Gems 5.72

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Photo by Free-Photos, Pixabay.

Quote contributed by Rajni. Thank you! ♡

“Humans aren’t as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.”

-Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

Gems 4.182

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Photo “Volcanoes” by Natalia Kollegova, Pixabay

Special thanks to Rajni for contributing today’s quote.  I wanted to authenticate this attribution and learned it has been contested.  While in Hawaii in 1963, Covey found this written in a book.  He never could find the source and even tried going back to the library years later but the book (and the library) were long gone.  The story about Covey’s search is here on Quote Investigator – great site!

Covey is a very quotable source.  He went on to add to this great advice with more:

“I am not the product of my circumstances.  I am the product of my choices.”

I always thought it would be handy to have a flashing neon sign in that space between stimulus (especially conflict) and response, maybe something like:

THINK, THEN SPEAK!

or

LISTEN, THEN REACT!

or

CHOOSE LOVE, NOT FEAR!

What would be on the neon sign in your space between stimulus and response?

Gems 4.150

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Photo  “Tree Sparrow,” Gallery/Birds. Copyright © Richard Keys, Photo Sociology:  “Exploring Sociology through Photography”  All rights reserved.  Used with permission.  Thank you, Richard! ♡

Special thanks to Rajni who shared today’s quote.  A bit about Anita Desai:

“Anita Desai is an Indian novelist and the Emerita John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a writer she has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times.” (Wikipedia)

Richard’s photo of this little tree sparrow really captures my heart.  Sparrows have been my favorite bird since I was very young.  We lived in a city, where everything was concrete except the park.  Outside our dining-room window was a rooftop patio.  This is where I formed some of my earliest memories.  I grew my first garden there in a small pot, and my mom taught me how to feed the birds.  She clicked her tongue to call them, and they all came — sparrows, pigeons and even an occasional crow.  I used to think my mom was magical, like Sleeping Beauty, to be able to bring the birds with this clicking sound.   Sometimes the lovely ones with the most beautiful feathers visited, cardinals and jays.  But I always loved the little brown sparrows best.

This quote today spoke to my heart too.  Imagine how dense with beauty the birds like this sparrow are, flying free as they do to so many wonderful places.

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Gems 4.75

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Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

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Special thanks to Rajni for contributing this favorite quote.

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Gems 4.48

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Photo Copyright © Cord X. 2018. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Thank you! ♡ Special thanks to Rajni on KindSpring.org for sharing this quote.  ♡

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