I hope this note finds you well, as we head toward the end of 2015. Not overburdened with Christmas or other celebration dinner plans, and certainly not having to do more shopping!
I've just taken a browse through my 2015 Inner Reflections calendar, where I put quotations from whatever I happen to be reading, as the thought touches me, through the year. This past year I've not filled in nearly as many days as usual; this is a pure reflection of being too busy with other things that aren't as important as taking the time to reflect each day on someone else' thought, idea or belief. Next year I'm going to try to get back to keeping the notes.
Below are some of the thoughts that I did record. Individually or together, they have meaning ... and not always do they reconcile. That's people and ideas! That's one's own mind, over time and situations.
I hope some of the the quotations below have meaning for you, or spark your own train of thought and perhaps writing or action.
Best regards, as always,
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. Ray Bradbury
Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Howard Thurman
The strength of collective silence is probably one of the most powerful spiritual forces. Ursula Franklin
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. Leonard Nimoy
I ask only one thing of you: give me your hand. I will not let go. We are on a mission to help nature, our world, and our only home. Together, we will succeed. Diana Beresford-Kroeger, from The Sweetness of a Simple Life
I rage at the imminent loss of my friend. And I think, 'What would Terry [Pratchett] do with this anger?' Then I pick up my pen and I start to write. Neil Gaimon
Granny Weatherwax' definition of sin: "When you treat people as things."
A good garden's built on basics. The first is soil fertile enough to grow crops well and the second is the knowledge of how to make the soil fertile if it isn't. Harry Dodson, from Harry Dodson's Practical Kitchen Garden, 1992, BBC Books
In nature's economy, the currency is not money - it is life. Vandana Shiva
All it takes is one good person to restore hope. Pope Francis
We need to discern who we are and expand on our humanness and sacredness. That's how we change the world, which happens because WE will be the change. Grace Lee Boggs
I veer between optimism and realism. As ever, I like optimism better. Elizabeth May, from COPS21, Dec. 7/15 report
The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known. Pete Seeger
Things are impossible only until someone decides they're not. Let's imagine a better future and work together to create a safer, cleaner and more just world. David Suzuki
Prepare for the victory party. Elizabeth May