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================================================================= FORTY OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES: ================================================================= 1.) "Live simply so that others may simply live." -Mahatma Gandhi ================================================================= 2.) "If you can't feed a hundred people [or if you can't feed even just two other people], then feed just one." - Mother Teresa ================================================================= 3.) "The biggest disease… is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted." -Mother Teresa ================================================================= 4.) "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 ================================================================= 5.) "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." -Ralph Waldo Emerson ================================================================= 6.) "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 ================================================================= 7.) "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." -Mahatma Gandhi ================================================================= 8.) "Every minute of every hour of every day, you are making the world… do it with generosity and kindness." -Rebecca Solnit ================================================================= 9.) "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -Aesop ================================================================= 10.) "My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." -Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama ================================================================= 11.) "People first, *then* money, *then* things." -Suze Orman ================================================================= 12.) "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix ================================================================= 13.) "No Compassion, No Peace" / "Know Compassion, Know Peace" -Author Unknown ================================================================= 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 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 ================================================================= 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 most ZIDISHA lenders; therefore, we ask for borrowers' understanding. ================================================================= 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. ( ================================================================= 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. Thank you, Tom Shadyac, for writing this book. :) ================================================================= 2015 March 26th through 2018 October 16th: ZIDISHA Staff Member: Country Liaison, Anglophone & Francophone Countries; Team Lead: Payment Teams for Burkina Faso, Guinea, Niger, and Senegal, in the past, when Zidisha still was serving those countries (before some issues beyond Zidisha's control arose there with money-transfer partners). More recently, Team Lead: Payment Team for Zambia (& still many other C.L. tasks, too). ================================================================= Remained available only very part-time hours from 2018 Oct. 17th through Nov. 16th, mainly just to answer questions from those on staff who are new to payment-team duties for Zambia and to some of the other tasks I also often used to do regularly for borrowers. ================================================================= I'm needing & choosing to take an indefinite break from the unpaid and full-time work I had been doing here at Zidisha. I've long intended to take at least three or four months to focus on other important things, but never did that, as it's been difficult to bring myself to leave an almost-always short-staffed situation for such a long time, and because the mission here has been such a good one. ================================================================= I especially enjoyed working on the "Country Liaison" teams here in 2015, 2016, and through about the first half of 2017, and handling "Team Lead" duties for four Francophone-country teams and, more recently, one Anglophone-country team. Certain policies changed around 2016-2017, though, and many teammates left around that time, as well (I almost did, too, but decided to stay for a while longer, in case it might be possible for certain policies to return to the way those used to be). Ever since that time, it hasn't really felt the same here anymore, so those are two of the several reasons I've ultimately decided to leave now, in 2018, for an indefinite period of time. (I still will be around at least every 30 or 60 days to lend, of course.) I sincerely wish everyone well. Best wishes to everyone, especially to all legitimate Zidisha borrowers. You--along with many of my teammates--have been the light of my life since 2015. Each day that I'm not here, I will miss you, and I will be praying for your dreams to come true. :) ================================================================= 2018: November 18th: Edited This Profile Page (@ 9:26 PM, EST) ================================================================= To understand more about how ZIDISHA currently works, please take time to read: ================================================================= ================================================================= ================================================================= ================================================================= ================================================================= ================================================================= ================================================================= ================================================================= ================================================================= Additionally, for policy changes and other updates, please also check here for Announcements from the Director: =================================================================