor: Source: Flannery O'Connor's Library: Resources of Being by Arthur Kinney
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
Spiritual and Political,
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
One of the things about forgiveness you have to remember is that it is not only spiritual. It is part of real politics. In forgiving, people are not being asked to forget. On the contrary, it is important to remember, so that we should not let such atrocities happen again. Forgiveness does not mean condoning what has been done. It means taking what happened seriously...drawing out the sting in the memory that threatens our entire existence.
"Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source..." ~ Leo Tolstoy
"In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. Its not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr ~ Montgomery, Nov. 1957
"When theres someone, one someone, who makes your days brighter, makes your joys greater, makes your heart lighter.. Someone, one someone, you want to share with, do everything with, go everywhere with.. Someone, one someone you want to live for You have something called love." ~ Kahlil Gibran
There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life. ~ John Lennon
In moments of tenderness it is as though the ego and all its machinations momentarily melt away so that our feelings are heightened and we are perhaps moved by the impulse to reach out with a comforting hand. ~ Try a Little Tenderness, by Gordon Marino.
Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet. ~ Plato
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen
For Viktor Frankl, meaning is experiencing by responding to the demands of the situation at hand, discovering and committing oneself to one's own unique task in life, and by allowing oneself to experience or trust in an ultimate meaning - which one may or may not call God.
(source: Tracy Marks: The Meaning of Life and Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (quotes))