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Ubuntu

The word ubuntu is an African word that means: “I am because of who we are together.” I discovered the word in a University of New Mexico publication about family development. –Joy

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I shall help you

I found this quote while I was in New Mexico recently. I don’t remember where. But, it seems very appropriate to our world today. “One doesn’t ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer. This is enough for me. You belong to me, and […]

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We are loving creatures

“The heart is that piece of us that longs for fusion with others,” writes David Brooks in his new book. “We are not primarily thinking creatures; we are primarily loving and desiring creatures. We are defined by what we desire. We become what we love.” Brooks’ new book is The Second Mountain—The Quest for a […]

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How thick and how deep

“As adults,” says David Brooks in his new book The Second Mountain—The Quest for a Moral Life, “we measure our lives by the quality of our relationships and the quality of our service to those relationships. Life is a qualitative endeavor, not a quantitative one. It’s not how many, but how thick and how deep.”

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An inescapable network of mutuality

“In a real sense, all life is interrelated. All men (and women) are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly,” Martin Luther King once said. We found this quote in Martin Luther King’s book A Gift of Love.

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Sense of interconnection

Elaine Pagels, a professor at Princeton, writes about the death of her 6-1/2-year-old son and her husband in her new book Why Religion? The two deaths happened about 30 years ago, but, only now, she says, is she able to write about them. “You don’t get over tragedies,” she told an audience at Arts & […]

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Hug more!

A 2018 study by Carnegie Mellon University found that people who receive hugs feel more positive. They’re happier! In its January 11, 2019, issue The Week magazine also reports that a Harvard study showed that living a healthy, happy life depends more on good friendships than on exercise or cholesterol levels.

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Devout thanksgiving

I usually spend thanksgiving with my family, and I am truly thankful for my husband and children. This year, I also am remembering how thankful I am for my friends. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends,” Emerson once wrote. –Joy

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It’s we, we, the world

”It’s time for us to realize that we are a part of all the suffering in the world–those who are hungry and starving, all those animals that face extinction,” says Jane Goodall, primatologist and United Nations messenger of peace. “Then, we begin to make the change from ‘I’ to ‘we.’ It’s we, we, the world. […]

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A lot of lonely people

A study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health found that the heaviest users of social media have about twice the odds of feeling socially isolated compared to their less “web-connected” friends. CNBC reported about this study.

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