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Virtues

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“To both the racist and the puritan, childhood is not a time of life that we grow out of, as the life of the child grows out of the life of the parent or as a plant grows out of the soil, but a time and state of consciousness to be left behind, to cut oneself off from … The child may be joyous, the man must be sober and self-denying; the child may be free, the man is to be “responsible”; the child may be candid in his feelings, the man must be polite, restrained, mindful of the demands of convention; the child may be playful, the man must be industrious. I am not necessarily objecting to the manly virtues, but I am objecting that they should be so exclusively assigned to grownups, and that grownups should be so exclusively restricted to them. A man may have all the prescribed adult virtues and, if he lacks the childhood virtues, still be a dunce and a bore and a liar.”

~ Wendell Berry, The Hidden Wound

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Release Others

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“Release Others’ Expectations. If you focus on what others expect of you, you’ll continue to act on and attract more of what they desire for you. But when you can shift your inner thoughts to what you intend to create and attract into your life, you will no longer have to give mental energy to what others want for you….”

~ Wayne W. Dyer

Grace Is Brave

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“Here’s a message you probably won’t hear at church this morning–if in following Jesus you don’t become a fierce humanitarian, you probably aren’t following Jesus. In fact, when we fully awaken to Grace, our eyes become fixed not on religious “Christian” activities purposed on spiritual navel-gazing and pleasing a requiring god, but on looking into the eyes of people, gazing into their divine worth and dignity, and unconditionally affirming their life. True praise and worship of Jesus will not be found in the songs we sing, the Bible we read, the prayers we exhale, nor the squelching of our sins. Rather, it will be revealed when we trust God enough to turn our focus away from pursuing heaven as Jesus points our attention to manifesting it upon the earth–loving and serving all He has created, of which nothing has He not redeemed and made whole, sacred, and worthy in His sight. Grace is brave. Be brave.”

– Chris Kratzer

Caring Community

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“This leaves us with the urgent question: How can we be or become a caring community, a community of people not trying to cover the pain or to avoid it by sophisticated bypasses, but rather share it as the source of healing and new life? It is important to realize that you cannot get a Ph.D. in caring, that caring cannot be delegated by specialists, and that therefore nobody can be excused from caring. Still, in a society like ours, we have a strong tendency to refer to specialists. When someone does not feel well, we quickly think, ‘Where can we find a doctor?’ When someone is confused, we easily advise him to go to a counselor. And when someone is dying, we quickly call a priest. Even when someone wants to pray we wonder if there is a minister around.”

~ Henri Nouwen