Life-leadership

(Edwin Friedman): Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.

(John Quincy Adams): If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, and do more and become more, you are a leader.

(Vince Lombardi): Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.

(Antoine de Saint-Exupery): If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
Creative Diversity

(Indira Gandhi): Humankind will endure when the world appreciates the logic of diversity.

(Viktor Frankl): To start with, we must point out that "to be" always means in essence "to be different." We only discover certain aspects of reality by extracting them, as it were, and isolating them from the massive flow of what is. Only when one aspect of reality is counterposed to something different does either come into being. Anything real, that is, requires as a precondition the reality of something other than itself. "To be" equals "to be different" -- that is, "to be different from something"; relationship is supremely important. Actually, only the relationship "exists." We might therefore state it this way: all that is has its being only with reference to something else. (The Doctor and the Soul, pg. 5)

(MahnezAfkhami): We have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary goodwill, a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic, national and local diversities that enrich our lives.

(Isabel Allende): Peace requires everyone to be in the circle – wholeness, inclusion.

(Kofi Anan): We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.

(Mikhail Gorbachev): Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.

(Jesse Jackson): Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow- red, yellow, brown, black and white- and we're all precious in God's sight.

(Vandana Shiva): The primary threat to nature and people today comes from centralizing and monopolizing power and control. Not until diversity is made the logic of production will there be a chance for sustainability, justice and peace. Cultivating and conserving diversity is no luxury in our times: it is a survival imperative. . . Uniformity is not nature's way; diversity is nature's way.
Peacemaking/Non-violence

(Gandhi): We no longer have a choice between violence and non-violence. The choice of today stands between nonviolence or non-existence.

(Gandhi): When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and, for a time, they seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it -- ALWAYS.

(Mother Theresa): Do not wait for leaders. Bring peace person to person.

(Jesus): Blessed are the peacemakers.

(Oscar Romero): Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is a right and it is a duty.

(Barabara Marx Hubbard): There has always been a longing in the human heart for a more just, free, loving and creative society. But it was never before possible to fulfill these aspirations, because we had neither the evolutionary drivers and global crises to force us to change, nor did we have the scientific and technological powers that can free us from the limitations of scarcity, poverty, disease, and ignorance. This is the time of awakening for the social potential movement.

(Javier Perez de Cuellar): Peace - the word evokes the simplest and most cherished dream of humanity. Peace is, and has always been, the ultimate human aspiration. And yet our history overwhelmingly shows that while we speak incessantly of peace, our actions tell a very different story.

(Albert Schweitzer): In the hearts of people today there is a deep longing for peace. When the true spirit of peace is thoroughly dominant, it becomes an inner experience with unlimited possibilities. Only when this really happens-- when the spirit of peace awakens and takes possession of men's hearts, can humanity be saved from perishing.

(Martin Luther King, Jr.): It is not enough to say 'We must not wage war.' It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it … We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody that is far superior to the discord of war.

(Mikhail Gorbachev): Today, peace means the ascent from simple coexistence to cooperation and common creativity among countries and nations. . . Ideally, peace means the absence of violence. It is an ethical value.

(Carl Sagan): It is clear that the nations of the world now can only rise and fall together. It is not a question of one nation winning at the expense of another. We must all help one another or all perish together.

(Mairead Corrigan Maguire): If we want to reap the harvest of peace and justice in the future, we will have to sow seeds of nonviolence, here and now, in the present.

(Margaret Mead): Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has.

(Preamble, Charter of the United Nations): We, the peoples of the United Nations, determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal right of men and women and of nations large and small....And for these ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors...have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims.

(Martin Luther King, Jr.): True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.
Authenticity: An Essential Value of Heart-centered Life-leadership

(Karl Jaspers): Only in those moments when I exercise my freedom am I fully myself.

(Rollo May): The personal freedom to think and feel and speak authentically and to be conscious of so doing is the quality that distinguishes us as human.

(Hermann Hesse): Within yourself is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.

(David Irvine): Authenticity is about opening to the experience of who you really are and courageously bringing that realness to the world. (Becoming Real, pg. xxiv)

(MihalyCsikszentmihalyi): A leader will find it difficult to articulate a coherent vision unless it expresses his core values, his basic identity...one must first embark on the formidable journey of self-discovery in order to create a vision with authentic soul. (Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Page: 167)

(Thomas D. Willhite): Live dangerously; take risks; cultivate eccentricity, which means growing closer to being yourself. This will give you a life worth living and of which you can be proud.

(William James): Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it.

(Sarah Ban Breathnach): The authentic self is the soul made visible.

Intentionality: An Essential Value of Heart-centered Life-leadership

(Viktor Frankl): . . .the last of the human freedoms. . .to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

(Erich Fromm): Living itself is an art -- in fact, the most important and at the same time the most difficult and complex art to be practiced by a human being. . . In the art of living, a woman is both the artist and the object of her art; he is the sculptor and the marble; the physician and the patient.

(James Hillman): Attention is the cardinal psychological virtue. On it depends perhaps the other cardinal virtues, for there can hardly be faith nor hope nor love for anything unless it first receives attention. (Insearch, pg. 119)

(George B. Leonard): Ultimately, human intentionality is the most powerful evolutionary force on this planet.

(Barbara Brown Taylor): ...once I gave up the hunt for villains, I had little recourse but to take responsibility for my choice. . . Needless to say, this is far less satisfying than nailing villains. It also turned out to be more healing in the end... (Experiments with Truth, in Sojourners, Nov. 2006, p. 46)

(Rollo May): By intentionality, I mean the structure which gives meaning to experience. It is not to be identified with intentions, but is the dimension which underlies them; it is man's capacity to have intentions. . .our intentions are decisive with respect to how we perceive the world. . .Each act of consciousness tends toward something, is a turning of the person toward something, and has within it, no matter how latent, some push toward a direction for action. . .intentionality gives the underlying structure for wishing and willing.

(Morris L. West): It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the enlightment, or the courage, to pay the price. . . One has to abandon altogether the search for security and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to embrace the world like a lover. One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.
Intentionality: An Essential Value of Heart-centered Life-leadership

(Viktor Frankl): . . .the last of the human freedoms. . .to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

(Erich Fromm): Living itself is an art -- in fact, the most important and at the same time the most difficult and complex art to be practiced by a human being. . . In the art of living, a woman is both the artist and the object of her art; he is the sculptor and the marble; the physician and the patient.

(James Hillman): Attention is the cardinal psychological virtue. On it depends perhaps the other cardinal virtues, for there can hardly be faith nor hope nor love for anything unless it first receives attention. (Insearch, pg. 119)

(George B. Leonard): Ultimately, human intentionality is the most powerful evolutionary force on this planet.

(Barbara Brown Taylor): ...once I gave up the hunt for villains, I had little recourse but to take responsibility for my choice. . . Needless to say, this is far less satisfying than nailing villains. It also turned out to be more healing in the end... (Experiments with Truth, in Sojourners, Nov. 2006, p. 46)

(Rollo May): By intentionality, I mean the structure which gives meaning to experience. It is not to be identified with intentions, but is the dimension which underlies them; it is man's capacity to have intentions. . .our intentions are decisive with respect to how we perceive the world. . .Each act of consciousness tends toward something, is a turning of the person toward something, and has within it, no matter how latent, some push toward a direction for action. . .intentionality gives the underlying structure for wishing and willing.

(Morris L. West): It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the enlightment, or the courage, to pay the price. . . One has to abandon altogether the search for security and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to embrace the world like a lover. One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.
Solidarity: An Essential Value of Heart-centered Life-leadership

(Teilhard de Chardin): We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other.

(Elie Wiesel): . . . True, we are often too weak to stop injustices; but the least we can do is to protest against them. True, we are too poor to eliminate hunger; but in feeding one child, we protest against hunger. True, we are too timid and powerless to take on all the guards of all the political prisons in the world; but in offering our solidarity to one prisoner we denounce all the tormentors. True, we are powerless against death; but as long as we help one man, one woman, one child live one hour longer in safety and dignity, we affirm man's [woman's] right to live.

(Sartre): In wanting freedom we discover that it depends entirely on the freedom of others, and that the freedom of others depends on ours. . . I am obliged to want others to have freedom at the same time that I want my own freedom. I can take freedom as my goal only if I take that of others as a goal as well.

(Gandhi): I believe in the essential unity of all people and for that matter of all lives. Therefore, I believe that if one person gains spiritually, the whole world gains, and if one person falls, the whole world falls to that extent.

(Sandra Day O'Connor): We don't accomplish anything in this world alone ... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.

(Leo Tolstoy): I now understand that my welfare is only possible if I acknowledge my unity with all the people of the world without exception.

(Martin Luther King, Jr.): I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream -- a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man's skin determines the content of his character; a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone, but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of the human personality.

(Clarence Darrow): You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.

(Simone Veil): The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say to him [her], "What are you going through"?

(Martin Luther King, Jr.): I choose to identify with the underprivileged. I choose to identify with the poor. I choose to give my life for the hungry. I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity. . . . This is the way I'm going. If it means suffering a little bit, I'm going that way. If it means sacrificing, I'm going that way. If it means dying for them, I'm going that way, because I heard a voice saying, "Do something for others."

(Joan Baez): In other words, it is what I do in the world that matters. When I traveled for three months in the Mideast, the places I wanted to go back to were Turkey and the Gaza Strip. It has to do with what Gandhi said: he found God in the eyes of the poor. Those are the places which were so moving that they were just unbearable.

(Jesus -- book of Matthew): For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was in prison and you visited Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You? And the King will answer them, I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.
Generosity: An Essential Value of Heart-centered Life-leadership

(Winston Churchill): We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

(William Blake): You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.

(Albert Camus): Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.

(Buddha): Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.

(Mother Teresa): Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.

(Martin Luther King, Jr.): Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

(Gandhi): The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.

(Brenda Ueland -- 1939): The spirit, I think, is a stream, a fountain that must continually be poured out, for only if it is poured out will more and clearer streams come.

(Simone de Beauvoir): That's what I consider true generosity. You give your all and yet you always feel as if it cost you nothing. (All Men are Mortal)
Natural Style: The 1st Key of Heart-centered Life-leadership

(ee cummings): to be nobody but yourself. . . . .in a world that is trying its best. . . . .night and day. . . . to make you everybody else. . . . .means to fight the hardest battle. . . . .which any human being can fight. . and never stop fighting

(Rumi): . . .Blessed is anyone who knows who he or she really is and builds a place to live there.

(Carol Pearson): The hero's journey is first about taking a journey to find the treasure of your true self. (Awakening the Heroes Within, pg. 1)

(David Irvine): Each life comes into being with a central and utterly unique guiding force that compels it, knowingly or unknowingly, to an essence of life and a destiny it is meant to be. (Becoming Real)

(Maslow): If our nature is permitted to guide our life, we grow healthy, fruitful and happy.

(Robert Browning): My business is not to remake myself, but make the absolute best of what God made.

(Carl Jung): Individuation is to divest the self of false wrappings.

(Kierkegaard): Choose to be who you are. . . The individual who would become a person must at some point take over his entire being -- must, that is, choose herself.

(Carl Jung): Everything good is costly, and the development of personality is one of the most costly of all things. It is a matter of saying yes to oneself, of taking oneself as the most serious of tasks, of being conscious of everything one does, and keeping it constantly before one's eyes in all its dubious aspects.

(C.G. Jung: Psychological Reflections. A New Anthology of His Writings, edited by Jolande Jacobi, pg. 313)

(Gandhi): A person is bound to work in obedience to and in conformity to that person's own nature. (Living from the Heart, Discourse III, pg. 27)

(Barbara DeAngelis): There has never been, and never again will be a human being like you. There is nothing ordinary about you. If you feel ordinary, it is because you have chosen to hide the extraordinary parts of yourself from the world. (Real Moments, pgs. 114-115)

(Old Jewish Saying): When you die and go up to heaven, your maker is not going to ask you why you were not like Joseph or Moses but why you didn't become you.

(Brian Andreas): I've always liked the time before dawn because there's no one around to remind me who I'm supposed to be. So it's easier to remember who I am.

(Carl Jung): Every human being is inherently a unique and individual form of life. He or she is made like that. But there is something which a person can do over and above the given material of her nature, and that is she can become conscious of what makes her the person she is, and he can work consciously toward relating what is himself to the world around him.

(Lao Tse): The one who does not stray away from her/his nature will live long. (Tao, xxxiii)

(Thoreau): Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.

(Daisaku Ikeda): You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life. This is not an easy struggle. Indeed, it may be the most difficult task in the world, for opening the door to your own life is, in the end, more difficult than opening the doors to the mysteries of the universe.

(Gospel of Thomas): If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.

(Pamela Sneed): . . .I'm terrified to own myself. . .If we owned ourselves. . .we'd overturn this earth. . .there would be no reason. . .to destroy everything we are. . .but it's easier and safer to stay small. . .I was not taught to honor myself. . .But, I'm making a promise to myself. . .as this earth is my witness. . .I'm going to be free. . .I won't have to stand here. . .dragging these dead pieces of flesh. . .searching for a scrap of something to cover myself. . .Imagine being more afraid of freedom than slavery. . . (Excerpt from the poem, "Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery")

(Anne Morrow Lindberg): When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too.
Paradox: The 2nd Key of Heart-centered Life-leadership

(Khalil Gibran): In every winter's heart there is a quivering spring, and behind the veil of each night there is a shining dawn.

(William Blake): To see a world in a grain of sand. . .And heaven in a flower. . . Hold infinity in the palm of your hand. . .And eternity in an hour. (Auguries of Innocence)

(Carol Pearson): In a psychological sense, it is only when we are willing to face our own pain that we are willing and able to experience joy.

(Rollo May): All our feelings, like the artist's paints and brush, are ways of communicating and sharing something meaningful from us to the world.

(Marguerite Yourcenar): When two texts, or two assertions, perhaps two ideas, are in contradiction, be ready to reconcile them rather than cancel one by the other; regard them as two different facets, or two successive stages, of the same reality, a reality convincingly human just because it is complex.

(Khalil Gibran): . . .joy and sorrow are inseparable. . .together they come and when one sits alone with you. . .remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

(Khalil Gibran): Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.

(Robert Moore & Douglas Gillette): We all know that love brings both pain and joy. Our realization that this is profoundly and unalterably true is archetypally based. (King, Magician, Warrior, Lover, pg.125)

(MoriheiUeshiba): Each day of life contains joy and anger, pain and pleasure, darkness and light, growth and decay. Each moment is etched with nature's grand design -- do not try to deny or oppose the cosmic order of things. (The Art of Peace)

(Kirk Schneider & Rollo May): All through history it is true that only by going through hell does one have any chance of reaching heaven. (The Psychology of Existence, pg. 28)

(Kirk Schneider): Our greatest challenge today...is to couple conviction with doubt. By conviction, I mean some pragmatically developed faith, trust, or centeredness; and by doubt I mean openness to the ongoing changeability, mystery, and fallibility of the conviction. (The Paradoxical Self, p. 7)
Heart: The 3rd Key of Heart-centered Life-leadership

(Carl Jung): Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your heart.

(John Kolter& Dan Cohen): Change fails because we rely too much on convincing - preoccupation with data-gathering and intellectual analysis. Change succeeds by starting with the heart -- being creative to awaken the feelings that motivate useful action.

(Muriel & John James): When we decide upon goals that have meaning and release our spiritual urges to become passions, a path with heart becomes obvious and beckons us to move on. (Passion for Life)

(Muriel & John James): A path with heart is a course of action that calls us to respond with passion -- to act on the basis of a positive emotional and intellectual commitment to someone or something. (Passion for Life)

(Krishnamurti): Listen to the desires of your heart as you would listen to a song, as you would listen to the wind blowing through the trees.

(Hasidic Saying): Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all her strength.

(John Trudell): The thing is, it has to do with heart -- we have to understand what hearts are for before we can get back to heaven or paradise or the power in our minds.

(Gibran): In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond. And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow, your heart dreams of spring. Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gates to eternity.

(Rumi): Know that the mirror of the heart is boundless. . . Here, opinions become silent, otherwise they will lead you into errors. . . for the heart is sacred -- even more the heart is sacredness itself.

(the Tao): . . . There is security for those who observe the dignity of the heart and disaster for those who blind themselves to the way of their heart and pay no attention. To revere and honor the way of the heart is the way to insure the favor of Life forever.

(Rumi): . . .And remember what Muhammed said of the place in human beings we call the heart, "This is what I value."
Advocacy: The 4th Key of Heart-centered Life-leadership

(Len Traubman): An enemy is someone whose story you never heard.

(Lao Tse): When two opposing sides meet in battle, the one without an enemy will be victorious. (Tao Te Ching)

(Felix Adler): The unique personality which is the real life in me, I can not gain unless I search for the real life, the spiritual quality, in others. I am myself spirtually dead unless I reach out to the fine quality dormant in others. (The Ethical Philosophy of Life)

(Gandhi): We no longer have a choice between violence or nonviolence. The choice today stands between nonviolence or non-existence.
Co-Creation: The 5th Key of Heart-centered Life-leadership

(St. Exupery): Love is not about looking at one another, it is about looking together in the same direction.

(Matthew Fox): We are partners in the Great Work of the universe. . . It takes deep inner work to make us strong enough to face our own responsibility as co-creators. (The Reinvention of Work, pg. 104)

(Tu Wei-ming): . . .Heaven. . .needs our active participation to realize its own truth. We are heaven's partners, indeed co-creators. (The Meaning of Life: Reflections in Words & Pictures on Why We are Here, pg. 200)

(Harold Kushner): . . .We are here to finish God's labors. . .so that we could be His partners in completing the work of creation. (The Meaning of Life: Reflections in Words & Pictures on Why We are Here, pg. 200)

(Nan C. Merrill): . . .Commit my ways to my birthright, that I might be a co-creator through all generations! . . . (Psalms for Praying, Psalm 61, pg. 118)
Celebration: The 6th Key of Heart-centered Life-leadership

(Cicero): Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all others.

(Jim Stephans): Be thankful. Cultivate an "attitude of gratitude." Thankfulness is much more dependent on attitude than circumstance.

(Tom Hannah): Tolerance and celebration of individual differences is the fire that fuels lasting love.

(M. Scott Peck): Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.

(Walt Whitman): I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
Passion

(Friedrich Nietzsche): An attack on the roots of passion means an attack on the roots of life.

(Carol Pearson): Eros smiles on those who see it as sacred.

(Denis Diderot): Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.

(David Easton): You must find the passion, an unrelenting passion.

(Agnes DeMille): Find the passion. It takes great passion and great energy to do anything creative. I would go so far as to say you can't do it without that passion.

(Ferdinand Foch): The most powerful force on earth is the human soul on fire.

(Oliver Wendell Holmes): As life is action and passion, it is required of us that we should share the action and passion of our time at peril of being judged not to have lived.

(Federico Fellini): There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only infinite passion for life.

(Robert Moore & Douglas Gillette): The Bible says "without a vision, the people perish." It is specifically without the. . . . .Lover [archetype] that people perish.(King, Magician, Warrior, Lover, pg.125)

(Rumi): Wherever you are and in every circumstance, try always to be a lover and a passionate lover. Once you have possessed love, you will remain a lover in the tomb, on the day of resurrection, in paradise and forever.

(Isabel Allende): When a man's earning his living doing things he doesn't like, he feels like a slave; when he's doing what he loves, he feels like a prince.(from her novel, The Infinite Plan, p. 123)
Vision/Purpose

(Viktor Frankl): Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life. . Therein she cannot be replaced, nor can her life be repeated. Thus, everyone's task is as unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.

(David McNally): We were born, I believe, to be "thoroughly used up" when we die. . .it means understanding that we were created to fulfill a purpose and it is that purpose that empowers, inspires, and gives meaning to our lives. (Even Eagles Need a Push)

(Orison Swett Marden): There's no greater sight in the world than that of a person on fire with a great purpose, dominated by one unwavering aim.

(Mack Douglas): Dedicate your life to a cause greater than yourself, and your life will become a glorious romance and adventure.

(James Allen): The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart -- this you will build your life by, this you will become.

(Matthew Fox): The importance of responding to our vocation as workers is underscored by Paul when he says that truly the only sin in life is our refusal to do the work we have been called to do. (The Reinvention of Work, pg. 123)

(Frederick Buechner): . . .The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's hunger meet. (Listening to Your Life, pg. 185)
Community

(Cicero): We were born to unite with our fellow men. And to join in community with the human race.

(Ephesians 4:25): We are members of one another.

(Cesar Chavez): We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.

(Desomnd Tutu): My humanity is bound in yours. We can be human only if we do it together.

(Martin Buber): A human being becomes whole not in virtue of a relation to himself [only] but rather in virtue of an authentic relation to another human being(s).

(Reinhold Niebuhr): . . .Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone.

(Martin Luther King, Jr.): All [human beings] are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.

(Rumi): . . .Who are these companions? They are rungs in your ladder. Use them! With company you quicken your ascent. . .Every prophet sought out companions. A wall standing alone is useless, but put three or four walls together, and they'll support a roof and keep the grain dry and safe. (from Denise Breton & Christopher Largent, Love, Soul & Freedom: Dancing with Rumi on the Mystical Path, pg. 74)
Creating

(Nikos Kazantzakis): By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.

(Carl Jung): Only in our creative acts do we step forth into the light and see ourselves whole and complete.

(Erich Fromm): Living itself is an art -- in fact, the most important and at the same time the most difficult and complex art to be practiced by [people]. . . In the art of living, [the human being] is both the artist and the object of his [or her] art; s/he is the sculptor and the marble; the physician and the patient.

(Friedrich Nietzsche): The world is a work of art that gives birth to itself.

(Robert Fritz): It is not common for people to think of their own lives as creations. You are not encouraged to have with your own life the kind of relationship a creator has with his or her vision. But your life can be a creation.

(Colin Wilson): It is dangerous to betray the creative energies: the result is life-fatigue.

(Henri Bergson): To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
Dialogue

(Martin Buber): Human life and humanity come into being in genuine encounters. The hope for this hour depends upon the renewal of the immediacy of dialogue among human beings.

(David Bohm & David Peat): What is essential here is the presence of the spirit of dialogue, which is in short, the ability to hold many points of view in suspension, along with a primary interest in the creation of common meaning.

(Martin Luther King, Jr.): People don’t get along because they fear each other. People fear each other because they don’t know each other. They don’t know each other because they have not properly communicated with each other.

(ThichNhat Hanh): In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.

(Dalai Lama): . . .today we are so interdependent that the concept of war has become out dated. When we face problems or disagreements today, we have to arrive at solutions through dialogue. Dialogue is the only appropriate method. One-sided victory is no longer relevant. We must work to resolve conflicts in a spirit of reconciliation and always keep in mind the interests of others. We cannot destroy our neighbors! We cannot ignore their interests! Doing so would ultimately cause us to suffer. I therefore think that the concept of violence is now unsuitable. Nonviolence is the appropriate method.

(Dalai Lama): The 20th century was the century of war and blood. The 21st century is the century of dialogue.

(Elio Toaf): The heart opens itself to the hope that the misfortunes of the past will be replaced by fruitful dialogue.

(Danny Martin, Director of ICRE, International Communities for the Renewal of the Earth): We come to know ourselves, then, through coming to know each other. And the deeper that knowledge, the richer and more creative the world we build together.

(Rollo May): Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.

(Sue Patton Thoele): Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand.

(Roman Herzog, 11th President of Germany): Without mutual knowledge there can be no mutual understanding; without understanding, there can be no trust and respect; without trust, there can be no peace, only the danger of conflict. This means we have to be willing and able to familiarize ourselves with the way people of other cultures think and perceive the world around them, but without losing our own standpoint in the process.
Freedom & Partnership

(Gandhi): Indiviudal liberty and interdependence are both essential for life in society.

(Martin Luther King, Jr.): I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the way our world is made. No individual or nation can stand out boasting of being independent. We are interdependent.

(Martin Buber): To begin with oneself but not to end with onself. To start from oneself but not to aim at oneself.

(Pope John XXIII): The social progress, order, security and peace of each country are necessarily connected with the social progress, order, security and peace of all other countries.
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