This the best quote from my mom ever!

“It is only through personal transformation that global transformation will happen…like getting rid of our own personal pollution…(such as) intolerance etc…”

The Wisdom of the Hopi Leaders

(found on the wall in the office where i now work)

There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the Ones We’ve been Waiting For!

Another pertinant quote that fuels me in this moment

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime,
Therefore, we are saved by hope.
Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate
context of history;
Therefore, we are saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone.
Therefore, we are saved by love.
No virtuous act is quite a virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or
foe as from our own;
Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.

Reinhold Niebuhr

A quote on childhood as being, not as preparation

This is from a post to my family’s web page that my cousin Mary Sue put up, i really love it!

When we adults think of children, there is a simple truth which we ignore:   childhood is not preparation for life; childhood IS life.   A child isn’t getting ready to live, a child IS living.   The child is constantly confronted with the nagging question, “What are you going to be?”   Courageous would be the youngster who, looking the adult squarely in the face, would say, “I’m not going to be anything; I already am.”   We adults would be shocked by such an insolent remark, for we have forgotten, if indeed we ever knew, that a child is an active, participating and contributing member of society from the time she is born.   Childhood isn’t a time when he is molded into a human who will then lfie life; she is a human who is living life.   No child will miss the zest and joy of living unless these are denied him by adults who have convinced themselves that childhood is a period of preparation.

How much heartache we would save ourselves if we would recognize the child as a partner with adults in the process of living, rather than always viewing her as an apprentice.   How much we would teach each other… adults with the experience and children with the freshness.   How full both our lives could be.   A little child may not lead us, but at least we ought to discuss the trip with him, for after all, life is his and her journey too.

— Professor T. Ripaldi