"If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I'll bet they'd live a lot differently." ~ Bill Watterson. When was the last time you went into your back yard, lay in the cool grass of late summer and gaze mesmerized at the night sky?
Joyce Carol Oates eloquently shared the value of reading to understand humanity.“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates
Ponder this when you come upon a strange and wonder whether to smile at them or not. “It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime. We should all smile more often.” ~ Steve Maraboli
Do you wonder what keeps us from understanding each other? Maybe it is as Nietzsche perceived it that we look to how we are the same and miss the beauty of how we are different. “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
READ If you wish for a better world, “Once upon a time“ opens up all possibilities. To quote Philip Pullman, “We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.”
Stop Pause and Look Around . . . “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” ~ Albert Einstein. There is nothing more that has to be said about this.
Smile “If you smile at me, I will understand. 'Cause that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language." ~ Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, "Wooden Ships" How wonderful we all speak the same language.
What is your morning routine? Do you immediately think about what you need to do today? It's summer. How about going outside before the day begins and enjoy the morning sun? Give it a go.