Laurie

United States

FORTY OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES: ================================================================= 1.) "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." -Mahatma Gandhi ================================================================= 2.) "They may see the good you do as self-serving. Continue to do good. They may see your generosity as grandstanding. Continue to be generous. They may see your warm and caring nature as a weakness. Continue to be warm and caring. For, you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It never was between you and them, anyway." -Mother Theresa ================================================================= 3.) "People first, *then* money, *then* things." -Suze Orman ================================================================= 4.) "The biggest disease… is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted." -Mother Teresa ================================================================= 5.) "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." - Mother Teresa ================================================================= 6.) "Live simply so that others may simply live." -Mahatma Gandhi ================================================================= 7.) "My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." -Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama ================================================================= 8.) "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -Aesop ================================================================= 9.) "Every minute of every hour of every day, you are making the world… do it with generosity and kindness." -Rebecca Solnit ================================================================= 10.) "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." -Leo Buscaglia ================================================================= 11.) "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." -Ralph Waldo Emerson ================================================================= 12.) "No Compassion, No Peace" / "Know Compassion, Know Peace" -Author Unknown ================================================================= 13.) "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix ================================================================= 14.) "Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of... people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough." -Franklin D. Roosevelt ================================================================= 15.) "We must be the change we wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi ================================================================= 16.) "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them." -Albert Einstein ================================================================= 17.) "Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects." -Will Rogers ================================================================= 18.) "HUMANITY IS GOING TO REQUIRE A SUBSTANTIALLY NEW WAY OF THINKING IF IT IS TO SURVIVE." -Albert Einstein ================================================================= 19.) "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as...a vegetarian diet." -Albert Einstein ================================================================= 20.) "All truth goes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Then, it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident." -Arthur Schopenhauer ================================================================= 21.) "Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe - a spirit vastly superior to that of man and one in the face of which we, with our modest powers, must feel humble." -Albert Einstein ================================================================= 22.) "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." -Albert Einstein ================================================================= 23.) "You don't *have* a soul. You *are* a soul. You *have* a body." -C.S. Lewis (Well, this quote is widely attributed to him; however, he apparently actually is not who originally said this - no matter, because whoever said it, I like it & I'm 99% sure that what it says *is* an accurate statement.) (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Rumi obviously were of the same mind; see #24 & #25 below.) ================================================================= 24.) "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin ================================================================= 25.) "I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within." -Rumi ================================================================= 26.) "One sees clearly with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes." -Antdoine de Saint Exupery ================================================================= 27.) "Hope is wishing. Faith is knowing." -Uell Stanley Andersen ================================================================= 28.) "There is one very important place for you to exercise will, and that is in your choice of thoughts...If you conceive and accept good, you will be guided...to its attainment...Let go and let God...You do nothing by yourself and you are never alone." -Uell Stanley Andersen ================================================================= 29.) "Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." -Edgar Allan Poe ================================================================= 30.) "If the doors of perception were cleansed, Everything would appear as it is: Infinite." -Aldous Huxley ================================================================= 31.) "...the man who comes back through the Door in the wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out. He will be wiser but less cock-sure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging his ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things, of systematic reasoning to the unfathomable Mystery which it tries, forever vainly, to comprehend." -Aldous Huxley ================================================================= 32.) "Door of passage to the other side; the soul frees itself in stride." -Jim Morrison ================================================================= 33.) "We live, we die, and death not ends it." -Jim Morrison ================================================================= 34.) "God is subtle, but...not malicious." -Albert Einstein ================================================================= 35.) "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its [human and other] animals are treated." -Mahatma Gandhi ================================================================= 36.) "See the movement and flow of life as a great exchange between all beings...There is no such thing as independence...we are all dependent upon one another, for we are all component parts of a great whole...what you contribute, you will be rewarded for...The exchange is always equal, regardless of how it may look at the moment." -Uell Stanley Andersen ================================================================= 37.) "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." -Ralph Waldo Emerson ================================================================= 38.) "The significance of a man [or of a woman] is not in what he [or she] attains but rather in what he [or she] longs to attain." -Kahlil Gibran ================================================================= 39.) "I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself." -Mikhail Baryshnikov ================================================================= 40.) "Refuse to accept negative circumstance as final." -Uell Stanley Andersen ================================================================= 2014: mid-December: Discovered Tom Shadyac's "I AM" documentary film, and have watched it at the beginning of almost every month ever since. It is no exaggeration to say that it helps keep me going in this world! His film asks two questions which I had been contemplating for years, which are: (1) "What's wrong with our world?" (Answer: see the title of the film), and (2) "What's the solution?" (Answer: again, see the title of the film). ================================================================= 2015: January 23rd: Joined ZIDISHA as a MicroLender ================================================================= I was curious to learn what the word "ZIDISHA" means. For those who have not yet discovered its meaning, it's a Swahili word for "multiply" or "grow" or "increase" or "expand" - as in a business, in enlightenment, in freedom, etc.: www.zidisha.org/faq ================================================================= It may seem counter-intuitive, but loans offered to borrowers at 0% interest rate (which is what ZIDISHA does) often are in the best financial interest of lenders, too. Please see: http://forum.zidisha.org/threads/interest-does-not-increase-financial-returns.1945/ . ================================================================= 2015: early-March: First Read TOM SHADYAC's Book: LIFE'S OPERATING MANUAL, WITH THE FEAR AND TRUTH DIALOGUES - This quickly became my all-time favorite book. It's the one I will re-read anytime I need to be reminded that I am not alone in this world in the ways that I think and feel. It articulates very well much of what I already had been thinking (and sometimes saying to others) for years. Finding a like-minded soul in Tom Shadyac renewed my faith in humanity. (I've found some others here at Zidisha, who have helped to renew my faith in humanity, too, which is a big reason I remain with Zidisha!) If his book were required reading of every human being on the planet--(I think it should be)--and if each individual were really to embrace what he means, changing oneself accordingly, life would not only be much better on this planet, but we literally could approach Heaven on Earth. Thank you, Tom Shadyac, for writing this book! ================================================================= 2015: March 26th: Joined ZIDISHA's Staff ================================================================= 2018: March 26th: Edited This Profile Page (@ 12:08 AM, EDT) ================================================================= To understand more about Zidisha, please read: https://www.zidisha.org/forum-thread/1295#comment-4428 ================================================================= Note about helping to fund loans here at Zidisha: I don't always have funds available when loan requests I'd like to help are in fundraising. Of course, this is true for all lenders; therefore, we ask for borrowers' understanding...