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February 07, 2013



Great story line. Story of my life actually. I guess I am not the only one who expected (as a youth) that I might be able to influence family members even on simple things like eating vegetarian or using fewer disposable plastic items.... Well, it turns out that no amount of words can easily convince even one's own parents or spouse or children to change their ways. But on the other hand, there are those subtle suggestions from family members, friends, or even total strangers, that have totally changed the way I live my life, too.:-)

Bertrand Russell had a related quote to the one above. The flip side actually:
"“All who are not lunatics are agreed about certain things. That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than a slave. Many people desire those things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer. These people can only be refuted by science: Humankind has become so much one family that we cannot ensure our own prosperity except by ensuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy.”
-Bertrand Russell (1950, NYT Magazine)

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A powerful reminder that telling a story is the best way to teach. This puts me in mind of the children's book, "The Man Who Planted Trees". And both stories are practical examples of the Serenity Prayer (also dated to the twelveth century)-
"God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference."

California Guy

I can change the world every day, one encounter at a time. And the very best stories I can tell with passion are those from my very own experiences because I have lived them.


“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi, 1925

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