These are a few quotes that I’ve come up with…
“Yes, we must ‘Speak Truth to Power!’ but we also must speak hope to power and speak appreciation and gratitude to power when power gets it right.” (20 January 2017 @ 9:27 AM CT)
“A feminist victory isn’t won by women becoming more militant. It’s won by everyone becoming more peaceful, caring, collaborative, forgiving, supportive, understanding, sensitive, nurturing, spiritual, transcendent, and unified.” (19 January 2017 @ 11:42 AM CT)
“ATTENTION – Just so you know, I’m not going to abandon Facebook out of frustration with people. Also, here is a list of the people I won’t be unfriending today: Republicans, Democrats, Trump supporters, Hillary supporters, Libertarians, Greens, Conservatives, Liberals, hunters, vegans, people driving diesel trucks rolling coal, bicyclists, people who drive hybrids, people who drive SUVs, Black Lives Matter activists, police officers, LGBT people, rednecks, evangelicals, Unitarians, atheists, Muslims, Jews, Palestinians, Israelis, wealthy people, poor people, soldiers, peace activists, people proud of the U.S.A., those who believe the U.S.A. can do better, those I disagree with, and finally, the ‘deplorables.’ Instead of unfriending, I’m going to seek out friendships with those who think and live differently than I do. I’m going to listen, seek to understand, and respect people. Let’s stop labeling and vilifying each other. Let’s find common ground and work together. There’s more we have in common and agree on, than those things we don’t agree on.” (Facebook post on 11 Nov 2016 @ 3:49 PM)
“We must become the butterfly that flaps its wings, and brings about a ripple effect of peace, love, healing, and unity that impacts the entire world.” (9 Nov 2016 @ 2000)
“Be a winner, not a whiner.” (18 Jul 2016 @ 1714)
“Life is magical. Sometimes we notice it.” (5 Feb 2016 @ 0825)
“Your reputation equity will rise or fall depending on how happy your employees are.” (25 Jan 2016)
“To believe is to see with more than just our eyes.” (11 Dec 2015)
“Looking back, we also look forward. Then we know what really matters. Sincerity. Laughter. Smiles. Kindness. Caring.” (21 August 2015, in memory of Paul Carter)
“Living smaller isn’t so much an architectural challenge, but a challenge of rethinking what we need to live.” (16 May 2015)
“Why do we become intolerant of people who are intolerant of people to show that being intolerant is wrong?” (24 April 2015)
“Great teachers don’t tell us what to think, they teach us how to think.” (17 Apr 2015)
“I don’t write poetry, I live poetry.” (13 December 2014)
“Vegetarianism is the choice between calf or de-calf.” (6 August 2014)
“We can’t focus our energy on the problems… We must focus on solutions that make those problems irrelevant.”
“Tomorrow will be better than yesterday because of our choices and actions today.”
“We see the reflection of our soul in those we love.”
“Love is opportunity knocking on the door of your heart.”
“Growing is ongoing. In every area of life, whatever mountain we’ve climbed, there is always another behind it. Whatever success we’ve had, another awaits. No matter how many hurts or failures we’ve learned and grown from, more are ahead. Every area of life is connected and interdependent. So solutions to life’s problems must be holistic.”
“Life is too short to be lived in the third person.”
“Freedom isn’t free. Thank a peace activist.”
“We need to be grateful for those who have served in the military and put their lives on the line for our freedoms, but equally so, we need to acknowledge that there are others who sacrifice and may give their lives, fighting to bring peace rather than fighting to stop war.” (18 Feb 2016 @ 1039)
When I think up a catchy phrase, I’ll Google the phrase to see if anyone has come up with it first. Discovering a new saying or quote is difficult after thousands of years of human history, and millions of books being written. Yet, it’s still possible. It’s kind of like coming up with a unique and catchy domain name for a website. It’s possible, just difficult.
Here’s an interesting example… One of the quotes I came up with is “I don’t write poetry. I live poetry.” This is a variant on the quote attributed to Salvador Dali, “I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.” The quote, “I don’t write poetry. I am poetry” was already taken. So, I created a modified version of the quote. I like the modified version because it implies that poetry is action. I believe at the time I penned the quote it was not published on the web. Today a search of that phrase in quotes produces only three results. So, it’s still rare.
Below are graphics using some of the above quotes.
Thank a Peace Activist
We tend to think of peace activists as a bunch of passive wimps. Yet, they put their life on the line, in hopes of promoting freedom. Some have been ‘shot in the line of duty’ as they try to promote a message of understanding and tolerance.
We definitely need to be grateful for those who have served in the military and put their lives on the line for our freedoms, but equally so, we need to acknowledge that there are others who sacrifice and may give their lives, fighting to bring peace rather than fighting to stop war.