Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tuesday ~ June 19, 2018

The day comes when remaining the same becomes more painful than the risk to grow. And when that happens there are many goodbyes. We leave old patterns, old friends, old lovers, old ideas, and some cherished beliefs. Loss and growth are so often one and the same.

(Phoebe Eng, b. late 20th century )

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday ~ June 18, 2018

When grief sits with you, its tropical heat thickening the air,
heavy as water more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh only to more of it, an obesity of grief.
you think, how long can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face.
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you again.

(Ellen Bass, 1947 -   )

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday ~ June 17, 2018

In seeking to avoid a fight, we concede what we're about. We're about justice, fairness, equality - that's our strength. We cannot concede our strength. We must realize, understand and believe that our current conditions do not reflect our ultimate potential.  If we limit our choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, we disconnect ourselves from what we truly want. And all that is left is a compromise. In order to move forward, we need both the courage of our convictions and the commitment to do the work.

(Gary Delgado, 1951 -   )

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Saturday ~ June 16, 2018

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
Compassionate with the aged,
Sympathetic with the striving,
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.

(George Washington Carver, 1864 - 1943)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday ~ June 15, 2018

In the process of telling the truth about what you feel or what you see, each of us has to get in touch with himself or herself in a really deep, serious way. Our culture does not encourage us to undertake that attainment. Consequently, most of us really exist at the mercy of other people's formulations of what's important.

(June Jordan, 1936 - 2002)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thursday ~ June 14, 2008

If I had influence with the good fairy... I should ask that her gifts to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things artificial, the alienation from the source of our strength.

(Rachel Carson, 1907 0 1964)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday ~ June 13, 2018

Without shared ideas on politics, morals, and ethics, no society can exist. Each one of us has ideas about what is good and what is evil; they cannot be kept private from the society in which we live. If men and women try to create a society in which there is no fundamental agreement about good and evil, they will fail; if having based it on common agreement, and if the agreement goes, the society will disintegrate. For society is not something that is kept together physically; it is held by the invisible bonds of common thought. If the bonds were too far relaxed the members would drift apart. A common morality is part of the bondage. The bondage is part of the price of society; and humankind, which needs society, must pay its price.

(Patrick Devlin, 1905 - 1992)


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