“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.”
Maya Angelou, American memoirist, poet, and civil rights activist.
"Whatever anyboy says or does, assume positive intent.
You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different.”
Indra Nooyi, former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo
Let it Be A Sky
Do you feel astonished at your great luck just to be here?
To have breakfast?
Maybe two eggs and buttered toast.
Maybe good hot coffee.
Maybe there’s running water that flows at any temperature you like.
Maybe you’ve forgotten
what miracles these are.
The miracles are everywhere.
Look how many ancestors shine
through your aging hands.
Let your heart be a leaping dolphin.
At least sometimes.
Let it be an opening rose.
Let it be a deep rooted tree
growing between worlds.
Let it be a sky with room for it all.
- Erin Geesaman Rabke
We have just celebrated our Independence Day and especially remember these stirring words as written by Thomas Jefferson:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are
endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
‘Liberty and Justice for all,” as our Pledge of Alliance says.
English Poet: Jon Donne said: “no man is an island.”
When Nelson Mandela wanted to bring fractured South Africa together, he used these words:
“I am because you are.”
And Martin Luther King Jr. called attention to our connectedness:
“We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied in a single garment of destiny.”
and later, he said,
“Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”
Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.
Walt Whitman, Helen Keller, and also an old Maori proverb