"I like to walk alone on country paths, rice plants and wild grasses on both sides, putting each foot down on the earth in mindfulness, knowing that I walk on the wondrous earth. In such moments, existence is a miraculous and mysterious reality. People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is to walk on earth . . . a miracle we don’t even recognize.” Thich Nhat Hanh

The miracle of walking on the earth

"I don't think there are many human feelings as tough and resilient as hope. Love is the only other and they both are as strong as steel, even though we talk about them as if they were made of air. Hope has gotten me through some very hard days. I am willing to bet the same is true for you. Gotten me through not with airy wishes, but with a determination to stand my ground until the next dawn sends the shadows running. Never underestimate hope. It is the lifeline. It is what your soul sees when your eyes are in darkness. Hope is the eternal light that no fear can overcome." Steve Charleston

The necessity of hope

As a happy, life-long learner, these words really spoke to me. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Mahatma Gandhi

Life long learning is a gift

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world." Joel A. Barke

The importance of vision and action

"The intuitive connection children feel with animals can be a tremendous source of joy. The unconditional love received from pets, and the lack of artifice in the relationship, contrast sharply with the much trickier dealings with members of their own species." Frans de Waal

The beauty of children and animals