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Empower someone

I recently heard Joan Chittister, the nun and author, talk about power in a video presentation. She talked about exploitative power, competitive power and manipulative power. But, she urged her audience to use their power to empower other people. Empowering other people, she stressed, is the best use of power. –Joy

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Talk to your enemies

The Week magazine is celebrating 20 years of publishing with “a sampling of timeless observations” from its Wit & Wisdom column—and the quotes are marvelous. Here’s one. “If you want peace, don’t talk to your friends. Talk to your enemies,” Desmon Tutu once said—and was quoted first by the HuffingtonPost.com.

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Simple or complex?

The Week magazine is celebrating 20 years of publishing with “a sampling of timeless observations” from its Wit & Wisdom column—and the quotes are marvelous. Here’s one. “If things were simple, word would have gotten around.” Those words came from philosopher Jacques Derrida—and originally appeared in TheBrowser.com.

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Make a difference

“We are here to make a difference, a day at a time, an act at a time, for as long as it takes to make the world a place of justice and compassion,” Rabbi Jonathan Sacks once said.

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Inspired by plants

Now, on my morning walks, I am beginning to see flowers in bloom. They are a most welcome sight after the brutal freezing weather that plagued us for a week last month. “I am always inspired by plants and their capacity to remind us that growth is possible,” says Raquel Willis, writer and activist, “to […]

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Speak up!

I found a great Martin Luther King quote somewhere this week. It’s a quote I’ve heard before, but it’s one that’s worth repeating. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends,” Martin Luther King once said. –Joy

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Listening and validation

In Sue Monk Kidd’s book The Invention of Wings about the Grimke sisters, early advocates of women’s rights and abolition, Sarah Grimke asks Lucretia Mott, “Do you think I could become a Quaker minister?” Lucretia responds, “Sarah Grimke, you’re the most intelligent person I know. Of course, you could.” In an interview, Sue Monk Kidd […]

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Remember your duty

Sarah Grimke’s mother tells her daughter, born in 1792, “The truth is that every girl must have ambition knocked out of her for her own good….Sarah, darling, you’ve fought harder than I imagined, but you must give yourself over to your duty and your fate and make whatever happiness you can.” I am reading about […]

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Longings seized her

Sarah Grimke, born in 1792, was studying with a tutor when she reported: “Increasingly, during those classes, longings had seized me, foreign, torrential aches that overran my heart. I wanted to know things, to become someone. Oh, to be a son.” I am reading about Sarah Grimke, an early activist for abolition and women’s rights, […]

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Keep growing

“Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow,” said Margaret Fuller, writer and women’s rights advocate, who was born in 1810.

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