Too Much

To some you’re too young to know. Too old to understand. Too experienced to be innocent. Too innocent to have half a clue. Too educated to be in touch. Too uneducated to comprehend the complexities. Too old to be young. Too young to be old. Too left to be right. Too right to care. Too…

Freedom

No one can take away our freedom to do good. To be good. To pass good on to others. Governments can’t. Pandemics can’t. The media can’t. Facebook and Twitter can’t. Even in a jail cell we still have that freedom. Sometimes we forget how free we really are to make that choice.

Be One

Never begrudge the ups and downs, the goods and bads, the in-betweens. The best present in life is someone who stays. Those who don’t have one can be one. 💞 “Friendship is a sheltering tree.” ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Between Snores

Mark and I slept curled up together on a single-sized bench bed in my mother’s hospital room last night. We were up and down quite a bit with her in the night and fell into a deep sleep by morning when things finally settled down. Between snores, he murmured, “You know what this means, right?”…

The Circus

Life isn’t passing you by. The circus is passing you by. Don’t join the circus.

Teach Them

Teach your children to value the people in their lives. The people who came before them. The people who taught them. The people whose blood runs through their veins. The people who invested in them, even from a distance. If you teach your children to value only people exactly like you—exactly like them—you raise narcissists….

Bad Substitutes

Political and economic theories and systems focus on and are designed to protect the mechanisms of power and influence as well as economic growth and development for its own sake. They are not and should never have become our highest values, nor are they substitutes for moral analysis and action.

Fine Line

There’s a fine line between having courage and having no choice but to press on.

Gravity

When you’re young, grief is intense and internal and blessedly brief. When you’re old, it’s profound and enduring and all-consuming like gravity.

The Present

We cannot and need not clean up history. Our responsibility is to clean up the present. Whatever circumstances we’re saddled with as a result of past choices and actions by ourselves or others, they are now our current realities. The only way to move beyond them is to do our best living now and empower…

Even

I care about koalas. I care about orangutans. I care about Republicans and Democrats. I care about people who care about others. And I care about those who don’t. I care about people who care about the environment. And I care about those who don’t see the point. I care about people on trains and…

Empathy

‪Empathy is the act of putting yourself in another’s shoes. Sometimes those shoes are uncomfortable. ‬