Einstein provided such wisdom in a few words. I enjoy his quotes and writing. When I taught, my students referred to him as my dad based my eccentric behavior and wild hair.
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The article linked has a wonderful and lengthy quote from Michel de Montaigne about character. Character is an aesthetic masterpiece words and deeds are expressing. It is reflected in and through living. We are painting a picture, writing a story, and becoming someone without knowing the next brush stroke, the next letter, and the next step fully.
When I looked at the accompanying image, I was struck by the space in the foreground and how the background was more cluttered. We move in the spaces provided in the immediacy of the moment without knowing for sure what is revealed. When we look further afield, we realize how the past is cluttered and the future uncertain.
It takes confidence to step into the unknown. Although the next step appears spacious, what will appear is not certain despite our best plans, our material resources, and our victories.
This article raises many questions. The one for me is about the whether we want to hide the poverty, homelessness, and hunger behind closed doors in wealthy countries such as Canada and the US. These are real issues and more importantly real peopled. They have faces, names, and stories.
Originally posted on tahtonka - A Journey Through Global Culture:
Arnold Abbott: the Police and the Politics of public feeding.
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At first glance this story appears to be just another case of politics bullying charity, but not so fast.
This story should have been written a few days ago, but it was not to be, as I was once again up in Gainesville getting my melanomas tended to.
Now it’s back to work this morning…
If you have not heard of this man yet, you will.
His name is Arnold Abbott and he is a 90-year-old advocate for the homeless and hungry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Arnold has for many years been feeding the homeless on the beach at Ft Lauderdale.
There are many who support him in his charitable endeavors, but as usual, there are also those who are very much opposed.
There are kind generous souls in many places around Florida and the Country, who also do this…
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“Be the vastness says. Be without adverbs, descriptors, or qualities. Be so alive that awareness bares itself uncloaked and unadorned.”
Originally posted on Dr Bill Wooten:
“A door opens. Maybe I’ve been standing here shuffling my weight from foot to foot for decades, or maybe I only knocked once. In truth, it doesn’t matter. A door opens and I walk through without a backward glance. This is it, then, one moment of truth in a lifetime of truth; a choice made, a path taken, the gravitational pull of Spirit too compelling to ignore any longer. I am received by something far too vast to see. It has roots in antiquity but speaks clearly in the present tense. “Be,” the vastness says. “Be without adverbs, descriptors, or qualities. Be so alive that awareness bares itself uncloaked and unadorned. Then go forth to give what you alone can give, awake to love and suffering, unburdened by the weight of expectations. Go forth to see and be seen, blossoming, always blossoming into your magnificence.”
~ Danna Faulds
Rumi speaks about paradox in the quote introducing the poem. We often think of entrances as being an external portal but, when we seek sanctuary, we turn in looking for the entrance to that sanctuary. The entrance is inside us leading further inside.
As the poem suggests, to be human is to be sacred. It is the coming together of two worlds, one outside and one inside. The inner one is much harder to reach as we try opening the door the wrong way quite often. We push out rather than turning in and pulling gently revealing light from the inner sanctuary that shines on us as we sit quietly waiting for silence to speak.