Widening Our Circle of Compassion

While this blog is not political in nature, I cannot in good conscience ignore current events in the United States.  As each of us looks individually for answers to the problems faced by all of us as a nation, please consider the words of this great man:

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

 
~Albert Einstein

(Quote Source: goodreads.com)

Thank you.

Nature and Children

“If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”

~Rachel Carson (American marine biologist and conservationist whose book, Silent Spring, and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.)

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Putting up a bird feeder with your children is an excellent way to nurture a love of nature within them — especially at this time of year!

Naughty Squirrels

“Until mankind can extend the circle of his compassion to include all living things, he will never, himself, know peace.”

~Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), Nobel Peace prize winner

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Once in awhile I need a quote such as this one from Albert Schweitzer to remind me that the squirrels gnawing on my bird feeder, my outdoor decor, and my deck railings are merely trying to survive — just like all other living creatures.  Anyone else ever find themselves challenged by these determined, and frustratingly naughty creatures?

Water Wisely

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“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence.  Fences have nothing to do with it.  The grass is greenest where it is watered.  When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.”

~Robert Fulghum, American author

Source: It was on Fire When I Lay Down on it (1988)