Monday, October 31, 2011

I believe

RIC_8834-1 by rchoephoto

RIC_8834-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. 
That myth is more potent than history. 
That dreams are more powerful than facts. 
That hope always triumphs over experience. 
That laughter is the only cure for grief. 
And I believe that love is stronger than death. 

Robert Fulghum


Sunday, October 30, 2011

True reconciliation

RIC_6739-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_6739-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

True reconciliation can occur only when we honestly   acknowledge our painful, but shared, past.

Elizabeth Eckford

Saturday, October 29, 2011


RIC_8970-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_8970-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     The root of the Italian word for patience, pazienza, comes
     from pax or pacem, Latin for peace. Within patience, there
     is peace. So simple, yet so startling.

      W. S. Merwin, , "Pazienza," Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul, Selected and
      Introduced by Judith Valentine and Charles Reynard

Friday, October 28, 2011


RIC_1045 by rchoephoto
RIC_1045, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

That is what the world needs above all else: not people who “say prayers” with greater or less regularity, but people who are prayers.

Kalistos Ware, The Power of the Name

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nothing lasts, nothing passes

RIC_0899 by rchoephoto
RIC_0899, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Nothing lasts, and yet nothing passes, either.
     And nothing passes just because nothing lasts.

      Philip Roth, The Human Stain

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ultimate freedom

RIC_2279 by rchoephoto
RIC_2279, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

When you are depraved of all freedom … you still have the most important freedom of all, which no one can take away from you: that is the freedom to choose what kind of person you want to be.
Ingrid Betancourt, Even Silence Has An End: My Six years of Captivity in the Columbian Jungle

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Time to give hope

RIC_6474-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_6474-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     There comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a 
     new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral
     ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give
     hope to each other. That time is now. 
      Wangari Maathai

Monday, October 24, 2011


RIC_8648-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_8648-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.


Sunday, October 23, 2011


RIC_7554-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_7554-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall 
     behind you. 
      Maori Proverb

Saturday, October 22, 2011


RIC_8827-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_8827-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.

Friday, October 21, 2011

To know you

RIC_8489-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_8489-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     If I really want to know who you are, I 
     am not going to ask what you know. I 
     am not even going to ask what you 
     believe. If I really want to know what 
     you’re about, the question I will ask 
     is: “What do you want?” 
     What do you love?” 
      Jamie Smith, Desiring the Kingdom

Thursday, October 20, 2011


RIC_8996-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_8996-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

I had been my whole life a bell, and never knew it until at that moment I was lifted and struck.

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wisdom, Skill & Virtue

RIC_7823-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_7823-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Wisdom is knowing what to do next,
     skill is knowing how to do it,
     and virtue is doing it.

      David Starr Jordan

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011


RIC_8335-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_8335-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

O Creator of my beginning.
Bear me. 
Bear with me.
Bear me forth into this once more day –
this time of my life You have given me.
Bless me.

Mary Jo Leddy

Saturday, October 15, 2011


RCC_5860-1 by rchoephoto
RCC_5860-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     I am a scientist who thinks it wise to enter the doors of
     creation not with a lion tamers’ whip and chair, but with
     the reverence humankind has traditionally summoned for
     entering places of worship: a temple, a mosque, or a
     cathedral. A sacred grove, as ancient as time.
       Barbara Kingsolver

Friday, October 14, 2011

Civilized Society

RIC_8412-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_8412-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Kindness and compassion toward all 
living things is the mark of a civilized 

Cesar Chavez

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Infinite responsibility

RC1_0681 by rchoephoto
RC1_0681, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

   Our being spreads out far beyond us, and mingles with the
   beings of others.  We live in other peoples’ thoughts, their
   plans, their dreams  . . .  we have an infinite responsibility.

    Iris Murdoch

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


RIC_5020-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_5020-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.

Urban Tigner Holmes III, A History of Christian Spirituality

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

True Self

RIC_7533-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_7533-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

The “spark” which is my true self is the flash of the Absolute recognizing in me.

Thomas Merton, Love and Living

Monday, October 10, 2011

Rationality & Emotion

RIC_8676-1 by rchoephoto

RIC_8676-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Human rationality depends critically on sophisticated emotionality.
It is only because our emotional brains work so well that our reasoning can work at all.

Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom


Sunday, October 9, 2011


RIC_8356-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_8356-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     In one drop of water are found all the 
     secrets of all the oceans. 
      Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, October 8, 2011


RIC_8410-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_8410-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

We can pick our teachers and 
we can pick our friends and   we can pick the books we read 
and the music we listen to and the movies we see, etcetera.
You are a mashup of what you let into your life.

Paula Scher

Friday, October 7, 2011

To be seen

RIC_8423-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_8423-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     In order for connection to happen,
     we have to allow ourselves to be seen
     — really seen.
      Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Thursday, October 6, 2011


RIC_7922-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_7922-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

La tragedia del hombre es mayor cuando se la deja caer.

The tragedy of man is greater when he gives it up.

Antonio Porchia, Voices, translated by W. S. Merwin

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Becoming free

RIC_2814 by rchoephoto
RIC_2814, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     The moment you can visualize being free from the things
     that hold you back, you have indeed begun to set yourself

Monday, October 3, 2011


RIC_6654-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_6654-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

En una alma llena cabe todo y en una alma vacía no cabe nada.
¡Quién comprende!

A full of heart has room for everything and an empty heart has room for nothing.
Who understands?

Antonio Porchia, Voices, translated by W. S. Merwin


Sunday, October 2, 2011


RIC_7904-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_7904-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

A life-affirming leader is one who knows how to rely on and use the intelligence that exists everywhere in the community, the company, the school, or the organization. A leader these days needs to be a host – one who convenes people, who convenes diversity, who convenes all viewpoints in creative processes where our intelligence can come forth.

Margaret Wheatley


Saturday, October 1, 2011